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DEBATE: IT LURES DE FISH.

Where learned: TEXAS ; WACO

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; HUMOR ; PUN FOR THE BAIT.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-29-1970

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Belief: Animal

How to catch a Monkey:

The way to catch a monkey is to take a cocnut and druill a hole with a one inch diameter into it. Hollow out the coconut and fill it with nuts, and place it in a tree. A monkey will come and stick his hand in the hold to grab the nuts because of his greed. In fact, even when the monkey is caught, the coconut will have to be cracked from around the monkey's hand.

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Motifs added by TRD

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Original BN [B600] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Bait ; CATCH ; Coconut ; FOOD ; Monkey ; NUTS ; Primate ; Trap ; TRICK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Verse

The Wind:

When the wind is in the East,

'Tis good for neither man nor feast;

When the wind is in the North,

The skillful fisher goes not forth;

When the wind is in the South,

It blows the bait in the fishes' mouth;

When the wind is in the West,

Then 'tis at its very best.

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Discovered in a paper placement, printed in Rhode Island. Paper then discovered at Audio's Pizzaria in Detroit.

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Dup. of WPP

Where learned: Rhode Island

Keyword(s): Bait ; DIRECTION ; East ; FISH ; Fisherman ; FOOD ; Formula ; North ; Ocean ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; Sailor ; SEA ; Sky ; SONG ; South ; Sport ; VERSE ; WARNING ; West ; Wind

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.890

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SOME OLD FISHERMEN OF WESTERN MICHIGAN STILL BELIEVE
THAT IF THEIR LUCK IS BAD, THAT THEY CAN SPIT ON THE
WORM, THEN PUT IT ON THE HOOK, AND GOOD LUCK WILL
FOLLOW THEIR DAY'S FISHING.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bait ; BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; CATCH ; FISH ; Fisherman ; FISHING ; GESTURE ; HOOK ; LUCK ; SPIT ; SUPERSTITION ; Worm

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 09-10-1969

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