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IF A BABY IS TEETHING YOU ARE TO GET SOME WHITE THREAD WITH
SEVEN WHITE BUTTONS FROM THE SAME SHIRT PUT IT AROUND THE BABIES
NECK AND HE OR SHE WON'T BE FRETFUL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; CENTERVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 01-15-1984

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR YOU WILL HAVE SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; CENTERVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 04091984CA

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR BOYFRIEND

HOLD YOUR FEET UP WHEN YOU CROSS A RAILROAD IF YOU DON'T YOU
WILL LOSE YOUR BOYFRIEND.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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MAKE A WISH

WHEN TWO PEOPLE SAY THE SAME THING, YOU KISS YOUR FINGERS,
TOUCH BLUE, SAY JINX BLUE AND MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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MAKE A WISH

WHEN THE EDGE OF YOUR SKIRT IS TURNED UP, GRAB IT, TURN
AROUND AND MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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UNEXPECTED CORRESPONDENCE

A SPIDER HANGING IN FRONT OF THE DOOR MEANS A LETTER FROM
SOMEONE YOU'RE NOT EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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COMPANY COMING

IF YOU SEE A REDBIRD IN THE ROAD, TUN YOUR HAT AROUND SO YOU
WON'T HAVE COMPANY WHEN YOU GET HOME.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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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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BLACK CAT CURSE

TO BREAK THE CURSE OF A BLACK CAT, WHILE DRIVING, LICK YOUR
FINGERS, MAKE A CROSS IN THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER OF THE
WINDSHIELD.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 07-26-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF YOU PUT YOUR SHOES ON A TABLE.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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NEVER PUT A HAT ON THE BED, IT IS BAD LUCK. PUT IT UNDER IT.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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THE FIRST NIGHT YOU SPEND IN A ROOM, HAVE A FRIEND NAME EACH
CORNER AND IN THE MORNING WHEN YOU WAKE, THE FIRST CORNER
YOU SEE WILL BE THE NAME OF YOUR WIFE OR HUSBAND.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, GO OUT AND WET YOUR FINGERS
AND MAKE A CROSS IN THE ROAD AND YOUR BAD LUCK WILL GO AWAY.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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IF A BROOM FALLS IN FRONT OF YU, NEVER STEP OVER IT, PICK
IT UP. IT IS BAD LUCK IF YOU STEP OVER IT.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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NEVER MEET ANYONE ON STEPS; IF YOU SEE SOMEONE COMING, GO BACK
TO BOTTOM, NO NEVER, NEVER.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Architecture
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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WHEN YOU HEAR A BIG BRANCH OF A TREE FALL IN THE WOODS ON A
STILL DAY, (IT) IS A SIGN OF RAIN.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO HAVE A CROWING HEN.

Data entry tech comment: ROOSTERS CROW; HENS CACKLE.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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REDHEADED WOODPECKER DRUMMING ON A HARD LIMB IS A SIGN OF
CHANGE IN THE WEATHER.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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SUN DOGS (SMALL RAINBOWS AT EACH SIDE OF A SETTING SUN) INDICATE
FALLING (FAILING?) WEATHER WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIRDS CONGREGATING TOGETHER IN WINTER IS A
SIGN OF SNOW.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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