A New Zealand city has gone to extreme lengths to ward off bad luck, by banishing the number 13.
Palmerston North, in the central North Island, has a council policy to jump street numbers from number 11 to 15 to avoid the unlucky figure in between.
The bizarre regulation is in place so people with triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number 13, are not deterred from buying homes carrying the number on the letterbox.
Palmerston North City Council has now admitted the age-old policy is a little odd and says residents at number 15 can apply to have their numbers adapted if they really want.
“But we don’t expect great numbers will do that,” council policy analyst Todd Taiepa told The Dominion Post newspaper.
One number 15 resident told the newspaper she was relieved the local body had saved her from the negative numbering.