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NUMBERS

ALL PERSONS BORN ON THE 17TH DAY OF THE MONTH
HAVE A LUCKY NUMBER OF 17.

Submitter comment: (MY ROOMMATE & I WERE BOTH BORN ON 17THS.)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17

Date learned: COLLECTOR'S CHILDHOOD

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"17" (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

TO ITALIANS, THE NUMBER, "SEVENTEEN", IS CONSIDERED HARD LUCK.
SO WHEN MAKING MEATBALLS, FOR INSTANCE,
THEY WILL MAKE "16" OR "18" MEATBALLS BUT NEVER "17".

Submitter comment: INFORMATIONT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER IN NEW YORK AS A CHILD.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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THE JEWISH PEOPLE CONSIDER IT VERY GOOD LUCK IF YOU HAVE 17 CENTS
IN YOUR POCKET.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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THE JEWISH LUCKY NUMBER IS 17. THIS IS BECAUSE 17 IS THE JEWISH
SYMBOL FOR LIFE

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT FRIDAY THE 13TH IS BAD LUCK.
BUT DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT. THE REAL DAY OF BAD LUCK
IS TUESDAY THE 17TH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT TUESDAY THE 17TH HAS ALWAYS
BEEN UNLUCKY FOR HIM.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ITALIAN LUCKY NUMBERS

IN ITALIAN TRADITION 17 IS AN UNLUCKY NUMBER, WHILE
13 IS A LUCKY NUMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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Superstition

12 came around for study of Friday the 13th

Data entry tech comment:

[unknown if pencil mark is meant to cross out the entry or if it is a simple accidental mark of the pencil.]

Entered by TRD

James Callow comment:

Pencil mark through entry

Keyword(s): DATE ; Friday ; NUMBER ; Numeral ; Twelve ; Weekday ; Weekend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17

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