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IF YOU OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE OR OTHER BUILDING
IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 00001950S

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PLANTING

PLANT SWEET PEAS ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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THROAT CURE

TOUCH THE HAND OF A DEAD INFANT TO A PERSON'S THROAT TO CURE IT.

Submitter comment: MRS. DUNMIRE SAID THAT HER MOTHER, WHO HAD A GOITER, DID THIS
WHEN SHE DRESSED A LITTLE BABY BEFORE ITS FUNERAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH BELIEF ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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KNOCK ON WOOD

KNOCK ON WOOD TO STOP YOUR WORDS FROM
COMING BACK TO YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-07-1970

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VISITING A CHURCH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ON YOUR FIRST VISIT TO A CHURCH, COUNT THE STEPS
AND MAKE A WISH ON THE LAST ONE.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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WISHING ON A PIN

IF A SHARP OBJECT LIKE A PIN OR SCISSORS ETC.
FALLS TO THE FLOOR AND STANDS UPRIGHT,
YOU MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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A BRIDE SHOULD WEAR SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 00001950S

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JUMP ROPE CHANT

NOT LAST NIGHT BUT THE NIGHT BEFORE.
TWENTY-FOUR ROBBERS CAME KNOCKIN AT MY DOOR.
AS I RAN OUT, THEY RAN IN.
I HIT EM ON THE HEAD WITH A ROLLING PIN.
I ASKED EM WHAT THEY WANTED - THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID;
"SPANISH DANCERS TURN AROUND.
SPANISH DANCERS TOUCH THE GROUND.
SPANISH DANCERS DO HIGH KICKS.
SPANISH DANCERS DO THE SPLITS."

Submitter comment: I REMEMBERED LEARNING THIS WHEN MY COUSIN AND I USED
TO JUMP ROPE TOGETHER.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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CURSE

PUT YOUR THUMBS UP WHEN YOU COME ACROSS A CURSE,(BLACK CAT,
LADDER, ETC.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-07-1970

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

LINCOLN, LINCOLN, I'VE BEEN THINKIN'
WHAT ON EARTH HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKIN'?
IS IT WHISKEY? IS IT WINE?
OH MY GOSH, IT'S TURPENTINE!
HOW MANY BOTTLES DID YOU DRINK?
ONE, TWO, THREE, ...

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; 7792 Dayton Ave.

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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STEP ON A CRACK AND BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00001950S

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BRIDE AND GROOM CUSTOM

TO PREVENT BAD LUCK DURING THE MARRIAGE, THE GROOM SHOULDN'T
SEE THE BRIDE BEFORE THE CEREMONY.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bride and groom must not see each other

Date learned: 00001950S

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IN LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, WHEN A PERSON ASKS SOMEONE
TO WAIT UNTIL THE DESIRED PARTY REACHES THE TELEPHONE,
INSTEAD OF SAYING, "HANG ON," OR "ONE MINUTE," THEY
SAY, "HOLD THE WIRE."

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 08-26-1969

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES IT MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO KISS
A FOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 00001950S

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TO HAVE FIFTEEN FITS AND WALK IN EACH ONE OF THEM.

Submitter comment: WHICH MEANS TO BE VERY ANGRY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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CARRYING SALT

CARRY SALT WITH A NEW BABY TO WARD OFF
EVIL SPIRITS WHICH MIGHT HARM HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EVIL EYE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
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BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-07-1970

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PUTTING MONEY IN A NEW PURSE

IF YOU GIVE SOMEONE A PURSE OR WALLET,
YOU SHOULD PUT SOME MONEY IN IT SO THAT
THEY'LL NEVER BE BROKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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THE GUY WHO CATCHES THE BRIDE'S GARTER WILL BE THE
NEXT TO MARRY.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 00001950S

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WHOEVER GETS THE LARGEST PORTION OF A CHICKEN'S
WISHBONE WHEN TWO BREAK IT, HAS HIS WISH COME TRUE.

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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"WOODS' KIDS"

WHEN CERTAIN UNFAVORABLE HAPPENINGS OCCUR WITHIN THE
ROSSER HOME, THE WOODS' KIDS ALWAYS TAKE THE BLAME. THESE
SMALL CREATURES INHABIT THE WOODS BEHIND THE HOUSE.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Blame ; FAMILY ; Fanciful ; Invisible ; Legend ; Tale ; TRICKSTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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