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WELL BELIEF

IN NORTH CAROLINA THERE IS A CERTAIN WELL WHERE AFTER THROWING
A ROCK DOWN INTO IT, IT WILL FLOAT BACK UP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD
Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME

Keyword(s): Float ; GRAVITY ; Legend ; North Carolina ; Well

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Man made container.

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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VITAMIN BELIEF

IF YOU EAT GREEN VEGETABLES, THEY'LL MAKE YOUR HAIR THICK AND FASTER-GROWING

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME ; 26257 Elba

Keyword(s): VEGETABLES

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; FUNCTION ; Positive

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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NEW MOON BELIEF

GRANDMOTHER AND HER SISTERS HAD THEIR HAIR TRIMMED AT NEW
MOON. IN THIS WAY, IT WOULD GROW WITH THE NEW MOON AND WOULD GROW
FASTER, TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME

Keyword(s): HAIR CUTTING ; HAIR GROWTH ; IMITATIVE MAGIC

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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CHRISTMAS

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, HAY WAS PUT ON THE DINNER
TABLE AND THE CLOTH PUT OVER THE HAY. IN THE
HAY WAS PUT SOME COIN MONEY FOR EACH PERSON
SO THEY WOULD NOT BE BROKE IN THE COMING YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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CHRISTMAS

EACH PERSON, BEFORE DINNER ON CHRISTMAS EVE, RECEIVES A
PIECE OF WHITE WAFER (ANGEL BREAD). EACH PERSON GOES TO
EVERY OTHER PERSON AND MAKES WISHES FOR HIM FOR
THE NEXT YEAR. WITH EACH WISH THE WISHER MAKES FOR
HIS PARTNER, HE BREAKS A TINY PIECE OF WAFER OFF. WHEN
HE IS FINISHED WISHING, THE WISHER EATS THE BITS
OF WAFER HE HAS BROKEN OFF. THE RECEIVER OF THE WISHES
THEN WISHES THE 1ST PERSON IN A SIMILAR WAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

OPLATEK IS A CUSTOM PRACTICED BY POLISH-AMERICANS.
A THIN WAFER OF UNLEAVENED BREAD (LIKE A EUCHARISTIC
HOST) IS DIVIDED AMONG THE FAMILY PRESENT ON CHRISTMAS
EVE AND THE INDIVIDUALS SHARE THEIR PIECE WITH EACH OTHER
WISHING ONE ANOTHER GOOD LUCK FOR THE COMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 10-25-1970

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

IN WENT THE DOCTOR
IN WENT THE NURSE
IN WENT THE LADY
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

I HAD A LITTLE BROTHER
HIS NAME WAS TINY TIM
I PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB
TO TEACH HIM HOW TO SWIM.

HE DRANK UP ALL THE WATER
AND ATE UP ALL THE SOAP
AND DIE (SIC) LAST NIGHT
WITH A BUBBLE IN HIS THROAT.

OUT WENT THE DOCTOR
OUT WENT THE NURSE
OUT WENT THE LADY
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SAID SHE ACTUALLY PLAYED TO THIS RHYME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME ; 11355 Lakepointe

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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Jump Rope Rhyme

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLA
WENT DOWNTOWN TO MEET HER FELLA
SHE WALKED SO SLOW SHE MET A BEAU
WHO TOOK HER TO A 5 CENT SHOW.
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE GET? 1,2,3, . . .

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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Jump Rope Rhyme

DOWN IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS THERE SAT (GIRL'S NAME) AS SWEET AS A ROSE.
SHE SANG, AND SHE SANG, AND SHE SANG SO SWEET.
ALONG CAME (BOY'S NAME) AND KISSED HER ON THE CHEEK. AND HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE?
1 ,2, 3, ETC. (KEEP COUNTING UNTIL YOU MISS)

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT ACTUALLY USED THIS RHYME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME ; 11355 Lakepointe

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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Jump-Rope Rhyme

I'm a little Dutch girl
dressed in blue
These are the things I like to do
Bow to the captain
Curtsy to the queen
And touch the bottom of the submarine.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME

Keyword(s): ACTION RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

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I see

I see London, I see France, I see name's underpants.

A jump rope rhyme that is sung in derision of someone

 

Where learned: TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME

Keyword(s): Jump ; Plain

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

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