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PLEASANT SUMMER?

THERE WAS A MAN WHO LIVED IN BOWLING GREEN WHO BOUGHT HIMSELF
A COFFIN AND SLEPT IN IT, SO IT WOULD NOT BE FAMILIAR TO HIM
WHEN HE DIED.

Where learned: Arkansas ; RUSSELLVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

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A CAT LOOKING OUT A WINDOW IS "LOOKING FOR RAIN."

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Where learned: Arkansas ; RUSSELLVILLE

Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHISM ; CAT ; CAT ; Rain ; SIGN ; Window

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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IF YOU KICK A CAT YOU'LL GET RHEUMATISM.

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Where learned: Arkansas ; RUSSELLVILLE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Animal Cruelty ; CAT ; CRUELTY ; ILLNESS ; Kick ; OMEN ; PUNISHMENT ; Rheumatism

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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IF YOU DREAM OF A DEATH, WEDDING IN THE FAMILY;
IF YOU DREAM OF A WEDDING, DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

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Where learned: Arkansas ; RUSSELLVILLE

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Dream ; FAMILY ; Meaning ; Opposite ; SIGN ; SYMBOL ; WEDDING

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; CONTRAST ; ITERATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life

Date learned: 10-20-1973

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WHEN LEAVING A BUILDING, IT IS BAD LUCK TO GO OUT ANY
DOOR, EXCEPT THE ONE THROUGH WHICH YOU ENTERED.

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Where learned: Arkansas ; RUSSELLVILLE

Keyword(s): Bad ; Door ; Enter ; Exit ; Leave ; LUCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 10-07-1973

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