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TO PREVENT A FIGHT

IF YOU SPILL SALT OUT OF YOUR SALT SHAKER, THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER SO YOU WON'T HAVE A FIGHT WITH ANYONE IN THE ROOM.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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KILLING A TOAD FROG

KILL A TOAD FROG AND YOUR COWS WILL GIVE BLOODY MILK.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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PREVENTING A FIGHT

IF YOU BORROW SALT DON'T PAY IT BACK OR YOUR CHILDREN WILL FIGHT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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ENTER AND LEAVE HOUSE BY SAME DOOR

WHEN I GO IN SOMEONE'S HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME, I ALWAYS LEAVE BY THE SAME DOOR. IT IS BAD LUCK FOR ME IF I DON'T.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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PLACING OF THE BED

MY FATHER DOESN'T WANT THE HEAD OF HIS BED TO THE EAST BECAUSE HE CLAIMS IT GIVES HIM THE HEADACHE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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SIGN OF JEALOUSY

HOLD AN EASTER FLOWER (JONQUIL) UNDER YOUR CHIN AND IF YOU CAN SEE THE YELLOW ON THE SKIN, IT MEANS YOU ARE JEALOUS.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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SIGN OF FEAR

IF A MAN PUTS HIS OVERALLS ON AND THE GALUSES ARE TWISTED, HE'S AFRAID OF LIGHTNING.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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STOPPING BLEEDING BY QUOTING BIBLE

SEVERAL YEARS AGO THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN AROUND WHO CLAIMED SHE
COULD STOP BLEEDING BY REPEATING OVER AND OVER A VERSE OF
SCRIPTURE. I CAN'T REMEMBER NOW WHICH VERSE IT WAS. WHEN MY
BROTHER CUT AN ARTERY IN HIS LEG, NOBODY WENT TO THE DOCTOR
FOR THINGS LIKE THAT, THEN MY MOTHER TOOK HIM TO THIS WOMAN
AND SHE SAID THIS VERSE OVER AND OVER. HIS LEG DID STOP
BLEEDING, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW EFFECTIVE SHE WAS. IT PROBABLY
JUST BLED ALL IT WAS GOING TO AND QUIT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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SAYING

I DIDN'T SLEEP WORTH A HOOTER LAST NIGHT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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PROVERB: SOMETHING NEW

THAT'S A NEW WRINKLE ON THE HORN.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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SOME PEOPLE THINK IT IS BAD LUCK TO CUT YOUR FINGERNAILS ON
FRIDAY.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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DON'T SWEEP UNDER A SICK PERSON'S BED OR THEY WILL DIE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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BAD LUCK RHYME

DON'T STEP ON A CRACK,
OR YOU'LL BREAK YOUR GRANDMA'S BACK.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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I WOULDN'T HAVE A BODY OF MINE HAULED TO THE CEMETERY BY A
GRAY HORSE. GRAY HORSE WILL BRING ANOTHER DEATH.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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WHEN OR BEFORE MY FATHER PASSED AWAY, THERE WERE THREE KNOCKS
ON THE DOOR, AND THE MALE NURSE OPENED THE DOOR. THERE WAS A
MAN WITH A DOVE ON HIS SHOULDER. THE DOVE FLEW TO MY FATHER
AND LIT ON HIS BED AND THEN FLEW BACK TO THE MAN. THE MAN
AND THE DOVE DISAPPEARED WHILE THE NURSE WAS LOOKING AT THEM.
MY FATHER DIED THE NEXT NIGHT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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WHEN MY BABY SISTER PASSED AWAY, SHE WAS NINE YEARS OLD, WE HEARD
THE SWEETEST SINGING AND SHE HEARD IT TOO. SHE HAD SPINAL
MENINGITIS. SHE OPENED HER EYES, WHICH SHE HADN'T BEEN ABLE
TO DO BEFORE AND SAID, "MAMA, DO YOU HEAR THAT SINGING?"

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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BEFORE MY BROTHER DIED, HE CALLED MY MOTHER AND TOLD HER HE HAD
SEEN A LITTLE GIRL HOLDING A CANDLE FLYING AROUND HIS BED.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF THE SPIDER COMES DOWN FROM THE CEILING RIGHT IN FRONT OF
YOU AND STAYS FOR A WHILE, RELATIONS ARE COMING TO VISIT. THE
SPIDER MUST BE ON A WEB AND COME DOWN FROM THE CEILING. IF
HE IS DOWN WHEN YOU SEE HIM AND THEN GOES UP, IT MEANS A
DEATH IN THE FAMILY. IF HE STARTS DOWN AND GOES RIGHT BACK
UP, SOMEONE THOUGHT ABOUT WRITING YOU A LETTER AND THEN
CHANGED THEIR MIND.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF THERE IS SICKNESS IN THE FAMILY AND A DOG COMES TO THE DOOR
OR WINDOW AND SHOWS HIS TEETH WITHOUT GROWLING, OR MAKING A
SOUND, THE PERSON WILL DIE. I HAVE SEEN THIS HAPPEN AND
THE DOG WILL COME SEVERAL TIMES INSTEAD OF JUST ONCE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF YOU MOVE INTO A FINISHED HOUSE AND CUT WINDOWS, SOMEONE
WILL DIE WITHIN A YEAR.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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