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IF YOU EVER TRAMP IN COW MANURE, IT WILL BRING
YOU GOOD LUCK THAT DAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM GRANDMOTHER--COLLECTOR SAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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A SYMBOL OF GOOD LUCK ON CHILDREN'S DAY IN JAPAN
IS TO SEE A DRAGON. FOR THIS REASON, THEY HAVE
NUMEROUS DRAGON FACES AND FIGURES IN THEIR
PARADES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 11-13-1969

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IF YOU KNOCK ON WOOD, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-03-1967

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IF SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENS TO YOU, KNOCK ON WOOD TO
KEEP YOUR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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KNOCK ON WOOD THREE TIMES FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM ONE OF HER FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-11-1971

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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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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO GET MARRIED AS THE BIG HAND OF THE
CLOCK GOES UP AND BAD LUCK TO GET MARRIED AS THE
HANDS GO DOWN.

Data entry tech comment: LIKE AT 12:00 NOON RATHER THAN 12:15

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Time or day of ceremony
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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WHEN A GIRL GETS MARRIED AND ONE DROP OF RAIN FALLS
ON HER VEIL, SHE WILL HAVE A HAPPY LIFE; HOWEVER,
IF IT RAINS, SHE WILL HAVE A SAD LIFE.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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WHEN A GIRL GETS MARRIED, IN ORDER TO INSURE GOOD LUCK
FOR THE FUTURE, SHE MUST DO THE FOLLOWING ON HER
WEDDING DAY: SHE MUST WEAR SOMETHING OLD,
SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 10-21-1968

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RAIN AT A WEDDING BRINGS BAD LUCK, RAIN AT A
FUNERAL BRINGS GOOD LUCK.
HAPPY IS THE BRIDE THAT THE SUN SHINES ON;
HAPPY IS THE CORPSE THAT THE RAIN POURS ON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE
WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IT IS GOOD LUCK IF IT RAINS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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IF A WEDDING AND FUNERAL PASS EACH OTHER, THIS
WILL MEAN GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE.

Submitter comment: GOOD LUCK FOR A BRIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CARRYING THE BRIDE OVER THE THRESHOLD, IT IS
SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK TO THE BRIDAL COUPLE.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: NEIGHBOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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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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A SCOTTISH TRADITION IS THAT WHEN YOU GET MARRIED YOU
ARE SUPPOSED TO KISS A CHIMNEYSWEEP FOR GOOD LUCK--
LIKE IN THE MOVIE, "MARY POPPINS."

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET,
MRS. MOLLY DICKSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
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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