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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    December 6, 2009 at 11:45 am
    Link: The Worst Elevator Ever Engineered - Uh oh, this is going to involve math, isn`t it.
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    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm
    Yeah, nice going there.
  3. Profile photo of DarkMonkey
    DarkMonkey Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm
    lol

    I love that there are no numbers with 4

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    ola773 Female 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:09 pm
    numbers 4, 13, and 14 are missing
  5. Profile photo of cannibal151
    cannibal151 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:09 pm
    I understand no 13 and kind of understand -1 being the basement but what happened to the other floors?!
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:09 pm
    I would just press -1 just to see what would happen
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    killergamer Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm
    uuh, am i the only one who doesn`t get why this is here? -1 is just for basement
  8. Profile photo of GuardinGnome
    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm
    What if you needed to get to the 4th or the 13th floor?
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    smitty1288 Female 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm
    -1 is the basement, and the missing numbers are floors that the public does not have access to.
  10. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:21 pm
    Maybe it`s just some students, probably drunk, relabelling the buttons for a laugh. Sometimes you can pop the plastic covers off, put different labels on the buttons and pop the covers back on - looks good as new.

    If it is maths, it`s passed over ny head.

  11. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm
    -1 is the basement, and the missing numbers are floors that the public does not have access to.

    The basement is obvious, but why would a lift not stop at 3 intermediate floors between basement and top floor?

    Also, if the basement is labelled as -1, then the ground floor should be labelled as 0. Where is it?

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    Pepsi_Plunge Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    This is not funny at all...
  13. Profile photo of sinfulsisi
    sinfulsisi Female 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    13 is an evil number so many people dont have a 13th room/floor
  14. Profile photo of JTheGreat
    JTheGreat Female 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm
    :D

    Let`s press them all at once!

  15. Profile photo of Maromi
    Maromi Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    The missing numbers are 4 and 13, two unlucky or bad numbers...then again 14 is missing too...?
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    Boadicea Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    Ground floor in North America is 1 Angilion.
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    raggz2009 Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm
    "The basement is obvious, but why would a lift not stop at 3 intermediate floors between basement and top floor?"

    The intermediate floors are floors used to house utilities for the building. Obviously you don`t want random people getting into the stuff that keeps the building ticking.

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    Nancy13 Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 12:59 pm
    The number 13 is considered by so many people to be unlucky, that in order to avoid problems, most buildings don`t have a 13th floor. That is seriously true, go around and look if you don`t believe it! It`s silly & weird
  19. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    they dont seem to like 4`s
  20. Profile photo of Skreshavik
    Skreshavik Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm
    JTheGreat knows what to do!
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    WHOISIT12345 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:17 pm
    ok -1 ??
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    ededdeddy163 Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm
    this is a chinese elevator, because 1: the number 13 is just unlucky, 2: because there are different ways to say the number 4, and "4" and "death" are both very very close, same goes for 14, but this is usually only in hospital elevators, but the -1...that`s just...i dont know xD
  23. Profile photo of Mr_Wall
    Mr_Wall Male 30-39
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:27 pm
    i`m guessing this is either in Japan or a Japanese building. 4 is a bad luck number like 13. it basically means "death"
  24. Profile photo of videogamer
    videogamer Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:27 pm
    We totally should label our basement floors as negative.
  25. Profile photo of splurbyburbl
    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm
    Floors 0, 4, 13 and 14 are back-up doors to Narnia. Only British children can get to them.
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    don11817 Male 30-39
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:34 pm
    4 is typically a mezzanine level for mechanical systems etc-HVAC, Water heating/pumps systems etc. The upper floors may be the same or are private like cell phone collocations etc that are part of communications infrastructure and therefor off-limits without a key or a dedicated service elevator.
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    Dfaulted Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    I get the missing 13 because of superstition, they do that a lot but really? 4 and 14 are missing
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    Gajroy Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm
    I get it. if you want to go to level 4 you have to go to level 5 then hit the -1 button.
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    "4 is typically a mezzanine level for mechanical systems etc-HVAC, Water heating/pumps systems etc. The upper floors may be the same or are private like cell phone collocations etc that are part of communications infrastructure and therefor off-limits without a key or a dedicated service elevator."

    Don, Buzz Killington, Buzz Killington, Don. I feel you too will get along smashingly.

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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    I love the fact that whenever I need some light shed on the issue, I can always click the view/add comments button! Lazy we may be, but stupid I-A-B`ers are not.
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    theshark350 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    numbered buttons have anything to do with engineering? looks like something management would do.
  32. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2009 at 2:17 pm
    Ground floor in North America is 1 Angilion.

    I`d forgotten about that...but it still doesn`t make any sense to have the ground floor as 1 and the basement as -1. Although I like splurbyburbl`s explanation :)

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    domisgood Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 2:18 pm
    lol opie!
  34. Profile photo of Asakura
    Asakura Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 2:22 pm
    "-1 is the basement, and the missing numbers are floors that the public does not have access to."

    This is probably true, but dang. -1? I`m glad I live in America where B is basement, and not -1. Also there is no star for street level!

