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Subject: [FOLKLORE] Teeth The superstitions and folklore
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 14:10:37 EDT
The superstitions and folklore
you need to make life magnificent...
A broad space between front teeth signifies a long life.
A space between the two front upper incisors indicates that you will
live far from your childhood home.
Always burn a pulled tooth for luck.
Always drop a baby's tooth into a rat hole and the new tooth will be
Broad front teeth reveal that you will be a lifelong traveler.
Carry a pulled wisdom tooth on your person for luck.
Cast a pulled tooth over your shoulder without watching to see where it goes,
and a straight tooth will grow in its place; but if you turn around to look,
the new tooth will come in crooked.
Chew tobacco to preserve your teeth.
Clean your teeth with cigar ashes to preserve them and make them white.
Cutting your wisdom teeth late is the sign of a long life.
Drop the first tooth of a child into a glass of water and the witches will
come that night and put a penny inside the glass.
Eat bread crusts to make teeth white.
Hide a pulled tooth under a rock and your next tooth will be straight.
If a dog gets the tooth that you have thrown away, a dog tooth will grow
n its place.
If a dog steps on or walks over the tooth that you have thrown away, the new
tooth will look like a dog tooth.
If a man sheds his teeth after he is twenty-one, he will live to be a
hundred years old.
If a pulled tooth is left overnight in a glass tumbler, next morning
you will see a piece of money instead of the tooth.
If a rat finds a tooth that you have thrown away, you will get a rat tooth.
If a tooth comes out, put it under your pillow and in the morning you will
find a dime in the place of the tooth.
If a tooth is lost, its mate will soon follow.
If a young man sheds his teeth before he is twenty-one, he won't live long.
If an animal finds a tooth which you have thrown away, the new tooth will
resemble the teeth of that animal.
If you have your first tooth pulled without using an anesthetic,
throw the tooth over your head and you will never have another decayed
tooth until you die.
If you throw a tooth away and a rabbit runs over it, your next tooth will
be a rabbit tooth.
If you throw away your first tooth and a chicken picks it up,
you will get chicken teeth.
If your front teeth are wide apart, you will accumulate wealth.
It brings very bad luck to extract a tooth when the sign is in the "head."
It will cause you bad luck, if a pulled tooth is not burned.
Keep your tongue out of the hole left by the extraction of a tooth to prevent
a gold tooth from growing there.
Pick your teeth with a needle or pin and they will decay.
Picking your teeth with a pin will cause bad luck.
Place a pulled tooth under your pillow and it will change into a piece of
Place a pulled tooth beneath your pillow and you will have good luck.
Preserve your teeth by washing them with urine.
Pull a tooth in the sign of the "thigh" during the dark of the moon and it
will not hurt.
Put pulled tooth in a glass of water and in twenty-four hours it becomes
Put a pulled tooth behind your grandmother's water pitcher and she will
have good luck.
Sleep on a pulled tooth and during the night it will turn into a nickel.
Sleep on a pulled tooth and good luck will come to you.
Teeth close together in front are a token that you will always live near
the place where you were born.
Teeth should be pulled in the sign of the "shoulder."
Throw a pulled tooth over your right shoulder to be lucky.
Throw an extracted tooth over your right shoulder and another tooth will grow
in its place.
To count your teeth will bring bad luck.
To cut your wisdom teeth early means that you will die young.
To have good luck, throw a pulled tooth over your left shoulder.
When a girl is in her ninth year or thereabouts, never have one of her
teeth pulled, or it will lead to serious trouble.
Whenever you cut your wisdom teeth, your life is half over.
You will never gain any knowledge or be wise until you have cut
your wisdom teeth.
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