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WHEN I'M DEAD AND IN MY GRAVE,
NO MORE WHISKEY SHALL I CRAVE,
FOR ON MY TOMBSTONE SHALL BE WROTE,
MANY A QUART'S WENT DOWN MY THROAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): DRINKING ; METER: ANAPESTIC DIMETER ; MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN EPITAPH EUPHEMISM ; POOR GRAMMAR ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU'RE GOING TO DRINK AND DRIVE, DON'T FORGET YOUR CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL POOR ADVICE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NO DATE RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE ON A HILL,
SEND ME A MESSAGE BY THE WHIP-POOR-WHILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRD ; INSTRUCTIONS ; RHYME: AA ; WHIP-POOR-WILL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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IF WISHES WERE HORSES BEGGARS WOULD RIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POOR POVERTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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ALTHOUGH THE PUERTO RICAN PEASANT (JIBARO) WALKS INTO
THE SEA DURING FESTIVAL (AT MIDNIGHT ON THE SAINT'S DAY), HE WILL NOT GO IN ANY OTHER TIME. HE CANNOT SWIM.
THIS IS A PURPOSEFUL OMISSION. IN THE PAST, MANY OF
THEM MADE A GOOD PART OF THEIR LIVING FISHING IN WATERS
WHICH WERE OCCASIONALLY KNOWN TO BE SHARK INFESTED.
THE THEORY WAS THAT IF YOU COULDN'T SWIM, YOU WOULD
DROWN QUICKLY IF YOU FELL IN. THEN YOU WOULDN'T FEEL
IT WHEN THE SHARK GOT YOU.

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Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; HATO REY

Keyword(s): Peasant ; Poor ; Puerto Rico ; SUPERSTITION ; Swim ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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I HAD OBSERVED THAT THE PUERTO RICAN PEASANTRY (JIBAROS) WERE
VERY (UNDERLINED) CLEAN PEOPLE. THEIR SHACKS, WHILE
REFLECTING AN EXTREME LEVEL OF POVERTY, WERE SPOTLESS. THE
CHILDREN WERE DRESSED IN CLOTHES WHICH SHOWED THAT SOMEBODY
CARED. THEY WERE STARCHED AND IRONED WITH GREAT CARE. THE
BOYS INVARIABLY WORE LITTLE SPORT SHIRTS WHICH LOOKED NEW, AND
MUST HAVE COST A LARGE PORTION OF THE FAMILY'S INCOME. KNOWING
HOW THESE PEOPLE VALUED THEIR MALE CHILDREN, I COULDN'T HELP
WONDERING WHY THE LITTLE BOYS (UNDER FOUR) ALWAYS RAN AROUND
IN THEIR IMMACULATE SHIRTS--ONLY. NEVER DID THEY WEAR ANY
GARMENT ON THE LOWER PART OF THE BODY. WHY--IF THEY COULD
AFFORD SHIRTS, WHY NOT PANTS?
IT IS THE BELIEF THAT A BOY WILL BE MACHO (VIRILE) IF THE
SUN IS ALLOWED TO SHINE ON HIS GENITALIA AS MUCH OF THE TIME
AS POSSIBLE WHILE HE IS LITTLE. LITTLE GIRLS ARE ALWAYS
COVERED UP.

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Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; SANTURCE

Keyword(s): Genitalia ; Machismo ; MASCULINITY ; Peasants ; Poor ; Puerto Rico ; Sunshine

James Callow Keyword(s): CLEANLINESS ; SEX

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Lower body and legs
BELIEF -- P566

Date learned: 00001963 ca.

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IF YOU SEE A WHIPPERWILL, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARING A WHIPPERWILL IS NOT BAD LUCK, JUST SEEING IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): WHIPPORWILL WHIPPOORWILL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 05-05-1972

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WHEN YOU HEAR A WHIP-O-WHIRL CALL IT'S TIME TO PLANT CORN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): WHIPPOORWILL WHIP-O-WILL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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Proverb

Poor as a churchmouse

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Keyword(s): Churchmouse ; Destitute ; Mouse ; Poor ; POVERTY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Proverb

Poor as a church mouse

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Keyword(s): CHURCH ; Churchmouse ; Destitute ; Mouse ; Poor ; POVERTY ; SIMILE ; WEALTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Belief

The pishtace are nocturnal murderers of Indians. The pishtaco murder Indians in order to obtain human fat to be sold as lubricants for machinery and to be used in pharmacuticals.

The legend derives from 16th and 17th centurey Spanish practices of using human body fats as treatment for wounds and diseases. the people who tell this tale are poor Indians and the pishtaco are usually wealthy industrial men in the area. The tale helps draw lines of social class.

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Where learned: Journal of American Folklore ; The Pishtaco: Institutionalized Fear in Highland Peru

Keyword(s): BODY ; Cultural ; Culture ; Fat ; FEAR ; HORROR ; INDIAN ; INDUSTRY ; Kill ; Lubrication ; Machinery ; MEDICINE ; MURDER ; Native American ; Peru ; Peruvian ; Pharmaceutical ; Pishtaco ; Poor ; Social Class ; Wealthy

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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