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WALKING UNDER A LADDER IS BAD LUCK.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU WALK UNDER A LADDER, THE ENTIRE REST OF THE
DAY YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FIRST LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure P682.6
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 10-23-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER LADDERS.. THE REASON
STEMS FROM THE FACT THAT PAINTERS DROP STUFF FROM
ABOVE.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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IF YOU WALK UNDER A LADDER, THAT MEANS THAT YOU
WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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IF YOU WALK UNDER A LADDER YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK
THE REST OF THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 04-26-1972

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WHEN A PERSON WALKS UNDER A LADDER HE WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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NEVER WALK UNDER A LADDER--BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Where learned: OHIO ; BATAVIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 02-14-1971

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IF I WALKED UNDER A LEANING LADDER, I WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; SIGNET BOOK ; THE NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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WALKING UNDER A LADDER WILL BRING YOU BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; PADUCAH

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 07-04-1972

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THE RIDDLE OF THE LADDER

IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Submitter comment: I'VE ASKED MANY, MANY TIMES WHY IT IS BAD LUCK. THE ONLY

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): God

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEVER PASS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF A POST; IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Submitter comment: IN MY HOME TOWN, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, MANY PEOPLE

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CHARLOTTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO WALK UNDER A LADDER IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID HE WOULD NEVER WALK UNDER A LADDER. HE

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; PRESTONSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 00001928-1946

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