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NO MATTER HOW MUCH WATERMELON A CHILD EATS HE CAN ALWAYS
EAT SOME MORE IF HE RUNS AROUND THE HOUSE THREE TIMES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WILLIAMSON COUNTY

James Callow Keyword(s): APPETITE ; CAPACITY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 00-00-1918

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PUT BROOMS IN FRONT OF ALL THE DOORS AND WICHES CANNOT
COME INSIDE. BE SURE TO PUT THE BROOM ACROSS THE DOOR
AND THE WITCH WILL TRIP OVER IT. IF YOU PUT THE BROOM
LONGWAYS, THE WITCHES CAN JUST SLIDE IN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WILLIAMSON COUNTY

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

Date learned: 00001920 CA.

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MY UNCLE JOHN USED TO SAY THAT TO KEEP WITCHES AWAY ON
HALLOWEEN YOU SHOULD LOAD YOUR SHOTGUN WITH STOCK PEAS
AND ROCK SALT AND GO OUT AND FIRE IT AT THE MOON EVERY
HALF HOUR BETWEEN SUNDOWN AND MIDNIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 00001920 CA.

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IF YOU LAUGH BEFORE BREAKFAST YOU WILL CRY BEFORE SUPPER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Subject headings: Observation
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001928 CA.

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IF A SCREECH OWL OR A WHIP-POOR-WILL CRIES NEAR THE HOUSE,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU TURN YOUR COAT WRONG SIDE OUT
AND HANG IT ON THE DOOR KNOB. IN THE WINTER, YOU CAN STICK
THE SHOVEL IN THE FIRE UNTIL THE OWL IS QUIET.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WILLIAMSON COUNTY

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

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