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VOODOO PEOPLE CAN MAKE YOU DO THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO DO.

Where learned: Arkansas ; PINE BLUFF

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

Date learned: 01161984CA

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Never put your purse on the floor; if you do you'll always be
broke.

Submitter comment: Ruth says she learned this from her mother, Mary Edmonson, who
was born in Arkansas in 1899.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Keyword(s): POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001940S

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Do not eat fish and watermelon together, do not drink corn
liquor and eat bananas, do not eat fish and milk together.

James Callow comment: "If you eat bananas after drinking beer or whiskey, it will
kill you (... student, Negro, Cleveland, 1959)"; "if you eat
bananas after drinking whiskey, you will die in agony" (...
barber, Negro, Cleveland, 1956)" -- Puckett, Ohio, nos. 27489,
27490.

Where learned: Camben ; Arkansas

James Callow Keyword(s): Incompatible foods

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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Placing baking soda in a watermelon will cause stomach cramps
and diarrhea.

Submitter comment: This informant's neighbor had a watermelon patch. Other
people were stealing watermelons from him. He cut a small hole
on the underside of the watermelon while it was still on the vine
laying on the ground, poured in baking soda, so those stealing
the watermelon would "pay" for stealing from his patch.

James Callow comment: Cf. Puckett, Ohio, no. 27498: "Watermelon and soda bicarb
taken together will kill you."

Where learned: Camben ; Arkansas

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1944

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Old folks would say when you comb your hair, any excess should
be thrown in running water (stream, brook, etc.) This would
make your hair grow. but if you throw it on the ground, the
birds would get it and use it to build their nest which would
cause you to have a ear ache.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Running water
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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Old folks would wear rabbit's foot around their neck for good
luck.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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On Easter Sunday morning, the old folks would say the sun would
shout.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Sun

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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If you wash your hair in the first May rainwater, it will grow.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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SIGNS OF BAD LUCK

IT'S BAD LUCK TO LAUGH BEFORE GETTING OUT OF BED OR BEFORE
BREAKFAST.
LAUGH BEFOARE YOU EAT,
CRY BEFORE YOU SLEEP.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-06-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT LORE

SOMEONE IS THINKING ABOUT YOU IF YOUR FACE FEELS SUDDENLY HOT.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-05-1972

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, EXPECT TO RECEIVE A GIFT OR MONEY.
IF THE RIGHT HAND ITCHES, EXPECT TO SHAKE HANDS WITH A STRANGER.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-04-1972

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SUPERSTITION

IF THE RIGHT EAR BURNS, SOMEONE IS SAYING NICE THINGS ABOUT YOU.
IF THE LEFT EAR BURNS, SOMEONE IS CRITICIZING YOU.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-04-1972

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU SNEEZE BEFORE BREAKFAST, YOU WILL HAVE COMPANY BEFORE NOON.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-04-1972

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SIGNS OF BAD LUCK

IT'S BAD LUCK TO RUN OUT OF SALT ON NEW YEAR'S DAY BECAUSE IT
MEANS POVERTY ALL YEAR.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-05-1972

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TYPES OF REMEDIES

ONE SAYS SHE BLOWS ON A BURN AND MUTTERS, "GO OUT FIRE, COME IN
FROST."

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-06-1972

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TYPES OF REMEDIES

THE CONJURER RUBS THE WART WITH A PENNY AND GIVES IT TO A BOY.
AS SOON AS THE PENNY IS SPENT THE WAIT GOES AWAY.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-04-1972

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IDEAS ABOUT HEALTH

TO RELIEVE CRAMPS IN LEGS AND/OR CURE BUNIONS, TURN THE
SUFFERER'S SHOES UPSIDE DOWN AND PLACE UNDER THE BED.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-05-1972

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IDEAS ABOUT HEALTH

IN ORDER TO STOP "NIGHT SWEATS" SET A PAN OF WATER UNDER THE BED.
IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE SEEN WITHIN THREE DAYS.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-06-1972

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IDEAS ABOUT HEALTH

INSANITY IS BROUGHT ON BY SLEEPING OFTEN IN THE MOONLIGHT.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-06-1972

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See a shooting star in the sky, someone is going to die.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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