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WHEN CROSSING A BRIDGE OVER WATER HOLD YOUR BREATH AND
PICK UP YOUR FEET OR YOU LOSE YOUR BOYFRIEND.

Submitter comment: ACQUIRED IN TAMPA, FLORIDA WHILE SHE WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: PLACE TOLD IN CAR

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Gesture

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PREDICTION

WHILE GOING OVER A RAILROAD TRACK YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR FEET
OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR BOY OR GIRL FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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WHEN YOU ARE RIDING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS IN A CAR, YOU
SHOULD LIFT YOUR FEET OFF THE FLOOR SO YOU WILL NOT LOSE YOUR
NEXT GIRL FRIEND.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-25-1968

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COURTING BELIEF

RAISE YOUR FEET WHEN CROSSING RAILROAD TRACKS OR YOU WILL LOSE
YOUR BOY FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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RAILROAD TRACKS

WHILE RIDING IN A CAR, IF YOU PASS OVER ANY RAILROAD TRACKS
AND DO NOT PICK UP BOTH YOUR FEET OFF THE FLOOR, YOU WILL LOSE
YOUR BOY FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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RAILROAD TRACKS

TO KEEP YOUR BOY FRIEND, WHEN DRIVING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS,
A GIRL MUST LIFT HER LEFT FOOT OFF THE CAR FLOOR AND TOUCH
THE ROOF OF THE CAR WITH HER TWO INDEX FINGERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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12001969

PALEFACE '(S) BARE FEET SHOULD NEVER TOUCH GROUND.

Submitter comment: A CANADIAN INDIAN PROVERB TOLD TO INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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JAMAICAN PLOY TO KEEP CHULDREN INDOORS.

TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM GOING OUTSIDE AT NIGHT THERE IS THE STORY OF
THE CATCHER MAN WHO WALKS AROUND WITH A BUCKET WHICH, IF IT TOUCHES
YOUR FOOT' YOU CAN,T MOVE, THE CATCHER MAN WILL THEN PUT YOU INTO
HIS BUCKET AND CARRY YOU AWAY.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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BELIEF

IF THE SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN THE FIRST TOE, THE FATHER WILL LIVE
LONGER THAN THE MOTHER WILL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THAILAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-03-1971

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EATING

IF YOU EAT WHILE STANDING UP, YOUR FEET WILL GROW LONG.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM PEERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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IF YOUR SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN THE OTHER TOES IT IS A SIGN THAT
THE WOMAN WILL BE A DOMINEERING WIFE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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OMEN

IF YOUR SECOND TOE IS BIGGER THAN YOUR FIRST TOE, YUU'LL BE BOSS
IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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ITCHING FEET

IF YOUR FEET ITCH YOU WILL TAKE A TRIP.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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ITCHY FEET

IF THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FEET ITCH YOU WILL SOON BE WALKING ON STRANGE
GROUND OR IN A STRANGE PLACE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT JUST MENTIONED THIS ONE DAY.

Where learned: NEIGHBORS HOME ; MINNESOTA ; GULLY

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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GOOD LUCK

IF YOUR RIGHT "INDEX" TOE IS LONGER THAN YOUR RIGHT BIG TOE,YOU'LL
MARRY A RICH MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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LUCK AND GOOD FORTUNE

CLIPPING NAILS AT NIGHT WILL BRING BAD LUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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CLIPPING NAILS

IF YOU CLIP YOUR NAILS AND THROW THEM IN THE STREET WHO-EVER WALKS
ON THEM WILL BE YOUR ENEMY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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GOOD LUCK

LIFT YOUR FEET UP WHILE GOING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001970S

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SUPERSTITION AND THE WEATHER

WHEN A CORN ON THE FOURTH TOE ACHES IT MEANS BAD WEATHER IS IN THE
NEAR FUTURE. BY CORN I MEAN A COMBINATION BETWEEN A BLISTER OR
CALUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 10-00-1982

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A RINGING IN THE EARS MEANS SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SICK.
A RINGING IN THE EARS MEANS SOMEONE HAS DIED.
IF THE SECOND TOE OF A WOMAN IS LONGER THAN HER LARGE TOE,
SHE WILL HENPECK HER HUSBAND.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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