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IF THE BAROMETER IS RISING, THE FISH ARE BITING. IF THE
BAROMETER IS FALLING, THE FISH WON'T BITE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 06-20-1973

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IF TH COWS ARE GRAZING WELL, THE FISH ARE BITING.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 06-20-1973

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, TURN YOUR HAT AROUND.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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I'S BAD LUCK TO WASH ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE AND AFTER CHRISTMAS.

Submitter comment: BOTH HER MOTHER AND HER MOTHER-IN-LAW BELIEVED IN THIS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Keyword(s): LAUNDRY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO BUTTON AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING BEFORE PUTTING IT
AWAY IN A DRAWER.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

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

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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IF YOU EVER HEAR A HEN CROW LIKE A ROOSTER, KILL THE HEN
OR GET RID OF IT. SUCH A HEN IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO PUT AN UMBRELLA OVER YOUR HEAD IN THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: NO MENTION IS MADE OF OPENING AN UMBRELLA BEING BAD LUCK,

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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DON'T PUT NEW WITH OLD.

Submitter comment: HER MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS A STRICT BELIEVER IN THIS. SHE ALWAYS

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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DON'T SWEEP DIRT OUT OF THE HOUSE AFTER SUNDOWN.

Submitter comment: SHE SAYS SHE DOESN'T BELIEVE MOST SUPERSTITIONS, BUT SHE

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 06-20-1973

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HANG A HORSESHOE OVER THE DOOR FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE HAS A HORSESHOE OVER HER DOOR, SO OBVIOUSLY SHE BELIEVES

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 06-20-1973

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WEATHER PREDICTION (RAIN)

IF IT'S RED TOWARD SUNRISE, IT WILL RAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AKIN TO "RED SKY AT MORNING; SAILORS TAKE WARNING."

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

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

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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WEATHER PREDICTION

IF IT'S RED TOWARD SUNSET, IT WILL BE FAIR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AKIN TO "RED SKY AT NIGHT; SAILOR'S DELIGHT."

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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WEATHER PREDICTION (RAIN)

IF THERE'S A RAINBOW IN THE MORNING, IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

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

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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WEATHER PREDICTION (RAIN)

IF THE SMOKE FROM THE CHIMNEY GOES TO THE GROUND, IT'S A SIGN
OF RAIN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

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

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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WEATHER PREDICTION

A JULY FLY A'HOLLERING IS A SIGN OF DRY WEATHER.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 07-07-1973

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FOLK BELIEF (WEATHER PREDICTION)

A TREE FROG HOLLERING IS A SIGN OF RAIN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 07-07-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SET UP HOUSEKEEPING WITH A NEW BROOM AND A
NEW COFFEEPOT.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Good luck Eating utensils
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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THERE IS A CANNON ON THE AUBURN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN ALABAMA
THAT WILL SUPPOSEDLY FIRE ITSELF IF A VIRGIN WALKS BY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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IF YOU HOLD A PENCIL OVER YOUR WRIST, YOU CAN DETERMINE THE
NUMBER AND SEXES OF YOUR CHILDREN. A MOVEMENT THAT IS
VERTICAL TO THE ARM DENOTES A BOY, HORIZONTAL IS A GIRL,
AND A CIRCULAR MOVEMENT MEANS A MISCARRIAGE. WHEN THE PENCIL
STOPS MOVING, THERE WILL BE NO MORE CHILDREN.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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IF YOU ROCK A ROCKING CHAIR WITHOUT ANYONE IN IT, YOUR
MOTHER WILL DIE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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