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Posted: 4/30/2011 7:20:45 AM EDT
So a contractor buddy of mine told me that the new building he is working on doesn't have a 13th floor. He was told by the Superintendent that this is normal because of superstition. I was like , but after reading the Wikipedia page it made me go .



Why in this modern era do people still believe in this nonsense?



Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:21:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2011 7:22:57 AM EDT by Eukatae]
I think it's more of a tradition than a superstition now-a-days. Surprised this is news to you though, I don't think I have ever seen a 13th floor. Seems your building is also missing a 14th floor.. 13th must have eaten it.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:22:53 AM EDT
My work doesn't have one either.

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Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:23:06 AM EDT
Looks like its missing the 4th, and 14th floors too.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:23:20 AM EDT
revoltution and rebellion
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:23:32 AM EDT

No 4 or 14 on that panel either.

Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:23:47 AM EDT
It's tradition, I've never seen a 13th floor
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:24:49 AM EDT
You should see what's on the 13th floor.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:26:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2011 7:28:38 AM EDT by The_Alchemist]
Originally Posted By Cromlech:

No 4 or 14 on that panel either.


4 is the equivalent of 13 in Asian cultures. "Four" is pronounced almost exactly like "death" in Mandarin, just a different intonation.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:27:32 AM EDT
The 13th floor is the portal to hell ,if the elevator stops on 13 don't get out !!!
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:28:54 AM EDT
You think that is bad, one time I was setting up a new telephone switch and I assigned extension 666 to a employee who was a Baylor graduate, he pitched a real hissy fit over it.

As for the 13th floor, I have been in several buildings that have one.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:30:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2011 7:35:30 AM EDT by sovereign]
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:44:37 AM EDT

What keeps the 14th floor from falling onto the 12th floor?

Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:45:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2011 7:46:35 AM EDT by kcolg30]
There is a 13th floor. In that building it is the 16th floor.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 8:31:28 AM EDT
So, do you think that the number itself holds the power or the actual location? as said above, the thirteenth floor is #16
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 8:35:27 AM EDT
Alot of building dont have a 13th floor. Many bldgs in NYC put mechanical Equipment rooms there - HVAC and the like.
Seems like it is an older trend as many newer one do indeed have a 13.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 8:42:28 AM EDT
Some publishers don't like putting in a Chapter 11 either
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 8:59:32 AM EDT
Jump out the window and you will die earlier.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 9:03:13 AM EDT
I know of at least one building in NY where the 13th floor isn't just relabeled 14, it's maintenance and building management. The public elevators skip it, service elevators do not.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 9:08:42 AM EDT
Google, it's a motherfucker.
(And most of you are getting your info from there.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteenth_floor

Link Posted: 4/30/2011 9:11:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Eukatae:
I think it's more of a tradition than a superstition now-a-days. Surprised this is news to you though, I don't think I have ever seen a 13th floor. Seems your building is also missing a 14th floor.. 13th must have eaten it.


And a 4th.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 9:34:44 AM EDT
We have 38 18 wheelers at work, but we don't have a number 13.

Just for that reason.

Link Posted: 4/30/2011 9:42:34 AM EDT
Oddly enough I work on the 13th floor of my building.

The odd part is, there is no 12th floor.

Link Posted: 4/30/2011 9:45:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Strats:
Oddly enough I work on the 13th floor of my building.

The odd part is, there is no 12th floor.



Must be a bakery.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 10:04:11 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 10:06:18 AM EDT
Learn something new every day I guess.

If I were rich and commissioning a building of my own, I would definitely put in a 13th floor to spite all the pussy-boys.

Link Posted: 4/30/2011 10:35:56 AM EDT
At least you don't have a 7 1/2 floor like in "Being John Malkovich"

that was

Link Posted: 4/30/2011 10:41:35 AM EDT
So that floor above the 12th floor is not 13 from the bottom?
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 10:43:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:
Looks like its missing the 4th, and 14th floors too.


