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CHINESE NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

"THE CHILDREN IN CHINA WILL RECEIVE RED ENVELOPES CONTAINING
MONEY FROM THEIR ELDERS. THIS CUSTOM IS BELIEVED TO BRING GOOD
LUCK TO THE GIVER AS WELL AS A RETURN ON THE AMOUNT GIVEN
PLUS AN INCREASE IN THE FUTURE."

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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IF YOUR PALM ITCHES, YOU'RE GOING TO RECEIVE MONEY.

Submitter comment: THIS FOLK BELIEF WAS COMMUNICATED TO BRIAN AS A CHILD
BY HIS MOTHER IN RURAL OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00001960S

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU PICK UP A PENNY WITH YOUR BIRTH YEAR ON IT, MAKE A WISH
AND THROW IT AND YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU FIND A PENNY TAILS UP, DON'T PICK IT UP BECAUSE IT IS
BAD LUCK AND YOU WILL HAVE AN ACCIDENT.

Submitter comment: LINDA WAS VERY SERIOUS AS SHE WAS TELLING ME THESE SUPERSTITIONS.
SHE BELIEVES IN THEM AND FOLLOWS THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Bad luck Money

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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SUPERSTITION

IF A GIRL DEVELOPS HAIRY ARMS, SOMEDAY SHE'LL MARRY A
RICH MAN.

Submitter comment: MY DAD WOULD TELL THIS TO ME EVERY TIME I COMPLAINED
ABOUT HAVING HAIRY ARMS. I CERTAINLY WOULD FEEL BETTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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SAYINGS

FIND A COIN AND PICK IT UP AND ALL THAT DAY YOU WILL HAVE GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.881
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT WHEN YOU HAVE TINY BUBBLES IN YOUR FRESH
BREWED CUP OF TEA THAT THE BUBBLES REPRESENT MONEY.
IN ORDER TO GET THE MONEY YOU HAVE TO HURRY AND DRINK YOUR
BUBBLES IN YOUR TEA. YOU CAN'T USE A SPOON. IF YOU DO THIS YOU
WILL COME INTO SOME MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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IF YOU TRIP, IT MEANS THAT MONEY WILL SOON BE COMING YOUR WAY.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS WHEN I TRIPPED; I DID RECEIVE
MONEY THAT DAY!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

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IF A BRIDE PUTS A SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE, IT WILL BRING HER LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, COOK BLACK-EYED PEAS WITH A PENNY FROM THE
PREVIOUS YEAR AND THE FAMILY WILL HAVE A GOOD YEAR.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

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IF YOU PUT A DOLLAR BILL OVER THE ENTRANCE OF YOUR HOUSE, IT WILL
BRING MORE MONEY IN YOUR HOUSE.

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

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IF YOUR HAND ITCHES YOU WILL RECEIVE SOME MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 11-18-1987

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TO INCREASE FINANCES, CARRY A VERSE FROM THE BIBLE IMPRINTED ON A
SMALL CARD IN YOUR LEFT POCKET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Magic Book
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-19-1987

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HONEY AND LEMON ADDED TO YOUR TEA WILL GIVE YOU A BRIGHT AND
DELIGHTFUL ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE AND BRING YOU GOOD FORTUNE.

Submitter comment: SOMETHING HER MOTHER TOLD HER SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

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IF YOU FIND A PENNY ON THE GROUND, PUT IT IN THE BOTTOM OF YOUR
SHOE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 12-02-1987

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO PICK UP MONEY FROM THE FLOOR AFTER IT'S BEEN
DROPPED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-00-1987 ; 00-00-1970

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ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, PEOPLE WOULD PRINT
THE NUMBER OF THE NEW YEAR ON A QUARTER
WITH RED NAIL POLISH. WHEN THE MONEY WAS
SPENT, IT WAS HOPED THAT THE QUARTER WOULD
RETURN TO THEM DURING THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COINS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IF YOUR PALM ITCHES YOU'LL HAVE MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 10-00-1987

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IF YOU LOOK AFTER THE PENNIES, THE DOLLARS
WILL LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): THRIFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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A MOLE ON YOUR NECK, MEAN MONEY BY THE PECK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.438
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 09-00-1988

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