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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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BAD LUCK

EVEN NUMBERS AND WEDNESDAYS ARE BAD LUCK IN GREECE. IF YOU
PLANT ANY CROPS ON WEDNESDAY THEY WILL NOT GROW PROPERLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.4
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.5

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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SOLUTION TO UNEVEN NUMBER AT TABLE

DURING THE UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL, IF THERE IS AN UNEVEN
NUMBER OF PEOPLE SEATED, AN EXTRA CHAIR IS SET TO SYMBOLIZE A
DECEASED RELATIVE OR FRIEND, OR SOMEONE OF THE FAMILY WHO IS UNABLE
TO ATTEND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; SYMBOL ; Table Setting ; tradition ; UKRAINIAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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DETERMINING SEX OF UNBORN CHILD

A BABY CONCIEVED IN A ODD MONTH WILL BE A BOY.
A BABY CONCIEVED IN AN EVEN MONTH WILL BE A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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FESTIVAL CUSTOM

THE MALAYSIANS CELEBRATE THE CHINESE NEW YEAR BY GIVING GIFTS
OF MONEY TO THE CHILDREN AND UNMARRIED MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY FOR
GOOD LUCK. THE AMOUNT OF MONEY GIVEN DEPENDS UPON THE RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN THE TWO PEOPLE. ACQUAINTANCES ARE GIVEN ONE OR TWO DOLLARS.
PARENTS WILL GIVE MORE, SOMETIMES AS MUCH AS TWO OR THREE HUNDRED
DOLLARS. THE AMOUNT OF MONEY GIVEN IS ALWAYS AN EVEN NUMBER.
DEPENDING UPON THE SIZE OF THE FAMILY. AN ONLY CHILD RECEIVES MUCH
MORE-SOMETIMES AS MUCH AS TWO OR THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS. THE AMOUNT
OF MONEY GIVEN IS ALWAYS AN EVEN NUMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 12-00-1978

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CHRISTMAS EVE SUPERSTITION

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER WAS A SEVEN, NINE, OR ELEVEN COURSE MEAL. IN
NO CASE MUST THERE BE AN ODD NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT THE TABLE. OTHER-
WISE, SOME OF THE FEASTERS WOULD NOT LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER CHRISTMAS.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER WASN'T A VERY FOND BELIEVER OF SUPERSTITIONS, BUT
SHE SAW TO IT THAT AN EVEN NUMBER OF GUESTS WERE PRESENT.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
686 Ninths / Nine
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.11
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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HOLIDAY DINING CUSTOM

FOR A HOLIDAY, IF AN UNEVEN GROUP OF PEOPLE SIT AT THE TABLE, YOU
SHOULD LEAVE AN EMPTY PLACE SETTING.

Submitter comment: THE ITEM WAS LEARNED IN WYANDOTTE, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)

Date learned: CA00001960S

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CHINESE BURIAL CUSTOM

"WHEN BURYING THEIR DEAD, THE CHINESE ARE VERY CHOOSEY ABOUT
THE SITE. THE AREA WHICH IS CHOSEN WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE
NEXT GENERATION. THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SITE WILL AFFECT THE
ELDEST SON, THE THIRD SON, THE FIFTH SON,...(1,3,5,7,...).
THE LEFT SIDE WILL AFFECT THE EVEN-NUMBERED SONS AND THE BACK
SIDE WILL AFFECT ALL THE DAUGHTERS."

Submitter comment: IF ALL THE SIDES ARE GOOD, EVERYTHING WILL BE GOOD FOR THE FAMILY.
BUILDINGS NEAR THE SITE CAN CHANGE THE AFFECT OF THE SITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Cemetery
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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If you are going to wear jewelry with opals, it is
better luck to wear an odd number of opals than an
even number.

Submitter comment: Elinor's friend, Jane, states that the ring (or other piece
of jewelry) will be stronger this way.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): Advice, gems

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Conversions Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 00001980S

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EVEN NUMBERS ARE UNLUCKY TO THE JAPANESE PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JAPAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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AT THE TIME OF HIGH-TOP BUTTONED SHOES, BAD LUCK WAS SURE TO
COME IF YOU HAD AN EVEN NUMBER OF BUTTONS, ACCORDING TO THE
BELIEF OF MANY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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