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WHEN YOU ARE FISHING, YOU MUST ALWAYS SPIT ON THE
BAIT BEFORE YOU PUT IT IN THE WATER. THIS WAS FOR
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS GRANDFATHER WHO
LIVES IN DETROIT, (MICHIGAN). HOWEVER, THEY ALWAYS
FISHED IN THE GEORGIAN BAY IN ONTARIO, CANADA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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WHEN FISHING, SPIT ON THE BAIT FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS FISHED WITH FELLOWS WHO PRACTICED
THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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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 SOMEONE GIVES YOU AN ELEPHANT ORNAMENTATION AND
THE TRUNK IS UP, IT MEANS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SYMBOL

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

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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IF A LADY BUG LANDS ON YOU,
YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS TOLD TO ALL OF JEAN'S
GRANDCHILDREN, AS WELL AS ALL
HER CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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NEVER KILL WHITE SPIDERS BECAUSE
THEY BRING MONEY AND LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS SHE BELIEVES THIS TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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A person should always carry with them a rabbit's
foot for good luck.

Submitter comment: Informant says that she believes this but does not
practice it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 00001950S

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IF YOU FIND A LADY BUG IN YOUR HOUSE, THIS IS A
GOOD LUCK SIGN. A CRICKET IN YOUR HOUSE MEANS
GOOD LUCK TOO.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS INFORMATION FROM HER MOTHER
ABOUT 1910 IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 05-12-1965 ; 00-00-1910

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IF A LADYBUG LANDS ON YOU, THEN LEAVES, YOU WILL
HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 04-01-1971

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HAVING A LADYBUG LAND ON YOU IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A SPIDER LANDS ON YOUR CLOTHES, YOU'LL HAVE
GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 11-13-1970

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IF YOU SEE A SPIDER, IT IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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WALKING THROUGH HORSE MANURE BAREFOOT WILL BRING
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 09-22-1970

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WHENEVER SIGHTING A (PURE) WHITE HORSE IN OUR MANY
TRAVELS AS CHILDREN, GOOD LUCK WOULD VISIT US IF
WE:: LICKED OUR THUMB OF THE RIGHT HAND, THEN WIPED
THE PALM OF OUR LEFT HAND WITH IT, FINALLY SMACKING
THE STILL-OPEN LEFT HAND PALM WITH THE RIGHT-HAND
CLINCHED FIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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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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IT IS CONSIDERED VERY GOOD LUCK FOR PORPOISES TO
FOLLOW A SHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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IT IS GOOD LUCK WHEN THERE ARE PORPOISES SWIMMING
AROUND THE BOW OF A SHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO SEE A WHITE RAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SAILORS WILL NEVER SHOOT A SEAGULL OR A PORPOISE
BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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TO SLAY A SHEEP AND THEN TO DONOTE ITS MEAT TO THE
POOR BRINGS GOOD LUCK (1) WHEN YOU BUILD OR BUY A
HOUSE, (2) WHEN A BRIDE AND GROOM ENTER THEIR FIRST
HOME, (3) WHEN YOU HAVE A SERIOUSLY SICK PERSON IN
THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: SUCH A CUSTOM HAS ITS ORIGIN IN BIBLICAL TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BAGHDAD ; IRAQ

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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