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IF YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR HEAD TO THE SOUTH, YOU WILL SOME
DAY BECOME INSANE.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; CHILTON

James Callow Keyword(s): MADNESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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GO TO BED WITHOUT DINNER ON JANUARY 21 AND YOU WILL DREAM
OF YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO KEEP A HAG FROM BOTHERING YOU WHILE SLEEPING, PLACE ONE FOOT OF
YOUR SHOES AT THE HEAD OF YOUR BED AND THE OTHER FOOT AND THE
FOOT OF YOUR BED

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY PUT YOUR DRESS ON ON THE WRONG SIDE, WHEN YOU
GET UP AND WEAR IT ON THE WRONG SIDE UNTIL NOON, AND THEN
CHANGE, YOU WILL LATER GET A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 06-23-1972

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SINGING AFTER ONE GOES TO BED BRINGS HIM BAD LUCK BEFORE
MORNING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LAFAYETTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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IF YOU GO TO BED AND LAUGH AFTER YOU'RE IN BED, YOU'LL GET
UP CRYING.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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BEFORE YOU GO TO BED, PEEL AN APPLE ALL IN ONE PIECE, THROW
THE PEELING OVER LEFT SHOULDER, AND IT WILL FALL IN THE
FIRST LETTER OF THE BOY YOU ARE GOING TO MARRY. LEARNED
WHILE GROWING UP IN WALES, BUT IT IS NOT REALLY BELIEVED
ANY MORE.

Submitter comment: HALLOWEEN CUSTOM.

Where learned: WALES

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTIION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS UNLUCKY TO CHANGE THE POSITION (SIDE) OF THE WAY YOU
GET OUT OF BED EVERYDAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 08-09-1968

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WHEN YOU SPEND THE NIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME AT A STRANGE PLACE,
NAME THE CORNERS OF THE ROOM. THE ONE YOU ARE LOOKING AT WHEN
YOU WAKE UP IS THE ONE YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Fourths / Quarters
Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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SILLY LAUGHING IN THE MORNING MEANS YOU'LL BE CRYING BEFORE
BEDTIME.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SUPERSTITION

WHILE SLEEPING IF YOU HAVE A FALLING SENSATION, YOU WILL DIE
IF YOU DON'T WAKE UP BEFORE YOU HIT THE BOTTOM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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SUPERSTITION

ONE HOUR OF REST BEFORE MIDNIGHT IS WORTH TWO AFTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 05-02-1972

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BELIEF

BABIES LAUGH IN THEIR SLEEP BECAUSE ANGELS ARE TICKLING THEM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 05-03-1972

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IF THE NEWBORN BABY LIES ON HIS LEFT SIDE, HE WILL BE
LEFT-HANDED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Dexterity ; LEFT ; RIGHT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 10-13-1973

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AT NIGHT PLACE SHOES AND SOCKS IN THE SHAPE OF A CROSS
TO PREVENT SICKNESS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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I USED TO KNOW AN ELDERLY LADY THAT WARNED ME THAT ONE
MUST NOT LET THE MOON SHINE THROUGH YOUR WINDOW AT NIGHT
ONTO YOUR BED WHERE YOU WERE SLEEPING--IT WAS CAUSE (FOR)
YOU TO GO CRAZY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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IF YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR HEAD POINTED TO NORTH, A DEAD SPIRIT
COMES SO YOU MUST POINT IT TO SOUTH.

Where learned: JAPAN ; HIROSHIMA

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTIONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 10-02-1977

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IF YOU PLAY IN THE FIRE BEFORE YOU GO TO BED, YOU'LL WET THE
BED.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER ALWAYS USED TO TELL ME THAT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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SNEEZE BEFORE YOU EAT,
SEE YOUR SWEETHEART BEFORE YOU SLEEP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.477
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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