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GESTURE

IN EUROPE, WHEN A LARGE CROWD IS AT SOMETHING LIKE A SPORTING EVENT,
INSTEAD OF BOOING, THEY WHISTLE WHEN SHOWING DISPLEASURE WITH
SOMETHING OR SOMEBODY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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ST. PAT

THE MOST POPULAR AND WIDE-SPREAD STORY ABOUT SAINT PATRICK IS
THAT THANKS TO HIM, IRELAND HAS NO SNAKES. IT IS BELIEVED THAT
ST. PAT REMOVED THEM IN PIED PIPER FASHION.

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
BELIEF -- Religious hero
SPEECH -- Proper Name
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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CUSTOM

ON THE LAKES, CAPTAINS OF THEIR SHIPS SALUTE EACH OTHER WITH TWO
LONG BLASTS AND ONE SHORT ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND MARAIS

Keyword(s): SALUTE SHIPS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

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NEW YEAR'S IN JAPAN

ON JANUARY 1ST AT THE STROKE OF 12 MIDNIGHT
ALL THE TEMPLES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY BEGIN TO
STRIKE THEIR BELLS. THE BELLS ARE RUNG 108 TIMES TO
PRAY FOR EVERLASTING PEACE. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE
NUMBER 108 HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE BUDDAH RELIGION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; DETROIT ; THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): NOISE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.108
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 11-11-1969

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EXTRA CORPORAL MEANS OF COMMUNICATION/ TO BE HEARD

ON CHRISTMAS MORNING, THE NOVICES (THOSE WAITING TO PROFESS THEIR
RELIGIOUS VOWS) WOULD WALK THROUGH THE CORRIDORS OF THE CONVENT
SINGING CHRISTMAS HYMNS. OTHERWISE, THE SISTERS WERE AWAKENED AND
PUT TO BED BY A BELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT RITA CONVENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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CHARGE CALL

CRAZE FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS FOR A TRUMPET FLOURISH TO BE PROCEEDED
(PRECEDED? SUCCEEDED?)
BY A YELL OF "CHARGE" FROM SPECTATORS AT A BASKETBALL OR A FOOTBALL
GAME.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): SPORTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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EXTRA-CORPORAL COMMUNICATION

AT ST. SYLVESTOR CHURCH, WARREN, MICHIGAN, THE CHURCH BELLS TOLL AT
THE BEGINNING OF A FUNERAL SERVICE. THIS IS THE ONLY TIME THAT THE
BELLS TOLL.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): SYLVESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FS46
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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AT A SPANISH CATHOLIC WEDDING, THE BRIDE AND GROOM SEAL THEIR VOWS
WITH A CAPE WHICH IS BLESSED BY THE PRIEST. AT THE RECEPTION THE
AUDIENCE CAN COMMAND THEM TO KISS BY BEATING ON A GLASS WITH A FORK
UNTIL THEY DO SO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 11-14-1980

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MY NEIGHBORS ONCE LIVED IN A VILLAGE AND THEY HAD A SET OF BELLS FOR
THEIR SHEEP. THEY WERE MADE AT THE MONASTERY AND EACH SET HAD A
DIFFERENT TONE, SO THE SHEPHERDS COULD TELL THEIR FLOCKS APART.
WHEN HER GRANDPA WENT TO GREECE, THEY FOUND HIS BELLS AND SAW
SHEPHERDS USING BELLS ON THEIR SHEEP.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS AN ENJOYABLE ONE. IF I WAS A CHILD IN GREECE, I WOULD
HAVE LIKED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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THE BONES

THE BONES ARE A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT. THEY LOOK LIKE RIB BONES
AND ARE ABOUT 6 INCHES LONG. A GUY WOULD PLACE THREE OF THEM
BETWEEN HIS FINGERS AND CLICK THEM TOGETHER TO MAKE SOUNDS.

Submitter comment: THE BONES COME FROM INDIANA AND WERE FOUND ANYWHERE THERE WAS
MUSIC. THEY WERE USUALLY CURVED, BLACK IN COLOR, AND USED TO KEEP
TIME THE WAY WE USE A DRUM TODAY. THE INFORMANT SAID THAT SOME
PEOPLE WERE SO GOOD AT IT THAT "YOU COULD TELL WHAT SONG HE WAS
PLAYING JUST FROM THE BONES."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Music
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

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TO CALL ANOTHER CHILD OUT TO PLAY,
A CHILD WILL SING THEIR FRIEND'S NAME OUTSIDE
HIS FRIEND'S HOUSE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS THE ONLY WAY A CHILD CALLED UPON A FRIEND.
USING THE TELEPHONE OR DOORBELL WAS UNHEARD OF.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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ANIMAL CALLS (CATTLE)

"TO CALL THE CATTLE IN FROM THE WOODS, MOST OF THE FARMERS IN MY
AREA (ST. CLAIR, MI.) WILL CALL 'COME BAHS, COME BAHS!' SEVERAL
TIMES VERY QUICKLY AND LOUDLY. THIS WILL CAUSE THE CATTLE TO
COME RUNNING UP TO THE BARN. IF THE FARMER DOESN'T FEEL LIKE
CALLING, AS MY GRANDFATHER DID MANY TIMES, HE'LL TURN THE MOTOR
ON IN THE SILO WHICH ACTS AS A DINNER BELL FOR THE CATTLE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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Parade

In the Luzwick family, after each child was potty trained, the
members of the family had a parade to celebrate the child's
accomplishment. They used toy instruments, and traveled the house
cheering for the successful child.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 00001971ca

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Our family has a phone signal that we can use when calling each
other. If we want the person to know that it is someone from the
family calling, we would let the phone ring once, hang up, then
call right back.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 00001980S

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WHENEVER YOU HEAR AN AMBULANCE, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS MAKE
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AS A LITTLE PRAYER FOR WHATEVER
HAS HAPPENED.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): SIREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Religious
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 03-12-1970

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