Afghans avoid the number 39 in license plates, mobile numbers and home phone numbers, and even addresses of buildings. People who have it shown in the room at home, pay to penmen so that they have drawn nine, as much as possible resembling a figure eight.
If Kabul resident has number 39 in the phone number, he must take care to put CLIR, otherwise no one will answer him.
Finally, people who have turned 39 years old, trying not to mention it. On the question of age they answer that they are almost 40 years old.
In Bulgaria, the number 0888888888 is not served by a mobile phone company Mobitel due to superstition. The fact that three of its former owner died one after another. Grashnov Vladimir, the former head of Mobitel, died first. According to the official version, the cause of death was cancer. However, in Bulgaria it was rumored that he was poisoned by competitors.
Then drug lord Konstantin Dimitrov died in Holland, where he went to inspect their possessions.
The third owner of the unfortunate numbers, a drug dealer Konstantin Dishliev died near a popular restaurant in Sofia.
After that the company "Mobitel" ceased to serve the "damn" number.
The twin towers of the World Trade Center stood close to each other, and resembled a huge number 11. The aircraft operated by terrorists crashed into them on September 11 (the ninth month of the year). We find again 11 by summing two units and nine.
Italians consider the number 17 unlucky. According to them, it symbolizes death, as recorded in Roman numerals as XVII. "What's wrong with that?" - you may ask. The fact that such a sequence can easily be transformed into a word «VIXI», meaning "I lived" or “My life is over” It is often beaten out on the tombs of the ancient Romans.
For the Chinese, the number 250 is offensive. The fact is that in their language, it is pronounced as «er bai wu», which translates as "moronic".
Probably more ancient inhabitants of the Middle Kingdom begun to use this number as an insult. Interestingly, when copper coins were more common in the country, the amount of 1000 coins were considered fixed measure of value. If a good was worth 2 times less (500 coins), it was clear that it is low quality one.