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NOT GIVEN

MISS BALDWIN SAYS THAT AT THE TREVI FOUNTAIN IN ROME THERE IS A
SPRING FROM WHICH IF TWO PEOPLE DRINK WATER AT THE SAME TIME THEY
WILL HAVE SIMILAR DESTINIES.

Submitter comment: MISS BALDWIN HEARD THIS FROM AN ITALIAN CITIZEN WHILE ON A
EUROPEAN VOYAGE IN 1962.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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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 TWO PEOPLE SAY SOMETHING AT THE SAME TIME, THEY
SHOULD KNOCK ON WOOD FOR LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TALK

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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IF YOU TAKE A SECOND PIECE OF BREAD, WHILE YOU STILL HAVE SOME,
IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE IS COMING HUNGRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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IF YOU TAKE A PIECE OF BREAD WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE A
PIECE, THAT MEANS SOMEONE HUNGRY IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

James Callow Keyword(s): TABLE MANNERS

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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WHEN YOU SNEEZE TWICE IN A ROW, IT MEANS GOOD LUCK IS
COMING YOUR WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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WHEN A PERSON SNEEZES, THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS:
ONE, A WISH
TWO, A KISS
THREE, A LETTER
FOUR, SOMETHING BETTER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Marine City

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fourths / Quarters
Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

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SUPERSTITION

THE IRISH HAVE A BELIEF THAT 2 SILVER DOLLARS SHOULD
BE PRESENTED TO A NEW INFANT, TO ASSURE MONETARY COMFORT
IN LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

TWO IS ALWAYS THREE.

Submitter comment: THIS PERTAINS TO THREE DEATHS COMING AFTER ONE ANOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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DEATH

NEVER HAVE TWO CLOCKS IN THE SAME ROOM KEEPING TIME BECAUSE IN A
TWO CAR ACCIDENT MEMBERS IN BOTH CARS WILL DIE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): SIMULTANEITY

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: CA11001973

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COMBING HAIR

IF TWO PEOPLE COMB IN THE SAME PERSONS' HAIR AT THE SAME TIME THE
YOUNGEST WILL DIE FIRST.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): SIMULTANEITY

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: 11-05-1973

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE WALK DOWN THE STREET AND SPLIT POLES; IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001950S

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CUSTOM

IT IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM THAT MAN AND WOMAN BECOME ENGAGED AFTER
THE THIRD DATE. THE ENGAGEMENT THEN LASTS FOR 2 YEARS.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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FIRST CHILD

IF THE FIRST CHILD IS A GIRL, NAME IT AFTER HER MOTHER AND YOUR
NEXT CHILD WILL BE A BOY.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Birth
SPEECH -- S583

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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THE WAY TO GET RID OF AN EAR ACHE, IS TO GET A BETSY BUG, WHICH
ONLY HAS TWO DROPS OF BLOOD IN IT, PULL HIS HEAD OFF WHILE STANDING
OVER THE PERSON WITH THE EAR ACHE, AND LET THE TWO DROPS OF BLOOD
FALL IN THE INFECTED EAR. THE EAR ACHE WILL DISAPPEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER DID THIS FOR HER EAR ACHE WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.
HER MOTHER WOULD GET UP EARLY EVERY MORNING FOR THREE MORNINGS
AND CRAWL UNDER THE HOUSE AND DIG UNTIL SHE FOUND A BETSY BUG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 12-07-1971

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PROVERB

ANYBODY CAN BE FOOLED ONCE, BUT ONLY A FOOL CAN BE FOOLED TWICE.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; OBSERVATION ; REPETITION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-09-1969

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

CUPID IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SHOOT ARROWS THROUGH TWO HEARTS
AT THE SAME TIME.

Where learned: RUSSIA

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; SUPERNATURAL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Gods
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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