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DREAM

IF YOU DREAM THE SAME DREAM THREE TIMES, IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; LOS ANGELES

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 06-00-1968

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CREOLE BELIEF

BROKEN MIRROR IS SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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CREOLE BELIEF

WALK BACKWARDS IF YOU CURSE YOUR MOTHER OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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CREOLE BELIEF

IF YOUR BELT COMES UNBUCKLED IT MEANS SOMEONE IN YOU FAMILY WILL DIE.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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CREOLE BELIEF

IF AN OWL HOWLS TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND TURN THEM UPSIDE DOWN
OR BAD LUCK WILL COME TO YOU

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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CREOLE BELIEF

DO NOT WALK OVER A BROOM, BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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CREOLE BELIEF

DON'T SWEEP DIRT OUTSIDE AFTER DARK BECAUSE IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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CREOLE BELIEF

DO NOT PUT A MAN'S HAT ON THE BED OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1931

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CREOLE BELIEF

DO NOT PUT A BABY'S SHOE HIGHER THAN THE BABY'S HEAD OR IT WILL NOT
GROW ANY TALLER.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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CREOLE BELIEF

DO NOT PUT YOUR UNDER GARMENTS ON BACKWARDS OR YOUR WHOLE DAY
WILL GO BAD.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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COLD REMEDY

DRINK HOT WATER WITH SALT AND CASTEROIL MIXED IN IT .

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BREAUX BRIDGE ; LOS ANGELES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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DO NOT WHISTLE IN A DRESSING ROOM.
IF YOU DO, WALK OUT IN THE HALL, TURN AROUND
THREE TIMES, WALK BACK IN THE ROOM AND CURSE.

Submitter comment: ON THE TONIGHT SHOW JOAN, AND HER GUEST, LILLIAN
GISH WERE TALKING ABOUT SUPERSTITIONS THAT MOVIE
STARS HAVE.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; LOS ANGELES

James Callow Keyword(s): DRAMA

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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DON'T WEAR YELLOW ON THE OPENING NIGHT OF A BROADWAY
SHOW, THE PERFORMANCE WILL BE A FLOP!

Submitter comment: WIESEMANN, KATHLEEN 811332

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; LOS ANGELES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-00-1984

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When cream sours and horses sweat at rest, there is a witch
present.

Submitter comment: Grandpa told us as we sat around the fire, to always taste
the cream before using it and if the plow horses would not work
in the morning because they were full of sweat, it was time to
pray because there was probably a witch or warlock close by.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; LOS ANGELES

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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RIDDLE

A MAN IS IN HIS ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND HE LOOKS OUT THE
WINDOW, TURNS AROUND AND SAYS "OH MY GOD, MY WIFE HAS
JUST BEEN KILLED." WHERE UPON THE ATTORNEY TAKES OUT A
GUN AND KILLS THE CLIENT. WHY DID THE ATORNEY KILL THE
CLIENT? TELLER IS ASKED QUESTIONS WHICH CAN BE ANSWERED
YES OR NO UNTIL THE STORY UNFOLDS.
-- THE ATTORNEY WAS JEALOUS OF THE CLIENT'S WIFE. THE
ATTORNEY WAS A WOMAN.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; HOME ; LOS ANGELES ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): WOMEN LAW ATTORNEY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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Retort

"I doubt it"

Submitter comment:

A phrase used by high school students in reply to any question asked of them, particularly when a yes or no answer was involved mostly favoring the affirmative.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

A large question mark is written next to the collector's comment

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; LOS ANGELES

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; Doubt ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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