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IF HORNETS' NESTS ARE CLOSE TO THE GROUND, IT WILL BE A
HARD WINTER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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LADYBUGS ARE LUCKY AND SHOULD NOT BE KILLED.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN ANTS ARE UNUSUALLY BUSY, FOUL WEATHER WILL SOON FOLLOW.
THIS SUGGESTS THAT THE ANTS ARE PREPARING FOR FOUL WEATHER
AHEAD AND THAT THEY HAVE UNFORSEEN POWERS TO PREDICT THE
WEATHER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COPPER BRACELETS AND RINGS ARE REMEDIES FOR ARTHRITIS.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE SKY IS CLEAR WHEN THE SUN SETS, THE WEATHER WILL BE GOOD
THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR SHOES SQUEAK THAT IS A SIGN THAT THEY ARE NOT PAID FOR.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P224

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MOST CUSTOMERS FEEL THAT THE RIGHT FOOT IS THE LARGEST FOOT AND
MUST BE FITTED CORRECTLY. IT IS TRUE THAT THE SIZE OF THE FEET
SELDOM MATCH, HOWEVER ONE CANNOT PREDICT WHICH FOOT WILL ALWAYS
BE THE LARGEST.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P248 P248.8

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ONE SHOULD EAT SPARE RIBS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY TO BRING GOOD
HEALTH THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P245 P245.2

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A CAT SHOULD NOT BE PLACED IN THE ROOM OF A NEWBORN BABY. THE
CAT MIGHT JUMP INTO THE CRIB AND SUCK THE BREATH FROM THE CHILD.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO DIE ON ONE'S OWN BIRTHDAY IS CONSIDERED BY THE JEWS TO BE
A GOOD OMEN.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO DREAM OF BEDS INDICATES APPROACHING MARRIAGE,

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF IT RAINS ON A GIRL'S WEDDING DAY, SHE WILL SHED THAT MANY
TEARS AS RAINDROPS DURING HER YEARS OF MARRIAGE.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID, NEVER A BRIDE.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FISH BITE THE BEST RIGHT BEFORE A STORM, BUT WILL NOT BITE AT
ALL DURING A STORM.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PEABODY COLLEGE POSSESSES A TREE WHICH HAS A LOW HANGING LIMB
HOVERING ABOVE A WALKWAY ON THE SIDE OF THE PAYNE BUILDING. BY
THE BULK OF THE LIM (SIC), ONE MAY GUESS THAT THE BRANCH HAS
BEEN AROUND MANY YEARS, WHICH MAKES ONE WONDER WHY IT HASN'T
BEEN CUT DOWN OR FALLEN OFF ON ITS OWN ACCO RD. DURING THE
FIRST MONTH OF MY WORK AT PEABODY, I LEARNED THAT THE LIMB
IS DOOMED TO HANG OVER THE WALK UNTIL THE TIME WHEN A VIRGIN
PEABODY COED WALKS BENEATH IT. AT THIS MOMENT, THE LIMB WILL
FALL UPON THE PURE LADY AND HOLD HER DOWN AS A SPECIMEN FOR ALL
TO SEE.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ITCHING OF THE SOLES OF THE FEET FORCAST (SIC) A JOURNEY IN THE
NEAR FUTURE.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ITCHING OF THE PALMS FORESHADOWS MONEY.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR EARS ARE BURING (SIC) OR TINGLING, SOMEONE IS TALKING
ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR NOSE IS ITCHING, THAT FORECASTS THAT COMPANY IS COMING.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SALT IS USED TO FORETELL THE WEATHER. WHEN THE SALT BECOMES
MOIST AND HARD TO POUR, A HUMID OR RAINY DAY IS EXPECTED.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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