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IF A BABY DOESN'T FALL OFF ITS CRIB BEFORE ITS FIRST YEAR, IT
WON'T LIVE TO OLD AGE. PARENTS USED TO PLACE THE CHILD NEAR
THE EDGE OF ITS BED SO IT WOULD FALL OFF.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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WHY IS A BARBER POLE RED AND WHITE STRIPED? RED STANDS
FOR BLOOD AND WHITE STANDS FOR BANDAGES BECAUSE THE BARBER
ALWAYS DID THE BLEEDING FOR ALL KINDS OF AILMENTS.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ROCKWOOD

Keyword(s): Ailments ; Bandages ; Barber ; Barber Pole ; Bleeding ; COLOR ; CURE ; DISEASE ; HAIR ; ILLNESS ; Pole ; PREVENTION ; Red ; SICKNESS ; Signal ; Symbolize ; White

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

CROOKED AS A DOG'S HIND LEG.

Submitter comment: SAID OF A LINE OR A PICTURE OR WHATEVER IS HANGING CROOKED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): BALANCE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE HUSK ON CORN IS REAL THICK, IT'LL BE A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PORTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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DO NOT GIVE AN OPEN KNIFE TO YOUR SWEETHEART; IT WILL CUT
YOUR LOVE IN TO(?) (TWO).

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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NEVER WASH CLOTHES ON JANUARY FIRST OR YOU WILL WASH AWAY A
MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO EAT THE POINT OF A PIE FIRST.; CUT THE POINT
OFF, PUSH IT TO ONE SIDE AND THEN EAT THE REST OF THE PIE. EAT
THE POINT LAST AND AS YOU DO, MAKE A WISH; THE WISH WILL COME
TRUE.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BRING A HOE INTO THE HOUSE.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BALANCE A CHAIR ON ONE LEG AND TWIRL IT
AROUND.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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IF YOU STORE RAINWATER FOR USE LATER, DO NOT LET ANY RAIN
RUN INTO THE STORAGE TANK IN THE MONTHS THAT DO NOT HAVE AN "R"
IN THE SPELLING OR THE WATER WILL HAVE WIGGLE TAILS IN IT.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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IF YOU ARE GOING SOMEWHERE AND HAVE TO GO BACK INTO THE HOUSE
AFTER SOMETHING YOU FORGOT, YOU MUST MAKE AN "X" MARK ON THE
GROUND WITH THE TOE OF YOUR SHOE OR ELSE BAD LUCK WILL BEFALL
YOU ON THE TRIP.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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ALWAYS SWEEP THE TRASH BEHIND THE DOOR BETWEEN CHRISTMAS DAY
AND NEW YEAR'S TO INSURE GOOD LUCK FOR A YEAR.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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NEVER SIT ON AN EMPTY TRUNK IF YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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ALWAYS COOK BLACK-EYED PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY SO YOU WILL (CAN)
HAVE MONEY COMING IN ALL THE YEAR.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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NEVER START TO BUILD A HOUSE ON FRIDAY OR THE HOUSE WILL
KNOW NOTHING BUT SADNESS.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WASH CLOTHES AFTER DARK.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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NEVER START A JOB ON FRIDAY THAT YOU CANNOT FINISH; IT WILL
BRING YOU BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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IF THE PALM OF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL HAVE VISITORS.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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IF THE PALM OF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL MEET A NICE
PERSON.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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IF YOU SEE A WHITE HORSE, MAKE A CROSS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
AND STAMP IT WITH YOUR FIST; THIS BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-23-1973

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