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WEDDING BELIEF

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A GIRL TO CATCH 3 BOUQUETS AT WEDDINGS. THIS
MEANS SHE WILL NEVER GET MARRIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bouquet
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bouquet toss
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.545
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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PEANUTS IN THE HOUSE BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT DID NOT SPECIFY WHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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If you thank someone who gives you a plant, it will
not grow.

Submitter comment: Elinor really believes this saying to be true, and states
that she is very careful to avoid thanking someone for a
plant.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Keyword(s): superstition, vegetation, curse

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 00001950S

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SPLIT A TREE, THAT IS IF ONE PERSON
WALKS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE TREE AND ANOTHER PERSON
WALKS ON THE RIGHT SIDE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): WHILE WALKING TOGETHER.

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

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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IF WALKING IN A TRIO, ALL SHOULD WALK ON THE SAME
SIDE OF A TREE OR OTHER OBSTRUCTION, OR IT IS
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 00001920S

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IF A GROUP OF PEOPLE ARE WALKING TOGETHER AND ONE OF
THEM WALKS AROUND THE TREE, THE ONE WHO WALKED
AROUND THE TREE WILL HAVE SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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IF YOU DREAM OF CHURCH OR FLOWERS, IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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AN ENGLISH IVY PLANT IN THE HOUSE WILL BRING BAD
LUCK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT STRONGLY BELIEVES THIS. SHE CLAIMS
THAT WHENEVER SHE HAD SUCH A PLANT IN THE HOUSE,
THE RESULT WAS NOTHING BUT BAD LUCK UNTIL SHE
DISPOSED OF THE PLANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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IF YOU HAVE AN IVY PLANT IN THE HOUSE, YOU WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 02-14-1967

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IF A LEAF FALLS ON YOUR HEAD, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT GAVE NO REASON WHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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A CERTAIN HOUSE PLANT COMMONLY CALLED A SNAKE
PLANT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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A PERSON SHOULD NEVER CUT A THORN BUSH. IT
WOULD BRING BAD LUCK BECAUSE THEY ARE A
FAVORITE OF THE EVILS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF AN OBSTACLE (TREE, ETC.) COMES BETWEEN YOU AND ANOTHER
WHILE WALKING, IT WILL BE BAD LUCK IF YOU DON'T SAY
"BREAD AND BUTTER."

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; SHELBYVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DON'T PLANT PINE TREES; THEY ARE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO TAKE A TREE OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS AND PLANT IT
IN YOUR YARD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLASS ASSIGNMENT ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PLANT AN ELEPHANT EARS PLANT IN YOUR FRONT
YARD. IT IS ALL RIGHT TO PLANT IN THE BACK YARD OR IN THE
SIDE YARD, BUT NOT IN THE FRONT YARD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 06-22-1970

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A FOUR LEAF CLOVER FOUND MEANS GOOD LUCK TO FINDER. A FIVE
LEAF CLOVER MEANS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
686 Fifths
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck Plants
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT'S CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO BURN AN APPLE TREE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; CREATIVE WRITING CLASS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 04-28-1969

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TAKE A FOUR LEAF CLOVER AND PLACE IT IN THE BIBLE AND YOU
WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU DON'T WANT SOME BAD THING TO HAPPEN, KNOCK ON WOOD.

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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