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LOOP THE SPOOK

ON ROMEO PLANK ROAD AND 33 IN ROMEO, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A LITTLE
BRIDGE. YOU PARK YOUR CAR ON THE BRIDGE AND WAIT. A RED LIGHT COMES
OUT OF THE FIELD AND TOWARD YOUR CAR. YOUR CAR STARTS ROCKING. THE
EIGHT FOOT TALL GHOST OF A MAN WHO WAS MURDERED OUT THERE LIVES
UNDER THE BRIDGE AND COMES OUT WHENEVER A CAR COMES.

Submitter comment:

DID NOT BELIEVE THE LEGEND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; St. Clair Shores

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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HUMAN SIZE MYTH

GRANDMA USED TO SAY THAT PEOPLE A LONG TIME AGO WERE SO BIG THAT
THEY COULD DRAW A HOE FROM ONE HILL TO ANOTHER WITH ONE STROKE.
WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE WILL GET SO
SMALL THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO FLAY WHEAT IN A OVEN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TENDS TO BELIEVE IN THE MYTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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SORES ARE HEALED BY LITTLE MEN WHO WORK AT NIGHT KNITTING THE EDGES
BACK TOGETHER. DON'T PICK THE SCABS BECAUSE THEY WILL HAVE TO
WORK OVERTIME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER'S LADYFRIEND WHO VISITS QUITE
OFTEN. ALISON HEARD THIS WHEN SHE WAS JUST A YOUNG CHILD. (1950S)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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FINGER LAKES LEGEND

ACCORDING TO THE LEGENDS OF THE INDIANS OF NEW YORK, THE SO-CALLED
FINGER
LAKES ARE THE RESULT OF A GIANT FALLING AND LEAVING HIS HAND
IMPRINT IN THE EARTH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Still water Small body.

Date learned: 10-14-1970

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TOMTEN

TOMTEN IS A VERY SMALL AND VERY OLD MAN WITH A LONG BEARD.
HE LIVES IN STABLES AND SHEDS ON THE FARMS AND HE PROTECTS
THE FARMER FROM ILLNESS AND MISFORTUNE AND GIVES THE FARMER
RICHES AND HAPPINESS. TOMTEN IS A VERY IRRITABLE OLD MAN
AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE A FUSS WITH HIM NOW AND THEN AND ON CHRISTMAS
EVE A PLATE WITH PORRIDGE MADE OF RICE IS PUT INTO THE STABLE
SO THE LITTLE MAN CAN HAVE IT. THE SWEDISH JULTOMTEN, FATHER
CHRISTMAS, COMES FROM THE LEGEND OF TOMTEN.

James Callow comment:

PUTTING OF RICE IN THE BARN FOR THE "NISSES"--CHRISTMAS
ELVES--IS A COMMON MOTIF IN SCANDINAVIAN FOLKTALES.
ODDLY, THOMPSON SHOWS NOTHING.--F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Good luck

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THREE FOOT AMELA

THREE FOOT AMELA SOUNDS LIKE A THREE FOOTED HORSE. IF YOU HEAR THE
SOUND AND LOOK OUTSIDE MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT SEE YOU OR YOU WILL DIE
THE NEXT NIGHT. YOU MUST NEVER CALL ITS NAME AT NIGHT BECAUSE
SOMETHING WEIRD WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

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TOMTEN

TOMTEN IS A VERY SMALL AND VERY OLD MAN WITH A LONG BEARD.
HE LIVES IN STABLES AND SHEDS ON THE FARMS AND HE PROTECTS
THE FARMER FROM ILLNESS AND MISFORTUNE AND GIVES THE FARMER
RICHES AND HAPPINESS. TOMTEN IS A VERY IRRITABLE MAN
AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE A FUSS WTH HIM NOW AND THEN AND ON CHRISTMAS
EVE A PLATE WITH PORRIDGE MADE WITH RICE IS PUT IN THE STABLE
SO THE LITTLE MAN MAY HAVE IT. THE SWEDISH JULTOMTEN, FATHER
CHRISTMAS, COMES FROM THIS LEGEND ABOUT TOMTEN.

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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WHEN I WAS LITTLE THERE WAS A RUMOUR GOING AROUND ON A OUR BLOCK THAT THE JERSEY DEVIL WAS BACK. THE JERSEY DEVIL WAS WEELL KNOWN
IN NEW JERSEY. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE A MAN WITH THE FACE OF
A WOLF, FEET OF A PIG AND HORNS. HE STOOD ON TWO LEGS. HE WAS
SUPPOSED TO PREY ON LITTLE CHILDREN, AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT THE
OLDER KIDS TOLD US. VERY ELABORATE MEANS WERE USED TO SCARE THE
LITTLE KIDS OUT OF THEIR WITS. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DRESSED IN
RED CAPES AND HORNS AND RAN THROUGH THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND
SOMEONE EVEN MADE A COPY OF A PICTURE OF THE BEAST, WHICH WAS
SUPPOSED TO BE AUTHENTIC. NEEDLESS TO SAY I EVENTUALLY GREW OUT OF
MY FRIGHT OF THE JERSEY DEVIL BUT RECENTLY I HEARD SOMEONE ON TELEVIS
TALKING ABOUT THE JERSEY DEVIL. EVIDENTLY HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A
TYPE OF BIGFOOT CREATURE. IT MAKES ME WONDER ABOUT ALL THE
THAT THERE REALLY WAS SOMETHING TO BE SCARED OF.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 00001970S

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IF YOU TAKE AN EGG LAID ON GOOD FRIDAY AND YOU PUT IT UNDER YOUR
ARM UNTIL SUNDAY, A SEVEN HEADED MONSTER WILL COME OUT. HE SHOULD
CALL YOU "MASTER". IF NOT, YOU START SMASHING HIS HEADS UNTIL HE
CALLS YOU MASTER. THEN YOU CAN ASK HIM WHATEVER YOU WANT. TO GET
RID OF HIM, YOU THROW HIM IN THE SEA WITHOUT LOOKING.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

James Callow Keyword(s): GENIE

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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I WAS ALWAYS TOLD NEVER TO LET YOUR ARM HANG OVER THE
SIDE OF THE BED OR A MONSTER WILL EAT YOUR FINGERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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In south central Michigan it was believed that Paul Bunyanesque
creatures have inhabited the area and shaped the gently rolling
hills, small ponds, and numerous lakes. These unnamed creatures
still roamed the country side at times causing mud slides, sink
holes, and other natural phenomena.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 03-00-1992

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Grandpa had a frightful creature that lived in the swamps and
often sat on the rail fence at the entrance to the small swamps
waiting to catch unsuspecting kids who disobeyed the rules and
wandered there. He was a katty-hue-gag and looked somewhat like the
Jaberwock.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

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IF YOU STEP OVER A PERSON (WHO IS LYING ON THE FLOOR) HE
WON'T GROW ANYMORE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-22-1969

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