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TRIP

IF YOU TRIP IN CHURCH YOU WILL NOT GET MARRIED THAT YEAR.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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IF YOUR LEFT EYE JUMPS IT MEANS YOU WILL BE MAD BEFORE THE DAY IS
OVER.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGER ; RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 11-18-1972

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BODY PART BELIEF

ITCHY NOSE MEANS YOU WILL KISS YOUR BOYFRIEND OR GIRLFRIEND.

Submitter comment: A DENTIST TELLS THEIR PATIENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Dreams P841.72
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001960S

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EXPRESSION

TICKLED PINK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions
SPEECH -- Gesture
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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IF YOUR FEET ITCH, IT MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO A STRANGE PLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 11-14-1980

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IN DETERMINING THE SEX OF A CHILD, THE GREEKS SPRINKLE SALT ON THE
BACK OF A WOMAN'S HEAD, IF SHE SCRATCHES THE LEFT SIDE, THEN SHE
WILL HAVE A GIRL. IF SHE SCRATCHES THE RIGHT SIDE OF HER HEAD,
THEN SHE WILL HAVE A BOY.

Submitter comment: I WAS ENTHRALLED BY THIS TECHNIQUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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IF YOU SHUDDER ANGELS ARE WALKING OVER YOUR GRAVE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PREMONITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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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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IF YOUR HAND ITCHES YOU WILL RECEIVE SOME MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 11-18-1987

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES THAT MEANS SOMEONE'S COMING TO VISIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 11-18-1987

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IF YOU HAVE A BURNING SENSATION IN YOUR RIGHT EAR, SOMEONE IS
SPEAKING VERY BADLY ABOUT YOU. A BURNING SENSATION IN YOUR LEFT
EAR MEANS SOMEONE IS GIVING YOU A COMPLIMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

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If you feel pain in your right leg this means that something
bad is about to happen to you.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Body, Hurt

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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If your legs fall asleep or become numb when you are horseback
riding out West, be careful. A rattlesnake might be
around.

Submitter comment: I heard this line a long time ago from a movie and it's
been with me ever since.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 00-00-1987

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A shiver up your spine means someone is
walking on your grave.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 00001970S

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If you're choking someone's thinking ill thoughts about you.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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IF YOU GET COLD SHIVERS, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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IF YOU HAVE A SCRATCH ON THE ARM NEAR THE ELBOW, YOU'RE GOING
FOR A RIDE.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 03-28-1969

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IF YOU DREAM YOU'RE FALLING AND IF YOU FALL OFF THE BED
AND HIT THE FLOOR BEFORE YOU WAKE UP, YOU'LL HAVE
HEART FAILURE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 05-01-1969

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THE WAY YOU ACT AND FEEL ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR
IS THE WAY YOU'LL BE MOST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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HOW TO TELL YOUR OWN TRUE LOVE: IF YOU CAN SMELL MAGNOLIA AND
HONEYSUCKLE IN THE WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; METRO MANOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love

Date learned: 05-00-1969

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