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IT ONCE WAS CONSIDERED A SIGN THAT THEY WOULD LOSE IF A
BASEBALL TEAM SAW A WAGON FULL OF BARRELS ON THE WAY
TO A GAME. OPPOSING COACHES SOMETIMES WOULD PAY
SOMEONE TO DRIVE IN FRONT OF A TEAM WITH A LOAD OF
BARRELS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
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Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PUTTING NEW SHOES ON A TABLE MEANS THAT DEATH IS
IMMINENT FOR SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: ZX

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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IF SHOES SQUEAK, THEN THEY HAVE NOT BEEN PAID FOR.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 10-03-1968

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IF THE WIND BLOWS OUT OF THE SOUTH WHEN YOU ARE FISHING, IT WILL
BLOW THE HOOK INTO THE FISH'S MOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.8
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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IF YOU FIND AN OLD TIRE, THROW IT IN THE RIVER AND
YOU WILL FIND SOME MONEY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT THOUGHT THAT HE ORIGINATED THIS SUPERSTITION
BECAUSE WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG LAD IN JACKSON, MICHIGAN,
HE CARRIED OUT THIS PRACTICE THREE TIMES AND FOUND
MONEY EACH TIME. HE HAD NEVER HEARD OF IT, PREVIOUSLY.
HE HAS NOT DONE IT SINCE THEN, BECAUSE HE FEARS
IT WILL NOT WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined
BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities

Date learned: 04-18-1965

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TO PREVENT BAD FORTUNE

IF YOU GIVE A PPERSON A PIN OR A KNIFE, THE ERSON
MUST PICK HIMSELF WITH THE PIN OR ELSE GIVE THE
PERSON WHO GAVE HIM THE PIN OR KNIFE A PENNY.
IF THIS ISN'T DONE, THE TWO PEOPLE WILL GET INTO A
FIGHT AND WILL BECOME ENEMIES.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS SINCE THE TIME SHE WAS SMALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined
BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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IN LEBANON, THE LEAD FROM A BULLET IS HEATED UNTIL
IT MELTS, AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT IT WILL FORM THE
PICTURE OF THE ONE WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY
PARTICULAR EVIL THAT WAS BROUGHT ON. THIS BREAKS
THE SPELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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AN OUIJA BOARD IS USED TO TELL THE FUTURE, AND
ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU ASK IT. (INFORMANT ACTUALLY
BELIEVES THAT A OUIJA BOARD HAS MAGICAL POWERS OF
SOME KIND. SHE SAYS THAT AS A CHILD, SHE AND HER
BROTHERS AND SISTERS USED TO USE ONE, BUT STOPPED
BECAUSE SHE WAS TOLD BY A NUN THAT THE OUIJA BOARD
IS A "TOOL OF THE DEVIL.")

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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MAGIC GLASS BALL

THIS IS A BELIEF IN INDIA.
WE HAVE A GLASS BALL THAT IS VERY POWERFUL. I HAVE SEEN
THESE THINGS. IT IS BAD TO LEARN ABOUT DEAD SOULS.
THIS GLASS BALL IS DANGEROUS IF NOT USED PROPERLY.
THERE IS DANGER OF DEATH TO THE USER WHO RECALLS
DEAD SPIRIT. THERE ARE STRONG AND WEAK MEDIUMS.
THE FUTURE RISES UP INSIDE THE BALL SOMETIMES--IT
CAN BE SEEN. VISIONS. SOMETIMES A DEAD RELATIVE
APPEARS, OR A PERSON YOU DO NOT KNOW TELLS THINGS
ABOUT THE PAST OR THE FUTURE. IF IT IS USED WELL,
THERE WILL BE GOOD FROM IT. IT DEPENDS ON THE MEDIUM.
ON THE TABLE WITH THE BALL IS PLACED A STICK OF WOOD
OR A BOWL OF COPPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, IF YOU MELT LEAD AND AT 12 MIDNIGHT
YOU POUR THE LEAD, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ YOUR
FUTURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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BUBURNIZA

IN BULGARIA, JUST PRIOR TO LENT, THE YOUNG BOYS OF THE
VILLAGE SPEND TIME CONSTRUCTING SPECIAL WOODEN TOYS.
THE TOY IS CARVED OUT OF A PARTICULAR KIND OF TREE
BRANCH INTO A TINY PYRAMID. A SLIT AND A SMALL HOLE ARE
CARVED INTO ITS SIDE. A SLIVER OF RESILIENT WOOD
CONNECTS THE TWO. A STICK IS INSERTED INTO THE HOLE
TO BE USED AS A HANDLE WHILE A SET OF SMALL WOODEN
WINGS ARE INSERTED IN THE SLIT. AT A PREARRANGED
TIME THE YOUNG MEN GATHER AT NIGHT AROUND A HUGE
BONFIRE. EACH BOY IN TURN HITS HIS BUBURNIZA
FROM THE UNDERSIDE WITH ANOTHER STICK; THIS RELEASES
THE WINGED PROJECTILE. EACH BOY THEN CALLS A PARTICULAR
NAME AS THE PROJECTILE EJECTS. THE HIGHER THE WINGS
GO IT IS SAID THE LONGER THAT PARTICULAR PERSON WILL
LIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BULGARIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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IF ANYTHING SCARES YOU, SIMPLY DRAW A CIRCLE AROUND
YOURSELF WITH CHALK WHICH THE PRIEST HAS BLESSED
ON JANUARY 6, AND THE DEVIL CAN'T HURT YOU..

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER RECEIVED THIS INFORMATION FROM HER
PRESENT HUSBAND, WHO, IN TURN, HAD LEARNED IT FROM
HIS FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 04-08-1965

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WHEN A TORNADO IS COMING, PUT AN AXE IN FRONT OF YOUR
HOUSE WITH THE BLADE TOWARD THE TORNADO; THE AXE
WILL SPLIT THE TORNADO IN HALF AND DRIVE IT AROUND
THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS AS A MEMBER OF A RURAL
COMMUNITY NEAR KINNECOTT, ONTARIO.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IT IS BELIEVED BY SOME PEOPLE THAT THE FUTURE CAN BE
TOLD BY USE OF A WIGI (OUJA) BOARD.

Data entry tech comment: I HAVE READ THAT OUIJA WAS FORMED BY THE FRENCH AND
GERMAN WORDS FOR "YES"--OUI AND JA RESPECTIVELY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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BRINGING HOE INTO THE HOUSE MEANS SOMEONE WILL DIE BEFORE
THE YEAR IS OUT. MY MOTHER DIED SOON AFTER SOMEONE BROUGHT A HOE IN THE HOUSE.
NO ONE IS EVER ALLOWED TO BRING A HOE IN MY HOUSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined
BELIEF -- Bad luck Tools

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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WHEN YOU SEE A ONE-EYED CAR, KISS YOUR KNEE AND THE FIRST PERSON
YOU SEE WILL BE YOUR SWEETHEART.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): HEADLIGHT ONE HEADLIGHT OUT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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