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PLANT BELIEF

PUT A PENNY IN YOUR TULIPS AND THEY WILL KEEP FRESHER IN THE VASE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT MINERAL: COPPER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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THE COMPANY STORE

THE INSTITUTION KNOWN AS THE COMPANY STORE, IMMORTALIZED IN THE
SONG "SIXTEEN TONS" STILL EXISTS.
WHILE THOUGHT TO BE SOMETHING OUT OF THE PAST, OWING ITS FAME TO THE
SONG, WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH THE COPPER COUNTRY OF ARIZONA, I CAME
UPON ONE OPERATED BY PHELPS_DODGE CORPORATION. UPON TALKING TO SOME
OF THE EMPLOYEES, I FOUND THAT THE BASIC CONCEPT IS STILL THE SAME
AS THE NOTORIOUS STORES OF THE EASTERN MOUNTAIN "COAL TOWNS" _ THE
EMPLOYEE CAN BUY FROM THE COMPANY AND HAVE HIS BILL (WHICH, FROM
PRICING THE ITEMS, WOULD BE A BIT HIGH) PAID BY DEDUCTIONS FROM HIS
PAYCHECK (WITH INTEREST}), OF COURSE, TODAY THE MINER IS NOT
COMPELED TO BUY THERE.

Where learned: Arizona ; DOUGLAS-BISBEE

Keyword(s): COPPER COAL TOWNS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 06-00-1968

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It is unlucky for someone who is not a Scorpio to
wear an opal.

Submitter comment: Elinor's great aunt was a Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21),
and owned a lovely opal ring. Her daughter, Nettie, wanted
the ring, but her mother cautioned her against wearing it,
as it would bring bad luck. Nettie wore the ring anyway. The
first time she wore it, she was almost hit by a car. The
second time that she wore the opal, she had a mishap,
mangling the ring beyond repair, and losing the opal. After
that, Nettie believed what her mother had told her.
Nettie told this to Elinor as a warning, because they are both
Sagittarius. Elinor also was told by one of her students,
Molly, that she had a terrible string of bad luck for a
whole week, until she gave away her opal ring.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Keyword(s): Horoscope, proscription, advice, astrology, gems, jewelry

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00001960S

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Wearing opals when you are not a Scorpio is only bad
luck if you are single; if you are married they won't
harm you.

Submitter comment: Jane, a friend of Elinor's, states that wearing an opal if
you are not supposed to interferes in the finding of
a husband. She then told Elinor that she could wear
an opal if she wanted to, since she was married.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): horoscope, astrology, spinster, advice, reassurance, gems

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00001987ca

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PROVERB

MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): COPYING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06001964 (SUMMER)

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Proverb

Monkey see, Monkey do.

Submitter comment:

Phone number written on bottom right hand corner of submission card: xxx-549x

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Original BN [V300] crossed out. replaced with current classification

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Copy ; METAPHOR ; Mimic ; Monkey ; Replica ; Replicate ; See

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Language

Copper is another name for a penny

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Copper ; Language ; METAL ; MONEY ; Penny ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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COP DODGIN'---MEANS BEING IN TROUBLE

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Cop ; Dodging ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TROUBLE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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SPIRITS

IN ORDER FOR ONE TO KEEP SPIRITS OUT OF THE HOUSE HE OR SHE
SHOULD NAIL A PENNY OR MORE ON THE FLOOR OF THE DOORWAY OR
HE SHOULD WEAR PENNIES AROUND ONE'S ANKLE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COINS ; Copper ; GHOST ; Haunt ; MONEY ; Repel ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): MINERALS -- IRON (NAIL) COPPER (PENNY)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-10-1972

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CHURCHES AS SANCTUARIES FOR DRAFT PROTESTERS

ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN, HAS OFFERRED
ITSELF AS A SANTUARY FOR 17 PROTESTERS OF THE VIET NAM [sic] WAR.
AND THE DRAFT

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON THE RADIO

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTI-WAR ; CHURCH ; Free Speech ; Pacifist ; Protestor ; Sanctuary ; St. Paul's Episcopal Church ; VIETNAM ; WAR

James Callow Keyword(s): REFUGE

Subject headings: Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, MY FAMILY VISITED MY
COUSINS IN ILLINOIS ON A YEARLY BASIS.
EVERY TIME I STAYED WITH MY GRANDFATHER I ALWAYS
NOTICED THAT HE HAD A COPPER BRACLET ON.
AFTER YEARS OF QUESTIONING HIM AND GETTING NO
RESPONSE HE FINALLY TOLD ME IT WAS TO
KEEP THE ARTHRITIS DEVIL AWAY.

Submitter comment:

MY GRANDFATHER WORKED ON A FARM ALL OF HIS LIFE
AND TO THIS DAY HE DOES NOT HAVE ARTHRITIS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Arthritis ; Bracelet ; Copper ; CURE ; Homeopathy ; PREVENTION

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

Date learned: 00001970CA

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Play

ORIGINS OF GAMES: "MANY ARE ROOTED IN FESTIVE PLANTING
AND HARVEST CELEBRATIONS. 'DROP THE HANDKERCHIEF'
AND 'IN AND OUT THE WINDOW' PROBABLY STARTED WITH
CHILDREN MAKING FUN OF THE DATING HABITS OF BIG
BROTHERS AND SISTERS."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SCHOOL BULLETIN"

Keyword(s): Copy ; COURTSHIP ; Festive ; GAMES ; HARVEST ; Mimic ; PLANTING ; Play ; RITUAL

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

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PLANT FOOD

PUT A PENNY IN YOUR TULIPS, THEY WILL KEEP FRESHER IN THE VASE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): MINERAL: COPPER ; PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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