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BREAKING A MIRROR WILL BRING YOU SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR YOU WILL HAVE SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; CENTERVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 04091984CA

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR, IT IS POSSIBLE TO WARD OFF THE BAD
LUCK THAT IT WILL BRING BY THROWING IT IMMEDIATELY INTO
RUNNING WATER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Running water
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror
BELIEF -- Conversions Mirror

Date learned: 00001947CA

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Superstition

Break a mirror and you'll have seven years of bad luck. Open an
umbrella indoors and something bad will happen to you. Walk
underneath a ladder and you'll have an accident.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR, IT IS SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.
THIS STEMS FROM THE FACT THAT MIRRORS WERE EX-
PENSIVE IN THE MIDDLE AGES.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Favorites
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR IT'S BAD LUCK IN CHINA AND
ESPECIALLY WHEN A COUPLE WHO ARE IN LOVE BREAK
A MIRROR, THEY WILL SEPARATE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION IN TAIWAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TAIWAN

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO HOLD A BABY UP TO THE MIRROR
TO SEE HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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NEVER LOOK INTO A MIRROR OVER THE SHOULDER OF ANOTHER
PERSON; IT BRINGS BAD LUCK TO BOTH.

Submitter comment: SHE TOLD ME THIS WHEN WE FIRST WERE ROOMMATES IN
COLLEGE, BUT DIDN'T SEEM TO BELIEVE IT SINCE THERE
WAS ONLY ONE MIRROR FOR BOTH OF US, AND INEVITABLY
SHARING WAS NECESSARY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR, YOU WILL HAVE SEVEN YEARS
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR, YOU WILL HAVE SEVEN YEARS OF
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 03-28-1967

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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DROP A MIRROR?
SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS BROTHER, JOE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR, SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK WILL
COME YOUR WAY.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS LONG AGO.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK WHEN YOU BREAK A MIRROR.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 10-25-1967

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BREAKING A MIRROR IS SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR YOU WILL HAVE SEVEN YEARS
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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IN MEXICO, IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR YOU WILL HAVE SEVEN
YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR, YOU'LL HAVE SEVEN YEARS OF
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BREAKING A MIRROR MEANS SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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TO BREAK A MIRROR CAUSES SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU BREAK OR CRACK A MIRROR, YOU WILL RECEIVE
SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK AS A RESULT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 00001950S

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