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IF A BIRD GETS INTO YOUR HOUSE, THEN THERE WILL BE A DEATH
IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BALDWIN COUNTY ; FOLEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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IF A FUNERAL GOES BY, HOLD YOUR BUTTON OR
YOU'LL BE THE NEXT TO DIE.

Submitter comment: "YOUR BUTTON" REFERS TO ANY BUTTON THAT MAY BE ON ONE'S CLOTHING.
AS THE INFORMANT SAID, "IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT BUTTON, BUT YOU'D
BETTER JUST HOPE YOU'VE GOT A BUTTON."

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BALDWIN COUNTY ; FOLEY

Subject headings: Observation
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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IF YOU DON'T EAT BLACK EYED PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, THEN YOU
WILL HAVE BAD LUCK THAT YEAR.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BALDWIN COUNTY ; FOLEY

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
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001940-00001960

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HER GRANDFATHER TOLD HER THAT TURTLES USED TO COME ONTO THE
BEACH AT GULF SHORES, ALABAMA, BIG ENOUGH THAT MEN COULD
RIDE ON THEM.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BALDWIN COUNTY ; FOLEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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IF SOMEONE SERVES YOU A PIECE OF PIE AND IT IS
NOT POINTING DIRECTLY AT YOU, MAKE A WISH AND IT
WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BALDWIN COUNTY ; FOLEY

Subject headings: Food Drink -- N225
BELIEF -- Prayer

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IF THE HEM ON YOUR DRESS IS TURNED UP (ON THE OUTSIDE),
THEN YOU ARE GOING TO GET A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BALDWIN COUNTY ; FOLEY

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001940-00001958

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB.
SHE TIED IT TO THE HEATER.
AND EVERY TIME IT TURNED AROUND
IT BURNED ITS LITTLE SEATER.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BALDWIN COUNTY ; FOLEY

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

Date learned: 00001940-1950

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FATTY, FATTY, TWO BY FOUR,
CAN'T GET THROUGH THE BATHROOM DOOR,
SO SHE DID IT ON THE FLOOR.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BALDWIN COUNTY ; FOLEY

Subject headings: --

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EENY, MEENY, MINEY, MOE
CATCH A NIGGER BY THE TOE.
IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM PAY
FIFTY-DOLLARS, EVERY DAY.

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THE INFORMANT WAS RATHER HESITANT AND EMBARRASSED TO GIVE THIS
RHYME AS FOLKLORE, BECAUSE OF THE USE OF THE DERISIVE TERM C0 "NIGGER." SHE EXPLAINED, THOUGH, THAT AS CHILDREN, THEY DID NOT
REALIZE THAT THIS RHYME WAS RACIST IN NATURE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BALDWIN COUNTY ; FOLEY

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

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