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A WOMAN SHOULD NOT MAKE SAUERKRAUT DURING HER MENSTRUAL
PERIOD, IT MAKES THE KRAUT SOFT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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TO CATCH A BIRD PUT SALT ON ITS TAIL.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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HAPPY IS THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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IF YOUR FOOT ITCHES, IT MEANS YOU WILL WALK ON STRANGE GROUND.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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IF IT RAINS ON EASTER SUNDAY, IT WILL RAIN SEVEN SUNDAYS AFTER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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WHEN YOUR EARS BURN, IT MEANS SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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NEVER PASS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF A POST; IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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PUT MONEY UNDER YOUR WELCOME MAT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE; BRING IT IN
ON NEW YEAR'S DAY AND HAVE MONEY COMING IN ALL YEAR.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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NEVER LET ANYONE PASS YOU ON THE STAIRS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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NEVER START TO SEW SOMETHING (NEW) ON FRIDAY--YOU WILL NEVER
FINISH IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Routine activity
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY HIDE A HEAD OF CABBAGE WHERE NOBODY CAN SEE
IT, FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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WHEN ONE SPILLS SOME SALT, THROW A PINCH OF SALT OVER THE
LEFT SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Conversions Food and drink

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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EAT FISH WITH SCALES ON IT FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE, TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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ALWAYS GET OUT OF BED THE SAME SIDE AS YOU GET IT (IN?); IF YOU
DON'T, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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DON'T OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE; IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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IF YOU PUT ANY CLOTHES ON BACKWARDS AND CHANGE IT; IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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DON'T SEW YOUR CLOTHES WHILE YOU'RE WEARING THEM; IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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IF YOU PUT A HAT ON THE TABLE, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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PROVERB

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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PROVERB

BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

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

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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