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RAY WAS EATING AT AN OUTDOOR SIDEWALK CAFE. A BIRD FLEW
ONTO RAY'S HEAD. HE REACHED UP AND FELT A FURRY LITTLE THING.
HE REACHED UP HIS HAND AND SWIPED THE BIRD OFF, AND
IT LANDED ON THE TABLE OF AN AUSTRALIAN COUPLE.

Where learned: ITALY ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 07-00-1985

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In the city of Florence, there is a bronze statue of a boar
whose finish has dulled with time except for the nose which
is quite shiny. Custom has it that visitors to the city should
rub the nose of the boar in order to have the good luck to be
able to return to the city, thus the shiny nose.

Where learned: ITALY ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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THREE MONTHS FROM THE DAY THAT THE KATY-DIDS START
HOLLERING WILL BE THE FIRST FROST.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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YOU CAN COUNT THE NUMBER OF FOGS IN AUGUST AND PREDICT
THE NUMBER OF SNOWS FOR THE WINTER. A HEAVY FOG MEANS A
HEAVY SNOW; A LIGHT FOG MEANS A LIGHT SNOW.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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WHEN A MULLEIN STALK BEGINS BLOOMING, BEND IT IN THE DIRECTION
THAT YOUR SWEETHEART LIVES. IF AFTER IT HAS BEEN BENT TO THE
GROUND, IT STRAIGHTENS UP AND LIVES, YOUR SWEETHEART LOVES YOU.
IF IT DIES, YOUR SWEETHEART DOESN'T LOVE YOU.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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DON'T THANK A FRIEND FOR A PLANT GIVEN AS A GIFT. IT WILL DIE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IF YOU WASH ON MONDAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY, SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY
WILL DIE BEFORE THE YEAR IS OUT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO RETURN BORROWED SALT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO GIVE SCISSORS OR KNIVES AS GIFTS TO FRIENDS OR
KIN. IT WILL SEVER YOUR RELATIONSHIP.
IT (IF) KNIVES OR SCISSORS ARE GIVEN, THE RECEIVER SHOULD
PAY THE PERSON GIVING THE GIFT A PENNY SO THEIR FRIENDSHIP
WILL NOT BE SEVERED.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM HER MOTHER, MRS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
BELIEF -- P226 P226.4
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Sharp objects

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

HE STILL HASN'T GOTTEN UP FOOL'S HILL.

Submitter comment: MEANING HE LACKS MATURITY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

HE TOOK OFF LIKE MOODY'S GOOSE.

Submitter comment: IN A HURRY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Keyword(s): RUSH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS MAD AS AN OLD WET HEN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Keyword(s): ANGRY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-24-1970

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