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GOOD LUCK

IN CHINA THE HUSBAND GIVES A JADE RING RATHER THAN A DIAMOND RING.
IT'S SUPPOSED TO GIVE GOOD LUCK.ANOTHER GIFT GIVEN
IS THE HAPPINESS BUDHA
(ITS HANDS ARE UP). IF THE COUPLE RUBS HIS TUMMY, THEY'RE
SUPPOSED TO HAVE A LOT OF KIDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): STATUE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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GOOD LUCK

FLIPPING A COIN GIVES GOOD LUCK IF IT LANDS ON "HEADS"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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STARTING THE NEW YEAR

ON THE FIRST OF THE NEW YEAR YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO LET THE FIRST
DARK PERSON THAT YOU KNOW COME THROUGH THE DOOR FIRST
WHILE HE CARRIES A PIECE OF BLACK CHARCOAL (IF NOT MALE THEN
HAVE A FEMALE DO IT).
SO THAT YOU MAY HAVE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING HIS LATE ADOLESCENT STAGE IN HIS
HOME TOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001930S

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CANDLE

IF YOU BURN A CANDLE ALL THE WAY DOWN, IT WILL BRING SEVEN YEARS
GOOD LUCK

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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IF A CHAIN FITS AROUND YOUR FINGER PERFECTLY; IT MEANS YOU'RE GOING
TO HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS WHAT A VERY DEAR FRIEND BELIEVES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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FOR GOOD LUCK ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, PLACE A ROSARY ON THE BACK PORCH.
ACTUALLY DONE BY MOTHER OF INFORMANT'S BROTHER-IN-LAW

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.41

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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NEW YEARS CUSTOM/LUCK

A PERSON CAN ASSURE PROSPERITY FOR THE COMING YEAR BY BREAKING THE
POMEGRANATE ON THE DOORSTEP ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM/LUCK

IF AN OLIVE OR LAUREL BRANCH IS HUNG ON THE DOOR OF A HOME ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY, THE FAMILY LIVING IN THAT HOUSE WILL HAVE
GOOD LUCK FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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BELIEF LUCK

IF YOU BEND BACKWARDS AND KISS THE BLARNEY STONE IN IRELAND YOU WILL
HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTORTION ; POSITION DIRECTION BACKWARDS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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CORNETTO

CORNETTO IS A BULL'S HORN PLUS A CROSS AND BRINGS YOU DOUBLE LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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PATRON SAINT

ST. JOSEPH IS THE PATRON SAINT OF THE MALTESE AND WEARING HIS
MEDAL BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Emblem
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

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LUCKY PIECES

SUNDIALS AND BIRDFEEDERS OUTSIDE YOUR HOME KEEP NATURE HAPPY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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CORNCOB PIPES

SMOKING A CORNCOB PIPE WILL BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): SMOKING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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TURQUOISE

WEARING TURQUOISE BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY ORNAMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GOOD LUGK : OBJECTS ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

CARRY CHESTNUTS IN YOUR POCKET FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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GOOD LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GOOD LUCK : OBJECTS ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

IF YOU GIVE A PERSON A PURSE OR WALLET FOR A GIFT, YOU'RE SUPPOSE TO
PUT SOME MONEY IN IT TO BRING THE PERSON GOOD FORTUNE

Submitter comment: I WAS BROUGHT UP WITH THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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GOOD LUCK: OBJECTS ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

SHOW A DIME TO A NEW MOON AND IT WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT, WHILE WALKING TO THE STORE, IN MARYLAND, LEARNED THIS
FROM A COLORED WOMAN IN 1954.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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GOOD LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GOOD LUCK: OBJECTS ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

A MUSTARD SEED WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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GOOD LUCK. ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GOOD LUCK: OBJECTS ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

CARRY A SILVER DOLLAR OR TWO DOLLAR BILL.

Submitter comment: BECAUSE THEY ARE SO RARE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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GOOD LUCK: OBJECTS ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

BIRTH STONES ARE LUCKY. YOU HAVE A GOOD LUCK CHARM FOR THE MONTH YOU
WERE BORN IN ALSO, JULY IS A CAT'S EYE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BIRTHSTONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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