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LITTLE CHILDREN WHO TWIRL AROUND MANY TIMES ARE TOLD
THAT THEY WILL START SCREAMING AND NEVER STOP.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P428
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SING BEFORE BREAKFAST, YOU WILL CRY BEFORE SUPPER

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): INEVITABILITY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FINDING A FOUR-LEAF CLOVER IS A GOOD LUCK CHARM.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; PADUCAH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Plants

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH IT'S THE SIGN OF BAD
LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BURN BRUSH ON SUNDAY.

Submitter comment: BELIEVED IN KENTUCKY IN FARMING AREAS. THE IMPLICATION IS

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKFORT ; KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE ; PRESTONSBURG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU PICK UP YOUR HUSBAND'S CLOTHES ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF
YOUR MARRIAGE, YOU WILL PICK THEM UP FOR THE REST OF YOUR
LIFE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU WEAR YOUR SORORITY PIN ALL NIGHT, THE FIRST NIGHT
YOU ARE INITIATED, IT'LL LAST FOREVER. (SAME IF YOU GET
PINNED, ENGAGED, ETC.)

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU DREAM OF SNAKES, YOU ARE GOING TO DEFEAT ONE OF YUR
ENEMIES.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Untamed varieties
BELIEF -- Dreams P841.61

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU TELL ABOUT A DREAM BEFORE BREAKFAST, IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; PADUCAH

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 07-04-1972

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WALKING UNDER A LADDER WILL BRING YOU BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; PADUCAH

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 07-04-1972

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WHEN YOU CUT YOUR WISDOM TEETH, YOUR LIFE IS HALF OVER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; PADUCAH

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-04-1972

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BREAKING A MIRROR BRINGS SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; PADUCAH

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 07-04-1972

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IT IS COMMONLY CONSIDERED BAD LUCK FOR A BABY TO CRY WHILE
IT IS BEING BAPTIZED.

Submitter comment: I HAVE NOT HEARD THE SUPERSTITION VOICED LATELY, BUT AFTER

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 08-04-1968

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TURKEY NECK BEND IS THE NAME GIVEN TO THE SECTION OF
MONROE COUNTY, KENTUCKY, WHERE MY HUSBAND WAS BORN.
THE NAME CAME FROM THE FACT THAT THE LAND FORMED A
TURKEY'S NECK WHERE IT WAS BORDERED BY THE CUMBERLAND
RIVER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED ; MONROE COUNTY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 08-12-1968

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