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MARRIAGE PREDICTION SUPERSITITION

BUTTONS ON A GIRL'S DRESS--THE LAST BUTTON COUNTED TELLS WHO
SHE'S GOING TO MARRY: RICH MAN, POOR MAN, BEGGAR MAN, THIEF,
DOCTOR, LAWYER, MERCHANT, CHIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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MISCELLANEOUS CUSTOMS

A SEAMAN LEAVING THE FORECASTLE TO GO AFT, EITHER FOR HIS TRICK AT
THE WHEEL OR OTHER WORK, GOES AFT ALONG THE LEESIDE OF THE VESSEL,
UNLESS HIS IMMEDIATE DUTY LIES TO THE WINDWARD.
A SEAMAN SUMMONED TO THE CAPTAIN'S CABIN REMOVED HIS CAP AND
DROPPED IT TO THE DECK JUST OUTSIDE THE DOOR.
A MARINER ENTERING A NEW SHIP, OR EVEN AN OLD SHIP, FOR THE FIRST
TIME MAKES CERTAIN THAT HIS RIGHT FOOT IS THE FIRST TO TOUCH THE
DECK.
IT WAS A BREECH OF ETIQUETTE FOR A SEAMAN TO LOCK HIS SEA CHEST
WHILE ON BOARD HIS SHIP. OFFENDERS OFTEN FOUND, WHEN THEY
RETURNED TO THE FORECASTLE FROM THEIR WATCH ON DECK, THAT THE
COVER HAD BEEN NAILED DOWN.
IN THE BRITISH AND UNITED STATES NAVIES, A SCARF OF BLACK SILK IS
WORN, ORIGINALLY AS A MARK OF WARNING (MOURNING?) FOR THE DEATH
OF LORD NELSON.
IN THE ROYAL NAVY, OFFICERS WHO HAVE BEEN ROUND EITHER THE CAPE
OF GOOD HOPE OR CAPE HORN MAY PUT ONE FOOT ON THE WARDROOM TABLE;
BOTH CAPES CARRY THE RIGHT TO PUT BOTH FEET ON THE TABLE.
BY NAVAL CUSTOM THE SENIOR OFFICER PRESENT IS ALWAYS THE LAST
INTO A BOAT AND THE FIRST OUT OF IT.

Submitter comment:

CAPTAIN LUMAS SAYS THAT HE HAS LEARNED THESE CUSTOMS THROUGH THE
YEARS THAT HE HAS BEEN SAILING, BOTH IN THE U.S. NAVY AND UP AT
MACKINAW ISLAND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MACKINAW ISLAND

Keyword(s): British ; Captain ; Etiquette ; Language ; Lingo ; Naval ; Navy ; POSITION ; Seaman ; Ship ; Uniform ; United States

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; LEFT ; POSITION ; RIGHT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
SPEECH -- Gesture

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IF YOU CUT OFF THE TIP OF YOUR PIECE OF PIZZA,
AND EAT IT LAST, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE WAS CORRECTING SOMEONE FOR EATING THEIR
PIZZA TIP FIRST.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A GIRL TAKES THE LAST PORTION FROM A SERVING BOWL
OR PLATTER, SHE WILL BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; SPINSTER ; TABLE MANNERS

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 10-25-1968

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IF THE NUMBER OF CARS IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION ARE
COUNTED, THE PEOPLE IN THE LAST CAR WILL BE NEXT
TO DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL ; SAINT STEPHEN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 11-19-1969

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BABY PREDICTION

THIS BELIEF CONCERNS THE ABILITY TO PREDICT WHAT A MOTHER'S NEXT
CHILD WILL BE. IF THE YOUNGEST CHILD SAYS "MAMA" FIRST, THE NEXT
CHILD WILL BE A GIRL. IF THE YOUNGEST CHILD SAYS "PAPA" FIRST, THE
NEXT CHILD WILL BE A BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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THE LAST MAN IN THE GRADUATING CLASS AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY
ACADEMY RECEIVES ONE DOLLAR FROM EACH GRADUATING SENIOR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST POINT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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MORAL PROVERB

