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WHEN OPENING PRESENTS AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE BRIDE-TO-
BE SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT TAKING OFF THE BOWS
BECAUSE THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS BROKEN SHOWS THE
NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS AT A BRIDAL SHOWER BY THE BRIDE-TO-BE
AND EVERYONE SEEMED AMAZED THAT I'D NEVER HEARD THIS
BEFORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn P863.9

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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WHEN YOU ARE AT A WEDDING SHOWER AND THE BRIDE IS
OPENING HER GIFTS, COUNT THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS SHE
BREAKS. FOR EACH RIBBON THAT IS BROKEN, SHE WILL
HAVE A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn P863.9

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOU HAVE RECEIVED A BIRTHDAY PRESENT, IF
YOU BREAK THE RIBBON WHILE UNWRAPPING IT, YOU
WILL HAVE A BABY FOR EVERY RIBBON YOU BREAK.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn P863.9

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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WHEN OPENING SHOWER GIFTS, THE NUMBER OF BROKEN
RIBBONS INDICATES THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN YOU
SHOULD EXPECT TO HAVE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS VERY PREVALENT; I HEARD IT IN TOLEDO
(OHIO), DETROIT (MICHIGAN), AND LIMA (OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn P863.9

Date learned: 09-01-1968

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