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If your right hand itches you will be getting money
soon.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001988 ca

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On New Year's Day, Keith's grandfather gives everyone in
the family a silver dollar to signify a prosperous new year.
It is bad luck to start the year off poor.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

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

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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Never set your purse on the floor because if you do
you will never have much money.

Where learned: ALABAMA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Monetary system Money Wealth
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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If you find a penny pick it up if the head side is up,
because that is good luck. However, if the tail side
is up do not pick it up because that is bad luck.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; VENICE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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Giving knives is bad luck unless you include
some money, usually a small amount.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Bad luck Gifts
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00001960S

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Giving knives as a present is bad luck unless
the person who receives them pays the giver,
usually a penny.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Bad luck Gifts
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00001960S

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Good and Bad Luck

If you find a penny with tails side up, don't pick it
up because it's bad luck. It is only lucky if it is
heads side up.

Where learned: OHIO ; Swanton

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION

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

Date learned: 00001972CA

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IF A PERSON HAS ITCHY PALMS, HE IS GOING TO COME INTO MONEY.
THIS MEANS THE PALMS OF THE HANDS. THE PERSON WILL GET
MONEY WITHOUT HAVING TO WORK FOR IT, IT MAY BE A PRIZE
OR AN INHERITANCE OR MONEY THAT IS FOUND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Hand ; Inherit ; INHERITANCE ; ITCH ; Itchy ; MONEY ; Palm ; PREDICTION ; SIGN ; Windfall

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

Date learned: 00001976CA

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IF A LADY LEAVES HER PURSE ON THE FLOOR, SHE WILL END UP WITH
NO MONEY. LADIES SHOULD NEVER LEAVE THEIR PURSES ON THE FLOOR
THEY SHOULD ALWAYS PUT THEM ON A TABLE OR CHAIR, OR ELSE THEY
WILL HAVE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION ; Unnatural act

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00001980CA

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IF ONE EXPERIENCES REPEATED ITCHINESS OF THE PALMS,
IT IS A SURE SIGN THAT UNEXPECTED MONEY WILL BE RECEIVED.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; SPLASHDAM

Keyword(s): ITCH

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

Date learned: 00001930ca

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Good Luck

Standing on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean just before
sunrise can put you in a great state of mind and can bring
you a world of good luck. If you then take a quarter out
of your pocket
and throw it out into the ocean as far as you can it will
bring you 25 days of good luck. This all must be done before
the sun rises.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; FORT LAUDERDALE

Keyword(s): Buying luck

James Callow Keyword(s): East ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.25
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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Asking for money from a stranger and getting it can prove
to be rewarding for the man or woman who has given the
money out. For the reason being that "Good Luck" will
follow him or her for the rest of the day.

Submitter comment: My father seemed very optimistic when he was telling me
this story.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Keyword(s): money, green

James Callow Keyword(s): donor

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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If you find a penny and the front is facing
upwards then it will bring you good luck.
If the back is facing upwards then it will
bring you bad luck.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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A woman should never place her purse on the floor or she will
never receive any money.

Submitter comment: The informant learned this from an older woman while she was
attending church. She also said that the older woman was
clutching her purse in her lap as if she fully believed this
to be true.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; Taboo ; Unnatural place

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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Money makes everything legitimate, even bastards.

Submitter comment: This Jewish proverb is shared among Jews as a
humorous excuse as to why they do "anything" for money.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; DelRay Beach

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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A jar of pennies in the kitchen brings good luck.

Submitter comment: Her mom has always had one there.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): COINS

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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Turn a piece of silver in your pocket upon seeing
a full moon & your wish will come true.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Lower body and legs
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- P753

Date learned: 00001980S

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Put the first money you receive each day into an
empty pocket; it will attract more coins.

Submitter comment: In English market places this custom is still very
popular; that original coin is called handsel.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; LONDON

James Callow Keyword(s): Pilot

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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Seeing someone in polka dot clothing brings you money.

Submitter comment: Polka dots look like coins, so if you make that
connection, you will get money.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): shape size

James Callow Keyword(s): design pattern

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00001970S

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