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THEY HAVE A TRADITION IN POLAND WHICH SAYS THAT ONE SHOULD TAKE
A SQUARE OF LAND WITH ONE WHEN HE MOVES, PLANT IT IN ONE'S NEW
DWELLING, AND HE WILL GET GOOD LUCK.
MRS. BONAROWSKI HAD LOST HER WEDDING RING TEN YEARS BEFORE SHE
MOVED FROM POLAND TO 7 MILE AND VAN DYKE. WHEN SHE REPLANTED
THE SQUARE OF LAND SHE HAD BROUGHT HERE, SHE FOUND HER WEDDING
RING.

Submitter comment: BOTH MRS. BONAROWSKI AND GRANDSON TOM MERVACK BELIEVE THIS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Earth
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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IF A CAR GOES UNDER A RAILROAD TUNNEL, AND A TRAIN
GOES OVER IT AT THE SAME TIME, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD
LUCK. YOU CAN ALSO ASK FOR ANY THREE WISHES AND BE
SURE THEY WILL BE GRANTED.

Submitter comment: THIS IS BELIEVED IN MEXICO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MEXICO ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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WHEN YOU RIDE OVER A RAILROAD TRACK, LIFT UP YOUR
FEET AND YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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WHEN YOU GO OVER A RAILROAD TRACK, IF YOU PUT YOUR HANDS
ON TOP OF THE ROOF, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO MY SISTER BY ONE OF HER FRIENDS
AT SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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IF YOU LIFT UP YOUR FEET FROM THE FLOOR AND TOUCH
YOUR HANDS TO THE CEILING WHILE GOING OVER A
RAILROAD TRACK IN YOUR CAR, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN DRIVING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS, IT IS GOOD LUCK
TO PUT YOUR HAND, PALM SIDE UP, ON THE ROOF OF THE
CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO LEAVE AND ENTER BY THE SAME DOOR.
IT IS EVEN BETTER LUCK, IF YOU DO THIS THE FIRST
TIME YOU ENTER AND LEAVE A STRANGER'S HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 11-01-1969

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UPON LEAVING THE ROOM AND RE-ENTERING, BECAUSE
YOU FORGOT SOMETHING, YOU MUST SIT DOWN AGAIN
BEFORE LEAVING, FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WHEN SAIL WAS THE PRIMARY MEANS OF LOCOMOTION ON
THE GREAT LAKES, IT WAS CUSTOMARY, WHEN BUILDING A
VESSEL, TO PUT A SILVER DOLLAR UNDER THE MAIN MAST
WHEN IT WAS STEPPED. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO INSURE
GOOD LUCK, ESPECIALLY DURING STORMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.25

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK WHEN TWO PEOPLE MAKE THE SAME BED
AT THE SAME TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, A MAN IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE FIRST ONE AT
YOUR HOUSE, AND THAT'LL BRING GOOD LUCK FOR THE WHOLE YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 06-02-1970

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I REMEMBER THAT WHEN I WAS A CHILD AND WOULD WALK DOWN THE
STREET WITH MY GRANDMOTHER, MRS. M. C. BROWN, SR., GAINESVILLE,
GEORGIA, SHE WOULD INSIST THAT WE WALK IN STEP. SHE SAID WE
WOULD HAVE GOOD LUCK IF WE DID.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; GAINESVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

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IT WAS THOUGHT TO BE GOOD LUCK TO COME BACK THROUGH THE SAME
DOOR YOU ENTERED, IF YOU DID NOT SIT DOWN WHILE VISITING.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; HYBRID ACRES ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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SAILORS DON'T LIKE TO MAKE TRIPS UNLESS THERE'S A CAT ON BOARD
BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT A CAT WILL HELP THEM TO HAVE A
LUCKY AND SAFE TRIP.

Where learned: BARRETT RD ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 07-30-1968

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ALWAYS GO OUT THE SAME DOOR YOU CAME IN FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF YOU FORGET SOMETHING WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO SOMEWHERE AND
YOU GO BACK TO GET IT, YOU HAVE TO SPIT BEHIND YOU FOR GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MOUNT PLEASANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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