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NEVER WEAR AN OPAL RING UNLESS IT IS YOUR BIRTHSTONE.
IF YOU WEAR IT, YOU WILL HAVE SEVEN YEARS BAD
LUCK; BUT THE REST OF YOUR LIFE YOU WILL HAVE GOOD
LUCK. ONLY THOSE WHOSE BIRTHSTONE IT IS CAN
WEAR IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Good luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 02-14-1972

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TO BREAK A MIRROR MEANS SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.14

Date learned: 12-00-1965

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LUCK

OPENING AN UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE IS BAD LUCK, AS IS BREAKING A
MIRROR WORTH SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.14

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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NUMBERS

A SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON HAS SPECIAL POWERS.

James Callow comment: P820 AND P720 ARE MY ADDITIONS--J. T. CALLOW
CN[ MERCIER, CYNTHIA 731458
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Where learned: LOUISIANA ; UNICE

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGICIAN PROPHET HEALER

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several

Date learned: CA11001973

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LUCK

SEVEN PEOPLE TURN A CLASS RING TO INSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE OWNER
OF THE RING IN THE FUTURE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; UNICE

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: CA11001973

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NUMBERS

THE SEVENTH CHILD BORN IN A FAMILY IS USUALLY THE LUCKIEST.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; UNICE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.43
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.5

Date learned: CA11001973

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CANDLE

IF YOU BURN A CANDLE ALL THE WAY DOWN, IT WILL BRING SEVEN YEARS
GOOD LUCK

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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ITALIAN BURIAL CUSTOM

AN ITALIAN BURIAL CUSTOM IS TO PLACE SEVEN CENTS(/1 NICKLE AND 2
PENNIES) AND A BOOK OF MATCHES IN THE COFFIN. A LADY ALSO RECEIVES
AN APRON BUT THE INFORMANT COULD NOT REMEMBER WHAT A MAN GETS.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COINS

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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PALM SUNDAY BELIEFS AND CUSTOMS

WHATEVER WEATHER YOU HAVE ON PALM SUNDAY, YOU WILL HAVE ON THE
SUCCESSIVE SIX SUNDAYS. IF IT RAINS ON PALM SUNDAY, THEN YOU WILL
HAVE RAIN THE NEXT SIX SUNDAYS, ETC.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
686 Sixths / Six
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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IF A PERSON BREAKS A MIRROR, THAT MEANS THE PERSON WILL
HAVE SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID SHE BROKE ONE AND FOUND IT WAS NOT TRUE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.14

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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LUCK/OMEN

IF SEVEN PEOPLE EAT A SEVEN COURSE MEAL TOGETHER, THEN THEY WILL
HAVE GOOD LUCK B/UT IF THIRTEEN PEOPLE EAT TOGER AT ALL, ONE OF TH
THE THIRTEEN WILL DIE WITHIN THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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CUSTOMS

DURING THE FIRST SEVEN WEEKS IN LENT, YOU HANG A STRING FROM
THE CEILING. YOU TIE SEVEN CHICKEN FEATHERS ON THE END OF
THE STRING. IF YOU ARE GOOD FOR THE FIRST WEEK AND HAVE KEPT
THE FAST, A FEATHER IS TAKEN OUT AND THROWN AWAY. THIS IS
DONE FOR ALL SEVEN WEEKS. IF YOU ARE BAD AND THE FEATHER
ISN'T REMOVED, IT WILL COME AND STICK IN YOUR EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Lent
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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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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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

BUSIER THAN A ONE ARMED PAPER HANGER WITH THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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HOURS OF SLEEP

NATURE NEEDS FIVE
CUSTOM TAKES SEVEN
LAZINESS TAKES NINE
AND WICKEDNESS ELEVEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ROUTINE

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
686 Ninths / Nine
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.11

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WEDDING SHOWER CUSTOM

AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS BROKEN FROM THE PRESENTS
THE BRIDE RECEIVES INDICATES THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.
SEVEN BROKEN RIBBONS MEAN SEVEN CHILDREN.

Submitter comment: EVERYONE LAUGHS AT THIS CUSTOM, BUT AT EVERY BRIDAL SHOWER I HAVE
ATTENDED THE FUTURE BRIDE HAS BEEN VERY CAREFUL. I HAVE NEVER
SEEN A BROKEN RIBBON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; SYMBOLS

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CA00001970

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WEATHER SUPERSTITION

IF IT RAINS ON EASTER, IT WILL RAIN FOR 7 SUNDAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 04-09-1971

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WISH

WHEN SOMEONE TIES A PIECE OF STRING AROUND YOUR
WRIST IN SEVEN KNOTS, YOU SHOULD THEN
MAKE A WISH ON EACH KNOT ALL CONCERNING THE SAME
PERSON. THEN YOU MUST TIE SEVEN OTHER PERSON'S
WRISTS EACH IN SEVEN KNOTS IN THE SAME MANNER
THAT YOUR'S WAS TIED. THIS ALL MUST
BE DONE IN 24 HOURS. THEN YOU MUST HAVE
THE PERSON ABOUT WHOM YOU WISHED BREAK THE STRING
THAT IS STILL ON YOUR WRIST.
THEN ALL YOUR WISHES CONCERNING THAT
PERSON WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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CARE OF SLEEPLESS CHILD

FOR THE BABY WHO HAS "NIGHT TURNED INTO DAY" (STAYS AWAKE ALL NIGHT
AND SLEEPS ALL DAY) - TURN THE BABY END OVER END (SOMERSAULT STYLE)
SEVEN TIMES. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO END THEIR CONFUSION.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: MRS. MARY JANE SMELSER, MOTHER-IN-LAW, LONDON, ENGLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; INSOMNIA

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-27-1964

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LUCKY NUMBERS

BILL NICHOLS IS A YOUNG MAN IN HIS LATE TEENS WHO IS
ENGAGED TO A YOUNG LADY NAMED CAROLYN. CAROLYN WAS BORN
ON JANUARY 7TH. BECAUSE OF THIS WHENEVER BILL PLAYS CARDS
HE CHOOSES ACES (1) AND SEVENS (7) AS WILD CARDS. STRANGELY
ENOUGH HE USUALLY WINS.

Submitter comment: HIS FRIEND BILL NICHOLS TOLD HIM THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-02-1967

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