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ENEMY HEX

IF YOU HAD AN ENEMY, SOMEBODY YOU REALLY DIDN'T LIKE, THEN
YOU TOOK A NAIL AND NAILED IT IN THE GROUND SAYING HIS NAME
OVER AND OVER. SOMETHING BAD WOULD SURELY HAPPEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

James Callow Keyword(s): METAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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ONE TIME A GIRL BIT ME REAL HARD ON MY ARM AND SOMEBODY
TOLD ME THAT IF I TOOK THE WORST LOOKIN', BLACKEST,
SMELLIEST CHICKEN MANURE AND RUBBED IT ON THE BITE,
HER TEETH WOULD ALL FALL OUT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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MAKING A HEX

IF YOU HAD SOMEONE'S PICTURE AND YOU WANTED THEM TO HAVE BAD
LUCK, BURIED IT FACE DOWN. (BURY)

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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IF THERE'S A GIRL YOU LIKE IN SCHOOL AND SHE DIDN'T LIKE
YOU ESPECIALLY, PUT A STRAND OF YOUR HAIR IN HER HAIR ON
THE SLY 'CAUSE SHE CAN'T COMB IT OUT, AND SHE'LL FALL
FOR YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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A COW EYE IS A GOOD LUCK CHARM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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A CRICKET IN THE HOUSE IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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IT IS VERY BAD LUCK TO SAY THE WORD "WATER" NEAR AN OIL WELL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, TURN AROUND THREE TIMES AND
TURN YOUR HAT FROM THE FRONT TO THE BACK, TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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IF THE GROOM SEES THE BRIDE THE NIGHT BEFORE THE MARRIAGE, IT
WILL WORK OUT BADLY.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF YOU SEE YOUR FUTURE BRIDE BATHING IN THE NUDE BEFORE THE
WEDDING, THE MARRIAGE WILL WORK OUT BADLY.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF A GIRL IS NOT A VIRGIN SHE CANNOT LOOK YOU IN THE EYE.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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AT ANNAPOLIS, IF A VIRGIN WALKS BETWEEN TWO CANNONS, THEY
HAVE THEM, THEY WILL GO OFF.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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HOMOSEXUALS CAN'T WHISTLE.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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EVERY PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ELECTED ON A YEAR
ENDING WITH A ZERO IS ASSASINATED.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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THE NUMBER OF DOGS IN AUGUST WILL EQUAL THE NUMBER OF SNOWS THAT
WINTER.

Where learned: CARMICHAEL TOWERS ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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SQUIRRELS GOING SOUTH MEANS THE WINTER WILL BE HARD.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING CORRECTED BY STUDENT EDITOR.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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IF YOU HAVE KILLED A SNAKE, NOT JUST ANY OLD DEAD SNAKE, BUT
IF YOU KILL A SNAKE AND HANG IT ON A FENCE IT WILL PRODUCE A
A RAIN WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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HOW IS NASHVILLE LIKE ONE OF SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS?
"A MID-SUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"

Where learned: CARMICHAEL TOWERS ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHY DO ELEPHANTS WEAR SPRINGS?
TO SCREW MONKEYS

Where learned: CARMICHAEL TOWERS ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT IS THE MOST DREADED SOUND IN THE WORLD TO A MONKEY?
BOING, BOING, BOING

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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