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MONDAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE,
TUESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF GRACE.
WEDNESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF WOE,
THURSDAY'S CHILD HAS FAR TO GO.
FRIDAY'S CHILD IS LOVING AND GIVING,
SATURDAY'S CHILD WORKS HARD FOR HIS LIVING.
BUT THE CHILD WHO IS BORN ON THE SABBATH DAY
IS BONNY AND BLITHE AND GOOD AND GAY.

Submitter comment: FROM CHILDHOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

NEVER TRY TO CUT A DRESS OUT ON A FRIDAY OR IT WON'T TURN OUT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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SEWING SUPERSTITION

IF YOU SEW ON SUNDAY YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE OUT EACH STITCH IN HELL
WITH YOUR NOSE.

Submitter comment: MRS. GROVE LEAREND THIS IN SOMERSET, PENNSYLVANIA, APPROXIMATELY
FORTY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

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A RELIGIOUS BELIEF

IF YOU GO TO MASS, CONFESSION, AND COMMUNION ON NINE CONSECUTIVE
FIRST FRIDAYS OF THE MONTH YOU WON'T GO TO HELL.

Submitter comment: TAUGHT TO HER IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

IT'S BAD LUCK TO SWEEP THE HOUSE AFTER 6 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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CHURCH SINKS

THERE IS A CHURCH IN SPAIN THAT WAS HIT BY A TIDAL WAVE AND SUNK
BENEATH THE GROUND. PEOPLE WHO WALK ON THE SHORE WHERE IT ONCE
STOOD SAY THEY CAN STILL HEAR THE ANGELUS BELLS RING AT NOON.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM A GUIDE WHILE ON A TOUR OF EUROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 06-00-1964

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BURIED ALIVE

THIS HAPPENED IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP NOT TOO LONG AGO. ALL THE
PRISONERS WHO WERE KILLED OR DIED WERE BURIED IN TWOS. A MAN
WAS GOING TO BE KILLED SO HE PRETENDED THAT HE WAS DEAD. HE HAD
MADE A DEAL WITH THE DOCTOR TO DIG HIM UP AFTER 15 MINUTES WHEN
EVERYONE HAD LEFT. THE DOCTOR GAVE HIM SOME MATCHES TO LIGHT SO
THAT HE WOULDN'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. AFTER THE MAN WAS BURIED,
HE WAITED 5, THEN 10, THEN 15 MINUTES AND THE DOCTOR STILL HADN'T
COME TO DIG HIM UP. HE LIT HIS LAST MATCH AND TURNED TO THE BODY
NEXT TO HIM ONLY TO FIND THAT THE BODY NEXT TO HIM WAS THE DOCTOR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS AT A PAJAMA PARTY FROM ONE OF HER FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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PICK UP A PIN AND YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL DAY LONG YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY,
BAD LUCK YOU WILL HAVE ALL DAY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700 .881
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.882
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT IF YOU SEE A PIN ON THE
GROUND AND PICK IT UP, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK FOR
THE REST OF THE DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS UNSURE WHETHER THIS BELIEF IS TRUE.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP
ALL DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
(SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY
CAN'T REMEMBER THE REST).

Submitter comment: THIS WAS COLLECTED FROM MY SISTER. SHE HEARD THIS
FROM HER CLASSMATES; SHE'S IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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IF YOU FIND A PIN AND PICK IT UP, YOUR WHOLE
DAY WILL GO WELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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IF YOU SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP, THE REMAINDER
OF THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: DOESN'T REMEMBER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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FIND A PENNY AND PICK IT UP AND ALL THAT DAY
YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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IF YOU PICK UP A PENNY FROM OFF THE GROUND, THEN
YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER CHILDHOOD YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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FOR A RABBIT FOOT TO BE REALLY EFFECTIVE AS A LUCK
CHARM, IT MUST BE THE LEFT HIND FOOT OF A GRAVEYARD
RABBIT KILLED BY A CROSS-EYED NEGRO AT MIDNIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Amulet, mojo

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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NEVER MOVE ON SATURDAY, IT'S A SHORT STAY.

Submitter comment: HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 07-23-1964

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TO SET SAIL FROM PORT ON A FRIDAY MEANT SHIPWRECK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-29-1968

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IF YOU LAUGH VERY HARD ON FRIDAY, YOU WILL CRY
BEFORE MONDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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