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IF YOU'RE GOING TO PUSH ON THE THROTTLE,
DON'T PULL (DRINK) ON THE BOTTLE.

Submitter comment: A WARNING!

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE CAR ; DRINKING DRUNKENNESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
Food Drink -- N447

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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IT IS UNLUCKY TO SPILL SALT--COMES FROM THE TIME WHEN
JUDAS UPSET SALT WITH HIS HAND AT THE LAST SUPPER
WHEN GETTING UP TO LEAVE TO BETRAY CHRIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): APOCRYPHAL BIBLE INCIDENT ; ISCARIOT ; JESUS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 04-03-1967

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IF AN OLD MAN LIVES THROUGH MARCH, HE WILL BE WELL.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

James Callow Keyword(s): POLISH TEXT ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ON TELEVISION I ONCE HEARD THAT DREAMS ARE JUST A PAST
EXPERIENCE. HE SAID THAT YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE LIFE.
WHEN YOU DIE, YOU ARE BORN AGAIN IN THE BODY OF A
BABY THAT IS BORN THE SAME DAY AND SECOND YOU ARE.
HE PUT ONE WOMAN FROM THE AUDIENCE IN A TRANCE AND SHE
REMEMBERED HER LIFE IN THE 16TH CENTURY. SHE TOLD WHEN
SHE GOT MARRIED, WHEN HER HUSBAND DIED, BUT SHE
COULDN'T REMEMBER HER LAST DAY. SHE ALSO SAID THAT SHE
WAS IN THE 18TH CENTURY AND SHE TOLD ABOUT SOME OF HER
EXPERIENCES. SOMETIMES I WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO ME
IN MY PAST LIVES, IF THERE WERE ANY, BECAUSE IN MOST
OF MY DREAMS I GET KILLED BY SOMEBODY OR SOMETHING.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): REINCARNATION

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

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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SINGING, DANCING, AND CLAPPING GAME

PEPSI COLA, COCA COLA, ROYAL CROWN, YOU GOT TO HYPNOTIZE THEM,
BOOMERIZE THEM, KNOCK THEM DOWN. YOU KNOW THAT PEPSI COLA SHOT 'EM
DOWN. DR. PEPPER PICKED THEM UP AND NOW WE'RE DRINKING SEVEN-UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CARBONATED BEVERAGES POP SOFT DRINKS ; NEOLOGISM: BOOMERIZE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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CHAIR

NEVER WALK A CHAIR IN THE HOUSE. IT CAUSES A CHILD TO BE
BORN CRIPPLE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): CARRY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CA11001973

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ACE OF SPADES

IF YOU WALK THRU AN OPEN FIELD WITH A DECK OF CARDS WITH THE ACE
OF SPADES ON THE TOP, FACE UP, YOU CAN HEAR THE DEVIL FOLLOW YOU

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLAYING CARDS

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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DONALD DUCK

A RHYME RECITED WHILE JUMPING ROPE.
DONALD DUCK IS A ONE-LEGGED
ONE-LEGGED, ONE-LEGGED DUCK/ DONALD DUCK IS A TWO-LEGGED/ TWO-LEGGED
TWO-LEGGED DUCK./ DONALD DUCK IS A THREE-LEGGED/ THREE-LEGGED, THREE-
LEGGED DUCK/ DONALD DUCK IS A FOUR-LEGGED/ FOUR-LEGGED, FOUR-LEGGED
DUCK/ JUMP OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): CARTOON AND COMIC STRIP CHARACTER ; CHAIN COUNTING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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MISTER PUMPKIN EATER

