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SUPERSTITION

THROW FOOD AT THE CEILING AND IF IT STICKS IT WILL BE A
PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

Submitter comment: HANK LEARNED THIS FROM HIS GRANDPARENTS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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SILVERWARE SUPERSTITIONS

IF YOU DROP SILVERWARE, "COMPANY'S COMING!"
KNIFE--MAN, FORK--WOMAN, SPOON--CHILD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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MARRIAGE PREDICTION SUPERSITITION

BUTTONS ON A GIRL'S DRESS--THE LAST BUTTON COUNTED TELLS WHO
SHE'S GOING TO MARRY: RICH MAN, POOR MAN, BEGGAR MAN, THIEF,
DOCTOR, LAWYER, MERCHANT, CHIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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ON THE STAIRS

IF YOU PASS SOMEONE ON THE STAIRS, IN THE HOUSE, IT IS AN OMEN
OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: GRANDMA HAS KNOWN THIS ONE AS LONG AS SHE CAN REMEMBER AND THINKS
SHE GOT IT FROM HER MOTHER WHO CAME FROM IRELAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 09-00-1963

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KNIFE, FORK AND SPOON BELIEF

TO DROP A KNIFE, FORK, OR SPOON MEANS COMPANY COMING.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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ITALIAN SUPERSTITION

ASK A PREGNANT WOMAN IF HER HANDS ARE DIRTY: IF SHE LOOKS AT THEM
WITH THE PALMS UP FIRST, SHE WILL HAVE A GIRL; IF SHE LOOKS AT THE
OUTSIDE FIRST, SHE WILL HAVE A BOY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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ITALIAN SUPERSTITION

IF A WOMAN FALLS WHEN SHE IS PREGNANT AND SHE HELPS HERSELF UP
WITH HER RIGHT HAND, SHE WILL HAVE A BOY; IF SHE HELPS HERSELF
UP WITH HER LEFT HAND, SHE WILL HAVE A GIRL.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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BELIEF-DAILY LIFE

IF YOUR RIGHT PALM ITCHES, YOU WILL LOSE MONEY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER SHOOL FRIENDS.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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BELIEF-DAILY LIFE

IF YOUR LEFT PALM ITCHES, YOU WILL RECEIVE A LETTER.

Submitter comment:

LEARNED FROM HER SCHOOL FRIENDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

Keyword(s): Hand ; ITCH ; Palm ; PREDICTION ; SIGN ; SYMBOL ; Visitor

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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BELIEF-DAILY LIFE

IF YOU DROP A FORK, A WOMAN WILL BE COMING TO VISIT YOU, COMING
FROM THE DIRECTION WHICH THE FORK IS POINTED. IF THE KNIFE DROPS,
IT WILL BE A MAN. IF IT IS A SPOON, IT WILL BE A CHILD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- P553

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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BELIEF-DAILY LIFE

IF THERE ARE BUBBLES IN YOUR COFFEE AND YOU CAN PICK THEM UP IN A
SPOON, YOU WILL RECEIVE MONEY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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COMPANY

IF YOU DROP A PIECE OF SILVERWARE THEN YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE
COMPANY VERY SHORTLY.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER DOES NOT REMEMBER EVER HEARING THIS FOR THE FIRST
TIME AND SAYS THAT SHE HAS KNOWN IT ALL HER LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation

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SNAKES

IF YOU SEE A SNAKE OR DREAM ABOUT ONE, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSSIBLE GOSSIP, BACKBITING

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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WHISTLE IN YOUR EAR

IF YOU HEAR A WHISTLE IN YOUR EAR, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.
IF YOU SAY THE ALPHABET UNTIL IT STOPS,
THE LETTER IT STOPS ON (WILL BE)
THE FIRST INITIAL OF THE NAME OF THE PERSON TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSSIBLE GOSSIP, BACKBITING

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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MARRIAGE

IF IT RAINS 3 DAYS BEFORE THE WEDDING, THE COUPLE WILL HAVE
3 CHILDREN. 4 DAYS, 4 CHILDREN. THIS ONLY WORKS A WEEK BEFORE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fourths / Quarters
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS DAY ALL UNMARRIED PEOPLE SHOULD WATCH IN WHICH DIRECTION
THE DOG BARKS BECAUSE THAT IS THE DIRECTION WHERE THE PERSON THEY
ARE TO MARRY LIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Marriage

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LIMERICK

A POETESS LIVING IN TRIM,
POSSESSES A PECULIAR WHIM,
SHE WEARS A LARGE BONNET,
WHEN WRITING A SONNET,
AND A HELMET WHEN WRITING A HYMN.

Submitter comment: THESE LIMERICKS WERE LEARNED OF IN A SIXTH GRADE ENGLISH CLASS
AT SAINT HEDWIG GRADE SCHOOL. THE BOOK THEY WERE TAKED FROM
IS NOT KNOWN BY ME BECAUSE THEY WERE TOLD BY THE TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POETESS

Subject headings: Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001960S

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU GET A PIMPLE ON YOUR TONGUE, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

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BELIEF ABOUT THE EYE

IF YOUR EYE JUMPS, YOU ARE GOING TO BE KISSED BY A FOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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OWL

IF AN OWL SITS ON YOUR HOUSE AND HOOTS, IT MEANS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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