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VERSE

NEVER KISS BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND LET YOU DOWN.
BUT OH! THOSE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS WRITTEN IN MY MOTHER'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK FROM NICHOLS
SCHOOL ON BURNS AND GOETHE IN INDIAN VILLAGE IN 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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MISCELLANEOUS CUSTOMS

A SEAMAN LEAVING THE FORECASTLE TO GO AFT, EITHER FOR HIS TRICK AT
THE WHEEL OR OTHER WORK, GOES AFT ALONG THE LEESIDE OF THE VESSEL,
UNLESS HIS IMMEDIATE DUTY LIES TO THE WINDWARD.
A SEAMAN SUMMONED TO THE CAPTAIN'S CABIN REMOVED HIS CAP AND
DROPPED IT TO THE DECK JUST OUTSIDE THE DOOR.
A MARINER ENTERING A NEW SHIP, OR EVEN AN OLD SHIP, FOR THE FIRST
TIME MAKES CERTAIN THAT HIS RIGHT FOOT IS THE FIRST TO TOUCH THE
DECK.
IT WAS A BREECH OF ETIQUETTE FOR A SEAMAN TO LOCK HIS SEA CHEST
WHILE ON BOARD HIS SHIP. OFFENDERS OFTEN FOUND, WHEN THEY
RETURNED TO THE FORECASTLE FROM THEIR WATCH ON DECK, THAT THE
COVER HAD BEEN NAILED DOWN.
IN THE BRITISH AND UNITED STATES NAVIES, A SCARF OF BLACK SILK IS
WORN, ORIGINALLY AS A MARK OF WARNING (MOURNING?) FOR THE DEATH
OF LORD NELSON.
IN THE ROYAL NAVY, OFFICERS WHO HAVE BEEN ROUND EITHER THE CAPE
OF GOOD HOPE OR CAPE HORN MAY PUT ONE FOOT ON THE WARDROOM TABLE;
BOTH CAPES CARRY THE RIGHT TO PUT BOTH FEET ON THE TABLE.
BY NAVAL CUSTOM THE SENIOR OFFICER PRESENT IS ALWAYS THE LAST
INTO A BOAT AND THE FIRST OUT OF IT.

Submitter comment:

CAPTAIN LUMAS SAYS THAT HE HAS LEARNED THESE CUSTOMS THROUGH THE
YEARS THAT HE HAS BEEN SAILING, BOTH IN THE U.S. NAVY AND UP AT
MACKINAW ISLAND.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MACKINAW ISLAND

Keyword(s): British ; Captain ; Etiquette ; Language ; Lingo ; Naval ; Navy ; POSITION ; Seaman ; Ship ; Uniform ; United States

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; LEFT ; POSITION ; RIGHT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
SPEECH -- Gesture

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LUCK AT CARDS BELIEF

TIE THE HEART OF A BAT WITH A RED SILKEN STRING TO THE RIGHT ARM
AND YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND WIN EVERY CARD GAME YOU PLAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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IF A GIRL WEARS SOMETHING WITH RED IN IT TO A DANCE,
SHE WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND BE SUCCESSFUL WITH HER
PARTNERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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ITALIAN LUCK

FOR GOOD LUCK, A RED RIBBON IS BLESSED WITH HOLY WATER
AND PLACED IN A NEW CAR, OR NEW HOME, ETC. OR SHOULD
BE PINNED ON A NEW BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Religious (relic, etc.)

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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A RED RIBBON TIED TO THE DOOR KNOB, MIRROR OF AN
AUTOMOBILE, OR AROUND A CLOTH WITH SALT IN IT, WILL
BRING GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM A SICILIAN LADY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 07-14-1964

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THE ORANGE AND THE COLOR ORANGE ARE SYMBOLS OF A LONG,
PROSPPEROUS LIFE IN JAPAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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IF YOU CATCH A BUTTERFLY, IT MEANS THAT YOU WILL SOON GET A
DRESS IN THE COLOR OF THAT BUTTERFLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 03-25-1968

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IF YOU SEE A HORSE WITH A WHITE TAIL, TURN AROUND AND YOU WILL
SEE A PERSON WITH RED HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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BLUE-EYED PEOPLE ARE MORE LOGICAL THAN BROWN-EYED
PEOPLE. BROWN-EYED PEOPLE LIVE BY THEIR HEARTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 02-10-1968

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IF YOU ATTEND A FUNERAL WHILE PREGNANT YOUR BABY WILL BE
BORN OR GROW UP TO BE A VERY DARK COMPLEXTION PERSON.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING MY STAY IN DETROIT WITH PEOPLE WHO
LIVED THERE A LONG TIME.
THIS SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF --THE TABOO OF ATTENDING A FUNERAL
WHILE YOU ARE PREGNANT WILL AFFECT THE COLOR OF THE UNBORN. THIS
USUALLY APPLIES TO BLACK FOLK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPLECTION COMPLEXION ; NEGRO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA06171966

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PENTECOST CELEBRATION

HOMES AND CHURCHES WOULD BE DRESSED GREEN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pentecost
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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MY GRANDMOTHER HAD A DREAM OF HER SISTER BEING -
KILLED BY HER BROTHER-IN-LAW.
THEN A MAN ON A WHITE HORSE CAME UP TO HER TO TELL HER THE
NEWS. THE NEXT MORNING SHE RECEIVED WORD THAT HER SISTER WAS KILLED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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WHEN MY YOUNGER BROTHER AWOKE DURING THE NIGHT, HE MISTAKENLY
ENTERED THE CLOSET AND SCREAMED. WHEN THE FAMILY ARRIVED, HE TOLD
THEM THAT A LADY DRESSED IN WHITE HAD REACHED OUT TO PAT HIM ON
THE HEAD. TWO DAYS LATER, THE FAMILY RECEIVED A TELEGRAM THAT THE
BOY'S GRANDMOTHER HAD DIED IN POLAND THE SAME NIGHT THE LADY IN
WHITE APPEARED IN THE CLOSET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 10-29-1972

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VERSE

NEVER KISS BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND LET YOU DOWN.
BUT OH! THOSE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS WRITTEN IN MY MOTHER'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK FROM NICHOLS
SCHOOL ON BURNS AND GOETHE IN INDIAN VILLAGE IN 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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NEW YEAR'S BELIEF

IF THE FIRST PERSON TO VISIT YOU ON NEW YEAR'S DAY IS FAIR-HAIRED THERE WILL BE MUCH TROUBLE FOR YOU THAT YEAR.

IF THE FIRST PERSON TO VISIT IS DARK-HAIRED THEN THERE WILL BE GOOD LUCK FOR THE YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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WATCH OUT FOR PEOPLE WHOSE EYEBROWS MEET ABOVE THEIR NOSE, ESPECIALLY
IF THEIR HAIR IS DARK. THESE PEOPLE HAVE THE EVIL EYE AND CAN MAKE
YOU SICK OR GIVE YOU BAD LUCK IF THEY STARE AT YOU.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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BAD LUCK

IF YOU'VE SEEN A BLACK CAT OR BROKEN A MIRROR, THROW SOME SALT
OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO PREVENT THE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.14
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.17
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.31

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IF A BLACK DOG STANDS OUTSIDE OF A HOUSE AT NIGHT AND HOWLS; THAT
MEANS SOMEBODY HAS DIED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID SHE WAS AFRAID MANY NIGHTS, WHEN THIS HAPPEN.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES IN FRONT OF YOU

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.3

Date learned: 00001950S

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