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ITALIAN SUPERSTITION

IF A WOMAN FALLS WHEN SHE IS PREGNANT AND SHE HELPS HERSELF UP
WITH HER RIGHT HAND, SHE WILL HAVE A BOY; IF SHE HELPS HERSELF
UP WITH HER LEFT HAND, SHE WILL HAVE A GIRL.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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NO-SPILL-SALT

IF YOU SPILL SALT YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU DO THIS,
TAKE A HAND FULL OF SALT AND THROW IT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.
THIS WILL REVERSE THE BAD LUCK AND GIVE YOU GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FOLKLORE FROM HER CHILDHOOD DAYS OF HER HOME TOWN.
THIS SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF IS SYMPATHETIC MAGIC BECAUSE THERE IS A
PRIMITIVE CONNECTION BETWEEN SPILLING AND THE THROWING THE SALT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.17

Date learned: 00001930'S

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IF YOUR LEFT FOOT ITCHES YOU'LL SOON GO ON A SAD TRIP.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES YOU WILL SOON SHAKE HANDS WITH A STRANGER.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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IF YOUR LEFT EYE JUMPS IT MEANS YOU WILL BE MAD BEFORE THE DAY IS
OVER.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGER ; RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES YOU WILL RECEIVE SOME MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

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IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES YOU WILL RECEIVE A LETTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 00001928CA

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WHEN A FELLOW IS GOING SOMEWHERE AND HE KNOCKS HIS LEFT LEG
AGAINST A STONE, THAT IS A BAD OMEN. THAT SIMPLY TELLS THE
FELLOW THAT DANGER WILL BEFALL HIM WHERE HE IS GOING. THUS IT
IS ADVISABLE FOR SUCH A PERSON TO GO BACK HOME IF POSSIBLE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID IT WITH ASSURANCE.

Where learned: NIGERIA ; KABBA

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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If your right ear is ringing, someone is saying good
things about you. If your left ear rings, someone is
saying bad things about you.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; Carbon Hill

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001950S

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If your left eyebrow itches something bad will happen.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itches

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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When a person in Saint Thomas gets in trouble or is "put
down" by someone else, another person will pull the bottom
of his right eye down quickly and say "Bo Bo."

Submitter comment: The collector has no idea what it means but the gesture is
done frequently among children and the adult usually does
not see it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-00-1991

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If your left eye jumps, that means someone is going to make
you mad.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Eye twitch

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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When your right hand itch, it means that you will be getting
some money.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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If your left eye jumps, money is on its way.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Eye twitch

Date learned: 02-10-1992

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If your right hand itch, look for money to come your way.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

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If your left hand itch, you are going to lose the money you
have.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IF YOU STUMP YOUR LEFT TOE YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK. IF YOU
STUMP YOUR RIGHT TOE YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SPILL SALT UNLESS YOU THROW SOME OVER
YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER AFTER SPILLING THE SALT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 10-30-1973

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IF YOUR RIGHT EAR RINGS IT MEANS YOU'LL RECEIVE GOOD NEWS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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IF YOUR LEFT EAR RINGS IT MEANS YOU'LL RECEIVE BAD NEWS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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