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IF A FORK FALLS OFF THE TABLE ONTO THE FLOOR DURING
ANY MEAL, SOMEONE WHO IS HUNGRY WILL SOON KNOCK
ON YOUR DOOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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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WHEN A FORK FALLS ON THE FLOOR, COMPANY WILL COME FROM
THE DIRECTION ITS TINES POINT TO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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: 01-30-1968

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IF YOU DROP A FORK A LADY WILL APPEAR.

Submitter comment: SOURCE: GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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 IT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE
A LADY 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 YOU DROP A KNIFE, IT MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE
COMPANY.

Submitter comment: JUDY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD IN NEW JERSEY.
HER MOTHER USED TO SAY IT ALL THE TIME. SHE HONESTLY
BELIEVES IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW JERSEY ; BIRMINGHAM

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: CHILDHOOD ; 11-27-1965

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IF YOU DROP A KNIFE BY ACCIDENT, A MAN IS COMING.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER ALWAYS 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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IF YOU DROP A KNIFE ON THE FLOOR, IT MEANS THAT YOU
ARE GOING TO HAVE A MALE 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 WHILE YOU ARE EATING DINNER, YOU SHOULD DROP A FORK,
A MAN IS COMING TO VISIT YOU; IF A SPOON IS DROPPED
A WOMAN IS COMING TO VISIT YOU.

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: 09-09-1969

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IF YOU DROP A KNIFE ON THE FLOOR, IT MEANS THAT A
MAN WILL COME TO VISIT YOU. IF IT IS A FORK OR
SPOON THAT YOU DROP, IT MEANS THAT A WOMAN VISITOR
WILL VISIT YOU.

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: 00001967 FALL

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THE DROPPING OF SILVERWARE AT THE TABLE REPRESENTED
THIS:
IF A KNIFE WAS DROPPED, A MAN WOULD VISIT THAT DAY.
IF A SPOON WAS DROPPED A LADY WOULD VISIT THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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: 11-15-1969

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IF (YOU) DROP KNIFE, SOMEONE TO BACK DOOR.
IF (YOU) DROP FORK, SOMEONE FRONT DOOR.

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: 11-30-1967

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IF A KNIFE FALLS WHILE YOU ARE EATING DINNER, IT MEANS
A MAN IS COMING TO DINNER. IF A FORK FALLS, A WOMAN
IS COMING. IF A SOUP SPOON FALLS A YOUNG LADY WILL
ARRIVE. IF A SMALL SPOON FALLS, A YOUNG CHILD IS
COMING. THE DIRECTION IN WHICH THESE IMPLEMENTS FALL
IS THE DIRECTION YOUR GUESTS WILL COME FROM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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: 04-05-1970

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