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IF YOU FIND A STRAIGHT PIN ON THE FLOOR WITH THE POINT
FACING TOWARDS YOU, YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK THAT DAY.
IF THE HEAD IS AWAY FROM YOU, YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK
THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.18
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.18

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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IF YOU ARE SWEPT ACROSS THE FEET BY A BROOM, THAT'S
A SIGN THAT YOU WILL GO TO JAIL UNLESS YOU SPIT
ON THE BROOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN SWEEPING THE HOUSE, DON'T LET THE BROOM SWEEP
OVER YOUR HOUSE (FEET?), OR YOU WILL NEVER GET
MARRIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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IF YOU EVER SIT ON A TABLE, YOU'LL ALWAYS BE AN OLD MAID.

Submitter comment: THIS OLD SAYING WAS CLEARLY TO KEEP ME OFF THE FURNITURE
AND ENCOURAGE ME TO BE MORE LADYLIKE.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): SPINSTER

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU KICK THE TABLE WHEN SITTING DOWN, IT MEANS YOU'RE
HUNGRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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IF YOU BITE YOUR FINGERNAILS IT IS A SIGN OF INNER
FRUSTRATION--YOU ARE TRYING TO HURT YOURSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-29-1968

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I HEARD THIS STORY FROM TWO WOMEN WHO WERE SITTING DIRECTLY
BEHIND ME ON A BUS ONE EVENING:
SAY, YOU KNOW, I ALWAYS HEARD THE BELIEF THAT IF ANYONE
EVER WHISTLED IN THE THEATER ON OPENING NIGHT, THAT THE
PERFORMANCE WOULD BE A FLOP. WELL, WE TOOK BILLY TO THE
THEATER WITH US LAST NIGHT AND HE LET OUT A WHISTLE JUST
AS THE CURTAIN WAS GOING UP AND YOU KNOW, THAT WAS REALLY
THE WORST PLAY I EVER SAW. JUST READ THE REVIEWS IN THE
PAPER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SING AT THE SUPPER TABLE, YOU WILL HAVE A CRAZY
SPOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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IF YOU SING AT THE TABLE, YOU WILL MARRY A CRAZY
PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SING IN THE MORNING,
CRY BEFORE NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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IF YOU SING BEFORE BREAKFAST, YOU'LL CRY BEFORE SUPPER!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001960S EARLY

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IF YOU LAUGH BEFORE BREAKFAST, YOU WILL CRY BEFORE
SUPPER.

Where learned: GRANDPARENTS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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IF YOU ARE TALKING TO SOMEONE AND YOU CALL THEM
ANOTHER NAME--JANE FOR INSTANCE--(BY MISTAKE) THEN THAT
PERSON (JANE) IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- P580

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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A WEDDING WILL SOON TAKE PLACE WHEN WOMEN BEGIN TO TALK
ABOUT OR COMPARE THEIR LEGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Lower body, legs
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 03-25-1968

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IF A GROUP OF PEOPLE ARE CONVERSING IN A ROOM AND SUDDENLY
THERE IS COMPLETE SILENCE, IT IS EITHER A QUARTER OF OR
AFTER THE HOUR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU FORGET WHAT DAY IT IS, YOU WILL LOSE A FRIEND.
IF YOU ADD A DAY, YOU WILL GAIN A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: 02-14-1970

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WHENEVER YOU SNEEZE, SOMEONE IS THINKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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WHEN YOU SNEEZE TWICE IN A ROW, IT MEANS GOOD LUCK IS
COMING YOUR WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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WHEN A PERSON SNEEZES, THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS:
ONE, A WISH
TWO, A KISS
THREE, A LETTER
FOUR, SOMETHING BETTER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Marine City

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fourths / Quarters
Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

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WHEN YOU HICCUP, IT IS BECAUSE YOU ARE GROWING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 09-17-1967

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