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SUPERSTITIONS

IF YOUR HAND ITCHES, YOU'RE GOING TO GET MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU'RE GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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TELLING A LIE

IF YOUR TONGUE HURTS, YOU'VE TOLD A LIE. MARYLOU'S INFORMANT
WAS HER GRANDMOTHER BRIDGET O' CONNOR 81, WIDOWED FROM LONDON ONT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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CROW ON THE GRAVE

IF YOU SHIVER THAT MEANS A CROW IS WALKING ON YOUR GRAVE.
THIS ITEM WAS GIVEN BY LURELL HARDACRE A FRIEND OF THE LANNEN'S
LURELL IS OF CZECH-RUSSIAN DESCENT AND IS A 64 YEAR OLD WIDOW

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES THIS IS AN INDICATION OF RECEIVING MONEY,
YOUR RIGHT HAND A LETTER.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 10-09-1972

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IF YOU HAVE A GOOD DREAM AND WANT IT TO COME TRUE TELL IT BEFORE
BREAKFAST

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 09-08-1972

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DREAMS OF CHILDREN

IF YOU DREAM OF A YOUNG CHILD, SOMEONE YOU KNOW WILL DIE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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DREAMS

ONLY THE WOMEN OF THE FAMILY CAN INTERPRET DREAMS,
BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES GIFTED WITH INSIGHT.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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SENSE OF EVIL

IT IS THE OPINION OF MANY PEOPLE THAT ANIMALS HAVE AN EXTRA SENSE.
THIS SENSE--A PRESENT OF THE CREATOR--TELLS THEM WHEN EVIL PERSONS
OR BEINGS ARE ABOUT. THUS, WHEN A HORSE REARS FOR NO APPARENT
REASON AT ALL, IT IS SAID THAT HE IS SPOOKED, AND THAT WHICH
SPOOKS HIM IS USUALLY THE APPROACH OF MR. DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EXTRASENSORY ; PREMONITION

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Characteristics of Animals
BELIEF -- Animal

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IF YOUR PALM ITCHES, YOU WILL GET MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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PREDICTION DIVINATION

AN ITCHY NOSE MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A QUARREL OR FIGHT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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BELIEF ABOUT THE EYE

IF YOUR EYE JUMPS, YOU ARE GOING TO BE KISSED BY A FOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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BODY PART BELIEF

IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL LOSE MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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EYES JUMPING

IF YOUR LEFT EYE JUMPS CONSTANTLY, YOU ARE GOING TO GET MAD. IF
YOUR RIGHT EYE JUMPS, YOU ARE GOING TO BE GLAD ABOUT SOMETHING.

Submitter comment: THIS HAS TOLD TO HAVE ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO INFORMANT.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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IF YOUR EAR RINGS, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

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PREDICTION

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, IT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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HAND ITCH

WHEN YOUR HAND ITCHES, IT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO GET SOME MONEY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS EXPERIENCED IT TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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IF A FISHERMAN WENT OUT TO THE OCEAN TO FISH AND SAW A PERSON
HE DID NOT LIKE OR THAT DISLIKED HIM, IT IS SAID THAT
HE SHOULD GO BACK TO SHORE, BECAUSE HE WILL NOT
CATCH ANY MORE FISH THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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HEARTBURN

IF A WOMAN HAS A LOT OF HEARTBURN DURING PREGNANCY, THE BABY WILL
BE BORN WITH A HEAD FULL OF HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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DETERMINING SEX OF UNBORN CHILD

IF THE FETAL HEARTBEAT IS FAST, THE BABY WILL BE FEMALE, IF
SLOW, MALE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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