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Should you avoid getting a hotel room on the 14th floor of a building that has no 13th floor, because technically, you are still 13 floors above street level?

Asked by JackAdams (6536points) August 22nd, 2008

“A rose, by any other name…”

It seems moronic to stay in a room on a floor numbered 14, if it is actually a falsely-labeled 13trh floor, right? You’re still on the 13th floor, regardless of the numbering scheme.

August 22, 2008, 5:43 PM EDT

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robmandu's avatar

And what if you’re in Europe, where they label the ground floor G, the second floor 1, etc. Do you avoid the 12th floor because it’s really the thirteenth? Or the so-called thirteenth floor because it’s labeled “13”?

Oh, the challenges of our modern lives.

heysupnm's avatar

Just to be safe you should avoid all floors within thirteen floors of the thirteenth floor.

JackAdams's avatar

In the state of Hawaii (where I have visited), you can tell the buildings that were built by Japanese contractors, and those constructed by American construction companies.

The Japanese ones all have a 13th floor.

August 22, 2008, 5:53 PM EDT

richardhenry's avatar

@heysupnm: Are you kidding? The only way to be safe is to sleep on the street outside. Cordon off the area you sleep in order to prevent window washers from putting up ladders near you. Finally, erect an elaborate catapult mechanism in the centre of the road to redirect crossing cats.

wildflower's avatar

Only if you’re superstitious beyond belief!

Skyrail's avatar

**clap clap** I applaud thee Mr richardhenry

lefteh's avatar

Redirect is such a perfect word choice. I’m laughing harder than I should be.

JackAdams's avatar

I agree with the laughter and nonsensical (flippant) remarks, but keep in mind that there are some folks who are seriously afraid of the number 13, and it often makes me wonder what they went through, when they became age 13.

August 23, 2008, 11:29 AM EDT

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