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WALKING UNDER A LADDER IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WALKING UNDER A LADDER IS BAD LUCK.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU WALK UNDER A LADDER, THE ENTIRE REST OF THE
DAY YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FIRST LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure P682.6
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 10-23-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER LADDERS.. THE REASON
STEMS FROM THE FACT THAT PAINTERS DROP STUFF FROM
ABOVE.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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IF YOU WALK UNDER A LADDER, THAT MEANS THAT YOU
WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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IF YOU WALK UNDER A LADDER YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK
THE REST OF THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 04-26-1972

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WHEN A PERSON WALKS UNDER A LADDER HE WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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NEVER WALK UNDER A LADDER--BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Where learned: OHIO ; BATAVIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 02-14-1971

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IF YOU UNFOLD A TABLECLOTH AND THERE IS A DIAMOND
SHAPE IN IT (FROM THE CREASES) THAT'S CONSIDERED
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGULAR SHAPE: DIAMOND, TRIANGLE.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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IT IS CONSIDERED VERY BAD LUCK TO TRIP ON A GANGPLANK
THIS ESPECIALLY HOLDS TRUE BEFORE GOING ON LIBERTY
AND SHOULD THIS OCCUR, IT IS BELIEVED THAT A VERY BAD
LIBERTY WILL RESULT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

James Callow Keyword(s): LIBERTY=LEAVE, VACATION, TIME OFF ; MARITIME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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IT WOULD BE BAD LUCK TO PASS A PERSON GOING THE
OTHER DIRECTION ON A FLIGHT OF STAIRS.

Submitter comment: FAMILY SUPERSTITION--IRISH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): WALKING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN MEXICO, WALKING UNDER A STAIRWAY--OR EVEN STANDING
UNDER ONE THAT IS ATTACHED TO THE WALL, IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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AN ARROW IS A SIGN OF PROTECTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms

Date learned: 11-27-1971

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MISFORTUNE OR DEATH WILL FOLLOW IF THE GOOD LUCK OF
A TRIANGLE IS BROKEN BY WALKING THROUGH IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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HEX SIGNS

THE PENNSYLVANIA-DUTCH USE A HEXAGON-SHAPED AND BRIGHTLY
PAINTED SYMBOL ON THEIR HOUSES AND BARNS TO WARD OFF
EVIL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BETHEL PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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WEREWOLF'S MARK

A PENTAGRAM MARKS A WEREWOLF'S INTENDED VICTIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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BELIEF

WEREWOLVES SEE PENTAGONS IN THE HANDS OF THEIR VICTIMS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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