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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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IF IT RAINS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY YOU'LL HAVE HAPPINESS
AND GOOD LUCK IN YOUR MARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A FIRM BELIEF OF HER GERMAN GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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IF YOU TOUCH A HUNCHBACK, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MRS. CONROY LEARNED THIS ITEM FROM HER MOTHER, MRS.
GERTRUDE ALLISON, AS A CHILD, IN DETROIT. (CA. 1920).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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IF TWO PEOPLE SAY SOMETHING AT THE SAME TIME, THEY
SHOULD KNOCK ON WOOD FOR LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TALK

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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TO START DONNA'S CAR, IT IS NECESSARY FOR EVERYONE IN
THE CAR TO SHAKE HER HAND FOR GOOD LUCK, OR ELSE THE
CAR WILL OFTEN NOT EVEN TURN OVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-27-1971

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THIS GUY, JOE, NEVER SHAVED THE DAY BEFORE A FOOTBALL
GAME BELIEVING THIS BROUGHT HIM AND HIS TEAM GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF A PERSON IS SEWING ANYTHING
(A BUTTON, A HEM) ON HIS VERY PERSON, SHOULD BITE
ON A GOLD RING IN ORDER TO HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS COLLECTED FROM MRS. SWEROCK WHO MADE
THE REMARK WHILE I WAS SEWING A TORN HEM ON MY
DRESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 03-11-1967

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FOR GOOD LUCK, (IN THE THEATER) KICK SOMEONE ON
EITHER SIDE OF HIS REAR-END BEFORE A PERFORMANCE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE DANCING PROFESSIONALLY IN NEW YORK
CITY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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GOOD LUCK IN THEATRE: "BREAK A LEG."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FORMULA SPEECH

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, THEN THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

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AFTER USING SALT, YOU SHOULD THROW A PINCH OF IT
OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO INSURE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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IF YOU THROW SALT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER IT WILL
BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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SOME ITALIANS FEEL IT NECESSARY TO THROW SALT ON TOP
OF OIL, IF IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL ON THE GROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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THROW SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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TO THROW SALT OVER THE LEFT SHOULDER IS A SIGN OF
LUCK. IT USED TO WARD OFF EVIL.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A BELIEF GIVEN TO HIM BY HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-10-1971

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THROW SPILLED SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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A PERSON SHOULD THROW SALT OVER HIS RIGHT SHOULDER
IN ORDER TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITIONN DIRECTIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 00001950S

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WHEN YOU ACCIDENTALLY SPILL SALT, INFORMANT TAKES
A FEW GRAINS OF SALT AND THROWS IT OVER EACH
SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL ; REDFORD ; SAINT MARYS

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-12-1970

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IF A BRIDE KEEPS COINS IN HER SHOES DURING HER WEDDING
DAY, SHE WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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WHEN SPRING CLEANING THE RUGS AND PAINTINGS MUST BE METICULOUSLY
CLEANED FOR GOOD LUCK IN THE SPRING.

Where learned: CANADA ; COLLECTED BY MAIL ; MONTREAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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