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IF SHOES ARE PUT UP ON FURNITURE, BAD LUCK IS BROUGHT
ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF I EVER PUT A PAIR OF SHOES, IN OR OUT OF A BOX,
ON A BED, MY SISTER IS QUICK TO TAKE THEM OFF,
SAYING THAT IT IS VERY BAD LUCK TO EVER PUT
SHOES ON A BED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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NEVER PUT SHOES ON A BED. THIS WOULD CAUSE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ANOTHER OF INFORMANT'S MOTHER'S SAYINGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

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

Date learned: 01-25-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PUT YOUR SHOES ON A TABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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ACCORDING TO THE FRENCH, SHOES ON A TABLE MEAN BAD
LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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IT IS UNLUCKY TO PUT SHOES ON THE TABLE OR A HAT
ON THE BED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PUT SHOES ON THE TABLE.

Submitter comment: MRS. MENZIES HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER, AND
BELIEVES IT TO BE AN OLD IRISH TALE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 07-14-1964

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IF YOU PUT SHOES ON A DINNER TABLE, YOU WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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IF YOU PUT YOUR SHOES ON THE TABLE, YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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A PAIR OF SHOES ON THE TABLE BRINGS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: Child

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO PUT A PAIR OF NEW SHOES ON THE
TABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 09-26-1965

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PLACING SHOES ON A TABLE IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO PUT SHOES ON A TABLE. (NEW OR OLD).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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IF YOU PUT YOUR SHOES ON A TABLE, YOU WILL RUN INTO
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: APARTMENT

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

Date learned: 11-11-1969

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NEVER LAY SHOES ON AN EATING TABLE, IT IS A SIGN
OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-22-1967

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO PUT A BABY'S SHOES ON THE TABLE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A YOUNG WOMAN LIVING IN ITALY.

Where learned: ITALY ; NEW YORK ; YONKERS

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

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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NEVER PUT YOUR SHOES ON THE TABLE, IT BRINGS
BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-22-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PUT SHOES ON A TABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

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

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO PUT SHOES ON A TABLE OR A HAT
ON A BED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-22-1972

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