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MOANING OAKS

THESE TREES ARE ON THE TOP OF A HILL IN BETWEEN TWO KNOLLS, AND
AS THE WIND BLOWS THROUGH THEM YOU CAN HEAR A HUMAN MOAN. THE
LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE PLACE IS HAUNTED BY THE SPIRITS OF SOME
INDIAN WOMEN. IN AMONGST THE TREES THERE IS A SMALL HOLE THAT
LEADS TO AN UNDERGROUND CAVE THAT THE INDIANS USED TO MAKE THEIR
ARROW HEADS IN. THE WOMEN WOULD GO INTO THE CAVE AFTER SUNSET TO
MANUFACTURE THE ARROW HEADS. ON ONE SUCH NIGHT A HOSTILE TRIBE
CAME WHILE THE MEN OF THE VILLAGE WERE OUT HUNTING AND BARRIED
THE WOMEN ALIVE. THE WOMEN NEVER WERE FOUND AND ARE SUPPOSEDLY
STILL THERE.

Submitter comment: I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN THE CAVE AND THE ANCIENT ARROW HEADS THAT
HAVE BEEN FOUND DOWN IN THE CAVE. ALTHOUGH THE TREES DO MAKE A
LOUD NOISE WHEN THE WIND IS BLOWING, IT DID NOT SOUND LIKE MOANING
TO ME.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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INDIAN GHOST STORY

WHEN I WAS A SMALL BOY IN ST. LOUIS MISSOURI, MY GRANDPARENTS OWNED
A FARM THAT USED TO BE OWNED BY INDIANS. THEY SAID THAT AN INDIAN
DIED IN THE HOUSE THAT USED TO BE ON THE LAND. AFTER THE INDIAN
DIED SOME OTHER PEOPLE MOVED IN. THE HOUSE MUST HAVE BEEN HAUNTED
BY THE DEAD INDIAN BECAUSE EVERYTIME PEOPLE WOULD TRY TO SLEEP
THEIR BLANKETS WOULD BE TORN OFF OF THEM. ONE DAY A MAN WHO
LIVED THERE DECIDED THAT THE INDIAN WOULD NOT TEAR OFF HIS
BLANKET WHILE HE WAS TRYING TO SLEEP. SO THAT NIGHT HE DECIDED THAT
HE WAS GOING TO HANG ONTO HIS BLANKET REAL HARD. WELL, WHEN HE GOT
INTO BED THAT NIGHT THE GHOST STARTED TO TEAR OFF HIS BLANKET. THE
MAN HUNG ONTO THE BLANKET REAL HARD BUT THE GHOST WAS TOO STRONG
FOR HIM. THE GHOST TORE THAT MAN'S BLANKET RIGHT OFF AND THE MAN
FELL RIGHT ONTO THE FLOOR. WELL, IT WAS MANY YEARS AFTER THAT
THAT MY GRANDPARENTS BOUGHT THAT LAND. THEY SAID THAT NOTHING REAL
STRANGE EVER HAPPENED TO THEM EXCEPT FOR ONE TIME. ONE DAY MY
GRANDPARENTS WERE WORKING IN THEIR COTTONFIELD NEAR THE HOUSE.
THEY HEARD A NOISE THAT SOUNDED LIKE PEOPLE RUNNING DOWN THE ROWS
OF COTTON. THEY DIDN'T BOTHER TO LOOK UP BECAUSE THEY FIGURED
THAT IT WAS JUST ONE OF US BOYS. WHEN THE NOISE GOT LOUDER AND
CLOSER THEY DID LOOK UP THEN TO SEE WHAT WE WANTED. BUT THERE
WASN'T ANYONE THERE. THEY LOOKED ALL AROUND BUT THEY COULDN'T
FIND ANYONE. NONE OF BOYS DID IT SO WE STILL DON'T WHO OR WHAT
WAS IN THE COTTONFIELD.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1946

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JOKING GESTURE

IF YOU SQUEEZE A GIRL'S KNEE AND SHE LAUGHS, SHE HAS A
BOYFRIEND.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER USED TO DO THIS TO ME WHEN I WAS LITTLE. IT WAS
A TEASING JOKE OF HIS THAT HE USED TO DO TO MY SISTERS,
OUR FRIENDS AND MYSELF.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: Observation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Gesture

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RIDDLE JOKE

RAILROAD CROSSINGS, LOOK OUT FOR THE CARS. CAN YOU
SPELL THAT WITHOUT ANY R'S? A: (AFTER THE SEVERAL
ATTEMPTS) T-H-A-T!!

Submitter comment: WHENEVER THIS RIDDLE IS TOLD TO A PERSON, THEY WILL ALWAYS
TRY TO SPELL THE SENTENCE WITHOUT ANY R'S.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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WHEN WATCHING A SPORTING EVENT ON TELEVISION YOU SHOULD ALWAYS
KEEP THE SCREEN CLEAR OF DUST. THIS WILL ENSURE A VICTORY FOR YOUR
TEAM.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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JENNIE HOREN, MY GRANDMOTHER'S MOTHER, DREAMT THAT
IT WAS A LIFE OR DEATH MATTER TO TAKE AN IMMEDIATE
TRIP TO NEW YORK. IT WAS A LONG AND EXPENSIVE TRIP
AND ALTHOUGH THE FAMILY COULD NOT AFFORD IT, SHE
WAS INSISTANT THAT SHE GO SEE HER BROTHER IN NEW YORK.
FINALLY, MY FATHER CONSENTED AND OFF SHE WENT TO NEW
YORK. THREE DAYS AFTER HER ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK, HER
BROTHER DIED. THIS WAS NOT THE ONLY OCCASION HER
DREAMS CAME TRUE.

Submitter comment: AS TOLD BY MY GRANDMOTHER, IDA MARIE COHEN

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

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THE STORY OF "KATYDIDS"

KATY WAS AT HOME ALONE AND KNOCKED OVER A BEAUTIFUL VASE OF HER
MOTHER'S. WHEN HER MOTHER GOT HOME, KATY TOLD HER THE DOG DID
IT. THAT NIGHT, KATY COULDN'T SLEEP BECAUSE OF THE BUGS SAYING
"KATY DID IT, KATY DID IT." KATY CRIED FOR HER MOTHER AND TOLD
HER THE TRUTH.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: LONG TIME AGO

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WEAR A GARLAND OF GARLIC AROUND YOUR NECK TO KEEP VAMPIRES AWAY.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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LEMON JUICE AND HONEY IS GOOD FOR COUGHS.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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PUT FINGERNAIL POLISH ON CHIGGER BITES.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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IF YOUR DOG IS NERVOUS, IT WILL RAIN SOON.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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TO LIE LIKE A RUG.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

IT'S A GOOD LIFE IF YOU DON'T WEAKEN - BUT OH, IF
YOU WEAKEN..."

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-27-1971

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