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THE PRESERVED TONGUE

ONE OF HIS (FATHER PLANCK'S) FORMER STUDENTS WAS MAKING OUT WITH
HIS GIRL FRIEND AND THEY STARTED FRENCHING. THERE WAS A SUDDEN
NOISE AND WHEN THE GIRL JUMPED, SHE BIT HER BOY FRIEND'S TONGUE
OFF. FATHER PLAN; THEN PRODUCED THE TONGUE, OR WHAT LOOKED LIKE
THE TONGUE, IN A JAR OF ALCOHOL. "LET THIS BE A LESSON TO YOU
BOYS," HE WOULD THEN PROCLAIM.

Submitter comment: FATHER PLANCK OF ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL IN LOUISVILLE USED TO TELL
THIS STORY TO HIS BIOLOGY CLASSES.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE ; SAINT XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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GOOD OLD DAYS

NOTHING IS MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS
THAN A BAD MEMORY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; REMENISENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PORK

IF YOU WERE SENT TO THE STORE FOR A YARD OF
PORK, WHAT WOULD YOU BRING HOME?
THREE PIGS FEET.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL MEASUREMENT MAMMAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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CANDLE TALK

WHAT DID ONE CANDLE SAY TO THE OTHER CANDLE?
ARE YOU GOING OUT TONIGHT?

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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HAT TRICK

WHAT DID THE TIE SAY TO THE HAT?
YOU GO ON AHEAD, I AM GOING TO HANG AROUND.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION CLOTHING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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WET MELONS

WHY IS THERE SO MUCH WATER IN A WATERMELON?
BECAUSE IT WAS PLANTED IN THE SPRING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; SEASON FRIUT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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CAIN AND ABLE

HOW LONG DID CAIN HATE HIS BROTHER?
AS LONG AS HE WAS ABLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IT FROM A PATIENT IN STS, MARY
AND ELIZABETH HOSPITAL IN LOUISVILLE, KY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): ABEL ; BIBLICAL ; NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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UNINFORMED

A GREAT MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOTHING WRONG WITH THEM, APPARENTLY,
FORGET TO LET THEIR FACES KNOW ABOUT IT.

Submitter comment: NO RECORD OF SOURCE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): PEOPLE WHO DON,T SMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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PROPOSITION

COUNTRY GIRL AT A DANCE WHERE LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WERE
TO BE SERVED.
BOY: PARDON ME, IS YOUR PROGRAM FILLED?
GIRL: NO SIR. IT WOULD TAKE MORE THAN TWO SKINNEY
SANDWICHES AND A GREEN OLIVE TO FILL MY PROGRAM.

Submitter comment: SISTER SENT THIS TO ME IN A LETTER AND NEGLECTED TO
INCLUDE WHERE SHE FIRST HEARD IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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RAIN PROOF

TWO MAIDEN LADIES WENT TO A LIVERY STABLE AND TOLD THE
ATTENDANT THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO GO FOR A RIDE AND
THAT THEY WOULD LIKE A TAME HORSE. THE ATTENDANT
HITCHED UP THE HORSE AND BUGGY AND ASSURED THEM THAT
THEY WOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE, BUT TOLD THEM, "BE SURE
AND KEEP THE REIN FROM UNDER THE TAIL." AFTER SOME
HOURS THEY RETURNED ALL SMILES, SAYING, "WE HAD A VERY
NICE RIDE, NO TROUBLE AND WE TOOK TURNS HOLDING
THE UMBRELLA OVER HIS TAIL."

Submitter comment: SISTER SAYS THAT SHE HEARD IT FIRST FROM A HOSPITAL
PATIENT IN 1963 SHE THINKS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON REIN RAIN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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DEATHS COME IN THREES.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THIS BELIEF ALL MY LIFE, FIRST IN LOUISVILLE,

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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IF A BIRD FLIES IN THE HOUSE, A DEATH WILL FOLLOW. THE
MAID WE HAD WHEN I WAS A CHILD, AND WHO WORKED FOR ME LATER,
BELIEVED THIS. HER NAME WAS CELANE DENY, SHE WAS ABOUT
20, IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, IN 1940. SHE WOULD GET
HYSTERICAL IF A BIRD GOT IN THE HOUSE. IF IT CAME DOWN
THE CHIMNEY SHE WOULD SCREAM AND RUN OUT OF THE ROOM WHERE
IT WAS. THEN SHE WOULD OPEN THE DOORS AND WINDOWS AND
HIDE BEHIND THE COUCH OR RUN IN THE CLOSET AND JUST PEEK
OUT. IT WAS BAD LUCK FOR HER IF IT TOUCHED HER. SHE
WOULD KEEP MY SISTER AND ME RIGHT WITH HER SO IT
COULDN'T TOUCH US EITHER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN ; 00-00-1940

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THE FIRST TWELVE DAYS OF THE NEW YEAR WILL TELL THE TYPE
OF WEATHER FOR THE COMING TWELVE MONTHS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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WEARING AN EMERALD WILL GUARANTEE SAFETY IN CHILDBIRTH

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS LEGENDARY PROMISE FROM A JEWELER IN

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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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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