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IF A GROUP OF PEOPLE ARE CONVERSING IN A ROOM AND SUDDENLY
THERE IS COMPLETE SILENCE, IT IS EITHER A QUARTER OF OR
AFTER THE HOUR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU FORGET WHAT DAY IT IS, YOU WILL LOSE A FRIEND.
IF YOU ADD A DAY, YOU WILL GAIN A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: 02-14-1970

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PROVERB

SING AT THE DINNER TABLE AND YOU WILL MARRY A CRAZY MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): FUNCTION.

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

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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HOW CLOSE LIGHTENING IS.

THE NUMBER OF SECONDS BETWEEN THE THUNDER AND THE LIGHTNING
EQUALS THE NUMBER OF MILES AWAY IT OCCURED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPUTATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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IF YOU GO AND CHECK THE MAIL BEFORE THE MAILMAN HAS ARRIVED
IT MEANS THAT THE NEXT TIME YOU CHECK IT THERE WILL ONLY BE
BILLS IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time

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SONG

IN THE LAND OF ODEN
THERE IS A MOUNTAIN
WHICH IS TWENTY MILLION
MILES IN THE AIR.
AND EVERY MILLION YEARS
A LITTLE BIRD COMES A WINGING
TO SHARPEN HIS BEAK ON THAT MOUNTAIN;
THEN HE QUICKLY DISAPPEARS.
AND WHEN THAT MOUNTAIN
HAS WORN AWAY
THAT'S WHEN ETERNITY WILL BE
ONE SINGLE DAY
ONE SINGLE DAY
ONE SINGLE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LAPEER ; CAMP O'FAIRWINDS

James Callow Keyword(s): ODIN ; RELATIVITY

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: 06-00-1979

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At Oakland Sanctified Church no wedding rings are allowed to be
given during the ceremony; wedding watches take the place of the
rings.

Submitter comment: Leah says this is to prevent the competition of big diamonds
amongst the church members.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00001980S

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It is believed in much of Greece that if one sleeps in a bed
which faces east-west with the head of the bed on the west side, that
person is to die an early death. It is not specified, however, when
that person is to die. It could take from one night to ten nights to
one year (and so forth) for that person to die after he or she has
slept in the bed. This superstition is based on the fact that all
dead are placed on their "death bed" lying east-west with their head
on the west side.

Where learned: GREECE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION, DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: 00001943CA

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If you make a strange face and someone hits you on the back,
your face will stay in that position forever.

Submitter comment: This saying is popular among grade school age children.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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During the Vietnam War, when a soldier was to go back to the
United States shortly, his time in Vietnam was considered "short."
There was a "short superstition" among the American soldiers
during the war. It was generally believed that as a soldier's time
became "short" he was more likely to be killed than at any other
time of his tour of duty.

Submitter comment: The informant could name numerous time when a soldier had
survived most of his tour of duty only to be killed when he was
"short".

Where learned: Vietnam ; Asia

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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PLANTING

CROPS SHOULD BE PLANTED ON INCREASING MOON TO INSURE A
FRUITFUL HARVEST

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: 08-03-1968

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NEVER PLANT A WILLOW TREE. YOU'LL WEEP AS LONG AS IT DOES.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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A VEIN SHOWING ACROSS THE NOSE INDICATES A SHORT LIFE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; LIFE ; NOSE ; Vein

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: 10-13-1973

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WHEN YOU SEE A FLOCK OF BLACKBIRDS FLYING SOUTH YELL,
"MONEY" FOR EACH BIRD THAT YOU SEE. THIS IS SUPPOSE (D)
TO BRING WEALTH IN A SHORT TIME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 06-14-1973

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DURING DOG DAYS IT TAKES A CUT A LONGER TIME TO HEAL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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