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SUPERSITITION (COLLECTOR,S TITLE)

ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS THINGS TO DO IS PASS SOMEONE ON THE STAIRS.
IF SOMEONE IS COMING UP AND YOU ARE GOING DOWN OR VICE-VERSA IN
ORDER TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK YOU MUST COUNT TO TEN BEFORE YOU PASS.
THE SAME HOLDS TRUE IF YOU ARE GOING IN THE SAME DIRECTION.
NEVER PASSING ANYONE ON THE STAIRS MIGHT HAVE BEN VERY GOOD ADVICE.
IF THAT PERSON WAS CARRYING SOMETHING HEAVY OR IN SOME WAY OBSTRUCT-
ING PASSAGE. HOWEVER IT HAS GROWN TO BE A VERY STRONG SUPERSTITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHANGE IN LUCK FROM BAD TO GOOD (IN PASSING ON STAIRWAY).

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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BELIEF (COLLECTOR,S TITLE) ; CONVERSION; NAILS (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT WHEN CONSTRUCTING A BUILDING, IF YOU HAMMER
A NAIL AND IT COMES BACK BENT, YOU MUST REMOVE THE NAIL AND THROW IT
OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER. THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK. IF YOU USE THE BENT
NAIL, IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS SEEN THIS PRACTICE DONE, BUT DOES NOT BELIEVE IT,S TRUE

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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CONVERSION; SEWING (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

IF YOU SEW ON SUNDAY, PUT A STRAW IN YOUR MOUTH OR ELSE YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SOMETHING, WE PRACTICED GROWING UP.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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TIDY DRESSING (COLLECTOR,S TITLE)

IF YOU HAVE A PIECE OF CLOTHING INSIDE OUT DO NOT CHANGE IT SO THAT
IT IS RIGHT SIDE OUT. EITHER WEAR IT THAT WAY OR WEAR SOMETHING ELSE
INSTEAD OF IT.
IF YOU WEAR THW PIECE OF CLOTHING INSIDE OF IT YOU WILL HAVE A STROKE
OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM THE RURAL COMMUNITY NEAR KINNECOTT,
ONTARIO

Where learned: RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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CONVERSION; SPIT (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

IF SOMEONE SWEEPS YOUR FEET WITH A BROOM
YOU MUST SPIT ON THE BROOM TO KEEP YOU FROM HAVING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): PREVENTION OF BAD LUCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 11-18-1971

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CONVERSATIONS: BROOM (CLASSIFER,S TITLE)

NEVER LET ANYONE ELSE FINISH SWEEPING YOUR FLOOR OR THEY WILL TAKE
YOUR GOOD LUCK AWAY.

Submitter comment: GRANDMOTHER OF COLLECTOR

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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LUCK (COLLECTOR,S TITLE) ; CONVERSION: CHANGING BEHAVIOR (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

GAMBLERS ONCE THEY HAVE ACQUIRED A "GOOD" ROLL THEY SHOULD NEVER
CHANGE ANY BEHAVIOR (E.G. IF NOT SMOKING, DO NOT LIGHT UP CIGARETTE
OR IF CIGARETTE GOES OUT, DO NOT RELIGHT IT); OTHERWISE LUCK WILL
CHANGE.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

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UNDO A BAD LUCK (COLLECTOR,S TITLE) ; CONVERSION: ACTION REPEATED (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

SINCE IT IS BAD LUCK TO TRIP OVER SOMETHING, TO UNDUE THE BAD LUCK GO
BACK AND PASS BY IT AGAIN WITHOUT STUMBLING.

Submitter comment: (FROM MOTHER)

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU LEAVE HOME AND DISCOVER THAT YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING,
YOU MUST SIT STILL A MOMENT BEFORE RETURNING FOR IT, OR YOU WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS OLD SUPERSTITION WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY AUNT WHEN SHE VISITED
HERE FROM JAMESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, IN OCTOBER OF 1963.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: RETURNING HOME FOR FORGOTTEN OBJECT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 10-00-1963

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COUNT TO TEN

IF YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING WHEN LEAVING YOUR HOUSE AND HAVE
TO GO BACK FOR IT, BE SURE TO SIT DOWN AND COUNT TO TEN BEFORE
YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE AGAIN, OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; NUMBERS: TEN ; SUPERNATURAL: COUNTING TO TEN ; TRAVEL: RETURNING HOME FOR FORGOTTEN OBJECT

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- BELIEF
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.10
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 00001965 SUMMER

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KNOCK ON WOOD

YOU SAY SOMETHING THEN KNOCK 3 TIMES SO THAT NO BAD LUCK
WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; SOCIAL RELATIONS ; SUPERNATURAL: KNOCKING ON WOOD

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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LEAVING THE SERVICE

WHEN LEAVING THE SERVICE, A SAILOR WILL NEVER CARRY HIS OWN
LUGGAGE. TO DO SO IS BAD LUCK. HE USUALLY ALLOWS ONE OF HIS BEST
FRIENDS TO HELP HIM, BRINGING ABOUT GOOD LUCK FOR
HIS HELPFUL FRIEND.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; INFORMANTS HOME ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: RETURN FROM NAVY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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