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"ALABAMA - WHEN TWO OR MORE PEOPLE ARE WALKING TOGETHER, IT'S BAD
LUCK TO SPLIT UP WHEN WALKING PAST A TREE. EVERYONE HAS TO WALK
ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE TREE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MUSKEGON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 09-19-1982

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IF YOU ARE GOING SOMEWHERE AND YOU RETURN WHILE EN ROUTE, BE VERY
CAREFUL WHEN YOU LEAVE AGAIN TO THAT SAME PLACE NOT VERY LONG
AFTERWARD, YOU MIGHT HAVE BAD LUCK ON YOUR WAY.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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MY NEIGHBOR, MRS. PAYNE, BELIEVES IN NOT LETTING A WOMAN
ENTER HER HOME BEFORE NOON ON ANY DAY; SHE DOESN'T EVEN
SPRINKLE SALT LIKE MY OTHER NEIGHBOR DID. SHE THINKS A
WOMAN WHO COMES INTO HER HOME BEFORE THAT TIME WILL BRING
HER BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT THINKS MRS. PAYNE IS FOOLISH.
MY INFORMANT THINKS ALL SUPERSTITIONS ARE FOOLISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 10-29-1984

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LIFT YOUR FEET WHEN YOU DRIVE OVER TRAIN TRACKS OR
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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DO NOT TURN BACK WHEN YOU FIRST START OUT, OR YOU
WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 09-26-1965

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WHENEVER MY NEIGHBOR LEAVES FOR A TRIP, HE REFUSES
TO COME BACK FOR A FORGOTTEN ITEM, AS IT WILL BE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IF YOU ARE GOING SOMEWHERE AND HAVE FORGOTTEN
SOMETHING, DO NOT GO BACK TO GET IT. LEAVE IT
BEHIND, FOR IF YOU DO GO BACK TO GET IT, IT WILL
BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.
SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO GO BACK AND UNLOCK A DOOR ONCE
YOU'VE LOCKED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 04-09-1971

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO RETURN HOME AFTER YOU HAVE
STARTED ON A TRIP BECAUSE YOU FORGOT SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 02-15-1971

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IF YOU RETURN TO THE HOUSE IMMEDIATELY AFTER
LEAVING IT, LIKE WHEN YOU REMEMBER THAT YOU FORGOT
SOMETHING, BAD LUCK WILL COME TO YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER HAS PRACTICED THIS EVER
SINCE SHE CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 03-13-1971

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NEVER TURN BACK ONCE YOU HAVE STARTED ON A TRIP--
BAD LUCK WILL BEFALL YOU IF YOU DO.

Submitter comment: GERMAN SUPERSTITION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 11-15-1971

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IF YOU ARE COMING OUT OF THE HOUSE AND FORGET SOME-
THING, IT IS BAD LUCK TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK,
UNLESS YOU SPIT ON THE GROUND AND MAKE AN X WITH
YOUR FOOT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAW A FRIEND DO THAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Conversions
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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IN UKRAINE, IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF A PERSON FORGETS
SOMETHING AND THEN COMES BACK HOME TO GET IT, THE
PERSON WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED THIS PASSED ON FROM GRANDPARENTS
IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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BAD LUCK IF YOU GO ON A TRIP AND RETURN HOME FOR
SOMETHING YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN; YOU WILL HAVE A
DISAPPOINTMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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WHEN STARTING ON A JOURNEY, IT IS UNLUCKY TO MEET A
WOMAN OR A PRIEST.

Submitter comment: THIS WOMAN'S GRANDFATHER SUPPOSEDLY STARTED FOR
TOWN AND MET BOTH A WOMAN AND A PRIEST ON THE WAY;
WHEN HE RETURNED HOME, HE DISCOVERED HIS BARN BURNT
DOWN WHILE HE WAS GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 02-10-1968

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TO LEAD WITH THE LEFT FOOT OUT OF A DOOR IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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YOU MUST ALWAYS LEAVE A PERSON'S HOME BY THE DOOR
YOU ENTER. IF YOU DO NOT, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS CAME FROM THE "OLD COUNTRY"
(YOZGOT, TURKEY).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TURKEY ; LIVONIA ; YOZGAT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 03-11-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO LEAVE FROM A HOUSE IN A DIFFERENT
DOOR THAN YOU CAME IN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S BROTHER NEVER BROKE THIS BELIEF, ALWAYS
ENTERING AND EXITING FROM THE SAME DOOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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ALWAYS GO OUT THE SAME DOOR YOU CAME IN. IF YOU FAIL
TO DO SO, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FIRMLY BELIEVES THIS AND WILL NOT ALLOW
ANYONE TO EXIT A DOOR THEY DID NOT ENTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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THE DOOR THAT YOU ENTER A PERSON'S HOME IS THE DOOR
YOU MUST LEAVE BY OR ELSE BAD LUCK WILL BEFALL YOU
THE REST OF THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 10-25-1968

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