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CROSSING A KNIFE AND FORK IS BELIEVED UNLUCKY.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; Silverware

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Bad luck Eating utensils

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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THE LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH FORECASTS THE WEATHER FOR
THE FOLLOWING MONTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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DON'T TAKE THE LAST TIDBIT ON THE PLATE OR YOU'LL
BE AND OLD MAID.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STRIKING THE LAST MATCH MEANS YOU'LL BE A BACHELOR OR AN
OLD MAID.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TWISTING APPLE STEMS--SAYING SUCCESSIVE LETTERS IN THE
ALPHABET UNTIL THE STEM FALLS OFF. THE LETTER SAID
LAST IS THE FIRST LETTER OF THE FIRST NAME OF FUTURE
SPOUSE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF ONE TAKES THE LAST PIECE OF FOOD ON THE PLATE, SHE WILL
BE AN OLD MAID. I HAVE HEARD THIS ALL MY LIFE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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IF SOMETHING IS BEING PASSED AROUND AND OFFERED TO A
GROUP OF PEOPLE AND YOU TAKE THE LAST ONE, YOU'LL BE
AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): SPINSTER

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

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THE PERSON WHO EATS THE LAST MORSEL OF ANY FOOD LEFT ON THE
SERVING DISH WILL NEVER MARRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE LIBRARY

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

Date learned: 04-01-1969

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MAKING A WISH ON THE LAST DRINK OF COKE.

Data entry tech comment: INITIALS "EB" APPEAR UNDERNEATH NAME OF INFORMANT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): COCA COLA--BRAND NAME OF SOFT DRINK.

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DON'T TAKE THE LAST PIECE OF BREAD OR YOU'LL BE AN OLD MAID
(BACHELOR).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 06-28-1970

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IF THREE PEOPLE LIGHT A CIGARETTE ON ONE MATCH, BAD LUCK
WILL FOLLOW THE YOUNGEST TO USE THE MATCH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): YOUNGEST IS THE LAST BORN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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ANYONE WHO TAKES THE LAST PIECE OF FOOD FROM A PLATE WILL NOT
MARRY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IF YOU TAKE THE LAST BITE ON THE PLATE (THE LAST ROLL OR
SANDWICH OR SOMETHING), YOU WILL BE AN OLD MAID.

Submitter comment: I HAVE TAKEN THE "LAST BITE" SEVERAL TIMES, AND AM STILL

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 00001960'S

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TO TAKE THE LAST PIECE OF BREAD IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; TABLE MANNERS

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

Date learned: 10-08-1973

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WASH ON THE LAST DAY OF THE YEAR AND YOU'LL WASH SOMEONE
OUT OF YOUR FAMILY.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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THE LAST LINE OF A PLAY MUST NEVER BE SPOKEN DURING A
REHEARSAL. IF IT IS SPOKEN, OPENING NIGHT WILL BE A
FAILURE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): THEATER

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

Date learned: 11-19-1977

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HE WHO EATS THE LAST COOKIE WILL BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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PREDICTION: STATE OF LIFE

IF YOU EAT THE LAST COOKIE OFF A PLATE OF COOKIES, YOU WILL BE AN
OLD MAID.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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