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Dungeon tourists debunk Friday 13th

Published 13/08/2010 | 14:27

Emma Liversidge spills salt as part of the mass superstition bashing event at York Dungeon
Emma Liversidge spills salt as part of the mass superstition bashing event at York Dungeon

Sceptical staff at a tourist attraction have set out to prove once and for all there's nothing unlucky about Friday the 13th.

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Tourists visiting The York Dungeon were urged to laugh in the face of superstition as glass mirrors were smashed, a black cat made an appearance and umbrellas were opened indoors.

The organisers claim it was "the most comprehensive debunk of silly superstitions ever staged".

The experiment begin the moment visitors walked into the dungeons - under a huge ladder, past a set of upside-down horseshoes and across the path of a black cat.

Once inside people were asked to join staff for a mass indoor laugh in the face of superstition - before witnessing the spilling of a barrel of salt.

Dungeon manager Helen Douglas said: "We want to show the world how to laugh in the face of superstition and prove once and for all that it's nothing more than a collection of meaningless old wives' tales.

"And even if we are wrong then at least we're going to be spectacularly wrong," she added.

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