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IN A LOT OF SPORTS, WHEN ATHLETES ARE IN A WINNING
STREAK, THEY LIKE TO CONTINUE EATING THE SAME
THINGS.

Submitter comment: I SUPPOSE THIS BELIEF IS MUCH LIKE THAT OF NOT
CHANGING YOUR SOCKS WHILE IN A WINNING STREAK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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IF YOU BREAK A WISHBONE AND GET THE LONGEST PART
YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND YOUR WISH, AS LONG AS
YOU DON'T TELL ANYBODY WHAT YOU WISHED FOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 04-03-1967

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AT ITALIAN WEDDINGS, THEY ALWAYS GIVE ALMONDS AS A
WISH OF GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HAPPENED IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN AT A WEDDING SHE
ATTENDED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 05-10-1965

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THROWING RICE AT WEDDINGS, BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: NEIGHBORS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Rice
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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ITALIANS BELIEVE IT IS GOOD LUCK TO BREAK A DISH
OF RICE IN FRONT OF THE BRIDE AS SHE EXITS CHURCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Rice
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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IF YOU THROW RICE AT A MARRIED COUPLE AT THE TIME
OF THEIR MARRIAGE, THEY WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Rice
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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AFTER THE BRIDE LEAVES THE CHURCH AND ENTERS THE
RECEPTION HALL, SHE IS GIVEN BREAD, WATER AND SALT.
SHE TAKES A BIT OF THE BREAD AND DRINKS SOME WATER.
SHE CARRIES THE SALT INTO THE HALL WITH HER.
THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS AN OLD POLISH CUSTOM. IT
WAS DONE TO BRING THE BRIDE GOOD LUCK IN LIFE.
THE BREAD AND WATER STAND FOR FOOD, AND THE SALT
FOR WEALTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-20-1972

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IT IS A GOOD LUCK OMEN TO TAKE HOME A PIECE OF
WEDDING CAKE AND SLEEP ON IT, IT IS SUPPOSED TO
BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS..

Where learned: NEIGHBORS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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BREAKING A BOTTLE OF WINE TO LAUNCH A SHIP WAS
GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 10-29-1968

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO SPILL WINE ON A WHITE TABLECLOTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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ITALIANS BELIEVE IT IS GOOD LUCK TO SPRINKLE
CHAMPAGNE ON THE FLOOR OF A NEW HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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SPILLING A GLASS OF WINE IN AN ITALIAN HOME IS
CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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POUR A SHOT OF WHISKEY. ALL TAKE A DRINK FROM
THE SAME SHOT TO INSURE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS FROM HIS PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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IF YOU CAN SWALLOW THE BUBBLES ON THE SURFACE OF A
CUP OF TEA OR COFFEE BEFORE THEY BURST, IT'S GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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OZONI IS A BROTH CONTAINING RICE CAKES AND VEGE-
TABLES. WE EAT IT BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT IS GOOD
LUCK TO DO SO (AT HOME).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): JAPAN?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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IF YOU CUT OFF THE TIP OF YOUR PIECE OF PIZZA,
AND EAT IT LAST, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE WAS CORRECTING SOMEONE FOR EATING THEIR
PIZZA TIP FIRST.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS AN ARMENIAN CUSTOM TO BREAK AN EGG ON A NEW
CAR FOR GOOD LUCK. AS A MATTER OF FACT, KELI
TOLD ME, IT IS GOOD LUCK TO BREAK AN EGG ON
ANYTHING NEW. HER MOTHER RECENTLY PURCHASED NEW
CARPETING AND BROKE AN EGG ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 02-26-1971

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IT IS THE CUSTOM TO BAKE BREAD WITH MONEY IN IT,
AND WHOEVER GETS THE COIN WHEN THE BREAD IS
EATEN, WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK FOR THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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SOME PEOPLE CARRY OUT THE PRACTICE OF PLACING A COIN
IN A LOAF OF HOME-MADE BREAD. THE PERSON IN THE
FAMILY WHO GETS THE COIN IN A SLICE OF BREAD WILL
HAVE GOOD LUCK. THE BREAD IS USUALLY MADE BY THE
GRANDMOTHER, IF LIVING.

Submitter comment: EUROPEAN PRACTICE WHICH I DON'T HAVE TOO MUCH
FAITH IN.
MY SUITEMATE HAS SEEN HIS GRANDMOTHER DO IT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; POUGHKEEPSIE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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