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IT IS CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK TO TIE A STRING OF THREAD AROUND A NEW
BORN BABY'S WRIST AND TIE SEVEN KNOTS INTO THE THREAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SEVEN KNOTS

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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ON A BABY'S FIRST BIRTHDAY, PLACE A WINE GLASS, A
PRAYER BOOK, AND SOME COINS. WHATEVER HE REACHES
FOR FIRST WILL INDICATE THE TYPE OF CAREER HE
CHOOSES. THE INW GLASS INDICATES THAT HE WILL
BE A DRUNK; THE PRAYER BOOK, A PRIEST; AND THE
COINS, A BUSINESSMAN.

Submitter comment: WE TRIED THIS AT THE FIRST BIRTHDAY OF MY CURRENTLY
SEVEN YEAR OLD COUSIN. ONLY TROUBLE WAS THAT HE
KNOCKED ALL THREE OBJECTS OFF THE HIGH CHAIR
TRAY AT ONCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IN A HIGH CHAIR. ; SEVEN MONTH OLD COUSIN I HOPE, SINCE HE STILL IS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future of young

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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IF IT THUNDERS BEFORE SEVEN, IT'LL RAIN BEFORE ELEVEN.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Eleven ; OMEN ; Rain ; Seven ; SIGN ; Thunder ; Time of day ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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