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IF A SCREECH OWL OR A WHIP-POOR-WILL CRIES NEAR THE HOUSE,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU TURN YOUR COAT WRONG SIDE OUT
AND HANG IT ON THE DOOR KNOB. IN THE WINTER, YOU CAN STICK
THE SHOVEL IN THE FIRE UNTIL THE OWL IS QUIET.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WILLIAMSON COUNTY

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals
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