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CHILDREN'S VERSE

LADYBUG, LADYBUG, FLY AWAY HOME,
YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE,
YOUR CHILDREN ARE GONE,
EXCEPT FOR ANNE--
SHE HID UNDER A PUDDING PAN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A VERSE WHICH THE INFORMANT RECITES WHEN A
LADYBUG BEETLE HAS FLOWN ON HER.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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CRICKET SUPERSTITION

TOBACCO JUICE IS THE STUFF THAT A CRICKET SPITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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STYE SUPERSTITION

A STYE OR INFECTION IN YOUR EYE IS CAUSED BY A SPIDER PEEING IN
YOUR EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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IF YOU CATCH A LADYBUG, IT WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 04-05-1972

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IF YOU'RE FISHING AND A BLUE WATER FLY LANDS ON THE
TIP OF YOUR POLE, IT MEANS YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK
AND WILL CATCH A LOT OF FISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 04-05-1972

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A HONEY BEE FLYING AROUND A PERSON IS A SIGN OF
GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 02-26-1970

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LUCK

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN IS FRIGHTENED BY AN INSECT THE CHILD WILL HAVE
A BIRTH MARK THAT RESEMBLES THE INSECT.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CA11001973

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AN OLD NEGRO SUPERSTITION FROM THE SOUTH IS THAT IF YOU CATCH A
SPIDER HANGING FROM THE CEILING WITH YOUR POCKETBOOK, YOU HAVE
MONEY COMING YOUR WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ARACHNID

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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POLISH RHYME FOR NEW YEAR'S

NA SZCZESLIE NA ZDROLWIE NA TYN NOWY ROCZEK
ZE BY NAS PAN BO G ZACHOWAL OD TYCH CZERWONYCH MRO CZIEC
ZYCZE ZYCZE I NIE PREZSTANE
ZYCZYE DO PUKI CO DOSTANE
TRANSLATION: I WISH YOU HAPPINESS AND HEALTH FOR THIS NEW YEAR
THAT GOD SHOULD PROTECT US FROM RED ANTS.
I'M WISHING, WISHING, AND I WILL NOT STOP WISHING TILL I GET
SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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GARLIC AND HONEY

A RUSSIAN CUSTOM FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE IS TO DIP GARLIC IN HONEY AND
EAT IT. THE GARLIC TAKES THE SINS OF THE PAST YEAR AWAY. THE
HONEY SWEETENS THE BODY FOR THE NEW YEAR

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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BAD LUCK

IT IS BAD LUCK TO KILL A SPIDER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER AND HOLDS IT TO
BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HANCOCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.3

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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A CRICKET IN A HOME BRINGS GOOD LUCK

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER STATED THIS IN 1925

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PINOCCHIO

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.3

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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MY FATHER USE TO SAY THIS ON THE FARM: IF YOU NEVER PLOW UP A
BIRD'S NEST THAT MEANS THERE'LL BE NO BUGS ON THE CROPS FOR THE
COMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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TO DRIVE FLIES FROM THE HOUSE

SATURATE RAGS WITH OIL OF SASSAFRAS AND LAY THEM ON WINDOWS
AND NEXT TO DOORWAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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SPIDER IN THE EAR

PUT SOME WATER AND OLIVE OIL OR CASTER OIL TOGETHER AND POUR IN
EAR AND SPIDER WILL COME OUT.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

James Callow Keyword(s): CASTOR OIL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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BED BUGS

POUR GASOLINE OVER WOODWORK WHERE THERE IS NO FIRE, OR USE
CEDAR OIL.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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RAIN

IF YOU STEP ON A WORM IT'S GOING TO RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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DRAGONFLY BELIEF

IF A DRAGONFLY IS FLYING AROUND YOUR FACE, IT WILL SEW YOUR MOUTH UP
SO YOU CAN NOT TALK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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SPIDER BELIEF

IF YOU KILL A SPIDER, IT IS SURE TO RAIN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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BELIEF

IF THE CRICKETS COME INDOORS, IT'S GOING TO BE A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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