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GOOD LUCK CHARM FOR A NEW HOUSE AND ITS OWNERS

AT A HOME WARMING YOU SHOULD PUT LOOSE CHANGE OVER A DOOR IN THE
HOUSE TO BRING ITS NEW OWNERS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THE CHARM WHILE LIVING OUT EAST AND SAID SHE
AND HER HUSBAND CONTINUE TO DO IT HERE IN MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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DRINKING THE DOLPHINS

CEREMONY WHERE A SUBMARINER RECEIVES HIS DOLPHIN PIN FOR COMPLETING
THREE CRUISES. THE PIN IS PLACED IN A PITCHER OF BEER AND THE
SUBMARINER MUST GUZZLE THE BEER DOWN, CATCHING THE DOLPHIN PIN IN
HIS TEETH.

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

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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GAELIC FESTIVAL

IN EASTERN CANADA WE HAVE MANY GAELIC MODS. THESE ARE HIGHLAND
GATHERINGS WITH BAG PIPES, HIGHLAND DANCING AND COMPETITION THAT
GO BACK TO SCOTLAND. FAMILIES WEAR THEIR OWN TARTAN SKIRTS WHICH
IDENTIFIES THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN NOVA SCOTIA ALTHOUGH COLLECTED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

James Callow Keyword(s): BAGPIPES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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MOONING

IN A FACTORY LOCATED ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF DETROIT, MEN BECOME
INVOLVED IN A GAME CALLED MOONING. THEY WILL CALL OUT THE NAME OF
A NEARBY CO-WORKER AND PULL DOWN THEIR PANTS AND UNDERWEAR AND SHOW
THEIR BUTTLOCKS AND EVERYONE LAUGHS.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular

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OPPOSITES DAY

IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, A POPULAR THING TO DO IS DECLARE AN
OPPOSITES DAY. ONCE DECLARED, ANY INSULT DIRECTED AT A PERSON
WAS REVERSED. IF BILLY SAID ERIC WAS MEAN, AND ERIC DECLARED
OPPOSITES DAY, IT WAS AS IF BILLY HAD SAID THAT ERIC WAS NICE.
THIS IS OFTEN USED IN THE MIDDLE OF HEATED ARGUMENTS.
KIDS CAN USE THIS TO REVERSE PERSONAL INSULTS: "YOU ARE STUPID",
"YOU ARE UGLY"; AND PHYSICAL INSULTS: "YOUR CLOTHES DON'T
MATCH", "YOUR MAMMA WEARS ARMY BOOTS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): INVERSION

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular

Date learned: 00001976CA

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EVERY TIME YOU CROSS THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE WHILE
ON BOARD SHIP, YOU PUT A MESSAGE IN AN EMPTY WHISKEY BOTTLE,
SEAL IT TIGHTLY WITH WAX AND THROW IT IN THE WATER.

Submitter comment: NAVY CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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MANNING THE RAILS IS AN OLD NAVAL TRADITION FOR HONORING
VISITING DIGNITARIES.
ALL THE CREW LINE UP AT THE RAILS OF THE SHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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WHEN BECOMING BLOOD SISTERS, EACH PERSON TOOK SOME SMALL
TREASURES (RINGS, PENNIES, ETC.) AND PUT THEM IN A GLASS
JAR AND BURIED THE JAR IN THE WOODS OR ON THE SIDE OF THE
ROAD, THEN MARK THE PLACE BY A PILE OF STONES OR APPLES, ETC.
WHICH IS PARTIALLY BURIED. WHEN THE PACT IS BROKEN UP ONE
OF THE TWO PEOPLE DIG IT UP AND RETURN THE TREASURES TO THE
OWNER, THUS THE SISTERHOOD IS BROKEN.

Submitter comment: THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO ME WHEN I WAS 11 OR 12, WHEN I
MADE A NEW FRIEND MY BLOOD SISTER BROKE THE PACT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP PACT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Crucial Moment of Life Life Cycle
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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IN ORDER FOR TWO FRIENDS TO BECOME BLOOD SISTERS, THEY MUST
EACH PRICK THEIR FINGER FOR BLOOD AND RUB THEIR BLOOD
TOGETHER. THEN THEY MUST BURY A TREASURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP PACT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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UPON THE COMPLETION OF A STEEL STRUCTURE, AN AMERICAN FLAG
IS PLACED ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE STRUCTURE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE TO SHOW EVERYONE THAT THE STEEL WORKERS'
WORK IS DONE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Foundation rite Laying of cornerstone

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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