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Old folks would say when you comb your hair, any excess should
be thrown in running water (stream, brook, etc.) This would
make your hair grow. but if you throw it on the ground, the
birds would get it and use it to build their nest which would
cause you to have a ear ache.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Running water
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR, IT IS POSSIBLE TO WARD OFF THE BAD
LUCK THAT IT WILL BRING BY THROWING IT IMMEDIATELY INTO
RUNNING WATER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Running water
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror
BELIEF -- Conversions Mirror

Date learned: 00001947CA

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR, PUT IT IN RUNNING WATER OR
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Running water
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 01-31-1971

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UP THE RIVER FROM OUR HOUSE IN MATHEWS, VIRGINIA IS A DARK,
SHADED CREEK WHICH WE WERE TOLD WAS HAUNTED. THERE WAS AN OLD
DESERTED HOUSE BY THE CREEK AND WHEN OWLS MADE NOISES AT NIGHT,
WE WERE TOLD THAT IT WAS GHOSTS. WHENEVER WE WENT BOAT RIDING
IN THE EVENING, WE WOULD NEVER GO NEAR THAT CREEK.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; MATHEWS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Running water

Date learned: 04-05-1969

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