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MY GRANDMOTHER WAS TOLD BY HER MOTHER THAT RED FLANNEL PAJAMAS HELP
DRAW THE MEASLES OUT OF A SICK PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00001940CA

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WHEN I WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL, IF WE WERE
ON THE PLAYGROUND DURING RECESS THE BOYS
WOULD COME UP BEHIND THE GIRLS AND YELL
"DRESS UP DAY" AND PULL UP THEIR DRESSES
AND RUN AWAY LAUGHING.

Submitter comment: WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL, THE GIRLS COULD
NOT WEAR JEANS OR SLACKS LIKE THEY DO TODAY.
DRESSES AND SKIRTS WERE ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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AT SCHOOL, IF YOU WORE YELLOW ON
THURSDAY, YOU WERE "QUEER."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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AT SCHOOL, IF YOU WORE RED ON
FRIDAY, YOU WERE "QUEER."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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MEDIEVAL DOCTORS DEVELOPED A SPECIAL OUTFIT DESIGNED TO
PROTECT THEM FROM DIRECT CONTACT WITH SICK PEOPLE
DURING A PLAGUE. THE PHYSICIAN WAS COVERED FROM HEAD TO
FOOT WITH A BLACK GOWN, AND HE WORE LONG GLOVES TO PROTECT
HIS HANDS AND ARMS. A HOOD WAS DROPPED OVER HIS FACE.
PROTRUDING FROM THE HOOD WAS A LONG BEAK LOADED WITH
PROTECTIVE SPICES AND PERFUMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 10-01-1988

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Balinese custom

After death of a parent the children are not to wear the color
red for one year.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Washing your clothes after the sun sets will bring good luck
the next day. Washing your clothes during the day will bring
bad luck on the following day, but only if those same clothes
are worn.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Dusk, Night

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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Wearing used clothes from a thrift shop may bring you either
good luck or bad luck, depending on how the original owners
conducted themselves when wearing those clothes.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): Articles, Fashion

James Callow Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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If you are wearing your belt twisted, you are in love.

Submitter comment: My mom used to say that to me when I was young to
tease me.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; Laurel

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 00001970S

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Seeing someone in polka dot clothing brings you money.

Submitter comment: Polka dots look like coins, so if you make that
connection, you will get money.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): shape size

James Callow Keyword(s): design pattern

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00001970S

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, MY MOTHER INSISTED THAT ALL OF OUR
CLOTHING BE NEW. USUALLY WE SAVED A CHRISTMAS GIFT OUTFIT FOR THE
OCCASION. SHE WOULD ALSO FIX A STEAK DINNER AND WE'D USE OUR
BETTER DISHES AND SILVERWARE. THIS WAS SO WE WOULDN'T BE POORLY
DRESSED OR HUNGRY FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER ALSO REMEMBERS HIS MOTHER TELLING HIM THAT WHATEVER
HE DID ON NEW YEAR'S DAY WOULD INFLUENCE THE REST OF HIS YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 00001970S

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Numbers

You will never hit the number if you look up a lady's dress.

Submitter comment: This is a belief of people who play the lottery.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1992

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Gossiping

If someone is gossiping about you (sullying your good name),
put a penny in your shoe for a week and "walk" that person out of
your life.

Where learned: Arkansas ; PINE BLUFF

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

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ANYTHING YOU GET NEW YOU SHOULD WEAR TO CHURCH FIRST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A GIRL WEARS RED CLOTHES ON FRIDAY, SHE IS SUP-
POSED TO BE SELLING HER BODY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSTITUTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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IF YOU WEAR YELLOW CLOTHES ON THURSDAY, YOU ARE
SUPPOSED TO BE A QUEER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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IF YOUR EARS RING, SOMEONE IS THINKING ABOUT YOU.

IF A PORTION OF YOUR SKIRT HEM IS TURNED UP, YOUR BOY-FRIEND IS THINKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THORN BUSHES

THE REASON THAT THERE ARE SO MANY THORN BUSHES IN HAWAII, IS WHEN THE MISSIONARIES FIRST CAME TO HAWAII, THE NATIVES WORE NO CLOTHING. IN ORDER TO GET THEM TO WEAR CLOTHES, THE MISSIONARIES PLANTED THORN BUSHES SO THAT THE NATIVES WOULD CUT THEMSELVES ON THEM, AND THUS REALIZE THE NEED TO WEAR CLOTHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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