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BELIEF

IT'S BAD LUCK TO SEW ON FRIDAY OR SUNDAY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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DO NOT SWEEP OUT TRASH FROM HOUSE AFTER DARK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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IF (YOU) SEE REDBIRD, SPIT OVER LEFT SHOULDER AND MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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IF RIGHT EYE JUMPS, GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Eye twitch
BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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IF LEFT EYE JUMPS, SPIT ON FINGER AND CROSS EYE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Eye twitch
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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IT BRINGS GOOD LUCK WHEN A BABY CRIES WHEN HE IS BEING
BAPTISED. IN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CHILDREN ARE BAPTISED
AS INFANTS. IF THEY DON'T CRY WHEN THE HOLY WATER IS
SPRINKLED ON THEM (ON HEAD) WHOEVER IS HOLDING BABY SHOULD
PINCH HIM JUST A LITTLE BIT.

Submitter comment: KNOWN ALL MY LIFE FROM PRESBYTERIANS IN LOUISVILLE,

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

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IF YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR AT NIGHT, YOU WILL SEE YOUR
EVIL SIDE OR THE SELF THAT THE DEVIL RULES.

Submitter comment: OUR NEGRO MAID, CELANE DENY, BELIEVED THIS. SHE WOULD NEVER

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BURN BRUSH ON SUNDAY.

Submitter comment: BELIEVED IN KENTUCKY IN FARMING AREAS. THE IMPLICATION IS

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKFORT ; KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE ; PRESTONSBURG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEARING AN EMERALD WILL GUARANTEE SAFETY IN CHILDBIRTH

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS LEGENDARY PROMISE FROM A JEWELER IN

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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THE FIRST TWELVE DAYS OF THE NEW YEAR WILL TELL THE TYPE
OF WEATHER FOR THE COMING TWELVE MONTHS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A BIRD FLIES IN THE HOUSE, A DEATH WILL FOLLOW. THE
MAID WE HAD WHEN I WAS A CHILD, AND WHO WORKED FOR ME LATER,
BELIEVED THIS. HER NAME WAS CELANE DENY, SHE WAS ABOUT
20, IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, IN 1940. SHE WOULD GET
HYSTERICAL IF A BIRD GOT IN THE HOUSE. IF IT CAME DOWN
THE CHIMNEY SHE WOULD SCREAM AND RUN OUT OF THE ROOM WHERE
IT WAS. THEN SHE WOULD OPEN THE DOORS AND WINDOWS AND
HIDE BEHIND THE COUCH OR RUN IN THE CLOSET AND JUST PEEK
OUT. IT WAS BAD LUCK FOR HER IF IT TOUCHED HER. SHE
WOULD KEEP MY SISTER AND ME RIGHT WITH HER SO IT
COULDN'T TOUCH US EITHER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN ; 00-00-1940

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DEATHS COME IN THREES.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THIS BELIEF ALL MY LIFE, FIRST IN LOUISVILLE,

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LEBANON ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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RAIN PROOF

TWO MAIDEN LADIES WENT TO A LIVERY STABLE AND TOLD THE
ATTENDANT THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO GO FOR A RIDE AND
THAT THEY WOULD LIKE A TAME HORSE. THE ATTENDANT
HITCHED UP THE HORSE AND BUGGY AND ASSURED THEM THAT
THEY WOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE, BUT TOLD THEM, "BE SURE
AND KEEP THE REIN FROM UNDER THE TAIL." AFTER SOME
HOURS THEY RETURNED ALL SMILES, SAYING, "WE HAD A VERY
NICE RIDE, NO TROUBLE AND WE TOOK TURNS HOLDING
THE UMBRELLA OVER HIS TAIL."

Submitter comment: SISTER SAYS THAT SHE HEARD IT FIRST FROM A HOSPITAL
PATIENT IN 1963 SHE THINKS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON REIN RAIN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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PROPOSITION

COUNTRY GIRL AT A DANCE WHERE LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WERE
TO BE SERVED.
BOY: PARDON ME, IS YOUR PROGRAM FILLED?
GIRL: NO SIR. IT WOULD TAKE MORE THAN TWO SKINNEY
SANDWICHES AND A GREEN OLIVE TO FILL MY PROGRAM.

Submitter comment: SISTER SENT THIS TO ME IN A LETTER AND NEGLECTED TO
INCLUDE WHERE SHE FIRST HEARD IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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UNINFORMED

A GREAT MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOTHING WRONG WITH THEM, APPARENTLY,
FORGET TO LET THEIR FACES KNOW ABOUT IT.

Submitter comment: NO RECORD OF SOURCE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): PEOPLE WHO DON,T SMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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GOOD OLD DAYS

NOTHING IS MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS
THAN A BAD MEMORY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; REMENISENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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THE PRESERVED TONGUE

ONE OF HIS (FATHER PLANCK'S) FORMER STUDENTS WAS MAKING OUT WITH
HIS GIRL FRIEND AND THEY STARTED FRENCHING. THERE WAS A SUDDEN
NOISE AND WHEN THE GIRL JUMPED, SHE BIT HER BOY FRIEND'S TONGUE
OFF. FATHERPLANCK THEN PRODUCED THE TONGUE, OR WHAT LOOKED LIKE
THE TONGUE, IN A JAR OF ALCOHOL. "LET THIS BE A LESSON TO YOU
BOYS," HE WOULD THEN PROCLAIM.

Submitter comment: FATHERPLANCK OF ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL IN LOUISVILLE USED TO TELL
THIS STORY TO HIS BIOLOGY CLASSES.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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THE PRESERVED TONGUE

ONE OF HIS (FATHER PLANCK'S) FORMER STUDENTS WAS MAKING OUT WITH
HIS GIRL FRIEND AND THEY STARTED FRENCHING. THERE WAS A SUDDEN
NOISE AND WHEN THE GIRL JUMPED, SHE BIT HER BOY FRIEND'S TONGUE
OFF. FATHER PLAN; THEN PRODUCED THE TONGUE, OR WHAT LOOKED LIKE
THE TONGUE, IN A JAR OF ALCOHOL. "LET THIS BE A LESSON TO YOU
BOYS," HE WOULD THEN PROCLAIM.

Submitter comment: FATHER PLANCK OF ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL IN LOUISVILLE USED TO TELL
THIS STORY TO HIS BIOLOGY CLASSES.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE ; SAINT XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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LITTLE CHILDREN WHO TWIRL AROUND MANY TIMES ARE TOLD
THAT THEY WILL START SCREAMING AND NEVER STOP.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P428
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NUMBER PLEASE

DID YOU KNOW EVE HAD A TELEPHONE?
NO, WHAT WAS THE NUMBER?
ADAM ATE ONE TOO (ADAM 812).
NO RECORD.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): TELEPHONE NUMBER

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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