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STEPPING INTO "SHIT" BRINGS GOOD LUCK, SPECIALLY IF IT IS THE
LEFT FOOT.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TO INCREASE FINANCES, CARRY A VERSE FROM THE BIBLE IMPRINTED ON A
SMALL CARD IN YOUR LEFT POCKET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Magic Book
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-19-1987

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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 accidentally spill salt on the table,
you should sprinkle it over your left shoulder
for good luck.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P479
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00001970S

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If your nose itches on the left side it means a strange man is
coming to your house, but if your nose itches on the right side it
means a strange woman is coming to your house.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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It has recently become popular for males to wear an earring in
one ear. Frequently the ear that the earring is worn in is used to
tell the sexual preference of the wearer. The saying "left is
right and right is wrong" tells that an earring in the left ear
means that the wearer is heterosexual and an earring in the right
ear means that the wearer is gay or homosexual.

Submitter comment: This has become popular in the early 1990s.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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TO KEEP A HAG FROM BOTHERING YOU WHILE SLEEPING, PLACE ONE FOOT OF
YOUR SHOES AT THE HEAD OF YOUR BED AND THE OTHER FOOT AND THE
FOOT OF YOUR BED

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES ON THE RIGHT SIDE, A WOMAN IS COMING;
ON THE LEFT SIDE AND A MAN IS COMING.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

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

Date learned: 09-12-1973

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WART CURE:
PRICK THE WART WITH A THORN AND THEN THROW THE THORN
OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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BED:
IT IS SAID TO BE BAD LUCK TO GET OUT OF BED ON THE WRONG
SIDE, THAT IS, THE LEFT SIDE. A PERSON WHO IS HAVING A
BAD DAY IS OFTEN SAID TO HAVE "GOTTEN UP ON THE WRONG
SIDE."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

Date learned: 00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU THROW
SOME SALT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Conversions Food and drink

Date learned: 07-04-1973

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RIDDLE

ON WHICH SIDE OF A CHURCH DOES A CYPRESS TREE GROW?
-- THE OUTSIDE.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT EAST WEST

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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RIDDLE

IF A ROOSTER LAID AN EGG ON TOP OF A ROOF, WHICH WAY WOULD
IT FALL?
-- ROOSTERS DON'T LAY EGGS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; LEFT RIGHT EAST WEST

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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RIDDLE

IF A ROOSTER LAID AN EGG ON THE TOP OF A ROOF, WHICH WAY
WOULD THE EGG ROLL?
-- NEITHER, ROOSTERS DON'T LAY EGGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMAL LEFT RIGHT EAST WEST

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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RIDDLE

IF A DIESEL WERE HEADING UP A HILL INTO A SEVENTY MILE AN
HOUR CROSS WIND WHICH WAY WOULD THE SMOKE GO?
-- NO DIRECTION BECAUSE DIESELS DON'T SMOKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT NORTH EAST WEST

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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