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IF YOU OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE, SOMEBODY WHO
LIVES IN THAT HOUSE WILL DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 11-13-1969

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LUCK

OPENING AN UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE IS BAD LUCK, AS IS BREAKING A
MIRROR WORTH SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.14

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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BAD LUCK

IT IS BAD LUCK TO OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER AND HOLDS IT TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HANCOCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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DON'T OPEN A UMBRELLA UP IN THE HOUSE; IT'S BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS BELIEVED BY THIS FRIEND AND MANY OTHER FRIENDS OF MINE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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SUPERSTITION (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; BAD LUCK: UMBRELLA (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

NEVER OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE, IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHILE LIVING AT HOME ON
A FARM IN CLARE, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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It is very unlucky to purchase Tarot Cards; they must be
given to you. Once someone gives them to you, you must wrap
them in silk and then place them in a satin bag for storage.
If you do not store them in this manner, they will bring you bad luck. You may only give the Tarot cards to someone who
really wants them.

Submitter comment: Elinor found out about these proscriptions regarding Tarot
cards when she casually mentioned to an acquaintance that she
was interested in buying some. The woman became alarmed that
Elinor might bring bad luck upon herself, and so gave her
the set which she owned, and instructed her in the proper
(safe) way to store them. Elinor was careful to follow the
instructions.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Keyword(s): occult, magic, precaution

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 00001960S

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THE LOSS OF A MOP OR BUCKET OVERBOARD WAS
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): MARITIME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 10-29-1968

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RACING DRIVERS WON'T HAVE A GREEN CAR. GREEN IS AN
UNLUCKY COLOR. A GREEN RACING CAR IS CALLED THE
"DEATH CAR."

Where learned: SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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NEVER HAVE ANY GREEN IN A KITCHEN BECAUSE IT BRINGS
IRISH PEOPLE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.
COLOR

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 04-08-1967

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DROPPING A DISH RAG MEANS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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IT IS NOW CONSIDERED VERY BAD LUCK TO RECEIVE ORDERS
ABOARD THE U.S.S. ORISKANY (CALLED THE BIG O), FOR
SAILORS FEEL SHE IS A DEATH SHIP.

Data entry tech comment: BECAUSE OF THE NAME? O RISK ANY?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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ON BOARD A NAVAL VESSEL, IT IS BAD LUCK TO WALK UP
A LADDER ON THE PORT SIDE OR DOWN ON THE AFT
SIDE OF THE SHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO GO BY A GRAVEYARD OF DEAD
SHIPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MARITIME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU DROP A COMB, YOU MUST STEP ON IT OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities
BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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