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IT IS BAD LUCK NOT TO GO OUT THE SAME DOOR YOU CAME IN.

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: 10-01-1968

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SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT WHEN VISITING, IF THEY DON'T
GO OUT THE SAME DOOR THEY CAME IN, THEY WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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: 03-00-1968

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IF SOMEBODY GOES IN ONE DOOR AND OUT THE OTHER, (THEY)
HE WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS NOT SURE WHERE HE HEARD THIS, BUT HE
ADDED IT HAPPENED TO HIM ONCE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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: 04-18-1965

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IF SOMEONE COMES IN OR OUT OF THE WINDOW, IT IS BAD
LUCK. ONLY DEAD PEOPLE USE WINDOWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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IT IS UNLUCKY TO LEAVE A HOUSE BY MEANS OF A WINDOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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MY MOTHER THOUGHT IT WAS SUCH BAD LUCK TO CLIMB OUT
OF A WINDOW, THAT SHE REALLY USED TO GIT ME
WHENEVER SHE SAW ME DO IT.

Submitter comment: MR. MURCHISON, WHO IS FROM ARKANSAS, TELLS THIS
IN SOUTHERN DRAWL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 07-01-1964

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AFTER ENTERING A DOOR, GO OUT BY THE SAME DOOR, OR YOU
WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

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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IF SOMEONE ENTERS YOUR HOUSE BY ONE DOOR, HE HAS TO LEAVE BY
THE SAME DOOR, UNLESS HE HAS SAT DOWN WHILE INSIDE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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: 08-12-1968

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WHEN YOU GO ON A TRIP, NEVER RETURN TO THE HOUSE IF YOU FORGET
SOMETHING, OR YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK ON YOUR TRIP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

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: 05-01-1969

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WHEN YOU ARE GOING ACROSS A BRIDGE, PICK UP YOUR FEET, OR YOU
WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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IT BRINGS BAD (LUCK) TO THE PERSON'S FAMILY WHO LEAVES A
FUNERAL SERVICE FIRST. SOMEONE IN THAT FAMILY WILL DIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 04-29-1969

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A PERSON SHOULD ALWAYS LEAVE FROM THE DOOR THAT HE ENTERS INTO
IN HOUSE OR BAD LUCK WILL BEFALL HIM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LAFAYETTE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WATCH AN AIRPLANE OUT OF SIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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ALWAYS ENTER AND LEAVE A HOUSE BY THE SAME DOOR, OR THERE
WILL BE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: 06-11-1972

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THERE WAS A MAN BACK HOME THAT ALWAYS TOOK THE BACK ROADS TO
WORK SO HE WOULDN'T MEET ANYONE. IF HE DID MEET ANYONE, IT
WOULD BRING BAD LUCK FOR THE DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DICKSON

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: 06-18-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO ENTER A HOUSE THROUGH ONE DOOR AND GO OUT
ANOTHER DOOR.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR THE TRAVELER IF YOU WATCH HIM UNTIL HE IS
OUT OF SIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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: 06-22-1972

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IF YOU START SOMEWHERE AND DECIDE TO TURN AROUND, YOU MUST
MAKE A CROSSMARK IN THE ROAD AND SPIT IN IT OR YOU'LL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MRS. ROOKS DOES NOT REALLY BELIEVE THIS, BUT ADMITS TO

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

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

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO STEP ON CRACKS IN THE SIDE WALK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A COMMON SUPERSTITION. I CANNOT REMEMBER WHERE I

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; MEMPHIS

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

Date learned: 07-29-1968

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