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TEACHER SUPERSTITION

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS MAKE THE WORST PARENTS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FELLOW TEACHERS AND SOME OF HER OWN STUDENTS IN
YONKERS, NEW YORK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; YONKERS

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 12-29-1963

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THE BUBBLES ON THE SURFACE OF A CUP OF TEA FORETELL
HOW MUCH MONEY ONE WILL RECEIVE IN A BUSINESS
TRANSACTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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JEWS MUST MAKE A SALE TO THE FIRST CUSTOMER THEY HAVE
OR THEY WILL HAVE A BAD DAY OR UNSUCCESSFUL BUSINESS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 09-07-1965

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IN A JEWISH STORE, IF THE FIRST CUSTOMER TO COME IN
IN THE MORNING IS A WOMAN, THE DAY WILL NOT BE A
PROSPEROUS ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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JEWISH JOKE

ANOTHER NAME FOR A (SIC) ADDING MACHINE IS A JEWISH TYPEWRITER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-SEMITISM ; MONEY-MINDED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-06-1968

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

BUSINESS IS BUSINESS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PRACTICALITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-02-1968

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A RAIL FENCE MUST BE LAID DURING THE DARK OF THE MOON ELSE
IT WILL SINK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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POLISH BELIEF

MANY POLISH PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT WHEN THE MOON IS FULL, IT IS
A GOOD TIME TO PICK MUSHROOMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P244 P244.4
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 00001930S

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FLOWERDAYS AND BEANS

YOU ARE NOT TO PLANT BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS. (AGAIN
MY FATHER COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SPECIFIC TIME). MY GRANDFATHER
PLANTED A ROW OF BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS AND ANOTHER AFTER THE
DAYS WERE PAST. THE ROW PLANTED DURING THE DAYS GREW WITH AN
ABUNDANCE OF BLOSSOMS BUT VERY FEW BEANS. THE ROW PLANTED AFTER
THE FLOWERDAYS GREW WITH FEW BLOSSOMS BUT WITH AN ABUNDANCE
OF BEANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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WHEN TO PLANT YOUR CROPS

THE GENERAL CONSENSUS, ACCORDING TO MY FATHER, IS THAT THERE
IS A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON WHEN IT IS FAVORABLE TO PLANT
YOUR CROPS SO THAT THEY WILL BE PRODUCTIVE. IF YOU DO NOT PLANT
AT THIS TIME THE CROPS WILL NOT BE PRODUCTIVE. MY FATHER WAS
UNABLE TO RECALL THE EXACT TIME OF THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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BECAUSE OF THE HIGH WORK ABSENTEEISM ON FRIDAYS AND MONDAYS
(DAYS SURROUNDING WEEKENDS, AND OR HOLIDAYS AND THEREFORE
MANY TEMPORARY SUBSTITUTE WORKERS) AUTOMOBILES MADE
ON THESE DAYS ARE SUBJECT TO CONSIDERABLY MORE DEFECT
POSSIBILITIES.

Submitter comment: SOME PEOPLE ARE SO SUPERSTITIOUS ABOUT THIS THAT THEY REFUSE

James Callow comment: INCOMPLETE ITEM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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IF A FISHERMAN WENT OUT TO THE OCEAN TO FISH AND SAW A PERSON
HE DID NOT LIKE OR THAT DISLIKED HIM, IT IS SAID THAT
HE SHOULD GO BACK TO SHORE, BECAUSE HE WILL NOT
CATCH ANY MORE FISH THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IT IS VERY IMPORANT TO A JEWISH STORE-OWNER THAT THE FIRST
CUSTOMER ON A MONDAY MORNING MUST BUY SOMETHING, REGARDLESS
OF THE PRICE. IF AND WHEN THE CUSTOMER DOES BUY SOMETHING, IT
MEANS GOOD LUCK AND GOOD SELLING THE REST OF THE WEEK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; SEMITISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Good luck

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PUTTING UP A RAILFENCE DURING THE FLOWERDAYS

THE BOTTOM LOG OF A RAILFENCE (A FENCE MADE OF UNDERLOCKING
LOGS) WILL ROT AWAY WITHIN THREE YEARS IF THE BOTTOM LOGS ARE
LAID DURING THE CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON. OTHERWISE THE BOTTOM
LOG WILL LAST MORE THAN FIVE YEARS. THAT IS WHY THE BOTTOM LOGS ARE
ALL LAID AT ONCE SO AS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RIGHT TIME OF
THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fifths
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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TALLER CORN

IF YOU PLANT CORN DURING A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON, IT
WILL GROW MUCH TALLER THAN CORN PLANTED AT ANOTHER TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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MOON TIME

IF A PLANK IS LAID ON THE GRASS DURING A CERTAIN TIME OF THE
MOON THE GRASS UNDERNEATH THE PLANK WILL DIE IN TWO
WEEKS TIME. IF A PLANK IS LAID ON A DIFFERENT TIME OF THE
MOON THE GRASS BENEATH THE PLANK WILL STILL BE GREEN AFTER TWO WEEKS
TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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BELIEF

HARD WORK WILL PUT HAIR ON YOUR ARMS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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CHIPEWYAN ESKIMO

THEY DO NOT KILL WOLVES OR WOLVERINES BECAUSE THEY ARE
POWERFUL SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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SEWING ON SUNDAY

IF YOU SEW ON SUNDAY YOU WILL HAVE TO REMOVE ALL THE
STITCHES WITH YOUR NOSE WHEN YOU DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JAMAICAN SPIRIT BELIEF

WHEN YOU ARE BUILDING OR MOVING INTO A HOUSE, KILL ANY ANIMAL AND
SPRINKLE ITS BLOOD AROUND THE HOUSE TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE
SPIRITS TO LEAVE IT ALONE. OFTEN MEN WON'T WORK ON HOUSES BEFORE
THIS IS DONE.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL SACRIFICE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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