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SUPERSTITION--BAD LUCK

IT IS UNLUCKY TO LIGHT THREE CIGARETTES FROM A SINGLE MATCH.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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THE HEN-PECKED DEVIL

SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS AGO THE MAYOR OF HAMBURG, GERMANY,
CONTRACTED TO HAVE A BRIDGE BUILT OVER THE ELBE. THE CONTRACTOR
PROMISED TO HAVE THE JOB COMPLETED BY A CERTAIN DATE, BUT,
BECAUSE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, HE WAS HOPELESSLY BEHIND SCHEDULE.
SINCE THE BUILDER KNEW THAT THE MAYOR WOULD NOT FULFILL HIS END
OF THE CONTRACT UNLESS THE BRIDGE WAS COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE
SPRING FESTIVALS, HE MADE A PACT WITH THE DEVIL FOR ITS COMPLE-
TION. THE DEVIL WOULD COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION IN RETURN FOR THE
SOUL OF THE FIRST PERSON TO CROSS THE BRIDGE.
WHEN THE BRIDGE WAS COMPLETED AND TO BE DEDICATED, THE MAYOR AND
BUILDER ARGUED WITH ONE ANOTHER ABOUT WHO SHOULD BE THE FIRST TO
WALK ACROSS THE SPAN. THE MAYOR, SUSPECTING SOMETHING WAS AMISS
BECAUSE OF THE JOB'S RAPID COMPLETION, INSISTED THAT THE BUILDER
PROCEED FIRST. IN ANTICIPATION OF THIS, THE BUILDER HAD TUCKED
A HEN UNDER HIS COAT. WHEN HE APPROACHED THE MIDWAY MARK OF THE
BRIDGE WHERE THE DEVIL WAS LURKING BEHIND A COLUMN, HE THREW THE
HEN OUT TO HIM. THE DEVIL SEIZED THE BIRD, BUT WHEN HE SAW THAT
HIS CATCH WAS ONLY A HEN, HE THREW IT DOWN IN DISGUST. THE
DEVIL'S ANGER WAS SUCH THAT THE HEN WENT CLEAN THROUGH THE BRIDGE,
AND TO THIS DAY THERE IS A HOLD IN THE BRIDGE WHICH WILL NOT BE
FILLED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD TALE FROM A GERMAN PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR AT
GANNON COLLEGE, ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE ; GANNON COLLEGE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Bridge

Date learned: 10-23-1965

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LEGEND

THERE IS A GRAVEYARD IN MIDLAND, MICHIGAN, THAT HAS A STRANGE
VISITOR EVERY TEN YEARS. HE IS A TALL, LEAN, HOODED FIGURE WITH
LONG NOSE, SUNKEN EYES, AND BONY FINGERS. EVERY TIME HE VISITS,
HE MURDERS TWO KIDS, WHO HAPPEN TO WANDER THROUGH THE CEMETERY
AT THE SAME TIME.
HIS APPEARANCE HAS BEEN REGULAR FOR THIRTY YEARS, I.E., HE HAS
COME THREE TIMES, THE MOST RECENT BEING A FEW MONTHS BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Cemetery

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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IF THERE IS A FLY IN YOUR HOUSE ON JANUARY THE FIRST
YOU WILL HAVE A YEAR OF GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD IN NORTH DAKOTA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO LEAVE AND ENTER BY THE SAME DOOR.
IT IS EVEN BETTER LUCK, IF YOU DO THIS THE FIRST
TIME YOU ENTER AND LEAVE A STRANGER'S HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 11-01-1969

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ITALIANS BELIEVE IT IS GOOD LUCK TO SPRINKLE
CHAMPAGNE ON THE FLOOR OF A NEW HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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IT IS AN ARMENIAN CUSTOM TO BREAK AN EGG ON A NEW
CAR FOR GOOD LUCK. AS A MATTER OF FACT, KELI
TOLD ME, IT IS GOOD LUCK TO BREAK AN EGG ON
ANYTHING NEW. HER MOTHER RECENTLY PURCHASED NEW
CARPETING AND BROKE AN EGG ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 02-26-1971

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WHEN YOU BUY A NEW PAIR OF SHOES, PUT A PENNY
IN THEM FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER FATHER WHO LIVES IN
LANSING, (MICHIGAN).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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WEAR A PENNY IN YOUR SHOE AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO PUT THE FIRST COIN IN A BANK OR A
WALLET THAT IS A GIFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Gifts

Date learned: 10-18-1967

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ALWAYS PUT A PENNY IN A NEW PURSE; IT MEANS
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO FALL OUT OF BED, BECAUSE IT MEANS
THAT YOU WILL LIVE AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
BELIEF -- Good luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 03-04-1968

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ITALIAN LUCK

FOR GOOD LUCK, A RED RIBBON IS BLESSED WITH HOLY WATER
AND PLACED IN A NEW CAR, OR NEW HOME, ETC. OR SHOULD
BE PINNED ON A NEW BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Religious (relic, etc.)

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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JEWS MUST MAKE A SALE TO THE FIRST CUSTOMER THEY HAVE
OR THEY WILL HAVE A BAD DAY OR UNSUCCESSFUL BUSINESS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 09-07-1965

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IN A JEWISH STORE, IF THE FIRST CUSTOMER TO COME IN
IN THE MORNING IS A WOMAN, THE DAY WILL NOT BE A
PROSPEROUS ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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IN POKER, IF YOU CUT THE DECK OF CARDS AND GET AN ACE
OF SPADES, THAT MEANS DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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