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NORSE BELIEF

WHEN THEY WERE OUT ON ICE THEY EAT FISH RAW BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE
THAT THE RAW FISH HAS SOME KIND OF VITAMIN WHICH GIVE OFF INTERNAL
HEAT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MENSTRUAL WARNING

A WOMAN WHO CANS FOOD DURING HER MENSTRUAL PERIOD WILL BE LEFT
WITH SPOILED FOOD!

Submitter comment: THIS ADMONITION WAS GIVEN TO THE INFORMANT BY HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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MENSTRUAL WARNING

A WOMAN SHOULD NOT GET A PERMANENT DURING HER MENSTRUAL PERIOD,
BECAUSE IT WILL NOT TAKE EFFECT.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ADVICE GIVEN TO THE INFORMANT BY HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 04-11-1965

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NOT GIVEN

WHEN MRS. MURPHY WAS YOUNG, THERE WAS A GREAT FEAR OF LIGHTNING
IN HER HOME. HER MOTHER SINCERELY BELIEVED THAT, DURING AN
ELECTRICAL STORM, IF SHE CLOSED ALL THE DOORS AND WINDOWS IN THE
HOUSE AND TURNED OFF EVERYTHING ELECTRICAL, THEN LIGHTNING WOULD
NOT STRIKE THE HOUSE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 05-22-1965

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A PRECAUTION AGAINST LIGHTENING

IN POLAND, ON THE FARMS IT IS A PRACTICE TO PUT A WAGON WHEEL ON
THE ROOF OF A NEW HOUSE, AFTER ALL METAL WAS REMOVED FROM THE
WHEEL, SO THAT LIGHTENING WOULD NOT STRIKE THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER REMEMBERS THIS PRACTICE FROM POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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POTATO PLANTING

ALWAYS PLANT POTATOES ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY FOR BEST POTATOES.
IN OHIO IF YOU DIDN'T GET THEM IN ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY, THEY
DON'T GROW. THEY'RE A VERY SUPERSTITIOUS PEOPLE, YOU KNOW.

Submitter comment: BELIEF IN POPULAR TRADITION IN BOTH GLOUCESTER AND HOLLISTER,
OHIO, WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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CLOTH ON THE WRIST

BESIDES USING A CLOTH ON THE WRISTS TO SOAK UP SWEAT, SOME
FOOTBALL PLAYERS USE IT FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT KNEW IT AS GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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SUPERSTITIONS

CARROTS MAKE YOU SEE BETTER.

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU ENTER A FRONT DOOR THEN YOU SHOULD LEAVE ALSO BY THE FRONT
DOOR OR ELSE YOU GET COMPANY.

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S GRANDPARENTS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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SUPERSTITION

UNLUCKY AT CARDS, LUCKY IN LOVE.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-09-1967

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CUSTOM

WHEN A BABY CUTS HIS FIRST TOOTH, THE MOTHER BAKES A WHEAT CAKE
WITH CANDY ON THE TOP AND ALL THE VISITORS HAVE A PIECE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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NOT GIVEN

IF YOU SLEEP WITH WEDDING CAKE UNDER YOUR PILLOW, YOU WILL DREAM
ABOUT YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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NOT GIVEN

SEE A PIN, PICK IT UP,
ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN, LEAVE IT LIE,
THROUGH THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE A CRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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NOT GIVEN

IF YOU DROP A DISHTOWEL SOMEBODY SLOPPY'S COMING TO YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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NOT GIVEN

IF YOU DROP A FORK A WOMAN WILL COME TO VISIT. DROP A KNIFE AND
A MAN WILL COME INSTEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 09-30-1967

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POSH PLACE

POSH PLACE COMES FROM PORT OUT OF STARBOARD HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): B478 EXPLANATION OF A NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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NOT GIVEN

GIVE A PENNY TO ONE WHO GIVES YOU ANY SHARP OBJECT SUCH AS A
KNIFE OR A SCISSORS AS A GIFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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NOT GIVEN

IF YOU TAKE THE LAST THING ON A PLATE YOU'LL BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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NOT GIVEN

IF TWO PEOPLE REACH FOR THE BREAD PLATE AT THE SAME TIME,
THEY'RE GOING TO GET MARRIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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RUSSIAN SUPERSTITION

BEFORE A MOVE OR A JOURNEY, PEOPLE SIT DOWN A FEW MOMENTS FOR LUCK.

Submitter comment: TAKEN FROM A FOOTNOTE ON PAGE 52 IN "DOCTOR ZHIVAGO," (NEW YORK:
PANTHEON BOOKS, INC., 1958).

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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