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NEVER USE A TREE FOR FIRE WOOD THAT'S BEEN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
WATER CAN BE FOUND BY "WITCHING" WITH A GREEN BRANCH FROM
CERTAIN TREES.

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Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Keyword(s): ; Aphorisms ; dowsing ; Tips ; TREES ; WATER ; Witch ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Water

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DISEASE CURES

A DIRTY SOCK WORN "ROUND THE NECK" ON GOING TO BED WILL CURE A
SORE THROAT.
A BUCKEYE CARRIED IN THE POCKET WILL CURE RHEUMATISM.
ASSAFETIDA WORN AROUND THE NECK IN THE WINTER WILL
KEEP DISEASE AWAY.
BLOOD STOPPING WAS USED BY PEOPLE WHO CLAIMED THEY COULD
STOP THE FLOW OF BLOOD. IT ORIGINATED IN THE LUMBERJACK CAMPS,
WHEN SERIOUS INJURIES WERE RECEIVED BY THE LUMBERJACKS AND PERHAPS
SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE THEY COULD GET TO A DOCTOR.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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A RINGING IN THE EARS MEANS SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SICK.
A RINGING IN THE EARS MEANS SOMEONE HAS DIED.
IF THE SECOND TOE OF A WOMAN IS LONGER THAN HER LARGE TOE,
SHE WILL HENPECK HER HUSBAND.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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WARTS ARE CAUSED BY HANDLING TOADS.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

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

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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BLISTERS ON THE TONGUE CAN BE CAUSED BY TELLING LIES.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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HAPPY IS THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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GOOD LUCK

KNOCK ON WOOD FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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BAD LUCK

BREAKING A MIRROR IS SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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BAD LUCK

SPILLING SALT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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