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TO DETERMINE PRE-NATALLY THE SEX OF A CHILD, HOLD A
RING ON THE END OF A STRING ABOVE THE PREGNANT WOMAN'S
NAVEL. IF THE RING SWINGS IN A CIRCLE, THE CHILD WILL
BE A BOY. IF IT SWINGS BACK AND FORTH, THE CHILD WILL
BE A GIRL.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ; BELIEF ; Boy ; gender ; Girl ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY ; RING

James Callow Keyword(s): ANAPEL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn P863.4

Date learned: 10-23-1973

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Riddle

WHY DID THE BOY PUT HIS CAR IN THE OVEN?
HE WANTED A HOT ROD.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Boy ; Car ; Hot Rod ; JOKE ; Oven ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RIDDLE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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ATTACH NEEDLE AND THREAD TO THE ERASER END OF PENCIL. HOLD
THREAD IN RIGHT HAND SO PENCIL DNGLES OVER LEFT WRIST(PALM
UP). IF THE PENCIL TRAVELS VERTICALLY IT INDICATES A BOY,
HORIZONTALLY, A GIRL.

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Boy ; Dangle ; gender ; Girl ; Pencil ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY ; Swing

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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BE PREPARED IS THE BOY SCOUT'S MARCHING SONG
BE PREPARED AS IN LIFE WE MARCH ALONG
BE PREPARED TO HOLD YOUR LIQUOR WELL
DON'T WRITE NAUGHTY WORDS ON BOARDS
IF YOU CAN'T SPELL.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 13, SUNG AS A MOCK ON
BOY SCOUTS BY "INDEPENDENTS".

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Boy Scouts ; Campfire Song ; MUSIC ; SONG ; Tune

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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COURTSHIP BELIEF

IF YOUR SLIP IS HANGING, IT MEANS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BOYFRIEND.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT DIDN'T REMEMBER SOURCE.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Boyfriend ; COURTSHIP ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; Mate ; SIGN ; Single ; SLIP ; SYMBOL ; Woman

Subject headings: Custom
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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WHEN CROSSING A BRIDGE OVER WATER HOLD YOUR BREATH AND
PICK UP YOUR FEET OR YOU LOSE YOUR BOYFRIEND.

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ACQUIRED IN TAMPA, FLORIDA WHILE SHE WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL.

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Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Boyfriend ; BREATH ; Bridge ; FEET ; Girlfriend ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; WATER

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-02-1969

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PREDICTION

WHILE GOING OVER A RAILROAD TRACK YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR FEET
OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR BOY OR GIRL FRIEND.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Boyfriend ; Girlfriend ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; Tracks

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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WHEN YOU ARE RIDING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS IN A CAR, YOU
SHOULD LIFT YOUR FEET OFF THE FLOOR SO YOU WILL NOT LOSE YOUR
NEXT GIRL FRIEND.

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Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Boyfriend ; Car ; Girlfriend ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; Tracks

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings:

Date learned: 09-25-1968

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ORANGE GROVE

A BOY AND GIRL IN FLORIDA WENT OUT PARKING IN AN ORANGE GROVE.
WHEN THEY WERE READY TO LEAVE THE BOY FOUND THAT HE WAS OUT OF
GAS. HE WAS REALLY DISGUSTED WITH HIMSELF AS HE STOMPED AWAY,
WARNING THE GIRL TO LOCK THE DOORS AND WAIT FOR HIM IN THE CAR.
HOURS PASSED AND THE GIRL WAS GETTING VERY WORRIED. IT WAS COLD
AND SHE WAS VERY TIRED SO SHE FELL ASLEEP. A TAP AT THE WINDOW
WOKE HER. A POLICEMAN TOLD HER TO GET OUT AND GO TO THE PATROL
CAR AND HE'D TAKE HER HOME. AS HE HELPED HER TO THE CAR HE WARNED
HER NOT TO LOOK BACK AT THE OTHER CAR. AS HE CLOSED THE DOOR
SHE GLANCED BACK AT THE OTHER CAR. THERE WAS HER BOYFRIEND'S
HEAD, ON THE ROOF, STREAMING BLOOD.

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Keyword(s): Boyfriend ; DEATH ; Girlfriend ; MURDER ; PARKING ; Urban Legend ; VIOLENT

James Callow Keyword(s): DECAPITATION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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Railroad Tracks

Lift up your feet when you cross railroad tracks, or you will lose your boyfriend.

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Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Boyfriend ; CUSTOM ; RAILROAD ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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RAILROAD TRACKS

WHILE RIDING IN A CAR, IF YOU PASS OVER ANY RAILROAD TRACKS
AND DO NOT PICK UP BOTH YOUR FEET OFF THE FLOOR, YOU WILL LOSE
YOUR BOY FRIEND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Boyfriend ; FEET ; Railroad Tracks ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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RAILROAD TRACKS

TO KEEP YOUR BOY FRIEND, WHEN DRIVING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS,
A GIRL MUST LIFT HER LEFT FOOT OFF THE CAR FLOOR AND TOUCH
THE ROOF OF THE CAR WITH HER TWO INDEX FINGERS.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Boyfriend ; Railroad Tracks ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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