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SUSPEND A WEDDING RING ON A STRING AND HOLD IT OVER
THE BELLY OF A PREGNANT WOMAN. IF THE RING SWINGS
ON AN AXIS ACROSS THE BELLY, THE BABY WILL BE A BOY.
IF IT SWINGS IN A CIRCLE, THE BABY WILL BE A GIRL.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN HER HOMETOWN OF PARIS, TENNESSEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P870 P870.542

Date learned: 08-10-1964

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FRENCH CUSTOM

OUTDOOR MARKETS ARE A FRENCH CUSTOM. OUT DOOR MARKETS ARE SET
UP THREE TIMES A WEEK. THEY ARE SET UP ON CERTAIN STREETS.
ALL THINGS ARE SOLD. THEY CAN BE FOUND IN ALL SECTIONS OF PARIS.
INDIVIDUAL SELLERS SELL IN THE OUTDOOR MARKETS.

Submitter comment: SEEN IN PARIS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; PARIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO KILL A CAT.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 06-19-1970

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IT'S BAD LUCK NOT TO KILL THE FIRST SNAKE YOU SEE.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 06-19-1970

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MAKE KRAUT WHEN SIGNS ARE BELOW THE STOMACH SO IT WILL BE
MORE SOUR.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): ALMANAC ; SAUERKRAUT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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A YELLOW-BREASTED BIRD MEANS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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IF YOU PULL A TOOTH IN HE SIGN OF THE HEART, IT WILL BLEED
WORSE.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): ALMANAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 06-19-1970

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IF IT RAINS THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH, IT WILL RAIN FIFTEEN
DAYS THAT MONTH.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.15
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 06-19-1970

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WHEN YOU PULL THE WISHBONE, THE PERSON WHO GETS THE SHORT PIECE
GETS MARRIED FIRST AND THE ONE WHO GETS THE LONG PIECE GETS
THE MOST DINNER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): CHICKEN FOWL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 06-19-1970

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WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT, IF SHE CARRIES THE BABY LOW, IT WILL
BE A BOY; IF SHE CARRIES IT HIGH, IT WILL BE A GIRL.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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ON A FULL MOON PLANT ANYTHING THAT GROWS ABOVE THE GROUND.
ON THE DARK OF THE MOON PLANT ANYTHING THAT GROWS BELOW
THE GROUND.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES, YOU'LL SHAKE HANDS WITH A STRANGER.
IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, YOU'LL GET A GIFT.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

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

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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TWIN DAYS IS A GOOD TIME TO PLANT CUCUMBERS AND FLOWERS.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): GEMINI ASTROLOGY ZODIAC

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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FULL MOON IS A GOOD TIME TO PLANT BEANS AND CORN.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IF THERE IS NOT A LOT OF WIND IN MARCH, THE TIMBER WILL
NOT GROW.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IF SUNSET IS RED, IT WILL BE A FAIR DAY TOMORROW.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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A DOG HOWLING OUTSIDE IS A BAD OMEN.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IF YOU HAVE YOUR HAIR CUT UNDER THE SIGN OF SAGGITTARIUS IT
WILL GROW THICKER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): ZODIAC ASTROLOGY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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THUNDER MAKES MILK SOUR.

Submitter comment: MRS. HUNT THINKS THAT IT IS THE HUMIDITY.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IF HORNETS' NESTS ARE CLOSE TO THE GROUND, IT WILL BE A
HARD WINTER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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