Jun 21, 2010

Open umbrellas indoors

What do you think's going to happen to this saleslady for opening so many umbrellas indoors?

Four umbrellas, so four days of bad luck? Quadruple bad luck? Maybe this?

According to one explanation of the superstition, the bad luck only occurs if the umbrella hasn't yet been used outdoors.

Chinese are generally pretty superstitious — many office building elevators here omit all floors that include the numeral '4', since four sounds like death in Chinese — I wonder how this saleslady could do something so blatant like open four unused umbrellas indoors.

If you read some Chinese, here's a classic blog post about me warning someone about carrying an umbrella indoors.


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