IF YOU ARE NOT IN BED AT THE TIME YOU ARE TOLD, A GIGANTIC
PUMPKIN HEAD WILL COME IN YOUR ROOM AND EAT YOU

Submitter comment: I USED TO TELL MY SISTER THIS WHEN I BABYSAT AND SHE
WOULDN'T GO TO BED. YOU CAN IMPROVE ON IT BY ADDING SCARY
SOUNDS AND GESTURES. I'M NOT SURE WHERE I LEARNED IT, BUT SINCE
THEN WE TELL IT TO CHILDREN WE BABYSIT FOR.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CARNIVEROUS PLANT ; FUNCTION: TO SCARE CHILD INTO GOING TO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Plant

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

ACE IN THE HOLE

Data entry tech comment: GAMBLING TERM APPLIED TO A HIDDEN ADVANTAGE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CARD PLAYING: POKER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

BECOME OLD EARLY IF YOU WISH TO STAY OLD LONG.

Submitter comment: FROM A FELLOW WORKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PARADOX ; TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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PROVERB

DON'T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY - IF YOU LIKE IT,
YOU CAN ALWAYS DO IT AGAIN TOMORROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CARPE DIEM ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BEST DAY

THE BEST DAY IS TODAY.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER BELIEVES IN LIVING EACH DAY TO ITS FULLEST. HE HAS
TOLD ME THIS PROVERB MANY TIMES.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): CARPE DIEM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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CARD BELIEF

CUT THIN AND WIN. CUT DEEP AND WEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): CARD-PLAYING ; ELLIPSIS ; RHYME PARALLELISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport S555.500
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY, FOR TOMORROW YOU MAY DIE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; CARPE DIEM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SHOUT ( SONG )

HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SHOUT
TWELVE MORE DAYS TILL WE GET OUT
TWELVE MORE DAYS TILL WE CAN TELL
U OF D TO GO TO HELL
NO MORE BOOKS AND NO MORE THINKING
WE'LL GO BACK TO SEX AND DRINKING
TWELVE MORE DAYS TILL WE GET OUT .

Submitter comment: ( SUNG TO THE TUNE OF " HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING " )

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): PARODY OF A CRISTMAS CAROL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FI22

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THE WORMS CRAWL IN

YOU SHOULD NEVER LAUGH AS THE HEARSE GOES BY
'CAUSE YOU MIGHT BE THE NEXT TO DIE.
THEY'LL PUT YOU IN A WOODEN BOX
AND COVER YOU UP WITH DIRT AND ROCKS.

ALL GOES FINE FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK
AND THEN THE COFFIN BEGINS TO LEAK.
THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT,
THE WORMS PLAY PEANUCKLE ON YOUR SNOUT.
YOUR INSIDES TURN A SLIMY GREEN
AND PUSS FLOWS OUT JUST LIKE WHIPPED CREAM.
THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT,
THE WORMS PLAY PEANUCKLE ON YOUR SNOUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRADE SCHOOL ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): DECAY OF BODY AFTER DEATH ; GORE, GOTHIC HORROR ; PINOCHLE, A CARD GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Death
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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POULTICES

A CARBUNCLE IS ABOUT TEN DEGREES WORSE
THAN A BOIL.
WHEN I HAD ONE, THE DOCTOR CAME DOWN
AND TOLD ME TO PUT A BREAD AND BUTTER POULTICE ON IT.
IT WASN'T READY TO LANCE YET --
IT HAD TO BE DRAWN TO A HEAD.
NEXT TIME, HE LANCED IT.

Submitter comment: HAPPENED IN HOLLISTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CARBUNCLE ; FOOD

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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HANGOVER PREVENTION

IF YOU COME HOME DRUNK, DRINK A COCA-COLA
OR A PEPSI-COLA BEFORE YOU GO TO BED
TO SETTLE YOUR STOMACH.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT AND I TRIED THIS WHEN WE CAME HOME
DRUNK IN AUGUST OF 1970.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): CARBONATION ; SOFT DRINKS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-00-1970

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FOOD

TIMPANA (MACARRONI WITH SPECIAL SAUCE, EGGS, AND CHEESE WITH A
TOPPING OF DOUGH) IS EATEN ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MACCARONI

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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