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ONE SHOULD NEVER BURN TRASH ON SUNDAY. ONCE UPON A TIME
A MAN BURNED TRASH ON SUNDAY, DIED, AND WAS PLACED ON
THE MOON. THAT IS WHY THERE IS A MAN'S FACE ON THE MOON.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mythology P200.453

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEVER TICKLE A BABY'S FEET BECAUSE WHEN IT STARTS TO TALK, IT
WILL STUTTER.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth
SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A BIRD SHOULD HAPPEN TO GET IN THE HOUSE, THERE IS GOING TO
BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A HALO AROUND THE MOON FORECASTS RAIN FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF
TIME.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF, AS RAIN BEGINS TO FALL, YOU NOTICE THAT THE DROPS ARE LARGE,
THE RAIN WILL NOT LAST LONG.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE SMALL WHITE SPOTS THAT APPEAR UNDER THE FINGERNAIL ARE
SUPPOSED TO INDICATE THAT YOU HAVE TOLD A LIE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT,
RED SKY AT MORNING, SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment: RED SKY AT NIGHT MEANS FAIR WEATHER THE NEXT DAY, BUT A RED

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AN ITCHY HAND MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE MONEY SOON.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AN ITCHY NOSE MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE VISITED BY
"COMPANY."

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ITCHY FEET MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE A JOURNEY IN THE
NEAR FUTURE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FRIDAY 13TH IS A DAY OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: SALEM ; WEST VIRGINIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Bad luck Friday the Thirteenth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEVER KILL A CRICKET IN THE HOUSE, BECAUSE IF YOU DO, YOU WILL
BE SURE TO HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: SALEM ; WEST VIRGINIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEVER HANG A NEW CALENDAR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR
OR THAT NEW YEAR WILL BE FILLED WITH BAD LUCK.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEVER PULL OUT A GRAY HAIR, BECAUSE IF YOU DO, TWO GRAY ONES WILL
TAKE ITS PLACE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEVER RAISE AN UMBRELLA INDOORS--BAD LUCK.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ALWAYS THROW A PINCH OF SALT OVER THE LEFT SHOULDER IF YOU
HAPPEN TO SPILL SALT; OTHERWISE, YOU WILL BE PLAGUED WITH
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO INSURE GOOD LUCK AND PROSPERITY DURING THE COMING YEAR, MY
MOTHER STATES THAT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE BOILED CABBAGE ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY. THE CABBAGE, HOWEVER, MUST BE BOILED WITH A
PENNY IN THE KETTLE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ONE MUST NEVER SING OR WHISTLE AT THE DINING TABLE BECAUSE
THAT WILL BRING BAD LUCK TO THE HOUSEHOLD.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

BIG OAKS FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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