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TO SLEEP ON A LARGE PILLOW DENOTES A SUCCESSFULL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; MONROVIA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: CA00001966

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HOW CLOSE LIGHTENING IS.

THE NUMBER OF SECONDS BETWEEN THE THUNDER AND THE LIGHTNING
EQUALS THE NUMBER OF MILES AWAY IT OCCURED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPUTATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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ST. PAUL'S GROTTO

UNDER A CHURCH IN RABAT, IS A GROTTO IN WHICH ST. PAUL AND HIS
COMPANIONS ARE SAID TO HAVE LIVED WHILE IN MALTA. LOCAL LEGEND
CLAIMS THAT WHATEVER AMOUNT OF STONE IS REMOVED FROM THIS GROTTO,
THE DIMENSIONS REMAIN THE SAME.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight Solid

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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Make a wish and it will come true if you receive the longer
part of the wishbone when breaking it with someone.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1951

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TO HAVE A GOOD CROP, CORN SHOULD BE,
"KNEE HIGH BY THE FOURTH OF JULY."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO TELL HOW LARGE A MAN'S PENIS IS.
IF A MAN HAS BIG FEET, BIG HANDS, A BIG NOSE, OR LARGE EARS,
HE IS SURE TO HAVE A LARGE PENIS. CONVERSELY, IF A MAN HAS
SMALL FEET, SMALL HANDS, A SMALL NOSE, OR SMALL EARS,
HE MUST HAVE A SMALL PENIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CORRESPONDENCE ; SIZE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
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Date learned: 00001985ca

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If you are wearing your belt twisted, you are in love.

Submitter comment: My mom used to say that to me when I was young to
tease me.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; Laurel

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 00001970S

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IF ANTS HAVE A HIGH PILE OF DIRT AROUND THEIR HILLS THIS MEANS
IT IS GOING TO RAIN. THE HIGHER THE HILL, THE MORE IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: MISSOURI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001940S

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Baby Belief

If a baby has large ears, he will be a loving person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 03-00-1992

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Baby Belief

A baby born with a large, wide mouth will be a good singer.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

James Callow Keyword(s): Talent

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 03-00-1992

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I learned this saying in Hillsdale, Michigan where I spent
most of my summers as a young boy, "If the corn is knee-high by
the 4th of July it will be a good crop". This was believed to be
true by all the local farmers.

James Callow comment: See Puckett, Ohio, no. 32659: "If the corn is knee-high
by the Fourth of July, it will be a good crop...."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HILLSDALE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 07-00-1980

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If you have asthma, measure your height to a tree and mark
it. As the tree grows you will grow out of the asthma.

James Callow comment: Puckett, Ohio, no. 2325: "If a child has asthma, take him
into the woods and find a young tree. Measure the child up to
the tree and mark his height by putting a nail into the tree. As
the tree grows the child will outgrow his asthma."

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): MEASURING

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-07-1992

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After eating a turkey and coming across a wishbone (a bone
similarly shaped to a horseshoe, but not as round) two people
should each hold an end, make a silent wish, then pull to break.
The person who gets the biggest half will have his/her wish come
true.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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WHEN A MEASURING WORM GETS ON YOU, IT MEANS THAT HE IS MEASURING
YOU FOR A NEW SUIT OF CLOTHES.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): INCHWORM ?

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 05-03-1969

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IF THE HUSBAND HAS BROAD SHOULDERS, THE WIFE WILL HAVE IT
EASIER IN CHILDBIRTH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE LIBRARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

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IF THE STOMACH IS LARGE AT NINE MONTHS, THE BABY WILL BE
A GIRL; IF SMALL, A BOY.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; BELLY ; gender ; Large ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY ; Small ; STOMACH

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 08-21-1973

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DRINKING A LARGE AMOUNT OF COLD WATER IMMEDIATELY AFTER
DELIVERY WILL MAKE A WOMAN'S STOMACH LARGE.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Child Birth ; Cold ; Consume ; Delivery ; DRINK ; Labor ; PREGNANCY ; SIZE ; STOMACH ; TEMPERATURE ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight Liquid
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE PULL A PULLEY BONE, THE ONE GETTING THE
SHORTER END GETS HIS OR HER WISH.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Pulley ; Pulley Bone ; WISH ; WISHBONE

James Callow Keyword(s): WISHBONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 07-06-1973

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WHEN FOWL IS EATEN...
TWO PEOPLE EACH TAKE HOLD OF ONE SIDE OF A WISHBONE, MAKE
A WISH, PULL UNTIL THE BONE BREAKS. THE ONE WHO GETS THE
LARGEST PIECE OF BONE, THEIR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-20-1973

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