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SUPERSTITION

FOR GOOD LUCK IN BASEBALL IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE THIRD BASEMAN
MUST BE THE LAST PERSON TO TOUCH THE BALL BEFORE THE PITCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 09-30-1971

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BORROWING

IF YOU BORROW ANYTHING AT ALL FROM A WITCH THAT BELONGS
TO HIM PERSONALLY YOU CAN HOLD A SPELL OVER HIM BY KISSING
THE OBJECT AND SAYING "THANK YOU" THREE TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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BLASON POPULAIRE

REGARDING THE COMELINESS OF THE COEDS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
IT IS COMMON BELIEF THAT NINE OUT OF TEN GIRLS ARE BEAUTIFUL
AND THE TENTH GOES TO MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): EDUCATION ; IRONY ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 686.1
686 686.1.9
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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FLEMISH PROVERB

ONE DUTCHMAN IS MADE OF TWO JEWS.
JEWS ARE BAD BUT THE DUTCH ARE WORSE

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME WHEN HE WAS VISITING DETROIT, MICHIGAN
FROM BELGIUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTISEMITISM ; INSULT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
686 686.1.2
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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WHEN TALKING TOGETHER A PERSON SHOULD NEVER MENTION ANYTHING THAT
HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO HIM. FOR EXAMPLE IF HE SAYS HE'S NEVER
HAD A FLAT TIRE, HE USUALLY HAS ONE WITHIN ONE WEEK.

Data entry tech comment: FIRST CAUSED BY ANTICIPATING THEM AS NEGATIVES OR ZEROES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: 686 686.1
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BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 11-13-1969

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NEVER LIGHT THREE THINGS ON THE SAME MATCH.

Submitter comment: BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): MATCH

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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THE NUMBER 13 AT THE GRAYHOUND BUS STATION.

WHEN AT THE GRAYHOUND BUS STATION IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT, I
NOTICED THAT I WAS STANDING NEXT TO GATE 12 AND GATE 14.
THERE WAS NO GATE 13 IN THE BUS STATION.

Submitter comment: BUS DRIVERS MUST ALSO FEEL THAT NUMBER 13 IS A BAD LUCK NUMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): TRAVEL

Subject headings: 686 686.1

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SILLY BELIEF

IT WAS A BELIEF IN EIGHTH GRADE THAT THE PHONE NUMBER
777-7777 WAS THE NUMBER OF A WHOREHOUSE.

Submitter comment:

I REMEMBER ONCE TRYING TO FIND OUT FOR SURE, BUT THE
NUMBER WAS NON-EXISTENT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER ; PROSTITUTION

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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IRISH CUSTOM

YOU MUST MAKE A WISH WHEN YOU ENTER A NEW CHURCH BUILDING.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS AN IRISH CUSTOM THAT INFORMANT COLLECTED FROM HER SISTER
WHO IN TURN LEARNED IT AT THE NURSES' LOUNGE AT BEAUMONT
HOSPITAL, DETROIT.

Data entry tech comment:

HOSPITAL IS ACTUALLY IN ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-23-1967

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NEW CHURCHES

EVERY TIME YOU VISIT A NEW CHURCH IF YOU MAKE A WISH IT WILL
COME TRUE.

Data entry tech comment:

A SIMILAR IRISH BELIEF CAN BE FOUND IN THIS ARCHIVE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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BORROWING

IF YOU BORROW ANYTHING AT ALL FROM A WITCH THAT BELONGS
TO HIM PERSONALLY YOU CAN HOLD A SPELL OVER HIM BY KISSING
THE OBJECT AND SAYING "THANK YOU" THREE TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

IF YOU ARE THE FIRST PERSON TO ENTER
A FRIEND'S HOME, YOU MUST GIVE THEM A GIFT.

Submitter comment:

LEARNED FROM GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFTGIVING

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

IF YOU LAY A BROOM ACROSS THE DOOR-WAY,
THE FIRST PERSON TO PICK IT UP AND GIVE IT
TO YOU WILL BE AN ENEMY OF YOURS THAT YEAR.

Submitter comment:

LEARNED FROM GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 686.1
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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CUSTOM-FIRST FOOTING

THE FIRST PERSON TO STEP FOOT IN YOUR HOUSE AFTER THE NEW YEAR
CANNOT DO SO EMPTY-HANDED. IF THEY DO IT MEANS THAT YOU AND YOUR
FAMILY WILL HAVE A LEAN YEAR. IF THEY BRING A GIFT, THEN YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY WILL HAVE A FAT YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; SYMBOLIC ACTION

Subject headings: 686 686.1
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 09-26-1965

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CUSTOM

WHEN INFORMANT WAS LITTLE, A FAMILY
CUSTOM AT NEW YEAR'S WAS TO BE SURE THAT
SOMEONE--THE FIRST PERSON INTO THE HOUSE AFTER
MIDNIGHT--BROUGHT WITH HIM SOME BREAD
AND A BOTTLE OF WINE TO INSURE A FULL
CUPBOARD DURING THE COMING YEAR. IF NO ONE
WAS GOING TO BE OUT LATE, THE PROVISIONS
WERE LEFT OUT ON THE KITCHEN TABLE UNTIL
MORNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): GIFTGIVING ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 11-08-1967

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CHRISTMAS

UKRAINIANS SIT DOWN TO THE CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER ONLY AFTER THE FIRST
STAR COMES OUT, IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE STAR WHICH LED THE THREE WISE
MEN TO BETHLEHEM.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): BIBLE ; METEOROLOGY

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE CHILDREN ALL STAND BY THE WINDOW AND WATCH
FOR THE FIRST STAR TO APPEAR BECAUSE NOT UNTIL THEN IS EVERYONE
ALLOWED TO EAT SUPPER.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; METEOROLOGICAL

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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START OF CHRISTMAS FEAST

THE POLISH PEOPLE DID NOT START TO EAT THEIR CHRISTMAS MEAL UNTIL
THE FIRST STAR SHONE AS A SIGN THAT CHRIST WAS HERE OR COMING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; METEOROLOGICAL ; RELIGION

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER

THE DINNER ON CHRISTMAS EVE SHOULD NOT BE STARTED TILL THE FIRST
STAR FALLS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.
 

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): FOOD ; METEOROLOGICAL

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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CHRISTMAS

WHEN SITTING DOWN TO THE LAST SUPPER, IT IS CUSTOMARY TO BLOW AT
THE CHAIR FIRST (IN UKRAINE) TO WARD OFF SPIRITS AND THUS NOT SIT
ON THEM.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM PARENTS IN UKRAINE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 11-19-1967

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