Monday, August 19, 2013


To the Kikuyu tribe of central Kenya, the number 10 is considered bad luck. In fact, “10” is so feared that no one speaks it aloud; they just skip that number when counting anything—especially people, since it’s thought to be particularly bad luck to count humans.

1 comment:

  1. 4 in several Asian countries, 13 here, 10 in this tribe. The Asian issue with 4, being that, at least in Japan, "shi" can be either 4 or death, depending on the kanji it's written with, makes some kinda sense. But I wonder what it is in the other cultures, including ours, that causes them to develop a negative relationship with a particular number. Fascinating.