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If you are going to wear jewelry with opals, it is
better luck to wear an odd number of opals than an
even number.

Submitter comment: Elinor's friend, Jane, states that the ring (or other piece
of jewelry) will be stronger this way.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): Advice, gems

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Conversions Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 00001980S

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ITALIAN

FOR GOOD LUCK WITH A NEW CAR, HANG A RED BOW SOMEPLACE
IN THE CAR. THIS WILL ALSO KEEP YOU SAFE FROM
ACCIDENTS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

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

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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WHENEVER YOU MOVE INTO A NEW HOME, YOU MUST MAKE
SURE YOU HAVE A BROOM, SALT, AND A BIBLE WITH YOU.
THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE HAD DONE THIS WHEN SHE MOVED
INTO HER NEW HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: 03-18-1972

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WHEN YOU MOVE INTO A NEW HOME YOU SHOULD SPILL
CHICKEN OR ROOSTER BLOOD OUTSIDE THE DOOR FOR
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THE SPILLING OF CHICKEN BLOOD REFERS *33460/CENCKEN
TO THE PAGAN TRADITION OF SACRIFICES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

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

Date learned: 02-14-1972

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ITALIAN

WHEN YOU GUY A NEW HOUSE, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY GO OUT
AND BUY A LOAF OF BREAD, A BOTTLE OF WINE, AND A BOX
OF SALT. PLACE THESE SOMEPLACE IN YOUR HOUSE AND
NEVER TOUCH THEM FOR ANY REASON. THIS WILL ASSURE
YOU OF LUCK AND HAPPINESS IN YOUR NEW HOME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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BEFORE MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE, YOU PLACE SALT AND
A LOAF OF BREAD TO BRING YOU GOOD LUCK ANYWHERE IN
THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN SOMEONE MOVES INTO A NEW HOME, HE SHOULD SPRINKLE
SALT ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE. THIS WILL BRING GOOD
LUCK, AND ALSO KEEP AWAY THE EVIL SPIRITS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER-IN-LAW, WHO
DID ACTUALLY DO THIS WHEN THE INFORMANT AND HER
HUSBAND MOVED INTO THEIR FIRST HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 05-18-1965

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YOU HAVE YOUR NEW HOUSE BLESSED FOR GOOD LUCK THAT NO
WRONG COMES TO THE HOME OR THE PEOPLE IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: 03-17-1971

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THE FIRST PERSON TO ENTER YOUR HOME ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
SHOULD BE A DARK-HAIRED MAN. THIS WILL BRING GOOD
LUCK TO THE ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY THE MAN OF THE HOUSE SHOULD ENTER
FIRST TO INSURE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: 03-22-1967

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THE NUMBER 3 IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE SEVENTH CHILD OF EVERY FAMILY IS ALWAYS LUCKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

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THE NUMBERS 3, 7, AND 9 ARE LUCKY OR MAGICAL NUMBERS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

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IF YOU ARE GIVEN A HELPING OF BLACK-EYED PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S
DAY, EAT ALL BUT THREE OF THEM AND YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK IN
THE COMING YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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