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RIDDLE

WHAT IS NEVER SEEN BUT OFTEN CHANGES?
YOUR MIND.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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RIDDLE

WHERE DO OLD VOLKSWAGENS GO WHEN THEY ARE JUNKED?
THE OLD VOLKS HOME.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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RIDDLE

WHY ARE CLOUDS LIKE HORSE RIDERS?
THEY BOTH HOLD THE RAINS.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON REINS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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RIDDLE

WHAT LETTER IS NEVER IN THE ALPHABET?
THE ONE YOU PUT IN THE MAIL BOX.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): MAILBOX

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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PROVERB

AN EMPTY WAGON MAKES A LOT OF NOISE.

Submitter comment: THIS MEANS THAT PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE
IN THEIR HEADS TALK A LOT OF NONSENSE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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PROVERB

FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU, FOOL ME TWICE SHAME ON ME.

Submitter comment: AFTER SOMEONE MAKES A FOOL OF YOU ONCE, IF THAT PERSON
DOES IT TO YOU AGAIN, IT IS YOUR OWN FAULT, BECAUSE YOU
SHOULD NOT HAVE TRUSTED THAT PERSON.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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keep a horseshoe with a palm leaf made in the shape of a
cross over the bedroom door; this will assure a happy, positive,
loving marriage.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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Never sweep the feet of a person with a broom. It's bad
luck.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-10-1992

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If your right hand itch, look for money to come your way.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

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If your left hand itch, you are going to lose the money you
have.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IF YOU KISS THE TURNED UP HEM OF YOUR DRESS, YOU'LL GET A
NEW DRESS.

Where learned: ATLANTA ; GEORGIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE LEFT HIND FOOT OF A RABBIT KILLED IN A GRAVEYARD AT
MIDNIGHT SHOULD BE CARRIED FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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DON'T ALLOW A CRICKET IN YOUR HOUSE, FOR IT WILL BRING
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

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

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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IF YOU SHIVER SUDDENLY FROM A QUICK, COLD CHILL, IT'S A
RABBIT RUNNING OVER YOUR GRAVE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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IF IT IS RAINING AND THE SUN COMES OUT, THERE WILL BE A RAINBOW.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

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

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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FOR CORN TO BE READY FOR EATING, IT HAD TO BE KNEE HIGH BY
THE FOURTH OF JULY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- P244 P244.4
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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A RING AROUND THE MOON MEANS FROST.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO MOVE ON A FRIDAY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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