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UNWED GIRL THROWS BALL OF YARN AT MIDNIGHT THROUGH
WINDOW AND PULLS IT IN, WHOEVER IS AT THE END, IS HER
FUTURE HUSBAND.

Submitter comment: FROM NEIGHBORS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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DON'TS ON THE SABBATH

SABBATH BEGINS AT SUNDOWN ON FRIDAY (JUDAISM). A
PERSON CANNOT TURN ON A LIGHT OR LIGHT UP AN OVEN
UNTIL SUNDAY. ONCE COULD NOT / TELL SOMEONE ELSE TO DO
IT, BECAUSE IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED THAT HE WERE
WORKING. (THE SOMEONE ELSE WOULD BE WORKING, TOO).
ONLY BEFORE
SUNDOWN ON FRIDAY, COULD ONE EMPLOY SOMEBODY TO DO
SOMETHING FOR HIM; AND, ONLY, BEFORE OR AFTER THE
SABBATH, COULD HE OFFER PAYMENT.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER FAMILY, BUT DOES NOT PRACTICE
IT TODAY. SHE RECALLED THAT HER FATHER WOULD COME
HOME FROM WORK ON FRIDAY AND THEN RUN SEVERAL BLOCKS
TO THE THEATER TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE SATURDAY
MATINEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 04-00-1965

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FRIDAY-BAD LUCK

NEVER START A PROJECT ON A FRIDAY. EITHER YOU WILL
NEVER FINISH IT OR IT WILL END IN DISASTER.

Submitter comment: TOBY LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD FROM HER HUNGARIAN
MOTHER.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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RELIGIOUS

PENTECOSTAL PEOPLE FAST (GO WITHOUT FOOD) EVERY
TUESDAY AND FRIDAY, TO KEEP THEM PURE OF SIN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS REALLY A FACT.

Where learned: ALABAMA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

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IRISH SEW ON SUNDAY TABOO

IF YOU SEW OR KNIT ON SUNDAY IN IRELAND, THEN IN
ORDER TO GET TO HEAVEN YOU FIRST WOULD HAVE TO UNDO
EVERY STITCH WITH YOUR NOSE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

DO NOT GO BAREFOOT ON SUNDAY UNTIL AFTER SIX O'CLOCK.

Submitter comment: WHEN INFORMANT WAS A CHILD, SHE FOLLOWED THIS PRACTICE
BECAUSE HER MOTHER TOLD HER TO DO SO. ALL DURING
THE WEEK THE CHILDREN WOULD BE ALLOWED TO GO
BAREFOOT, BUT ON SUNDAY UNTIL SIX, IT WAS
FORBIDDEN. IT WAS IMPLIED THAT TO DO SO, WOULD
BE A SIN.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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RED ON FRIDAY

WHEN I ATTENDED GESU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, IT WAS A
CUSTOM TO BELIEVE THAT IF ONE OF THE STUDENTS WORE
RED COLORED CLOTHES ON FRIDAY, IT WAS A SIGN OF
SEXUAL APPETITE.

Submitter comment: I'M SURE THIS WASN'T REALLY A SERIOUS BELIEF, BUT
RATHER A JOKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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GERMAN CUSTOM

SUNDAY IS A SPECIAL DAY IN GERMANY. ON SUNDAY THE WHOLE
FAMILY GETS DRESSED AND GOES FOR A WALK. THEY SPEND
THE WHOLE DAY TOGETHER, THEY EAT OUT, AND JUST RELAX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 03-16-1971

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HIGH SCHOOL DRESS CUSTOM

IF YOU WEAR GREEN ON THURSDAY IT IS A SIGN THAT YOU
ARE A HOMOSEXUAL.

