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SPILLING OF SALT AND THEN THROWING A PINCH OF IT
OVER THE LEFT SHOULDER, SO YOU DON'T HAVE BAD
LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM DORM FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MERCY COLLEGE

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER AND SOME INTO THE FIRE, OR BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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IF YOU SPILL SOME SALT, YOU HAVE TO THROW SOME
OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER IN ORDER TO WARD OFF
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, IT WILL BRING YOU BAD LUCK UNLESS
YOU CANCEL THE BAD LUCK BY THROWING A PINCH OF
SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SPILL SALT THROW IT OVER YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO SPILL SALT. TO RECOVER GOOD LUCK,
ONE SHOULD IMMEDIATELY THROW A PINCH OF SALT
OVER ONE'S LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IN ORDER TO AVOID BAD LUCK, A PERSON SHOULD THROW
SALT OVER HIS LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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TO PREVENT BAD LUCK AFTER YOU HAD SPILLED SOME SALT,
MAKE SURE YOU THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 00001920S

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THE THROWING OF SALT OVER ONE'S SHOULDER IS TO
WARD OFF BAD LUCK, A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 11-25-1969

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IF YOU SPILL SALT ON THE TABLE, YOU HAVE TO THROW
SOME OF THE SALT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO WARD
OFF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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IT'S BAD LUCK FOR THE BRIDE TO GO IN ONE DOOR AT
THE CHURCH AND OUT THE OTHER.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-20-1968

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IF YOUWERE WALKING DOWN THE STREET AND SAW A BLACK
CAT, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO TURN AROUND AND WALK THE
OPPOSITE WAY.

Submitter comment: IF YOU DIDN'T TURN AROUND AND GO THE OPPOSITE WAY,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A BLACK CAT RUNS ACROSS THE ROAD IN FRONT OF YOU,
THAT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK FOR THAT DAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 03-11-1972

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, BAD LUCK WILL
FOLLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH ON THE LEFT SIDE
WHILE IT IS RAINING, YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO
LEAVE YOUR HOUSE ALL DAY, OR ELSE YOU WILL HAVE
A STREAK OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SEEMED TO GET MORE AND MORE UPSET JUST
TELLING ME ABOUT HIS MOTHER'S BELIEFS AND HE
COMMENTED THAT HE THOUGHT ANYONE WHO BELIEVED IN
SUCH MESS WAS CRAZY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.3

Date learned: 12-01-1971

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IF A BLACK CAT WALKS TO THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF
A ROAD, IT IS A SIGN OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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A BLACK CAT CROSSING THE STREET IN FRONT OF YOU
MEANS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 03-04-1971

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IF A BLACK CROSSES YOUR PATH FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, IT
IS BAD LUCK. IT IS VERY INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT
IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE OR IT IS NOT BAD LUCK IF
THE CAT CROSSES FROM YOUR RIGHT TO YOUR LEFT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT ALTHOUGH NOT AN AVID SUPERSTITION
BELIEVER, STILL IS AWARE AND CONSCIOUS OF THESE
SUPERSTITIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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NEVER CROSS THE PATH OF A BLACK CAT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SUPERSTITION THAT'S KNOWN TO EVERYONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 02-15-1971

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, BAD LUCK WILL
FOLLOW WITHIN TWO WEEKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 03-21-1968

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