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Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Fourth Floor

In China, the number 4 is an unlucky number because the word for "4" ( si4) sounds like the word for "death" ( si3). I've been told that especially in hospitals, there is no fourth floor. My apartment building does have a fourth floor, but the button for it has an up arrow on it rather than the actual number. There doesn't seem to be a problem with naming the 13th floor, however.

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