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New home owners suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia

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by David Masters

New home owners have delayed moving into their new property this week because they’re superstitious about Friday 13th.

Research by The Nottingham found that a spook 13% fewer new buyers are moving in this Friday compared to a normal day.

Statistics since 2001 show that Friday 13th is the least popular day of the year for moving house.

The Nottingham attributed their findings to paraskavedekatriaphobia – the fear of bad things happening on Friday 13th.

“People tend to buy into negative superstitions, like having seven years bad luck after smashing a mirror,” said The Nottingham spokesperson Graham Lang.

“If you’re one of these people, the fact that it’s Friday the 13th could make you anxious and that will make you more likely to have accidents.”

“Obviously I don’t know whether there is any merit in the superstition.

“All I can say with authority is that it is a day home-movers consistently avoid when they are planning their big day.”

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News posted: March 17, 2009

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