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IF THREE BAD OMENS OR SIGNS HAPPEN OR APPEAR TO YOU
IN ONE DAY, IT IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK TO COME. BUT
IF THERE ARE MORE OR LESS THAN THREE, THIS IS A
SIGN OF BAD LUCK TO COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FIRST STREELIGHT GAME

WHEN THE FIRST STREETLIGHT COMES ON, YOU
ARE TO YELL OUT, ZERO, FIRST STREETLIGHT.
ANOTHER PERSON SHOUTS, ZERO, SECOND
STREETLIGHT. THE PERSON WHO SAYS, ZERO,
THIRD STREETLIGHT, GETS HIT BY THE REST
OF THE GROUP.

Submitter comment: WE USED TO PLAY THIS EVERY NIGHT WHEN
THE STREETLIGHT WOULD COME ON. THEN
EVERYBODY CAUGHT ON AND WE WOULD HAVE TO
COMPEL SOMEONE TO TAKE THE THIRD PART
SO THE GAME COULD FINISH AND WE COULD SWAT SOMEONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): QUICKNESS ; URBAN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Mental Activity
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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13 STITCHES

IF A CHILD CUTS HIMSELF AND RECEIVES 13 SURGICAL STITCHES:
IF HE IS 5 YEARS OLD, HE WILL BE MARRIED BY AGE 18.
IF HE IS 7 YEARS OLD, HE WILL HAVE A CHILD BY AGE 22.
IF HE IS 6 YEARS OLD, HE WILL DIE A DIRTY OLD MAN.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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"SHIT HOUSE" 111

WHILE BOWLING, IF THE SCORE 111 COMES UP IT IS DRAWN TO REPRESENT
AN OUTHOUSE AND IS REFERRED TO AS THE SHIT HOUSE. IF GOTTEN
IN THE SEVENTH FRAME IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK; ANY OTHER FRAME IT IS
GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.111
BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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NUMBERS

THE NUMBERS 666 ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE ANTI-CHRIST
AND ARE USED IN CEREMONIES INVOKING THE DEVIL AS WELL AS
PUTTING A CURSE ON SOMEONE. MY INFORMANT RECEIVED A LETTER
WITH THE FOLLOWING RETURN ADDRESS: 666 APOCALYPSE 13, VERSE 13.
IT WAS EXPLAINED TO HER BY SOMEONE WHO DEALS IN THE OCCULT.
APOCALYPSE 13, VERSE 13, IS THE STORY OF THE ANTI-CHRIST
IN THE BIBLE.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.666
BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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BELIEF (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

IF ONE SEES AND COUNTS 100 RED CONVERTIBLES,
THEN SEES A MAN IN A GREEN TIE,
THEN A LADY IN A PURPLE DRESS AND THEN SPOTS THREE SAILORS,
THE NEXT PERSON HE TALKS TO HE WILL MARRY
IN ORDER TO GET A "DIVORCE" HE MUST SEE AND COUNT FIFTY YELLOW
CONVERTIBLES.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.100
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.3
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.50
BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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NUMBERS (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

TWO'S A COUPLE
THREE'S A CROWD
FOUR ON A SIDEEWALK IS NEVER ALLOWED.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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COURTSHIP CUSTOMS

GIVE YOUR GIRL OR BOY FRIEND A GIFT ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE
FIRST MONTH, THE SECOND DAY OF THE SECOND MONTH . . . ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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