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SUPERSTITION

BURN A BAY BERRY CANDLE ON CHRISTMAS AND IF THE FLAME BURNS BRIGHT
AND THE LIGHT SHINES CLEAR. THEN YOU WILL BE BLESSED ALL YEAR.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: 03-14-1971

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REMEDY

TEA AND HONEY WILL CURE A COUGH.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES CONTAINS SEVERAL SIMILAR ITEMS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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CUT A BABY'S FINGERNAILS BEFORE HE IS A YEAR OLD, THE BABY WILL HAVE
POOR EYESIGHT.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-14-1971

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SUPERSTITION

BURN A BAYBERRY CANDLE ON CHRISTMAS AND IF THE FLAME BURNS BRIGHT
AND THE LIGHT SHINES CLEAR, THEN YOU WILL BE BLESSED ALL YEAR.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Keyword(s): LUCK

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: 03-14-1971

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DUMMY DUMMY DOE DOE/ CATCH ME IF YOU CAN/ I CAN JUMP FASTER THAN
(NAME) CAN.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 03-14-1971

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

JOHNNY OVER THE OCEAN,
JOHNNY OVER THE SEA,
JOHNNY BROKE A BOTTLE,
AND BLAMED IT ALL ON ME.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 03-14-1971

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PUT A HAT ON THE BED.

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Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Keyword(s): Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

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

Date learned: 03-14-1971

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IF A PIECE OF BREAD AND BUTTER FALLS ON THE THE
FLOOR AND THE BUTTERED SIDE HITS THE FLOOR, IT IS
CONSIDERED BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Butter
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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