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NEVER START ANYTHING NEW ON FRIDAY.
EXAMPLE--CHANGE OF JOBS, GETTING MARRIED, MOVING
TO A NEW HOUSE, ETC. IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER HEARD IT FROM HER MOTHER WHILE LIVING AT
HOME ON A FARM IN CLARE, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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IT IS VERY BAD LUCK IF A CLOCK THAT HAS STOPPED SUDDENLY
STRIKES. THIS HAPPENED TO HER ONE TIME AND SHE SAID
HER SISTER DIED; THIS IS WHY SHE THINKS IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IF YOU DON'T HAVE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE DOWN BY NEW YEAR'S DAY
BAD LUCK WILL COME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY CAFE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 03-02-1969

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MANY PEOPLE TOLD MY SISTER, WHO HAD SET HER MARRIAGE DATE
FOR MARCH 15TH (THE IDES OF MARCH) THAT THIS WAS UNLUCKY,
BECAUSE OF THE CONNOTATIONS FROM SHAKESPEARE'S JULIUS
CAESAR.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 15
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.545
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-27-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A WOMAN TO ENTER A HOUSE FIRST ON NEW YEAR'S
DAY. FOR GOOD LUCK, A MAN MUST ENTER FIRST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLARKSVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Sex
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sex
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IT IS THOUGHT UNLUCKY TO HANG UP A CALENDAR BEFORE JANUARY 1ST
OF THE NEW YEAR.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE GROWING UP IN WALES.

Where learned: WALES

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO MAKE A LOUD NOISE ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO CUT YOUR FINGERNAILS ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO WASH ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR. IF
YOU WASH, THAT IS A SIGN THAT YOU WILL WASH SOMEONE OUT
OF THE FAMILY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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DON'T START ANYTHING NEW ON FRIDAY, BECAUSE THAT'S A BAD LUCK DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-02-1970

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IF YOU SEW OR IRON ON SUNDAY, GOD WILL PUNISH YOU BY ALLOWING
SOMETHING BAD TO HAPPEN TO YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO START ANY JOB ON FRIDAY THAT YOU CAN'TFINISH
THAT WEEK.

Submitter comment: NOT SO MUCH BELIEVED AS PRACTICED FOR HOUSEKEEPING PURPOSES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-14-1972

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A PROJECT BEGUN ON FRIDAY MUST BE FINISHED ON THE SAME DAY,
OR BAD LUCK WILL RESULT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO MOVE ON A FRIDAY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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YOU SHOULD GET MARRIED ON THE HALF HOUR, WHEN THE HANDS OF THE
CLOCK ARE GOING UP, THIS MEANS GOOD LUCK. IT IS BAD LUCK TO
GET MARRIED ON THE HOUR WHEN THE HANDS OF THE CLOCK ARE GOING
DOWN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.545
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.545
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 05-05-1969

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO START A JOB ON SATURDAY AND NOT FINISH IT
BEFORE SUNDAY.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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THEY SAY THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE BUT ONE CLOCK RUNNING
IN A ROOM, FOR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-25-1970

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