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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR BASEBALL PLAYERS TO PLACE THEIR EMPTY SHOES ON
THE GROUND BACKWARDS; THAT IS, PLACING THE RIGHT SHOE ON THE LEFT
AND THE LEFT SHOE ON THE RIGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS NOTED WHEN BASEBALL PLAYERS CHANGE FROM TENNIS SHOES
INTO THEIR SPIKES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 00001970S

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DON'T LAY A HAT ON THE BED, ITS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; CELINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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You will have bad luck if you put your shoes
on the table.

Submitter comment: Informant said her family strongly believed in
superstitions.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00001950S

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A man's hat set on a table is bad luck.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00001950S

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WEAR A DEAD MAN'S CLOTHES.

Submitter comment: ACQUIRED THIS THROUGH LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BUTTON A VEST FROM THE TOP
DOWN.

Submitter comment: INFORMER HAD KNOWN THIS FOR A LONG TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF YOU HAVE PUT A SLIP
ON INSIDE-OUT, TO TAKE IT OFF AND PUT IT ON THE
CORRECT WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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IF A WOMAN PUTS HER SLIP ON INSIDE-OUT IN THE
MORNING, SHE SHOULD NOT CHANGE IT BECAUSE SHE'LL
HAVE BAD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PUT YOUR DRESS ON INSIDE-OUT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-14-1964

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IF YOU PUT A SHIRT OR DRESS ON INSIDE OUT, LEAVE IT
THAT WAY OR YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

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IF YOU HAVE ONLY ONE SHOE ON, EVERY TIME THE FOOT
WITHOUT A SHOE TOUCHES THE FLOOR, WHEN WALKING,
IS ONE YEAR'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-29-1968

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IN GUATEMALA CITY, EVERYONE (INCLUDING THE
UPPER CLASSES) CONSIDER WEARING "HUSH-PUPPIES" AS AN
INVITATION TO BAD LUCK. IT IS NOT THE STYLE OR
THE TYPE OF SHOES THAT BRING BAD LUCK, BUT ONLY
THOSE OF THE BRAND NAME "HUSH PUPPIES."

Data entry tech comment: HUSH PUPPIES IS A SHOE BRAND NAME, PRODUCED IN
MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GUATAMALA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-28-1968

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INDIAN SUPERSTITION

AN INDIAN WILL FIND BAD LUCK IF HE SEES A SHOE OR
ANYTHING MADE OF LEATHER EARLY IN THE MORNING.
THIS IS BECAUSE THE SANDAL IS A MENIAL THING. THE
GREATEST HUMILIATION THAT ANOTHER PERSON CAN GIVE
IS TO HIT ANOTHER WITH HIS SANDAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 02-29-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK NOT TO PUT ON YOUR RIGHT SHOE FIRST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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NEVER PUT YOUR LEFT SHOE ON FIRST IN THE MORNING
BECAUSE YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK THE REST OF THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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IT IS UNLUCKY TO PUT ON YOUR LEFT SHOE BEFORE
YOUR RIGHT SHOE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 02-28-1967

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PUTTING THE LEFT SHOE ON FIRST IN THE MORNING WILL
BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID WHEN HIS HAPPENS TO HIS MOTHER,
SHE STAYS CLOSE TO HOME ALL DAY AND IS AFRAID
TO RECEIVE ANY PHONE CALLS. HE SAID THAT WHENEVER
HIS MOTHER DOES THIS, HE REALLY GETS ANGRY AND CANNOT
STAND TO BE AROUND ALL DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 12-01-1971

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO GET OUT OF BED WITH YOUR SHOES ON OR
TO WALK WITH ONLY ONE SHOE ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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IF YOU WALK AROUND IN ONE SHOE, THAT MEANS THAT YOU
WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 01-27-1971

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IN INDIA TO LEAVE YOUR SHOES TURNED OVER WILL BRING
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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