  35. Profile photo of vE
    vE Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm
    hmmm all i know about japanese hospitals is that they might not have 4th or 9th levels. 4 is `shi` which is also death. 9 is also pronounced to a word like suffering.
  36. Profile photo of Seak
    Seak Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 2:51 pm
    Haha whats on -1?
  37. Profile photo of Sahjan
    Sahjan Female 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm
    THERES NO 4. O.O
  38. Profile photo of pizzabob18
    pizzabob18 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm
    in japan they don`t have floors numbered 4. That includes 4, 14, 24...etc, and also all floors that are in the 40`s. They apparently don`t like 13 either
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    Crucible Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm
    There`s no 4, 13, and or 14. -1 is probably the basement, as was said before, and there`s never a 13th floor.
    So just 4 and 14 aren`t accounted for
  40. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    Floors 4, 13 and 14 are restricted.
  41. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm
    This is probably true, but dang. -1? I`m glad I live in America where B is basement

    What makes you think this elevator isn`t in America?

  42. Profile photo of AlterImuruki
    AlterImuruki Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm
    seems logical.
  43. Profile photo of buttersisluv
    buttersisluv Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    The fourth floor is the forbidden corridor.

    That`s where Fluffy is.

  44. Profile photo of StarCallista
    StarCallista Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm
    "Floors 4, 13 and 14 are restricted."

    That as it may be, there`s absolutely no need to order those keys in such a ridiculously confusing way.

    Smart-ass mathmaticians. We`ll see who`s laughing when I invent an elevator based on the complete works of Shakespeare.

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    hotleafjuice Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm
    heh...fluffy (reference to butters` comment, i get that joke)

    anyway, WHAT THE FREAK IS FLOOR -1????

