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GEORGIA SUPERSTITION

"WE WERE ALWAYS TOLD NEVER TO STEP ON THE CRACKS IN THE SIDEWALK
OR STREETS. MY DADDY WOULD TELL US 'IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK,
YOU'LL BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK."

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

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

Date learned: 00001920S

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FLORIDA SUPERSTITION

"IF YOU FIND A PENNY IN THE STREET,
YOU SHOULD PUT IT IN YOUR SHOE FOR GOOD LUCK"

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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FLORIDA SUPERSTITION

"!OU SHOULD NEVER USE THE LAST MATCH IN A BOX, OR YOUR HOUSE
WILL CATCH FIRE"

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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FLORIDA SUPERSTITION

"YOU SHOULD NEVER LIGHT THREE CANDLES OR THREE CIGARETTES
ON ONE MATCH, BECAUSE IT BRINGS BAD LUCK"

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

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

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA SUPERSTITION

"THE ONLY WAY TO CATCH A BIRD WAS TO PUT SALT ON ITS TAIL,
AND CATCHING A BIRD BROUGHT GOOD LUCK"

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

"DADDY TOLD US THAT EVERY HALLOWEEN NIGHT,
YOU SHOULD FACE SOUTH-EAST AND SAY A LITTLE RHYME I CAN'T REMEMBER,
AND IT WOULD PREVENT BLACKBEARD'S GHOST FROM GETTING YOU."

Submitter comment: THE COLLECTOR RESEARCHED THIS GEORGIA SUPERSTITION, AND FOUND
THAT BLACKBEARD'S ISLAND, THE SITE WHERE THE ENGLISH PIRATE
SUPPOSEDLY ESTABLISHED HIS HEADQUARTERS, LIES JUST OFF OF
GEORGIA'S SOUTH-EAST COAST.

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.429
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.434
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA CHRISTMAS TREE CUSTOM

"IT WAS GOOD LUCK IF A FAMILY CUT DOWN THEIR OWN CHRISTMAS TREE."

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA CHRISTMAS TREE CUSTOM

"WE'D ALWAYS HAVE OUR CHRISTMAS TREE UP BY CHRISTMAS EVE,
BECAUSE IT MEANT GOOD LUCK FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND THE NEW YEAR."

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA CHRISTMAS TREE CUSTOM

"IT WAS BAD LUCK TO HAVE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
UP AFTER NEW YEAR'S EVE"

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA NEW YEAR'S DAY CUSTOM

"WE'D ALWAYS EAT BLACK EYED PEAS FOR DINNER ON NEW YEAR'S DAY,
SERVED EITHER WITH HAM OR HOG JOWLS, BECAUSE IT WOULD BRING
GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEXT YEAR".

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOM

"WHENEVER YOU'D GET A KNIFE AS A GIFT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE,
YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO GIVE THE PERSON A COIN IN RETURN
SO THAT YOUR FRIENDSHIP WOULDN'T BE CUT IN TWO DURING THE NEXT YEAR"

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT STATED THAT A VARIATION OF THIS CUSTOM WAS PRACTICED
BY BRANCHES OF HER FAMILY IN WHICH THE CUSTOM WAS EXTENDED
TO INCLUDE OTHER HOLIDAYS AND BIRTHDAYS.

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA SUPERSTITION

"IF YOU'D DROP A SPOON ON THE FLOOR, IT MEANT THAT
A GIRLFRIEND WAS COMING TO VISIT YOU".

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA SUPERSTITION

"IF YOU'D DROP A FORK ON THE FLOOR, IT MEANT THAT
A LADY WAS COMING TO SEE YOU"

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA SUPERSTITION

"IF YOU DROPPED A KNIFE ON THE FLOOR, IT MEANT
THAT A MAN WAS COMING TO SEE YOU"

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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FLORIDA HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

"WE WERE ALWAYS RUNNING AROUND ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT. WE DIDN'T GO
TRICK OR TREATING LIKE THEY DO NOW, BUT WE'D GO LOOK FOR HOT-STEAMS
ON THE COUNTRY ROADS. THEY WERE LIKE GHOSTS THAT WOULD STRETCH
ACROSS THE ROAD AND BLOCK THE WAY. IF THEY CAUGHT YOU, THEY'D
SUCK YOUR BREATH, AND TO PREVENT IT, YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO SAY MM
"ANGEL BRIGHT, LIFE IN DEATH
GET OFF THE ROAD, DON'T SUCK MY BREATH'. MM
WE BELIEVED IN HOT-STEAMS, BUT WE NEVER DID SEE ONE".

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT FIRST LEARNED OF "HOT-STEAMS" FROM CHILDHOOD FRIENDS
IN FLORIDA. SHE STATED THAT SHE HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT HOT-STEAMS
UNTIL SHE READ HARPER LEE'S "TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD",
WHICH MENTIONED HOT-STEAMS WITH THE SAME RHYME.

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.422
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.429
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA WEDDING SUPERSTITION

"WHEN A BRIDE-TO-BE WAS OPENING HER GIFTS AT THE BRIDAL SHOWER,
THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS SHE BROKE MEANT THAT'S HOW MANY CHILDREN
SHE WAS GOING TO HAVE".

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA WEDDING CUSTOM

"IF A BRIDE CARRIED ORANGE BLOSSOMS IN HER BOUQUET, IT WOULD
BRING GOOD LUCK TO HER MARRIAGE".

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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GEORGIA WEDDING SUPERSTITION

"YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY THE NAME OF AN OLD BOYFRIEND
ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, BECAUSE IT WOULD BRING BAD LUCK
TO THE FIRST YEAR OF YOUR MARRIAGE".

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: Person / Nickname
686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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FLORIDA WEATHER BELIEF

"DADDY USED TO TELL US THAT THE SUNSHINE IN FLORIDA WAS SO HEALTHY,
NO ONE EVER DIED, AND THAT'S WHY THE POOREST MEN
IN FLORIDA WERE THOSE WHO SELL CEMETERY PLOTS".

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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FLORIDA SUPERSTITION

"IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, YOU SHOULD WALK THE OTHER WAY
TO PREVENT BAD LUCK".

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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