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THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE USED TO PUT A CROOKED PIN IN
HER SONS' COATS WHEN THEY WERE PLAYING CARDS IN
HER HOME. THIS WOULD BRING GOOD LUCK WITH THE CARDS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT KNEW THAT THIS WORKED BECAUSE SHE KNEW
THE WOMAN WHO USED TO DO IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO PICK UP A PIN WITH ITS POINT
TOWARD YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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PICK UP A PIN AND YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL DAY LONG YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY,
BAD LUCK YOU WILL HAVE ALL DAY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700 .881
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.882
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT IF YOU SEE A PIN ON THE
GROUND AND PICK IT UP, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK FOR
THE REST OF THE DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS UNSURE WHETHER THIS BELIEF IS TRUE.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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IF YOU SEE A PIN, PICK IT UP FOR GOOD LUCK,
FOR IF YOU LEAVE IT LIE, YOU'LL BE
SORRY BYE AND BYE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD FROM HER PLAYMATES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 03-25-1967

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP
ALL DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
(SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY
CAN'T REMEMBER THE REST).

Submitter comment: THIS WAS COLLECTED FROM MY SISTER. SHE HEARD THIS
FROM HER CLASSMATES; SHE'S IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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IF YOU FIND A STRAIGHT PIN ON THE GROUND POINTING
TOWARD YOU, PICK IT UP AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM A WOMAN
WITH WHOM SHE WORKED. MRS. HAIRSTON LEARNED IT
FROM HER MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 02-00-1967

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IF YOU FIND A PIN AND PICK IT UP, YOUR WHOLE
DAY WILL GO WELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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WHEN YOU GIVE A SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT, BE SURE TO
INCLUDE A PENNY WITH IT FOR LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GILBERTS LOUNGE ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Gifts
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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IF YOU SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP, THE REMAINDER
OF THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: DOESN'T REMEMBER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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IF YOU SEE AN OPEN SAFETY PIN LYING ON THE GROUND,
PICK IT UP BECAUSE THIS IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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IF YOU FIND A PIN (SAFETY PIN OR STRAIGHT PIN) YOU
WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ON THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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ALWAYS PUT MONEY IN A WALLET WHEN GIVING IT AS A
GIFT, SO THE PERSON WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND NEVER
RUN OUT OF MONEY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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IF YOU FIND A PIN ON THE FLOOR AND THE HEAD IS TOWARD
YOU, PICK IT UP AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK. IF THE
POINT IS TOWARD YOU, DON'T PICK IT UP, OR YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

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

Date learned: 03-25-1972

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IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK TO GIVE ANYONE A SHARP OBJECT,
SUCH AS A KNIFE, A PAIR OF SCISSORS--FOR A PRESENT. IT WILL
CUT YOUR LOVE. THE PERSON RECEIVING THE OBJECT SHOULD GIVE
THE OTHER PERSON A PENNY OR SOMETHING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-03-1968

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IF YOU FIND A PIN ON THE FLOOR AND THE POINT IS TOWARD YOU,
PICK IT UP AND IT BRINGS GOOD LUCK. IF THE HEAD IS POINTING
TOWARD YOU, DON'T PICK IT UP, OR IT WILL BRING YOU BAD
LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LAFAYETTE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: 02-13-1972

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THAT DAY YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL THE DAY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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SEE A PIN, PICK IT UP; ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN, LET IT LAY, YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL THE DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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