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IF YOU CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT YOU CAME INTO A ROOM TO
GET, GO BACK TO WHERE YOU STARTED AND COME IN AGAIN
AND YOU WILL THINK OF IT.

Submitter comment: IT WORKS FOR ME. THIS PROBABLY HAS TRUE ASSOCIATIONAL

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU TRIP ON THE FRONT STEPS WHEN YOU ARE GOING OUT IN THE
MORNING, YOU HAD BETTER GO RIGHT BACK IN AND STAY HOME,
BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL DAY.

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU DON'T WANT SOME BAD THING TO HAPPEN, KNOCK ON WOOD.

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THERE'S A RING AROUND THE MOON, IT MEANS IT'S GOING TO RAIN.

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THERE HAS BEEN LOVELY WEATHER FOR A LONG TIME, THEN THERE IS
SURELY GOING TO BE A BAD WINTER (OR WET SPRING, OR MISERABLE
SUMMER) FOLLOWING.

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE LEAVES TURN UP (SO THAT THE UNDER-PARTS SHOW), A RAIN-
STORM IS COMING.

Where learned: COLORADO ; SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BOULDER

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

Date learned: 00001942 CA.

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