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IF YOU SPILL SALT, THEN THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

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AFTER USING SALT, YOU SHOULD THROW A PINCH OF IT
OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO INSURE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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IF YOU THROW SALT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER IT WILL
BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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THROW SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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TO THROW SALT OVER THE LEFT SHOULDER IS A SIGN OF
LUCK. IT USED TO WARD OFF EVIL.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A BELIEF GIVEN TO HIM BY HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-10-1971

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THROW SPILLED SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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A PERSON SHOULD THROW SALT OVER HIS RIGHT SHOULDER
IN ORDER TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITIONN DIRECTIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 00001950S

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WHEN YOU ACCIDENTALLY SPILL SALT, INFORMANT TAKES
A FEW GRAINS OF SALT AND THROWS IT OVER EACH
SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL ; REDFORD ; SAINT MARYS

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-12-1970

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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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THROW HORSHOE OVER LEFT SHOULDER (FOR GOOD LUCK).

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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SEEING A FULL MOON OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER BRINGS
GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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THEY SAY THAT IF A PERSON WALKS VERY QUICKLY AND THEIR
ARMS ARE SWINGING THROUGH A LARGE ANGLE, THAT PERSON
IS GOING TO COLLECT HIS PAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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CONFESSION JOKE

PENITENT: FATHER, I PUT MY ARMS AROUND A GIRL THREE TIMES.
PRIEST: MY GOD, HOW LONG ARE YOUR ARMS?

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER DIDN'T FEEL COMFORTABLE TELLING THIS JOKE TO THE
BOYS WHO WORK FOR HER, BUT SHE THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO TELL IT TO ME.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck

Date learned: 00-07-1973

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LUCK

IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK YOU WILL CAUSE YOUR MOTHER TO BREAK HER BACK.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: CA11001973

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LUCK

NEVER BREAK FRENCH BREAD WITH YOUR HAND. ALWAYS CUT IT OR YOU WILL
CAUSE YOUR FATHER TO BREAK HIS BACK.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: CA11001973

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IF A MOSQUITO IS BITING YOU ON THE FOREARM, SHE WILL NOT BE ABLE
TO RETRACT HER NEEDLE IF YOU EXTEND YOUR ARM OUT AND FLEX IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.11

Date learned: 11-24-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

BUSIER THAN A ONE ARMED PAPER HANGER WITH THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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MOON BELIEF

IF YOU SEE A NEW MOON AND YOU LOOK AT IT OVER YOUR SHOULDER
AND MAKE A WISH, IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Prayer

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WHEN PARENTS WANT TO MAKE THEIR SONS EAT VEGETABLES, THEY TELL
THEM IT WILL PUT HAIR ON THEIR CHEST,

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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HAIR ON CHEST

WHEN I WAS SSMAL, MY FATHER TRIED TO CONVINCE
ME TO EAT SOME DISTASTEFUL VEGETABLE BY TELLING ME IT WOULD
PUT HAIR ON MY CHEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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