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TSSS A HORSESHOE OVER YOUR SHOULDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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IT BRINGS GOOD LUCK UPON A HOUSEHOLD TO HANG A HORSE-
SHOE ABOVE THE MAIN ENTRANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-05-1969

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO HAVE A HORSESHOE HUNG OVER YOUR
THRESHOLD. IT BRINGS GOOD LUCK TO THE PLACE WHERE
THE HORSESHOE IS HUNG.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS IT FROM WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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IF YOU FIND A HORSESHOE, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A HORSESHOE IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-16-1968

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IF YOU FIND A HORSESHOE AND THROW IT OVER YOUR
SHOULDER, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED ON THE FARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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A HORSESHOE NAILED OPEN END UP OVER A DOOR IS
SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO PASS UNDERNEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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MR. HANSEN BELIEVES THAT WHEN A PERSON FINDS A HORSE-
SHOE, THEN HE IS SUPPOSED TO GO HOME WITHOUT SPEAKING
TO ANYONE. THEN HE IS SUPPOSED TO NAIL THE SHOE ABOVE
THE DOOR WITH THE PRONGS UP. IF THE PRONGS ARE DOWN
THE LUCK WILL FALL OUT. MR. HANSEN OWNED A HORSE
STABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 01-24-1967

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HORSESHOES ARE PLACED OVER THE DOOR FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PUTTING A HORSESHOE ABOVE A DOOR WILL BRING GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WILSON

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A HORSESHOE OVER YOUR DOOR WITH THE ENDS UPWARD
MEANS GOOD LUCK WILL NEVER RUN OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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GREEK CUSTOM

THE GREEKS HANG THEIR CROSSES ON THE EAST WALLS OF THEIR HOME
WHERE THE SUN RISES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; FACING EAST ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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PRACTICAL JOKE

BECAUSE THE DOORS AT AMHERST COLLEGE OPEN INWARD, ANOTHER
DESTRUCTIVE PRANK IS TO LEAN A BUCKET OF WATER AGAINST THE
OUTSIDE OF A CLOSED DOOR. OPENING THE DOOR FROM THE INSIDE
CAUSES THE WATER TO SPILL INTO THE ROOM. THIS HAS BEEN DONE
WITH A FULL FIFTY-FIVE GALLON DRUM.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

TOOTHPASTE IS PLACED IN THE KEYHOLE OF A DOOR, HARDENING AND
MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO UNLOCK THE DOOR.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMAN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

BECAUSE THE DOORS AT AMHERST COLLEGE OPEN INWARD, A COMMON
PRANK IS TO TIE A ROPE ON THE DOORKNOBS OF TWO DOORS ACROSS THE
HALL FROM EACH OTHER, SHUTTING IN THE OCCUPANTS OF BOTH ROOMS.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMAN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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KEEPING STRANGERS OUT.

IT IS A TRADITION THAT TO KEEP UNWANTED PEOPLE OUT BROKEN GLASS
IS CEMENTED IN AT THE TOP OF THE BRICK WALLS. THAT WAY ANYONE
SCALING THE WALLS IS USUALLY WOUNDED SEVERELY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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LUCK

A SEA SHELL (SEASHELL) PLACED AT THE FRONT DOOR INVITES LUCK
TO ENTER THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT CAN'T REMEMBER WHEN OR WHERE HE LEARNED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS ; SALTWATER MOLLUSKS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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THE FIRST DOLLAR A MAN EARNS SHOULD BE HUNG PROMINENTLY ON A WALL AT
HIS PLACE OF BUSINESS TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S PARENTS WERE BORN IN LEBANON, AND HIS FATHER PLACED A
DOLLAR FROM THE FIRST PAYCHECK HE EARNED IN THE U.S. ABOVE THE FRONT
DOOR OF HIS HOME SINCE HE DID NOT HAVE HIS OWN PLACE OF BUSINESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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ON MARCH 15TH, THE IDES OF MARCH, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO PUT A BROOM
BEHIND THE DOOR TO KEEP THE WITCHES OUT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 15
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 03-00-1980

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WHEN A FULL MOON OCCURS IN JULY, ALL THE WINDOWS
MUST BE KEPT OPEN TO FREE THE RESTLESS SPIRITS.
IF NOT THE SPIRITS WOULD REMAIN FOR THE REMAINDER OF
THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER
AND CONTINUED TO PRACTICE THE BELIEF, PASSING
IT ON TO HER CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE ; RECEIVED IN MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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