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WHENEVER YOU ARE SITTING NEAR SOMEONE WHO IS TASTING
A NEW AND DIFFERENT FOOD, THAT THEY HAVE NEVER
TASTED BEFORE, HIT HIM ON THE HEAD WITH A FORK.
THIS WILL BRING THE PERSON THAT IS HIT GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Eating utensils
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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ANYONE WHO BREAKS A GLASS WILL BE IN FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Eating utensils

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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WHEN MOVING, THE BREAKING OF GLASSWARE, EVEN JUST A
SINGLE PIECE, IS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: ALSO TOLD BY THIS PERSON'S GRANDMOTHER, WHO WAS OF
POLISH-GERMAN DESCENT, THE SAYING WAS BELIEVED.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Eating utensils

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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UKRAINIAN WEDDING RECEPTION EVENT

FOLLOWING THE MEAL AT THE RECEPTION, A RELATIVE OF THE
BRIDE, USUALLY AN AUNT OR HER GODMOTHER, SITS WITH A PLATE
ON HER LAP. THE GUESTS WISHING TO DANCE WITH THE BRIDE, TRY
TO BREAK THE PLATE BY THROWING A COIN AT IT. IF THEY BREAK
THE PLATE THEY CAN DANCE WITH THE BRIDE. IF THE PLATE DOES
NOT BREAK, THEY CAN TRY AGAIN. EACH BROKEN PLATE MEANS
GOOD LUCK FOR THE BRIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS CEREMONY TOOK PLACE WHEN MY MOTHER WAS MARRIED IN
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK IN 1939.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck Eating utensils
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00001950S

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SET UP HOUSEKEEPING WITH A NEW BROOM AND A
NEW COFFEEPOT.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Good luck Eating utensils
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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