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LEGEND

FOR YEARS THE PEOPLE IN GRATIOT BEACH, MICHIGAN, A SUMMER RESORT
WHERE WE HAD A COTTAGE, PIOUSLY BELIEVED THAT WHENEVER MY GRAND-
MOTHER WENT SWIMMING IT WOULD ALWAYS RAIN. AND AS FAR AS I
REMEMBER, IT ALWAYS DID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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INDIAN LORE

NORTHERN INDIANS WOULD NEVER RAPE A WHITE WOMAN FOR THEY
CONSIDERED THEM UNCLEAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 05-15-1965

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NOT GIVEN

THEY WERE BUILDING THE CHAPEL AT THE QUADRANGLE OF GEORGETOWN
IN 1880. A MAN CAME THROUGH AND ASKED FOR A MEAL, WHICH HE WAS
GLADLY GIVEN. AFTER HE HAD FINISHED HE WENT TO THE QUADRANGLE,
GOT SOME BUILDING MATERIALS, AND MADE A STATUE OF A MONK IN THE
SIDE OF THE WALL, AND IT'S STILL THERE.

Submitter comment: MR. BALDWIN RECALLS HEARING THIS WHILE ATTENDING GEORGETOWN IN
1927-31.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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LEGEND OF BERNARDO CARPIO

THE STORY ABOUT HIM IS HE IS A MAN OF IMMENSE STRENGTH. HE
IS SUPPOSED TO LIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THERE
WAS AN EARTHQUAKE, AND ONE PATH WAS GOING CLOSE TO THE
VILLAGE. HE HELD HIS HANDS BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AND HELD THE
PATH OPEN UNTIL ALL THE PEOPLE COULD GET OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

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UNTITLED

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN THE TALE IS THAT A LION ROARS WHEN
A GIRL WALKS BY THE LION STATUES GUARDING THE MUSEUM. THE GIRL
MUST BE A VIRGIN. THIS HASN'T HAPPENED YET, AND PROBABLY WILL
NOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY? ; PESSIMISM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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GOOD OLD U. OF DETROIT

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, WHEN A VIRGIN GRADUATES, THE
TOWER CLOCK WILL STOP, AND REMAIN STOPPED FOREVER.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY? ; PESSIMSIM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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LEGEND

IF YOU WERE A BAD BOY WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG AND YOUR PARENTS
COULDN'T CONTROL YOU THEY WOULD SEND YOU AWAY TO THIS OLD
MAN'S HOUSE WHERE HE WOULD BEAT YOU AND MAKE YOU LISTEN. YOUR
PARENTS WOULD ALSO CALL HIM ON THE PHONE AND TELL HIM
YOU WERE
BAD AND HE WOULD COME TO YOUR HOUSE IF YOUR PARENTS WANTED HIM.
HIS NAME WAS MR. SKEEZIX. TO GET Y,OU TO OBEY YOUR PARENTS WOULD
SAY: ' DO YOU WANT ME TO GET MR. SKEEZIX?'
THAT WAS ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU LISTEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Human Being

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RUMOR ABOUT TEACHER

IT WAS RUMORED THAT OUR ALGEBRA TEACHER, MR. JOHNSON, PICKED
HIS NOSE AND PUT THE MUCUS BEHIND HIS TIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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CHINESE FESTIVAL

CHENG YEUNG FESTIVAL IS THE FESTIVAL OF ASCENDING HEIGHTS.
ON THE 9TH DAY OF THE 9TH MOON, LEGEND SAYS THAT THE WISE
CLIMB TO HIGH PLACES TO AVOID DISASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F 64
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

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WHILE I WAS ATTENDING MARYGROVE COLLEGE FROM 1964 TO 1966, THE
STORY WAS ALWAYS TOLD ABOUT THE YOUNG MAN WHO LIVED FOR A YEAR IN THE
UNDERGROUND TUNNEL CONNECTING THE BUILDINGS. WE NEVER TRIED TO
SUBSTANTIATE OR DISPROVE IT, BUT WHENEVER WE HAD TO GO NEAR
THE TUNNEL EXIT WE ALWAYS TOOK A FRIEND ALONG FOR SAFETY AND
NEVER LINGERED TOO LONG AROUND IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- School
BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EVE OF ALL SAINTS

ON THE EVE OF ALL SAINT'S DAY A GLASS OF WATER IS TO BE LEFT OUT ON
THE KITCHEN TABLE FOR ALL THE POOR SOULS TO TAKE A DRINK FROM ON
THEIR WAY TO HEAVEN FROM PURGATORY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT AND FAMILY DO THIS EACH YEAR ON THE EVE OF ALL SAINTS
DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 03-27-1971

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THAI SAYING

THREE DAYS FROM " NOREE " THERE WILL BE
ANOTHER (IMPLICATION OF THE FICKLE NATURE OF WOMEN).

