1240. If salt water pigeons' feathers are in a bed, the sick person on
it will not die easily.
1241. In old colonial burying-grounds--in Plymouth, Concord, Cambridge,
and Rutland, Mass....
1271. If a child in eating an apple merely girdles it and leaves the
apple good at stem and below, it indicates that he will be a poor man;
the saying is, a poor man's core.
1272. It is unlucky to turn back after...
1340. If the right cheek burns, some one is speaking well of you; if the
left, they are speaking ill of you; if both, they speak well and ill at
once. Moisten the finger in the mouth and touch it to the cheek, namin...
1376. If you mend your apron or dress while on you, some one will lie
Maine and Alabama.
1377. As many stitches as you take (in mending a garment while wearing
it), so many lies will be told...
1402. Halloween cabbages are pulled and thrown against the owner's door
as a reminder of his laziness.
Southern Pennsylvania and Ohio.
1403. Shelled corn is thrown at every one--the significance not kno...
1419. What you do on your birthday, you will do all the year.
1420. On cutting the finger-nails:--
Cut them on Monday, cut them for news,
Cut them on Tuesday, a pair of new s...
1438. It is supposed that a broom placed behind the door will keep off
1439. To burn the stub of a broom or break a sugar-bowl, means a quarrel.
1464. A stratum of warm air indicates the presence of the devil.
Boston, Mass. (Irish).
1465. If, when a newly-married couple go to housekeeping, she slyly takes
her mother's dish-cloth or dish-wiper, s...