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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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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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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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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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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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NEW YEAR'S

IN EUROPE DURING THE NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY, CARDS WERE SENT BY
PEOPLE TO THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS IN MUCH THE SAME WAY AS
WE DO HERE FOR CHRISTMAS. ONCE A PERSON REACHED HIS LATE TEENS,
HE WOULD HAVE NAME CARDS PRINTED (COMPARABLE TO OUR BUSINESS
CARDS) AND WOULD SEND THEM TO RELATIVES. OFTEN, UNSIGNED OR
"MYSTERIOUS" CARDS WOULD BE SENT BETWEEN LOVERS, SECRET ADMIRERS,
ETC., AND THE RECEIVER WOULD HAVE TO GUESS WHO HAD SENT THE CARD.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; informant's residence

Keyword(s): ANONYMOUS ; CARDS ; GIFTGIVING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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IN A LITTLE ITALIAN CITY THERE LIVED A VERY POOR
MAN. ALL HE OWNED WAS AN OLD BICYCLE OF WHICH HE WAS
VERY PROUD. ONE DAY HE WENT TO A SMALL GROCERY
STORE TO BUY SOME VEGETABLES AND WHEN HE CAME
BACK, HE FOUND HIS BICYCLE ALL BROKEN INTO LITTLE
PIECES--PROBABLY SOME EVIL BOY DECIDED TO PLAY A
BAD JOKE ON HIM. THE MAN BEGAN TO CRY. AT THAT
TIME, A FUNERAL PROCESSION ARRIVED AND THE MAN JOINED THE
RELATIVES OF THE DEAD WOMAN, CRYING SO PITIFULLY THAT
A FRIEND OF THE DEAD WOMAN STOPPED HIM AND SAID,
"COME ON NOW, SHE WAS OLD AND DECREPIT, YOU KNOW."
TO THAT THE MAN REPLIED, "YES, BUT SHE STILL HAD
TWO PEDALS AND A HANDLE-BAR!"

Submitter comment: THE ABOVE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE FUNNY STORIES CHILDREN
TELL IN ITALY. I REMEMBER HEARING AND TELLING ONE
SIMILAR TO THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSLATION---ITALIAN VERSION ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-06-1971

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GREEK RETORT
THE MULE CALLS THE CHICKEN-FAT HEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED TO TELL SOMEONE OFF WHEN THEY ARE YOU TO
DO OR SAY SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): GREEK LANGUAGE RETORT IS ON 5 X 8 CARD. ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GREEK RETORT

KNOCK ALL YOU WANT AT A DEAF MAN'S DOOR.

Submitter comment: YOU SAY THIS TO A BULL-HEADED OR STUBBORN PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): GREEK TRANSLATION ON 5 X 8 CARD. ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FIRST, HAVE THE PREGNANT WOMAN LIE DOWN. NEXT YOU GET A
SEWING NEEDLE, TIE A PIECE OF STRING THROUGH THE "EYE" OF
THE NEEDLE. NOW YOU ARE TO HOLD THE STRING AT THE
END ALLOWING THE NEEDLE TO SWING FREE. YOU HOLD THE
NEEDLE OVER THE ABDOMEN OF THE PREGNANT WOMAN AND WATCH
THE ROTATION OF THE NEEDLE. IF THE NEEDLE SWINGS
VERTICALLY, THE CHILD WILL BE A BOY. IF THE NEEDLE SWINGS
HORIZONTALLY, THE CHILD WILL BE A GIRL. YOU SHOULD BE
STANDING AT HER FEET TO WATCH THE DIRECTION OF THE SWING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIAGRAMS OF HORIZONTALLY AND VERTICALLY ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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BAD LUCK

IF, IN PLAYING CARDS, YOU HAVE BAD LUCK, A WALK AROUND THE CHAIR
WILL BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; GAMES: CARDS ; HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.6

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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TICK, TACK, TOE
AND AROUND WE GO
AND WHERE WE STOP
NOBOBY KNOWS.
THE PERSON CLOSES HIS EYES AS HE RECITES THIS VERSE.
HE CIRCLES THE CHART WITH A POINTER AND WHERE THE
VERSE ENDS, HE POINTS TO THE PLACE WHERE HE STOPS.
AS MANY POINTS HE POINTS TO, THAT'S THE AMOUNT HE
GETS. AT THE END OF THE GAME, THE PERSON WITH THE
MOST POINTS WINS.

Submitter comment: I USED TO PLAY THIS WHEN I WAS SMALL, IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEE NUMBERED, WHEEL-CHART, DRAWN ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime C500.750

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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TO CHANGE ONE'S (BAD) LUCK IN A POKER GAME,
YOU GET UP AND WALK AROUND YOUR OWN CHAIR AND
SIT DOWN AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CARDS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Conversions Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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STAY WITH A GROUP FOR ABOUT FORTY DAYS, AND YOU
EITHER BECOME PART OF THEM OR YOU LEAVE THEM.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Keyword(s): {ORIGINAL ARABIC PROVIDED ON CARD}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERBS (POLISH)

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP.
CICHA WODA BRZEGI RWIE (POLISH).
IN AN OLD STOVE THE DEVIL LIVES (OR BURNS).
WSTANYM PIECU DIABEL PALI (POLISH)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): TWO PROVERBS ON ONE CARD ?!

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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UKRANIAN PROVERB

{YOU CAN} TALK TO A MOUNTAIN
BUT A MOUNTAIN STAYS A MOUNTAIN.

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL

Keyword(s): {ORIGINAL UKRANIAN PROVIDED ON CARD... I CANNOT TYPE IT.}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1965

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THERE IS MORE WORLD TO SEE THAN THROUGH A WINDOW.

Submitter comment: THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN MEETS THE EYE. {THIS IS
THE TRANSLATION FROM URKRANIAN.} INFORMANT RECEIVED
INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): {ORIGINAL UKRANIAN PROVIDED ON CARD}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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POLISH PROVERBS

TO THOSE WHO RISE EARLY, GOD GIVES THE DAY. {AND}
FROM A BIG CLOUD LITTLE RAINS FALL.

Submitter comment: KTO RANO STAJE TEMN PAN BOG DAJE.
Z DUZY CHMNNY MALY DESZCZ.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER SLEEP ; {IT'S NOT MY FAULT THERE ARE TWO ON ONE CARD.}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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CARDS

DEAL 'EM LIKE YOU GOT 'EM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD 105

Keyword(s): CARDS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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Entertainment: Gambling

In poker, a full house - aces and eights- is a Dead Man's Hand. Supposedly Wild Bill Hickok had this hand when he died.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out/ replaced with current classifications

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aces ; CARDS ; Dead Man's Hand ; DEATH ; Eights ; Entertainment ; Hero ; Legend ; NUMBERS ; Outlaw ; Poker, Gambling ; Wild West

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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