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Top 10 weirdest superstitions revealed...

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So you’re a student now; you’ve decided to move out, get as far away from your parents and annoying little brother as possible and start life as an independent grown up. Then you meet your housemate for the first time - she’s in the living room turning around three times before she goes to perform in a play, just for good luck.

Later on in your year of living together you’ll find that she also salutes magpies (but only if they’re on their own), never walks under ladders and screams every time she sees a black cat. She’s isn’t mad (well not really), she’s just superstitious and she’s not alone. A UK superstition survey conducted by the University of Hertfordshire suggests that current levels of superstition in the UK are high, even amongst those with a scientific background.

Most people carry the odd lucky charm, fear the number 13, avoid breaking mirrors, touch wood and cross their fingers daily. However, some people believe in much more bizarre superstitions  - as can be seen below...

10) Never kiss a man with a moustache. ‘Movember’ is going to be a very lonely month.

9) Always spit on a new bat before using it for the first time to make it lucky- obviously a sports bat; never spit at animals.

8) If three people are photographed together, side by side, the middle person will die first. Always PhotoShop your photos if you’re forced into the middle to avoid a sticky ending.

7) If your friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin or the friendship will be broken - this sounds very much like buying a knife to me...

6) A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will soon end. This does seem pretty obvious, to us.

5) When you move houses never take a broom with you, always throw it out and buy a new one. Perhaps stores selling brooms would make a lot of money pitching up next to an estate agents.

4) Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house, so hold on tight on rainy days!

3) A knife placed under the bed during childbirth will relieve the pain. A warning to all men/ civil partners: stay away from the labour room.

2) It’s bad luck to try to light three cigarettes at once with one match. It’s also pretty stupid.

1) And drum roll please... You must hold your breath whilst passing a cemetery or you will take on the spirit of someone who has recently died. Although we recommend you be careful - if you hold your breath for too long you will become someone who has recently died.

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