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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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IF A BUTTERFLY LIGHTS ON YOUR DRESS, YOU WILL GET A NEW ONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE HEM OF YOUR DRESS IS TURNED UP, KISS IT AND YOU WILL
GET A NEW ONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CROSS THE FINGERS ON ONE HAND FOR GOOD LUCK, BUT IF YOU CROSS
THE FINGERS ON BOTH HANDS, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU GO TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW, YOU WILL FIND A POT OF GOLD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF IT RAINS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, YOU WILL HAVE A SUNNY
MARRIAGE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SEE A PIN, PICK IT UP; ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN, LET IT LAY, YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL THE DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN VIRGINIA THE BARBERS WERE ALSO BLOOD-
LETTERS. THEY WOULD BLEED PEOPLE TO CURE
THEIR SICKNESSES. TO ADVERTISE THAT THEY
WERE BLOODLETTERS, THEY USED TO HAVE A
BLOODY WHITE SHEET OUTSIDE THEIR DOORS.
AFTER A LOT OF COMPLAINING ABOUT THE STENCH,
THEY STARTED JUST HANGING OUT A SHEET WITH
RED DYE ON IT.
THIS IS THE WAY THE BARBER POLE CUSTOM WAS
STARTED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; GALLATIN ; ROUTE 3

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF IT RAINS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, THE NUMBER OF RAINDROPS
THAT FALLS IS EQUIVALENT TO THE NUMBER OF TEARS THAT YOU
WILL SHED THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU BLOW THE FUZZ OFF A DANDELION, YOU HAVE THE SAME NUMBER
OF BOYFRIENDS AS THE NUMBER OF FEATHERS YOU CAN BLOW OFF.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Keyword(s): SEEDS SEED HEAD

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ON THE FIRST NIGHT IN MAY, GET A PAN OF MEAL; PUT IN A SNAIL
AND LEAVE OVERNIGHT. HE WILL WRITE THE INITIAL OF YOUR WIFE;
IF MALE.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

YOU CAN'T MAKE BUTTER OUT OF COW SHIT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD EXPRESSION MEANING THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE
PROPER MATERIALS THAT YOU CAN'T ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. THE INFOR-
MANT SAID IT WHEN HE LOOKED AT WOOL DYED WITH MAGNOLIA LEAVES.
HE CONSIDERED THE COLOR UNATTRACTIVE. HE SAID HE'D HEARD THE
EXPRESSION ALL HIS LIFE AROUND LEBANON, TENNESSEE.

Where learned: LEBANON ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BURN BRUSH ON SUNDAY.

Submitter comment: BELIEVED IN KENTUCKY IN FARMING AREAS. THE IMPLICATION IS

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKFORT ; KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE ; PRESTONSBURG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN SHAKING HANDS MEN WILL FOLD THEIR MIDDLE FINGER
IN AND SCRATCH THE PALM OF THE OTHER. THEY ARE
CHECKING FOR WARTS OR HAIR--A SIGN OF MASTURBATION.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001969 ASSUMED

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IF YOUR RIGHT EYE ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO CRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 07-18-1968

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IF YOU WILL GO WATCH THE COWS ON DECEMBER 31, AT MIDNIGHT,
THEY WILL PRAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 07-18-1968

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, SOMEONE IS COMING WITH A HOLE IN THEIR
BRITCHES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.840
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 07-18-1968

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RAIN, RAIN GO TO SPAIN
COME AGAIN SOME OTHER DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.465
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 08-07-1968

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