Mechanical floors not open to public. I have been in the "missing floors" of many high rises for work. It's where things like electrical rooms and HVAC equip are.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 10:49:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By sebailey885221:
It's tradition, I've never seen a 13th floor


Link Posted: 4/30/2011 10:51:15 AM EDT
cruise ships I've been on don't have them either
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 1:30:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Banjaxed:
Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:
Looks like its missing the 4th, and 14th floors too.


Mechanical floors not open to public. I have been in the "missing floors" of many high rises for work. It's where things like electrical rooms and HVAC equip are.


The image in the URL contains "Shanghai," if that building is actually in Shanghai, then the reason for no 4th or 14th floor is definitely due to the Asian superstition I mentioned before. Again, 4=13 in Asia, particularly in China.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 1:33:18 PM EDT
13 is my lucky number
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 1:34:34 PM EDT
If I were rich, I would construct a very tall building, and every floor would be 13.

Also, the buttons would not be in order. If you push the 2nd 13 button, it may take you to the top floor.. etc.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 2:39:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Alchemist:
Originally Posted By Banjaxed:
Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:
Looks like its missing the 4th, and 14th floors too.


Mechanical floors not open to public. I have been in the "missing floors" of many high rises for work. It's where things like electrical rooms and HVAC equip are.


The image in the URL contains "Shanghai," if that building is actually in Shanghai, then the reason for no 4th or 14th floor is definitely due to the Asian superstition I mentioned before. Again, 4=13 in Asia, particularly in China.


But the floors are there. They just opt to make them mechanical floors not open to the public.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 2:48:01 PM EDT
Remember a link someone sent me several years ago about some college bungee jumpers that tied off to a building, and the jumper hit the ground, because the building didn't have a numbered 13th floor, so their height calculations were about 10-12 feet off. Or on, as the case may be.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 2:52:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By REDMASTA:
13 is my lucky number


Mine too.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 2:54:34 PM EDT
no hotel has 13th floor.


My house however is number 13
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 2:59:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GNRNR:
Originally Posted By REDMASTA:
13 is my lucky number


Mine too.

same
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:21:08 PM EDT
"We'll look into it".
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:23:08 PM EDT
Some airlines do not have a thirteenth row either.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:29:22 PM EDT


my first thought too

it is kinda intresting that 13th floor , the matrix , and eXistenZ all came out withing a month of each other all on roughly the same subject matter
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:38:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By iRidiculous:
You should see what's on the 13th floor.


The entrance to John Malkovich's head?
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:49:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/1/2011 7:20:34 AM EDT by MMcfpd]
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 7:54:14 PM EDT
When I was doing CATV construction surveys in Chicago hi rises, one of the questions was "Does the building have a 13th floor". It ran around 50/50 whether there was or not.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 8:12:42 PM EDT

I used to fly in this Navy UC-12B, we called it "Double Lucky".
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 8:16:23 PM EDT
99% of the buildings I work in in NYC do not have a 13 floor. The newest building I have worked in was complete about 5 years ago, no 13 floor.

Link Posted: 4/30/2011 8:28:12 PM EDT

I used to work in this building:

http://www.cityoftulsa.org/our-city/one-technology-center.aspx

This building has a 13th floor just like all the other floors. It has also had a horrible track record. First they couldn't fill the data center because the floor buckled. Then they couldn't fill the reflecting pond because the floor buckled. Then the company that owned it went bankrupt. A few years later half the windows on one side blew out and fell to the street below. Never mind the gas main and water main breaks. Worst of all the City of Tulsa took it over....

13th floors are bad juju.

Link Posted: 4/30/2011 8:40:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Alchemist:
Originally Posted By Cromlech:

No 4 or 14 on that panel either.


4 is the equivalent of 13 in Asian cultures. "Four" is pronounced almost exactly like "death" in Mandarin, just a different intonation.


Well, that was a really poor choice on their part

Link Posted: 4/30/2011 8:43:38 PM EDT
Don't think I've ever even been in a building with more than eight or nine floors.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 8:43:58 PM EDT
never knew this, but then again I never been in a building with more than 10 floors.
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