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IRON A HUSBAND'S SHIRTTAIL AND YOU (WILL) RUFFLE
UP HIS TEMPER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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IF YOU PUT YOUR SLIP ON INSIDE-OUT ACCIDENTALLY,
YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL DAY.

Submitter comment: SYLVIA LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER, WHO IN TURN
LEARNED IT AT THE NURSES' LOUNGE AT BEAUMONT
HOSPITAL, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 09-23-1967

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IF THE HEM OF YOUR DRESS IS UP, YOU'LL GET A NEW
DRESS.

Submitter comment: SYLVIA LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER, WHO IN TURN
LEARNED IT AT THE NURSES' LOUNGE AT BEAUMONT
HOSPITAL, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 09-23-1967

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IF THE HEM OF A GIRL'S SKIRT IS TURNED UP, IT MEANS SHE
WILL BE KISSED BY A FOOL.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER MY MOTHER SAYING IT TO ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE HEM OF YOUR SKIRT HANGS HIGHER IN THE BACK,
YOU WILL HAVE A DATE TONIGHT.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

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WHEN THE HEM OF A DRESS IS TURNED UP, THAT MEANS THAT
YOU WILL BE GETTING ANOTHER DRESS SOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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IF THE END (HEM) OF YOUR DRESS IS TURNED UP, YOU ARE
GOING TO GET A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 01-26-1968

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IN UKRAINE, IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY
DON AN ITEM OF APPAREL INSIDE-OUT, FATE WILL
CHANGE FOR YOU SOMEHOW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM RELATIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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IF A GIRL HAS A DRESS MADE AND IT GETS PINNED TO HER
SLIP DURING A FITTING, IT MEANS SHE WILL HAVE A GOOD
TIME IN IT.

Submitter comment: A SEAMSTRESS TOLD ME THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU GET A PIECE OF BREAD WITH A HOLE IN IT, YOU'LL
GET A RING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ENGAGEMENT? ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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WHEN WEARING A CHAIN AND THE OBJECT THAT IS ON THE
CHAIN TOUCHES THE CLASP OF THE CHAIN, THIS MEANS THAT
SOMEONE YOU LIKE IS THINKING ABOUT YOU.

Submitter comment: RINA HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND OF HERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 11-13-1967

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ON EACH BUTTON OF THE CLOTHES YOU'RE WEARING, RECITE
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING (IN ORDER): RICH MAN, POOR MAN,
BEGGAR MAN, THIEF, DOCTOR, LAWYER, INDIAN CHIEF.
THE LAST ONE RECITED IS THE PERSON YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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IF THE CLASP OF A NECKLACE WORKS ITS WAY AROUND
TO THE FRONT NEXT TO THE PENDANT, THE WEARER IS
ENTITLED TO MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 00001964 CA.

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TO TELL A FORTUNE, TAKE A WOMAN'S WEDDING RING AND A
PIECE OF THREAD. PULL THE THREAD THROUGH THE RING
AND FILL A GLASS OF WATER A LITTLE MORE THAN HALF-FULL.
HOLD THE ENDS OF THE STRING SO THAT THE STRING IS
IN THE GLASS OVER THE WATER, BUT NOT TOUCHING IT. THEN
ASK A QUESTION, AND THE RING WILL BEGIN TO SWAY. IF
IT HITS THE SIDE OF THE GLASS ONCE, THE ANSWER IS YES;
IF TWICE, THE ANSWER IS NO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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COUNTING BUTTONS

RICHMAN, POORMAN, BEGGERMAN, THIEF,
DOCTOR, LAWYER, INDIAN CHIEF.
THIS IS RECITED BY SOMEONE AS HE TOUCHES THE BUTTONS
ON ANOTHER'S SHIRT, DRESS, BLOUSE, ETC. IF THE
PERSON HAS THREE BUTTONS, HE IS GOING TO BE A
A BEGGERMAN, FOUR BUTTONS, A THIEF, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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A PERSON CANNOT WALK AROUND THE HOUSE WITH ONE SHOE
ON AND ONE OFF.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 09-26-1967

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WHEN THE CLASP OF YOUR NECKLACE IS TURNED AROUND TO
THE FRONT, MAKE A WISH BEFORE ADJUSTING IT. IT
WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 10-04-1967

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IF YOU FIND A BUTTON, COUNT THE HOLES IN IT AND YOU WILL
RECEIVE SOME MONEY IN THAT NUMBER OF DAYS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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TO FIND OUT WHAT OCCUPATION YOUR HUSBAND WILL HAVE, COUNT THESE
WORDS OFF ON YOUR BUTTONS ON THE CLOTHES YOU ARE WEARING:
RICHMAN, POORMAN, BEGGERMAN, THIEF, DOCTOR, LAWYER
INDIAN CHIEF. THE NAME THAT THE LAST BUTTON HAS WILL BE HIS
OCCUPATION.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

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WHEN THE HEM OF YOUR DRESS GETS TURNED UP, BY ACCIDENT, YOU
ARE GOING TO RECEIVE A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

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