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IF YOU SPRINKLE SALT ON A BIRD'S TAIL, IT WILL ALLOW YOU TO
CATCH IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; GALLATIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU TALK TO YOURSELF, THEN YOU HAVE MONEY IN THE BANK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN ; ROUTE 3

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN VIRGINIA THE BARBERS WERE ALSO BLOOD-
LETTERS. THEY WOULD BLEED PEOPLE TO CURE
THEIR SICKNESSES. TO ADVERTISE THAT THEY
WERE BLOODLETTERS, THEY USED TO HAVE A
BLOODY WHITE SHEET OUTSIDE THEIR DOORS.
AFTER A LOT OF COMPLAINING ABOUT THE STENCH,
THEY STARTED JUST HANGING OUT A SHEET WITH
RED DYE ON IT.
THIS IS THE WAY THE BARBER POLE CUSTOM WAS
STARTED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; GALLATIN ; ROUTE 3

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN A PERSON IN VIRGINIA IS REAL POOR, WE SAY HE'S SO
POOR THAT HE DON'T HAVE A POT TO PEE IN OR A WINDOW TO
THROW IT OUT OF.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; GALLATIN ; ROUTE 3

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU'RE WHITE, YOU'RE RIGHT;
IF YOU'RE YELLOW, YOU'RE MELLOW;
IF YOU'RE BROWN, STICK AROUND;
IF YOU'RE BLACK, GET BACK.

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RACISM

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

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

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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SPLITTING A TREE, WALKING ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF AN
OBSTACLE, WILL RUIN A FRIENDSHIP.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

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

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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IF YOU STEP OVER A LONG HANDLED TOOL, BROOM, RAKE, HOE,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU STEP OVER IT BACKWARDS.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BROOM ; Handle ; Hoe ; LUCK ; Step ; Tool

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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IF YOU STEP OVER SOMEONE'S OUT STRETCHED LEGS, HE WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU STEP OVER THEM BACKWARDS.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): Backwards ; BAD LUCK ; BODY ; LEGS ; Limb ; LUCK ; Step

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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OPENING AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE BRINGS BAD LUCK.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; House ; Indoors ; LUCK ; OMEN ; UMBRELLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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IF A GIRL CATCHES A BUTTERLY AND BITES OFF HIS HEAD IN
THE TAIL OF HER DRESS, SHE WILL GET A NEW ONE.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Bite ; Butterfly ; Dismember ; DRESS ; GOOD LUCK ; HEAD ; LUCK ; New ; OMEN ; Tail

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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STUMPING YOUR TOE MEANS BAD LUCK, BUT IF YOU TWIRL
AROUND ONCE YOUR LUCK WILL CHANGE FROM BAD TO GOOD.

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Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; GOOD LUCK ; LUCK ; STUB ; Stump ; TOE ; Twirl

James Callow Keyword(s): REVERSAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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CATS

IF A CAT IS LEFT IN THE HOUSE AT NIGHT, IT WILL SUCK THE
BREATH OUT OF A BABY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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CURE FOR COLDS

GARLIC AROUND THE NECK PREVENTS COLDS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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CURE FOR A COUGH

TO CURE A COUGH, MIX ROCK CANDY WITH WHISKEY AND DRINK IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 06-24-1973

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