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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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AUTOGRAPH INSCRIPTION.

IF IN HEAVEN WE DON'T MEET,

HAND IN HAND WE'LL STAND THE HEAT,

AND IF IT GETS VERY HOT,

COCA-COLA HITS THE SPOT.

Submitter comment:

THE ABOVE IS AN UNDATED ENTRY IN KATHY CRACCHIOLO'S AUTOGRAPH
BOOK KEPT IN ST. CLAIR SHORES, MICH. IN 1968.

Data entry tech comment:

COCA-COLA IS A SOFT DRINK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP. ; RHYME: AABB

James Callow Keyword(s): HELL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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3 MEN AT HOTEL RIDDLE

Q: THREE MEN WENT TO A HOTEL AND RENTED A ROOM. THE MANAGER CHARGED
THEM 30.00 DOLLARS $10.00 APIECE. THE ROOM WASN'T THAT GOOD SO THE
MANAGER DECIDED TO RETURN $5.00, TO SPLIT AMONG THE THREE MEN. THE
BELLBOY WAS SENT WITH THE MONEY AND ON THE WAY HE DECIDED TO KEEP
$2.00 AND GIVE THEM $3.00, $1.00 APIECE. THEREFORE, THEY EACH PAID
$9.00. BUT 9X3=27 AND 27+2>29. WHERE'S THE OTHER DOLLAR?
A: THAT'S THE WRONG WAY TO FIGURE IT OUT. THE MANAGER HAS $25.00.
25+5=30

James Callow comment: THE PATRONS HAVE $1 EACH=$3; THE BELLBOY HAS $2. TOTAL $30

Where learned: INDIANA ; University of Notre Dame ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): MONETARY (Q) ; MONETARY ITEMS (A) ; PERSONS (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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PROVERB

AN APPLE NEVER FALLS FAR FROM THE TREE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): HEREDITY ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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BROAD SHOULDERS

AS BROAD BETWEEN THE SHOULDERS AS A HERRING IS BETWEEN THE EYES.
(DESCRIBING A GUY WITH SLENDER SHOULDERS.)

Submitter comment: MAUREEN'S INFORMANT WAS HER 82 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER EVA HARMON
OF FRENCH DESCENT CURRENTLY RESIDING IN ALGONAC, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; FISH ; HUMAN BODY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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PROVERB

BE ASHAMED TO CATCH YOURSELF IDLE.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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PROVERB

BETTER TO HAVE A BAD MORNING THAN A BAD MARRIAGE. (TRANSLATION)

Submitter comment: FOR OLD MAIDS WHO DON'T GET MARRIED, ITS BEST FOR THEM TO ALWAYS
REMEMBER: MM[ BETTER TO HAVE A BAD MORNING THAN A BAD MARRIAGE. (TRANSLATION)

Where learned: TOLD AT HOME ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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PROVERB

BE PREPARED TO MEET THOSE PEOPLE WHO,
IN THEIR SILENCE WILL CONVERT YOU.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; TOLD AT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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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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FOOD TABOO

IF A PERSON WERE PREGNANT THEN SHE CANNOT EAT MUSTARD GREENS
OR DRINK BUTTERMILK.

Submitter comment:

WHEN I ASKED INFORMANT WHY THIS WAS THE CASE, SHE THOUGHT
MUSTARD GREENS AND BUTTERMILK CAUSE GAS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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PALM SUNDAY TRADITION

ON PALM SUNDAY THE PEOPLE USED TO HAVE PROCESSIONS AROUND THE
CHURCH WITH PALMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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SPRING CUSTOM __ PALM SUNDAY

THE UKRANIAN PEOPLE USED TO BLESS PUSSY WILLOWS INSTEAD OF PALMS
AFTER THE PUSSY WILLOWS WERE BLESSED AT CHURCH THEY WOULD BE TAKEN
HOME BY EACH FAMILY. IN THE HOME THEY WERE PLACED ABOVE A HOLY
PICTURE. AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL THE OLD PUSSY WILLOWS WERE
BURNED. THIS DAY WAS SOMETIMES CALLED WILLOW SUNDAY. WILLOWS
WERE USED BECAUSE PALMS WERE COSTLY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT KNEW OF THIS PRACTICE THROUGH A FRIEND AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF MICHIGAN. HIS NAME IS SMENA RAKOVSKEY.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM ; WILLOW

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 10-25-1971

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HOLY THURSDAY

ON HOLY THURSDAY, THE FLOWERS ON THE SIDE ALTAR OF THE CATHOLUC
CHURCH WERE ARRANGED IN AN ESPECIALLY BEAUTIFUL MANNER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday

Date learned: 10-12-1970

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"WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME FOR? I DIDN'T COME TO STAY. I ONLY CAME
TO TELL YOU THIS IS EASTER DAY."

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GREETING BY THE CHURCH DEACON TO THE CONGREGATION AT
EASTER MASS.

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RITUAL SPEECH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.663
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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POLISH EASTER MONDAY CUSTOM

EVERYONE GIVES FOOD TO EVERYONE ELSE FOR FERTILITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION BUILDING ; told at work

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-25-1969

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OMEN

IF THERE IS A ROOSTER CROWING ON THE PORCH, THEN THERE IS COMPANY
COMING.

Submitter comment: TOLD AT THE RESIDENCE OF THE INFORMER ON 10121969

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-12-1969

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BIRTH

THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS A GIRL BREAKS WHILE OPENING SHOWER OR WEDDING
PRESENTS WILL DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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CUSTOM

WHENEVER SOMEONE GIVES A SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT IN HER FAMILY,
THE PERSON WHO RECEIVES THE SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT GIVES THE GIVER
A PENNY TO SYMBOLIZE THAT THEIR FRIENDSHIP WILL NOT BREAK UP AS A
RESULT OF THE GIFT. THE SUPERSTITION, THAT GIVING A SHARP OBJECT
AS A GIFT WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF FRIENDSHIP, IS COUNTERACTED
BY THE PENNY.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; SAINT CLAIR

Keyword(s): GIFT FRIENDSHIP PENNY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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SONG

DID YOU EVER GO FISHING ON A BRIGHT SUNDAY?
SIT ON THE DOCK AND FISH ALL DAY,
WITH YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS
AND YOUR POCKETS IN YOUR PANTS,
WATCH THOSE FISHES DO THE HULA HULA DANCE.

Submitter comment: ( SUNG TO THE TUNE OF ANY SQUARE DANCE )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; GENE ; TOLD AT HER HOME TO HER SON

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

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CHUG SONG

HERE'S TO ( NAME OF DRINKER ) HE'S TRUE BLUE.
HE'S A DRUNKARD THROUGH AND THROUGH
SO DRINK CHUG A LUG
SO DRINK CHUG A LUG
HOORAY FOR ( DRINKER'S NAME )
HOORAY AT LAST
HOORAY FOR ( DRINKER'S NAME )
HE'S A HORSES ASS.

Where learned: TOLD AT A PARTY

Keyword(s): DRINKING SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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