CAME TO THE END OF THE BRIDGE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.
SAME AS COMING TO THE END OF ROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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BELIEF

IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE FIRST BORN IN THE FAMILY IS SUPPOSSED TO
BE THE WISEST, WHILE THE LAST BORN IN THE FAMILY WILL BE THE
MOST AMBITIOUS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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OMEN FOR ILL FATE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

BEING THE LAST CAR IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION DENOTES ILL FATE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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WEATHER BELIEF (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

THE WEATHER ON THE LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH WILL DECIDE
THE WEATHER FOR THE APPROACHING MONTH.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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ALWAYS HAVE YOUR SUGAR BOWL FULL AND YOU WILL NEVER BE POOR.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT HAS ALWAYS BELIEVED THIS TO BE TRUE. WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER,
AN UNCLE OF HERS TOLD HER THIS. WHENEVER SHE VISITS US, SHE ALWAYS
FILLS OUR SUGAR BOWLS. SHE IS NOW 78 YEARS OLD AND HAS NEVER BEEN
POOR. SOMEHOW SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO AFFORD TO HAVE EXPENSIVE
ITEMS AND BEEN ABLE TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD.
FULLNESS

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight Solid
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight Solid
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Emblem

Date learned: 11-24-1977

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GOOD LUCK

WHEN OPENING A NEW PACK OF CIGARETTES, TAKE THE FIRST ONE OUT, TURN
IT UPSIDEDOWN, AND THEN PUT IT BACK IN, AND SAVE IT FOR LAST. THE
LAST CIGARETTE SMOKED WILL BE UPSIDEDOWN. WHILE SMOKING THE LAST
CIGARETTE, WHILE TAKING THE LAST PUFF, MAKE A WISH } }

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

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EXPECTANT MOTHERS - BELIEF

NAMING A BABY GIRL AFTER THE MOTHER - IT WILL BE HER LAST CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: CA00001968

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EXAM PRACTICE

THE INFORMANT ALWAYS PUTS HIS NAME ON THE PAPER
LAST OF ALL. HE SAID HE STARTED THIS PRACTICE IN
GRADE SCHOOL, BECAUSE HE FELT THAT IF HE DID RATHER
POORLY ON THE EXAM, HE COULD ALWAYS CLAIM THAT IT
WASN'T HIS PAPER. HE HAS CONTINUED THIS PRACTICE
RIGHT THROUGH COLLEGE. HE SAID "IT'S LUCKY!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 03-15-1967

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EATING LORE

WHEN A FAMILY IS EATING, THE GIRL WHO TAKES THE LAST
PIECE OF CAKE OR BREAD ON THE TABLE WILL GROW UP
TO BE AN OLD MAID.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD IN
IRELAND.

Where learned: RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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CIGARETTE SUPERSTITION.

IN ORDER TO INSURE GOOD LUCK THE FIRST CIGARETTE THAT YOU
TAKE OUT OF YOUR PACK TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN AND PUT IT BACK
IN THE PACK AND SAVE IT FOR YOUR LAST SMOKE OF THE PACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Number P686.2
BELIEF -- Good luck

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LAST PERSON OUT OF OHIO LEAVES THEIR SOUL THERE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS WHEN SHE WAS ON A CHARTER BUS COMING
BACK FROM OHIO TO MICHIGAN AND EVERYONE ON THE BUS RUSHED TOWARD
THE FRONT OF THE BUS SO THEY WOULD NOT BE THE LAST PERSON TO CROSS
THE BORDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, OHIO BORDER

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 00-00-1975 ; 11-00-1987

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Only Child

At dinner times a person can tell who an only
child is because they eat the slowest. I am an
only child and always the last to leave the table.
This was told to me by another only child.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 11-16-1990

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