Submitter comment: LEARNED PROBABLY IN 7TH OR 8TH GRADE.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RED ON FRIDAY

A GIRL WHO WORE ANY RED CLOTHES ON FRIDAY WAS
LABELLED AS A WHORE. THIS WAS A CUSTOM AT ROSE ANN'S
HIGH SCHOOL, REGINA HIGH SCHOOL IN HARPER WOODS
(MICHIGAN)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 10-15-1968

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QUEER THURSDAY

STEVE REPORTS THAT THE CUSTOM AMONG THE HIGH SCHOOL
CROWD IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA WAS TO LABEL
ANYONE WHO WORE GREEN ON A THURSDAY TO BE A
HOMOSEXUAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 10-28-1968

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QUEER THURSDAY

IN MY HIGH SCHOOL DAYS IN LANSING, MICHIGAN, IT WAS
THE CUSTOM TO LABEL ANYONE WHO WORE PURPLE ON A
THURSDAY AS A HOMOSEXUAL. MM
IT USED TO BE SAID THAT THURSDAY WAS THE QUEER DAY.
THAT IS, IT WAS THE DAY THAT WAS MORE OR LESS SET
ASIDE FOR HOMOSEXUALS. GUYS WOULD SOMETIMES DO
JOKINGLY SUCH NUTTY THINGS AS WALK DOWN THE STREET
HAND IN HAND, ETC.

Submitter comment: THOUGH MY PARTICULAR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS CUSTOM WAS
IN LANSING, MICH., IT SEEMS TO BE A FAIRLY WIDESPREAD
CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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QUEER THURSDAY

MIKE REPORTS THAT IT WAS THE CUSTOM IN HIS HIGH
SCHOOL (ST. PAUL'S IN GROSSE POINTE (MICHIGAN)
TO LABEL ANYONE WHO WORE GREEN OR YELLOW ON A
THURSDAY AS A HOMOSEXUAL. MM
IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA (WHERE MIKE WENT TO SCHOOL FOR A
WHILE) IT IS THE CUSTOM TO LABEL ANYONE WHO WORE
GREEN ON A THURSDAY AS A HOMOSEXUAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 10-28-1968

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QUEER THURSDAY

KEN REPORTS THAT IN HIS HOMETOWN OF PITTSBURG,
PENNSYLVANIA, IT WAS THE CUSTOM TO LABEL ANYONE
WHO WORE GREEN OR YELLOW ON A THURSDAY AS A
HOMOSEXUAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 10-15-1968

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WEARING YELLOW ON THURSDAY MEANS YOU'RE A QUEER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EVERY MONDAY MORNING, THE PEOPLE OF OSLO (NORWAY)
GO DOWN TO THE SHRIMP BOATS, AND BUY SHRIMP FOR
APPROXIMATELY A NICKEL (IN AMERICAN CURRENCY) AND
EAT IT DOWN BY THE DOCKS. THIS IS DONE SO IT GIVES
A CHANCE FOR THE PEOPLE TO GET TOGETHER AND CHAT
ABOUT THE FORTHCOMING WEEK'S EVENTS AND HOW THEIR
BUSINESSES ARE GOING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 10-26-1972

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IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY OF DETROIT, EACH FRIDAY NIGHT
A CABARET IS THROWN. IT CAN BE AT A HALL (PREFERABLY)
OR A HOUSE. ONE PERSON THROWS IT AND ANYONE CAN
COME. IT IS OPEN TO ALL AND ADVERTISED BY WORD OF
MOUTH. ICE AND MUSIC ARE SUPPLIED, JUST BRING
THE LIQUOR AND FRIENDS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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FRIDAY THE 13TH: HOW TO GET OUT OF BED --

ON THE RIGHT SIDE AND / OR THE RIGHT FOOT.

Data entry tech comment: HANDWRITING IS SO BAD, I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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T.G.I.F. PARTY

EACH FRIDAY AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY THE MEMBERS
OF PHI SIGMA EPSILON HOLD A "THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY"
PARTY. ALL STUDENTS ARE INVITED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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CUTTING MATERIAL

IF ONE STARTS TO CUT MATERIAL FOR A PIECE OF CLOTHING
ON A FRIDAY, THAT OUTFIT WILL NEVER GET COMPLETELY
SEWED.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF HAS BEEN CARRIED OVER FROM EUROPE, WHERE
THE SYSTEM IN THE CLOTHING FACTORIES IS TO CUT MATERIAL
ON MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, AND TO SEW THE
THINGS CUT THAT WEEK ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. THEY
WOULD QUIT WORK AFTER EVERYTHING WAS SEWED ON
FRIDAY RATHER THAN CUT MORE BECAUSE THEY NEVER
KNEW WHEN THEY WOULD HAVE TIME AGAIN TO SEW THAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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