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TRUCK DRIVING PROWESS

DURING THE 1940'S AND EARLY 1950'S SEMI DRIVERS
FOLLOWING EACH OTHER ON OLD U.S. 22 (ONE OF THE FEW TRUCK
ROUTES INTO THE NEW YORK METRO AREA FROM THAT AREA [HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA]) USED TO ENGAGE IN A "CONTEST"
BY ALTERNATELY KNOCKING OUT THE ROADSIDE MAILBOXES BY SWAYING THE
REARMOST END OF THE TRAILER.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT'S INFORMANT: JOHN POTERE A DRIVER FOR MCCLEAN TRUCKING. THE INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED IN HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA IN OCTOBER OF 1969.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): OCCUPATIONAL FOLKLORE TRUCK DRIVERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 12-01-1972

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BABY BELIEF

NEVER CUT A BABY'S FINGERNAILS BEFORE HE IS ONE YEAR OLD OR
HE WILL BE A THIEF.

Where learned: ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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BELIEF ABOUT CRIMINALS

A CRIMINAL ALWAYS RETURNS TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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ELECTROCUTIONS

IT IS A COMMON BELIEF, REINFORCED BY MOVIES AND TELEVISION
SHOWS, THAT THE LIGHTS IN A PENITENTIARY DIM WHEN A CONVICT
IS ELECTROCUTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEGEND OF THE MAD MAN.

IN MY CHILDHOOD, I SPENT TWO WEEKS AT THE BOYS SUMMER CLUB CAMP
FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS. EVERY STAY WAS OCCASIONED BY THE
RUMOR THAT IT WAS NOT SAFE TO WALK IN CAMP ALONE AT NIGHT.
THIS WAS SAID BECAUSE A MAN HAD ESCAPED FROM A NEARBY MENTAL
INSTITUTION OR JAIL, (IT VARIED) AND DIDN

James Callow comment: INCOMPLETE ITEM

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JAMAICAN PLOY TO KEEP CHULDREN INDOORS.

TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM GOING OUTSIDE AT NIGHT THERE IS THE STORY OF
THE CATCHER MAN WHO WALKS AROUND WITH A BUCKET WHICH, IF IT TOUCHES
YOUR FOOT' YOU CAN,T MOVE, THE CATCHER MAN WILL THEN PUT YOU INTO
HIS BUCKET AND CARRY YOU AWAY.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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BABY BELIEF

NEVER CUT A BABY'S FINGERNAILS BEFORE HE IS ONE YEAR OLD OR
HE WILL BE A THIEF.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): BABY ; FINGERNAILS ; Nail ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION ; Thief ; Trim

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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BELIEF ABOUT CRIMINALS

A CRIMINAL ALWAYS RETURNS TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CRIME ; Criminal ; Habit ; Revisit

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ELECTROCUTIONS

IT IS A COMMON BELIEF, REINFORCED BY MOVIES AND TELEVISION
SHOWS, THAT THE LIGHTS IN A PENITENTIARY DIM WHEN A CONVICT
IS ELECTROCUTED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Death Row ; Dim ; Electricity ; ELECTROCUTION ; JAIL ; Lethal ; Lights ; Penitentiary ; PRISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEGEND OF THE MAD MAN.

IN MY CHILDHOOD, I SPENT TWO WEEKS AT THE BOYS' CLUB CAMP
FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS. EVERY STAY WAS OCCASIONED BY THE
RUMOR THAT IT WAS NOT SAFE TO WALK IN CAMP ALONE AT NIGHT
BECAUSE A MAN HAD ESCAPED FROM A NEARBY MENTAL
INSTITUTION OR JAIL (IT VARIED) AND
THE CONVICT DID NOT LIKE LITTLE BOYS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): Escaped ; Institution ; JAIL ; Legend ; Mad Man ; Mental Institution ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DARE

THE THIRD GIRL TO LIGHT HER CIGARETTE ON THE SAME MATCH IS A WHORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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THERE WAS A BELIEF IN NEW ORLEANS THAT YEARS AGO, JEAN LA FITTE,
A PIRATE, HAD CHESTS OF MONEY BURIED IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CITY
AND ITS SURROUNDINGS. USUALLY PEOPLE GOT KNOWLEDGE THAT THE CHEST
WAS ON THEIR PROPERTY IN A DREAM. THESE PEOPLE WOULD THEN HIRE
DIGGERS TO COME AND SEARCH FOR THE TREASURE ON THEIR PROPERTY.
THESE DIGGERS WOULD DISCUSS THEIR CONVERSATIONS WITH THE GHOSTS
OF MEN WHO WERE KILLED AND THEIR BODIES BURIED WITH THE TREASURE
TO PROTECT IT. ON OCCASIONS, THEY WOULD TALK WITH THE GHOST AND
CALL THEM BY NAME. THEY SWORE THAT THE GHOSTS TALKED WITH THEM.
THE OBJECT OF THE DIGGERS WAS TO GET THE GHOST TO RELEASE THE
TREASURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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POLICE MOON BELIEF

MANY DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS BELIEVE THAT RECKLESS DRIVING,
ROWDYISM AND VANDALISM INCREASE ON NIGHTS WITH A FULL MOON.

