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MONDAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE,
TUESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF GRACE.
WEDNESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF WOE,
THURSDAY'S CHILD HAS FAR TO GO.
FRIDAY'S CHILD IS LOVING AND GIVING,
SATURDAY'S CHILD WORKS HARD FOR HIS LIVING.
BUT THE CHILD WHO IS BORN ON THE SABBATH DAY
IS BONNY AND BLITHE AND GOOD AND GAY.

Submitter comment: FROM CHILDHOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

NEVER TRY TO CUT A DRESS OUT ON A FRIDAY OR IT WON'T TURN OUT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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SEWING SUPERSTITION

IF YOU SEW ON SUNDAY YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE OUT EACH STITCH IN HELL
WITH YOUR NOSE.

Submitter comment: MRS. GROVE LEAREND THIS IN SOMERSET, PENNSYLVANIA, APPROXIMATELY
FORTY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

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A RELIGIOUS BELIEF

IF YOU GO TO MASS, CONFESSION, AND COMMUNION ON NINE CONSECUTIVE
FIRST FRIDAYS OF THE MONTH YOU WON'T GO TO HELL.

Submitter comment: TAUGHT TO HER IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

IT'S BAD LUCK TO SWEEP THE HOUSE AFTER 6 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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CHURCH SINKS

THERE IS A CHURCH IN SPAIN THAT WAS HIT BY A TIDAL WAVE AND SUNK
BENEATH THE GROUND. PEOPLE WHO WALK ON THE SHORE WHERE IT ONCE
STOOD SAY THEY CAN STILL HEAR THE ANGELUS BELLS RING AT NOON.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM A GUIDE WHILE ON A TOUR OF EUROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 06-00-1964

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BURIED ALIVE

THIS HAPPENED IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP NOT TOO LONG AGO. ALL THE
PRISONERS WHO WERE KILLED OR DIED WERE BURIED IN TWOS. A MAN
WAS GOING TO BE KILLED SO HE PRETENDED THAT HE WAS DEAD. HE HAD
MADE A DEAL WITH THE DOCTOR TO DIG HIM UP AFTER 15 MINUTES WHEN
EVERYONE HAD LEFT. THE DOCTOR GAVE HIM SOME MATCHES TO LIGHT SO
THAT HE WOULDN'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. AFTER THE MAN WAS BURIED,
HE WAITED 5, THEN 10, THEN 15 MINUTES AND THE DOCTOR STILL HADN'T
COME TO DIG HIM UP. HE LIT HIS LAST MATCH AND TURNED TO THE BODY
NEXT TO HIM ONLY TO FIND THAT THE BODY NEXT TO HIM WAS THE DOCTOR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS AT A PAJAMA PARTY FROM ONE OF HER FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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MARRIAGE

IF IT RAINS 3 DAYS BEFORE THE WEDDING, THE COUPLE WILL HAVE
3 CHILDREN. 4 DAYS, 4 CHILDREN. THIS ONLY WORKS A WEEK BEFORE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fourths / Quarters
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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PROVERB

CRY ON FRIDAY, LAUGH ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; I SUPPOSE THIS HAS CHRISTIAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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BELIEF ABOUT A CROSS-EYED WOMAN

IF YOU MEET A CROSS-EYED WOMAN IN THE MORNING, THINGS WILL
GET CROSSED ALL DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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IN HIGH SCHOOL IN BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN WE BELIEVED THAT
SOMEONE WAS A QUEER, OR OSTENSIBLY HOMOSEXUAL IF HE WORE
BROWN AND YELLOW ON THURSDAYS.
BELIEVED IN THE LATE 1950'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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MY BROTHER AND I USED TO VIST MY FATHER'S PARENTS IN DETROIT
DURING THE SUMMER AND ATTEND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH THEM.
MY GRANDFATHER USED TO KID US THAT THERE MIGHT BE A SMELLING-OUT
ANY SUNDAY, AT WHICH TIME WE WOULD BE EXPOSED TO SOME
UNKNOWN HORROR.

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 03-09-1971

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THURSDAYS

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IN THE ALMA AREA IT IS CONSIDERED THE SIGN OF THE QUEER
IF HE WEARS GREEN ON THURSDAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMOSEXUAL ; SLANG: QUEER FOR HOMOSEXUAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PLANT LEGEND

THERE IS A TYPE OF TREE THAT LOOKS LIKE AN ORDINARY TREE IN
THE DAYTIME, BUT AT NIGHT IT GROWS MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF FRUIT.
IF YOU PICKED SOME OF THIS FRUIT, THE ROOTS OF THE TREE WOULD
COME OUT OF THE GROUND AND DEVOUR YOU.
THESE TREES COULD BE IN GROUPS
THE TREE CAN ALSO MOVE IN THE NIGHT BY WALKING ON ITS ROOTS.
BUT IT HAS TO RETURN TO ITS: ORIGINAL POSITION BY DAWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CEMETERY BELIEF

IT WAS BELIEVED THAT AFTER EIGHT O'CLOCK AT NIGHT THE DEAD
WOULD WALK
EROUND MT. ELIOT CEMETERY IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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BELIEF

GET UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF BED, YOU WILL HAVE A BAD DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT OBTAINED FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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FLOWERDAYS AND BEANS

YOU ARE NOT TO PLANT BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS. (AGAIN
MY FATHER COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SPECIFIC TIME). MY GRANDFATHER
PLANTED A ROW OF BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS AND ANOTHER AFTER THE
DAYS WERE PAST. THE ROW PLANTED DURING THE DAYS GREW WITH AN
ABUNDANCE OF BLOSSOMS BUT VERY FEW BEANS. THE ROW PLANTED AFTER
THE FLOWERDAYS GREW WITH FEW BLOSSOMS BUT WITH AN ABUNDANCE
OF BEANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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BECAUSE OF THE HIGH WORK ABSENTEEISM ON FRIDAYS AND MONDAYS
(DAYS SURROUNDING WEEKENDS, AND OR HOLIDAYS AND THEREFORE
MANY TEMPORARY SUBSTITUTE WORKERS) AUTOMOBILES MADE
ON THESE DAYS ARE SUBJECT TO CONSIDERABLY MORE DEFECT
POSSIBILITIES.

Submitter comment: SOME PEOPLE ARE SO SUPERSTITIOUS ABOUT THIS THAT THEY REFUSE

James Callow comment: INCOMPLETE ITEM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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SEWING ON SUNDAY

IF YOU SEW ON SUNDAY YOU WILL HAVE TO REMOVE ALL THE
STITCHES WITH YOUR NOSE WHEN YOU DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WITCHES

NEVER WALK ALONE AFTER MIDNIGHT, BECAUSE THIS IS THE TIME
WITCHES AND SPIRITS COME OUT.

Where learned: IRELAND ; KILLARNEY ; EIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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