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A WOMAN HAVING HER MONTHLY PERIOD SHOULD NOT CAN PICKLES OR
CROUT. IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): KRAUT SAUERKRAUT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO WHISTLE OR SING AT THE TABLE WHEN YOU'RE
EATING, BECAUSE IT'S BAD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING CORRECTED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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SPILLED SALT WILL CAUSE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU THROW SOME OVER
YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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BAD LUCK TO SPILL SALT, BUT TO BREAK THE SPELL, THROW A
LITTLE OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Conversions Food and drink

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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SPILLING SALT IS BAD LUCK, UNLESS YOU THROW A PINCH OVER YOUR
LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMONT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P248
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO DRINK THE BEER WITH THE PRICE STAMPED ON THE
TOP BEFORE DRINKING ONE OF THE OTHER BEERS IN THE SIX-PACK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 07-06-1970

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DON'T PASS THE SALT FROM HAND TO HAND. IT MUST BE SET ON THE
TABLE BETWEEN HANDS OR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 05-07-1972

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SEVERAL PEOPLE EATING A MEAL TOGETHER AND NO ONE SAYS A WORD,
THEN SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN.

Data entry tech comment: INITIALS "KZ" APPEAR UNDER D. B. GONYER'S NAME ON 5X8 CARD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE SALT MUST BE PUT DOWN WHEN BEING PASSED BEFORE THE NEXT
PERSON CAN PICK IT UP OR ELSE IT WILL BRING BOTH PEOPLE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO EAT THE POINT OF THE PIE FIRST.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P247
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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ALWAYS THROW A PINCH OF SALT OVER THE LEFT SHOULDER IF YOU
HAPPEN TO SPILL SALT; OTHERWISE, YOU WILL BE PLAGUED WITH
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ONE MUST NEVER SING OR WHISTLE AT THE DINING TABLE BECAUSE
THAT WILL BRING BAD LUCK TO THE HOUSEHOLD.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: 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 Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PASS SALT FROM HAND TO HAND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BRENTWOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 07-05-1973

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, PICK UP A LITTLE WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND AND
THROW IT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO KEEP FROM HAVING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Conversions Food and drink

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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PUT THE SALT SHAKER DOWN ON THE TABLE WHEN PASSING IT TO
ANOTHER OR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO HAND SOMEONE A SALT SHAKER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PASS THE SALT AND PEPPER SEPARATELY. ALWAYS
KEEP THEM TOGETHER WHEN YOU PASS THEM.

Submitter comment: SUSAN IS VERY SUPERSTITIOUS.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; R-MWC ; LYNCHBURG

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 00001967-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK NOT TO SET THE SALT AND PEPPER DOWN BETWEEN
EACH PERSON WHEN YOU'RE PASSING THEM.

Submitter comment: I FIRST HEARD THIS ON THE WINSEY TOUR IN 1966. I HAD PASSED

Where learned: ENGLAND ; R-MWC ; LONDON

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 00-00-1966 ; 00001967-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO RETURN BORROWED SALT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IF YOU DON'T THROW SPILLED SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER, YOU'LL
HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

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