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CUSTOM

IN LEBANON WE HAVE A CUSTOM THAT IS FOLLOWED WHEN A MAN AND A WOMAN
MARRY. A WOMAN MUST BE A VIRGIN WHEN SHE MARRIES, SO ON THE NIGHT
AFTER THE WEDDING, THE COUPLE TAKES THEIR BLOODY SHEET TO THE HOUSES
OF BOTH THEIR FAMILIES TO PROVE THIS. IF THE WOMAN WAS NOT A VIRGIN,
HER HUSBAND WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO DIVORCE HER AT ONCE, AND HER
FAMILY WOULD LOSE THEIR HONOR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A CUSTOM FOLLOWED BY MUSLIMS IN LEBANON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): BREAKING THE HYMEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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MOTTO USED BY MANAGEMENT AT MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT

IF THERE'S TIME TO LEAN, THERE'S TIME TO CLEAN.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): SLOGAN ; WORK REST BREAK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Working
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-02-1968

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AFTER AN EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE ON BROADWAY, IT IS
CUSTOMARY TO TELL THE CAST TO "BREAK A LEG."

Submitter comment: NO KNOWLEDGE OF WHERE OR HOW THE INFORMANT LEARNED
THE ITEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ISN'T IT RATHER, BEFORE A PERFORMANCE, TO SAY "BREAK..."

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-04-1967

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If your soap breaks in two, it's a true sign of parting.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR

Keyword(s): breaking up, end

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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What do you call a blonde in a freezer? Answer: A Frosted
Flake.

Submitter comment:

This informant is a blonde, and loves blonde jokes.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Frosted Flakes = a breakfast cereal

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-03-1992

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Wedding Custom

At a shower for a bride-elect, she wil have the same number of children as ribbons broken.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Break ; Bridal ; Bride ; Broken ; CHILDREN ; CUSTOM ; Offspring ; Predict ; Ribbons ; Shower ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

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THE LOPEY HORSE

A FARMER HAD A HORSE THAT HE COULDN'T BREAK FOR
RIDING. THE HORSE WOULD REAR UP AND FALL ON ITS
BACK OR ELSE TURN A FOREWARD SOMMERSAULT WHEN
ANYONE TRIED TO RIDE IT. THE FARMER SAID HE WOULD
GIVE FIVE DOLLARS TO ANYONE THAT COULD BREAK HIM.
ONE SUNDAY, I WENT TO WATCH A BUNCH OF BOYS TRY TO
RIDE IT, BUT NONE OF THEM COULD DO IT. I TOLD THE
FARMER THAT IF HE WOULD LET ME TAKE IT HOME, I WOULD
HAVE IT BROKE IN A WEEKS TIME. HE SAID YES AND I
TOOK IT HOME AND PUT HIM TO PLOWING FOR A WEEK. FROM
THEN ON, WHEN ANYONE TRIED TO RIDE IT, ALL HE HAD TO
SAY WAS 'GET UP.' THE HORSE WOULD THINK IT WAS
STILL IN THE PLOW HARNESS AND COULD BE RIDDEN.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD AS TRUTH. IT IS NOT A TALL TALE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): BREAKING IN A HORSE ; PERSONAL NARRATIVE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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THE LOPEY HORSE

A FARMER HAD A HORSE THAT HE COULDN'T BREAK FOR
RIDING. THE HORSE WOULD REAR UP AND FALL ON ITS
BACK OR ELSE TURN A FOREWARD SOMMERSAULT WHEN
ANYONE TRIED TO RIDE IT. THE FARMER SAID HE WOULD
GIVE FIVE DOLLARS TO ANYONE THAT COULD BREAK HIM.
ONE SUNDAY, I WENT TO WATCH A BUNCH OF BOYS TRY TO
RIDE IT, BUT NONE OF THEM COULD DO IT. I TOLD THE
FARMER THAT IF HE WOULD LET ME TAKE IT HOME, I WOULD
HAVE IT BROKE IN A WEEKS TIME. HE SAID YES AND I
TOOK IT HOME AND PUT HIM TO PLOWING FOR A WEEK. FROM
THEN ON, WHEN ANYONE TRIED TO RIDE IT, ALL HE HAD TO
SAY WAS 'GET UP.' THE HORSE WOULD THINK IT WAS
STILL IN THE PLOW HARNESS AND COULD BE RIDDEN.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD AS TRUTH. IT IS NOT A TALL TALE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONAL NARRATIVE BREAKING IN A HORSE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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Proverb

Superstition:

Sing before breakfast, cry before supper.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

KW:EZX,X9X

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Breakfast ; Cry ; Dinner ; Emotion ; FOOD ; PROPHECY ; Sing ; SONG ; SUPERSTITION ; Supper

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

If the goat did not jump she would not break her leg.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; Sulinski

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Break ; Goat ; Jump ; leg ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; RISK ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Custom

You should never say "good luck" to an actor or actress on opening night - you always say "break a leg"

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Actor ; ACTRESS ; Break a Leg ; CUSTOM ; GOOD LUCK ; LUCK ; OMEN ; Opening Night ; Play ; Saying ; THEATER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

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