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HER GRANDMOTHER IN KENTUCKY USED TO TELL HER THIS:
IF YOU START A DRESS ON FRIDAY, IT MUST BE DONE
BY THE NEXT FRIDAY OR ELSE THE WEARER WON'T
OUTLIVE THE DRESS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO ; KENTUCKY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 09-07-1965

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NEVER START ANYTHING ON FRIDAY. WHATEVER YOU
START ON FRIDAY, YOU'LL NEVER FINISH.

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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IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF YOU SNEEZE ON A TUESDAY, YOU
WILL KISS A STRANGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.8
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-02-1968

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IF, DURING MASS A CANDLE GOES OUT, SOMEONE YOU KNOW
WILL DUE DURING THE WEEK.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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MRS. CIVITELLA SAID THAT IT WAS AN OLD SUPERSTITION
THAT IF A DISH BREAKS BEFORE TEN IN THE MORNING,
SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY WILL DIE. SHE WITNESSED
THIS FACT WHEN ONE OF HER SISTERS BROKE A DISH,
AND THEIR AUNT DIED THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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BIRTH

MONDAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE,
TUESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF GRACE.
WEDNESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF WOE,
AND THURSDAY'S CHILD HAS FAR TO GO.
FRIDAY'S CHILD IS LOVING & GIVING
AND SATURDAY'S CHILD HAS TO WORK FOR A LIVING.
BUT THE BAIRN THAT IS BORN ON THE SABBATH DAY,
IS BONNY AND LUCKY AND WISE AND GAY

Submitter comment: WAS GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH

ON FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH AND GOOD FRIDAY YOU SHOULD NOT GO
OUTSIDE AFTER 6 O'CLOCK IN THE EVENING OR SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN
TO YOU

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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THE FIRST PERSON TO ENTER A PERSON'S HOUSE ON MONDAY MORNING,
SHOULD BE A MALE OR OTHERWISE YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK THE REST OF THE
WEEK.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING ; SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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LUCK

IF A MAN IS THE FIRST PERSON TO KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR ON A MONDAY
MORNING, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL OF THAT WEEK. HOWEVER, IF A
WOMAN KNOCKS, IT WILL BE BAD LUCK. THE INFORMANT SAID THIS ACTUALLY
HAPPENED TO HER MOTHER ONCE. INFORMANT WAS NOT SURE OF ACTUAL
CIRCUMSTANCES.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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GAME

CHICK-A-MA, CHICK-A-MA, CRY OR CROW, I WENT TO THE WELL TO WASH MY TOE. WHEN I CAME BACK MY CHICKEN WAS GONE. WHAT TIME IS IT OLD WITCH? IN THIS GAME SEVERAL CHILDREN PICK A NUMBER. THE PERSON THAT IS IT, OR THE WITCH, IS NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT THE NUMBER IS. WHEN THE CHILDREN ASK, "WHAT TIME IS IT, OLD WITCH?", IF SHE CALLS A TIME THAT BELONGS TO ONE OF THE CHILDREN THAT CHILD MUST RUN. IF THE CHILD IS CAUGHT BY THE WITCH, THAT CHILD THEN BECOMES THE WITCH. THE PROCEDURE IS THEN REPEATED. THE INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS ONE OF HER FAVORITE CHASE GAMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 11-06-1972

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LUCK

IF YOU SEE A PIN ON THE GROUND AND DON'T PICK IT UP, YOU WILL LOSE A
FRIEND AND END UP CRYING BEFORE THE DAY IS OUT. BUT IF YOU PICK IT
UP YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.18

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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BAD LUCK

EVEN NUMBERS AND WEDNESDAYS ARE BAD LUCK IN GREECE. IF YOU
PLANT ANY CROPS ON WEDNESDAY THEY WILL NOT GROW PROPERLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.4
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.5

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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A GIRL WITH RED HAIR

IF A GIRL WITH RED HAIR COMES TO YOUR HOUSE ON MONDAY. THERE WILL BE
CONFUSION ALL WEEK. MARYLOU'S INFORMANT WAS BEATRICE SAYAS 38 MARRIED
BLACK-AMERICAN, LIVING IN DETROIT ORIGINALLY FROM NEW ORLEANS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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ONE SHOULDN'T PLAY CARDS ON SUNDAY. THIS IS UNLUCKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.6

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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DON'T SWEEP THE DIRT IN YOUR HOUSE OUTDOORS AFTER SUNDOWN,
YOU'LL SWEEP A MEMBER OUT OF THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 05-08-1972

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MARRIAGE

IF IT RAINS 3 DAYS BEFORE THE WEDDING, THE COUPLE WILL HAVE
3 CHILDREN. 4 DAYS, 4 CHILDREN. THIS ONLY WORKS A WEEK BEFORE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fourths / Quarters
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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PROVERB

CRY ON FRIDAY, LAUGH ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; I SUPPOSE THIS HAS CHRISTIAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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BELIEF ABOUT A CROSS-EYED WOMAN

IF YOU MEET A CROSS-EYED WOMAN IN THE MORNING, THINGS WILL
GET CROSSED ALL DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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IN HIGH SCHOOL IN BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN WE BELIEVED THAT
SOMEONE WAS A QUEER, OR OSTENSIBLY HOMOSEXUAL IF HE WORE
BROWN AND YELLOW ON THURSDAYS.
BELIEVED IN THE LATE 1950'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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MY BROTHER AND I USED TO VIST MY FATHER'S PARENTS IN DETROIT
DURING THE SUMMER AND ATTEND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH THEM.
MY GRANDFATHER USED TO KID US THAT THERE MIGHT BE A SMELLING-OUT
ANY SUNDAY, AT WHICH TIME WE WOULD BE EXPOSED TO SOME
UNKNOWN HORROR.

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 03-09-1971

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