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SANTA CLAUS SUPERSTITION

IF YOU STAY UP AND WAIT FOR SANTA CLAUS, HE WILL NEVER COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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BIRTHDAY CANDLES

IF YOU CAN BLOW OUT THE CANDLES ON YOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE WITH ONE
BLOW, YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE. YOU MUST NOT TELL ANYONE YOUR
WISH OR IT WILL NOT COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS INFORMATION FROM MY PARENTS WHEN I WAS A YOUNG
CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- P647
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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IF A PERFORMER DOES NOT BREAK A GUITAR STRING DURING A
PERFORMANCE, BAD LUCK OF SOME SORT (USUALLY NOT
SERIOUS) WILL COME TO HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; ABSOLUTE ZERO COFFEEHOUSE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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IF YOU ROCK AN EMPTY ROCKING CHAIR, SOMEONE IN YOUR
FAMILY IS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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IF YOU GO BY AN EMPTY ROCKING CHAIR AND PUSH ON ONE ARM
AND MAKE IT ROCK, IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY
IS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 00001950S

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ROCKING AN EMPTY ROCKER IS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: HER HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 07-23-1964

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ROCKING AN EMPTY CHAIR IS A SURE SIGN OF SICKNESS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT 'S MOTHER BELIEVED THIS SUPERSTITION
TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 07-15-1964

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ANYONE WHO ROCKS AN EMPTY CHAIR WILL SUFFER DISAPPOINTMENT
AND UNHAPPINESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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IF A ROCKING CHAIR IS ROCKED EMPTY, THE SHIPS AT
SEA WILL ROCK.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 10-04-1965

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CHAIR

NEVER ROCK A ROCKING CHAIR UNLESS SOME ONE IS IN IT BECAUSE YOU
WILL HAVE A DREAM ABOUT A DEAD PERSON.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
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BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: CA11001973

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A POLISH TRADITION AT EASTER IN MY FAMILY IS TO LEAVE A CHAIR VACANT
AT THE TABLE FOR CHRIST TO BE PRESENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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SUPERSTITION

DONT ROCK AN EMPTY ROCKING CHAIR, BECAUSE THE DEVIL WILL COME
AND SIT IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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PROVERB

THE BUSINESS WHICH DOES NOT ADVERTISE IS PAYING FOR THE SPACE USED
BY ITS COMPETITOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PRACTICALITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IRISH SAYING

CAN'T THE CAT LOOK AT THE QUEEN?

Submitter comment: MEANING: HAVE I NO RIGHTS AT ALL?

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): JUSTICE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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PROVERB

CAUTION NEVER CREATES EMBARRASSMENT.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PROVERB

CHILDREN SHOULD BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; DISCIPLINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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STREET OF NO RETURN

THERE IS A STREET NEAR 26 MILE ROAD THAT HAS BEEN NAMED
THE STREET OF NO RETURN. IT IS OUT IN THE COUNTRY AND
ALL AROUND IT THE SCENERY IS BEAUTIFUL AND GREEN BUT WHEN YOU
TURN DOWN THIS STREET EVERYTHING IS DEAD, THERE IS NO WILDLIFE AROUND
AND NO TREES, ETC.
IF YOU GO DOWN THIS STREET FAR ENOUGH YOU WILL NEVER RETURN.

Submitter comment: JEAN HEARD OF THIS STREET WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL, NO ONE SEEMS
TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PEOPLE, BUT SHE DOES RECALL AN INSTANCE
THAT SOMEONE SHE KNEW IN SCHOOL WENT DOWN WITH A COUPLE OF GUYS AND
NO ONE EVER FOUND THEM AFTER THAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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SUN BELIEF

A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN WASHES THE WORLD FREE OF SIN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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WEATHER BELIEF

INFORMANT'S MOTHER WOULD LEAVE THE FRONT DOOR OPEN
WHEN IT WAS LIGHTNING BECAUSE IF THE LIGHTNING STRUCK THE HOUSE,
IT WOULD GO OUT THE FRONT DOOR. IF THE DOOR WAS CLOSED,
THE LIGHTNING WOULD CREATE A VACUUM, AND DRAW ALL THE AIR OUT
OF THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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SUPERSTITION

NOTHING SHOULD BE BOUGHT FOR A BABY BEFORE IT IS BORN,
OR IT WILL CAUSE IT TO BE DEAD OR BADLY DEFORMED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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