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STOPPING AN OWL FROM HOLLERING

IF AN OWL HOLLERS AT NIGHT, TURN SHOE UPSIDE DOWN TO STOP HIM.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird

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HOW TO STOP HAWKS FROM CATCHING CHICKENS

MY STEPMOTHER USED TO THINK THAT IF HAWKS WERE CATCHING
CHICKENS, YOU COULD STOP THEM BY PUTTING A HORSESHOE IN THE
FIRE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird

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BAD LUCK FOR WOMAN TO BE FIRST IN HOUSE ON NEW YEAR'S

MY STEPMOTHER WOULDN'T LET A WOMAN INTO THE HOUSE ON NEW
YEAR'S DAY BEFORE A MAN CAME IN. THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND
HERE WHO STILL DO THIS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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HOW TO HAVE A GOOD CORN CROP

MY MOTHER USED TO BELIEVE THAT THE FIRST DAY YOU PLANTED
CORN YOU HAD TO HAVE TURNIP GREENS AND HOG JOWL FOR A GOOD
CROP.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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KNOCK ON WOOD

IF YOU SAY SOMETHING AND YOU ARE AFRAID BECAUSE THAT YOU HAVE
SAID IT THAT IT WILL HAPPEN, YOU SHOULD SAY, "I'D BETTER
KNOCK ON WOOD" AND KNOCK ON A PIECE OF WOOD WHILE YOU ARE
SAYING IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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DON'T THROW BACK YOUR FIRST FISH

YOU WILL LOSE YOUR LUCK IF YOU THROW BACK THE FIRST FISH YOU
CATCH. LOTS OF PEOPLE WOULDN'T THINK ABOUT THROWING BACK
THEIR FIRST FISH NO MATTAER HOW LITTLE IT WAS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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BAD LUCK SIGNS

IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK TO SWEEP ANYTHING OUT THE DOOR
OR CARRY OUT ASHES AFTER SUNDOWN.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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HOW TO GET RID OF RATS

IF RATS GOT PRETTY BAD AND YOU WANTED THEM TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE,
YOU'D LEAVAE NOTES IN THE RUNWAY TELLING THEM TO GO TO MR.
JOHNSON'S FARM, THE NEIGHBORS, AND THEY WOULD ALL GO AWAY.
YOU HAD TO TELL THEM THE DIRECTION TO GO TOO.

Submitter comment: HIS MOTHER BELIEVED THIS AND WOULD ACTUALLY DO IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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SELLING A DOG

LOTS OF PEOPLE USED TO THINK THAT IF YOU SOLD A DOG, IT WAS
BAD LUCK TO TAKE MONEY INTO THE HOUSE. IT WAS ALL RIGHT (SIC)
IF YOU LEFT IT OUTSIDE UNDER THE DOORSTEP OR SOMEWHERE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR DOG AT HOME

IF YOU HAVE A DOG THAT WON'T STAY AT HOME, CUT HAIR OFF THE
END OF HIS TAIL AND PUT IT UNDER YOUR DOORSTEP AND HE WILL
STAY HOME.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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NAMING FISHING POLE

NAME YOUR FISHING POLE YOUR SWEETHEART'S NAME AND IF YOU
CATCH A FISH, IT MEANS HE LOVES YOU.

Submitter comment: WE USED TO DO THIS AS A GAME.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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BAD LUCK

I'VE ALWAYS HEARD THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER START ANYTHING ON
FRIDAY THAT YOU CAN'T FINISH THAT DAY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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GOOD LUCK SIGN

IF THE PALM OF YOUR HAND ITCHES, YOU RUB IT ON SOMETHING NEW
AND YOU WILL GET SOME MONEY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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TO CAUSE RAIN

WHEN YOU KILL A SNAKE, HANG IT UP WITH BELLY UP AND IT WILL
RAIN IN THREE DAYS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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WAKING UP SNAKES

THEY SAY THAT THE FIRST THUNDERRSTORM IN MARCH WAKES UP THE
SNAKES.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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CONQUERING ENEMIES

IF YOU KILL THE FIRST SNAKE YOU SEE IN THE SPRING, YOU CONQUER
ALL YOUR ENEMIES.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IF YOU FIND A BUTTON, COUNT THE HOLES IN IT AND YOU WILL
RECEIVE SOME MONEY IN THAT NUMBER OF DAYS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK TO GIVE ANYONE A SHARP OBJECT,
SUCH AS A KNIFE, A PAIR OF SCISSORS--FOR A PRESENT. IT WILL
CUT YOUR LOVE. THE PERSON RECEIVING THE OBJECT SHOULD GIVE
THE OTHER PERSON A PENNY OR SOMETHING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-03-1968

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PEOPLE USED TO SAY THAT IF YOU DREAM ABOUT CATCHING FISH AT
NIGHT YOU WOULD GET MONEY THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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