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"LAUGH AND GROW FAT," IS AN OLD SUPERSTITIOUS SAYING,
WHICH HAS LED MANY TO BELIEVE THAT FAT PEOPLE ARE
ALWAYS HAPPY.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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Christmas Presents

Open smallest gift on Christmas Eve. The rest are
opened on Christmas Day.

Where learned: ITALY ; SICILY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight

Date learned: 00001972CA

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He has more money than Carter has Liver Pills.

Submitter comment: I learned this saying from my father. He used to say this and
the word "money" could be anything. It is an all-purpose saying to
compare quantity with Carter and his liver pills.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00001970S

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This is a tradition that has been handed down from my mother
and which I have in turn handed down to my children. The
tradition is that if a certain vegetable is being served to eat
and a certain person does not like that vegetable he or she has
to eat as many of the vegetables as he or she is old. For
example, if I hated peas and I am 11 years old, I would have to
eat 11 peas. This only applies to kids until they are 18 years
old. It was a good way of getting children to eat their
vegetables.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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I (POINT TO I) THINK (POINT TO YOUR HEAD) YOU (POINT TO ANOTHER PERSON) STINK (HOLD YOUR NOSE).

Submitter comment: THIS INVOLVES ALL GESTURES--NO SOUNDS OR WORDS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight
SPEECH -- Derision Scorn

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MUSIC GESTURE

IN MUSIC WHEN THE MAESTRO TAKES ONE HAND (OPPOSITE THE
HAND HOLDING THE BATON) WITH PALM UP AND MOVES THE
HAND IN AN UPWARD MOTION, HE IS SIGNALING THE
ORCHESTRA FOR MORE VOLUME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A CONDUCTOR OF THE WINDSOR SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA. HE HAS USED THIS GESTURE REPEATEDLY
IN CONCERT PERFORMANCES.

Where learned: CANADA ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 11-10-1971

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HOW SHORT YOU ARE

AN ENLISTED MAN'S GESTURE INDICATED THE LENGTH OF TIME
LEFT IN SERVICE. IT CONSISTS IN EXTENDING THE THUMB
AND FOREFINGER, REST OF THE FINGERS CLOSED IN A FIST.
THE AMOUNT OF SPACE BETWEEN THE TWO FINGERS IS
PROPORTIONAL TO THE AMOUNT OF TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 09-14-1968

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WHENEVER MY MOTHER WANTED US TO COME TO HER AND SHE
DIDN'T WANT TO YELL, SHE USED THE AIRMAN'S SIGNAL
OF ROTATING HER ARMS TOWARD HERSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.2
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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