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A POSTAGE STAMP PUT ON A LETTER UPSIDE DOWN MEANS THAT THE
WRITER LOVES THE PERSON TO WHOM HE IS SENDING THE LETTER. IT
IS READ AS "I LOVE YOU."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Word Letter
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHITE MARKS ON YOUR FINGERNAILS SHOW HOW MANY BOYFRIENDS
YOU HAVE ON A ONE TO ONE RATIO.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF A CHILD IS BORN BALDHEADED, HE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HAIR.
IF HE IS BORN WITH A LOT OF HAIR THEN HE WILL BE BALD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST REVERSAL COMPENSATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU DROP A KNIFE, YOU''LL HAVE A MAN AS A VISITOR; A
FORK, A WOMAN; AND A SPOON, A CHILD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR DREAM AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN,
OTHERWISE, YOU'LL EITHER HAVE BAD LUCK OR YOUR DREAM WON'T
COME TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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A DOG HOWLING AT NIGHT MEANS THAT SOMEONE IS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES IT MEANS THAT YOU WILL BE
RECEIVING SOME MONEY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF SOMEONE SWEEPS UNDER YOUR FEET WITH A BROOM, SPIT ON THE
BROOM TO BREAK THE CURSE OF NOT EVER GETTING MARRIED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU DREAM ABOUT THE SAME PERSON THREE TIMES IT MEANS
THAT SOMETHING BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THAT PERSON.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHEN WALKING DOWN A SIDEWALK, IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK IT'LL
BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU DROP A DISH RAG IN THE HOUSE, TAKE IT OUT AND BURY
IT IN THE BACKYARD OR YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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A HAT ON A BED...

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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AN UMBRELLA OPEN INDOORS...

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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AN UMBRELLA OVER YOUR HEAD INDOORS...

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, SPIT AND SAY, "DANN (DAMN?)
BLACK CAT!" OR YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU LIGHT THREE CIGARETTES, CIGARS, ETC. ON ONE MATCH,
YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHEN LITTLE, I CALLED CONVERTIBLES "BROKEN CARS" AND MY
FAMILY STILL USES MY TERM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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HASTE MAKES WASTE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP.
MEANING TRUE BEAUTY IS INSIDE, NOT OUTSIDE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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