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OYSTERS WERE NEVER EATEN IN THE MONTHS THAT HAD NO
"R" IN THEM.

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Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consumption ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; Letter ; Oysters ; RITUAL ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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WHEN A PERSON BREAKS A LIMB, SUCH AS AN ARM OR LEG,
IT IS A TRADITIONAL CUSTOM TO SIGN THEIR CASTS
WITH NAMES AND GRAFFITTI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 03-16-1970

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HORSEMAN'S PROVERB

IF YOU FALL OFF A HORSE, YOU OWN THE LAND YOU FALL ON.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00001959 CA

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PUT VANILLA FLAVORING BEHIND EARS FOR PERFUME.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BEAUTY ; NATURAL ; Perfume ; Vanilla

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Plant
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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BELIEF IN RANK

MEN ARE INTELLECTUALLY SUPERIOR TO WOMEN.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Anti-feminist ; gender ; Intellect ; Men ; Misogyny ; Patriarchy ; WOMEN

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

Date learned: 02-26-1970

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THE POLISH USUALLY HAVE A CRUCIFIX AT THE DOOR AND
MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS BEFORE LEAVING HOME.

Submitter comment: PROBABLY UNIVERSAL.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Religious

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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WHENEVER YOU HEAR AN AMBULANCE, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS MAKE
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AS A LITTLE PRAYER FOR WHATEVER
HAS HAPPENED.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): SIREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Religious
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 03-12-1970

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Train Tunnels

Whenever I have driven through a train tunnel there have been at least one person to beep their horn for no apparent reason except that of beeping. This leads me to think of the horn-blowing practice as a type of folklore.

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Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; Beep ; Car ; Horn ; Train ; Tunnel

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom

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Superstition: Animals

Eating the chicken gizzard will make you beautiful.

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Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Beautiful ; BIRD ; Chicken ; Eat ; FOOD ; FOWL ; Gizzard ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom

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Christmas Custom

Stringing popcorn and cranberries for Christmas tree ornaments.

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Where learned: MAINE ; Houlton

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; Cranberries ; CUSTOM ; Decoration ; Popcorn

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom

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Custom

When someone would sneeze in his family - they'd say "scat" to imply that the sneeze sounded like a cat hissing.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Ashland City

Keyword(s): CAT ; CUSTOM ; FAMILY ; Saying ; SNEEZE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom

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