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MARCH IS A FATAL MONTH FOR OLD MEN. MAY IS A
BAD MONTH FOR OLD WOMEN. SO WHEN AN OLDER WOMAN
IS WEAK IN MAY--PRAY FOR HER.

Submitter comment: POLISH TEXT ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN A CHRISTMAS TREE FALLS AND CRUSHES THE
ORNAMENTS, IT IS A PREDICTION OF A DEATH IN THE
FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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DOG DAYS

I WAS ALWAYS TOLD BY MY MOTHER AND MY FATHER THAT THE LAST
DAYS OF AUGUST WERE DOG DAYS BECAUSE IT WAS SO HOT. THEY TOLD
ME NEVER TO MESS WITH DOGS THEN BECAUSE THE HEAT MADE THEM
SULLEN AND UNPREDICTABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 16
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

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BAD LUCK

DON'T BUY A BROOM IN AUGUST BECAUSE ITS BAD LUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BELIEFS

A GREEN DECEMBER MAKES A FULL CEMETERY.

Submitter comment: (IF THE COLD ISN'T THERE TO KILL THE GERMS THEN MANY PEOPLE
WILL DIE OF VARIOUS DISEASES.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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MAY CUSTOM, BELIEF

IT IS GOOD TO GET WET IN THE RAIN DURING THE MONTH OF MAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A COMMON PRACTICE IN MISSISSIPPI.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 05-03-1972

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HEX CHARM

THE GERMANS HAVE A CHARM WHICH IS A CIRCLE WITH POINTS. IT REMOVES A
CURSE IF IT IS WORN EVERY DAY FOR A MONTH.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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NOT TOO QUICK

AS SLOW AS MOLLASSES IN JANUARY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; FOOD ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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A BROOM

BUY A BROOM IN MAY,
AND SWEEP THE FAMILY AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): CLEANLINESS ; IRONY (EXCEEDING CLEANLINESS CREATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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DEATH

IF A PERSON KILLS A FLY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH,
HE WILL DIE A VIOLENT DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-10-1969

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WEATHER BELIEF (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

THE WEATHER ON THE LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH WILL DECIDE
THE WEATHER FOR THE APPROACHING MONTH.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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DETERMINING SEX OF UNBORN CHILD

A BABY CONCIEVED IN A ODD MONTH WILL BE A BOY.
A BABY CONCIEVED IN AN EVEN MONTH WILL BE A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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PROVERB

GREEN MARCH, POOR HARVEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-18-1968

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MARCH

IF MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION, IT GOES OUT LIKE A LAMB.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): ANIMAL COMPARISON ; CONTRAST. ; WEATHER.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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MARCH

IF MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION IT GOES OUT LIKE A LAMB.
IF MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LAMB IT GOES OUT LIKE A LION.

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

Keyword(s): ANIMAL COMPARISON ; CONTRAST. ; WEATHER.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

AN EASY WAY TO REMEMBER HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN EACH MONTH IS TO
COUNT ON ONE'S KNUCKLES. MONTHS WITH THIRTY ONE DAYS LIE ON THE
TOP OF THE KNUCKLE. MONTHS WITH THIRTY DAYS (29 FOR FEB.) WILL FALL
BETWEEN KNUCKLES. FOR EXAMPLE, JAN. IS ON TOP (HAS 31 DAYS) AND
FEB. IS IN BETWEEN (HAS 29 DAYS) ETC.

Submitter comment: ALTHOUGH THIS TECHNICALLY IS NOT A MNEMONIC DEVICE SINCE NO
SPEAKING IS INVOLVED, IT IS A SIMPLE TASK USED TO HELP ONE REMEMBER.
WHEN THE COLLECTOR TRIED IT, IT WORKED WITHOUT FLAW IF YOU START
AT THE FIRST KNUCKLE WHEN PROCEEDING FROM JULY TO AUGUST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1980

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THE NEW MOON AND LUCK

WHEN YOU SEE THE NEW MOON FOR THE FIRST TIME EACH MONTH, YOU CLOSE
YOUR EYES AND MAKE A WISH. PEOPLE THINK THAT SUCH A WISH WILL
COME TRUE. BUT IF YOU ARE REALLY LUCKY, THERE SHOULD BE SOMEONE
YOU LIKE VERY MUCH NEAR YOU SO THAT WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR EYES, YOU
WILL FIRST LOOK ON HIS OR HER FACE, THEN YOU WILL BE LUCKY FOR
THE REST OF THE MONTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ASTRONOMY ; FRIENDSHIP

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: NONE GIVEN

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DRESS CUSTOM

(IN COLLECTOR'S OWN WORDS) PEOPLE OF MEXICO MAKE A PLEDGE TO THEIR PA
TRON SAINT AND THEN DRESS AS THE SAINT WOULD FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH.
PATRON

Submitter comment: DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MEXICO ; SABINAS HIDALGO ; NUEVO LEON

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Prayer

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