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FATE

IF YOU THROW A COIN INTO THE TREVI FOUNTAIN,YOU WILL SEE ROME AGAIN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 03-04-1971

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING AN IMPORTANT PHONE CALL,
BE SURE TO GO INTO THE BATHTUB OR THE SHOWER-
IT WILL COME AS SOON AS YOU DO EITHER

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 02-21-1971

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IF YOU CATCH IN A SPOON THE BUBBLES OFF THE TOP OF SOME HOT COFFEE
AND DRINK THEM WIYHOUT BREAKING ANY BUBBLES,
THEN YOU WILL GET SOME MONEY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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THROW HOLY WATER ON THE GROUND,
AND YOU WILL RELEASE A SOUL FROM PURGATORY.

Submitter comment: TAUGHT TO HIM BY A NUN IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU PUT A DOLLAR UNDER ANY STATUE OF THE INFANT OF
PRAGUE IN YOUR HOME, YOU WILL NEVER RUN OUT OF MONEY AND
WILL ALWAYS HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TAKE A HANDFUL OF ANY KIND OF METAL (GOLD, SILVER, IRON)
AND PUT IT UNDER YOUR PILLOW,
THE NEXT DAY THERE WILL BE A LARGE SUM OF MONEY THERE.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS WHEN SHE SAID SHE HAD TO GET SOME MONEY
TO PAY OUR BILLS. SHE THEN WENT ON TO SAY THAT SHE
SHOULD DO THIS AND SEE IF IT WORKED.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 11-21-1969

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SUPERSTITION

IN NEWFOUNDLAND,IF A CHILD IS AFRAID TO GO TO BED
BECAUSE OF THE DARK, IT IS COMMON PRACTICE FOR THE MOTHER
OF THE CHILD TO SPRINKLE HOLY WATER ON THE BED OF THE CHILD
TO WARD OFF ALL THE BAD THINGS THAT LURK IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER DID THIS AND HE WAS A TRUE BELIEVER IN
THE POWER OF THIS ACTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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WHEN A HOCKEY PLAYER IS IN A SLUMP
HE CAN CURE THIS BY APPLYING TOBACCO JUICE
TO THE BLADE OF HIS HOCKEY STICK.

Submitter comment: ALEX DELVECCIO HAD NOT SCORED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON.
APPLYING OF THE CURE IN THE SECOND HALF WORKED. HE SCORED 20 GOALS.

Where learned: TOLD ON ; TV INTERVIEW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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CUSTOM

SPINKLING HOLY WATER ALL OVER YOUR HOUSE DURING A STORM
TO PROTECT THE HOUSE AND THOSE INSIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS BELIEVED BY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TV STUDIO ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 09-22-1970

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CUSTOM

IF YOU BURN PALM IN THE HOUSE DURING A STORM
IT WILL PROTECT HOUSE AND THOSE INSIDE.

Submitter comment: HEARD BY INFORANT FROM AN OLD AUNT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT ; STUDIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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BELIEF

PLACE STATUE OF BLESSED VIRGIN IN THE ICE BOX
IF YOU WANT A FAVOR AND TAKE HER OUT ONLY AFTER IT IS GRANTED.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE AT ST. MARY'S ACADEMY 1934-38.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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CUSTOM

SPINKLE HOLY WATER ON ALL OF THE WINDOWS
DURING A STORM TO PROTECT THE HOUSE AND THOSE INSIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE AT INFORMANTS HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TV STUDIO ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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TRAIN THAT BRINGS LUCK

WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING UNDER AN OVERHEAD RAILROAD TRACK
AND A TRAIN IS GOING ACROSS IT,
PICK YOUR FEET UP OFF THE FLOOR (NOT IF YOU ARE DRIVING}),
CROSS YOUR FINGERS WHILE TOUCHING THE ROOF (BOTH HANDS),
CLOSE YOUR EYES, AND MAKE A WISH. THEN IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MAGIC OF SPEECH

MAKE A WISH BEFORE BREAKING THE CHICKEN BREASTBONE,
COMMONLY CALLED THE WISHBONE.
TWO PEOPLE TAKE EITHER END AND PULL.
THE PERSON BREAKING OFF THE LARGER PIECE
WILL HAVE HIS WISH COME TRUE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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MAGIC OF SPEECH

ON SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY, THEY MAKE A WISH
BEFORE BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES ON THEIR BIRTHDAY CAKE.
IF THEY SUCCEED IN BLOWING THEM ALL OUT,
THEIR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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HAIRCUT

GETTING A HAIRCUT DRIVES AWAY THE EVIL SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; THE MACOMB DAILY ; MACOMB COUNTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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MAGIC BLESSED CANDLES

PROTECT YOUR HOUSE FROM DANGER
BY BURNING A BLESSED CANDLE DURING AN ELECTRIC STORM.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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IF THERE IS A HURRICAN IN THE AREA
TAKE BLESSED PALMS AND BURN THEM.
THIS ELIMINATES THE HURRICANE FROM HITTING
YOUR HOME. HOWEVER, EVERYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD MUST
WITNESS THIS BURNING OF THE PALM.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MY GRANDMOTHER AT THE AGE 8.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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MAGIC BLESSED PALMS

ALWAYS KEEP BLESSED PALMS IN YOUR HOUSE TO KEEP EVIL AWAY.
THE EFFECT IS EVEN STRONGER WHEN YOU BRAID THE PALMS
LIKE YOU WOULD BRAID A PERSONS HAIR.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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THE FIRE INTUITION

MARY KAY AND HER FAMILY WERE COMING HOME FROM
NIAGRA FALLS WHEN MARY KAY SUDDENLY SAID
I HEAR FIRE ENGINES. MR. RITTERSDORF PULLED OVER TO THE SIDE
TO LET THE ENGINE PASS WHEN MARY KAY SUGGESTED FOLLOWING THE FIRE
ENGINE BECAUSE OF SOME INTUITION SHE HAD.
MR. RITTERDORF FOLLOWED IT AND CAME HOME TO FIND
HIS HOUSE BURNING, THAT SAME FIRE ENGINE WAS ANSWERING A CALL
TO HIS HOME. I FEEL THAT GOD HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THESE
INCIDENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 11-01-1969

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