Meanwhile in West Yorkshire

Councillors in Richmond Hill, Leeds have decided that your street address cannot be 4 anything:

The Chinese word for death sounds similar to the number 4. This has led to superstitions surrounding that digit (known as tetraphobia). In China, for example, floor numbers often skip the number 4.

Under Richmond Hill’s street-naming and address guide, the number 13 — which some consider unlucky — is currently not used for street numbers and Ward 1 Councillor Greg Beros, who presented Monday night’s [13 May] motion, thinks similar steps should be taken for the number 4.

The vote of the Council was five to, um, four. Fortunately, all other problems in Richmond Hill have been solved.

(Via this @syaffolee tweet.)


  1. McGehee »

    2 June 2013 · 8:55 am

    I have a problem with the number 17,000,000,000,000 — but I doubt the Richmond Hill council would need to worry about that. Unless they ban so many other numbers it’s the only one they have left.

  2. Dick Stanley »

    2 June 2013 · 10:32 am

    Yep, that’s a pol for you. Controlling our behavior is always an aim of their “public service,” after finding jobs for cronies, taking bribes and stealing tax money, of course.

  3. fillyjonk »

    2 June 2013 · 6:02 pm

    Heh. I think I will start referring to my own address as being on “North Street-whose-number-cannot-be-named Avenue.”

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