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Belfast tops UK survey over fear of Friday the 13th

By Staff Reporter

It's Friday the 13th and Belfast people have been revealed as the most superstitious in the UK.

According to a survey of 2,000 city residents, two-thirds are superstitious in their everyday lives and exactly half see the day as unlucky and will be changing their routines accordingly.

This includes avoiding flying, driving and travelling on a train.

Other common superstitions are avoiding walking under a ladder, opening an umbrella inside and fearing breaking a mirror.

Unusual superstitions in the city include watching a loved-one drive off, not walking on cracks in the pavement and not cutting your toenails on a Sunday.

Jason Downes, managing director of conference call firm Powwownow which carried out the research said: "We know Friday 13th is generally considered one of the unluckiest days of the year.

"However, we didn't realise how strongly it affected the people of Belfast which includes people being afraid to not only travel on this day but also interact with the number 13 at all."

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