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SEEING A FULL MOON OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER BRINGS
GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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USE OF MATCHES AND FIRE TO BRING LUCK: A BELIEF
CONCERNING MATCHES AND FIRE:
OBTAINED FROM THE INFORMANT FROM A FRIEND OF HERS
AT WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, (DETROIT, MICHIGAN) OF GREEK DESCENT.
THE MOTHER OF ALISON'S FRIEND GAVE HER A MATCH TO
CARRY AROUND WITH HER TO BRING GOOD LUCK. GOOD LUCK
IS IN SOME WAY ((ACCORDING) TO THE GIRL'S MOTHER)
CONNECTED WITH FIRE AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE FIRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 10-22-1969

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A RED RIBBON TIED TO THE DOOR KNOB, MIRROR OF AN
AUTOMOBILE, OR AROUND A CLOTH WITH SALT IN IT, WILL
BRING GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM A SICILIAN LADY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 07-14-1964

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THE SIGHTING OF A COMET WAS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 10-29-1968

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IT WILL GIVE YOU GOOD LUCK IF YOU KISS THE BLARNEY
STONE (IN IRELAND).

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK WHEN YOU BEND OVER
BACKWARDS AND KISS THE BLARNEY STONE (IN IRELAND).

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WILSON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SEE A PAPER CLIP AND CONTINUOUSLY KEEP PICKING
IT UP ALL DAY YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

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Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK ; LUCK ; Paperclip ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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If you are having trouble selling your house, bury a
statue of St. Joseph, head-down and facing the rear of
the house, until your house is sold. Afterwards you
dig the statue up and permanently display it in a place
of honor in your new home.

Submitter comment: This belief was heard from Maryann's sister, Leda, who
was having trouble selling her condominium. Leda's real
estate agent suggested that she try this. Within the
month Leda's condo was sold, and now the statue of St.
Joseph is on the mantlepiece of her new home. This
superstition is, evidently, very widely held by Italians.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; Rogers Park

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects
BELIEF -- Conversions

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