One in 20 of us is so superstitious they say they will not leave the house this Friday the 13th – to minimise the risk of bad luck.
A survey found 80% of Brits consider they are superstitious , with many having rituals.
Most common superstition is lucky socks, worn by 36%, followed by touching wood and lucky pants both at 35%. A lucky coin wards off bad luck for 23% and 22% told Mecca Bingo they keep fingers and toes crossed.
Claire Taylor, 31, of Hastings, East Sussex, called herself “very superstitious” and plans a duvet day following the last Friday 13, last May, when she crashed driving back from the shops then dropped a bag and “two wine bottles smashed all over my kitchen floor”.
A poll of 2,000 Brits found that 100 of those polled - five per cent, or one-in-20 - said they planned on staying at home all day to keep the risk of being hit by bad luck down to a minimum.
Taken as a whole of the UK’s 60 million adults, that means around 3 million people are not planning to venture outside this Friday.
Several of those quizzed in the poll for Mecca Bingo said they had even booked the day off work on holiday to avoid having to leave the security of their own home.
The top five lucky rituals and charms Brits rely on to ward off bad luck were voted as;
1 - Wearing lucky socks - 36 per cent
2 - Touching wood - 35 per cent
35% of us touch wood to eel safe (Photo: Getty)
3 - Wearing lucky pants - 35 per cent
4 - A lucky coin - 23 per cent
5 - Keeping fingers and toes crossed - 22 per cent.
The fear of Friday 13th stretches back to the story of Easter, when Jesus and the disciples sat 13 to a table for the Last Supper.
Since Victorian times, a belief in bad luck on this ominous date has grown and research published in 1993 by the British Medical Journal found that there is actually an increase in road accidents on Friday 13th.
The top 10 moments when Brits are at their ‘most superstitious’ and use lucky rituals are;
1 - When sitting a test/exam - 14 per cent
22% of us keep our fingers crossed for luck (Photo: Getty)
2 - When buying a scratchcard/placing a bet/playing bingo - 12 per cent
3 - During a key life moment e.g. purchasing house/proposing/getting married - 11 per cent
4 - When looking for a new job - 9 per cent
5 - When it’s Friday 13th or Halloween - 7 per cent
6 - When getting on a flight - 7 per cent
7 - When playing games or sport - 7 per cent
8 - When going for a health check at the doctor/dentist - 6 per cent
9 - When taking a driving test - 5 per cent
10 - When trying to land a promotion - 5 per cent
Caroline Webb, of Mecca Bingo, said: “It seems that the feeling of bad luck and a mistrust of Friday 13th is here to stay with so many of us admitting we’d rather stay at home to avoid any accidents and mishaps.
“It’s no surprise then, that a high proportion of Brits revert to relying on lucky charms and rituals to ward off any potential bad luck and help give us that lucky feeling.”