Are there haunted numbers around the world that mean bad luck? Around the world there are different numbers that are connected to bad luck, hauntings and ghosts and death. These are some of haunted and unlucky numbers around the world. 

From high risers and Beijing to flight numbers to New York and car numbers in Italy, they are all influenced by people’s fear for particular numbers. Some bad numbers come from dates where something horrible happened, the sound of it being similar to something bad or it may be biblical. 

And even today, in what we think is a modern world, free from old superstitions, the fear of haunted and unlucky numbers affects both the economy and how many floors there are in an elevator. 


Number 4

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Many places in the west, the number 4 is seen as a lucky number. To find a four clover means good luck, and according to superstition many places, the number 4 is seen as lucky since it is connected with so many things in nature like cardinal directions, the four seasons and the four elements. 

However, in Eastern Asia countries the number is seen as an haunted and unlucky number in countries like China, Korea and Japan. Four, written 四 or 肆 said out loud sounds a lot like the word for ‘Death’ 死. Many things skip this number because of this superstition like buildings, floors, car parks and addresses.


Number 13

The name for the fear of number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia. Every year when Friday the 13th comes around in the U.S, the economy loses almost a billion dollars in business. As buildings in China for instance don’t have a 4th floor, many places in the U.S as well as other places in the west don’t have a 13th floor and houses often skip over the haunted and unlucky number 13.

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There are a lot of theories as to why the number 13 has such a bad connection to it. Many of them connected to how many people sat around a dinner table. Like in the norse myth where the 13th guest turned up to a party with 12 Gods. One of them died and more bad luck followed. It is also connected to Judas and how he was the 13th guest at the last supper, the start of his betrayal to Jesus. 

Other reasons for this number is that On Friday, 13 October 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar, and most of the knights were tortured and killed, the end of calendars and how there is more than 12 true months in a year. This created problems for those making the calendars. 


Number 17

In Italian culture, the number 13 is actually considered as a lucky number. But the number 17 is considered unlucky and has been since Roman times. When 17 is viewed as the Roman numeral, XVII it is anagrammatically to VIXI, which in the Latin language translates to “I lived” or “My life is over.” 

Due to this negative connotation, Italians avoid the number 17 in number airline seats, flights or the floors in buildings. The French carmaker Renault sold its “R17” model in Italy as “R177.” It is also for the same reason that Friday the 17th is the most unlucky day in Italy.


Number 666

We find this demonic number in the Bible and is associated with the Beast of Revelation in chapter 13, verse 18. The haunted and unlucky numbers are known as a symbol for Antichrist himself or the devil and bear satanic powers. 

The fear of the number is called hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia. There are therefore many hesitating before boarding a flight number with the mark of the beast or picking up a phone with these numbers. This is as every other number, based solely on culture though. In Chinese, the word for six sounds similar to the word for smooth or flowing and is therefore a lucky number, not a satanic one. 


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