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IF YOU BRUSH YOUR HAIR ONE HUNDRED TIMES EVERY DAY, YOU WILL ALWAYS
HAVE SHINY HAIR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FIRMLY BELIEVES THIS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-05-1972

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ONE HUNDRED NOTHINGS

ONE HUNDRED NOTHINGS KILLED THE JACK ASS

Submitter comment: STORY EXPLAINING PROVERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; STRAW THAT BROKE THE CAMEL'S BACK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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ONE FATHER

ONE FATHER CAN SUPPORT ONE HUNDRED CHILDREN
BUT ONE HUNDRED CHILDREN CANNOT SUPPORT ONE FATHER
STORY EXPLAINED
IN ONE GENERATION THE FATHER LIVED WITH HIS SON AND DAUGHTER IN LAW.
THE FATHER BECAME A PROBLEM . HIS SON TOOK HIM TO THE TOP OF A
MOUNTAIN ONE DAY. HE PUSHED HIM OFF. THE MAN DIED. IN THE NEXT
GENERATION THE SAME SITUATION TOOK PLACE. THE FATHER AND SON WERE
AT THE MOUNTAIN TOP, THE SON TURNED TO THE FATHER, LOOKED HIM IN THE
EYE AND SAID COME HOME WITH ME. THE FATHER SAID WHY DON'T YOU DO TO
ME WHAT I DID TO MY FATHER? THE SON ANSWERED, IN YEARS TO COME I WILL
WANT MY CHILDREN TO RESPECT ME. WHEN THEY CAME HOME THE SON'S WIFE
SAID, WHY DID YOU BRING HIM BACK AGAIN? THE SON SLAPPED HIS
WIFE'S FACE AND SAID, YOU WILL RESPECT HIM AS YOU WILL WANT OUR
CHILDREN TO RESPECT US.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS FATHER IN ITALY

James Callow comment: THIS EXPLANATION DOESN'T SATISFY. THINK IT'S PHONEY?
--F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PATERNAL RESPECT ; PATRICIDE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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CHINESE WISDOM
ONE JOY DISPELS A HUNDRED CARES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): HAPPINESS ; OBSERVATION ; SADNESS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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SAYING

ONE THREAD OF KINDNESS DRAWS MORE THAN A HUNDRED HORSES

Submitter comment: W. W. BREESE, M.D., "WELL SPRINGS OF TRUTH," 1883, P. 144.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-05-1968

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FUNERAL CUSTOMS

IN OLD TIMES, THE IRISH FUNERAL-WAKE TRADITION WAS TO PROVIDE
100 CLAY PIPES, 100 POUNDS OF TOBACCO, AND 100 BOTTLES OF WHISKEY
FOR THOSE IN ATTENDANCE

Submitter comment: THIS PRACTICE WAS SPOKEN OF BY HIS FATHER, WHO WAS BORN IN IRELAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100

Date learned: 03-00-1980

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THE 100 YEAR CALENDAR

IN GERMANY, EVERYONE SAYS THAT THE WEATHER FOR
THIS MONTH WILL BE SAME AS IT WAS 100 YEARS AGO.
YOU LOOK IN THE ALMANAC BOOK AND YOU FIND THAT IN
JUNE 100 YEARS AGO, IT HAD 5 DAYS WITH RAIN,
15 DAYS SUNNY, ETC. IT WILL BE THE SAME WEATHER
IN JUNE 100 YEARS LATER.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME BY MY NEIGHBOR IN MY HOME. SHE LEARNED
THIS BELIEF AS A LITTLE GIRL IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100

Date learned: 00001920S

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IN THE SPRINGTIME YOU COUNT:
100 RED CONVERTIBLES (CARS, AUTOMOBILES)
A WOMAN WITH A PURPLE DRESS
A MAN WITH A GREEN TIE.
AND THEN THE FIRST BOY YOU KISS AFTERWARD, YOU'LL MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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COUNT 100 RED CONVERTIBLES AND THE NEXT BOY YOU MEET IS YOUR
FUTURE HUSBAND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILES CARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 04-09-1969

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EVERY TIME YOU SEE A WHITE HORSE, YOU LICK THE END OF THE INDEX
FINGER OF YOUR RIGHT HAND, HIT IT AGAINST THE PALM OF YOUR LEFT
HAND, AND THEN HIT YOUR LEFT PALM WITH THE END OF YOUR RIGHT
FIST. THIS IS CALLED "STAMPING WHITE HORSES." WHEN YOU SEE 100
WHITE HORSES AND STAMPTHEM THIS WAY, YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100

Date learned: 07-29-1968

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