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LUCK

ORIENTALS WRAP THEIR GIFTS IN RED TO SYMBOLIZE EVERLASTING GOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR WISHES (GOOD LUCK). ; ORIENTAL RED GIFT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-25-1969

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CUSTOM

PLACES OF BUSINESS USUALLY SAVE THE FIRST DOLLAR THEY HAVE MADE AS A
BUSINESS. THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK. THIS PRACTICE IS DONE IN
MANY STORES

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): BUSINESS MONEY GOOD LUCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

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MARKET DAY IN KERRY

AT THE MARKET IN KERRY, WHEN TWO FARMERS EXCHANGE BUSINESS
THEY BARGAIN A LOT. THE FARMER WHO IS BUYING THE CATTLE TENDS
TO FIND ALL KINDS OF FAULTS WITH THE CATTLE. THE GAME IS TO FIND
WEAKNESSES IN THE OTHER MAN'S CRAFT IN RAISING CATTLE.
THE MORE "BITING" THE FARMER IS THE BETTER CATTLE_MAN HE IS.
WHEN ALL THE INSULTS ARE OVER AND THE OWNER OF THE CATTLE KNOWS
THAT "HIS MAN" IS INTERESTED,
HE GETS REALLY TOUGH AS REGARDS PRICES.
HE NEVER LOOKS AT THE BUYER IN THE FACE, BUT AWAY FROM HIM AND
SOME OTHER INTERESTING THINGS THAT HE IMAGINES HE SEES.
THE LESS HE LOOKS AT THE BUYER, THE MORE ANXIOUS HE IS TO SELL, AND
THE BUYER KNOWS THIS. BARGAINING CAN GO ON FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.
WHEN THE DEAL IS CLOSED AND THE MONEY IS PAID, THE SELLER ALWAYS
GIVES BACK A LITTLE PER CENT OF THE PRICE FOR GOOD LUCK AND
FRIENDSHIP. THEN BOTH MEN GO INTO A PUB FOR A COUPLE OF DRINKS AND
A MAN_TO_MAN CHAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK, FRIENDSHIP BUSINESS ; IRELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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JAPANESE SEA-HORSE

PREGNANT JAPANESE WOMEN WILL WEAR A DRIED SEA HORSE.
IT IS A CHARM FOR SAFE CHILD BIRTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK CHARM ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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"ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MARDI GRAS MY MOTHER MAKES FOSHNUTS
(WHICH IS A TYPE OF FRIED DOUGHNUT) FOR GOOD LUCK."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HER MOTHER WILL ONLY MAKE THEM ON THAT DAY.
SHE SAID THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY CRAVE AND WANT THEM, HER
MOTHER WILL NOT MAKE THEM.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00001965CA

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MY FATHER BROUGHT BACK A QUITE UNUSUAL GIFT FROM HIS
BUSINESS TRIP-- AN OSTRICH'S TOENAIL KEY CHAIN. THIS
KEYCHAIN IS POLISHED QUITE NICELY, IT IS SAID TO BRING
GOOD LUCK TO THOSE WHO HAVE IT.

Submitter comment: THEY SAY THAT AN OSTRICH'S TOENAIL CAN KILL SOMEONE
IF THEY ARE STUCK BY THE OSTRICH'S FOOT.
PURCHASED AT BUSH GARDENS, FLORIDA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): ART ; GOOD LUCK CHARM ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 02-00-1978

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IF EITHER HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL SOON RECEIVE SOME MONEY.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): fortune ; GOOD LUCK ; Hand ; ITCH ; LUCK ; MONEY ; OMEN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 07-19-1973

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IF A GIRL CATCHES A BUTTERLY AND BITES OFF HIS HEAD IN
THE TAIL OF HER DRESS, SHE WILL GET A NEW ONE.

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Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Bite ; Butterfly ; Dismember ; DRESS ; GOOD LUCK ; HEAD ; LUCK ; New ; OMEN ; Tail

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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STUMPING YOUR TOE MEANS BAD LUCK, BUT IF YOU TWIRL
AROUND ONCE YOUR LUCK WILL CHANGE FROM BAD TO GOOD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; GOOD LUCK ; LUCK ; STUB ; Stump ; TOE ; Twirl

James Callow Keyword(s): REVERSAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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GIVE FRIENDS "EASTER BREAD" (CAKE LOAF) TO INSURE
GOOD LUCK.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BREAD ; Easter ; FOOD ; GIFT ; GOOD LUCK ; holiday ; LUCK ; Share ; SYMBOL ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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Custom

You should never say "good luck" to an actor or actress on opening night - you always say "break a leg"

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Keyword(s): Actor ; ACTRESS ; Break a Leg ; CUSTOM ; GOOD LUCK ; LUCK ; OMEN ; Opening Night ; Play ; Saying ; THEATER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

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SUPERSTITION

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY YOU MUST HAVE A PAIR OF PENNY LOAFERS
WITH A PENNY IN THEM, WITH THE DATE OF YOUR BIRTH ON IT.
THIS WILL BRING GOOD LUCK ON THE HONEYMOON

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK ; MARRIAGE ; OMEN ; Penny ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL ; WEDDING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Penny in shoe
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.41

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IF THE FIRST PERSON TO COME THROUGH THE DOOR OF YOUR HOUSE ON
CHRISTMAS EVE IS A DARK HAIRED MAN YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK IN THE
YEAR TO COME.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CHRISTMAS ; COLOR ; GOOD LUCK ; HAIR ; holiday ; LUCK ; Man ; OMEN ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001930S

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Good Luck

If you put a penny in a purse and give the purse as a gift, the person receiving the gift will become rich.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GIFT ; GOOD LUCK ; LUCK ; MONEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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LUCK OF THE FAMILY.
WHEN VISITING A HOUSE IN IRELAND ONE MUST ALWAYS LEAVE BY THE
SAME DOOR YOU CAME IN, OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE STEALING THE GOOD
LUCK FROM THAT FAMILY.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cultural ; CUSTOM ; GOOD LUCK ; Guest ; HOSPITALITY ; IRELAND ; Irish ; LUCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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IF YOU SEE A PAPER CLIP AND CONTINUOUSLY KEEP PICKING
IT UP ALL DAY YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK ; LUCK ; Paperclip ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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