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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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FRIENDS

LAUGH, THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU,
WEEP, AND YOU WEEP ALONE.
BE GLAD, AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE MANY,
BE SAD, AND YOU LOSE THEM ALL.

Where learned: ALMANAC

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; NOBODY LIKES A CRYBABY! ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

YOUR BLUE EYES MAY WATER
YOUR WHITE TEETH MAY GRIT
BUT YOU'RE ONE LOVELY
I WON'T FORGIT.

Data entry tech comment: THIS VERSE WAS FULL OF SPELLING ERRORS.

Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): CRYING ; FORGET ; GRITTING OF TEETH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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YOU CAN DETERMINE THE SEX OF AN UNBORN CHILD BY
MIXING A CAPFUL OF DRAINO WITH A SAMPLE OF THE
MOTHER'S URINE. AFTER 24 HOURS, IF A BLUE RING
APPEARS THE CHILD WILL BE A BOY. IF IT IS ONLY GREEN,
THE CHILD WILL BE A GIRL.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DRANO IS A CRYSTAL USED TO UNCLOG DRAINS.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Use of Object

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It is bad luck to let your tears fall on the face of the dead.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Coffin ; Corpse ; Crying taboo ; Tabu = taboo

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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IF IT RAINS THE DAY YOU MARRY, THAT IS HOW MANY
TEARS YOU WILL SHED DURING YOUR MARRIED LIFE.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER COLLECTED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM A WOMAN
WITH WHOM SHE WORKED. MRS. HAIRSTON LEARNED IT FROM
HER MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRYING

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-00-1967

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TWO SULPHUR MATCHES IN THE MOUTH WILL PREVENT TEARING WHEN
PEELING AN ONION.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CRYING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 06-24-1972

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Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Laugh and the world laughs with you - cry and you cry alone.

Submitter comment:

If you see things in a happy light, others will too, but if you are constantly bitter, you will find yourself alone in your grief.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in a pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Alone ; Cry ; Laugh ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

An Old Saying:

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers.

Submitter comment:

It is not certain just when, or from whom my grandmother first heard this little saying; although, since it seems to be a typically American little adage, I'm quite certain that she did not hear it before she came to this country in 1910.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The contribution stamp date has been changed from [January 1964] to [May 1965].

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

KW:EZX

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Common Law ; Cry ; Discover ; Find ; Lose ; Loss ; LOST ; Ownership ; Weep

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Finders Keepers, Losers weepers.

Submitter comment:

Heard this in grade school

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

KW: EZX

Keyword(s): Common Law ; Cry ; Find ; Keep ; Lose ; Loser ; Loss ; Ownership ; Weer

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Superstition:

Sing before breakfast, cry before supper.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

KW:EZX,X9X

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Breakfast ; Cry ; Dinner ; Emotion ; FOOD ; PROPHECY ; Sing ; SONG ; SUPERSTITION ; Supper

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Never laugh on Friday; you'll cry on Saturday.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cry ; Friday ; Laugh ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Saturday ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Smile and the world smiles with you. Cry and you cry alone.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Alone ; Apart ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cry ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; SMILE ; Together ; VERSE ; World

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Don't cry over spilt milk.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V.C.800.200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Cry ; Maxim ; Milk ; PROVERB ; Regret ; SPILL ; SPILLED ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Goldfish:

In a world where all is water, who can tell when goldfish weep?

Submitter comment:

I found these words written on the wall of MRI 305 with no author.

Data entry tech comment:

 

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): ; Apothegm ; Cry ; Goldfish ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; WATER ; Weep

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

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Entertainment: Song

Song:

I gave my love a cherry that had no stone.
I gave my love a chicken that had no bone.
I gave my love a ring that had no end.
I gave my love a baby with no crying.

How can there be a cherry that has no stone?
How can there be a chicken that has no bone?
How can there be a ring that has no end?
How can there be a baby with no crying?

A cherry when it's bloomin', has no stone.

A chicken when it's pippin', it has no bone.

A ring when it's rollin', it has no end.

A baby when it's sleeping, has no crying.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BABY ; Blooming ; Bone ; Cherry ; Chicken ; CRYING ; Entertainment ; Folksong ; MUSIC ; Pippin ; RHYME ; RING ; Rolling ; Sleeping ; SONG ; STONE

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

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TOUGH TILLY---MEANS A COWARD OR CRYBABY (USED IN
TAUNTING MANNER).

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): Cry Baby ; Nickname ; SLANG ; TAUNT ; Tease ; Tough

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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IF YOU SING BEFORE YOU EAT
YOU WILL CRY BEFORE YOU SLEEP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cry ; Eat ; PROVERB ; Sing ; SLEEP ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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War Cries

Geronimo! & Bombs Away!

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bomb ; Historical References ; Holler ; Narrative ; Rally Cry ; Saying ; WAR ; War Cry

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

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WHISTLING

GIRLS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO WHISTLE BECAUSE THE BLESSED MOTHER
WOULD TURN HER HEAD AND CRY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT TOLD BY HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG (1920'S).
SHE PRACTICED THIS
WHEN YOUNG, BUT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE TRUTH OF IT NOW.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): Blessed Mother ; BLESSED VIRGIN ; Cry ; Female ; Feminine ; Girls ; Holy Mother ; Ladylike ; Whistle

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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