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A WOMAN SHOULD NOT MAKE SAUERKRAUT DURING HER MENSTRUAL
PERIOD, IT MAKES THE KRAUT SOFT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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NEVER PASS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF A POST; IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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WHEN YOUR EARS BURN, IT MEANS SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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IF IT RAINS ON EASTER SUNDAY, IT WILL RAIN SEVEN SUNDAYS AFTER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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IF YOUR FOOT ITCHES, IT MEANS YOU WILL WALK ON STRANGE GROUND.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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HAPPY IS THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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TO CATCH A BIRD PUT SALT ON ITS TAIL.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

HOTTER THAN A NIGGER AT ELECTION.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT SAID THIS IS AN OLD PHRASE THAT USED TO BE
SAID A LOT BEFORE NEGROES WERE REALLY ALLOWED TO VOTE IN
THE SOUTH. (I SAY "REALLY" BECAUSE BY LAW THEY WERE
ALLOWED TO VOTE, BUT VARIOUS MEANS WERE USED TO PROHIBIT
THEM AT THE POLLS. THE ABOVE PHRASE REFERS TO THIS
PRACTICE.) HOWEVER, THE INFORMANT SAID SHE HAD RECENTLY
HEARD SOMEONE IN OWENSBORO USE THE PHRASE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WEATHER PREDICTION

RAIN BEFORE 7, QUIT BEFORE 11.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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PREGNANCY PREDICTION

THE TENDENCY TO DROP THINGS USUALLY MEANS PREGNANCY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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NOT GIVEN

DON'T LET ANYONE SWEEP UNDER YOUR FEET OR YOU WILL BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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NOT GIVEN

IF AN EMPTY ROCKING CHAIR ROCKS, IT MEANS THERE WILL BE A DEATH IN
THE FAMILY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Favorites
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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IF YOU PUT YOUR HAT ON A BED, THERE WILL BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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NOT GIVEN

TO ENTER THROUGH ONE DOOR AND GO OUT THE OTHER WILL BRING COMPANY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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NOT GIVEN

IF YOU COME IN ONE DOOR AND GO OUT ANOTHER, COMPANY IS COMING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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NOT GIVEN

DROP A KNIFE--MEANS A MAN IS COMING TO VISIT.
DROP A FORK--MEANS A WOMAN IS COMING TO VISIT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

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

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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NOT GIVEN

DROP A SPOON--COMPANY SOON.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

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

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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PROVERB: TIMELY MAINTENANCE

A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

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

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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PROVERB: INGRATITUDE

DON'T BITE THE HANDS THAT FEED YOU.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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