Because I always I went with Pr.WS to visit people, I got to go to many condominiums and apartments around Klang Valley.
A strange phenomenon I noticed...
In some lifts there are no buttons for 4, 14, or 24; they are replaced with 3A, 13A, 23A.
In Chinese the pronunciation of 4 is very similar to death. Many Chinese don't like number 4 so in many condominiums and apartments, either the buttons with 4 were vandalized, or they were replaced by 3A.
If you walked around landed housing areas, if a #4 house were owned by a Chinese, the number will be changed to 3A, or the word "发"[Fa - Prosperous] will be added beside it.
Similar to Westerners' aversion of the number 13?
Of course I don't believe that 4 will bring death. It's just similar pronunciation and nothing more. Why let numbers control our mind? Why let numbers bring fear to our heart?
Just because I read a book doesn't mean I'm a loser! (book & lose have the same pronunciation in Chinese)
Are you afraid of 4? Is there any number that you don't like or avoid?