  46. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 4:54 pm
    I`ve seen elevators like this before.
  47. Profile photo of RipJack
    RipJack Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 5:04 pm
    wheres floor 14?
  48. Profile photo of Sathon
    Sathon Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm
    Fluffy`s on the third floor corridor, noobs.
  49. Profile photo of bliznik
    bliznik Male 30-39
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    December 6, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    This is common in China. 13 is an unlucky number b/c Caucasians believe it`s unlucky. 4 is an unlucky number b/c it rhymes with "death" when you say it in Chinese.
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    Nickel_Creek Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 6:02 pm
    wheres floor 0?
  51. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    December 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm
    Wow! that would mess it up!
  52. Profile photo of mrpuddle
    mrpuddle Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 6:45 pm
    It`s not just China in the US you wont find 13 in most elevators.
  53. Profile photo of helix25
    helix25 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm
    it`s culture:
    four: si4 (四) sounds like death: si3 (死)
    thirteen as explained in previous comment.
    fourteen is same as four.
  54. Profile photo of alk3v
    alk3v Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 7:01 pm
    Yeah I`ve seen elevators like this in Japan, Korea and China. The whole `unlucky 4 rhyming with death thing` is common throughout the languages. Though I still can`t get why the ground floor is usually floor `1`, maybe that`s a language issue too.
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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    if your gunna be superstitious about bad numbers, at least do it where it matters most... like on an airplane, so no seat 4, 13, 14 and such...
  56. Profile photo of astrogirl
    astrogirl Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm
    I don`t understand that whole thirteenth floor thing .. um the fourteenth floor is still the thirteenth
  57. Profile photo of helix25
    helix25 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm
    it`s culture:
    four: si4 (四) sounds like death: si3 (死)
    thirteen as explained in previous comment.
    fourteen is same as four.
  58. Profile photo of Vindictive
    Vindictive Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 7:10 pm
    @helix
    is that in mandarin?
  59. Profile photo of helix25
    helix25 Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm
    yes that`s mandarin. i`m not sure about cantonese.
    kinda weird IAB doesn`t support utf-8?
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    stot3 Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm
    They say if you can get on the thirteenth floor on this elevator, you will be rewarded with a handshake from Chuck Norris.
  61. Profile photo of Geekazoid94
    Geekazoid94 Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 8:40 pm
    Worst elevator ever? More like best elevator ever!
  62. Profile photo of CoffeeDiiva
    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
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    December 6, 2009 at 8:45 pm
    My guess would be there could be there is an elevator the public uses, and there are certain floors they aren`t supposed to go to, executive floors or something, and another elevator for executives
  63. Profile photo of v_ataraxic
    v_ataraxic Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 9:10 pm
    -1 would be the ground floor or the basement?
  64. Profile photo of Tanjieve
    Tanjieve Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 9:27 pm
    Hehe I worked on building highrises like that.. It was confusing sometimes.. o_O There was no floor 13, and no floors with the number 4. Superstitions.. =/
  65. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 9:40 pm
    to those that just think the -1 is messed up, notice how there is no 4, 13, or 14. once you notice that, the -1 isn`t so bad haha.
  66. Profile photo of trashcan7
    trashcan7 Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm
    TKD_Master
    Those numbers aren`t messed up, they were purposely excluded for superstitious reasons.
  67. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2009 at 10:50 pm
    They clearly skipped the zero.
  68. Profile photo of Eliza^_^
    Eliza^_^ Female 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 10:53 pm
    Umm.. what I don`t get is why people find -1 floor strange. -1 is very commonly found in elevators..
  69. Profile photo of XBOY
    XBOY Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 11:59 pm
    I dont see whats wrong. maybe the 3rd & 4th floor are actually one big floor. or maybe i should stfu
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    Kanashto Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2009 at 11:59 pm
    many missing numbers
  71. Profile photo of beternal
    beternal Male 18-29
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    December 7, 2009 at 1:08 am
    Ah yeah trashcan7 - you`re right... 4 is unlucky for chinese people and 13 for westerners... it probably is superstition-based! :)
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    Samsonite219 Male 18-29
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    December 7, 2009 at 3:05 am
    i would like to go to flor 3 and 4 halfs please
  73. Profile photo of slayer50515
    slayer50515 Male 18-29
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    December 7, 2009 at 3:54 am
    "Umm.. what I don`t get is why people find -1 floor strange. -1 is very commonly found in elevators.. "
    You`re not very observant, are you xP
    Floors 4, 13 and 14 are missing.
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    SiN_iN_Me Female 18-29
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    December 7, 2009 at 4:23 am
    has anyone ever heard of private floors? maybe some big shots have their own seperate lift or they are places for other floors to store stock, we have that where i work (in a shopping centre, or "mall")
  75. Profile photo of kirstoner
    kirstoner Female 18-29
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    December 7, 2009 at 5:04 am
    -1 is common in elevators? since when?!
  76. Profile photo of morbay32
    morbay32 Male 40-49
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    December 7, 2009 at 5:30 am
    To get to the 14th floor you hit 15 then -1
  77. Profile photo of IQover
    IQover Male 13-17
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    December 7, 2009 at 6:40 am
    but then what will happen if u press -1 and then again -1?
  78. Profile photo of Chibi_Ichigo
    Chibi_Ichigo Female 18-29
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    December 7, 2009 at 7:03 am
    4 is unlucky elsewhere, 13 is unlucky here, but ... where is 14 unlucky? What`d 0 or B1 ever do to anyone? :(
  79. Profile photo of i_m_louder
    i_m_louder Male 30-39
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    December 7, 2009 at 7:14 am
    4 is a unlucky number in japan, as well 13 or sometimes 17 in occidental cultures.
  80. Profile photo of nikkuchan
    nikkuchan Male 18-29
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    December 7, 2009 at 7:48 am
    This is probably in Japan where they like to skip number 4 for being unlucky (that`s probably the reason why they skipped 14 as well).
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    kilroy5555 Male 30-39
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    December 7, 2009 at 8:49 am
    Careful: -1 is a water level with no end.
  82. Profile photo of Eliza^_^
    Eliza^_^ Female 18-29
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    December 7, 2009 at 9:21 am
    Slayer50515, of course I noticed the missing numbers :p I just find it normal for people to find that strange, even though I don`t as those floors could be for staff only or something like that.
    And as for -1 I ve seen it ever since I can remember in any building that has a basement.. 0 is ground floor, -1 is the basement.. I ve even seen -2 which was the floor under the basement :p I haven`t seen it only in my country either, so I just find it strange that people are so surprised by it..
  83. Profile photo of MetalicDemon
    MetalicDemon Male 18-29
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    December 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm
    whats wrong with that
  84. Profile photo of Rick_S
    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    December 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm
    I`ve never seen the -1, Eliza^_^, but I knew that`s what it meant. Didn`t think this was a bad engineering job. Just different from what I`m used to. Also, I think you`re right about the missing numbers.
  85. Profile photo of Eliza^_^
    Eliza^_^ Female 18-29
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    December 8, 2009 at 12:28 am
    Is it possible that the -1 floor is a european thing or something? :p
  86. Profile photo of saUra
    saUra Male 18-29
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    December 8, 2009 at 4:52 am
    In china, number 4 is cosidered bad luck, so in many buildings there is no fourth floor.
  87. Profile photo of chimion
    chimion Male 18-29
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    December 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    yeah # 4 = have same pronunciation as death
  88. Profile photo of iab-danijo
    iab-danijo Female 13-17
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    December 13, 2009 at 2:11 pm
    maybe the missing floors are restricted floors and can only be accessed by a different life?
  89. Profile photo of trez_a
    trez_a Female 18-29
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    December 19, 2009 at 12:27 am
    It`s an elevator that caters to the unlucky number phobics out there. He`s the rundown.

    -1 is not unlucky, but they`re put that instead of the usual `B` for basement level.
    4 is excluded coz it sounds like death in chinese, unlucky.
    13 is excluded coz it`s unlucky in western cultre, eg friday 13th.
    14 sounds like MUST DIE in chinese.

    Many hotels in the western world exclude the 13th floor, and avoid labelling a room 6 6 6 because of fearful customers. Likewise asians avoid living anywhere with the number 4 in its address.

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