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NEVER KISS BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND LET YOU DOWN.
BUT OH! THOSE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS WRITTEN IN MY MOTHER'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK FROM NICHOLS
SCHOOL ON BURNS AND GOETHE IN INDIAN VILLAGE IN 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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MISCELLANEOUS CUSTOMS

A SEAMAN LEAVING THE FORECASTLE TO GO AFT, EITHER FOR HIS TRICK AT
THE WHEEL OR OTHER WORK, GOES AFT ALONG THE LEESIDE OF THE VESSEL,
UNLESS HIS IMMEDIATE DUTY LIES TO THE WINDWARD.
A SEAMAN SUMMONED TO THE CAPTAIN'S CABIN REMOVED HIS CAP AND
DROPPED IT TO THE DECK JUST OUTSIDE THE DOOR.
A MARINER ENTERING A NEW SHIP, OR EVEN AN OLD SHIP, FOR THE FIRST
TIME MAKES CERTAIN THAT HIS RIGHT FOOT IS THE FIRST TO TOUCH THE
DECK.
IT WAS A BREECH OF ETIQUETTE FOR A SEAMAN TO LOCK HIS SEA CHEST
WHILE ON BOARD HIS SHIP. OFFENDERS OFTEN FOUND, WHEN THEY
RETURNED TO THE FORECASTLE FROM THEIR WATCH ON DECK, THAT THE
COVER HAD BEEN NAILED DOWN.
IN THE BRITISH AND UNITED STATES NAVIES, A SCARF OF BLACK SILK IS
WORN, ORIGINALLY AS A MARK OF WARNING (MOURNING?) FOR THE DEATH
OF LORD NELSON.
IN THE ROYAL NAVY, OFFICERS WHO HAVE BEEN ROUND EITHER THE CAPE
OF GOOD HOPE OR CAPE HORN MAY PUT ONE FOOT ON THE WARDROOM TABLE;
BOTH CAPES CARRY THE RIGHT TO PUT BOTH FEET ON THE TABLE.
BY NAVAL CUSTOM THE SENIOR OFFICER PRESENT IS ALWAYS THE LAST
INTO A BOAT AND THE FIRST OUT OF IT.

Submitter comment:

CAPTAIN LUMAS SAYS THAT HE HAS LEARNED THESE CUSTOMS THROUGH THE
YEARS THAT HE HAS BEEN SAILING, BOTH IN THE U.S. NAVY AND UP AT
MACKINAW ISLAND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MACKINAW ISLAND

Keyword(s): British ; Captain ; Etiquette ; Language ; Lingo ; Naval ; Navy ; POSITION ; Seaman ; Ship ; Uniform ; United States

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; LEFT ; POSITION ; RIGHT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
SPEECH -- Gesture

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LUCK AT CARDS BELIEF

TIE THE HEART OF A BAT WITH A RED SILKEN STRING TO THE RIGHT ARM
AND YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND WIN EVERY CARD GAME YOU PLAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

WEARING GREEN IS THE OLDEST IRISH CUSTOM ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY.
THE COLOR GREEN IS THE COLOR OF THE CATHOLIC IRISH, AND WEARING
IT SHOWS YOUR RESPECT FOR YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR FAITH.

Submitter comment: ALL THE ITEMS I HAVE LEARNED HAVE BEEN
TAUGHT TO ME OVER THE YEARS BY
MY RELATIVES. I CAN'T PINPOINT EXACT DATES OR PEOPLE THOUGH.

Where learned: HOME ; RELATIVES HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): NATIONALISM ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Color

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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

DRINKING GREEN BEER IS ANOTHER TRADITIONAL CUSTOM. YOU DRINK THE
HEALTH OF IRELAND, GOD, AND YOUR FAMILY.

Where learned: HOME ; RELATIVES HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): DRINKING A TOAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Color
SPEECH -- Formula

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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

ONE OF THE THINGS THE WOMEN ALWAYS DID WAS TO DYE THEIR
HAIR GREEN WITH FOOD COLORING.

Submitter comment: IN MY GRANDMOTHER'S DAY THE UNMARRIED WOMEN DIED THEIR HAIR.
NOW IT IS DONE MORE IN THE HIGHSCHOOLS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; GREEN HAIR COLORING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

LIGHTING GREEN CANDLES AND PUTTING THEM IN THE WINDOWS
IS A COMMON PRACTICE OF RESPECT AND REVERENCE FOR ST. PAT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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TESTS

WEAR YOUR FAVORITE COLOR ON THE DAY OF A TEST AND YOU WILL PASSIT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): EXAMINATIONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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TURQUOISE

WEARING TURQUOISE BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY ORNAMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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TOOTHACHE CURE

IN KENTUCKY, ONE TOUCHES AN ELDER TREE WITH THE HAND OF THAT
SIDE WHERE THE AILIMG TOOTH IS LOCATED, AND SAYS THREE TIMES:
MY TEETH ARE ACHING,
A BLACK ONE, A WHITE, A RED ONE,
I WISH THEY WOULD BLEED TO DEATH,
IN THE NAME OF GOD THE FATHER.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001930S

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THE BLACK FAIRY

THERE IS A BELIEF AMONG THE INHABITANTS OF A PRIMARILY IRISH
FARMING TOWN IN OHIO, THAT IF A PERSON EVER SEES THE BLACK FAIRY,
THAT PERSON WILL DIE THREE DAYS LATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Color

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CUSTOM

IT IS A CUSTOM OF THE AMISH PEOPLE TO PAINT THEIR HOUSES WHITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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PREDICTION OR BELIEF

WHENEVER A BLACK HEN COMES INTO A HOUSE, IT IS SAID TO BE GOOD LUCK.
THE PEOPLE TRY TO KEEP IT IN THE HOUSE FOR A TIME AND MAKE WISHES
THAT THE MERE PRESENCE OF THE HEN WILL FULFILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.32

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DON'T TRUST BOYS WITH EYES OF GREY
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE THEN GO AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Color

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DON'T TRUST BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-08-1972

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DON'T TRUST BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE THEN TURN YOU DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Color

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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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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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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THE CLOUDS ARE PINK AT SUNSET, SANTA CLAUS IS MAKING CANDY.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOUR LOVER AND YOU.

IF YOUR SWEETHEART SENDS YOU YELLOW ROSES, IT IS A SIGN THAT LOVE
IS FADING. IF YOUR SWEETHEART SENDS YOU RED ROSES, IT IS A SIGN
OF HIS STEADY LOVE FOR YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLORS PLANTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Color
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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