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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, COOK BLACK-EYED PEAS WITH A PENNY FROM THE
PREVIOUS YEAR AND THE FAMILY WILL HAVE A GOOD YEAR.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

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GET THE PENNY FROM A SERVING OF BLACK-EYED PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
AND YOU WILL HAVE A LUCKY YEAR.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 01-01-1976

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PLANT UNDERGROUND-GROWING VEGETABLES UNDER A WANING MOON AND THE
CROP WILL BE PLENTIFUL

Where learned: FLORIDA ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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PLANT ABOVE-GROUND VEGETABLES UNDER A WAXING MOON AND THE CROP
WILL BE PLENTIFUL

Where learned: FLORIDA ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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Wedding Legend

A man who sees his bride to be on the day of the wedding before the ceremony will divorce her eventually.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

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Theatre Truism

If something is saved for a great length of time, it will be disposed of one day before that exact thing can be used.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: 686 686.1
Observation

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Theatre Truism

If something can possibly go wrong, it will. (Murphy's law)
If several things go wrong, or can go wrong, they will go wrong in every possible way. (First corallary to Murphy's Law)
If something can go wrong, it will go wrong at the worst possible time. (Second corollary to Murphy's Law)

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: Observation

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Direction Finding

If you are lost take a stick and place it vertically in the ground. Wait until the shadow is the shortest and at that point the side with the shadow is North if you are above the equator.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

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

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Ethnic Humor

Q. What is the shortest book in the world?
A. Italian War Heroes, or Polish Hygiene.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings:

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Ethnic Joke

Q: Why do Polish dogs have flat noses?
A. From chasing parked cars.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

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Ethnic Joke

Q: How do you tell a Polish bride?
A: Braided armpits.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.


 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

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Rugby Omen

To thump a glass of beer on the table and not drink the entire contents of the glass on a single draw is bad luck.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

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Luck/Omen

If a bird flies into a closed window, someone in the rook will die soon.
This past summer, a bird flew into the closed window of the room, killing itself. My grandfather was asleep in the room. Within a month he was dead


 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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Irish Greeting

An Irishman will greet you by saying "The top of the morning to you," and the reply is "And the rest of the day to yourself."

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Omen

During the first week of a show in live theatre, costumes are not washed unless there is something deliberately done to it on stage, such as stage blood put on it. To wash the costume otherwise brings bad luck.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

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Luck Omen

In the theatre, one never says good luck, but rather, "break a leg." This originated when the understudy used to tell the actor good luck without really meaning it.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Drinking Game: Zoom, Schwartz, Profigliano

The game starts by the leader saying "Does everyone here know how to play zoom schwartz profigliano?," to which all players must respond "yes." He then looks at a player and says "zoom." The zoomed player can either respond "schwartz" to the zoomer or he may zoom another player. He may not zoom his zoomer until two others have been brought into the game. If a person responds "schwartz" to his zoomer the turn stays with the zoomer, who may then either schwartz the schwartzer or turn to another player and say "profigliano," which forces the schwartzer to schwartz again. A miss is called a splivvich. Anyone who makes a splivvich must pay the penalty by chugging a glass of beer. The splivvicher then becomes the leader and the game restarts. There are other rules which are not listed here, as they must be learned by practical experience.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime

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Personal Charm

During the Vanderbilt basketball season, I wore a hat to every game except three in the regular season. We lost those three games. Also, during the same period of time I constantly wore the hat when playing bridge and won two duplicate tournaments and consistently won at contract because I got cards more than I should have. Then just before the mideast regional I washed the hat and we did poorly in the tournament and I haven't gotten cards since then, duplicate hasn't changed however.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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Weather Omen

In the days before air pollution, a yellowish haze and extreme stillness indicated an oncoming tornado.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

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Weather Omen

Just before a hurricane hits, and hits really hard, the whole area is dead still except for gnats. There will be literally thousands of gnats around. Oftentimes people will abandon a certain coastal area entirely simply because of the numbers of gnats. For example, when Camille hit the Gulf Coast several years ago, one could hardly walk for the insects near the area, and even as far away as my home in Pensacola, Florida, about 150 miles away, the insects were fierce.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he probably learned this.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE ; PENSACOLA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

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