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DROP A SPOON, AND COMPANY IS COMING.
DROP A KNIFE AND A FIGHT'S A COMIN'

Submitter comment: FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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WHEN AT THE DINNER TABLE, OR WHEN HANDLING SILVER-
WARE, IF SOMEONE DROPS A SPOON THEY CAN EXPECT
A MALE VISITOR THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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IF YOU DROP A SPOON BY ACCIDENT, A CHILD IS COMING.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD THIS TO ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A SPOON FALLS FROM THE TABLE, IT MEANS A HUNGRY
GUEST WILL VISIT THE HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-15-1968

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IF YOU DROP A SPOON A CHILD WILL SOON COME.

Submitter comment: GRANDMOTHER HAD MANY SUCH OMENS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU DROP A SPOON ON THE FLOOR, IT MEANS THAT
YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A CHILD VISITOR SHORTLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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IF A FORK DROPS, ONE SET OF COMPANY IS COMING; IF A
KNIFE DROPS, TWO SETS OF COMPANY ARE COMING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-19-1970

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DROP A FORK AND SOMEONE WILL COME IN HUNGRY.

Submitter comment: SOURCE: FROM MY MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU DROP A FORK BY ACCIDENT, A WOMAN IS COMING.

Submitter comment: WHENEVER SOMEONE DROPS A FORK, MY MOTHER SAYS THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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