Where learned: THAILAND

Keyword(s): SEX ; WOMEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RUMOR ABOUT TEACHER

IT WAS RUMORED THAT OUR ALGEBRA TEACHER , MR. JOHNSON, PICKED
HIS NOSE AND PUT THE MUCUS BEHIND HIS TIE.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Picking Nose ; Rumor ; TEACHER ; Tie

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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COLLEGE LEGEND

WHILE I WAS ATTENDING MARYGROVE COLLEGE (64-66) THE
STORY WAS ALWAYS TOLD ABOUT THE YOUNG MAN WHO LIVED FOR A YEAR IN THE
UNDERGROUND TUNNEL CONNECTING THE BUILDINGS. WE NEVER TRIED TO
SUBSTANTIATE OR DISPROVE IT, BUT WHENEVER WE HAD TO GO NEAR
THE TUNNEL EXIT WE ALWAYS TOOK A FRIEND ALONG FOR SAFETY AND
NEVER LINGERED TOO LONG AROUND IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Dweller ; Legend ; Marygrove ; Rumor ; Tunnels ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEGEND

PECULIAR. SHE LOVES APPLES BUT SHE HATES PEACHES
APPLE ANNIE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO USED TO WALK UP AND DOWN THIRD
AVENUE CARRYING A BAG OF APPLES. NO ONE REALLY KNEW WHO SHE WAS
BUT EVERYONE WOULD RUN FROM HER SCREAMING.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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BELIEF

IF SOMEONE IS A GOOD STORY TELLER AND EXAGGERATOR, YOU SAY THEY
HAVE KISSED THE BLARNEY STONE.

Submitter comment: THE BLARNEY STONE IS PART OF THE BLARNEY CASTLE IN IRELAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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ORANGE GROVE

A BOY AND GIRL IN FLORIDA WENT OUT PARKING IN AN ORANGE GROVE.
WHEN THEY WERE READY TO LEAVE THE BOY FOUND THAT HE WAS OUT OF
GAS. HE WAS REALLY DISGUSTED WITH HIMSELF AS HE STOMPED AWAY,
WARNING THE GIRL TO LOCK THE DOORS AND WAIT FOR HIM IN THE CAR.
HOURS PASSED AND THE GIRL WAS GETTING VERY WORRIED. IT WAS COLD
AND SHE WAS VERY TIRED SO SHE FELL ASLEEP. A TAP AT THE WINDOW
WOKE HER. A POLICEMAN TOLD HER TO GET OUT AND GO TO THE PATROL
CAR AND HE'D TAKE HER HOME. AS HE HELPED HER TO THE CAR HE WARNED
HER NOT TO LOOK BACK AT THE OTHER CAR. AS HE CLOSED THE DOOR
SHE GLANCED BACK AT THE OTHER CAR. THERE WAS HER BOYFRIEND'S
HEAD, ON THE ROOF, STREAMING BLOOD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): Boyfriend ; DEATH ; Girlfriend ; MURDER ; PARKING ; Urban Legend ; VIOLENT

James Callow Keyword(s): DECAPITATION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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LEGEND OF ACOMA WOMEN

THERE IS A MOUNTAIN BY ACOMA VILLAGE, AN INDIAN VILLAGE. WOMEN
WALKED UP THIS MOUNTAIN EACH DAY TO GATHER BERRIES AND TWIGS, WHILE
THE MEN HUNTED. ONE DAY THERE WAS A RAIN STORM AND THE RAIN
WASHED AWAY THE TRAILS LEADING BACK DOWN TO THE VILLAGE, TRAPPING
THE INDIAN WOMEN ON THE MOUNTAIN. TO THIS DAY, IT IS BELIEVED
THAT IF YOU GO BY THE MOUNTAIN, YOU CAN HEAR THE WOMEN WAILING.
YOU CAN ALSO PURCHASE BRACELETS MADE OUT OF THE TEARS THAT THE
WOMEN SHED.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS STORY WHILE ON VACATION OUT WEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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THE STORY IS ABOUT THE LITTLE BOY WHO DOES THE "LIFE" CEREAL
COMMERCIALS ON TELEVISION (LET'S GET MIKEY, HE HATES EVERYTHING).
THE RUMOR GOES THAT HE ATE A CASE OF POP-ROCKS CANDY AND THEN DRANK
A COKE AND EXPLODED.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS AT HER COLLEGE, COLUMBIA, IN NEW YORK
BUT IT WAS ALSO CONFIRMED BY A STUDENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF
GEORGIA.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; CAMBRIDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): INTEMPERANCE

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
Food Drink -- Kind of Drink and Its Preparation
BELIEF -- Human Being

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WHEN I WAS A CHILD, MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO TELL ME
THAT THE SHEENY-MAN, A MAN WHO DROVE A HORSE-DRAWN WAGON
THROUGH HER ALLEY AND COLLECTED THINGS, WOULD TAKE ME
AWAY IF I MISBEHAVED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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