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THERE IS A HUNGARIAN WORD FOR THE BOOGIE-MAN. IT IS CUCKOO-
BETCHA. IT MEANS CRAZYMAN OR EVILMAN. IT USED TO SCARE ME
A LOT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Proper Name

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BELIEF ABOUT A CROSS-EYED WOMAN

IF YOU MEET A CROSS-EYED WOMAN IN THE MORNING, THINGS WILL
GET CROSSED ALL DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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LIMPING

IN KENTUCKY THERE ARE SEVERAL OLDER PEOPLE WHO LIMP.
THERE ARE NO KNOWN MEDICAL FACTS FOR THIS SO PEOPLE OF THAT
MOUNTAINOUS STATE EXPLAIN BY SAYING IT IS FROM WALKING UP
AND DOWN HILLS ALL THEIR LIVES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IN KENTUCKY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN HIGH SCHOOL IN BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN WE BELIEVED THAT
SOMEONE WAS A QUEER, OR OSTENSIBLY HOMOSEXUAL IF HE WORE
BROWN AND YELLOW ON THURSDAYS.
BELIEVED IN THE LATE 1950'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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MY BROTHER AND I USED TO VIST MY FATHER'S PARENTS IN DETROIT
DURING THE SUMMER AND ATTEND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH THEM.
MY GRANDFATHER USED TO KID US THAT THERE MIGHT BE A SMELLING-OUT
ANY SUNDAY, AT WHICH TIME WE WOULD BE EXPOSED TO SOME
UNKNOWN HORROR.

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 03-09-1971

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CROSSEYED

IF YOU LET A BABY LOOK IN A MIRROR BEFORE HE IS A YEAR OLD,
HE WILL BE CROSSEYED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE (IMPLIED)

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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UNTITLED

GOING TO MICHIGAN STATE, I WAS TOLD THAT IF EVER A VIRGIN GRADUATES
FROM HERE, THE STATUE OF THE MAN WILL DROP THE BALL HE HOLDS.
DO NOT EXPECT IT SOON, IT HAS LASTED A LONG TIME ALREADY.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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THE GREEN MAN

THERE WAS A MAN WHO USED TO WORK FOR ONE OF THE POWER COMPANIES
IN PITTSBURGH. IT SEEMS THAT ONE DAY HE HAD AN ACCIDENT WITH A HIGH
TENSION WIRE AND WAS HORRIBLY DISFUGURED. THE SHOCK TURNED
HIS SKIN A GREEN COLOR AND GREATLY DISTORTED HIS FACE.
THIS MAN NOW LIVES BY HIMSELF IN A RAMSHACKLE HOUSE OUT IN
SOUTH PARK. HE IS KNOWN TO SCARE CHILDREN AND CHASE ANYONE
WHO GOES NEAR HIS PLACE AWAY. PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS
SOMETHING WEIRD ABOUT HIM. TONY HAS NEVER SEEN THE MAN
BUT APPARENTLY HIS EXISTENCE IS ACCEPTED AS A FACT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DISFIGUREMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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CHARACTER AND SPEECH

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A MAN WHO IS QUEER WILL TALK WITH A LISP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMOSEXUAL ; SLANG: QUEER FOR HOMOSEXUAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 11-03-1969

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THURSDAYS

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IN THE ALMA AREA IT IS CONSIDERED THE SIGN OF THE QUEER
IF HE WEARS GREEN ON THURSDAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMOSEXUAL ; SLANG: QUEER FOR HOMOSEXUAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EFFECTS OF DRINKING

WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL GETS DRUNK HE LOSES ALL THE GOOD GRACES
HE HAS STORED UP IN HEAVEN AND WHEN HE REPENTS, HE GETS THEM
ALL BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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THE GHOST OF WHITNEY, INDIANA

IT IS BELIEVED THAT EVERY HALLOWEEN A HEADLESS HORSEMAN
RIDES DOWN A PARTICULAR ROAD NEAR WHITNEY, INDIANA.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GO SEEKING HIM EVERY YEAR, AND SOMEONE ALWAYS
CLAIMS SUCCESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses P438.1

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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MOON BELIEF

WHEN THE FULL MOON APPEARS, PEOPLE GET LOONEY.

Where learned: HIGH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): LOONEY COMES FROM WORD FOR MOON IN LATIN= LUNA ; MADNESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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MOON SICKNESS

THE FULL MOON ACTUALLY HAS AN EFFECT ON SOME PEOPLE.
IT IS BELIEVED THAT A COUPLE TYPES OF MENTAL DISORDERS CAN
ACTUALLY BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE MOON. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHOSE
MOODS FOLLOW THE CYCLES OF THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 12-00-1968

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MEDICAL BELIEF

SLEEPING IN THE MOONLIGHT WILL MAKE YOU GO CRAZY.

Submitter comment:

MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS FROM SOME IRISH FRIENDS WHEN SHE WAS A
CHILD IN DETROIT HER FRIENDS BELIEVED THIS SO STRONGLY THAT
BEFORE GOING TO BED, THEY WOULD ALWAYS CHECK TO MAKE SURE NO
MOONLIGHT WAS COMING IN AROUND THE SHADES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; MADNESS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-22-1970

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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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MAGIC

IN ITALY IT MEANS YOU LACK SOMETHING UPSTAIRS
IF YOU ARE NOT BORN ON FRIDAY.

Submitter comment: GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 11-06-1967

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IF YOU HAVE AN ITCHY NOSE YOU'RE
GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

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

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10181967 ASSUMED

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SUPERSTITION

SING AT TABLE, YOU WILL MARRY A CRAZY MATE.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: NEIGHBORS HOME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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BEWARE OF THE BLACKBIRDS

WHEN COMBING YOUR HAIR, BE SURE NOT TO LET A STRAND
OR A CLUMP OF YOUR HAIR FALL TO THE GROUND
WHERE A BLACKBIRD CAN PICK IT UP, FOR IF HE DOES,
YOU WILL GO CRAZY.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-19-1969

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