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IF YOU FIND A BUTTON, COUNT THE HOLES IN IT AND YOU WILL
RECEIVE SOME MONEY IN THAT NUMBER OF DAYS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK TO GIVE ANYONE A SHARP OBJECT,
SUCH AS A KNIFE, A PAIR OF SCISSORS--FOR A PRESENT. IT WILL
CUT YOUR LOVE. THE PERSON RECEIVING THE OBJECT SHOULD GIVE
THE OTHER PERSON A PENNY OR SOMETHING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-03-1968

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PEOPLE USED TO SAY THAT IF YOU DREAM ABOUT CATCHING FISH AT
NIGHT YOU WOULD GET MONEY THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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OLD PEOPLE USED TO SAY THAT WHEN YOU HEARD THE FIRST DOVE YOU
HEARD THAT YEAR, IF YOU WERE STANDING UP YOU WOULD BE IN GOOD
HEALTH ALL YEAR, BUT IF YOU WERE SITTING DOWN, YOU WOULD BE
IN BAD HEALTH ALL YEAR.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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WHEN LARGE DEAD LIMBS FALL OUT OF THE TREES WHEN THE WIND IS
NOT BLOWING, IT IS A SIGN OF RAIN.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

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

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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THE NIGHT THAT UNCLE TROY DIED, MAMA AND PAPA AND SOME OTHERS
SETTING UP WITH UNCLE TROY HEARD SOME DOGS FIGHTING IN THE
HALL. PAPA WENT TO THE DOOR AND KICKED AT THE DOGS, BUT
NOTHING WAS THERE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

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

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF KEROSENE LAMPS THAT ARE FULL GO OUT, SOMEONE DIES. THE NIGHT
VIRGINIA ANN WAS BORN BOTH KEROSENE LAMPS WENT OUT. EVERYONE
THOUGHT VIRGINIA AND VIRGINIA ANN WOULD DIE, BUT FOURTEEN
DAYS LATER MAMA AND ERNEST DIED.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.14

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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DREAM OF A HORSE AND IT IS A SIGN OF DEATH. ALSO A COW THAT
LOWS (CALLS) ONE TIME AT NIGHT IS A SIGN OF DEATH. I HAVE
WOKE UP AT NIGHT AND HEARD A COW LOW AND I WILL LIE AWAKE FOR
HER TO LOW AGAIN.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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A PICTURE THAT FALLS OFF THE WALL IS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: MY SISTER-IN-LAW BELIEVES THIS AND SAYS THAT THE WEEK BEFORE

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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IF THE WHIRLWIND GOES TO THE NORTH, IT IS A SIGN OF DROUGHT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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MAMA HAD GOT IN THE CLOTHES AND SHE LOOKED OUT AND SHE THOUGHT
SHE SAW SOMETHING SHE HAD DROPPED. SHE WENT TO PICK IT UP
AND THERE WAS NOTHING THERE. THAT NIGHT GRANDPA CHAPMAN
PASSED AWAY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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WHEN WE LIVED AT THE TRIBBLE PLACE, WE COULDN'T KEEP THE FRONT
DOOR LOCKED. IT WOULD CLICK AND COME OPEN. THE CHAIRS,
CANE-BOTTOMED CHAIRS, WOULD TURN OVER. MOSTLY THEY WERE THE
CHAIRS AROUND THE TABLE. AT NIGHT THE COVER WOULD BE PULLED
OFF THE BEDS. MY SISTER DIDN'T BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED UNTIL
SHE SPENT THE NIGHT WITH US. DURING THE NIGHT SHE WAS
AWAKENED BY THE COVER BEING PULLED OFF HER. ONE NIGHT
SOMETHING THAT SOUNDED LIKE A MIRROR BROKE, AWOKE US. WE GOT
UP AND COULDN'T FIND ANYTHING. ANOTHER NIGHT A LITTLE
ROUND BALL OF LIGHT WENT AROUND THE BED AND THEN WENT UP THE
STAIRS AND DISAPPEARED. THIS WAS ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE
ERNEST, MY BROTHER, TOOK SICK. A FEW NIGHTS LATER, I AWOKE
TO HEAR MY MOTHER CALLING, "MATTIE MAE" THREE TIMES. IT
SOUNDED LIKE IT WAS AT THE WINDOW AND I WENT OUT TO LOOK
FOR HER. NO ONE WAS THERE, BUT ABOUT A WEEK LATER ERNEST
AND MAMA BOTH PASSED AWAY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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WHEN TWO SPEAK THE SAME WORDS AT THE SAME TIME, TWO FOOLS
ARE COMING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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I'VE ALWAYS HEARD THAT FOR EVERY FOG IN AUGUST, THERE WILL BE A
SNOW THAT WINTER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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IF THE CORN EARS STAND UP, IT WILL BE A MILD WINTER; IF
THEY TURN DOWN, IT WILL BE A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IF THE SUN GOES DOWN BEHIND A CLOUD ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, IT WILL
RAIN BEFORE SUNDAY NIGHT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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