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WHEN YOU PLANT CROPS, YOU SHOULD PLANT THEM BY SIGN. PLANT
THEM WHEN YOU HAVE A SIGN IN LEGS OR LIMBS, SO IT WILL GROW
FASTER AND BE A RICH CROP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

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

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PROVERB

A BARKING DOG WON'T BITE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A BLACK CAT GOES IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU SHOULD SPIT ON THE
WINDSHIELD AND TIE A KNOT IN YOUR HANDKERCHIEF TO KEEP BAD
LUCK FROM STRIKING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 07-06-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO DRINK THE BEER WITH THE PRICE STAMPED ON THE
TOP BEFORE DRINKING ONE OF THE OTHER BEERS IN THE SIX-PACK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 07-06-1970

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IF YOU SEE A BUZZARD, NOT FLAPPING HIS WINGS UNTIL OUT OF
SIGHT, MAKE A WISH AND IT WILL COME TRUE. ALSO, IT MEANS
YOU WILL BE GOING ON A TRIP BY PLANE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-09-1970

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IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO COME INTO SOME MONEY
AND IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO SHAKE HANDS
WITH A STRANGER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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IF A BLACK CAT RUNS IN FRONT OF YOU, MAKE AN "X" ON THE BOTTOM MMOF YUR SHOE AND IT WILL CROSS OUT THE BAD LUCK. IT WON'T BRING
YOU GOOD LUCK, IT JUST CROSSES OUT THE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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IF YOU GET A NEW DRESS AND LET SOMEONE WEAR IT BEFORE YOU HAVE
WORN IT, IT WILL BRING YOU BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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IF YOU BORROW SALT FROM SOMEONE, DON'T PAY IT BACK, BECAUSE
IF YOU DO, IT MEANS YOU AND THAT PERSON WILL HAVE A FIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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WHEN YOU GO OVER A BRIDGE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO HOLD YOUR FEET
UP, SO THEY WON'T GET WET AND YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO PUT YOUR
HANDS OVER YOUR HEAD TO HOLD THE BRIDGE UP, SO IT WON'T FALL
ON YOU. IF YOU DON'T HOLD YOUR FEET UP, YOU LOSE YOUR
BOYFRIEND, AND IF YOU FORGET TO HOLD THE BRIDGE UP, YOUR
BOYFRIEND WON'T KISS YOU WHEN HE SEES YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU LIGHT THREE CIGARETTES OFF OF ONE MATCH, IT MEANS BAD
LUCK IS IN THE FUTURE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU KISS THE HEM OF YOUR DRESS WHEN IT IS TURNED UP, YOU
WILL GET A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SEE A GRAY MULE, KISS YOUR THUMB AND THEN TOUCH THE
MIDDLE OF YOUR HAND WITH YOUR THUMB, AND THEN HIT YOUR PALM
WITH YOUR FIST. THIS WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE BRIDE SEES THE BRIDEGROOM ON THE DAY OF THE WEDDING, IT
WILL BRING THEM BAD LUCK IN THEIR FUTURE LIFE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bride and groom must not see each other
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.545

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SHE SAID THAT IT IS BAD LUCK TO TAKE ANYTHING OUT OF A
GRAVEYARD THAT DOESN'T BELONG TO YOU; FLOWERS OR ANY OTHER
ITEM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Keyword(s): STEALING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IF A ROOSTER CROWS AT MIDNIGHT SOMEONE IS GOING TO DIE. IT
WILL BE SOMEONE WHO YOU KNOW AND LIKE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A ROOSTER COMES TO YOUR DOOR AND CROWS TWICE, IT MEANS A
STRANGER IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU GET A PHONE CALL ON NEW YEAR'S MORNING, YOU WILL GET
A SAD MESSAGE SOMETIME THAT DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SHE SAID THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER LET A WOMAN COME TO YOUR HOUSE
ON NEW YEAR'S DAY BECAUSE IT BRINGS BAD LUCK. SHE SAID THAT ONE
DAY A LADY CAME TO HER HOUSE ON THIS DAY AND IT MADE HER
CALENDAR THAT SHE LOVED FALL OFF THE WALL AND BURN UP.
ALSO SHE SAID THAT ONE TIME A MAN AND WOMAN CAME TO HER
HOUSE AND A FEW DAYS AFTER THEY HAD GONE, ONE OF HER
DOGS DIED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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