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PALMS RECEIVED ON PALM SUNDAY SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE FOUR CORNERS
OF ONE'S PROPERTY TO KEEP AWAY NATURAL DISASTERS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS BELIEF FROM HIS MOTHER, WHO IS OF POLISH
HERITAGE, BUT NEITHER ONE TAKES THIS BELIEF SERIOUSLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
686 Fourths / Quarters
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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WHEN A CHILD REACHES THE AGE OF 3, PLANT A TREE OF THE SAME HEIGHT
AS THE CHILD AND MEASURE THE CHILD'S GROWTH WITH THE TREE TO SEE
WHICH IS GROWING BETTER. THIS WILL TELL HOW TALL THE CHILD WILL
BE IN THE FUTURE.

Submitter comment: THE TRADITION WAS PASSED THROUGH THE FAMILY, BUT THE PROCESS WAS
LOST WHEN THE FAMILY MOVED FROM GRAND RAPIDS TO DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-00-1966

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Japan-Status

In Japan, everyone has name cards with their title on them. These
cards let everyone you come in contact with (usually in a business
setting) learn what status you have achieved. This exchange of cards
lets the exchangers know who is subordinate to the other. The
subordinate person (in Japanese, this person is subservient) must bow
lower than the other.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 01-00-1990

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The number of seconds between a clap of thunder and a flash of lightning is equal to the number of miles away the lightning struck.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE ; Box 267

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

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