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WHEN YOU COME OUT OF CHURCH ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, IF YOU
CAN COUNT THE PIGEONS THAT IS HOW MANY CHILDREN
YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Observation
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BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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WHEN A WOMAN IS OPENING GIFTS AT A BABY OR BRIDAL
SHOWER, THE NUMBER OF TIMES SHE BREAKS A RIBBON
INDICATES THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 07-00-1969

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PREDICTING HOW MANY CHILDREN A FUTURE BRIDE WILL HAVE.
AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS ON THE PRESENTS, BROKEN
PREDICTS THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): Babies ; BELIEF ; Bride ; CHILDREN ; CUSTOM ; FAMILY ; GAME ; GIFT ; MARRIAGE ; Newlyweds ; Offspring ; PREDICTION ; Ribbon

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of Object Occasions Events
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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PENCIL TEST

THIS TEST IS TO DETERMINE HOW MANY CHILDREN A WOMAN WILL
BEAR, AND WHAT SEX THEY WILL BE. HOLD A PENCIL WITH A NEEDLE IN
THE ERASER, SUSPENDED BY A THREAD, OVER HER LEFT ARM. THE
ARM IS HELD WITH THE PALM UP, THE HAND IN A FIST. THE PENCIL
WILL CIRCLE OVER THE WOMAN'S ARM BETWEEN CHILDREN, SWING VER-
TICALLY TO INDICATE A GIRL, AND HORIZONTALLY TO INDICATE A BOY.
A DIAGONAL SWING INDICATES TWINS. A STRONG SWING INDICATES A
HEALTHY CHILD WITH A STRONG PERSONALITY.

Submitter comment: THIS TEST HAS BEEN USED ON ALL THE WOMEN ON MY FATHER'S SIDE
OF THE FAMILY AND HAS WORKED WITH 90 PERCENT ACCURACY. CK[ IRONY

Where learned: IOWA ; ESTHERVILLE

Keyword(s): PREDICTION

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 07-00-1983 ; 00001900CA

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In order to the determine the sex of an unborn child
tie a needle to a thread and hold it over the stomach
of the woman. If you are very still, the needle will
begin to swing. If it goes in a circular motion, the
child will be a girl. If it goes in a straight line,
then it will be a boy.

Submitter comment: Elaine says that her father never misses with this
technique, and that he has used it to determine the
sex of chicks while still in the egg. The only time
that they thought he might not be accurate in his
prediction was when his daughter-in-law was pregnant,
and the needle swung both ways. Later the daughter-in-
law gave birth to twins -- a boy and a girl. Elaine
believes that not everyone is capable of using this
method; that you must have a special talent for it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): pendulum, forecasting, anapel

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 00001940S

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IF YOU ARE PREGNANT AND PINCH YOUR CHIN AND IT HAS A
CREASE (LEAVES A CREASE), THEN YOU'LL HAVE A BOY.
IF YOUR CHIN HAS (LEAVES) NO CREASE, YOU WILL HAVE
A GIRL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Chin
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 02-13-1972

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IF YOU HOLD A PENCIL OVER YOUR WRIST, YOU CAN DETERMINE THE
NUMBER AND SEXES OF YOUR CHILDREN. A MOVEMENT THAT IS
VERTICAL TO THE ARM DENOTES A BOY, HORIZONTAL IS A GIRL,
AND A CIRCULAR MOVEMENT MEANS A MISCARRIAGE. WHEN THE PENCIL
STOPS MOVING, THERE WILL BE NO MORE CHILDREN.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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