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ENGAGEMENT CUSTOMS

THE GIRL IN THE DORMS IS THROWN INTO THE SHOWER, FULLY
CLOTHED, WHEN SHE BECOMES ENGAGED.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; SUN PRAIRIE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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COURTSHIP CUSTOM

IN THE DORMS, WHEN A GIRL GETS LAVALEARED OR PINNED OR
ENGAGED, HERE FRIENDS THROW HER INTO THE COLD SHOWER.

Data entry tech comment: LAVALIERE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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ENGAGEMENT RITUAL

THE NEWS OF AN ENGAGEMENT SUBJECTS TO AN IMMEDIATE DUNKING IN
SOME NEARBY BODY OF WATER OF THE PROSPECTIVE BRIDEGROOM.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; HARVEY MUDD COLLEGE ; CLAREMONT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CRUCIAL MOMENT OF LIFE CUSTOM

"WHEN A FRATERNITY BROTHER OF MY FRATERNITY GETS MARRIED,
GRADUATES, OR GETS PINNED, WE TOAST HIM BY INTERLOCKING OUR ARMS
WITH THE DRINKS IN OUR HANDS, WE CLINK THE GLASSES BACKWARDS AND
CHUG THE DRINK."

Submitter comment: HE COMMENTS THAT THIS PROBABLY SOUNDS STUPID BUT THEY ALWAYS DO IT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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CUSTOM: SAVING PENNIES IN SHOE

WHEN A GIRL PLANS TO GET MARRIED IN GERMANY SHE GETS A SLIPPER
AND FILLS IT WITH PENNIES WHICH ARE SHINEY. WHEN SHE HAS SAVED
ENOUGH, SHE BUYS HER WEDDING SHOES. THE GIRL CAN'T MARRY UNTIL
SHE IS ABLE TO BUY HER OWN WEDDING SHOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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SLOVENE MARRIAGE CUSTOM

ENGAGED COUPLES WOULD CARRY MERCURY IN THEIR POCKETS TO WARD
OFF EVIL SPIRITS, WHILE OTHERS WOULD WEAR FUNNY CLOTHES SO THAT
THE EVIL SPIRITS WOULD NOT RECOGNIZE THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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IN GERMANY WHEN A GIRL BECOMES ENGAGED, SHE BEGINS TO
SAVE PHENNIGS. WHEN SHE HAS ENOUGH TO BUY A PAIR
OF SHOES, SHE MAY MARRY.

Submitter comment: FOUR PHENNIGS MAKE A PENNY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.

Date learned: 02-27-1968

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