Tetraphobia, fear of the number 4 in China, Japan, and Korea, it is not uncommon for buildings (including offices, apartments, hotels, hospitals, etc.) to have no 4th floor, and sometimes no floor having the digit 4 (14, 41, etc.) at all. Similarly-numbered rooms are also often omitted in any given floors in buildings. It is likewise common to find no block number ending in 4 in residential complexes. The Chinese pronunciation for the words "die" and "four" are identical, save for tone: "Die" and "four," in Mandarin Chinese, are si3 and si4, respectively, and a similar situation occurs in Cantonese.
It's funny how the number 13 is considered to be lucky in Eastern cultures.
This reminds of something I should have posted in proudest moments thread. I was in a televised academic tournament and the host asked for the definition of triskaidekaphobia. He gave it like half a second before he went on the next question. I buzz in "fear of the number thirteen!" The look on his face was hilarious.
I was only useful for the really obscure questions. Throw a pop culture reference in and I was out of there.
no fear of that....but I have a fear of riding in cars. I can never be a passenger. I have to drive no matter what!! I drove myself to the hospital when I went into labor. My husband was so upset. Does anyone know what type of phobia is called??