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CAIN AND ABLE

HOW LONG DID CAIN HATE HIS BROTHER?
AS LONG AS HE WAS ABLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IT FROM A PATIENT IN STS, MARY
AND ELIZABETH HOSPITAL IN LOUISVILLE, KY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): ABEL ; BIBLICAL ; NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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WET MELONS

WHY IS THERE SO MUCH WATER IN A WATERMELON?
BECAUSE IT WAS PLANTED IN THE SPRING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; SEASON FRIUT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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HAT TRICK

WHAT DID THE TIE SAY TO THE HAT?
YOU GO ON AHEAD, I AM GOING TO HANG AROUND.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION CLOTHING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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CANDLE TALK

WHAT DID ONE CANDLE SAY TO THE OTHER CANDLE?
ARE YOU GOING OUT TONIGHT?

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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IF YOU DREAM OF SNAKES, YOU ARE GOING TO DEFEAT ONE OF YUR
ENEMIES.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Untamed varieties
BELIEF -- Dreams P841.61

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU WEAR YOUR SORORITY PIN ALL NIGHT, THE FIRST NIGHT
YOU ARE INITIATED, IT'LL LAST FOREVER. (SAME IF YOU GET
PINNED, ENGAGED, ETC.)

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU PICK UP YOUR HUSBAND'S CLOTHES ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF
YOUR MARRIAGE, YOU WILL PICK THEM UP FOR THE REST OF YOUR
LIFE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PORK

IF YOU WERE SENT TO THE STORE FOR A YARD OF
PORK, WHAT WOULD YOU BRING HOME?
THREE PIGS FEET.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL MEASUREMENT MAMMAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH IT'S THE SIGN OF BAD
LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SING BEFORE BREAKFAST, YOU WILL CRY BEFORE SUPPER

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOU GET FLOWERS, GIVE THEM TWO BUFFERIN AND TWO
BUFFERIN EVERY DAY AFTER AND CHANGE THEIR WATER. THEY WILL
LIVE LONGER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): ASPIRIN PRODUCT--BRAND NAME=BUFFERIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DO NOT WASH CLOTHES ON NEW YEAR'S DAY OR SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY
WILL DIE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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DO NOT LET BIRDS OUTSIDE HAVE ACCESS TO LOOSE HAIR FROM YOUR
HEAD.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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IF BLACK CAT IS ABOUT TO CROSS PATH, CROSS FOOT ON GROUND
DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF SELF.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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IF (YOU) SEE DEAD ANIMAL, THROW SALT ON TELEGRAM POLE OR
ANIMAL WILL BE ON MOTHER'S TABLE WHEN ARRIVING HOME.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): DINNER SUPPER MEAL

James Callow Keyword(s): PUCKETT OHIO 29885

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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BAD LUCK TO IRON ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.532

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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SPIT ON TOE WHEN STUMPED.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): STUBBED?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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PROVERB

AGE BEFORE BEAUTY, BEAUTY WAS A HORSE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

ANGER IS A FOOL.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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