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IF YOUR EYE JUMPS SOMETHING HAPPENS THAT YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE
PLEASED. SOMETHING HAPPEN TO SOMEBODY IN THE FAMILY--WHEN
PUMPKIN AND HER HUSBAND NOT GETTING ALONG--I KNOW IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Keyword(s): MUSCLE TIC

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

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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WHEN THE LOSS OF SOME PART OF THE BODY (ARM, LEG, ETC.) OCCURS,
THAT PART MUST BE STRAIGHTENED AND BURIED IN A "COMFORTABLE"
POSITION, LEST THE VICTIM CONTINUE TO BE PLAGUES BY THE
SENSATION OF PAIN FROM ITS CONDITION.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE LIBRARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 05-01-1969

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JERKING IN BED WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING MEANS YOU ARE
DREAMING THAT YOU ARE FALLING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA

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

Date learned: 06-16-1972

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"IF I WALKED IN MY SLEEP, THEN GOD WAS TRYING TO LEAD ME
SOMEWHERE TO DO A GOOD DEED FOR HIM."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; SIGNET BOOK ; NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 00001945 P. 82

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IF A SICK PERSON ICHES, HE WILL GET BETTER VERY SOON.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

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

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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IF YOU SHIVER SUDDENLY FROM A QUICK, COLD CHILL, IT'S A
RABBIT RUNNING OVER YOUR GRAVE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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AN UNHAPPY DISPOSITION USUALLY MEANS GETTING UP ON THE WRONG
SIDE OF THE BED.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 02-91-969

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NEVER TELL A BAD DREAM BEFORE YOUR MORNING MEAL, OR IT WILL
COME TRUE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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IF A COLD SHIVER RUNS DOWN YOUR SPINE, A CAT HAS RUN ACROSS
YOUR GRAVE.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; MEMPHIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 07-29-1968

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YOU MUST HOLD YOUR BREATH WHEN YOU DRIVE PAST A GRAVEYARD, OR
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A WOMAN BAKES A CAKE DURING HER MENSTRUAL PERIOD,
IT WILL FALL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF BOTTOM OF FEET BURN, IT'LL RAIN.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Burn ; FEET ; OMEN ; Rain ; SIGN ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOUR KNEE ACHES, IT'S GOING TO STORM.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 09-12-1973

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NOSE ITCHING

IF YOUR NOSE IS ITCHING, YOU WILL HAVE GUEST AT YOUR HOME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EARS BURN

IF YOUR EARS BURN, SOMEBODY IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIGHT HAND ITCHES

IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL GET SOME MONEY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEFT HAND ITCHES

IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL GET SOME MAIL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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