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Good Luck

Standing on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean just before
sunrise can put you in a great state of mind and can bring
you a world of good luck. If you then take a quarter out
of your pocket
and throw it out into the ocean as far as you can it will
bring you 25 days of good luck. This all must be done before
the sun rises.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; FORT LAUDERDALE

Keyword(s): Buying luck

James Callow Keyword(s): East ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.25
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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LOOKING IN CORNERS

WHEN SOME PERSON YOU KNOW IS CONSTANTLY SNOOPING AROUND YOU CAN SAY
"ONLY MONKEYS LOOK IN CORNERS."
WHEN YOU WRITE A LETTER OR A NOTE YOU CAN WRITE "ONLY MONKEYS LOOK
IN CORNERS."

Submitter comment: THESE TWO GO TOGETHER BECAUSE OFTEN PEOPLE LOOK FOR MISTAKES IN
LETTERS THEY RECEIVE AND BY PUTTING THE PHRASE IN ONE OF THE CORNERS
YOU ARE SAYING THAT THE PERSON SHOULD ENJOY THE LETTER AND NOT LOOK
FOR MISTAKES. THIS IS A COMMON PRACTICE FOR THE INFORMANT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): ANIMAL COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): PARA-RIME: BUY BE ; TREATING TO DRINKS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-24-1971

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Proverb

Caveat Emptor - Let the buyer beware.

Submitter comment:

...From HIgh School Economics and Latin class.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in a pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

KW:FFN

Keyword(s): Beware ; Buyer ; ECONOMICS ; Language ; LATIN ; PRUDENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Language: Games

Pastime:

If you see another child with money you yell- "Butts on you." He then must share anything he buys with that money with you. However, when he pulls out his money, if he yells - "fan butts" first, then he doesn't have to share his purchases.

Submitter comment:

Bill used to play this as a child when he was given money, or if one of his friends was given money. He said it was common to yell this.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Miscellaneous grammar correction written on card.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Buy ; CHILDREN ; Currency ; Dollars ; GAME ; MONEY ; Own ; Ownership ; Pastime ; Purchase ; Share

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
SPEECH -- Formula

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Toast

Here's to the world as round as a wheel

That all must feel,

If this life were a thing that you could buy,

The Jews would all live while the Irish would die.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Buy ; DRINKING ; ETHNIC ; Irish ; Jewish ; LIFE ; MONEY ; Purchase ; Social ; Stereotype ; TOAST ; Wheel

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Friends you have to buy are never worth the price you have to pay.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Bribe ; Buy ; FRIENDS ; Maxim ; Price ; PROVERB ; Purchase ; VERSE ; Worth

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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IT IS VERY IMPORANT TO A JEWISH STORE-OWNER THAT THE FIRST
CUSTOMER ON A MONDAY MORNING MUST BUY SOMETHING, REGARDLESS
OF THE PRICE. IF AND WHEN THE CUSTOMER DOES BUY SOMETHING, IT
MEANS GOOD LUCK AND GOOD SELLING THE REST OF THE WEEK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Buy ; CUSTOM ; Customer ; Jewish ; Merchant ; Monday ; OMEN ; Purchase ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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