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IF YOU ARE EATING SOMETHING AND IT DROPS OFF YOUR
SPOON OR FORK, IT MEANS THAT YOU DIDN'T DESERVE IT
OR DIDN'T EARN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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If you leave food uneaten at a big family gathering
you will have bad weather the next day. Conversely,
if you make sure that all the food has been consumed,
you will be sure to have good weather on the morrow.

Submitter comment: Elinor heard this saying while a young girl. She has
been told that it is a German belief. To this day in her
family, the phrase "Finish it so it'll be a good day
tomorrow" is used to encourage everyone to eat.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Keyword(s): function, prediction, celebrations, meals

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001950S

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THE ARMENIANS MAKE A THICK COFFEE SERVED IN SMALL
DEMITASSES (CUP). AFTER DRINKING THE COFFEE, THE CUP
IS TURNED OVER. THE FIND GROUNDS OF THE COFFEE DRY AND
FORM VARIOUS SHAPES. THE FUTURE IS READ BY INTERPRETING
THESE VARIOUS SHAPES.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM IS PRACTICED TODAY BY MANY ARMENIANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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SOME OLDER ITALIAN PEOPLE PREDICTED THE FUTURE BY BREAKING
AN EGG ON A PLATE AND PUTTING SOMEONE'S PIECE OF HAIR IN
THE EGG. THEN ONE ROCKS THE DISH AND DEPENDING ON THE WAY
THE HAIR TURNS, THE FUTURE CAN BE PREDICTED, EITHER GOOD
OR BAD. IF THE HAIR POINTED UP THE FUTURE WAS GOOD, AND
IF THE HAIR POINTED DOWN THE FUTURE WAS BAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S AUNT USED TO PREDICT THE FUTURE THIS WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 10-25-1971

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A PERSON WITH A STYE IN THEIR EYE WILL INHERIT MONEY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN EATS TOO MANY STRAWBERRIES, THE CHILD
WILL HAVE A STRAWBERRY (BIRTH)MARK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT HOME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GLUTTONY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 02-14-1967

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IF YOU BREAK OPEN A CHINESE FORTUNE COOKIE,
WHATEVER IS WRITTEN THERE IS YOUR FORTUNE.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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THERE IS AN OLD BELIEF THAT WHEN POURING A CUP OF
TEA, IF YOU ARE ABLE TO CATCH THE BUBBLES FORMED
IN THE CUP WITH A SPOON BEFORE THEY TOUCH THE SIDE
OF THE CUP, YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR PAYCHECK. IF NOT,
NO CHECK!

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

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GOOD LUCK NUT

NUTS ARE PLACED IN DISHES AS PART OF THE CHRISTMAS
FEAST CELEBRATION IN BULGARIA. EVERYONE IN THE
HOUSEHOLD RETAINS ONE TO BE SAVED UNTIL NEW YEAR'S
DAY. EVERYONE THEN BREAKS OPEN THEIR NUT AND THE
CONDITION OF THE INTERIOR INDICATES THE OWNER'S
FUTURE FOR THE COMING YEAR. A SOUND NUT MEAT
INDICATES PROSPERITY FOR ITS OWNER, WHILE A ROTTEN IN-
TERIOR SAYS THE COMING YEAR WILL NOT BE GOOD FOR
ITS OWNER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS AS A COMMON PRACTICE OF
HIS FAMILY IN BULGARIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BULGARIA

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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BROKEN BREAD

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE IN RURAL BULGARIA, THE OLDEST PERSON
IN THE HOUSEHOLD BREAKS A FRESH LOAF OF BREAD OVER
HIS HEAD. IF WHEN THE LOAF BREAKS, THE LARGEST
CHUNK REMAINS IN THE RIGHT HAND, THERE WILL BE GOOD
HARVEST FORTHCOMING. THERE WILL NOT BE A GOOD HARVEST
IF THE LARGEST PIECE OF BREAD BREAKS INTO HIS LEFT
HAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BULGARIA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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AFTER THE LADIES IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAVE
FINISHED DRINKING THEIR COFFEE, THEY TURN THE CUP
UPSIDE DOWN AND LET THE GRINDS SLIDE FORMING
IMAGES. THEY THEN INTERPRET THESE IMAGES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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AFTER DRINKING TURKISH COFFEE, AN ARMENIAN LADY WILL
TURN THE COFFEE CUP UPSIDE DOWN LETTING THE GRINDS
SLIDE AND FORMING IMAGES. THE LADY WILL THEN TALK
ABOUT WHAT SHE SEES IN THESE IMAGES.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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BUBBLES IN YOUR TEA MEANS VISITORS. BUBBLES IN
YOUR COFFEE MEANS MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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IF A BANANA IS CUT IN HALF AND THE SEEDS ARE IN THE
SHAPE OF A "Y" THE QUESTION ASKED WILL HAVE A
"YES" REPLY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 10-21-1967

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IF YOU SPILL SALT WHILE YOU ARE EATING AT THE TABLE,
YOU WILL FIGHT SOMEONE. IF YOU THROW SOME SALT
OVER YOUR SHOULDER, YOU WILL AVOID THE FIGHT.

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

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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TO DETERMINE IF A SICK PERSON WILL GET WELL, CUT A
PIECE OF BREAD, RUB THE PATIENT'S TEETH WITH IT,
THROW THE BREAD BEFORE A DOG. IF THE DOG EATS IT,
THE PATIENT WILL RECOVER, IF NOT, THE ILLNESS IS
DANGEROUS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; VEEDERSBURG

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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IF YOU EAT THE LAST COOKIE ON THE PLATE, YOU WILL
BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SPINSTER

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 10-04-1967

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WHEN YOU PULL THE WISHBONE, THE PERSON WHO GETS THE SHORT PIECE
GETS MARRIED FIRST AND THE ONE WHO GETS THE LONG PIECE GETS
THE MOST DINNER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): CHICKEN FOWL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 06-19-1970

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When Mrs. Bergen poured me a cup of hot tea, she said "Look at all the money that I gave you." The "money" refers to all the air bubbles which accumulate in your cup and gather at the center, which look like silver change is one stretches his imagination.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [N446 f578.4] crossed out. Nothing Replaces them.

Submission card located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; Shiawassee Apartments ; Farmington Place

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; COIN MONEY ; Fortune Telling ; MONEY ; SUPERSTITION ; TEA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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