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ROSEMARY

ONCE A GIRL IN PITTSBURGH NAMED ROSEMARY WAS KILLED WHILE BEING
ASSAULTED. HER PARENTS BUILT A STONE MONUMENT WITH HER IMAGE IN
STONE ON IT. IT IS NOW A PLACE OF TEENAGE VENERATION. ANYONE
WHO TOUCHES THE STONE AND THEIR HAND BLEEDS IS NOT A VIRGIN, OR
ANYONE WHO SEES ROSEMARY THERE IS NOT A VIRGIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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KNOCK, KNOCK STREET

I CAN REMEMBER HEARING THIS TALE ABOUT FIFTEEN YEARS AGO.
APPARENTLY A YOUNG GIRL RETURNING HOME FROM HOLY COMMUNION
WAS STRUCK DOWN BY A HIT-AND-RUN MOTORIST. THE GIRL WAS
KILLED INSTANTLY; HER HAND, HOWEVER, WAS SEVERED FROM HER
BODY AND NEVER FOUND. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE STREET FROM
THAT MOMENT ON HAS MADE A KNOCKING SOUND (SUPPOSEDLY THE
SEVERED HAND KNOCKING ON THE STREET).

Submitter comment: I CAN VAGUELY REMEMBER TAKING A RIDE TO THE SCENE AND ACTUALLY
HEARING SOMETHING. I BELIEVE THE NAME OF THE STREET WAS
STRASSBURG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GRAVE ROBBERS

GRAVE ROBBERS, AFTER HEARING OF A WOMAN RECENTLY BURIED WITH
AN EXPENSIVE RING ON HER FINGER, BREAK INTO THE GRAVE. HOWEVER,
THEY CAN'T GET THE RING OFF, SO THEY BEGIN TO CUT HER FINGER OFF.
UPON THE FLOW OF BLOOD, SHE REGAINS CONSCIOUSNESS.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AND ALSO MUCH LATER FROM A FRIEND
WHO IS OF POLISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Cemetery
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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THE HOOK

THIS LEGEND IS POPULAR AMONG TEENAGERS AND I'D LIKE TO RECITE ONE
VERSION THAT I HAVE HEARD. ONE NIGHT, A TEENAGE COUPLE WENT TO A
LOCAL LOVERS' LANE FOR THE OPOPORTUNITY TO BE ALONE. ON THIS SAME
NIGHT, THE GIRL HAD HEARD ON THE RADIO THAT AN INMATE OF A NEARBY
ASYLUM HAD ESCAPED AND THAT HE WAS A HOMICIDAL MANIAC, AND THAT HE
HAD ONLY ONE HAND AND ON THE OTHER HAND THERE WAS A HOOK.
THE COUPLE HAD BEEN PARKED FOR A WHILE, LISTENING TO THE RADIO
AND DRINKING BEER. THE GIRL, ALL OF A SUDDEN, HAD A STRANGE
INTUITION THAT THERE WAS DANGER AROUND AND THAT THEY SHOULD LEAVE.
NATURALLY, THE BOY REASSURED HER THAT THERE WAS NOTHING TO WORRY
ABOUT, BUT SHE PERSISTED AND PERSISTED, UNTIL THE BOY LOST HIS
PATIENCE, PULLED THE GEAR SHIFT INTO FIRST AND LEFT THE LANE.
HE TOOK THE GIRL HOME AND CONTINUOUSLY REMINDED THE GIRL THAT SHE
WAS CRAZY TO THINK THAT THE FIEND WAS ANYWHERE AROUND THE LANE.
WHEN THEY REACHED HER HOUSE, HE GOT OUT TO LET HER OUT AND ON THE
REAR DOOR HANDLE THERE WAS A STRANGE OBJECT HANGING THERE--A HOOK.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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TALE

WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL IN EUCLID, OHIO, THERE WAS A STORY
MAKING THE ROUNDS ABOUT A COUPLE WHO HAD BEEN PARKED IN THE
LOCAL LOVER'S LAND IN METROPOLITAN PARK. IT SEEMS THEY HAD
THE RADIO ON AND HEARD A NEWS REPORT ABOUT A PROWLER WHO HAD
KILLED SEVERAL YOUNG COUPLES THAT HE HAD FOUND IN PARKED CARS.
HE WAS AN ESCAPEE FROM ONE OF THE VETERANS' HOSPITALS. HE WAS
A VETERAN OF WW II OR KOREA, THIS VARIES. ANYWAY, HIS HANDS HAD
BEEN BLOWN OFF WHEN A BOMB THAT HE WAS DEACTIVATING WENT OFF.
HE HAD HOOKS ON HIS WRISTS INSTEAD OF HANDS. HIS MIND HAD
SNAPPED WITH THE SHOCK AND HE WAS CONFINED IN A MENTAL WARD,
UNTIL HE ESCAPED. THE GIRL BECAME FRIGHTENED AND INSISTED HER
BOYFRIEND TAKE HER HOME IMMEDIATELY. HE REVVED UP THE MOTOR,
BACKED UP AND TOOK OFF FOR HOME. WHEN HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR
AT HER HOUSE AND WENT OVER TO OPEN HER DOOR, HE NOTICED SOMETHING
HANGING ON THE BACK BUMPER OF THE CAR. HE TOOK HIS GIRL IN AND
CAME BACK TO INVESTIGATE. WHAT HE HAD SEEN WERE TWO HOOKS LOCKED
ON THE BUMPER, THE TYPE USED AS SUBSTITUTES FOR AMPUTATED HANDS.
HE VAGUELY REMEMBERED A SLIGHT JARRING OF THE CAR AS HE BACKED
UP AND TOOK OFF AT TOP SPEED OUT OF METROPOLITAN PARK.

