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FOR GOOD LUCK A PITCHER WILL NOT SHAVE BEFORE
A (BASEBALL) GAME.
FOR GOOD LUCK, A PITCHER WILL NOT TALK TO THE OTHER
PLAYERS IF HE IS IN THE COURSE OF PITCHING A PERFECT
GAME.
WHEN DRESSING BEFORE A GAME, A PITCHER WILL PUT ON ALL
ARTICLES OF CLOTHING FROM THE LEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INTERVIEW ; SAINT MATTHEW SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

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IF A CHILD'S TOOTH HAS JUST BEEN TAKEN OUT, HE WILL
IMMEDIATELY GET ON TOP OF THE ROOF FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THAILAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; THAILAND ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Roof Ceiling
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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WHEN YOU STUMP YOUR RIGHT BIG TOE, YOU'RE GOING TO
HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU STUMP YOUR RIGHT TOE YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
IF YOU STUMP YOUR LEFT TOE, YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions
BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 10-07-1971

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CROSSING THE FINGERS MEANS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID THAT SHE LEARNED IT FROM FRIENDS WHEN
SHE WAS VERY YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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CROSSING YOUR FINGERS WHEN YOU COME UPON A DIFFICULT
TASK OR CHALLENGE SYMBOLIZES GOOD LUCK. PEOPLE
OFTEN CROSS THEIR FINGERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE AS
WELL AS THEMSELVES.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS LONG AGO THROUGH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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IT IS GOOD LUCK IF AN EYELASH FALLS ON YOUR CHEEK,
AND YOU CAN REMOVE IT ON THE FIRST TRY WITH YOUR
FINGER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ALSO SAYS IF YOU MAKE A WISH AT THE
SAME TIME, IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 02-03-1970

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LEFT EAR RINGS, GOOD LUCK.
LEFT EYE ITCHES, GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions P842.14
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 09-23-1969

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SEE A WHITE HORSE, SPIT, AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MRS. MENZIES COULD NOT REMEMBER WHERE SHE HEARD
THIS BELIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 07-14-1964

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WHENEVER I MADE URINE, I SHOULD SPIT INTO IT FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; SIGNET BOOK ; THE NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY ; PAGE 81

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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KISS YOUR ELBOW FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-09-1968

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TO STUMP YOUR LEFT FOOT IS BAD LUCK. HOWEVER, YOU CAN GET RID
OF THE BAD LUCK IF YOU WHIRL YOURSELF AROUND AND SAY--
GO AWAY BAD LUCK
COME BACK GOOD LUCK

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions
BELIEF -- Conversions Body parts and functions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO STUMP (STUB) YOUR RIGHT FOOT IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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YOU ARE A LUCKY PERSON IF YOUR FINGERNAILS HAVE WHITE,
HALF-CIRCLES ON THEM.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 03-28-1972

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IF A PERSON HAS ONLY ONE GRAY HAIR HE WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

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Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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