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THE HOLES IN THE FLOORS OF THE DORMS AT AMHERST COLLEGE MADE
BY THE RADIATOR PIPES ENABLE THE OCCUPANTS OF A ROOM ON A HIGHER
FLOOR TO POUR WATER DOWN INTO THE ROOM BELOW. ONCE THIS ALMOST
RESULTED IN A TELEVISION SET EXPLODING IN A LOWER ROOM.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMAN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Foundation Floor

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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CHARRED TIMBERS

MS. BOW SAID THAT THE HOUSE WHERE SHE LIVED IN SAGINAW HAD
CHARRED TIMBERS AND LOGS AS PART OF THE FOUNDATION OR UNDERPINNINGS
AND THAT THESE WERE FROM THE FIRE OF 1874.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Foundation Floor

Date learned: 04-02-1982

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CARIBOU ESKIMO

DURING THE FISHING SEASON, THEY CAN'T SPILL WATER
ON THE FLOOR; OTHERWISE IT WILL BRING THEM BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Foundation Floor
BELIEF -- Still water Man made container.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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A PERSON WOULD GREASE THE SUPPORTS OF THE HOUSE
WITH PORK FAT; THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO CURE THE
EVIL OMEN.

Submitter comment: PEOPLE IN ITALY STILL DO THIS TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Foundation Floor
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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SWEEP THE KITCHEN FLOOR AFTER SUPPER AND MANY BELIEVE
YOU WILL BE POOR ALL YOUR LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POVERTY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Foundation Floor
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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