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WHEN A FELLOW IS GOING SOMEWHERE AND HE KNOCKS HIS LEFT LEG
AGAINST A STONE, THAT IS A BAD OMEN. THAT SIMPLY TELLS THE
FELLOW THAT DANGER WILL BEFALL HIM WHERE HE IS GOING. THUS IT
IS ADVISABLE FOR SUCH A PERSON TO GO BACK HOME IF POSSIBLE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID IT WITH ASSURANCE.

Where learned: NIGERIA ; KABBA

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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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 THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BRAIN
CONTROLS THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BODY,
AND THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN
CONTROLS THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BODY,
OBVIOUSLY, LEFTHANDED PEOPLE ARE THE
ONLY PEOPLE IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS!!

Submitter comment: GROWING UP AND BEING LEFTHANDED WAS
NOT AN EASY TASK. TODAY, STILL, SCHOOLS
DON'T THINK OF HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO
BE LEFTHANDED AND WRITE ON A DESK
MADE FOR RIGHTHANDED PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LEFT HAND, LEFTHAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-00-1987

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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 right ear is ringing, someone is saying good
things about you. If your left ear rings, someone is
saying bad things about you.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; Carbon Hill

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001950S

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If your left eyebrow itches something bad will happen.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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When a person in Saint Thomas gets in trouble or is "put
down" by someone else, another person will pull the bottom
of his right eye down quickly and say "Bo Bo."

Submitter comment: The collector has no idea what it means but the gesture is
done frequently among children and the adult usually does
not see it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-00-1991

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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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If your left eye jumps, that means someone is going to make
you mad.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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When your right hand itch, it means that you will be getting
some money.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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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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If your left eye jumps, money is on its way.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Eye twitch

Date learned: 02-10-1992

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If your right hand itch, look for money to come your way.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

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If your left hand itch, you are going to lose the money you
have.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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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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