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NEVER KISS BY THE GARDEN GATE,
LOVE IS BLIND BUT THE NEIGHBOR AIN'T.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

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

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IN THE PHILIPPINES, IF A MAN STUMBLES ON HIS WAY TO
A COCK FIGHT, IT IS A BAD OMEN. HE MAY JUST AS
WELL TURN BACK AND GO HOME, FOR HE WILL SURELY LOSE
THE COCK FIGHT.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS FATHER.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

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

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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IF A TEASPOON FALLS TO THE FLOOR, A YOUNG GIRL IS COMING;
IF IT'S A SOUP SPOON, IT'LL BE AN OLD WOMAN; IF IT'S A
KNIFE, IT'LL BE A MAN.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-07-1970

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IF A MAN DROPS A FORK, IT MEANS THAT A GIRLFRIEND
REMEMBERS HIM.
IF A GIRL DROPS A SPOON IT MEANS THAT A BOY IS
REMEMBERING HER AND MAY COME OVER. IT IS GOOD
LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: TELEPHONE CONVERSATION

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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THERE IS A BELIEF THAT IF A MAN BITES HIS TONGUE, A
BOYFRIEND OF HIS IS THINKING ABOUT HIM. IF HE
BITES HIS LIPS, A GIRLFRIEND OF HIS IS REMEMBERING
HIM.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS PARENTS.

Where learned: TELEPHONE CONVERSATION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Biting lip, tongue, accidentally

Date learned: 08-09-1964

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SORE THROAT CURE

TAKE HOT COALS FROM A FIRE, WRAP THEM IN A CLOTH AND
THEN PUT THE CLOTH AROUND THE SORE THRAOT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER, A SICILIAN IMMIGRANT.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

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RAIN BUBBLES

IF THE RAIN FALLS INTO PUDDLES, MAKING BUBBLES, THAT MEANS IT'S
GOING TO RAIN FOR THREE MORE DAYS.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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WART CURE

TO CURE A WART, RUB A RAW POTATO OVER IT AFTER YOU'VE CUT THE
POTATO OPEN. THEN THROW THE POTATO IN A FIELD. THE WART WILL
DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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PROVERB

DON'T POKE YOUR NOSE INTO ANOTHER PERSON'S BUSINESS.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CURIOSITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE EVEN THOUGH ONE'S A SHEEPSHEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID IT WAS A POPULAR EXPRESSION IN PA. DURING HER
EARLY YEARS.

Where learned: TELEPHONE ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE EVEN THOUGH ONE'S A SHEEPSHEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID IT WAS A POPULAR EXPRESSION IN PA. DURING HER
EARLY YEARS.

Where learned: TELEPHONE ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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CHILDREN'S SONG

DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW? DO THEY WOBBLE TO AND FRO?
CAN YOU TIE THEM IN A KNOT? CAN YOU TIE THEM
IN A BOW? CAN YOU THROW THEM OVER YOUR
SHOULDER LIKE A CONTINENTAL SOLDIER?
DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW?

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): EARS ; HYPERBOLE ; STRUCTURE: QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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ELEPHANT JOKE

WHY CAN'T AN ELEPHANT RIDE A TRICYCLE?
HE DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE FINGER TO RING THE BELL

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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ELEPHANT JOKE

HOW DO ELEPHANTS GET ACROSS A POND?
THEY STEP ON THE LILY PADS.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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EASTER

IF THE FIRST PERSON WHO WALKS IN THE DOOR ON EASTER IS A MAN, IT'S
BAD LUCK; IF IT'S A WOMAN, IT'S GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TELEPHONE ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING ; LUCK

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 03-07-1970

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CARROTS FOR GOOD EYESIGHT

IF YOU EAT CARROTS, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT BELIEVED THIS MATTER-OF-FACTLY AS A CHILD.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-11-1972

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CHILDREN'S RIME

I SCREAM,
YOU SCREAM,
WE ALL SCREAM
FOR ICE CREAM.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION ; WORD PLAY, PUN

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

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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LEBANESE PROVERB

LEBANESE: ROOH HELLEW OO TA HELLOO.
TRANSLATION: GO SWEET AND COME BACK SWEET.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-04-1969

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DON'T TRANSACT ANY TYPE OF BUSINESS ON FRIDAY OR MAKE
ANY KIND OF VISIT, OTHERWISE, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MRS. MUGGLETON LEARNED THIS BELIEF FROM HER ENGLISH-
BORN HUSBAND AND STILL PRACTICES IT.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-02-1963

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TAKE THE CHRISTMAS TREE DOWN BY NEW YEAR'S EVE,
OTHERWISE YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MRS. MUGGLETON LEARNED THIS FROM HER ENGLISH-BORN
HUSBAND AND STILL PRACTICES IT TODAY.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-02-1963

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