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YOUR HEART IS NOT A PLAYGROUND,
YOUR HEART IS NOT A TOY,
BUT IF YOU WANT IT BROKEN,
JUST GIVE IT TO A BOY.
WANT IT BROKEN, JUST GIVE IT TO A BOY.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS TAKEN FROM AN AUTOGRAPH BOOK BELONGING TO THE
INFORMANT,
WHO IS MY MOTHER. THIS SAME VERSE WAS FOUND THREE TIMES IN THE
BOOK, SO IT MUST HAVE BEEN A POPULAR VERSE WITH THE EIGHTH GRADE
AT NICHOLS SCHOOL IN DETROIT, JUNE 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM RHYME: ABCB

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

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

MM[ I LOVE YOU A BUSHEL
I LOVE YOU A PECK
IF YOU DON'T LOVE ME
I'LL BREAK YOUR NECK

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1956

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): IRREGULAR TWO-STRESS METER ; RHYME: ABCB ; THREAT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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AN AUTOGRAPH

MM[ THE ROSES ARE WILTED,
THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
THE SUGAR BOWL'S EMPTY,
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: I GOT THIS FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
IT WAS WRITTEN BY DAVE. IN 1961

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Keyword(s): INSULT ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

MM[ ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
THE SHORTER THE DRESS,
THE BETTER THE VIEW.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SHOULD GO DOWN AS A CLASSIC IN THE ANNALS OF AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB ; SEX

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE.

WHEN EVENING PULLS THE CURTAIN DOWN

AND PINS IT WITH A STAR

REMEMBER THAT I AM YOUR FRIEND

NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE.

Submitter comment: THIS WOMAN WHO WISHES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS, PERMITTED ME
TO COLLECT THESE VERSES FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK. THE VERSES
WERE ENTERED BY HER HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES IN 1939.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP: GOOD WISHES ; RHYME: ABCB

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

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IF A CHILD'S TOOTH HAS JUST BEEN TAKEN OUT, HE WILL
IMMEDIATELY GET ON TOP OF THE ROOF FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THAILAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; THAILAND ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Roof Ceiling
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO FALL OUT OF BED, BECAUSE IT MEANS
THAT YOU WILL LIVE AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
BELIEF -- Good luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 03-04-1968

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USE OF MATCHES AND FIRE TO BRING LUCK: A BELIEF
CONCERNING MATCHES AND FIRE:
OBTAINED FROM THE INFORMANT FROM A FRIEND OF HERS
AT WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, (DETROIT, MICHIGAN) OF GREEK DESCENT.
THE MOTHER OF ALISON'S FRIEND GAVE HER A MATCH TO
CARRY AROUND WITH HER TO BRING GOOD LUCK. GOOD LUCK
IS IN SOME WAY ((ACCORDING) TO THE GIRL'S MOTHER)
CONNECTED WITH FIRE AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE FIRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 10-22-1969

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WHEN MRS. SOSNOWSKI WAS 12 (ABOUT 1930) IN PENNSYLVANIA
SHE AND HER MOTHER WERE IN THE LIVINGROOM OF HER HOUSE.
HER MOTHER WAS ROCKING HER LITTLE BROTHER TO SLEEP.
ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEY HEARD THREE LOUD KNOCKS.
WHEN THEY WENT TO THE DOOR, NO ONE WAS THERE. ABOUT
15 MINUTES LATER A MRS. ROMIKOFF, ONE OF THE NEARBY
NEIGHBORS RAN OVER TO THEIR HOUSE FOR HELP, BECAUSE
HER BABY WAS VERY SICK. WHEN THE TWO LADIES GOT
THERE, THE BABY WAS DEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF TALE

Subject headings: Observation
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PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT ONCE WAS CONSIDERED A SIGN THAT THEY WOULD LOSE IF A
BASEBALL TEAM SAW A WAGON FULL OF BARRELS ON THE WAY
TO A GAME. OPPOSING COACHES SOMETIMES WOULD PAY
SOMEONE TO DRIVE IN FRONT OF A TEAM WITH A LOAD OF
BARRELS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IF A GREEN LIMB FALLS OUT OF A TREE ON A CALM DAY, THAT
IS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY BELIEVES IN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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THERE WAS A BELIEF IN OLDER FARMING COMMUNITIES WHICH
STILL LINGERS THAT THE PERSON WHO FINDS A RED EAR OF
CORN WILL SOON BE MARRIED. GIRLS SEARCHED FOR THEM.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THIS BELIEF EXPRESSED AMONG FARMING
FAMILIES ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WHOLE FAMILY IS HELPING
TO HUSK CORN, IT ADDS AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage

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IF A GIRL TAKES THE LAST PORTION FROM A SERVING BOWL
OR PLATTER, SHE WILL BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; SPINSTER ; TABLE MANNERS

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 10-25-1968

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IF YOU HEAR A DOG HOWLING, IT MEANS THERE WILL BE A
FIRE SOMEWHERE (DISASTROUS).

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN
UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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EVERY TIME THERE WAS A STORM AND A COW DIED, THE
PEOPLE KNEW THAT A CALF WOULD BE BORN WITHIN A MONTH.

Submitter comment: JEAN HEARD THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER WHO LIVED ON
A FARM IN QUEBEC. HER GRANDMOTHER FIRMLY BELIEVES
THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS ; CANADA ; QUEBEC

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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WHEN A CAT RUNS AWAY AND IS GONE FOR A LONG TIME AND
THEN FINALLY RETURNS, IT MEANS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY
IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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WHEN A CAT WASHES HIS FACE, YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING
TO HAVE COMPANY.

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 11-18-1965

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AN OLD POLISH FARMER'S BELIEF IS THAT WHEN A STORK
THROWS AWAY ONE OF THE TWO EGGS IT LAYS, THE YEAR
WILL BE DRY (BECAUSE A STORK'S MAIN FOOD IS FROGS
AND FROGS THRIVE IN WET WEATHER).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: Observation
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
Favorites
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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WHEN YOU COME OUT OF CHURCH ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, IF YOU
CAN COUNT THE PIGEONS THAT IS HOW MANY CHILDREN
YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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