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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, THE DEVIL IS WHIPPING
HIS WIFE WITH A RIN PAN.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): DEVIL BEATING HIS WIFE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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A COMMON, THOUGH ENTIRELY ORAL, SUPERSTITION IS THE TYPICAL
VANDERBILT COED, OR T.V.C. SHE IS RICH, CONCEITED, AND
ALWAYS DATED UP A WEEK IN ADVANCE. IF NOT DATED UP, SHE
STILL REFUSES ANY OFFER FOR THE WEEKEND MADE AFTER WEDNESDAY
NIGHT, AND ALWAYS REFUSES NON-FRATERNITY MEN. THOUGH THIS
INFORMATION APPEARS IN NO CAMPUS PUBLICATIONS, IT HAS BEEN
PREVALENT FOR YEARS AMONG VANDERBILT MEN.

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Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): Co-ed ; DATE ; DATING ; Female ; Fraternity ; Frigid ; Girl ; SEXISM ; Sorority ; Stereotype ; Vanderbilt University

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMALE WOMAN GIRL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NOT LAUGH AT ANY DEFORMED PERSON
OR HER UNBORN CHILD WILL HAVE THE SAME DEFORMITY.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)

Date learned: 06-20-1972

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A SURE SIGN THAT EASTER IS NEAR IS OBSERVED IN THE BLOOMING
OF THE DOGWOOD TREE. THIS TREE BLOOMS SYMBOLIC OF EASTER
BECAUSE THE WOOD OF THIS TREE WAS USED FOR THE CROSS ON
WHICH CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED. IN THOSE DAYS THE DOGWOOD
TREE GREW REAL LARGE, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS MISUSED, IT NOW
IS A VERY DWARFY TREE. THE PETALS IF EXAMINED CLOSELY
RESEMBLE A CROSS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P663
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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DON'T LET A PREGNANT WOMAN COMB YOUR HAIR OR IT WILL FALL
OUT OR BREAK OFF.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-19-1972

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GIRLS SHOULDN'T WEAR PATENT LEATHER SHOES BECAUSE THEY WILL
REFLECT THEIR UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): TEMPTATION PROVOCATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN HUNTSVILLE IN JONE'S VALLEY THERE'S A
GRAVEYARD WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO AT NIGHT AND HEAR
"SCREAMING." JUDY FOSTER HEARD IT.
SUPPOSEDLY, IN THE 1800S THE JONES FAMILY WAS HAVING
A PARTY AND ONE OF THE JONES GIRLS WHO WAS A WICKED
GIRL LEFT THE PARTY EARLY. SHE NEVER CAME BACK AND
SO THE PARTIERS SEARCHED FOR HER AND FOUND HER BODY
LYING SCATTERED ALL OVER THE AREA AND ON HER HEAD
WAS A BLACK CROSS SIGN. TO THIS DAY SHE CAN BE
HEARD SCREAMING WHEN YOU ARE STANDING IN THE
GRAVEYARD.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; PEABODY ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1800

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ANYBODY WHO'D DO THAT WOULD PUSH LITTLE CHICKENS IN
THE CREEK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): CRUELTY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

BUSIER THAN A ONE-ARMED PAPERHANGER.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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FINER'N FROG HAIR.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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FIRST TIME I HEARD THAT JOKE I KICKED THE SLATS OUT OF
MY CRADLE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

GREENER'N A GOURD.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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I LIKE HIM LIKE A HAIR ON A BISCUIT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): IRONY DISLIKE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

INDEPENDENT AS A HOG ON ICE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

LIKE A FOX IN A HENHOUSE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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HIS MIND'S AS LONG AS A PIECE OF STRING.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

MY HOMETOWN'S SO SMALL, IF YOU BLINK DRIVING THROUGH IT,
YOU'LL MISS IT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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NERVOUS AS A TOMCAT IN A ROOMFULL OF ROCKERS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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SHE'S SO SKINNY SHE HAS TO STAND TWICE TO MAKE A SHADOW.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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NOT GIVEN

SLICKER'N A GREASED PIG.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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