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WHEN YOU BUY A NEW PAIR OF SHOES, PUT A PENNY
IN THEM FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER FATHER WHO LIVES IN
LANSING, (MICHIGAN).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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IF A GIRL WEARS SOMETHING WITH RED IN IT TO A DANCE,
SHE WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND BE SUCCESSFUL WITH HER
PARTNERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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IF YOU PUT YOUR SLIP ON INSIDE OUT BY MISTAKE, IT'LL
BRING YOU GOOD LUCK, BUT YOU HAVE TO WEAR IT LIKE
THAT ALL DAY LONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IF YOU UNCONSCIOUSLY PUT SOMETHING ON THE WRONG
WAY, THIS IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HE FORGOT WHERE HE LEARNED THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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INFORMANT HAS BEEN TOLD THAT TO PUT SOMETHING ON
INSIDE OUT IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-08-1971

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IF YOU MISTAKENLY PUT YOUR SLIP ON INSIDE OUT, AND
LEAVE IT THAT WAY, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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IF YOU PUT YOUR DRESS ON AND THE HEM STAYS TURNED UP
THAT IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS
A YOUNG GIRL ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 05-12-1965 ; 00-00-1915

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THIS PERSON HAS A LUCKY PAIR OF SHOES THAT HE ALWAYS
WEARS TO TAKE A TEST IN. WHEN I ASKED ABOUT THIS, AND
INDICATED THAT THIS MIGHT BE JUST A LITTLE RIDICULOUS,
HE ASKED RATHER ASTOUNDED, "DOESN'T EVERYBODY?"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-15-1967

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PUT A DIME IN YOUR SHOE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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IF YOU PUT A PENNY IN YOUR SHOE, YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PUT A PENNY IN YOUR LOAFER (SHOE) FOR GOOD LUCK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; NIAGARA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00001950S

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WEAR A PENNY IN YOUR SHOE AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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ANY SMALL COIN FOUND SHOULD BE PUT INTO THE LEFT
SHOE TO MAKE A SUCCESSFUL DAY OR TO INSURE GOOD
LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HE ALWAYS PUTS ANY COIN HE FINDS
IN HIS LEFT SHOE. SAID THAT IT HAS BROUGHT HIM
LUCK MANY TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 11-23-1971

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IF A BRIDE KEEPS COINS IN HER SHOES DURING HER WEDDING
DAY, SHE WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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MY AUNT ANGIE EXPLAINED TO ME THAT IT IS BAD LUCK TO
LEAVE SHOES ON ANY KIND OF TABLE. SHE INSISTS THAT SHOES
MUST BE LEFT ON THE FLOOR. SHE EMPHASIZED THIS ESPECIALLY FOR
NEW SHOES.

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO PUT SALT IN YOUR SHOES.

Submitter comment: THIS GOOD LUCK SUPERSTITION MEAN THAT IF YOU PLACE SALT
IN YOUR SHOES AND WALK IN THEM YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL
THAT DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00001947CA

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WHEN DRESSING, TO AVOID BAD LUCK, ALWAYS DRESS
YOURSELF FROM THE LEFT TO THE RIGHT SIDE.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DIRECTION ; LEFT ; LUCK ; RIGHT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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DON'T THROW A HAT ON THE BED, BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment:

TOLD BY FATHER

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO LEAVE A HAT LAYING ON A BED.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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DON'T PUT A HAT ON A BED OR IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: YEARS AGO ; 10-22-1969

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