By
updated 9/16/2013 8:45:44 AM ET 2013-09-16T12:45:44

The philosopher Plato once said, “A good decision is based on knowledge, not on numbers.”

Plato probably wasn't very superstitious.

Today is Friday the 13th, a day that has long been seen as unlucky in the Western world. While it's unclear exactly how the number 13 developed a bad rep, it's had a strange way of creeping into the way some industries do business. There's a good chance that you've never sat in the 13th row of an airplane, for instance, as many airlines jump straight from 12 to 14. The same goes for multi-story buildings, where the practice of skipping the 13th floor is so established that fewer than 5 percent of mid- and high-rise condos in New York City have a 13th floor, according to a recent report.

But numeric superstitions are hardly confined to the West. The infographic below, compiled by translation-computing company Smartling, offers a look at how the rest of the world views certain numbers.

If you have global customers or travel a lot for work, the information may be especially valuable. (Hint: In Japan, gifts such as plates or silverware are never given in sets of four, and in China, the number 250 can sometimes be used as an insult.)

Take a look.

 

Copyright © 2013 Entrepreneur.com, Inc.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

Data: Latest rates in the US

Home equity rates View rates in your area
Home equity type Today +/- Chart
$30K HELOC FICO 4.76%
$30K home equity loan FICO 5.16%
$75K home equity loan FICO 4.70%
Credit card rates View more rates
Card type Today +/- Last Week
Low Interest Cards 12.68%
12.61%
Cash Back Cards 17.67%
17.37%
Rewards Cards 16.79%
16.64%
Source: Bankrate.com