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MY NIECE WAS SHOPPING FOR A NEW CAR. SHE INVITED ME ALONG ON HER TRIP
AND I GLADLY ACCEPTED. I KNEW VERY LITTLE ABOUT CARS BUT LOOKED ON
ATTENTIVELY AS EACH SALESMAN TRIED TO SELL US ON THEIR CAR. I AM HARD
OF HEARING SO I COULDN'T REALLY HEAR WHAT THEY WERE SAYING BUT I WAS
GETTING THE GENERAL IDEA. AFTER SEVERAL STOPS, WE ARRIVED AT A
CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP. THE SALESMAN WAS SHOWING US A CORVAIR, POINTING
OUT THE IMPORTANT FEATURES. HE THEN PROCEEDED TO LIFT THE HOOD AND I
STARED UNDER IN AMAZEMENT AND EXCLAIMED "THERE SURE AIN'T MUCH
WORKING PARTS IN THAT ENGINE IS THERE". AT THAT STATEMENT BOTH MY
NIECE AND THE SALESMAN BURST INTO LAUGHTER. MY NIECE LATER EXPLAINED
THAT THE ENGINE WAS IN THE REAR.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD OF MANY STORIES SIMILAR TO THIS INVOLVING PEOPLE WHO ARE
UNFAMILIAR WITH CARS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WEATHERLY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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BELIEF

IF YOU PLACE A WARM BRICK AT THE FOOT OF YOUR BED UNDER THE COVERS
DURING THE WINTER YOU WILL NOT ONLY STAY WARM, BUT YOU WILL ALSO BE
PROTECTED FROM EVIL SPIRITS THAT TRY TO ENTER YOUR BODY. THESE
SPIRITS ARE ONLY ACTIVE DURING THE WINTER BECAUSE THE COLD DRIVES
THEM OUT OF THEIR GRAVES AT NIGHT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WEATHERLY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 00001960S

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WRONG SIDE OF BED

IT IS BAD LUCK TO GET OUT OF THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR BED. YOUR GUARDIAN
ANGEL SLEEPS ON THE RIGHT AND THE DEVIL ON THE LEFT. IF YOU GET OUT
THE LEFT SIDE, YOU AWAKEN THE DEVIL AND HE LEADS YOU INTO
TROUBLE.THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE FOR THE RIGHT SIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE MORE COMMON SAYING THAT "YOU GOT OUT ON THE
WRONG SIDE OF THE BED" WHEN SOMEBODY IS IN A BAD MOOD IN THE MORNING.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WEATHERLY

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00001960S

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