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IF IT RAINS ON THE 17TH DAY OF JULY, RAIN WILL BE IN SIGHT
FOR THE NEXT FORTY DAYS. IT MIGHT NOT RAIN EVERY DAY, BUT
IT WILL BE CLOSE ENOUGH FOR YOU TO SEE IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 17
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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WHERE THE WIND IS AT SUNRISE ON NEW YEAR'S MORNING, IT WILL BE
MOST OF THE TIME FOR THE NEXT FORTY MORNINGS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.40
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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WHEN HITCHING UP MULES TO A WAGON, IF ONE STEPS OVER THE
TONGUE (OF THE WAGON), UNHITCH HIM, PUT HIM BACK IN THE
STALL, GIVE HIM AN EAR OF CORN, THEN CATCH HIM AGAIN AND
HARNESS HIM.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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WHERE I USED TO WORK UP IN WISCONSIN, THERE WAS THE SAYING,
"BUBBLE ON WATER--IT WILL RAIN ALL DAY."

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

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

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK TO MOCK A DOVE. IF YOU DO,
YOUR BROTHER WILL DIE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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BAD LUCK TO SHOOT A BLUE BIRD

PEOPLE USED TO SAY THAT LIGHTENING WOULD STRIKE YOUR HOUSE IF
YOU SHOT A BLUE BIRD.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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THE WAY I REMEMBER IT, IS THAT IF YOU HEARD YOUR FIRST DOVE
IN THE SPRING WHILE YOU WERE WALKING UPGRADE, YOUR FINANCES
WOULD GO UP ALL YEAR; IF YOU HEARD IT WHILE WALKING DOWNGRADE,
YOUR FINANCES WOULD GO DOWN ALL YEAR.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IF, WHEN PLANTING CORN, YOU MISSED A ROW (DRILL STOPPED UP) A
MEMBER OF THE FAMILY WOULD DIE THAT YEAR.
OF COURSE, THERE'S NOTHING TO IT, BUT I'VE KNOWN PEOPLE
WHO BELIEVED THIS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IF IT THUNDERS BEFORE SEVEN IN THE MORNING, IT WILL RAIN
BEFORE ELEVEN.

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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IT IS BAD LUCK TO MOVE A CAT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Keyword(s): RELOCATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO MOVE A BROOM; BUT IF YOU DO, YOU SHOULD CUT
OUT SOME OF THE STRAWS AND LEAVE THEM BEHIND.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Keyword(s): RELOCATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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WHEN YOU SPEND THE NIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME AT A STRANGE PLACE,
NAME THE CORNERS OF THE ROOM. THE ONE YOU ARE LOOKING AT WHEN
YOU WAKE UP IS THE ONE YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Fourths / Quarters
Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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I'VE ALWAYS HEARD THAT IT WAS BAD LUCK TO MOVE INTO A HOUSE THAT
HADN'T ALREADY BEEN FINISHED. IF YOU DID, ONE OF THE COUPLE,
EITHER THE HUSBAND OR WIFE WOULD DIE BEFORE THEY COULD FINISH
THE HOUSE. AUNT MATTIE AND UNCLE LUTHER MOVED INTO THIS HOUSE
BEFORE THIS ROOM WAS COMPLETED; THE CEILING HADN'T BEEN PUT
UP YET. AUNT MATTIE DIED BEFORE IT WAS FINISHED. I DON'T
KNOW WHETHER THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH HER DEATH OR NOT.
UNCLE LUTHER MOVED OUT AND THE BANK FINISHED THE ROOM.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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IF A RABBIT CROSSES ROAD IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU HAVE TO BREAK
STRING TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK, IF HE CROSSED TO LEFT. IF HE
CROSSED TO THE RIGHT, YOU TURN YOUR HAT AROUND UNTIL YOU GET
PASSED WHERE HE CROSSED. I'VE SEEN UNCLE BILLY DO THIS LOTS
OF TIMES. ANY KIND OF A STRING WOULD WORK--A THREAD OR ANYTHING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Gestures

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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THY USED TO SAY THAT IF YOU WOULD CUT OFF YOUR FINGERNAILS
THE FIRST MONDAY IN THE MONTH, YOU WOULD GET A PRESENT
BEFORE THE MONTH WAS GONE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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BAD LUCK TO GO BACK FOR SOMETHING.

IF YOU START OFF SOMEWHERE AND FORGOT SOMETHING, STOP AND MAKE
A CROSS MARK WITH YUR FOOT AND SPIT IN IT BEFORE GOING BACK
FOR IT.

Submitter comment: MY UNCLE BILLY USED TO DO THIS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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BAD LUCK TO CUT HAIR IN MARCH

IF YOU GET YOUR HAIR CUT IN MARCH, YOU WILL DIE BEFORE THE NEXT
MARCH.
I DON'T BELIEVE THIS, BUT I'VE ALWAYS HEARD IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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SOME PEOPLE SAY IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A HEN TO CROW.

Data entry tech comment: A ROOSTER IS SUPPOSED TO CROW.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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