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GIRLS SHOULDN'T WEAR PATENT LEATHER SHOES BECAUSE THEY WILL
REFLECT THEIR UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): TEMPTATION PROVOCATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A COMMON, THOUGH ENTIRELY ORAL, SUPERSTITION IS THE TYPICAL
VANDERBILT COED, OR T.V.C. SHE IS RICH, CONCEITED, AND
ALWAYS DATED UP A WEEK IN ADVANCE. IF NOT DATED UP, SHE
STILL REFUSES ANY OFFER FOR THE WEEKEND MADE AFTER WEDNESDAY
NIGHT, AND ALWAYS REFUSES NON-FRATERNITY MEN. THOUGH THIS
INFORMATION APPEARS IN NO CAMPUS PUBLICATIONS, IT HAS BEEN
PREVALENT FOR YEARS AMONG VANDERBILT MEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): Co-ed ; DATE ; DATING ; Female ; Fraternity ; Frigid ; Girl ; SEXISM ; Sorority ; Stereotype ; Vanderbilt University

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMALE WOMAN GIRL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

MAKE A WISH WHEN YOU GO UNDER A TREE THAT OVERHANGS THE ROAD
COMPLETELY AND YOUR WISH WILO COME TRUE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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BELIEF

IF A TURTLE BITES YOU, HE WON'T LET GO 'TIL IT THUNDERS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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SAYING

SEE A PIN, PICK IT UP
AND ALL DAY LONG, YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C646
BELIEF -- PC86

Date learned: 06-30-1973

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SALLY CARTER---GHOST

SALLY DIED OVER A HUNDRED YEARS AGO FROM PNEUMONIA. HER GRAVE
IS IN THE FAMILY GRAVEYARD LOCATED BEHIND HER HOME, THE
THORNTON HOUSE. ABOUT TWENTY YEARS AGO, A FAMILY REUNION WAS
HELD THERE. ONE COUSIN, A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD BASKETBALL PLAYER,
HAD TO SLEEP UPSTAIRS ON A COT.THE NEXT MORNING, HE WAS
FOUND SLEEPING IN HIS PARENT'S ROOM, HAVING MOVED THE COT.
HE WOULD SPEAK TO NO ONE UNTIL HIS UNCLE FINALLY ASKED WHAT
WAS WRONG. HE MOTIONED FOR HIS UNCLE TO FOLLOW HIM. THE
COUSIN WENT TO THE GRAVEYARD AND THEY FOUND SALLY'S
TOMBSTONE TIPPED OVER. HE THEN EXPLAINED, "DURING THE NIGHT,
A WOMAN CAME TO MY COT AND WOKE ME BY RUBBING MY FOREHEAD.
I WAS TERRIFIED AS SHE WAS A STRANGER AND APPEARED TRANSLUCENT.
SHE TOLD ME TO PLEASE GO TO THE GRAVEYARD. HER TOMBSTONE HAD
FALLEN AND WOULD I PLEASE REPLACE IT." ACCO RDING TO THE
WOMAN LIVING THERE NOW, THEY HAVE OFTEN HEARD SALLY WALKING
DOWN THE STAIRS AND SLAMMING THE BACK DOOR BEHIND HER. SHE
NEVER WALKS UP THEM, ONLY DOWN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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HOW TO CALL SALLY CARTER

IN A SEANCE, PEARLS MUST BE PRESENT FOR SALLY TO GIVE A SIGN.
IF THEY ARE AND SHE DOES, WHEN THE SEANCE IS OVER THE PEARLS
WILL HAVE DISAPPEARED.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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PROVERB: TAKING FOR GRANTED

YOU NEVER MISS THE WATER TILL THE WELL RUNS DRY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

THE ICE WILL BE OFF THE RIVER BY MIDNIGHT.

Submitter comment: ON A HOT DAY IN SUMMER SAY:

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

YOU SCARED MY MULE

Submitter comment: YOU SURPRISED ME.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

THAT TAKES THE RAG OFF THE BUSH!

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

SO DEEF HE CAN'T HEAR THUNDER.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): DEAF

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

SNAKE IT'D A BIT YA.

Submitter comment: CONTRACTION OF "IF IT HAD BEEN A SNAKE, IT WOULD HAVE
BIT YOU," MEANING THAT AN OBJECT A PERSON WAS HUNTING
WAS RIGHT AT HIS ELBOW.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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PROVERB

SMOKE FOLLOWS BEAUTY.

Data entry tech comment: I USED TO HEAR THIS FROM WOMEN WHO DIDN'T SMOKE CIGARETTES
WHEN THE SMOKE FROM OTHER PEOPLE'S CIGARETTES WENT IN THEIR
FACES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOT GIVEN

SLOW AS MOLASSES IN JANUARY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

SLICKER'N A GREASED PIG.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

SHE'S SO SKINNY SHE HAS TO STAND TWICE TO MAKE A SHADOW.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

NERVOUS AS A TOMCAT IN A ROOMFULL OF ROCKERS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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PROVERB

MY HOMETOWN'S SO SMALL, IF YOU BLINK DRIVING THROUGH IT,
YOU'LL MISS IT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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NOT GIVEN

HIS MIND'S AS LONG AS A PIECE OF STRING.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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