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Superstition: Why will we nonetheless keep away from the quantity 13?

Homes numbered 13 are normally cheaper whereas prior to now some councils have really banned new housing developments from utilizing the quantity as a result of residents don’t like dwelling there.

Sarah Thomas from Grangetown in Cardiff noticed the tower on the Brains web site when she was popping out of her workplaces at Community Rail close by.

“It piqued my curiosity after I noticed it was lacking,” she mentioned.

“I did assume it was right down to superstition, however I Googled to substantiate and solely then realised how extensively practised it’s. Fairly just a few mates have mentioned they have been in buildings or lifts the place the quantity 13 is lacking – clearly I would like to go to some taller buildings.”

She describes herself as not superstitious however feels some habits stem from frequent sense, including: “I would somewhat not stroll underneath a ladder if potential, to keep away from the danger of damage.

“I do discover the historical past behind superstitions attention-grabbing as they offer us an perception into how individuals linked particular occasions with extra day-to-day actions.”

A few of the most high-profile buildings within the UK retain the superstition.

When London’s Canary Wharf was redeveloped and the distinctive One Canada Sq. tower was in-built 1990 – on the time the tallest constructing within the UK – it opened its doorways minus a ground 13 and stays the identical right this moment.

And if you wish to take a spin on one of many London Eye’s 32 pods, you could be stunned to study you may e-book quantity 33. Which, naturally, replaces the lacking quantity 13.

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