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IF YOU SAY SOMETHING THE SAME TIME AS SOMEONE ELSE, CROSS
YOUR FINGERS, AND SAY, "NEEDLES AND PINS, WHEN A GIRL
MARRIES, TROUBLES BEGIN." MAKE A WISH, AND THE WISH
WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; TANNER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Magical Crossing fingers

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IF YOU CROSS YOUR FINGERS OR TOES OR TWO PIECES OF
HAIR, ETC., IT MEANS WHAT YOU'RE TELLING ISN'T
THE TRUTH, BUT IT'S ALL RIGHT TO LIE ABOUT IT.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID THAT SHE LEARNED IT FROM FRIENDS WHEN
SHE WAS YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Magical Crossing fingers

Date learned: 02-08-1967

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WHEN TELLING A LIE, CROSS THE FINGERS OF YOUR LEFT HAND
AND YOU WON'T BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LIE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A BELIEF COMMON IN THE OSWALD FAMILY AS WELL
AS IN MY OWN GRADE SCHOOL DAYS CIRCA 1960.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Magical Crossing fingers

Date learned: 09-20-1967

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IF A PERSON IS TELLING THE OTHER PERSON SOMETHING AND
THE OTHER PERSON HAS ASKED FOR THE TRUTH, AND THE
PERSON TELLING THE STORY CROSSES HIS FINGERS, WHEN HE
DOES SO, THEN HE IS TELLING THE PERSON AN UNTRUTH AND
IT IS BELIEVED NOT TO HAVE THE CONSEQUENCES O A LIE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Magical Crossing fingers

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOU'RE TELLING A LIE, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CROSS
YOUR FINGERS OR YOUR FEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT RITAS CONVENT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Magical Crossing fingers

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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A NEGATING GESTURE

WHEN ONE IS MAKING A PROMISE THAT HE DOESN'T
WANT TO KEEP, HE SIMPLY CROSSES HIS FINGERS WHILE MAKING
THE PROMISE. BY CROSSING HIS FINGERS, HE NEGATES HIS
PROMISE AND HE ISN'T HELD RESPONSIBLE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Magical Crossing fingers

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU'RE TELLING A LIE, CROSS YOUR FINGERS BEFORE YOU
SAY IT AND IT WON'T BE A LIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Magical Crossing fingers

Date learned: 11-29-1969

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