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INSIDE OUT

IF YOU PUT SOMETHING ON INSIDE OUT DON'T CHANGE IT OR YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY SAID THIS ON SUCH AN OCCASION.

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; CONVERSION ; HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSING ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: NONE GIVEN

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The sanctified religion says women are not allowed to wear make-
up, jewelry, pants, or red in church or outside of church.

Submitter comment: Leah says that these rules are stated in the bible; the bible
says: "women should dress in modest apparel"; if they don't "Women
should be shame-faced."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): COSMETICS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00001970S

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White toed sox

A good luck charm to ward off bad gremlins, was socks with
white toes. The Irish say that these socks will keep a person from
being tripped by "little people."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): Apotropaic clothing

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001969S

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TALK SPEECH

THOSE PANTS MUST HAVE BEEN SPRAYED ON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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FORMULA SPEECH

"IT'S SNOWING DOWN SOUTH."

Submitter comment: THIS IS SAID WHENEVER YOU WANT TO TELL A WOMAN THAT HER SLIP IS
SHOWING, BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO COME RIGHT OUT AND SAY SO FOR
OTHERS MIGHT HEAR AND CAUSE THE WOMAN EMBARRASMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; VALENTES MENS FORMALWEAR

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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Remedy - Animal

Whoever carries the right eye of a wolf fastened inside his right sleeve, remains free from all injury.

Where learned: INDIANA ; VEEDERSBURG

Keyword(s): "NATURAL" REMEDY ; AMULET ; ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; CURE ; Injury ; MEDICAL ; PREVENTION ; talisman

James Callow Keyword(s): "NATURAL" REMEDY ; ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; REMEDY

Subject headings:

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Remedy: Animal

Whoever carries the right eye of a wolf fastened inside his right sleeve, remains free from all injury.

Data entry tech comment:

Motif added by T.R. Davidson

Where learned: INDIANA ; VEEDERSBURG

Keyword(s): "NATURAL" REMEDY ; ANIMAL ; CLOTHING ; PREVENTION ; REMEDY ; Wolf

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Belief: Luck

Winning Streak:

Many coaches won't change a suit, socks or some particular piece of clothing if they have a winning streak going.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; CUSTOM ; Entertainment ; GAMBLING ; jinx ; LUCK ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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Trick

Trick:

A tricky person will point at a button on your clothing and ask "Do you want that?" If you say "yes," then he rips it off and gives it to you. If you are unfortunate enough to say "no," he rips it off and throws it away.

Submitter comment:

Be careful who you pull this trick on. He should not be Dick the Bruiser.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): BULLY ; Button ; CLOTHING ; JOKE ; Prank ; Tease ; TRICK ; TRICKSTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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Superstition: Sports

In order to keep a winning streak going for a team, the team members must not change their socks from game to game.

Submitter comment:

Belief, Predicition, Divination P880

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Reference

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; jinx ; LUCK ; SOCKS ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): Reference

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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Ethnic:Polish Superstition

Curing a Spell:

To cure a spell, especially the evil eye, cast on a small child, you remove all the clothes, and dress the baby again with all the clothes inside out. This is a Polish belief.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CLOTHING ; CURE ; CURSE ; ETHNIC ; EVIL EYE ; Fashion ; MAGIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; REMEDY ; Removal

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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Play on Words

Women's Clothes:

It's come to the point where you can't judge a girl by her clothes...There isn't enough evidence.

Submitter comment:

I heard this at Awrey Bakery, where I worked last summer.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; Judge ; PUN ; Woman

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B300

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Language

"Hatching Jacket" is a maternity dress or top.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DRESS ; Hatching ; Jacket ; Language ; Maternity ; PREGNANCY ; SLANG ; Top ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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SHOE BELIEF

DO NOT PUT YOUR SHOES ON THE TABLE, OR YOU WILL HAVE A FIGHT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; FIGHT ; SHOES ; SUPERSTITION ; Table

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; CLOTHING ; HOSTILITY ; NEGATIVE

Subject headings: Daily Life
BELIEF -- P87O

Date learned: 03-21-1972

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WHITE RACE BELIEF

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

GWENS MOTHER BELIEVES THAT THE REASON THAT WHITE PEOPLE DO
NOT GET AS COLD AS NEGROES IS BECAUSE WHITE MOTHERS
PUT THEIR CHILDREN OUTSIDE IN WINTERTIME WITH ONLY A JACKET
PERHAPS, NEGROES HAVE COLD BLOOD BECAUSE THEIR MOTHERS KEEP
THEIR CHILDREN INSIDE DURING REALLY COLD WEATHER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Black ; BLOOD ; CLOTHING ; Cold ; NEGRO ; RACISM ; TEMPERATURE ; Warm ; WEATHER ; White ; WINTER

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; COLOR

Subject headings: 53O

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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Long Johns (long underwear)

Long underwear is worn the winter months under your clothes
to protect you from the cold.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; Cold ; Fashion ; Layers ; Warmth ; WINTER

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Lower body and legs

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BABY SUPERSTITION

LEAVING A BABY'S ARTICLE BEHIND IN YOUR HOST'S HOUSE MEANS THAT
THAT HOUSE WILL BE DUE TO HAVE A NEW ADDITION IN THE FAMILY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; OMEN ; Predictor ; PREGNANCY ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PLACE A HAT ON A BED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Domestic ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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DON'T THROW A HAT ON THE BED, BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment:

TOLD BY FATHER

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO LEAVE A HAT LAYING ON A BED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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