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LUCK BELIEF

IF YOU SEE THE FIRST STAR OUT AT NIGHT, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER WAS TOLD THIS BY HIS MOTHER WHEN HE WAS A BOY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD BY ; FATHER

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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Piddiddle

A piddiddle, as identified by teens in the 1930's in New
Jersey was an automobile with a burned out head lamp. If a teen
girl or boy were out on a date and saw a "piddiddle" and was the
first to shout it out, he or she could ask for a kiss or could
announce that his or her "piddiddle" would cancel their mate's next
piddiddle -- meaning, if he or she announced that he/she wanted a
kiss on the next "piddiddle", the one who canceled it with the
prior sighting did not have to kiss him or her.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ; FATHER

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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