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ITEM IN A BULLETIN PUT OUT BY THE LAND AND FORESTS
DEPARTMENT OF ONTAIN, CANADA: (ONTARIO?)
THE BEST WAY TO EFFECT CAPTURE OF A PROCUPINE IS
TO WAIT UNTIL HE'S IN THE OPEN. THEN WATCHING
FOR HIS SLAPPING TAIL, RUSH IN QUICKLY AND POP A
LARGE WASTETUB OVER HIM. THUS YOU WILL HAVE
SOMETHING TO SIT ON WHILE YOU FIGURE YOUR NEXT
MOVE.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MY MOTHER WAS DEATHLY AFRAID OF GYPSIES AND THEY USED
TO COME AROUND. SHE BELIEVED THEY HAD UNNATURAL
POWERS AND COULD PUT A CURSE ON YOU.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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MAKE YOUR OWN WEDDING DRESS, AND YOU'LL NOT LIVE TO
WEAR IT.

Submitter comment: I GOT THIS FROM SEVERAL SOURCES WHEN I WAS CONSIDERING
MAKING MY WEDDING GOWN; THIS GIRL MUST NOT BELIEVE IT,
HOWEVER, SINCE SHE'S MAKING HER OWN.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bride

Date learned: 09-01-1968

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IT IS GOOD LUCK FOR A SPIDER TO FALL ON A BRIDE AT
HER WEDDING.

Submitter comment: SHE HAD HEARD THIS FROM A GREAT AUNT AND TOLD IT TO ME
AT THE TIME OF MY WEDDING; SHE DIDN'T BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 09-01-1967

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THOSE ENGAGED WITH AN EMERALD RING WILL NOT BE MARRIED.
I WAS CAUTIONED THIS BY MY MOTHER-IN-LAW AT THE TIME
WE WERE SELECTING MY ENGAGEMENT RING; SHE REALLY SEEMED
TO BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage P545.015

Date learned: 07-00-1966

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YOUR DAUGHTERS WILL NOT MARRY IF PEACOCK FEATHERS ARE
KEPT IN THE HOME.

Submitter comment: INTERESTING CONTRADICTION, SINCE THIS PERSON WON'T
EVEN ALLOW A PET BIRD (EVEN CANARY OR PARAKEET) IN
HER HOME--SHE HAS FOUR DAUGHTERS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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NEVER TAKE THE LAST PIECE OF ANYTHING ON A PLATE
OR YOU WILL BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): SPINSTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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IF YOU STEP OVER A MOP HANDLE, YOU WILL NEVER GET
MARRIED; IF YOU JUMP OVER A BROOM HANDLE, YOU WILL
MARRY.

Submitter comment: I CAN REMEMBER AS A CHILD BEING VERY CAREFUL TO FOLLOW
THESE PRESCRIPTIONS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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CHILDREN WERE CAUTIONED NOT TO PICK UP TOADS AS THEY
WOULD GET WARTS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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A PREGNANT WOMAN IS NOT ALLOWED TO HOLD A CHILD IN
BAPTISM FOR FEAR HARM WILL COME TO HER OWN BABY OR TO
THE GODCHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; TOLEDO ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AT THE SOUND OF FIRE TRUCKS, IT IS CUSTOMARY TO MAKE
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AND PRAY FOR THOSE IN THE
FIRE.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT'S VERY BAD LUCK TO PLAY PIANO WHILE SOMEONE IN
THE HOUSE IS ILL, BECAUSE THIS MAY HASTEN THEIR
DEATH.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): MUSIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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WHEN SALT IS SPILLED, SOME OF IT MUST BE TOSSED
OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

Submitter comment: TO AVERT BAD LUCK, SAYS COLLECTOR.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITIN DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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IF YOU GET MARRIED ON A CLOUDY OR RAINY DAY,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO KILL A LADYBUG.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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NEVER OPEN YOUR UMBRELLA INSIDE THE HOUSE. IT
MEANS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 10-04-1965

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PUT A HAT ON THE BED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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BREAKING A MIRROR MEANS SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO GET MARRIED AS THE BIG HAND OF THE
CLOCK GOES UP AND BAD LUCK TO GET MARRIED AS THE
HANDS GO DOWN.

Data entry tech comment: LIKE AT 12:00 NOON RATHER THAN 12:15

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Time or day of ceremony
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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DOWN IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS
THERE SAT ANNIE AS SWEET AS A ROSE
ALONG CAME A BEE AND SAT ON HER NOSE.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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