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FLIRTATION WALK

AT WEST POINT IF YOU TAKE YOUR GIRL FRIEND DOWN FLIRTATION WALK
AND KISS HER UNDER THE KISSING ROCK YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST POINT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- P535
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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LIGHTS

IT IS VERY BAD LUCK IN THE NAVY AIRBORNE FOR THREE FRIENDS TO LIGHT
THEIR CIGARETTES FROM THE SAME MATCH.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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THREE ON A LIGHT

YOU SHOULD NEVER LIGHT 3 CIGARS OR CIGARETTES ON ONE MATCH BECAUSE
YOU CAN GET KILLED. WITH THE FIRST LIGHT, THE ENEMY WILL SEE YOU,
WITH THE SECOND, HE WILL SIGHT YOU, AND WITH THE THIRD, HE WILL FIRE
AT YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THE ARMY AS PART OF HIS
ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL
TRAINING AT FORT LEONARD WOOD, MISSOURI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: 01-31-1980 ; 00-00-1968

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NO WOMEN ARE ALLOWED ON A SHIP BECAUSE THEY BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A PRACTICED CUSTOM WHEN INFORMANT WAS IN THE NAVY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-17-1980

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LEAVING THE SERVICE

WHEN LEAVING THE SERVICE, A SAILOR WILL NEVER CARRY HIS OWN
LUGGAGE. TO DO SO IS BAD LUCK. HE USUALLY ALLOWS ONE OF HIS BEST
FRIENDS TO HELP HIM, BRINGING ABOUT GOOD LUCK FOR
HIS HELPFUL FRIEND.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; INFORMANTS HOME ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: RETURN FROM NAVY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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IF YOU PLANT YOUR POTATOES ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY, YOU'LL HAVE
A GOOD CROP.

Submitter comment: THIS FOLK BELIEF WAS COMMUNICATED TO BRIAN BY HIS MOTHER WHEN
BRIAN WAS A CHILD AND GROWING UP IN RURAL OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: 00001960S

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IF IT IS A GOOD GROWING YEAR, THE CORN WILL BE KNEE HIGH
BY THE FOURTH OF JULY.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS PASSED TO BRIAN AS A CHILD GROWING UP IN
RURAL OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.475
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: 11-02-1984 ; 00001960S

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PLANT UNDERGROUND-GROWING VEGETABLES UNDER A WANING MOON AND THE
CROP WILL BE PLENTIFUL

Where learned: FLORIDA ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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PLANT ABOVE-GROUND VEGETABLES UNDER A WAXING MOON AND THE CROP
WILL BE PLENTIFUL

Where learned: FLORIDA ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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TO HAVE A GOOD CROP, CORN SHOULD BE,
"KNEE HIGH BY THE FOURTH OF JULY."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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NEVER PICK PUMPKINS, UNTIL AFTER THE FIRST FROST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P535

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If you thank someone who gives you a plant, it will
not grow.

Submitter comment: Elinor really believes this saying to be true, and states
that she is very careful to avoid thanking someone for a
plant.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Keyword(s): superstition, vegetation, curse

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 00001950S

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YOU SHOULD PUT OLD COFFEE GROUNDS IN THE SOIL AROUND PLANTS
(INDOORS OR OUTDOORS). THIS IS GOOD FOR PLANTS. MRS. SNIDER
THINKS IT MAY BE GOOD BECAUSE OF THE ACID IN THE GROUNDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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During the Vietnam War, it was felt to be unlucky for an
American soldier to carry a camera. The soldiers felt that there
was a high incidence of being killed shortly after buying a
camera, or receiving one from home.

Where learned: Vietnam ; Asia

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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During the Vietnam War, when a soldier was to go back to the
United States shortly, his time in Vietnam was considered "short."
There was a "short superstition" among the American soldiers
during the war. It was generally believed that as a soldier's time
became "short" he was more likely to be killed than at any other
time of his tour of duty.

Submitter comment: The informant could name numerous time when a soldier had
survived most of his tour of duty only to be killed when he was
"short".

Where learned: Vietnam ; Asia

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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FLIERS COMMONLY BELIEVE THAT HAVING THEIR PICTURE
TAKEN PRIOR TO A MISSION WILL BRING THEM BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER UNCLE, RUSS FLOYD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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IT IS VERY BAD LUCK WITHIN THE NAVY AIRBORNE TO
LET ANYONE ELSE WEAR YOUR FLIGHT JACKET. THIS IS
ESPECIALLY TRUE IF YOUR FLIGHT JACKET HAS YOUR
NAME TAGS ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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A SAILOR GETTING OUT OF THE NAVY WILL NEVER LOOK
BACK AT THE SHIP HE IS LEAVING, THE BASE, ETC.
TO LOOK BACK IS TO BRING BAD LUCK TO YOUR FUTURE
CIVILIAN LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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ARMY ADVERTISING SLOGAN

"THE ARMY BUILDS MEN" IS ONLY USED TO GET GUYS IN THERE.
IT'S JUST A SNOW JOB.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PROPAGANDA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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CROPS GROWN ABOVE GROUND SHOULD BE PLANTED DURING TIME
WHEN MOON IS DARK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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