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IF YOU DROP A DISHRAG ON THE FLOOR, IT IS A SIGN THAT
SOMEONE IS COMING WHO WILL BE HUNGRY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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WASH ON THE LAST DAY OF THE YEAR AND YOU'LL WASH SOMEONE
OUT OF YOUR FAMILY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WEAR A WEDDING RING ON THE LEFT HAND
BEFORE MARRIAGE.

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Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IF YOU FIND A STRAIGHT PIN, STICK IT ON YOUR DRESS AND
YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL THAT DAY.

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Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IF A PERSON IS LYING ON THE FLOOR, IT IS BAD LUCK TO STEP
OVER THAT PERSON.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IF YOU DROP PEANUT SHELLS WHILE RIDING IN A CAR, IT IS A
SIGN THAT THE POLICE ARE COMING.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IF YOUR HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL RECEIVE A LETTER OR SOME MONEY.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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WHEN A SPIDER IS IN THE HOUSE, A STRANGER IS COMING.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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WHEN ONE PERSON'S NAME IS SAID IN PLACE OF ANOTHER, THE
ORIGINAL NAME SPOKEN IS TALKING ABOUT THE PRESENT SPEAKER.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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METAPHORICAL PROVERBIAL SAYING

"WHY BUY THE COW WHEN YOU CAN GET MILK THROUGH THE FENCE."

Submitter comment: A METAPHOR TO GETTING MARRIED

James Callow comment: WHY GET MARRIED WHEN YOU CAN GET SEX FREE.

Where learned: BAR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001983CA

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Saying

Format for answering telephone:

"Barker's Morgue, you stab 'em, we slab 'em."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: WORK

Keyword(s): JOKE ; Morgue ; Saying ; Slab ; Stab ; TELEPHONE ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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HAUNTED HOUSE

IN BARABOO, WISCONSIN, WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG, THERE WAS A
HAUNTED HOUSE ON OUR BLOCK AND WE KEPT SEEING PEOPLE IN WHITE
WALKING AROUND IN THERE, AND DOGS HOWLING UP THERE AT NIGHT.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; SUN PRAIRIE ; BARABOO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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YEARS. NEITHER OF THEM HAD THE MEANS TO VISIT THE OTHER.
ONE NIGHT, THE WOMAN HAD A DREAM THAT HER BROTHER WAS
DEAD. SHE AWOKE TO A KNOCK AT THE DOOR. SHE OPENED
IT AND FOR AN INSTANT HER BROTHER STOOD THERE. SHE
LATER LEARNED THAT HE HAD PASSED AWAY ON THAT NIGHT.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HIS IRISH GRANDMOTHER DURING HIS LATE TEENS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord ; JANS BAR

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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IF YOU SWEEP UNDER SOMEONE'S FEET, THEY WILL NEVER
GET MARRIED.

Where learned: BARBER SHOP

Subject headings: Observation
Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 09-08-1969

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ON A PIECE OF PAPER, WRITE THE ALPHABET VERTICALLY,
ONE LETTER AT A TIME. THEN, HAVE SOMEONE SUGGEST A
SAYING OR PHRASE, AND WRITE THAT ALSO VERTICALLY,
EACH LETTER NEXT TO ONE OF THE ALPHABET LETTERS.
THEN WRITE AS MANY NAMES AS POSSIBLE WITHIN A GIVEN
TIME WITH THOSE INITIALS (NAMES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE,
THAT IS.) WHOEVER GETS THE MOST NAMES WITHIN THE
TIME WINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MACKINAC ISLAND ; GRAND HOTEL ; SNACK BAR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit

Date learned: 07-00-1970

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This was an autograph in my mother's yearbook:
"Ashes to ashes,
Dust to dust,
Why wear a bra,
Without a bust?"

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 06001958 ca.

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SPEAKING OF BREAKING UP FRIENDSHIPS, IN MANHATTAN THERE ARE
MANY AWNINGS THAT ARE HELD UP FROM THE SIDEWALKS BY POLES.
I USED TO GO WITH A GIRL WHO WOULD NEVER LET A POLE COME
BETWEEN US WHEN WE WERE WALKING, BECAUSE THAT MEANT THAT
WE WOULD BREAK UP. IF WE DID HAPPEN TO WALK ON OPPOSITE
SIDES OF A POLE, SHE WOULD MAKE ME TURN AROUND AND WALK
BY IT AGAIN WITH BOTH OF US GOING AROUND THE POLE ON THE
SAME SIDE.

Where learned: BARRETT RD ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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SAILORS DON'T LIKE TO MAKE TRIPS UNLESS THERE'S A CAT ON BOARD
BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT A CAT WILL HELP THEM TO HAVE A
LUCKY AND SAFE TRIP.

Where learned: BARRETT RD ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 07-30-1968

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THE OTHER DAY, I HEMMED SOME CURTAINS FOR VIRGINIA SMITH AND
I LEFT A STRAIGHT PIN IN THEM. SHE SAID THAT I'D HAVE TO
TAKE THAT PIN BACK HOME WITH ME, BECAUSE IF I DIDN'T, OUR
FRIENDSHIP WOULD BREAK UP. SHE REALLY BELIEVES THAT, TOO.

Where learned: BARRETT RD ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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This was an autograph in my mother's yearbook:
"2-4-6-8, Don't make love by the garden gate,
Love is blind, but the neighbors ain't."

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

James Callow Keyword(s): Assonantal rhyme

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 06001958 ca.

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