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COURTSHIP CUSTOM

IN ITALY IT WAS A CUSTOM FOR MEN WHO WERE ENGAGED TO A GIRL TO SING
MANY SERENADES AND MAKE UP THEIR OWN STORIES ABOUT HER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM AN ITALIAN FRIEND WHO SAID THIS HAD
HAPPENED TO HER GRANDMOTHER MANY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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BELIEF PATENT SHOES

A GIRL SHOULD NOT WEAR PATENT LEATHER SHOES WHEN SHE IS ON A DATE.

Submitter comment: A BOY CAN LOOK AT THE SHOES AND SEE HER UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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BELIEF RAVIOLI

A GIRL SHOULD NOT ORDER RAVIOLI ON A DATE IN A RESTAURANT.

Submitter comment: THIS MAKES BOYS THINK OF PILLOWS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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THE HOOK

THIS OCCURS ON A DARK AND WINDRY NIGHT. A COUPLE HAD GONE
OUT PARKING NEAR AN INSANE ASYLUM. THEY WERE GETTING
READY TO LEAVE, AND TURNED ON THE RADIO JUST IN TIME TO
HEAR THAT A PERSON HAD ESCAPED FROM THE NEARBY ASYLUM.
HE COULD BE IDENTIFIED BY A HOOK, INSTEAD OF A HAND. THE COUPLE
LEFT AND WHEN THE BOY WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE
OF THE CAR TO OPEN THE DOOR, AND HANGING THERE WAS THE HOOK. THE
COUPLE NEVER PARKED AGAIN.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 12-00-1968

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BELIEF

IF A GIRL IS GOING OVER A RAILROAD TRACK, SHE SHOULD
LIFT HER FEET UP WHILE GOING OVER, OR ELSE SHE WILL BREAK
UP WITH THE GUY SHE IS GOING WITH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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LOSS OF A SWEETHEART

IF YOU ARE RIDING OVER TRACKS, (WHETHER THEY ARE TRAIN TRACKS
OR STREETCAR TRACKS) RAISE YOUR FEET OFF THE GROUND. IF YOU
DO NOT, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR PRESENT SWEETHEART.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; Sweetheart ; Tracks

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

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CAR BELIEF

IF A GIRL IS RIDING IN A CAR AND IT CROSSES OVER RAILROAD
TRACKS, SHE MUST LIFT UP HER FEET OR SHE WILL NOT GET MARRIED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS ATTITUDE WAS QUITE SKEPTICAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RAILROAD TRACKS

WHILE RIDING IN A CAR, IF YOU PASS OVER ANY RAILROAD TRACKS
AND DO NOT PICK UP BOTH YOUR FEET OFF THE FLOOR, YOU WILL LOSE
YOUR BOY FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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RAILROAD TRACKS

TO KEEP YOUR BOY FRIEND, WHEN DRIVING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS,
A GIRL MUST LIFT HER LEFT FOOT OFF THE CAR FLOOR AND TOUCH
THE ROOF OF THE CAR WITH HER TWO INDEX FINGERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

WHEN I WAS LEAVING TO COME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT I TOLD MY
GIRLFRIEND THAT ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER. SHE REPLIED
WITH "OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND."

Submitter comment: TOLD IN JERSEY CITY IN DECEMBER, 1967

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; JERSEY CITY

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; RETORT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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THE HOOKED HAND

A GUY AND HIS GIRL WERE PARKED IN HIS CAR IN A DESERTED AREA.
LISTENING TO THE RADIO, THEY HEARD A GUY HAD ESCAPED FROM A NEARBY
INSANE ASYLUM. THE ESCAPEE HAD A HOOK FOR ONE OF HIS HANDS. THE
GIRL GOT REALLY SCARED AND SAID SHE WANTED TO LEAVE. HER BOYFRIEND
SAID NO, EVERYTHING WAS OKAY. SHE INSISTED AGAIN AND AGAIN HE SAID
NO. ON MORE TIME SHE SAID' "COME ONE, I,M REALLY SCARED." HER
BOYFRIEND GOT REALLY MAD, JAMMED ON THE CAR AND THE CAR JERKED OFF.
WHEN THEY GOT TO HER HOUSE, HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR AND WALKED OVER TO
HER SIDE TO OPEN HER DOOR. HANGING FROM THE DOOR HANDLE ON HER
DOOR WAS A HOOK.

Submitter comment: EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TOLD THIS STORY DOZENS OF TIMES, IT NEVER FAILS TO
TERRIFY ME. AS I TYPE THIS I AM LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): THREE REQUESTS FROM GIRL

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: CA00001967

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BOYS NEVER MAKE PASSES AT GIRLS WHO WEAR GLASSES.

Submitter comment: I USED TO WEAR GLASSES AND I CAN REMEMBER THIS BEING SAID TO ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001970S

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WHEN WITH A DATE, AND YOU SEE A MOVING CAR WITH
JUST ONE HEADLIGHT, SAY "SATELLITE" AND YOU KISS
YOUR DATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR IT'S BAD LUCK IN CHINA AND
ESPECIALLY WHEN A COUPLE WHO ARE IN LOVE BREAK
A MIRROR, THEY WILL SEPARATE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION IN TAIWAN.

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

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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NEVER LET ANYONE TRY ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING OR YOUR
WEDDING BAND FOR IF YOU DO, IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER WHEN SHE
ASKED HER IF SHE COULD TRY ON HER WEDDING BAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BERGER, WILLIAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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NEVER GIVE YOUR BOYFRIEND SCISSORS, A RAZOR, OR AN
ELECTRIC SHAVER. IT IS BAD LUCK AND YOU WILL
BREAK UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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TO BREAK SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN AS A LOVE-
TOKEN OR PLEDGE IS VERY UNFORTUNATE; THE LOVE
AFFAIR WILL END BADLY.

Submitter comment: FROM PAST FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Gifts
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 11-10-1967

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ANY PERSON YOU GO OUT WITH FOR THE FIRST TIME ON A
FRIDAY YOU WILL PROBABLY NOT MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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Trick

Game:

A guy will tell a girl that he is a handwriting expert and will ask her for a sample of her handwriting. He will say that all he needs is something short, like her name. This is a sneaky way for him to get her name.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C500] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON ; Ray Ridge Chevrolet

Keyword(s): ; COURTSHIP ; DATING ; GAME ; Graphology ; Handwriting ; Pick-up Line ; TRICK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship

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CAR BELIEF

IF A GIRL IS RIDING IN A CAR AND IT CROSSES OVER RAILROAD
TRACKS, SHE MUST LIFT UP HER FEET OR SHE WILL NOT GET MARRIED.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS ATTITUDE WAS QUITE SKEPTICAL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FEET ; OMEN ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; Tracks

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; DISBELIEF ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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