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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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PLANT LEGEND

THERE IS A TYPE OF TREE THAT LOOKS LIKE AN ORDINARY TREE IN
THE DAYTIME, BUT AT NIGHT IT GROWS MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF FRUIT.
IF YOU PICKED SOME OF THIS FRUIT, THE ROOTS OF THE TREE WOULD
COME OUT OF THE GROUND AND DEVOUR YOU.
THESE TREES COULD BE IN GROUPS
THE TREE CAN ALSO MOVE IN THE NIGHT BY WALKING ON ITS ROOTS.
BUT IT HAS TO RETURN TO ITS: ORIGINAL POSITION BY DAWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CEMETERY BELIEF

IT WAS BELIEVED THAT AFTER EIGHT O'CLOCK AT NIGHT THE DEAD
WOULD WALK
EROUND MT. ELIOT CEMETERY IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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BELIEF

GET UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF BED, YOU WILL HAVE A BAD DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT OBTAINED FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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FLOWERDAYS AND BEANS

YOU ARE NOT TO PLANT BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS. (AGAIN
MY FATHER COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SPECIFIC TIME). MY GRANDFATHER
PLANTED A ROW OF BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS AND ANOTHER AFTER THE
DAYS WERE PAST. THE ROW PLANTED DURING THE DAYS GREW WITH AN
ABUNDANCE OF BLOSSOMS BUT VERY FEW BEANS. THE ROW PLANTED AFTER
THE FLOWERDAYS GREW WITH FEW BLOSSOMS BUT WITH AN ABUNDANCE
OF BEANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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BECAUSE OF THE HIGH WORK ABSENTEEISM ON FRIDAYS AND MONDAYS
(DAYS SURROUNDING WEEKENDS, AND OR HOLIDAYS AND THEREFORE
MANY TEMPORARY SUBSTITUTE WORKERS) AUTOMOBILES MADE
ON THESE DAYS ARE SUBJECT TO CONSIDERABLY MORE DEFECT
POSSIBILITIES.

Submitter comment: SOME PEOPLE ARE SO SUPERSTITIOUS ABOUT THIS THAT THEY REFUSE

James Callow comment: INCOMPLETE ITEM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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SEWING ON SUNDAY

IF YOU SEW ON SUNDAY YOU WILL HAVE TO REMOVE ALL THE
STITCHES WITH YOUR NOSE WHEN YOU DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WITCHES

NEVER WALK ALONE AFTER MIDNIGHT, BECAUSE THIS IS THE TIME
WITCHES AND SPIRITS COME OUT.

Where learned: IRELAND ; KILLARNEY ; EIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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AN ITALIAN PROVERB

NOT ON FRIDAY NOR ON TUESDAY
DOES ONE MARRY OR SET FORTH TO TRAVEL

Submitter comment: ITALIAN PROVERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F545.0
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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JAMAICAN SPIRIT BELIEF

WHEN GOING HOME AT NIGHT' BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND ONE O,CLOCK AND YOU
SEE A GHOST ON THE ROAD DON'T LET IT TROUBLE YOU BECAUSE IT IS
BUSY GOING TO KILL SOMEONE ELSE. IF YOU SEE ONE BETWEEN ONE
O'CLOCK AND FIVE O'CLOCK, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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ELF BELIEF

WHENEVER YOU DIG A HOLE IN THE EVENING PUT CROSS(ED) STICKS ABOVE THE
HOLE AND TIE A STRING TO THEM SO IT HANGS DOWN. AT MIDNIGHT THE
ELVES WILL COME AND USE YOUR HOLE TO CLIMB OUT.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE WAS NOT CERTAIN THIS WAS JAMAICAN LORE.
DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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A CUSTOM AT POLISH WEDDING RECEPTIONS IS FOR THE DINNER GUESTS TO BANG
ON THEIR PLATES WITH THEIR EATING UTENSILS IN ORDER TO PRODUCE RACKET LIKE SOUNDS.
THIS IS DONE AS A NON SERIOUS COMPLAINT THAT THE FOOD IS SOUR. THE NOISE MAKING
OCCURS MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT THE EATING PERIOD AND CONTINUES UNTIL THE BRIDE AND GROOM
EMBRACE AND KISS. UPON THIS TAKING PLACE THE GUESTS DISCONTINUE THEIR DISTURBANCE AND
SAY THE WORD "SMACZNE" (MEANING DELICIOUS). THE SHOW OF AFFECTION BETWEEN THE NEWLYWEDS
IS SUPPOSE TO SWEETEN THE FOOD AND ACCORDINGLY PLACATE THE GUESTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Glassware tapping
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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"BAR TIME" IS THE TIME ON CLOCKS IN BARS AND LOUNGES. IT IS ALWAYS
FAST, USUALLY TEN OR FIFTEEN MINUTES SO. THIS IS TO PROVIDE
INSURANCE THAT THE BARTENDER DOES NOT SERVE ANY DRINKS AFTER THE
TIME SPECIFIED BY THE LIQUOR LAWS OF THE LOCALE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PAT SULLIVANS TAVERN

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Common law
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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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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LIGHTNING

WHEN LIGHTNING FLASHES, MAKE THE SIGN OF THE
CROSS SO IT WON'T STRIKE YOU.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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PREDICTION

CUT YOUR NAILS ON MONDAY, CUT THEM FOR NEWS.
CUT YOUR NAILS ON TUESDAY, A NEW PAIR OF SHOES.
CUT YOUR NAILS ON WEDNESDAY, CUT THEM FOR HEALTH.
CUT YOUR NAILS ON THURSDAY, CUT THEM FOR WEALTH.
CUT YOUR NAILS ON FRIDAY, CUT THEM FOR WOE.
CUT YOUR NAILS ON SATURDAY, A JOURNEY TO GO.
CUT YOUR NAILS ON SUNDAY, CUT THEM FOR EVIL,
FOR ALL THE NEXT WEEK YOU'LL BE RULED BY THE DEVIL.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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IN THIS INFORMANTS FAMILY
SOME OF THE CHILDREN HAVE A SMALL BROWN FRECKLE
OR BEAUTY MARK UNDER EACH EYE.
IT IS SAID THAT THESE ARE TEARS
BECAUSE THEY CAME INTO THE WORLD ON A SAD DAY.
IT IS ALSO SAID "MONDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF WOE,"
AND THESE SAME CHILDREN WERE BORN ON MONDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

Keyword(s): BEAUTY MARKS ; FRECKLES ; WOE

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

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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SUPERSTITION

IF HAIR IS CUT ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH IT WILL GET THICKER.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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COMBING HAIR

IF HAIR IS COMBED AFTER 9P.M. IT WILL FALL OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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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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