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WEDDING NIGHT

IF THE COUPLE WOULD NOT GO ON A HONEYMOON, NEIGHBORS WOULD
SERENADE OUTSIDE THEIR HOME, UNTIL THEY RECEIVED A TREAT OR DONATION

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Disturbing bride and groom Charivari Shivaree Belling

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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HOLY WEEK CUSTOM

THE FAMILY WOULD FAST DURING HOLY WEEK AND ABSTAINED FROM MEAT
AND SWEETS FROM HOLY WEDNESDAY TO EASTER SUNDAY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Holy Week

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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COUNTING GAME

THE MOTHER WOULD LAY TOOTHPICKS ON THE TABLE. THE CHILD WOULD
WOULD HAVE TO COUNT THE TOOTHPICKS. THE MOTHER WOULD THEN
EITHER ADD OR SUBRACT TOOTHPICKS. THE CHILD WOULD THEN COUNT THEM
AGAIN. THIS WOULD BE DONE OVER AND OVER UNTIL THE CHILD KNEW HOW
TO COUNT ACCURATELY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; TEACHING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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SWINGING PRETTY

AT LEAST TWO OR THREE CHILDREN PLAYED THIS GAME. ONE PERSON WOULD
BE "IT". THEY WOULD SWING THE OTHER CHILD AROUND AND THEN LET GO.
THE FUNNIEST OR PRETTIEST POSITION OR FACE THAT THE CHILD WOULD
LAND IN WOULD BE THE WINNER. THE CHILD WHO WAS "IT" WOULD DETERMINE
THE WINNER. THE WINNER THEN WOULD BECOME "IT".

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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IF YOU WISH SOMETHING GOOD ON THE THIRD SNEEZE, THE WISH WILL
COME TRUE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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SHINNY ON YOUR OWN SIDE

ONLY TWO PEOPLE WERE ALLOWED TO PLAY AT ONE TIME. EACH OF
THE CHILDREN WOULD GET A STICK AN DRAW A LINE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF
A CERTAIN AREA OF LAND. EACH WOULD STAY ON THEIR OWN SIDE OF THE
LINE AND ATTEMPT TO HIT A TIN CAN DOWN TO THEIR GOAL WHICH WAS AT
ON ONE OF THE ENDS OF THE LINE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1928

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ITCHING THE NOSE

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, THAT MEANS THAT YOUR BOYFRIEND IS COMING.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams P841.72

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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ITCHING THE NOSE

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, THAT MEANS THAT YOU WILL KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams P841.42

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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ONE SHOULD NEVER BURN TRASH ON SUNDAY. ONCE UPON A TIME
A MAN BURNED TRASH ON SUNDAY, DIED, AND WAS PLACED ON
THE MOON. THAT IS WHY THERE IS A MAN'S FACE ON THE MOON.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mythology P200.453

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEVER TICKLE A BABY'S FEET BECAUSE WHEN IT STARTS TO TALK, IT
WILL STUTTER.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth
SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A BIRD SHOULD HAPPEN TO GET IN THE HOUSE, THERE IS GOING TO
BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A HALO AROUND THE MOON FORECASTS RAIN FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF
TIME.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF, AS RAIN BEGINS TO FALL, YOU NOTICE THAT THE DROPS ARE LARGE,
THE RAIN WILL NOT LAST LONG.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE SMALL WHITE SPOTS THAT APPEAR UNDER THE FINGERNAIL ARE
SUPPOSED TO INDICATE THAT YOU HAVE TOLD A LIE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT,
RED SKY AT MORNING, SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment: RED SKY AT NIGHT MEANS FAIR WEATHER THE NEXT DAY, BUT A RED

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AN ITCHY HAND MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE MONEY SOON.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AN ITCHY NOSE MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE VISITED BY
"COMPANY."

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ITCHY FEET MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE A JOURNEY IN THE
NEAR FUTURE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEVER HANG A NEW CALENDAR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR
OR THAT NEW YEAR WILL BE FILLED WITH BAD LUCK.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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