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UNWIND CLOCK

IF A PERSON LETS THEIR ALARM CLOCK COMPLETLY UNWIND AND STOP TICKING
THE OWNER OF THE CLOCK WILL DIE IN HIS SLEEP

Submitter comment: ONE MAY LOOK AT THE CLOCK'S MAIN-SPRING AS ONE'S OWN LIFE SPAN.

Where learned: ALABAMA

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMPATHETIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00-00-1932

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PREDICTION

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

Where learned: ALABAMA

Subject headings: Observation

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HOT STEAM

A "HOT STEAM" IS SOMEBODY WHO CAN'T
GET TO HEAVEN, JUST WALLOWS AROUND
ON LONESOME ROADS AN' IF YOU WALK THROUGH ONE, WHEN YOU DIE YOU'LL
BE ONE TOO AN' YOU'LL GO AROUND AT
NIGHT SUCKING PEOPLE'S BREATH. YOU
CAN'T KEEP FROM PASSING THROUGH ONE. SOMETIMES THEY STRETCH ALL
THE WAY ACROSS THE ROAD, BUT IF YOU HAFTA GO THROUGH ONE YOU SAY:
ANGEL-BRIGHT, LIFE-IN-DEATH; GET
OFF THE ROAD, DON'T SUCK MY BREATH."
THIS KEEPS THEM FROM WRAPPING AROUND YOU.

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Where learned: ALABAMA ; "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Keyword(s): GHOST ; LITERATURE ; Quote ; Soul ; SUPERSTITION ; Tale

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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( ANIMAL BELIEF )

IF YOU ATE AN ANIMAL RAW, YOU COULD NEVER GET THE BLOOD OFF.

Data entry tech comment:

The collector has written ["To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee] on the card.

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ALABAMA

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BLOOD ; Clean ; Consume ; Eat ; FOOD ; meat ; Raw

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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NOT GIVEN

I LIKE HIM LIKE A HAIR ON A BISCUIT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): IRONY DISLIKE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

GREENER'N A GOURD.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

FIRST TIME I HEARD THAT JOKE I KICKED THE SLATS OUT OF
MY CRADLE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

FINER'N FROG HAIR.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

BUSIER THAN A ONE-ARMED PAPERHANGER.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

ANYBODY WHO'D DO THAT WOULD PUSH LITTLE CHICKENS IN
THE CREEK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): CRUELTY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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IN HUNTSVILLE IN JONE'S VALLEY THERE'S A
GRAVEYARD WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO AT NIGHT AND HEAR
"SCREAMING." JUDY FOSTER HEARD IT.
SUPPOSEDLY, IN THE 1800S THE JONES FAMILY WAS HAVING
A PARTY AND ONE OF THE JONES GIRLS WHO WAS A WICKED
GIRL LEFT THE PARTY EARLY. SHE NEVER CAME BACK AND
SO THE PARTIERS SEARCHED FOR HER AND FOUND HER BODY
LYING SCATTERED ALL OVER THE AREA AND ON HER HEAD
WAS A BLACK CROSS SIGN. TO THIS DAY SHE CAN BE
HEARD SCREAMING WHEN YOU ARE STANDING IN THE
GRAVEYARD.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; PEABODY ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1800

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A SURE SIGN THAT EASTER IS NEAR IS OBSERVED IN THE BLOOMING
OF THE DOGWOOD TREE. THIS TREE BLOOMS SYMBOLIC OF EASTER
BECAUSE THE WOOD OF THIS TREE WAS USED FOR THE CROSS ON
WHICH CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED. IN THOSE DAYS THE DOGWOOD
TREE GREW REAL LARGE, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS MISUSED, IT NOW
IS A VERY DWARFY TREE. THE PETALS IF EXAMINED CLOSELY
RESEMBLE A CROSS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P663
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS MAD AS AN OLD WET HEN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Keyword(s): ANGRY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-24-1970

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

HE TOOK OFF LIKE MOODY'S GOOSE.

Submitter comment: IN A HURRY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Keyword(s): RUSH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

HE STILL HASN'T GOTTEN UP FOOL'S HILL.

Submitter comment: MEANING HE LACKS MATURITY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO GIVE SCISSORS OR KNIVES AS GIFTS TO FRIENDS OR
KIN. IT WILL SEVER YOUR RELATIONSHIP.
IT (IF) KNIVES OR SCISSORS ARE GIVEN, THE RECEIVER SHOULD
PAY THE PERSON GIVING THE GIFT A PENNY SO THEIR FRIENDSHIP
WILL NOT BE SEVERED.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM HER MOTHER, MRS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
BELIEF -- P226 P226.4
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO RETURN BORROWED SALT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IF YOU WASH ON MONDAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY, SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY
WILL DIE BEFORE THE YEAR IS OUT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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DON'T THANK A FRIEND FOR A PLANT GIVEN AS A GIFT. IT WILL DIE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

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

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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WHEN A MULLEIN STALK BEGINS BLOOMING, BEND IT IN THE DIRECTION
THAT YOUR SWEETHEART LIVES. IF AFTER IT HAS BEEN BENT TO THE
GROUND, IT STRAIGHTENS UP AND LIVES, YOUR SWEETHEART LOVES YOU.
IF IT DIES, YOUR SWEETHEART DOESN'T LOVE YOU.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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