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BELIEF

TO FRIGHTEN OFF BIRDS FROM YOUR GARDEN, PLACE A
LENGTH OF GARDEN HOSE IN IT AND THEY WILL THINK
IT'S A SNAKE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLASS ASSIGNMENT ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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BELIEF

TO WARD OFF RABBITS, PLANT EMPTY GINGER ALE BOTTLES
IN THE GARDEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLASS ASSIGNMENT ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): GINGERALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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IF YOU WERE GETTING HUNT AND SOMETHING WENT WRONG WHILE THE
ROPE WAS AROUND YOUR NECK AND YOU DIDN'T GET HUNG, THEY
WOULDN'T TRY IT AGAIN, BECAUSE YOU WOULD DIE A 1000 TIMES
WHILE THE ROPE WAS AROUND YOUR NECK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLASS ASSIGNMENT ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CAPITAL PUNISHMENT PENAL CODE PRISON CRIMINAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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IF YOU DON'T HAVE YOUR FIRST RIPE TOMATO BY JULY 4, YOU ARE
A POOR GARDENER AND WILL HAVE A SMALL CROP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLASS ASSIGNMENT ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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DON'T START ANYTHING ON SATURDAY YOU CAN'T FINISH, BECAUSE
IT WILL NEVER GET FINISHED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLASS ASSIGNMENT ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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WHEN PATCHES OF SNOW REMAIN, IT IS USUALLY WAITING FOR MORE
TO FALL.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

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

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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WHEN A CATERPILLAR HAS A THICK COAT OF FUR, IT MEANS WE
WILL HAVE A BAD WINTER.

Submitter comment: THIS PAST FALL, HIS COAT WAS THIN ON EACH END AND

James Callow comment: CONTRADICTORY?

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: 891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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PLANT YOUR POTATOES BY ST. PATRICK'S DAY IF YOU WANT A
GOOD CROP.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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WHEN SOMEBODY DIED, PEOPLE WOULD GO TO THE GRAVEYARD AND SING
THE WHOLE NIGHT, AND THEY SAID WHEN THEY SANG, IT KEPT
THE EVIL SPIRITS AWAY.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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OUR NEIGHBOR, MR. MC NEAL, WON'T PLANT ANYTHING UNLESS IT IS
"IN THE RIGHT SIGN," EVEN THOUGH ALL OTHER CONDITIONS ARE
PERFECT.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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EVENING RED, MORNING GRAY,
SETS THE TRAVELER, ON HIS WAY.

BUT THE EVENING GRAY, AND THE MORNING RED,
WILL BRING DOWN RAIN, ON HIS HEAD.

Submitter comment:

MICHAEL LEARNED THIS FROM HIS GRANDFATHER, WHO LIKED TO

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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IF IT'S RAINING AND THE SUN'S SHINING, THE DEVIL'S BEATING
HIS WIFE.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Keyword(s): SATAN

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

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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WHEN THE OWL HOOTS IN THE DAY AND THE DOG BARKS AT NIGHT,
AND THE COW DOESN'T GIVE ANY MILK FOR TWO DAYS, THAT IS
A SIGN OF SNOW.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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IF IT'S RAINING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, YOU WILL SHED THAT MANY
TEARS DURING YOUR MARRIAGE.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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A MAN ASKED HIS WIFE TO TAKE OFF HIS SHOES. SHE ASKED HIM
WHY AND HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO GO WADING IN THE GREEN
MEADOWS. SHE COULDN'T FIGURE IT OUT, BECAUSE IT WAS
SNOWING OUTSIDE. HE THEN DIED.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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A RING AROUND THE MOON MEANS FALLING WEATHER. THE NUMBER OF
STARS WITHIN THE RING RPRESENTS THE DAYS OF THE FALLING
WEATHER.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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IF IT RAINS AND THE SUN'S SHINING AT THE SAME TIME, MEANS
THE DEVIL'S BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Keyword(s): SATAN

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

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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ALWAYS BUTCHER HOGS ON THE INCREASE OF THE MOON. IF YOU
BUTCHER THEM ON THE DECREASE OF THE MOON, THE MEAT WILL SHRINK
WHEN IT IS COOKED.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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NEVER SHINGLE A ROOF IN THE UP SIGN OF THE MOON, BECAUSE THE
SHINGLES WILL CURL UP AND LEAK. IN THE DOWN SIGN, THEY LAY
FLAT AND TIGHT AND NEVER LEAK.

Where learned: CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Roof Ceiling
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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