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IF YOU HAVE A RIP IN YOUR CLOTHES, YOU SHOULD
HAVE A PIECE OF WOOD IN YOUR MOUTH IF THE RIP IS
BEING MENDED WHILE THE CLOTHES ARE STILL ON YOU.
THIS IS FOR LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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AFTER YOU HAVE DRESSED AND YOU NOTICE SOMETHING
IS INSIDE OUT, LEAVE IT, OR IT WILL BRING YOU
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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IF YOU PUT ANY OF YOUR CLOTHES ON INSIDE OUT, YOU
SHOULD LEAVE THEM THAT WAY FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU PUT SOMETHING ON INSIDE OUT IN THE MORNING,
WHEN YOU GET UP, YOU SHOULD WEAR IT THAT WAY ALL
DAY OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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IF YOU PUT ON YOUR APRON INSIDE OUT, LEAVE IT THAT
WAY, FOR IF YOU CHANGE IT, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-26-1970

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IF YOU PUT YOUR SHIRT ON EITHER BACKWARDS OR INSIDE
OUT, YOU MUST WEAR IT THAT WAY, OR YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WAYNE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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IF YOU PUT YOUR SLIP ON INSIDE OUT, YOU MUST LEAVE
IT THAT WAY FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. IT IS BAD
LUCK TO TURN IT ON ITS RIGHT SIDE.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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JAMAICAN

IF A WOMAN PUTS A DRESS ON BACKWARDS, SHE MUST NEVER
CHANGE IT UNTIL 12 MIDNIGHT, OR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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IF A PERSON PUTS THEIR NIGHT CLOTHES ON INSIDE OUT,
THEY MUST LEAVE THEM THAT WAY OR BAD LUCK WILL
BEFALL THEM.

Submitter comment: A SLIGHT VARIATION ON THE SAME THEME IS THAT IT IS
GOOD LUCK TO ACCIDENTALLY PUT NIGHT CLOTHES ON
INSIDE OUT IF YOU DON'T TAKE THEM OFF UNTIL MORNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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IF YOU GET UP IN THE MORNING AND PUT YOUR SOCKS
ON INSIDE OUT, LEAVE THEM THAT WAY, BECAUSE IT
IS BAD LUCK TO CHANGE THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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IF YOU HAVE A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS DAY, WEAR THE
SAME SUIT TO ENSURE GOOD LUCK AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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WHENEVER YOU BUY A TYPE OF SHOE CALLED "PENNY"
LOAFERS, YOU MUST PUT A PENNY IN THEM FOR GOOD
LUCK.

Submitter comment: DURING THE LATE 1960S EVERYONE WAS WEARING PENNY
LOAFERS. YOU HAD TO PUT A COIN IN THE SLOT AT THE
TONGUE OF THE SHOE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Money
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00001960S

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IF YOU KICK SOMEONE IN THE BACK OF THE SHOE WHEN
YOU ARE WALKING BEHIND SOMEONE, YOU MUST TAP
HIM ON THE BACK THREE TIMES OR YOU WILL HAVE
SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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WHEN A BLACKCAT CROSSES YOUR TRAIL, TURN YOUR HAT AROUND TO
AVOID BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 04-02-1969

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO LAY A MAN'S HAT ON THE BED, UNLESS YOU
TURN THE CROWN DOWN.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES TOLD ME THIS SUPERSTITION ON JULY 21, 1968. IT IS

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Arkansas ; FORT SMITH

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, TURN YOUR HAT AROUND
AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 09-26-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A RABBIT TO RUN ACROSS THE ROAD AHEAD
OF YOU, BUT IF YOU TEAR A BIT OF YOUR CLOTHING AT THE
TIME--IT BREAKS THE SPELL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH WHILE DRIVING OR RIDING IN
A CAR, THROW OUT A PIECE OF THREAD FROM YOUR GARMENT TO WARD
OFF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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DON'T PUT YOUR HAT ON THE BED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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