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POPPING FINGER KNUCKLES WILL MAKE THEM BIGGER.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES THE SAME PLACE TWICE.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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RAIN BEFORE SEVEN STOPS BEFORE ELEVEN.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001968 (ASSUMED)

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ALWAYS HOLD YOUR BREATH WHEN PASSING BY OR THROUGH A
CEMETERY SO THAT THE SPIRITS THERE CAN'T GET IN YOU.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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IF YOU KILL A SPIDER, IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: FAIRMOUNT RD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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THE LENGTH OF THE ORANGE OR MIDDLE BAND ON A "WOOLYBEAR"
CATERPILLAR CORRESPONDS TO THE LENGTH OF THE COMING WINTER
IN RELATION TO THE TWO BLACK OR OUTSIDE BANDS WHICH CORRESPOND
TO SPRING AND FALL.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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WHEN DOGS EAT GRASS, IT MEANS RAIN.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001968 (ASSUMED)

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WHEN THE WIND BLOWS THE LEAVES ON TREES SO THAT YOU CAN SEE
THE UNDER SIDES

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001968 (ASSUMED)

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A PINK SUNSET MEANS GOOD WEATHER ON THE FOLLOWING DAY. A
YELLOW SUNSET MEANS BAD WEATHER AND RAIN ON THE FOLLOWING
DAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001968 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOU SEE A HAYWAGON LOADED WITH HAY AND MAKE A WISH, IT WILL
COME TRUE, BUT YOU CAN'T LOOK AT THE HAYWAGON AGAIN AFTER
WISHING.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001968 (ASSUMED)

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE SAY A WORD AT THE SAME TIME, THEY MAY CLASP
HANDS AND PRESS THEIR THUMBS TOGETHER. AS THEY DO THIS, THEY
MAKE A WISH AND PRONOUNCE "THUMBS". IF THEY DO NOT SPEAK
UNTIL SPOKEN TO, THE WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001968 (ASSUMED)

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KNOCK, KNOCK.
WHO'S THERE?
BOO.
BOO WHO?
WHAT ARE YOU CRYING FOR?

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT DO YOU CALL A TWO-STORY OUTHOUSE?
BIG JOHN
AT THIS TIME THERE WAS A SONG ON THE RADIO ABOUT A
COALMINER NAMED BIG JOHN.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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IF TEN CROWS ARE SITTING ON A FENCE AND YOU SHOOT ONE, HOW
MANY ARE LEFT?
ONE, BECAUSE THE OTHER NINE YOU DIDN'T SHOOT FLEW AWAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT'S BIG AND PURPLE AND STOMPS OUT FOREST FIRES?
SMOKEY THE GRAPE

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT IS PURPLE AND CONQUERED THE WORLD?
ALEXANDER THE GRAPE

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT'S HARDER THAN GETTING A PREGNANT ELEPHANT IN A
VOLKSWAGON?
GETTING AN ELEPHANT PREGNANT IN A VOLKSWAGON.

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT'S THE SQUARE ROOT OF NEGATIVE SIXTY-NINE?
EIGHT SOMETHING?

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT'S BLACK AND WHITE AND BLACK AND WHITE AND BLACK AND WHITE?
A NUN FALLING DOWN STAIRS

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT LIES IN A DITCH, IS YELLOW, AND HAS WHEELS ON TOP?
A DEAD SCHOOLBUS

Where learned: OHIO ; FAIRMOUNT RD ; CHAGRIN FALLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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