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IF IT THUNDERS ON ALL FOOL'S DAY,
THIS ASSURES YOUR CROP OF HAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SARANAC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.643
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 April Fools
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 (April Fool's Day)
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 11-18-1971

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NOT GIVEN

MISS BALDWIN SAYS THAT AT THE TREVI FOUNTAIN IN ROME THERE IS A
SPRING FROM WHICH IF TWO PEOPLE DRINK WATER AT THE SAME TIME THEY
WILL HAVE SIMILAR DESTINIES.

Submitter comment: MISS BALDWIN HEARD THIS FROM AN ITALIAN CITIZEN WHILE ON A
EUROPEAN VOYAGE IN 1962.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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IT IS GOOD LUCK IF AN EYELASH FALLS ON YOUR CHEEK,
AND YOU CAN REMOVE IT ON THE FIRST TRY WITH YOUR
FINGER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ALSO SAYS IF YOU MAKE A WISH AT THE
SAME TIME, IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 02-03-1970

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BROKEN CROCKERY BRING LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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EVE OF NEW YEAR

FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE YOU ARE TO HAVE SOURKRAUT AND SPARE RIBS

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED FROM HER ADOLESCENT STAGE IN HER HOME TOWN.
THIS IS A SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF OF HAVING CERTAIN FOODS FOR A
SPECIFIC DAY, IN ORDER TO BRING GOOD LUCK FOR THE COMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SAUERKRAUT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 00001930S

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STEP ON A CRACK, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING WAS SAID WHILE WALKING DOWN A SIDEWALK, MOSTLY WHILE
WALKING TO SCHOOL. BACK THEN AND EVEN NOW IT IS CONSIDERED BAD
LUCK TO STEP ON A CRACK IN THE CEMENT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001960S EARLY

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HAPPY IS THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON.

Submitter comment: CAN ALSO REFER TO GOOD LUCK FOR THE BRIDE THE SUNSHINES ON.
THIS /IS VERY OLD AND IS STILL BELIEVED TODAY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.41

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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Proverb

MAY YOUR LUCK BE AS LONG AS A RABBIT'S EARS, SORROW AS SHORT AS HIS TAIL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 02-22-2011 by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Ear ; EARS ; LUCK ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Rabbit ; SORROW ; Tail ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): WISH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance P880.3

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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NEW YEAR'S BELIEF

IT IS CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK TO ACCIDENTLY BREAK A GOBLET ON NEW
YEAR'S EVE, BUT CONVERSELY BAD LUCK TO DO SO ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Submitter comment:

Informant says this has been observed for generations in her family, though she does not give much credence to it today.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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"IF YOU PUT YOUR SHOES ON A TABLE IT IS BAD LUCK, BECAUSE IT MEANS
YOUR SHOES WILL OUTLIVE YOU."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 10-29-1972

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"KNOCK ON WOOD."

Submitter comment: MRS. REESE ALWAYS ACCOMPANYS THIS SAYING WITH THE ACTION OF
KNOCKING ON THE NEAREST WOOD STRUCTURE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-05-1972

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WHEN I WAS SMALL, AND THAT'S WHEN WE USED TO HAVE $2.00 BILLS, THEY
USED TO ALWAYS TELL YOU NOT TO TAKE IT IN CHANGE, OR IT WOULD BRING
YOU BAD LUCK."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

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CUSTOM

FIRST FOOTING - NEW YEAR IN ENGLAND FIRST PERSON TO ENTER HOUSE
AFTER MIDNIGHT SUPPOSED TO HAVE GIFT FOR HOUSE - MEANS GOOD
LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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LUCK

IF SOMEONE ACCIDENTALLY SWEEPS YOUR FOOT WITH A BROOM, TO COUNTERACT
THE BAD LUCK YOU SPIT ON THE BROOM. INFORMANT SAID HIS MOTHER DID
THIS OFTEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 11-06-1972

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LUCK

TO SWEEP TRASH OUT OF A DOOR AT NIGHT MEANS THAT YOU ARE SWEEPING YOUR LUCK AWAY.
INFORMANT SAID HER MOTHER TOLD HER THIS, AND SHE BELIEVED IT.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Ruler or historic event
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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MAN'S HAT

IT IS BAD LUCK TO PLACE A MAN'S HAT ON A BED.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT BY A CO}WORKER WHO IS A BLACK
GIRL OF THE MUSLIM FAITH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

THE JEWISH PEOPLE FAST ON THE HOLIDAY YOM KIPPUR.

Submitter comment: YOM KIPPUR OR THE DAY OF ATONEMENT IS THE HOLIEST DAY OF THE YEAR.
GOD DECIDES ON THIS DAY WHO SHALL LIVE AND WHO SHALL DIE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): FASTING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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BAD LUCK

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR THREE PEOPLE TO LIGHT OFF OF THE
ONE MATCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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LUCK OF THE FAMILY.
WHEN VISITING A HOUSE IN IRELAND ONE MUST ALWAYS LEAVE BY THE
SAME DOOR YOU CAME IN, OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE STEALING THE GOOD
LUCK FROM THAT FAMILY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cultural ; CUSTOM ; GOOD LUCK ; Guest ; HOSPITALITY ; IRELAND ; Irish ; LUCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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NEW YEAR LUCK

AT MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR EAT HERRING TO ASSURE YOURSELF OF GOOD LUCK
IN THE YEAR TO COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FISH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001930S

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