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NEW YEAR'S SUPERSTITION

YOU MUST HAVE PORK FOR YOUR NEW YEAR'S DAY DINNER.

Submitter comment: THIS OLD GERMAN SUPERSTITION IS TRADITIONAL IN MY UNCLE'S FAMILY.
ACCORDING TO HIM: "PORK WAS SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK AND
FORTUNE, AND THIS WAS BASED ON AN OLD RURAL BELIEF THAT MOST
FARM ANIMALS WANDERED AWAY FROM THE HOUSE, WHILE THE HOGS ALWAYS
ROOTED TOWARDS THE HOUSE." HE ADDED WITH A SMILE, "MY MOTHER
WASN'T SUPERSTITIOUS, BUT WE ALWAYS HAD PORK FOR NEW YEAR'S."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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LUCK AT CARDS BELIEF

TIE THE HEART OF A BAT WITH A RED SILKEN STRING TO THE RIGHT ARM
AND YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND WIN EVERY CARD GAME YOU PLAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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GERMAN SUPERSTITION

ACCIDENTALLY PUTTING YOUR STOCKING ON WRONG SIDE OUT MEANS GOOD
LUCK, BUT IT'S UNLUCKY TO TURN THEM ON THE RIGHT SIDE IF YOU SEE
THE MISTAKE.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN STEELTON, PENNSYLVANIA ABOUT 1920.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001920 CA

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IF THREE BAD OMENS OR SIGNS HAPPEN OR APPEAR TO YOU
IN ONE DAY, IT IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK TO COME. BUT
IF THERE ARE MORE OR LESS THAN THREE, THIS IS A
SIGN OF BAD LUCK TO COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN GERMANY, TOUCHING OR SEEING A CHIMNEY SWEEP IS
CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD OF THIS GOOD LUCK BELIEF ON A RECENT
TRIP TO GERMANY.

Where learned: GERMANY ; MINNESOTA ; DULUTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 06-25-1969

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SEEING A LEPRECHAUN IS SUPPOSEDLY A SIGN OF GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 10-29-1968

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LUCK OF THE IRISHMAN.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING I HAVE OFTEN HEARD, BECAUSE IT IS BELIEVED
THAT IRISHMEN ARE VERY LUCKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-10-1971

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IF YOU PUT YOUR SLIP ON INSIDE-OUT ACCIDENTALLY,
YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL DAY.

Submitter comment: SYLVIA LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER, WHO IN TURN
LEARNED IT AT THE NURSES' LOUNGE AT BEAUMONT
HOSPITAL, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 09-23-1967

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WHEN YOU SNEEZE TWICE IN A ROW, IT MEANS GOOD LUCK IS
COMING YOUR WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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GAME SUPERSTITION FOR LUCK

THAT WAS FOLLOWED AT ALL SAINTS HIGH SCHOOL IN DETROIT.
THE PLAYERS WOULD ALWAYS THROW A BASKETBALL OUT OF
THE LOCKER ROOM BEFORE THEY RAN OUT, TO ASSURE A WIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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GOOD LUCK

TAKE A PIECE OF CAKE (NUT CAKE OR CHRISTMAS CAKE) AND PUT IT
UNDER YOUR PILLOW. THIS WILL BRING GOOD LUCK

Submitter comment: THE BELIEF OF THIS CUSTOM MAKES A CONNECTION BETWEEN THE OBJECT
WHICH IS FOOD AND THE PILLOW. THEY ARE CONTAGIOUS BECAUSE EACH ARE
DEPENDENT UPON ONE ANOTHER IN ORDER TO BRING GOOD LUCK.
THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING HIS LATE ADOLESCENT STAGE IN HIS
HOME TOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001930S

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WRONG SIDE OF BED

IT IS BAD LUCK TO GET OUT OF THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR BED. YOUR GUARDIAN
ANGEL SLEEPS ON THE RIGHT AND THE DEVIL ON THE LEFT. IF YOU GET OUT
THE LEFT SIDE, YOU AWAKEN THE DEVIL AND HE LEADS YOU INTO
TROUBLE.THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE FOR THE RIGHT SIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE MORE COMMON SAYING THAT "YOU GOT OUT ON THE
WRONG SIDE OF THE BED" WHEN SOMEBODY IS IN A BAD MOOD IN THE MORNING.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WEATHERLY

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00001960S

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AN OLD NEGRO SUPERSTITION FROM THE SOUTH IS THAT IF YOU CATCH A
SPIDER HANGING FROM THE CEILING WITH YOUR POCKETBOOK, YOU HAVE
MONEY COMING YOUR WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ARACHNID

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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AN ITCHING RIGHT HAND PALM IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK WHILE AN ITCHING
LEFT PALM IS A SIGN OF FINANCIAL LOSS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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A POLISH TRADITION ON THE CHRISTMAS VIGIL IS THE BREAKING OF WAFERS
AND WISHING GOOD LUCK ON EVERYBODY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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SILVER DOLLAR

HE HAS CARRIED A SILVER DOLLAR WITH HIM FOR A YEAR AS A GOOD
LUCK CHARM

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COIN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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GOOD LUCK

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, BETWEEN THE FIRST AND LAST STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, YOU

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMANT SAYS THAT EVERY NEW YEAR'S EVE SHE HAS WATCHED HER
FATHER PERFORM THIS POLISH CUSTOM.

James Callow comment: LINE OR TWO MISSING FROM THIS ITEM
CN[ STABILE, MARY 701205
C1[ 3936 THREE MILE DRIVE
C2[ DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48224
DNC[ 1,043
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 09-20-72

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LUCK

IF A MAN IS THE FIRST PERSON TO KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR ON A MONDAY
MORNING, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL OF THAT WEEK. HOWEVER, IF A
WOMAN KNOCKS, IT WILL BE BAD LUCK. THE INFORMANT SAID THIS ACTUALLY
HAPPENED TO HER MOTHER ONCE. INFORMANT WAS NOT SURE OF ACTUAL
CIRCUMSTANCES.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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DREAM

TO DREAM OF DOLLARS MEANS GOOD LUCK TO THE DREAMER, BUT TO DREAM
OF CHANGE MEANS BAD LUCK. INFORMANT SAID SHE ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED
THIS DREAM HERSELF.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Bad luck
BELIEF -- Dreams Good luck
BELIEF -- Dreams Money
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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SIGN OF BULL

ITALIANS BELIEVE THE SIGN OF THE BULL IS A GOOD LUCK SIGN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.3

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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