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Survey finds superstitious Brits fear Friday 13th


A new survey from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks reveals 15 per cent of the British public will avoid moving home on the 13th for fear of misfortune, while 20 per cent believes that breaking a mirror will bring seven years of bad luck. 

The survey, based on the Banks’ latest Housebuyers Research, also found that nearly one in four (39 per cent) of people in Britain refuses to open an umbrella indoors and avoid stepping on any cracks in the pavement.
However, 61 per cent do not let superstitions rule – even on Friday the 13th – believing them all to be old wives’ tales. Some respondents even focus on the positive with one in six hopeful of finding a four leaf clover to bring about good fortune and a further 12 per cent hoping a black cat crosses the path.
The research found that that those living in the North East were the most superstitious where the most commonly held fear was of opening an umbrella indoors. Some 43 per cent of Londoners were fearful of walking under ladders. 

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