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WHEN SOMEONE DIES IN A FAMILY, THERE WILL USUALLY BE THREE
DEATHS IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IF YOU TRANSPLANT A CEDAR TREE OR CUT IT DOWN, WHEN IT'S TALL
ENOUGH TO SHADOW A GRAVE, SOMEONE WILL DIE WITHIN EIGHT
MONTHS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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EATING PEANUTS IN THE PITS OF A RACETRACK CAUSES BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 06-11-1972

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IF YOU WEAR YOUR BELT BACKWARDS FOR THREE DAYS, GOOD LUCK
WILL FOLLOW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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DON'T START A DRESS ON FRIDAY, BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER LIVE
TO SEE IT FINISHED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Keyword(s): SEWING SEW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO MOVE A BROOM WHEN MOVING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IF YOUR DRESS TAIL IS TURNED UP, SPIT ON IT AND YOU'LL GET
A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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DON'T EAT OYSTERS UNLESS THE MONTH HAS AN "R" IN THE SPELLING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Word Letter

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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IF A BUTTERFLY LANDS ON YOU, YOU WILL GET A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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DO NOT GIVE SCISSORS TO A FRIEND, IT WILL CUT YOUR FRIENDSHIP
IN TO(?) (TWO).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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SNEEZE ON MONDAY, SNEEZE FOR DANGER.
SNEEZE ON TUESDAY, KISS A STRANGER.
SNEEZE ON WEDNESDAY, GET A LETTER.
SNEEZE ON THURSDAY, SOMETHING BETTER.
SNEEZE ON FRIDAY, SNEEZE FOR SORROW.
SNEEZE ON SATURDAY, SEE YOUR SWEETHEART TOMORROW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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A BABY WITH A TIGHT FIST WILL BE STINGY.
A BABY WITH OPEN HANDS WILL BE A SPENDER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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IF A DOG HOWLS IN THE BACKYARD, THERE IS TO BE A DEATH IN THE
FAMILY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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IF YOU KILL A SNAKE GOING UPHILL, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO ROCK IN AN EMPTY CHAIR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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IF YOU SEE A CATERPILLAR AND SPIT ON IT, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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BAD LUCK WILL FOLLOW YOU IF YOU GO IN ONE DOOR AND OUT
ANOTHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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WHEN YOU MOVE, DO NOT TAKE A BROOM; IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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WHEN YOU PULL A TOOTH, DO NOT PUT YOUR TONGUE IN THE HOLE AND
A SOLID GOLD TOOTH WILL GROW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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IF YOU CUT OFF A SNAKE'S TAIL, IT WILL GROW BACK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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