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PROVERB GOOD FIREWOOD IS NOT WITHOUT ANTS. THE AMERICAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPENSATION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-15-1971

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PROVERB

IF YOU DANCE, YOU HAVE TO PAY THE FIDDLER.

Submitter comment: NONE

Data entry tech comment: YOU CAN'T GET ANYTHING FOR FREE, SO YOU PAY FOR EVERYTHING.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): COMPENSATION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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UNDER EACH CLOUD IS A SILVER LINING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CELESTIAL BRIGHTNESS ; UNDISCLOSED MERIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPENSATION ; CONTRAST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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BLOODY BONES

THERE WAS THIS LITTLE BOY AND HIS MOTHER SENT HIM TO
THE STORE TO GET SOME LIVER. BUT INSTEAD THE LITTLE
BOY BOUGHT CANDY. ON HIS WAY HOME HE PASSED A GRAVEYARD
AND DECIDED TO GO DIG UP A LIVER TO TAKE HOME. HE CAME
TO A HEADSTONE WITH THE NAME BLOODY BONES ON IT AND BEGAN
TO DIG. AT DINNER, EVERYONE RAVED ABOUT HOW GOOD THE
LIVER WAS. AFTER DINNER EVERYONE WENT TO BED, BUT WHILE
THE BOY WAS SLEEPING HE HEARD A VOICE. THE VOICE SAID,
"BLOODY BONES GONNA GET YA TONIGHT. BLOODY BONES IN
YOUR CLOSET TONIGHT." FRIGHTENED, THE BOY RAN INTO THE
KITCHEN, BUT THE VOICE FOLLOWED AND SAID, "BLOODY BONES
GONNA GET YA TONIGHT. BLOODY BONES IN THE KITCHEN TONIGHT."
HE TRIED TO ESCAPE BY GOING INTO HIS PARENTS' ROOM BUT
BLOODY BONES FOLLOWED HIM. FINALLY, BLOODY BONES KILLED
HIM AND TOOK HIS LIVER.

Submitter comment: THE STORY WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT TO FRIGHTEN HER INTO
OBEYING. IF SHE DID SOMETHING WRONG HER GRANDFATHER
WOULD SAY, "BLOODY DONES GONNA GET YA!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPENSATION AND POETIC JUSTICE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 04-00-1983

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MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT IF YOU SING AT THE DINNER TABLE,
YOU WILL CRY BEFORE YOU GO TO BED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPENSATION ; CONTRAST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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MY MOTHER ALWAYS TELLS ME THAT TO BE TOO HAPPY
MEANS THAT SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN TO YOU TO
BALANCE THE MEASURE. SO IF THINGS ARE GOING RIGHT,
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, BUT DON'T BE TOO VOCAL, OR
SOMETHING BAD IS SURE TO OCCUR!!!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPENSATION CYCLICAL THINKING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 09-00-1985

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IF YOU DREAM THAT A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY IS DYING THEN SOMEONE IN
YOUR FAMILY IS PREGNANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPENSATION ; OPPOSITES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00-00-1965 ; 10-20-1987

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EVIL EYE

IF YOU BRAG ABOUT A CHILD, OR YOUR WIFE, OR ABOUT ANYTHING, THE
EVIL EYE WILL TAKE IT AWAY. TO AVOID THIS, WHENEVER BRAGGING
YOU SHOULD END THE ADULATION WITH A CRITICAL COMMENT.

Submitter comment: AS AN EXAMPLE, INSTEAD OF SAYING, "MY SON IS SO PERFECT. HE
ALWAYS GETS GOOD MARKS IN SCHOOL." A CAUTIOUS PERSON WOULD SAY,
"MY SON IS SO PERFECT. HE ALWAYS GETS GOOD MARKS IN SCHOOL, BUT
HE NEVER CLEANS HIS ROOM."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; COMPENSATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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If it rains on the day of a funeral, it is felt to be a sign
that the dead person lived a life filled with love and laughter.

Submitter comment: This was said at the funeral of my aunt, whose life was truly
filled with love and laughter.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Keyword(s): COMPENSATION

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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ALSO IN THE THEATRE, EVERYONE ALWAYS HOPES FOR AN AWFUL
DRESS REHEARSAL, BECAUSE THEN THE OPENING NIGHT
PERFORMANCE IS SUPPOSED TO BE TERRIFIC. USUALLY THIS
IS TRUE, TOO.

Where learned: HOME ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPENSATION CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation
DRAMA -- D000
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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IF A CHILD IS BORN BALDHEADED, HE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HAIR.
IF HE IS BORN WITH A LOT OF HAIR THEN HE WILL BE BALD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST REVERSAL COMPENSATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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BELIEF

IF A BABY IS CUTE WHEN BORN, IT WILL BE UGLY WHEN IT GROWS UP. AND
VICE VERSA.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPENSATION

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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