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MANY LEGENDS ARE BUILT AROUND SUPPOSED HAPPENINGS IN
CONNECTION WITH LAVA FLOWS IN THE OUTLYING ISLANDS
OF THE HAWAIIAN CHAIN. I HAVE HEARD SEVERAL VARIA-
TIONS OF THIS TALE.
ONE DAY ONE OF "THE OLD ONES" (A LEGENDARY PERSON WHO
APPEARS IN MORTAL FORM, ASKING FOR ALMS) APPEARED AT
THE DOOR OF A POOR MAN'S HUT ON THE SLOPES OF MAUNA
KEA. HE WAS GIVEN HOSPITALITY, AND WHEN IT WAS TIME
FOR HIM TO GO, HE INSTRUCTED THE POOR MAN TO PUT THREE
STONES AT THE FOUR CORNERS OF HIS LAND. THE OLD MAN
DID AS HE WAS TOLD, AND SOON AFTER, THE VOLCANO
ERRUPTED AND LAVA POURED DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, DESTROYING
EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH--BUT WHEN IT REACHED THE OLD
MAN'S LAND, IT SPLIT AND WENT AROUND. (THEY WILL
STILL SHOW YOU A NUMBER OF PLACES WHICH ARE BARE OF
LAVA AND THERE IS A VARIATION OF THE STORY TO GO
WITH EACH ONE.)

Where learned: BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGEL?

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR EARS RING, SOMEONE IS THINKING ABOUT YOU.

IF A PORTION OF YOUR SKIRT HEM IS TURNED UP, YOUR BOY-FRIEND IS THINKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN THREES.

Submitter comment: SOURCE UNKNOWN

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BETHESDA

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU LIGHT THREE CIGARETTES ON ONE MATCH, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BETHESDA

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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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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PROVERB

COLD HANDS; WARM HEART.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BETHESDA

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SAYING

THE GOOD DIE YOUNG.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BETHESDA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POPULAR SAYING

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BETHESDA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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