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PULL THE PETALS OFF A DAISY TO FIND OUT IF YOUR BOYFRIEND
LOVES YOU. IF HE DOES LOVE YOU, YOU THROW THE CENTER
IN THE AIR AND LET THE POLLEN LAND ON THE BACK OF YOUR
HAND. HOWEVER MANY PIECES LAND, THAT IS HOW MANY
CHILDREN YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.2
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn P863.2

Date learned: 06-29-1970

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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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WHENEVER YOU LOSE AN EYELASH, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO PUT IT BETWEEN
YOUR THUMB AND FOREFINGER AND THEN GUESS WHERE IT WILL BE
WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR FINGERS. IF YOU GUESS "THUMB" AND IT'S
THERE, THEN YOUR BOYFRIEND IS SUPPOSED TO REALLY LOVE YOU.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love

Date learned: 08-07-1968

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WHEN A MULLEIN STALK BEGINS BLOOMING, BEND IT IN THE DIRECTION
THAT YOUR SWEETHEART LIVES. IF AFTER IT HAS BEEN BENT TO THE
GROUND, IT STRAIGHTENS UP AND LIVES, YOUR SWEETHEART LOVES YOU.
IF IT DIES, YOUR SWEETHEART DOESN'T LOVE YOU.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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