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I CAN REMEMBER MY GRANDMOTHERS TALKING ABOUT THE TIME
THEY WOULD EMPTY FEATHERS FROM THE TICKINGS OF THE
PILLOWS TO WASH THE TICKS (THAT IF) A FEATHER CROWN HAD
BEEN FORMED FROM THE MOVEMENT OF THE HEAD THAT SLEPT ON
THAT PILLOW IT WAS A SIGN THAT PERSON WOULD DIE WITHIN
A YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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WHEN REMOVING YOUR SHOES PLACE THEM SIDE BY SIDE AS
WORN, RIGHT AND LEFT, NEVER OPPOSITE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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LAY SHINGLES IN THE WRONG SIGN OF THE MOON AND THEY'LL
CURL ON YOU EVERY TIME -- SAME WITH A ROCK FOUNDATION,
LAY IT IN THE WRONG SIGN AND YOU'LL HAVE TO DO AWAY
WITH IT EVERY YEAR. ONE YEAR HE STOPPED HERSCHEL'S
DAD AFTER HE HAD ONE SIDE DONE. THAT SIDE NEVER DID
STAY PUT. THE ROCK HE FINISHED LAYING IN THE RIGHT
SIGN IS STILL THERE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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IF YOUR FOOT ITCHES SOMEONE'S COMING WITH A HOLE IN
THEIR BRITCHES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.842
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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KNOCKING ON WOOD WHEN SAYING SOMETHING BAD KEEPS IT FROM
HAPPENING TO YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Conversions Plants
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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KISSING SOMEONE UNDER A SPRIG OF MISTLETOE BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

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AUGUST IS THE MONTH THAT TEMPERS FLARE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-04-1973

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AUGUST IS THE MONTH THAT DOGS GO MAD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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MORE BABIES ARE BORN DURING A FULL MOON.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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BEFORE A PERFORMANCE, THE SAYING "BREAK A LEG," IS
SUPPOSEDLY GOOD LUCK TO AN ACTOR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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THE CROSS CARVED INTO DOORS WAS TO KEEP OUT EVIL SPIRITS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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SEEING A WHITE MULE IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

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

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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THE BRIDE CARRIES "SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE" FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-07-1973

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THE BRIDE PUTS A PENNY IN HER SHOE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Penny in shoe
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-07-1973

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THE BRIDAL GOWN IS WHITE TO STAND FOR FERTILITY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 10-07-1973

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, TWIRL AROUND TO PREVENT
BAD LUCK.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

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

Date learned: 11-01-1197

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IF YOU STUMP YOUR TOE, HOP AROUND THREE TIMES TO COMBAT
BAD LUCK.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 11-01-1973

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NEVER START ANYWHERE AND TURN AROUND BECAUSE YOU WILL
NEVER REACH YOUR DESTINATION.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

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

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IF YOUR EYE JUMPS, YOU WILL KISS A FOOL.

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Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Eye twitch

Date learned: 11-01-1197

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