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WHO BECOMES A VAMPIRE

DEAD PEOPLE NOT BURIED WITHIN 5 DAYS WILL BECOME A VAMPIRE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead ; Vampire

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER ; TRANSFORMATION

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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SUCCESS

WHO IS A SUCCESSFUL FARMER?
A MAN OUTSTANDING IN HIS FIELD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE HE LEARNED THIS

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; DEAD METAPHOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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KING KAHMAI MAI

IN HAWAII, ON THE ISLAND OF PAUI, THERE IS AN UPSIDE DOWN WATERFALL,
AND THIS IS CAUSED BY THE TRADEWINDS, WHICH PUSH THE FALLING WATERS
UPWARD. THE LEGEND BEHIND THIS DEALS WITH KING KAHMAI MAI, WHO WAS
KING OF THE ISLAND MANY YEARS AGO. IT IS SAID THAT HE DROVE ALL THE
PAGANS OFF THE ISLAND, AND THOSE THAT DID NOT LEAVE WERE SACRIFICED
TO THE GODS BY BEING PUSHED OFF THIS WATERFALL. WHEN ALL OF THE
PAGANS HAD LEFT THE ISLAND, THE KING VOWED THAT NO OTHER MAN WOULD
BE ABLE TO DIE BY JUMPING OFF THIS WATERFALL. UP TO THIS DAY THERE
HAS BEEN NOBODY KILLED FROM JUMPING OFF THE WATERFALL BECAUSE OF THE
STRONG TRADEWINDS, AND THEY SAY THAT THE TRADEWIND IS ACTUALLY
KING KAHMAI MAI FULFILLING HIS PROMISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

Keyword(s): DEAD KING RETURNS AS WIND TO PREVENT SUICIDE FROM WATERFALL.

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Running water

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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GHOST STORY

"ONE NIGHT WHEN MY BOYFRIEND WAS LITTLE, HE WAS LYING IN BED AND
HE SAW HIS CLOSET DOOR OPEN. IN HIS CLOSET STOOD HIS GRANDFATHER
(WHO LIVED IN ANOTHER STATE). HIS GRANDFATHER SAID, 'I'VE COME TO
SAY GOODBYE' AND DISAPPEARED. HE LOOKED AT HIS CLOCK AND DIS-
COVERED IN THE MORNING THAT HE HAD SAW HIS GRANDFATHER'S IMAGE
ONE MINUTE BEFORE HE HAD DIED."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT TO THIS DAY HER BOYFRIEND IS AFRAID OF
CLOSETS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): DEAD GRANDFATHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00001979CA

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If you want the dead to come to you in your sleep and talk to
you, write a letter, fill a glass with water, put it under your
bed, put the letter on top of the glass, and go then go to sleep.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Ghost of the Dead

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

Date learned: 02-00-1992

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Etymology

Origin of Name:

Hungry Mother State Park gets its name from the little boy who is said to have been found wandering through the park (which was at the time only pasture) crying and saying "Hungry, Mother." Later the child's mother was found dead.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): CHILD ; Dead ; ETYMOLOGY ; HUNGRY ; Legend ; MOTHER ; NAME ; Origin ; Pasture

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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JOKE

"DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THERE (CEMETERY)
ARE DEAD?"
-- ALL OF THEM.

Submitter comment: TOLD WHILE PASSING A CEMETERY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS CAR

Keyword(s): DEAD DEATH CEMETERY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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RIDDLE

THERE WAS A MAN-DEAD-LYING IN THE DESERT WITH A
POUCH ON HIS BACK. HE WAS LYING FACE DOWN AND THERE
WERE NO FOOTPRINTS OR SIGNS OF ANYTHING AROUND HIM.
HOW DID HE DIE?
-- HE WAS A PARATROOPER AND HIS PARACHUTE DIDN'T
OPEN IN TIME CAUSING HIM TO FALL TO HIS DEATH.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): PARATROOPER PARACHUTE DEATH DEAD

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-23-1971

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Ways to Kill a Vampire

Preventing a vampire from returning to his casket before sunrise by hiding or burning his casket or separating it from its "native soil" will kill him.

Data entry tech comment:

Collector stamped a home address stamp onto the card in the place of "collector data."

Original Stamp: Mrs. W.E. Givens, Jr.

They then crossed out the Prefix and first initials [Mrs. W.E.] and scrawled over the suffix [Jr.]. Indecipherable writing over suffix, but may be Rev. or Esq.

 

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs number [P408] is crossed out and replaced with P427.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): Casket ; FIRE ; Undead ; Vampire ; Vanquish

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

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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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Entertainment: Gambling

Belief:

Aces and Eights - this is the Dead Man's Hand. Wild Bill Hickok was killed in a poler game with this hand.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] was written twice and crossed out each time/replaced with current classifications

Where learned: SCHOOL

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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Ethnic Joke: Jewish

Irishman, Scotchman and Jew visiting dead friend in funeral parlor. Sign on dead man's chest says, "I'd like to take some money with me when I go." Irishman puts out $500. So does the Scotchman. Jew writes a $1500 check and takes the $1000 as change.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B66] crossed out

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; Collection

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; BURIAL ; Dead ; Distasteful ; ETHNIC ; Funeral ; Irish ; Jewish ; JOKE ; MONEY ; Offensive ; Penny-pincher ; SCOTTISH ; Stereotype

James Callow Keyword(s): Jewish

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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Custom: Death

Photographs of Corpse:

Informant showed collector several snapshots of his grandfather, who had passed away some 15 years previous, laid out in his coffin in the funeral home.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Coffin ; Corpse ; Dead ; Funeral ; Mourning ; Photograph ; Soul

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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Belief: Animal

A horned snake has a deadly horn in its tail, anything struck by that will die, even if its a tree.

Submitter comment:

Person can remember being deathly afraid of this kind of snake as a child.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Deadly ; Horn ; Serpent ; Snake ; Tail ; Weapon

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Proverb

As dead as a doornail.

Submitter comment:

The number 335 is typed in the upper right hand corner.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out and replaced with current classifications.

The word As is underlined in red the first time it appears.

Dup of WPP.

The word (informant) has been written in red next to the name of Sophie Drouillard.

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Dead ; Doornail ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Proverb

Hit the nail on the head

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Keyword(s): ACCURACY ; Correct ; Dead-on ; METAPHOR ; Nail ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Proverb

Dead as a doornail

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Dead ; Doornail ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Toast

Irish Toast:

Usually at weddings - "May you be in Heaven half an hour before the Devil knows your dead."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Dead ; DEVIL ; DRINKING ; ETHNIC ; HEAVEN ; Irish ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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Toast

An Irish Toast:

may you be in Heaven a half hour b'fore th' Divil knows you're dead.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): Dead ; DEVIL ; ETHNIC ; HEAVEN ; Irish ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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Toast

May you be in heaven 1/2 an hour before the Devil discovers you've been dead and buried.

Submitter comment:

Her mother told her. Popular in Ireland.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Buried ; Dead ; DEVIL ; DRINKING ; ETHNIC ; HEAVEN ; Irish ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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