Where learned: DETROIT ; POLICE DEPARTMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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FOLK TALE

IT WAS TOLD AT OUR LADY QUEEN OF APOSTLES
SCHOOL THAT IF ONE EVER DRANK THE
WINE THAT WAS TO BE USED AT MASS , ONE WOULD DIE OF POISONING
IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE THIS WAS A TERRIBLE SIN. LIKEWISE, IF ONE
DRANK FROM THE GOLD CHALICES USED AT
MASS, ONE WOULD HAVE A FATAL HEART
ATTACK FROM WHICH ONE COULD NEVER RECOVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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HAWKS

HAWKS HAVE NESTS ON THE HILLS NEAR THE LAKES OF KILLARNEY. IT
BRINGS BAD LUCK TO SHOOT THEM DOWN BECAUSE ALL THE HAWKS HAVE THE
SPIRITS OF THE EARLY PIRATES WHO TRIED TO INVADE IRELAND, BUT WHO
WERE KILLED BY THE NATIVES. THEIR SOULS DID NOT GO TO HELL; THEY
WENT INTO THE HAWKS NEAR KILLARNEY. THIS IS WHY THOSE HAWKS ARE
SO VICIOUS, AND THEY HATE THE NATIVES. BUT THEY ARE LEFT LIVE,
BECAUSE OF THE SPIRITS THEY CONTAIN. TO KILL THEM WOULD BE TO LET
LOOSE THE BAD SPIRITS OVER THE PLACE, AND THAT WOULD BE VERY
DANGEROUS TO THE NATIVE PEOPLE OF KILLARNEY AND THE AMERICAN
TOURISTS WHO VISIT THE PLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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GEORGIA HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

"DADDY TOLD US THAT EVERY HALLOWEEN NIGHT,
YOU SHOULD FACE SOUTH-EAST AND SAY A LITTLE RHYME I CAN'T REMEMBER,
AND IT WOULD PREVENT BLACKBEARD'S GHOST FROM GETTING YOU."

Submitter comment: THE COLLECTOR RESEARCHED THIS GEORGIA SUPERSTITION, AND FOUND
THAT BLACKBEARD'S ISLAND, THE SITE WHERE THE ENGLISH PIRATE
SUPPOSEDLY ESTABLISHED HIS HEADQUARTERS, LIES JUST OFF OF
GEORGIA'S SOUTH-EAST COAST.

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.429
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.434
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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IF YOU MAKE A CHILD PASS THROUGH A WINDOW, HE WILL GROW UP TO BE
A THIEF.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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GESTURES--EATING (CHINESE)

"A POTENTIAL KIDNAPPER CAN TELL A RICH CHILD FROM A POOR ONE BY
THE WAY THE CHILD EATS FISH. THEY WOULD KIDNAP A CHILD AND GIVE
THE CHILD A PIECE OF FISH. IF THE CHILD EATS ANY PART OF THE FISH
EXCEPT FOR THE BELLY, THEY WILL KNOW HE IS POOR AND WILL LET HIM
GO. BUT IF THE CHILD EATS THE BELLY AREA OF THE FISH, THEY WILL
KNOW THAT THE CHILD IS FROM A WEALTHY FAMILY AND WILL HOLD HIM
FOR RANSOM."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER IN THAILAND.
HER MOTHER WAS ORIGINALLY FROM CHINA.

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

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 01-00-1984

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WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, MR. HOOKRADLE OWNED THE CORNER HOUSE,
MUCH LIKE OUR LOT TODAY. (WE LIVE ON A CORNER PARCEL.)
HE (MR. HOOKRADLE) SAID, "IF YOU CUT MY CORNER I'LL
CUT YOUR EARS OFF." ALL THE LITTLE KIDS WERE AFRAID OF
HIM. HE WOULD SAY, "WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME DOWN TO MY
BASEMENT AND SEE MY EAR COLLECTION?" HE SAID HE HAD AN
EAR-ROOM FULL TO HIS CEILING. NO ONE EVER CUT ACROSS HIS
LAWN AGAIN.

Where learned: MOM

Keyword(s): KNIFE

James Callow Keyword(s): OTOMANIAC

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 00001940S

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"SHINEYMAN"

THE SHINEYMAN WAS A JUNKMAN, NO, CAN'T SAY THAT CAUSE THEY'RE NOT THE SAME. HE WAS MORE OF A CELEBRITY. HE ALWAYS WORE A FUNNY OLD HAT. HE HAD LARGE TRINKETS AND USED BROOMS HANGING FROM HIS WAGON. HE ALWAYS TOOTED A FUNNY HORN. I THOUGHT HE WAS A KIDNAPPER BECAUSE HE WAS UGLY, DIRTY, AND SMELLY. HE WAS A REGULAR AND HAD HIS OWN ROUTE. EVERYDAY HE WOULD COME UP AND DOWN GRANDMA'S ALLEY AND PICK UP OLD CARPETS, AND OTHER USED OBJECTS WHICH PEOPLE HAD DISCARDED I DON'T KNOW HOW HE GOT HIS TITLE BUT WE JUST CALLED HIM THE SHINEYMAN, AND NEVER ASKED WHY.
APPARENTLY, EACH NEIGHBORHOOD HAD ITS OWN SHINEYMAN.

Submitter comment: PRONOUNCED "SHEE-NEE"

Where learned: DETROIT ; MOTHERS GRANDMOTHERS HOME

Keyword(s): GARBAGE ; TRASH

James Callow Keyword(s): SHEENY MAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 00001940S

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