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IF YOU ARE COMING OUT OF THE HOUSE AND FORGET SOME-
THING, IT IS BAD LUCK TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK,
UNLESS YOU SPIT ON THE GROUND AND MAKE AN X WITH
YOUR FOOT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAW A FRIEND DO THAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Conversions
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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WHEN YOU ARE MOVING, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO LEAVE
SOMETHING BEHIND SO THAT LUCK WILL COME TO THE
PEOPLE WHO ARE ABOUT TO MOVE IN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAMILY DOES THIS WHENEVER THEY MOVE
AND HAVE TOLD THEIR FAMILY TO DO IT TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 03-22-1971

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NEVER GO BACK INTO YOUR HOUSE FOR SOMETHING YOU HAVE
FORGOTTEN WITHOUT SITTING DOWN AND COUNTING TO TEN.
THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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IF YOU'RE GOING SOMEPLACE AND YOU SUDDENLY REALIZE
THAT YOU'VE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING, BEFORE RETURNING
HOME, COUNT TO TEN OR BAD LUCK FOLLOWS.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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NEVER MOVE INTO A HOUSE YOU HAVE ONCE MOVED OUT OF--
IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 01-30-1970

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WHEN TWO ARE WALKING AND THEY MUST GO ON OPPOSITE
SIDES OF AN OBSTRUCTION, THEY MUST SAY "BREAD
AND BUTTER," OR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001920S

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WHEN LEAVING THE HOUSE, ALWAYS STEP OUT WITH THE
RIGHT LEG, THEN YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK. IF
YOU STEP OUT WITH LEFT LEG, YOU WILL HAVE BAD
LUCK ALL DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: FROM YOUTH

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IF YOU STUMBLE WHILE YOU ARE WALKING, YOU SHOULD
GO BACK AND REWALK THE SAME SPOT WITHOUT
STUMBLING OR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00001920S

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF YOU DON'T LIFT YOUR LEGS WHEN
DRIVING OVER A RAILROAD TRACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

James Callow Keyword(s): TRAVELING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF YOU DON'T LIFT YOUR LEGS WHEN
DRIVING BY A CEMETERY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF YOU DON'T HOLD A WHITE BUTTON
WHEN DRIVING THROUGH A CEMETERY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HOLD YOUR BREATH WHILE GOING BY A CEMETERY TO
SUCURE AGAINST BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: DOES NOT REMEMBER (SOURCE).

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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WHEN DRIVING OVER THE RAILROAD TRACKS, PICK
UP YOUR FEET OR BAD LUCK WILL FOLLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 03-18-1968

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YOU MUST HOLD YOUR BREATH WHEN YOU DRIVE PAST A GRAVEYARD, OR
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN WALKING TOGETHER WITH SOMEONE ELSE, ALWAYS WALK ON THE
SAME SIDE OF SOMETHING OR IT'S BAD LUCK. IF YOU DO WALK ON
THE OPPOSITE OF THE OBJECT, THEN SAY "BREAD AND BUTTER."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 06-18-1970

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IF YOU START SOMEPLACE AND FORGET SOMETHING, DON'T GO
BACK UNLESS YOU MAKE A CROSS MARK WITH YOUR FOOT AND
SPIT IN IT OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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