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GREEK CUSTOM

A BAG WITH ONE OR TWO ALMONDS IN IT, WORN ON THE BODY,
IS A SIGN OF FERTILITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Emblem

Date learned: 11-05-1968

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SEE A PENNY, PICK IT UP,
ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO COME INTO SOME MONEY
AND IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO SHAKE HANDS
WITH A STRANGER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A GAMBLER TO COUNT HIS MONEY UNTIL HE'S
FINISHED PLAYING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF SUDS FOAM ON YOUR COFFEE, YOU WILL RECEIVE MONEY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 08-09-1968

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DID YOU KNOW THAT MOVIE STARS HID A PENNY IN THE DRESSING ROOMS
AND IF THE NEXT PERSON WHO USES THE DRESSING ROOM FINDS THE
PENNY, THEN HE WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK IN HIS NEXT PICTURE.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: DRAMA -- D000
BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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IF YOU GO TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW, YOU WILL FIND A POT OF GOLD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL YEAR, SLEEP WITH A HORSESHOE UNDER YOUR
PILLOW AND PUT A PENNY UNDER YOUR DOORWAY ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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TO INSURE GOOD LUCK AND PROSPERITY DURING THE COMING YEAR, MY
MOTHER STATES THAT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE BOILED CABBAGE ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY. THE CABBAGE, HOWEVER, MUST BE BOILED WITH A
PENNY IN THE KETTLE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; CRUTCHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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FOLK SAYING: VALUE AND SIZE

PRECIOUS THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-26-1972

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WART CURE:
STEAL YOUR MOTHER'S BEST DISH TOWEL AND BURY IT IN THE
BACKYARD WITHOUT EVER TELLING HER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-10-1973

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LITTLE SALLY SAUCER
SITTING ON A SAUCER
CRYING 'CAUSE HER MOTHER DIED.
WHY SALLY, WHY?
WIPE OUT YOUR EYES.
POINT TO THE EAST,
POINT TO THE WEST,
POINT TO THE ONE YOU LOVE THE BEST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
BELIEF -- Measure of quality

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THE SAP FROM AN ALVIRA PLANT IS THE BEST FOR INSTANT
RELIEF OF STINGS, CUTS, AND MINOR BURNS.

Where learned: TEXAS ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Plant

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WHEN THE WIND'S IN THE NORTH, FISHERMEN GO NOT FORTH.
WHEN THE WIND'S IN THE EAST, NOT FIT FOR MAN OR BEAST.
WHEN THE WIND'S IN THE WEST, FISHING'S AT ITS BEST.
WHEN THE WIND'S IN THE SOUTH, BLOWS BAIT IN FISH'S MOUTH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTIONS ; INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Measure of quality

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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THE BEST DAY FOR WEDDING:
DO WEDDING CEREMONY ON THE DAY OF "TAIAN" AND DO NOT HOLD
IT ON THE DAY OF "BUTSUMETSU."
"TAIAN"---THE DAY OF BUDDHA WAS BORN.
"BUTSUMETSU"---THE DAY OF BUDDHA DIED.

Where learned: JAPAN ; HIROSHIMA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of quality

Date learned: 10-02-1977

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, BUT BETTER NEVER LATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MOUNT MORRIS

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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