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WATER FROM A BLACKSMITH'S "SLAKE TUB" WAS OFTEN USED AS A
REMEDY FOR A LACK OF IRON IN THE BLOOD, OR ANEMIA.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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THE "HAIRICANS"

THE AREA A FEW MILES PAST HERE (HIS HOUSE) IS KNOWN TO
MOST PEOPLE AS THE "HAIRICANS" (MY OWN SPELLING OF IT--
I'VE NEVER SEEN IT IN PRINT). THE STORY IS THAT ON
CHRISTMAS EVE OF 1860 A HURRICANE HIT THERE, AND FROM THEN
ON EVERYBODY CALLED IT THE "HAIRICANS."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

Date learned: 08-03-1968

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PONY

AN INCIDENT IN THE LIFE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER
"PONY," WHO LIVED IN THE GOODSPRING COMMUNITY IN THE
LATTER PART OF THE 1880S:
IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS MOTHER DIED, PONY SAID TO HIS
BROTHER, "MOM'S AS DEAD AS SHE WILL EVER BE, LET'S 'VIDE
(DIVIDE). THE BIG CHEST IS MINE."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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PONY

AN INCIDENT IN THE LIFE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER
"PONY," WHO LIVED IN THE GOODSPRING COMMUNITY IN THE
LATTER PART OF THE 1880S:
ONE NIGHT AS PONY SAT ASLEEP IN A STRAIGHT CHAIR, TILTED
BACK AGAINST THE DOOR POST, WITH HIS MOUTH OPEN, A LARGE
BUG FLEW INTO HIS MOUTH. HE CHEWED DOWN ON THE BUG AND
SAID, "NOW WATCH WHICH WAY YOU GO NEXT TIME."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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PONY

AN INCIDENT IN THE LIFE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER
"PONY," WHO LIVED IN THE GOODSPRING COMMUNITY IN THE
LATTER PART OF THE 1880S:
SOME MEN HITCHED A TEAM OF OXEN TO A WAGON. WHEN THE
OXEN WERE COMMANDED TO MOVE, ONE BALKED AND WOULDN'T
MOVE. PONY TOLD THE MEN TO TAKE OUT THE BALKY OX
AND HITCH HIM IN HIS PLACE, WHICH THEY DID. THE OTHER
OX BECAME FRIGHTENED AT PONY AND RAN AWAY, DRAGGING PONY
ALONG WITH IT. WHEN THE MEN WERE FINALLY ABLE TO STOP
THE TEAM, THEY BEGAN TO TAKE THE HARNESS OFF PONY BUT HE
STOPPED THEM SAYING, "TAKE THE OX LOOSE. I'LL STAND."

James Callow comment: COMPARE "SUT LOVINGOOD'S DADDY ACTING HOSS" BY G. W. HARRIS

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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NORWOOD AND HIS TASTE FOR COFFEE

AN ACQUAINTANCE OF MY FATHER'S NAMED NORWOOD LIVED ABOUT
TEN OR TWELVE MILES FROM PULASKI. IT WAS NOT AN UNCOMMON
SIGHT TO SEE HIM WALKING TO AND FROM PULASKI. WHEN ASKED
ABOUT THE TRIP, HE ALWAYS REPLIED, "I STEPPED OVER TO
TOWN TO GET SOME COFFEE FOR BREAKFAST."
ONCE WHEN EATING AT A NEIGHBOR'S HOME, HE PASSED HIS
CUP BACK SEVERAL TIMES FOR MORE COFFEE. THE LADY OF THE
HOUSE SAID TO HIM, "MR. NORWOOD, YOU ARE VERY FOND OF
COFFEE, AREN'T YOU?" "YES MAM, IF I WASN'T I WOULDN'T
BE DRINKING SO MUCH WATER TO GET A LITTLE COFFEE."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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WHEN WILL WE GET THERE?

WHEN MY MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM NORTH CAROLINA
TO GILES COUNTY, TENNESSEE, BY WAGON, MY GRANDMOTHER
ASKED MANY TIMES WHEN THEY WOULD STOP AND SELECT A HOME
SITE. MY GRANDFATHER ALWAYS REPLIED, "WHEN THE HIND WHEEL
CATCHES UP WITH THE FRONT ONE, CREECY."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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HOW AUNT BELLE GOT THE BEAUTIFUL BLACK HORSE

DURING THE BATTLE OF DECEMBER 26, 1864, ACROSS THE HILLS
NEAR THE PRESENT SITE OF THE COAL SPRINGS CHURCH, A
BEAUTIFUL BLACK HORSE BELONGING TO AN OFFICER OF THE
FEDERAL TROOPS WAS BADLY WOUNDED. THE OFFICER GAVE THE
HORSE TO MY AUNT BELLE. SHE CARED FOR THE ANIMAL UNTIL
IT RECOVERED. WHEN IT WAS WELL AGAIN,
SOME OF THE SOLDIERS CAME TO TAKE THE HORSE AWAY FROM HER.
SHE PUT IT IN THE
SMOKEHOUSE AND STOOD IN THE DOORWAY WITH A BUTCHER
KNIFE IN HER HAND, AND ORDERED THEM TO STOP SOME
DISTANCE AWAY, TO COME NO NEARER. THEY LEFT WITHOUT
THE HORSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal

Date learned: 08-01-1968

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO START A JOB ON FRIDAY THAT YOU CAN'T FINISH THAT
DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IT MEANT BAD LUCK IF AFTR LEAVING THE HOUSE, A PERSON HAD TO
TURN BACK FOR SOMETHING FORGOTTEN, UNLESS HE MADE AN X
WITH THE TOE OF HIS SHOE ON THE GROUND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF ONE CUT OUT A DRESS ON FRIDAY AND NOT FINISH MAKING IT THAT
SAME DAY, SHE WOULDN'T LIVE TO WEAR IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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PEOPLE USED TO CARRY A BUCKEYE IN THEIR POCKET FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck Plants

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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ALWAYS GO OUT THE SAME DOOR YOU CAME IN FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO LOOK BACK OVER YOUR SHOULDER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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AT THE TIME OF HIGH-TOP BUTTONED SHOES, BAD LUCK WAS SURE TO
COME IF YOU HAD AN EVEN NUMBER OF BUTTONS, ACCORDING TO THE
BELIEF OF MANY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IF ANY GARMENT IS INADVERTENTLY PUT ON WRONG-SIDE OUT, YOU
CHANGE IT AT GREAT RISK OF A CATASTROPHE IF DONE BEFORE THE
EXPECTED TIME OF REMOVAL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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BAD LUCK ATTENDS THE PERSONS WHOSE INITIALS SPELL A KNOWN WORD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IF YOU LOOK AT A NEW MOON THROUGH BRUSH (TREE BRANCHES), YOU'LL
HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF YOU FIND A HALF OF A HORSESHOE, MAKE A WISH AND THROW IT OVER
YOUR SHOULDER. IF YOU DON'T LOOK BACK, THE WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight Solid
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 08-03-1968

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A WOMAN ON TV SAID YOU CAN TELL HOW MANY SNOWS THERE WILL BE
IN THE WINTER BY COUNTING THE FOGS IN AUGUST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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