Where learned: OHIO ; Euclid

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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THE HOOK

A TEENAGE COUPLE WAS OUT ON A DATE. THE BOY PULLED ONTO AN OLD
DIRT ROAD AND STOPPED SO THAT THEY COULD DO SOME NECKING. AS THE
BOY AND GIRL PROCEEDED, THEY HEARD A NEWS BULLETIN ON THE RADIO
WHICH SAID THAT A DANGEROUS CONVICT HAD ESCAPED FROM PRISON AND
WAS IN THE VICINITY THE COUPLE WERE PARKED. IT ALSO SAID THAT THE
CONVICT HAD A STEEL HOOK FOR ONE HAND. THE GIRL WANTED TO LEAVE
BUT THE BOY SAID THERE WAS NOTHING TO BE AGRAID OF. SO THEY
STAYED UNTIL THEY HEARD THE NEWS BULLETIN AGAIN. THE GIRL
INSISTED THAT THE BOY TAKE HER HOME. THE BOY AGREED AND DROVE
OFF. THE BOY PULLED IN FRONT OF THE GIRL'S HOME AND WENT AROUND
TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAR TO OPEN THE DOOR FOR HIS DATE. AS
HE REACHED FOR THE DOOR HANDLE HE SUDDENLY JUMPED BACK STARTLED,
FOR ON THE DOOR HANDLE DANGLED AN IRON HOOK LIKE THAT DESCRIBED
AS THE HAND OF THE CONVICT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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THE LEGEND OF STRASBURG STREET OR "KNOCK-KNOCK" STREET

SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME A STORY ABOUT AN INCIDENT WHICH SUPPOSEDLY
OCCURRED ON STRASBURG STREET IN DETROIT. THERE WAS A TERRIBLE
ACCIDENT ON THIS STREET ONE NIGHT IN WHICH A LITTLE THREE-YEAR-
OLD GIRL WAS KILLED AND HER BODY BADLY DISMEMBERED. THE POLICE
SEARCHED THE AREA FOR HER REMAINS BUT FAILED TO LOCATE ONE OF
HER ARMS. NOW THE STORY HAS IT THAT WHEN YOU DRIVE DOWN STRASBURG
STREET AT NIGHT, IF YOU ARE VERY QUIET, YOU CAN HEAR A KNOCKING ON
THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR. FOR THIS REASON STRASBURG STREET IS KNOWN
AS KNOCK-KNOCK STREET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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WHEN YOU GO OVER A RAILROAD TRACK, IF YOU PUT YOUR HANDS
ON TOP OF THE ROOF, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO MY SISTER BY ONE OF HER FRIENDS
AT SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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IF YOU LIFT UP YOUR FEET FROM THE FLOOR AND TOUCH
YOUR HANDS TO THE CEILING WHILE GOING OVER A
RAILROAD TRACK IN YOUR CAR, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN DRIVING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS, IT IS GOOD LUCK
TO PUT YOUR HAND, PALM SIDE UP, ON THE ROOF OF THE
CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOOTBALL PLAYERS OFTEN WEAR CLOTH ON THEIR WRISTS
FOR GOOD LUCK, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE CLOTH
ALSO SOAKS UP SWEAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 12-08-1967

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CROSSING THE FINGERS MEANS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID THAT SHE LEARNED IT FROM FRIENDS WHEN
SHE WAS VERY YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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CROSSING YOUR FINGERS WHEN YOU COME UPON A DIFFICULT
TASK OR CHALLENGE SYMBOLIZES GOOD LUCK. PEOPLE
OFTEN CROSS THEIR FINGERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE AS
WELL AS THEMSELVES.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS LONG AGO THROUGH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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IF MY NAILPOLISH IS CHIPPED, I WILL CUT MY FINGER
SOMETIME THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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IF YOU HAVE WHITE MARKS ON YOUR FINGERNAILS, FOR EVERY
ONE YOU HAVE IT MEANS YOU HAVE TOLD ONE LIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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

Submitter comment: COLLECTOR: FROM MY MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future of young

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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IN CLASPING YOUR HANDS, IF YOUR LEFT THUMB GOES OVER YOUR
RIGHT, YOUR HEART WILL RULE YOUR HEAD; IF YOUR RIGHT
THUMB GOES OVER YOUR LEFT, YOUR HEAD WILL RULE YOUR
HEART. (AFTER BEING TOLD THIS, I COULDN'T RESIST TRYING
IT MYSELF.) SHE HEARD THIS WHILE STUDYING IN GERMANY
IN 1967.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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WHITE SPOTS

THERE IS A SUEPRSTITION REGARDING WHITE SPOTS ON ONE'S
FINGERNAILS. EACH SPOT HAS A MEANING:
FRIEND FOE LETTER BOW JOURNEY
THUMB INDEX MIDDLE RING LITTLE

Submitter comment: SHE READ THIS WHEN SHE WAS ABOUT 18 YRS. OLD IN AN OLD BOOK
ON SUPERSTITIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; PURCHASING DEPARTMENT

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

Date learned: 07-23-1964

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GRAVE POINTER

IF YOU POINT YOUR FINGER AT A GRAVE THAT'S A SIGN OF BAD
LUCK OR YOUR FINGER WILL ROT OFF.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS WAS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.
THIS SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF IS CONNECTED WITH GESTURE OF A FINGER
AND AN OBJECT. IT HAS AN AIR OF SYMPATHETIC MAGIC.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA06171966

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FUTURE OF CHILD

IF A CHILD HAS LONG FINGERS, HE IS SUPPOSED TO PLAY THE PIANO.

Submitter comment: HE WILL ALSO HAVE TO HAVE OTHER SKILLS IT WOULD SEEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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