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HER GRANDMOTHER IN KENTUCKY USED TO TELL HER THIS:
IF YOU START A DRESS ON FRIDAY, IT MUST BE DONE
BY THE NEXT FRIDAY OR ELSE THE WEARER WON'T
OUTLIVE THE DRESS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO ; KENTUCKY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 09-07-1965

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FORMULA FOR DOING WELL ON AN EXAMINATION:

I JUST TRY TO RELAX AND NOT WORRY ABOUT IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 07-00-1973

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FORMULA FOR DOING WELL ON AN EXAMINATION:
TELL MYSELF NOT TO WORRY.
AFTER STUDYING WHAT YOU THINK YOU NEED, DO SOMETHING FUN
OR COMPLETELY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 07-00-1973

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FORMULA FOR DOING WELL ON AN EXAMINATION:

TRY TO GET AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE.
AT LEAST DRINK SOME JUICE FOR BREAKFAST, IF NOT MORE.
GET TO CLASS PLENTY EARLY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 07-00-1973

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FORMULA FOR DOING WELL ON AN EXAMINATION:
DO A LOT OF PRAYING TEST DAY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 07-00-1973

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FORMULA FOR DOING WELL ON AN EXAMINATION:

I ALWAYS WEAR JEANS AND A TEE SHIRT, BUT IT DOESN'T DO A LOT
OF GOOD. I ALWAYS USE A PENCIL IF I CAN SO I CAN CHANGE MY
MIND. I TRY TO GET A LOT OF SLEEP AND NOT GET UPSET WITH
ANYONE, ESPECIALLY MY BOYFRIEND.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 07-00-1973

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FORMULA FOR DOING WELL ON AN EXAMINATION:
USE SAME DRESS HABITS WHEN I MAKE AN "A" ON A TEST LIKE
BRUSHING MY TEETH THE SAME WEAR (SIC), WEARING MY HAIR
SAME WAY, WEARING THE SAME SHOES.
STUDY THE MATERIAL AT THE SAME TIME,FOR SAME HOURS, IN SAME
PLACE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 07-00-1973

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RITA MILLER, A STUDENT AT WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, WAS HIRED
TO ENTER SOME PAPERS FOR A SEMINAR INTO THE COMPUTER VIA THE
ADMINISTRATIVE TERMINAL SYSTEM (ATS). THE PAPERS WOULD THEN BE
RETYPED ON ATS IN A STANDARD FORMAT WITH NO ERRORS. AS WAS
THE PREVAILING STYLE, RITA'S HAIR WAS QUITE LONG. SHE BENT
OVER ONE OF THE ATS TYPEWRITER TERMINALS WHICH WAS BEING USED
TO OUTPUT A PREVIOUSLY ENTERED PAPER, AND HER HAIR GOT CAUGHT
IN THE MACHINE. THE TYPEWRITER CONTINUED TYPING UNTIL SOME-
ONE HAD THE PRESENCE OF MIND TO SHUT IT OFF. BY THAT TIME,
RITA'S HAIR WAS COMPLETELY WRAPPED AROUND THE ROD WHICH HOLDS
THE TYPE ELEMENT, AND RITA'S CHEEK WAS NEARLY RESTING ON THE
COVER OF THE TYPEWRITER. ALL ATTEMPTS TO FREE HER BY THE
PERSONNEL IN THE OFFICE FAILED, AND IT BEGAN TO LOOK AS THOUGH
HER HAIR WOULD HAVE TO BE CUT. HOWEVER, A CALL TO THE IBM
CUSTOMER ENGINEER (WHO LATER SAID IT WAS THE MOST INTERESTING
CALL HE HAD EVER RECEIVED!), RESULTED IN A DISMANTLING OF
THE MACHINE AND IN FREEING RITA FROM HER TEMPORARY BONDAGE.
RITA NOW HAS SHORT HAIR.

Submitter comment: THIS EVENT OCCURRED IN THE SUMMER OF 1971.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 06-00-1973

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A DATA PROCESSING STUDENT TOOK A FRIEND TO THE COMPUTER CENTER
WITH HIM. THE FRIEND WAS QUITE INTERESTED IN THE MACHINE AND
ALL THE BUTTONS AND LIGHTS. HE SAW A LARGE RED KNOB AND ASKED,
"WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I PULL THIS?" AS HE PROCEEDED TO PULL IT.
THE RED KNOB WAS THE EMERGENCY SWITCH ON THE MACHINE, AND
HIS PULLING THE KNOB RESULTED IN THE DISCONNECTION OF MOST
OF THE INTERNAL WIRING OF THE COMPUTER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 06-00-1973

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CORN PONES

TAKE TWO CUPS OF BUTTERMILK, TSP. OF SALT,
TSP. OF BAKING POWDER, TSP. OF BAKING SODA
AND ENOUGH WHITE CORN MEAL SO IT WILL ALL
STICK TOGETHER. STIR IN FOUR TBLS. OF
OF MELTED BACON FAT. TAKE A HANDFUL OF MIXTURE
AND ROLL INTO AN OVAL BALL. PLACE BALLS IN A
GREASED IRON SKILLET AND BAKE AT 450 DEGREES FOR
45 MINUTES. REMOVE FROM OVEN, SLICE OPEN,
FILL WITH BUTTER AND ENJOY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food

Date learned: 00-00-1944

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PROVERB: UGLY WOMAN

SHE'D UGLY TEN MEN AND A COLLIE DOG TO DEATH.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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PROVERB

HOG WILD AND PIG CRAZY ABOUT THAT BOY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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EAT WHAT YOU CRAVE OR YOU'LL HAVE A MARKED BABY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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ONE CAN MARK A BABY THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF PREGNANCY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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LAST TWO WEEKS IN PREGNANCY DON'T WALK UP STEPS OR
RUN A SEWING MACHINE

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IF YOU CARRY A BABY HIGH DURING PREGNANCY, IT'S A GIRL
IF YOU CARRY A BABY LOW DURING PREGNANCY, I'S A BOY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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NIGGER DIE

THE NAME OF THIS COMMUNITY, NIGGER DIE, ACCORDING
TO THE TRADITION, RECEIVED ITS NAME FROM AN EVENT
THAT OCCURRED THERE MANY YEARS AGO. (INCIDENTALLY,
THE REAL NAME OF THE COMMUNITY IS MOUNT ZION, BUT
MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY CALL IT THIS OTHER NAME.)
IT IS SAID THAT A NEGRO MAN WAS CAUGHT IN A SNOW
STORM, AND IN (AN) EFFORT TO ESCAPE THE STORM HE
CRAWLED INTO A HOLLOW TREE STUMP. A DAY OR TWO
LATER, HE WAS FOUND THERE, FROZEN TO DEATH, HENCE
ITS NAME.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAGNOLIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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CEDAR BALL TEA TO MAKE A WOMAN MISCARRY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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GET (DRINK?) CORNSILK TEA FOR PERIODS TO COME ON

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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BABIES GET A MOLE WHEN THE MOTHER DOESN'T EAT DRIED APPLES
DURING PREGNANCY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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