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MEANS OF CAUSING OR AVOIDING ILLNESS

IF YOU MASTURBATE REGULARLY, YOU WILL GET A SERIOUS CASE OF ACNE, AND
EVENTUALLY YOUR PALMS WILL BECOME VERY HAIRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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POINTING

YOU SHOULD NEVER POINT AN ACCUSING FINGER AT A PERSON BECAUSE IF
YOU LOOK AT YOUR HAND, THREE OF YOUR FINGERS ARE POINTING AT YOU.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO BREAK CHILDREN OUT OF HABIT OF POINTING AT PEOPLE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA11001973

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POINTING

IF YOU POINT AT THE SKY YOU SHOULD BITE YOUR FINGER BECAUSE YOU
ARE POINTING AT GOD.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING WAS TOLD TO STOP CHILDREN FROM POINTING.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA11001973

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OMEN

WHEN YOU CROSS A RAILROAD TRACK PUT YOUR HAND ON THE ROOF OF THE CAR
OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR FRIENDS.

Submitter comment: WHEN ASKED THE MEANING OF THIS SHE HAD NO IDEA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): TRAVEL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-15-1973

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WEDDINGS

WHEN ONE SEES A WEDDING PARTY, IT IS GOOD LUCK TO LICK ONE'S THUMB
AND POUND ONE'S FIST THREE TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.5
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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AN ITCHING RIGHT HAND PALM IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK WHILE AN ITCHING
LEFT PALM IS A SIGN OF FINANCIAL LOSS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES YOU WILL SOON SHAKE HANDS WITH A STRANGER.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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IF HAND ITCHES

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT, IF THE PALM OF THE HAND ITCHES, THEN THAT
PERSON WILL BE COMING INTO MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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IF LOST

IF A PERSON IS LOST AND IS NOT SURE WHAT DIRECTION TO TAKE, HE
SHOULD SPIT IN THE PALM OF ONE HAND, AND SLAP THE SPIT WITH THE
FIRST TWO FINGERS OF THE OTHER HAND. THEN MERELY TRAVEL IN THE
DIRECTION THAT THE SPIT FLEW. THIS METHOD WILL PUT THE PERSON IN
THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION LOCATION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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IF YOUR PALM ITCHES

ACCORDING TO THIS BELIEF, IF A PERSON'S PALM ITCHES, HE CAN EXPECT
BILLS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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LEGEND OF BERNARDO CARPIO

THE STORY ABOUT HIM IS HE IS A MAN OF IMMENSE STRENGTH. HE
IS SUPPOSED TO LIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THERE
WAS AN EARTHQUAKE, AND ONE PATH WAS GOING CLOSE TO THE
VILLAGE. HE HELD HIS HANDS BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AND HELD THE
PATH OPEN UNTIL ALL THE PEOPLE COULD GET OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

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THE HOOK

THIS OCCURS ON A DARK AND WINDRY NIGHT. A COUPLE HAD GONE
OUT PARKING NEAR AN INSANE ASYLUM. THEY WERE GETTING
READY TO LEAVE, AND TURNED ON THE RADIO JUST IN TIME TO
HEAR THAT A PERSON HAD ESCAPED FROM THE NEARBY ASYLUM.
HE COULD BE IDENTIFIED BY A HOOK, INSTEAD OF A HAND. THE COUPLE
LEFT AND WHEN THE BOY WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE
OF THE CAR TO OPEN THE DOOR, AND HANGING THERE WAS THE HOOK. THE
COUPLE NEVER PARKED AGAIN.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 12-00-1968

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STRING BELIEF

TIE A STRING AROUND YOUR FINGER TO REMEMBER SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-17-1971

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN YOU ARE IN A CAR, AND GOING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS,
YOU MUST PUT YOUR HAND FLAT AGAINST THE ROOF OF THE CAR, OR
YOU WILL LOSE YOUR SEX APPEAL.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-02-1971

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN GOING BY A CEMETERY, YOU SHOULD PUT YOUR HANDS
ON THE TOP OF THE CAR, OR YOU WILL NEVER MARRY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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IF YOU RAISE YOUR HANDS TO YOUR PARENTS, WHEN YOU DIE YOUR
HANDS WILL COME OUT OF THE GROUND AND EVERYONE WILL STEP ON
THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; PARENTAL RESPECT ; RETRIBUTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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RAILROAD TRACKS

TO KEEP YOUR BOY FRIEND, WHEN DRIVING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS,
A GIRL MUST LIFT HER LEFT FOOT OFF THE CAR FLOOR AND TOUCH
THE ROOF OF THE CAR WITH HER TWO INDEX FINGERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HOLY WATER

WHENEVER YOU DIP YOUR HAND IN HOLY WATER, YOU SHOULD
SHAKE OFF THE EXCESS. EACH DROP OF THIS QUENCHES THE SOUL
OF A PERSON IN PURGATORY, AND THAT PERSON GOES TO HEAVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 00001956 CHILDHOOD

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

INFORMANT HAS HEARD REPEATEDLY FROM HER PATIENTS, POOR BLACK
WOMEN, THAT A PREGNANT WOMAN MUST NOT RAISE HER HANDS ABOVE HER
HEAD OR SHE WILL STRANGLE HER UNBORN BABY.

Submitter comment:

THERE IS, OF COURSE, NO MEDICAL TRUTH IN THIS, BUT IT IS WIDELY
BELIEVED.
INFORMANT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GHOST IN WHITE

A WOMAN IN WHITE ROAMS THE WOODS OF BELLE ISLE NEAR DOWNTOWN DETROIT WITH A HOOK-HANDED FRIEND.
THIS STORY HAS BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
SPEECH -- Proper Name

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