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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY,
BAD LUCK YOU WILL HAVE ALL DAY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700 .881
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.882
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU DROP A COMB, STEP ON IT BEFORE YOU PICK IT
UP OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS AND SAW IT PRACTICED SINCE
SHE WAS YOUNG (1915). SHE DOES NOT BELIEVE IT
OR PRACTICE IT. HER SISTER STILL PRACTICES IT
TODAY, BUT INFORMANT DOES NOT THINK HER SISTER
BELIEVES IT, RATHER IT IS JUST HABIT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: 00-00-1915

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TO DROP A KNIFE ACCIDENTALLY BRINGS GOOD LUCK OR
COMPANY, THAT IS, IF THE BLADE STICKS INTO THE
GROUND.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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IF YOU FIND A PIN ON THE FLOOR AND THE POINT IS TOWARD YOU,
PICK IT UP AND IT BRINGS GOOD LUCK. IF THE HEAD IS POINTING
TOWARD YOU, DON'T PICK IT UP, OR IT WILL BRING YOU BAD
LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LAFAYETTE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: 02-13-1972

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO GIVE SCISSORS OR KNIVES AS GIFTS TO FRIENDS OR
KIN. IT WILL SEVER YOUR RELATIONSHIP.
IT (IF) KNIVES OR SCISSORS ARE GIVEN, THE RECEIVER SHOULD
PAY THE PERSON GIVING THE GIFT A PENNY SO THEIR FRIENDSHIP
WILL NOT BE SEVERED.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM HER MOTHER, MRS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
BELIEF -- P226 P226.4
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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