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DO NOT OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE; IT BRINGS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AN OPEN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SOUTHERN BLACK AMERICAN SAYING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 10-00-1987

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It is bad luck to open an umbrella in the house only
if you place it over your head.

Submitter comment: Elinor's dance instructor is very convinced of this belief's
veracity, and dislikes her students bringing umbrellas into
class.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): proscription, advice

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 00001987ca

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If you open an umbrella in the house it will
bring you bad luck.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Unnatural act

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 00001950S

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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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MY MOTHER BELIEVES THAT AN OPEN UMBRELLA IN THE
HOME WILL BRING SERIOUS MISFORTUNE TO THE
INHABITANTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO OPEN AN UMBRELLA INSIDE A HOUSE OR ANY OTHER
BUILDING IS VERY BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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OPENING AN UMBRELLA INDOORS IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM MY MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE, BAD LUCK
WILL FOLLOW.

Submitter comment: MARY HEARD IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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IF YOU OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE, YOU WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 11-16-1967

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IF YOU OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE, YOU WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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TO OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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NEVER RAISE AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE. IT IS A
SURE SIGN OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM MY MOTHER WHEN I WAS YOUNGER (APPROX.
1954.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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IT IS BELIEVED THAT OPENING AN UMBRELLA IN THE
HOUSE WILL BRING BAD LUCK. IF YOU ARE AN UNMARRIED
GIRL, IT ESPECIALLY MEANS THAT YOU WILL REMAIN
AN OLD MAID FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SPINSTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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BAD LUCK WILL COME TO ONE WHO OPENS AN
UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND AFTER OPENING THE
UMBRELLA IN HIS HOUSE IN 1963.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 10-00-1963

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DON'T OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE--IT'S VERY
UNFORTUNATE.

Submitter comment: GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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IF YOU OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE, IT IS A SIGN
OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

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DON'T OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE. IT'S BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 04-04-1967

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IF YOU OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE, YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 04-03-1967

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): UMBRELLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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