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IN AN IRISH CHRISTMAS CAKE THERE IS ALWAYS PLACED
A GOLD RING SO THAT WHOEVER EATS THE PIECE OF CAKE
AND FINDS THE GOLD RING, WILL BE MARRIED WITHIN THE
NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM MY IRISH LANDLADY AT CHRISTMAS TIME
OF 1970. I DON'T THINK SHE REALLY BELIEVED IT WOULD
HAPPEN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF ANOTHER PERSON TRIES ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING,
YOU WILL NEVER MARRY THE PERSON WHOSE RING IT IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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WHEN A LITTLE GIRL WANTS TO KNOW WHAT HER FUTURE
HUSBAND WILL BE, SHE COUNTS THE BUTTONS ON HER DRESS
OR BLOUSE. SHE MENTIONS, IN ORDER, ONE OF THE
FOLLOWING AT EACH BUTTON: "RICH MAN, POOR MAN,
BEGGAR MAN, THIEF; DOCTOR, LAWYER, INDIAN CHIEF."
WHEN SHE REACHES HER LAST BUTTON, THE "OCCUPATION"
SHE NAMES AT THAT POINT IS THE ONE HER HUSBAND WILL
HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEXT MAN TO BE MARRIED CATCHES THE BRIDE'S GARTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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TO FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF HUSBAND YOU'LL MARRY, START
AT TOP BUTTON OF BLOUSE, DRESS, SWEATER, ETC. AND
SAY ONE NAME FOR EACH BUTTON--RICH MAN, POOR MAN
BEGGER MAN, THIEF, DOCTOR, LAWYER, MERCHANT, CHIEF.
THE LAST BUTTON'S MATCH IS THE OCCUPATION OF YOUR
FUTURE HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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