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IT IS GOOD LUCK IF AN EYELASH FALLS ON YOUR CHEEK,
AND YOU CAN REMOVE IT ON THE FIRST TRY WITH YOUR
FINGER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ALSO SAYS IF YOU MAKE A WISH AT THE
SAME TIME, IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 02-03-1970

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IF YOUR EYE FLUTTERS INVOLUNTARILY, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE
SOMEONE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IN A LONG TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU TURN YOUR EYELID INSIDE OUT AND A DOG BARKS, YOU
WILL REMAIN LIKE THAT FOREVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BLUE-EYED PEOPLE ARE MORE LOGICAL THAN BROWN-EYED
PEOPLE. BROWN-EYED PEOPLE LIVE BY THEIR HEARTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 02-10-1968

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GETTING CHILD TO SLEEP

IF YOUR BABY HAS BEEN LOOKED AT A LOT BY STRANGERS, TO GET IT TO
SLEEP, WIPE THE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS HEAD BY THE EYE THREE TIMES WITH
A RAG, THEN TO THE OTHER SIDE THREE TIMES BY THE LEFT EYE. THE
BABY WILL FALL RIGHT TO SLEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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METHOD OF CURING

IF YOU HAVE A STYE ON YOUR EYE, TAKE A GOLD HOLY RING AND RUB IT
OVER YOUR EYE AND IT GOES AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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NEVER STEP OVER URINE OR A STAR WILL FORM ON YOUR EYELID.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): STY? STAR?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA11001973

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IF YOUR LEFT EYE JUMPS IT MEANS YOU WILL BE MAD BEFORE THE DAY IS
OVER.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGER ; RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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SEWING BUGS

NEVER GET TOO NEAR A SEWING BUG (DRAGON FLY), BECAUSE THEY WILL
SEW YOUR EYELIDS SHUT.

Submitter comment: I REALLY BELIEVED IN THIS WHEN I WAS LITTLE, AND I WAS TERRIFIED
OF SEWING BUGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.11

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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PROVERB

THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; STUPIDITY?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

THE BLIND CANNOT LEAD THE BLIND VERY FAR.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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BELIEF ABOUT A CROSS-EYED WOMAN

IF YOU MEET A CROSS-EYED WOMAN IN THE MORNING, THINGS WILL
GET CROSSED ALL DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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CROSSEYED

IF YOU LET A BABY LOOK IN A MIRROR BEFORE HE IS A YEAR OLD,
HE WILL BE CROSSEYED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE (IMPLIED)

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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CARROT BELIEF

WHEN A PERSON EATS LOTS OF CARROTS, IT IS SAID THAT HE WILL HAVE
GOOD EYES.

Submitter comment:

WHOEVER SAW A RABBIT WITH GLASSES?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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CARROTS BELIEF

IF YOU EAT CARROTS, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT BELIEVED THIS MATTER OF FACTLY AS A CHILD.

Where learned: CANTON ; OHIO, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

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CARROT BELIEF

IF YOU EAT CARROTS, YOUR EYES WILL SPARKLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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VITAMIN BELIEF

IF YOU EAT YELLOW VEGETABLES LIKE CARROTS, SQUASH, WAX BEANS,
YOUR EYES WILL BE STRONG AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD VISION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): VITAMIN A CONTENT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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PLANT

CARROTS ARE NOT GOOD FOR YOUR EYES, THEY JUST MAKE
EYELASHES GROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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BELIEF

WHEN YOU EAT CARROTS, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO SEE IN THE
DARK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS MOTHER TOLD HIM THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARBOR BEACH

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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