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WHEN YOU SEE A FALLING STAR, YOU MUST SAY "MONEY" THREE TIMES
WHILE THE STAR IS STILL IN VIEW AND THEN YOU WILL GET SOME
MONEY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Celestial body come to earth
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT, TO BARE HER STOMACH TO THE MOON
INSURES THAT THE BABY WILL BE HEALTHY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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DOOR KNOB GHOST

DURING WORLD WAR II, IN DARIEN, GEORGIA, TWO WOMEN LIVED
ALONE WHILE THEIR HUSBANDS WERE IN SERVICE. ONE NIGHT
WHEN ALONE THEY SAW THE DOORKNOB TO THEIR BEDROOM DOOR
TURN. DECIDING TO FIND OUT THE CAUSE OF THIS, ONE
STOOD BY THE DOOR TO JERK IT OPEN WHILE THE OTHER WAS
GOING TO HIT THE ASSAILANT OVER THE HEAD. WHEN THE
DOORKNOB TURNED AGAIN, THEY OPENED THE DOOR TO FIND
AN EMPTY HALL ON THE OTHER SIDE. IN THIS SAME HOUSE,
THEY FREQUENTLY HEARD BABY CRIES WHEN THERE WAS NO
BABY IN THE HOUSE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

James Callow Keyword(s): HAUNTED HOUSE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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PARTY GHOST

IN DARIEN, GEORGIA, TWO FARM COUPLES SHARED A HOUSE JUST
BEFORE WORLD WAR II. ONE OF THE FARMERS WAS AN
ACCOMPLISHED VIOLINIST. ONE NIGHT, THE OTHER FARMER
AND HIS WIFE WERE RETURNING HOME FROM A PARTY. AS THEY
APPROACHED THE HOUSE THEY SAW LIGHTS AND HEARD VIOLIN
MUSIC. THINKING TO SURPRISE THE PARTY OBVIOUSLY GOING
ON, THEY OPENED THE DOOR WITHOUT KNOCKING. THE HOUSE
WAS SUDDENLY DARK AND SILENT. ON GOING TO THE BEDROOM
OF THE OTHER COUPLE, THEY FOUND THEM IN BED. THE VIOLIN
WAS IN ITS CASE AND ALL THE KEROSENE LAMPS WERE COLD.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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THE UNFILLABLE HOLE

IN NEWTON, ALABAMA, THERE IS A HOLE IN THE GROUND WITH A
STRANGE LEGEND BEHIND IT. DURING THE WAR BETWEEN THE
STATES, A MINISTER WHO WAS FIGHTING FOR THE CONFEDERACY
RETURNED HOME WITHOUT LEAVE BECAUSE HIS WIFE WAS VERY ILL.
THE TOWNSPEOPLE BECAME ANGRY AND ACCUSED HIM OF DESERTING.
THEREFORE, THEY HANGED HIM FROM A LOW TREE. IN HIS DEATH
THROES, HE KICKED OUT A HOLE IN THE GROUND. TO THIS DAY
THE HOLE IS THERE, AND ANYONE TRYING TO FILL IT IN WITH
DIRT WILL FIND THE HOLE DUG OUT ANEW THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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MENSTRUATION STORY

A MENSTRUATING WOMAN SHOULDN'T GET A PERMANENT IN HER HAIR DURING THIS TIME, AS IT WON'T "TAKE."

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

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MENSTRUATION STORY

A MENSTRUATING WOMAN CAN'T CAN FOOD, AS IT WILL RUIN.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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MENSTRUATION STORY

A MENSTRUATING WOMAN SHOULDN'T CHURN, BECAUSE BUTTER WON'T MAKE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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MENSTRUATION STORY

IF A WOMAN TAKES A DROP OF HER MENSTRUAL BLOOD AND PUTS IT IN A MAN'S DRINK, HE WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH HER.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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MENSTRUATION STORY

IF A WOMAN KISSES A MAN WHILE SHE IS MENSTRUATING, SHE WILL BEAR AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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OLD MAID

IF SOMEONE SWEEPS DIRECTLY UNDER YOUR FEET, YOU WILL BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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Old Maid

IF YOU TAKE THE LAST SERVING OF ANYTHING, YOU WILL BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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HEM SUPERSTITION

IF YOUR HEM IS TURNED UP, KISS IT AND MAKE A WISH AND IT
WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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WEDDING GOWN

A HAIR SEWN INTO A WEDDING GOWN BY AN ENEMY OF THE BRIDE IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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SNAPPING TURTLE

A SNAPPING TURTLE, IF IT BITES, WON'T TURN LOOSE UNTIL IT
THUNDERS.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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EYELASH SUPERSTITION

IF AN EYELASH COMES OUT, PUT IT ON THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD AND MAKE A WISH. IF THE EYELASH STICKS TO THE FINGER, THE WISH WILL NOT COME TRUE. IF IT STICKS TO THE HAIR, THE WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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INCHWORM SUPERSTITION

IF AN INCHWORM IS MEASURING AND YOU DON'T KILL IT, YOU'LL GET A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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