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IF YOU EVER SIT ON A TABLE, YOU'LL ALWAYS BE AN OLD MAID.

Submitter comment: THIS OLD SAYING WAS CLEARLY TO KEEP ME OFF THE FURNITURE
AND ENCOURAGE ME TO BE MORE LADYLIKE.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): SPINSTER

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GOOD LUCK

IF YOU STUMPLE ON YOUR FOOT, OR IT MAY ITCH, THAT'S A
SIGN FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
THIS IS A SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

James Callow Keyword(s): STUMBLE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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GOOD LUCK CHARM FOR A NEW HOUSE AND ITS OWNERS

AT A HOME WARMING YOU SHOULD PUT LOOSE CHANGE OVER A DOOR IN THE
HOUSE TO BRING ITS NEW OWNERS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THE CHARM WHILE LIVING OUT EAST AND SAID SHE
AND HER HUSBAND CONTINUE TO DO IT HERE IN MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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LUCK

SEVEN PEOPLE TURN A CLASS RING TO INSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE OWNER
OF THE RING IN THE FUTURE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; UNICE

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: CA11001973

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"IF YOU FIND A PENNY LYING ON THE GROUND, PICK IT UP, IT'S GOOD LUCK"

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.15
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 11-10-1972

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WEDDING CUSTOM

I REMEMBER WHEN MY SISTER AND I WENT TO MY AUNT'S WEDDING. SHE
SAID SHE HAD ON SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED
AND SOMETHING BLUE. MY AUNT SAID THAT WITHOUT THOSE THINGS SHE WOULD
NOT HAVE GOOD LUCK THROUGH HER MARRIAGE AND SHE WOULD BE STARTING
OUT ON THE WRONG FOOT.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM/LUCK

THE FIRST PERSON TO ENTER THE HOUSE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY MUST BE
HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS, SO THAT THE FAMILY'S GOOD LUCK WILL BE
INSURED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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LUCK/OMEN

IF SEVEN PEOPLE EAT A SEVEN COURSE MEAL TOGETHER, THEN THEY WILL
HAVE GOOD LUCK B/UT IF THIRTEEN PEOPLE EAT TOGER AT ALL, ONE OF TH
THE THIRTEEN WILL DIE WITHIN THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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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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BASEBALL

IF YOU RUB A BASEBALL IN THE DIRT BEFORE YOU PLAY, YOU WILL WIN.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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GAME SUPERSTITION

WHEN DOING BAD IN BOWLING OR GOLF, DRAW A FENCE ON THE SCORE
CARD AND YOU HAVE BETTER LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): FENCE= ZIG-ZAG LINE ON SCOREBOX

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 04-18-1971

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LUCK BELIEF

A CHILD BORN WITH A 'CZEPAK' (FILM ON HEAD) WILL ALWAYS BE LUCKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CAUL AMNION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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GOOD LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

IF A BOXER IS TO FIGHT ON HIS WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, GOOD LUCK WILL
COME TO HIM IF HE PLACES HIS WEDDING RING ON THE TOP OF THE POST
IN HIS CORNER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS READING THIS IN THE PAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

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GOOD LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GOOD LUCK: HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

IF YOU EAT CABBAGE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL
YEAR LONG.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF IS HELD BY THE INFORMANT'S MOTHER AS WELL AS HERSELF.
EVERY NEW YEAR'S DAY, THEY PREPARE CABBAGE IN SOME WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

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GOOD LUCK. ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GOOD LUCK: HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

WHEN A PERSON SNEEZES FOUR TIMES IN SUCCESSION, GOOD LUCK WILL
COME TO HIM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER ROOMMATE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

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GOOD LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES. ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

IF A BABY WETS ON YOU IT IS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HIS ITALIAN MOTHER BELIEVES THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GOOD LUCK; MIRROR ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

IF YOU FIND A PENNY, IT MEANS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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PLAY YOUR HUNCH. ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ; GOOD LUCK: HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

IF YOU TOUCH A HUNCHBACK'S HUMP IT BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS MANY YEARS AGO AND CANNOT REMEMBER WHERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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DRESS LUCKY ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; GOOD LUCK: HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

THE GREEK PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT IT IS GOOD LUCK TO WEAR YOUR UNDERWEAR
INSIDE OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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BELIEF ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

IT IS GOOD LUCK IF YOU KISS THE BLARNEY STONE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Blarney Stone ; Irish ; KISS ; Legend ; Lore ; LUCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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