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RED SKIES AT NIGHT,
SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
RED SKIES IN MORNING,
SAILORS TAKE WARNING!

Submitter comment: AS A CHILD FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- PC88 PC88.800

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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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PROVERBS

YOU CAN'T THROW THE BALL BEFORE YOU CATCH IT.

Submitter comment: I DON'T REMEMBER

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW WON'T HURT YOU.

Submitter comment: {SOURCE} I DON'T REMEMBER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: {NONE

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PROVERB

A LITTLE HORSE SENSE HELPS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE NUMBERS 7 AND 11 ARE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: WHERE LEARNED: DON'T REMEMBER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Keyword(s): DICE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.11

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELT GAME

ONE PERSON IS GIVEN A LEATHER BELT. THE REST OF THE
PLAYERS, WHO ARE IN SHORTS, FORM A CIRCLE. THE PLAYER
WHO HAS THE BELT GOES AROUND THE CIRCLE UNTIL HE COMES
TO A PLAYER HE DISLIKES. HE TAPS THIS PERSON ON THE
SHOULDER. THIS IS THE SIGNAL FOR THE PERSON IN THE
CIRCLE TO RUN. THE PLAYER WITH THE BELT CHASES THE
PLAYER HE DISLIKES AROUND THE CIRCLE ONCE, HITTING
HIM WITH THE BELT AS MUCH AS HE CAN. AFTER GOING
AROUND ONCE THE PLAYER BEING BEATEN IS SAFE. THE
PLAYER HAVING THE BELT HAS TO PASS IT SOMEONE ELSE.
THE GAME CONTINUES.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS IN HIGH SCHOOL GYM CLASS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

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

Date learned: HIGH SCHOOL

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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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HICCUPS

DRINK A GLASS OF WATER WITHOUT BREATHING TO CURE HICCUPS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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STARLIGHT, STARBRIGHT
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT.
I WISH I MAY, WISH I MIGHT,
HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM SISTER.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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