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IDEAS ABOUT HEALTH

TO RELIEVE CRAMPS IN LEGS AND/OR CURE BUNIONS, TURN THE
SUFFERER'S SHOES UPSIDE DOWN AND PLACE UNDER THE BED.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-05-1972

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IDEAS ABOUT HEALTH

IN ORDER TO STOP "NIGHT SWEATS" SET A PAN OF WATER UNDER THE BED.
IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE SEEN WITHIN THREE DAYS.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-06-1972

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IDEAS ABOUT HEALTH

INSANITY IS BROUGHT ON BY SLEEPING OFTEN IN THE MOONLIGHT.

Where learned: Arkansas ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-06-1972

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IF THE PICTURE OF A DEAD PERSON FALLS OFF THE WALL, IT'S A SIGN
OF DEATH. AT UNCLE'S FUNERAL, HIS SITER'S PICTURE FELL OFF
THE WALL, AND SHE HAD BEEN DEAD FOR A LONG TIME, BUT NOBOBY
DIED.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER AS A GIRL IN FORT SMITH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FORT SMITH ; ARKANSAS, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-08-1968

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IF A ROOSTER CROWS BEFORE MIDNIGHT, IT'S A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: MRS. REAVES HEARD THIS WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL IN FORT SMITH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FORT SMITH ; ARKANSAS, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-08-1968

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MOTHER AND DAD HAVE TOLD ME MANY TIMES ABOUT THE JULY 4TH IN THE
1930'S, WHEN A FLEET (LITERALLY SCORES) OF UFO'S CROSSED THE
SKIES ABOUT NOONTIME IN RICHMOND, MISSOURI. I HAVE HEARD,
SINCE THE TIME MY PARENTS TOLD ME, THE SAME STORY FROM OTHER
RICHMOND DWELLERS OF THE 1930'S. THEY BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00001930'S ; 00001950'S

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See a shooting star in the sky, someone is going to die.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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Right eye jumping, you will be glad about something.
Left eye jumps, you will be sorry or crying about something.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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ACCORDING TO GREEK ORTHODOX LEGEND, THE WEATHER ON GOOD FRIDAY
IS ALWAYS BAD, PARTICULARLY AROUND SIX IN THE EVENING. THIS APPLIES
TO THE GREEK ORTHODOX EASTER, NOT THE TRADITIONAL EASTER WHICH
FALLS ON DIFFERENT DATES.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SHINING,
AND YOUR MIND FROM CARE IS FREE,
WHEN OF OTHERS YOU ARE THINKING,
WON'T YOU SOMETIMES THINK OF ME.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): REQUEST ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK PROSE

MAY YOUR LIFE BE LIKE ARITHMETIC
JOY ADDED, SORROW SUBTRACTED,
AND TIMES MULTIPLIED.

ACCEPT THESE FEW LINES FROM ME.
IT SHOWS THAT I'LL REMEMBER THEE
UNTIL YOU AND I SHALL MEET AGAIN.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): FUTURE ; WISH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHATEVER SKIES MAY FIND ABOVE YOU,
WHEN XMAS COMES IT'S NICE TO KNOW
THAT THERE ARE FRIENDS WHO FONDLY LOVE YOU,
HOWEVER FAR AWAY YOU GO.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; FEMININE RHYME ; OBSERVATION

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

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On the first day of May, go to the well with a mirror.
Hold the mirror up over your head and look in. You would
either see your future husband or a coffin.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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COLORED EGGS

THIS GAME WAS PLAYED ON A SWING SET. THE PLAYERS NUMBERED
ANYWHERE FROM 4 TO MORE. ONE PERSON WAS THE WOLF--THE
REST OF THE PLAYERS WERE EASTER BUNNIES. THERE WAS A
MOTHER BUNNY AND HER BABIES. EACH OF THE BUNNIES SAT
ON THE SWINGS. THE BUNNIES WOULD EACH HAVE AN
EASTER EGG AND WOULD SECRETLY DECIDE A COLOR FOR IT . THE
WOLF WOULD TRY TO GUESS THE COLORS OF THE EASTER EGGS.
IF HE GUESSED RIGHT, HE WOULD CHASE THE LITTLE BUNNY
WHOSE COLOR HE HAD GUESSED UNTIL HE CAUGHT THE BUNNY
OR THE BUNNY REACHED THE SAFETY OF THE SWING SET. IF
HE DID NOT CATCH THE BUNNY HE WOULD PLAY WOLF UNTIL HE DID.
IF THE BUNNY WAS CAUGHT, HE WOULD PLAY WOLF AND THE WOLF
WOULD PLAY THE BUNNY.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME WAS PLAYED IN ARKANSAS AROUND EASTER TIME.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

IF IN HEAVEN WE DON'T MEET,
HAND IN HAND WE'll BEAR THE HEAT.
IF IT GETS INTENSELY HOT,
COCA-COLA HITS THE SPOT!

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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IF YOU WASH A CAR, IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

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

Date learned: 00001950'S

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WHEN MY MOTHER, LAURA BASSETT BOOKER, WAS A CHILD IN
CONWAY, ARKANSAS, HER PARENTS EMPLOYED AS A GENERAL
HANDYMAN AND YARD WORKER, AN OLD NEGRO MAN, WHO WAS A
"SILVER WITCH" OR "SILVERDOUSER." IF SILVER MONEY WAS
HIDDEN IN THE GROUND, HE COULD FIND IT BY USING A
FORKED BRANCH WITH A CLEFT END INTO WHICH A SMALL PIECE
OF SILVER, SUCH AS A DIME, WOULD BE INSERTED.
SKEPTICAL OF HIS POWERS, MY MOTHER AND HER BROTHER CLINE
DECIDED TO TEST HIM BY HIDING MONEY IN A TREE. THE
"SILVER WITCH" WAS LED BY HIS DIVINING ROD TO BENEATH
THE TREE, BUT WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE THE MONEY. WHEN THE
CHILDREN REVEALED THEIR TRICK, THE OLD MAN BECAME VERY
ANGRY AND REFUSED TO TRY TO FIND ANY MORE MONEY FOR THEM.

Where learned: DORM ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; Arkansas ; CONWAY

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 05-12-1969

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HUMOR

THAT WENT OVER LIKE A PREGNANT POLE VAULTER.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WICHITA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU TELL A DREAM BEFORE BREAKFAST, IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00001950'S

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