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MARRIAGE PREDICTION SUPERSTITION

PEEL AN APPLE--IF THE PEELING COMES OFF IN ONE STRIP, SWING IT
THREE TIMES IN THE AIR AND THROW IT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER. THE
PERSON WHOSE INITIAL IT COMES OUT IN IS THE PERSON YOU'RE TO
MARRY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Apple ; BELIEF ; MARRIAGE ; Peel ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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BABY SUPERSTITION

LEAVING A BABY'S ARTICLE BEHIND IN YOUR HOST'S HOUSE MEANS THAT
THAT HOUSE WILL BE DUE TO HAVE A NEW ADDITION IN THE FAMILY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; OMEN ; Predictor ; PREGNANCY ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN SLEEPS A LOT OR SPENDS TOO MUCH TIME LYING
ON HER BACK, THE BABY WILL STICK TO HER BACK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; BIRTH ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

WHAT A PREGNANT WOMAN THINKS ABOUT WILL HARM THE BABY IF IT IS
A BAD THOUGHT AND WILL HELP THE BABY IF IT IS A GOOD THOUGHT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; BIRTH ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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DEATH

IF A HUSBAND DIES, THE WIFE MUST WEAR BLACK OR SHE WILL DIE TOO.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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AFTER THE RAIN

AFTER THE DAYS OF UNPLEASANT WEATHER AND RAIN THE LORD BRINGS FORTH
DAYS OF SUNSHINE AND CHEER AGAIN. (ETTER REGN OCHOVADER, LATER
GUDATERIGEN SOLEN SKINA.)
SWEDISH

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS OLD SWEDISH PROVERB FROM OVER SIXTY
YEARS AGO. IT REFLECTS A BASIC RELIGIOUS FAITH IN GOD.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN: SWEDISH ; RELIGIOUS ; WEATHER SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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PROVERB

ANYONE WHO HAS IVY GROWING IN THEIR HOMES, HARBORS THE EVIL SPIRIT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD IRISH SAYING.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; TORONTO

Keyword(s): PLANT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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

A DEAD PERSON HELD OVER SUNDAY, ANOTHER FUNERAL SOON.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHILE LIVING IN NORTH DAKOTA IN THE
1930'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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WELLERISM

'DESPONDENT DRAGONS NEVER EAT LITHUANIAN BREAD,' SAID THE
LITHUANIAN BAKER AS HE LOAFED IN THE DRAGON'S MOUTH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES THIS PROVERB COMES FROM THE MURKY RECESSES OF
A DISTURBED MIND AND IS, THEREFORE, UNRELIABLE.

Data entry tech comment: KEYPUNCHER SUSPECTS THIS PROVERB.

James Callow comment: KEYPUNCHER'S JOKE, NO DOUBT

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; FOOD ; PUN ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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PROVERB

HE CUIUCEH NIEMSUERERO, LO LYGEW NERAKOMER HEGICERO. (UKRANIAN)

Submitter comment: DON'T LAUGH ON FRIDAY, BECAUSE YOU'LL BE CRYING ON SUNDAY.
INFORMANT DOESNT KNOW EXACT MEANING OF THIS. INFORMANT RECEIVED
INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Data entry tech comment: SEE 5X8 CARD FOR RUSSIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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Belief: Children's Song

DON'T STEP ON A CRACK OR YOU'LL BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment:

IS AN OLD CHILDHOOD SAYING THAT THIS INFORMANT REMINDED ME OF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 12-01-2010 / Motifs and Keywords added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Back ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Crack ; GAME ; MOTHER ; RHYME ; SONG ; Spine ; SUPERSTITION ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport S555.500

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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ARABIAN MAXIM

BE WARY OF SOMEONE YOU HELP OR CARE FOR, FOR HE MAY SOME DAY BE
WELL ENOUGH TO CAUSE YOU HARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; CYNICISM ; PARADOX ; SUSPICION ; TREACHERY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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BUBBLES ON THE WATER MEANS RAIN FOR THREE DAYS.

Submitter comment: HIS FATHER TOLD THIS TO HIM.

James Callow comment: NOT A PROVERB

Where learned: YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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A BROOM

BUY A BROOM IN MAY,
AND SWEEP THE FAMILY AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): CLEANLINESS ; IRONY (EXCEEDING CLEANLINESS CREATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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THE CAT

A CAT HAS NINE LIVES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NUMBERS ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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VEGETABLES BELIEF

EAT VEGETABLES AND YOU WILL SLEEP LESS BUT WILL FEEL BETTER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consume ; CUSTOM ; Eat ; Old Wives Tale ; SLEEP ; SUPERSTITION ; VEGETABLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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SHAKER LAKE BELIEF

MANY PEOPLE HAVE DROWNED IN SHAKER LAKE AROUND CLEVELAND, OHIO.
BECAUSE OF THIS, NO ONE WILL SWIM THERE, BECAUSE IT IS BELIEVED
THAT ANYONE WHO DOES WILL DROWN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cleveland ; Drown ; Lake ; OHIO ; Shaker Lake ; SUPERSTITION ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Small body.
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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