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IF YOU GET YOUR STOMACH WET WASHING DISHES, YOU'LL
MARRY A DRUNK.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 01-30-1970

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BEFORE EATING AN APPLE A GIRL SHOULD TWIST THE STEM SAYING THE
ALPHABET OUT LOUD UNTIL THE STEM BREAKS OFF. WHATEVER LETTER SHE
SAID WHEN IT BROKE IS THE FIRST LETTER OF HER HUSBAND-TO-BE'S NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 00001970S

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TAKE A PEA POD AND PLACE IT OVER THE DOOR. THE PEA
POD MUST HAVE NINE PEAS IN IT. THE FIRST MALE THAT
WALKS THROUGH THE DOOR, ASK HIS NAME. THE NAME
OF THAT MAN WILL HAVE THE SAME NAME AS THE MAN
YOU WILL MARRY.

Submitter comment: HER COUSIN TOLD HER THIS BUT SHE STATES THAT YOU
MUST BELIEVE IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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ON THE EVE OF THE FIRST OF THE MONTH YOU WRITE DOWN
VARIOUS BOYS NAMES ON SEPARATE PIECES OF PAPER AND
FOLD EACH ONE. ONE IS SELECTED AND PLACED UNDER YOUR
PILLOW. WHEN YOU AWAKE IN THE MORNING, BEFORE SAYING
A WORD, UNFOLD THE PIECE OF PAPER AND THE NAME
APPEARING IS THE NAME OF THE BOY WHO YOU WILL MARRY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GAME MY WIFE PLAYED IN BOARDING SCHOOL WITH
HER OTHER CLASSMATES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 04-06-1970

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COUNT 100 RED CONVERTABLE CARS WITH THE TOP DOWN,
AND THE NEXT MAN YOU SEE, YOU WILL MARRY.

Submitter comment: MY GIRL FRIENDS AND I USED TO DO THIS IN THE EARLY
HIGH SCHOOL YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU WALK UNDER A LADDER, TURN AROUND, KISS YOUR THUMB,
TURN AROUND THREE TIMES, GO BACK THROUGH, AND YOU'LL
SEE THE ONE WHO'LL MARRY YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

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IF YOU TAKE A PIECE OF WEDDING CAKE HOME AND PLACE IT UNDER
YOUR PILLOW, NAME EACH CORNER OF THE ROOM ONE PARTICULAR
BEAU AND GO TO SLEEP, WHICHEVER CORNER YOU WAKE UP FACING
WILL BE THE ONE YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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ON MAY FIRST THE YOUNG, UNMARRIED GIRLS TAKE A MIRROR AND
LOOK OVER THEIR SHOULDER, INTO THE WELL. THE REFLECTION
IS THE FACE OF THE ONE YOU'LL MARRY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IF YOU EAT A THIMBLE OF SALT AND WALK BACKWARDS TO THE BED,
WITHOUT SPEAKING TO ANYONE OR DRINKING WATER, YOU WILL DREAM
ABOUT THE ONE YOU'LL MARRY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF A GIRL WILL PUT A WISHBONE OVER THE FRONT DOOR, THE FIRST
MAN TO WALK IN WILL BE THE MAN SHE WILL MARRY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): FOWL

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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CUT THE PEELING FROM AN APPLE IN ONE SPIRAL AND TOSS IT OVER
YOUR LEFT SHOULDER. IT WILL FALL INTO THE INITIAL OF THE
PERSON YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IF YOU SPLASH WATER ON YOURSELF WHILE WASHING DISHES, YOU
WILL MARRY A DRUNKARD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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WHEN EATING WEDGES OF PIE WITH A MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE SEX,
EACH SILENTLY NAMES THE CORNERS OF THE OTHER'S PIECE (NAMES
ARE THOSE OF THREE SUITORS). THE LAST CORNER EATEN BY THE
GIRL IS THE ONE SHE WILL MARRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BRENTWOOD

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 07-05-1973

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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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WHEN YOU SLEEP IN A NEW ROOM, NAME THE CORNERS OF THE ROOM
BY THE NAMES OF YOUR BOYFRIENDS. THE FIRST CORNER YOU LOOK
AT IN THE MORNING IS THE BOYFRIEND YOU'LL MARRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SHELBYVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage P545.86
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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