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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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326 Youth Who Wanted to Learn What Fear Is

There once was a little girl that claimed she was very
brave, and wasn't afraid of anything. So one day her
brothers dared her to go to the grave yard to steal a
tombstone and bring it back to show them. The little girl
did indeed go to the graveyard to get that tombstone but
never returned. What everyone says that happened was that as
she was putting her dress over the stone to carry it out the
stone fell on her dress and pulled her down. Of course the
little girl thought that the spirit of the grave was tugging
on her dress, and she was so scared that she died right there
on the spot.

Where learned: IOWA ; Des Moines

James Callow Keyword(s): dying of fright ; FEAR TEST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: 00-00-1910

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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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Right hand itching

If your right hand itches, you will receive money.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT HAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

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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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AFTER AN OLD LADY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD DIED, THE BOYS WHO HAD
HATED HER WHILE SHE WAS LIVING, TOLD ONE OF THE LITTLE GIRLS
OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT THEY WOULD GIVE HER $25.00 IF SHE
WOULD GO STICK A FORK IN THIS LADY'S GRAVE. ONE NIGHT AS SHE
WENT TO GET HER $25.00, SHE TOOK THE FORK WITH HER AND
QUICKLY STABBED IT IN HER GRAVE. HOWEVER, AS SHE TURNED
TO RUN AWAY, SHE FELT A TUG AT HER SKIRT. NOT REALIZING THAT
THE FORK HAD CAUGHT SOME OF HER SKIRT, SHE THOUGHT IT WAS THE
LADY GRABBING HER AND SHE DIED OF A HEART ATTACK ON THE GROVE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): DEATH FROM FRIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 07-01-1970

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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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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

ON THE UP AND UP.

Submitter comment: IMPROVING; BECOMING BETTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): LEGAL RIGHT HONEST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 05-01-1972

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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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