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IF YOU FIND A STRAIGHT PIN ON THE FLOOR WITH THE POINT
FACING TOWARDS YOU, YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK THAT DAY.
IF THE HEAD IS AWAY FROM YOU, YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK
THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.18
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.18

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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BRIDAL SHOWER GIFTS

AT A BRIDAL SHOWER YOU NEVER BRING KNIVES FOR A GIFT BECAUSE
SHE AND HER FUTURE HUSBAND WILL QUARREL ALL THE TIME.

Submitter comment: THIS WILL CAUSE THE COUPLE TO HAVE BAD LUCK IN THE FUTURE.
THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING HER ADOLESCENT STAGE IN HER HOME TOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-FIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.18

Date learned: 00001930S

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP, ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK. SEE
A PIN AND LET IT LIE. ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE TO CRY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF MY OLD SAYINGS.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.18
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.18

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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SCIZZORS

IN GREECE IT IS BAD LUCK TO LEAVE A PAIR OF SCIZZORS OPEN

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

James Callow Keyword(s): SCISSORS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.18

Date learned: 11-28-1972

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LUCK (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY/BAD LUCK YOU'LL HAVE ALL DAY.

Submitter comment: FROM CHILDHOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.882
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.18

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN MY GRANDMOTHER GAVE A SET OF KNIVES AS A GIFT TO OUR FAMILY
SHE MADE MY DAD GIVE HER A NICKEL. SHE SAID IT WAS BAD LUCK TO GIVE
KNIVES AWAY. YOU HAVE TO SELL THEM.

Submitter comment: JULIE'S GRANDMOTHER HAD A FAIRLY STRONG BELIEF IN THE TRUTH OF THIS
SUPERSTITION. JULIE'S FATHER DIDN'T REALLY THINK IT WOULD BE BAD
LUCK TO ACCEPT THE KNIVES WITHOUT GIVING ANY MONEY BUT GAVE HER A
NICKEL ANYWAY. JULIE FEELS HER GRANDMOTHER IS A LITTLE SUPERSTITIOUS
AND WHEN ASKED IF SHE WOULD ASK FOR MONEY IN EXCHANGE FOR A GIFT OF
KNIVES REPLIED "NO}" RATHER INDIGNANTLY.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.18

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN GIVING KNIVES TO SOMEONE, ALWAYS PUT A PENNY IN WITH THEM OR
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: I WAS STRUCK BY THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THIS AND A SIMILAR SUPERSTITION
WHICH I COLLECTED FROM JULIE SCHMOKE (753306-1). JULIE'S GRANDMOTHER
THOUGHT IT WAS BAD LUCK UNLESS THE PERSON RECEIVING THE KNIVES GAVE
HER MONEY WHEREAS HERE THE MONEY IS GIVEN BY THE GIVER OF THE GIFT.
MY MOTHER DOES NOT BELIEVE OR PRACTICE THIS.

Where learned: OHIO ; SOLON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.18

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