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{THE FATAL HAIRDO}

THERE WAS A WOMAN WHO WENT TO THE BEAUTY PARLOR TO GET A "BEE HIVE"
HAIRDO. THE HAIR IS RATTED AND PLACED ON A WAXED PAPER CONE AND
BUILT INTO A HIVE SHAPE. THERE WERE COCKROACH EGGS ON THE PAPER
AND THE WOMAN DIDN'T BOTHER TO WASH HER HAIR FOR A FEW WEEKS,
THE EGGS HATCHED. THE WOMAN AT FIRST THOUGHT THE ITCHING WAS DUE
TO HER NOT HAVING WASHED HER HAIR FOR SUCH A LONG TIME. IN FACT,
THE COCKROACHES ATE THROUGH TO HER BRAIN AND SHE DIED. PEOPLE
DISCOVERED THE COCKROACHES AFTER SHE HAD DIED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS STORY WHILE LIVING IN A SMALL TOWN IN
WESTERN OHIO, BELLEVUE, AROUND 1959.

Where learned: OHIO ; DETROIT ; BELLEVUE

James Callow Keyword(s): DEVASTATING COCKROACHES, NOT SPIDERS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU SEE A SPIDER SPINNING HER WEB IN THE MORNING YOU WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK. BUT, IF YOU SEE THE SPIDER SPINNING HER WEB AT
EVENING YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; JACKSONVILLE

Keyword(s): INSECTS: SPIDERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.33
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.33

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BLACK-AMERICAN BELIEF

WHEN A SPIDER SWINGS DOWN FROM A WEB
IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU WILL SEE A GOOD
FRIEND WHOM YOU ARE NOT EXPECTING.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

Keyword(s): SPIDER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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STEP ON A DADDY-LONGLEGS AND KILL IT, IT WILL RAIN FOR SURE.

Submitter comment: WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I KILLED ONE. IT HAILED SOON AFTER FOR

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MAINE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): SPIDER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-06-1968

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FARM BELIEF

PULL THE LONGEST LEG OFF A DADDY LONG-LEGS
AND THEY WILL LEAD YOU TO THE COWS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): SPIDER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 08-08-1968

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FATAL HAIRDO TALE

WHEN I WAS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IN NASHVILLE (1963-66)
THERE WERE A RASH OF FATAL HAIRDO STORIES CIRCULATING
AMONG THE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS. EVERYONE WHO TOLD THE
STORIES VOWED THAT THEIR VERSION WAS THE T R U E
VERSION. I CAN REMEMBER THAT THE GIRL
WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN A STUDENT AT STRATFORD HIGH
SCHOOL IN NASHVILLE, AND AT DONELSON HIGH SCHOOL
IN DONELSON, TENNESSEE WHICH IS A SUBURB OF NASHVILLE.
THE STORY BASICALLY WENT SOMETHING LIKE THIS:
THERE WAS THIS GIRL WHO HAD HER HAIR FIXED IN A
SPECIAL, ELABORATE WAY FOR A PROM OR SOME OTHER EVENT.
AFTER THE GIRL HAD HER HAIR DONE, FOR DAYS, AND EVEN
WEEKS AFTERWARDS, SHE ROLLED IT WITH TOILET PAPER EACH
NIGHT TO HOLD THE STYLE'S SHAPE AND NEVER BRUSHED IT OUT
BECAUSE SHE LIKED THE HAIRDO SO WELL. ONE DAY THIS GIRL
WAS SITTING IN CLASS AND BLOOD STARTED RUNNING DOWN
HER FACE. SHE FAINTED AND WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL.
AT THE HOSPITAL, HER HAIRDO WAS DISMANTLED AND A NEST
OF ROACHES WAS FOUND IN HER HAIR. THEY HAD BURROWED
AND EATEN THEIR WAY INTO HER HEAD AND INTO HER BRAIN
AND KILLED HER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ALSO SEE SAME BASIC STORY WITH A SPIDER IN IT.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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