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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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If you are going to wear jewelry with opals, it is
better luck to wear an odd number of opals than an
even number.

Submitter comment: Elinor's friend, Jane, states that the ring (or other piece
of jewelry) will be stronger this way.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): Advice, gems

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Conversions Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 00001980S

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EVEN NUMBERS ARE UNLUCKY TO THE JAPANESE PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JAPAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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PEOPLE WHO ROCK EMPTY ROCKING CHAIRS ARE ASKING
FOR BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 02-01-1970

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO ROCK A ROCKING CHAIR WITH NO ONE
IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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ROCK AN EMPTY CHAIR
AND BAD LUCK WILL SOON APPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 03-28-1968

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IF YOU ROCK A ROCKING CHAIR WITHOUT SOMEONE IN
IT, YOU WILL SURELY HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO ROCK AN EMPTY CHAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 04-05-1970

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PUTTING NEW LUMBER IN AN OLD HOUSE IS BAD LUCK FOR
IT MEANS SOMEONE IS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Plan, design, color, building material, and technic
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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IF YOU SEE A NEW MOON THROUGH GLASS, IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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EACH NEW FAMILY WE VISITED, MY MOTHER INSISTED THAT
MY FATHER ENTER THE HOME FIRST. WHEN I ASKED HER
WHY, SHE SAID THAT IF A MAN (EXCLUDING ANY MALE
LIVING IN THE HOME) IS THE FIRST PERSON TO ENTER
THE HOUSE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, THE FAMILY WILL HAVE
GOOD LUCK. BUT IF A WOMAN ENTERS THE HOUSE FIRST,
THERE WILL BE BAD LUCK FALL UPON THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION AS A CHILD
IN WINDLIER, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE LIGHT A CIGARETTE
FROM THE SAME MATCH.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS AN OLD WORLD WAR II SUPERSTITION. ONLY TWO
MEN IN A TRENCH COULD LIGHT THEIR CIGARETTES FROM THE
SAME MATCH. THE MEN BELIEVED THAT WHEN THE ENEMY SAW
THE MATCH LIT, THEY WERE GETTING READY TO SHOOT; BY
THE TIME THE MATCH PASSED TO THE SECOND PARTY, THE
ENEMY WAS AIMING; THE NEXT STEP WAS THE FIRING, SO
THE MEN AVOIDED PASSING THE MATCH TO A THIRD PARTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 01-19-1970

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BAD LUCK COMES IN THREES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; NIAGARA

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 00001950S

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I WON'T LIGHT THREE CIGARETTES WITH THE SAME MATCH,
BECAUSE IT'S UNLUCKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 02-09-1972

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THREE ON A MATCH IS BAD LUCK.
ORIGIN: IN WORLD WAR II, GUYS IN THE FRONT LINES,
WHEN LIGHTING A CIGARETTE, COULD BE SEEN BY THE
ENEMY LINES. THE FIRST GUY USED THE MATCH, THEN
THE SECOND AND BY THE THIRD GUY, THE ENEMY HAD
HAD ENOUGH TIME TO ZERO IN ON THEIR POSITION AND
"BLAM" THEY GOT THEIR HEADS BLOWN OFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 01-00-1972

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TO LIGHT THREE CIGARETTES WITH ONE MATCH IS A SIGN
OF BAD LUCK FOR THE ONE HOLDING THE MATCH.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER SAID THIS BELIEF ORIGINATED IN WORLD WAR I
WHEN SOLDIERS LIT CIGARETTES IN THE TRENCHES. IT
SHOWED THE ENEMY THEIR POSITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 02-25-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO LIGHT CIGARETTES OF THREE PEOPLE
ON ONE MATCH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATED THAT THIS EVOLVED OUT OF WORLD WAR II
WHEN GERMANS WOULD WATCH A LIGHTED MATCH GO FROM THE
FIRST, TO THE SECOND, AND TO THE THIRD AND THEN
SHOOT THAT PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 02-02-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO HAVE YOUR CIGARETTE BE THE THIRD
ONE LIGHTED WITH A SINGLE MATCH.

Submitter comment: HE DOESN'T REMEMBER WHERE HE HEARD IT, PROBABLY
FROM A BOYFRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 10-20-1967

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NEVER LIGHT THREE CIGARETTES OFF OF ONE MATCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO LIGHT MORE THAN THREE CIGARETTES
WITH THE SAME MATCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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