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PIECE EARS

IF THE MOON IS FULL WHEN YOU PIECE YOUR EARS,
YOU LL FEEL NO PAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PIERCE YOUR EARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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BELIEF

IF YOU SIT ON THE TABLE, THE ANGELS WILL CRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TEARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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IF IT RAINED WHEN A PERSON DIED, IT MEANT THAT THE ANGELS WERE
CRYING FOR HIM AND HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT WHEN HE WAS 10 YEARS OLD, BY HIS
PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

James Callow Keyword(s): TEARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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CHILDREN'S SONG

DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW? DO THEY WOBBLE TO AND FRO?
CAN YOU TIE THEM IN A KNOT? CAN YOU TIE THEM
IN A BOW? CAN YOU THROW THEM OVER YOUR
SHOULDER LIKE A CONTINENTAL SOLDIER?
DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW?

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): EARS ; HYPERBOLE ; STRUCTURE: QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS

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

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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IF IT RAINED WHEN A PERSON DIED, IT MEANT THAT THE ANGELS WERE CRYING FOR HIM AND HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT WHEN HE WAS TEN YEARS OLD BY HIS PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS ; informant's home ; 138 Mapleton

Keyword(s): TEARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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TOM SWIFTIE

"WHAT IS THE RED LIGHT FOR?" SHE ASKED HORRORIFYINGLY.

Where learned: QUESTIONNAIRE

Keyword(s): {THIS APPEARS TO ME NOT TO MAKE SENSE. }

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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Irish Belief

"It is a known fact," Mr. Faron said, "that every Irishman has his own personal leprechaun that sits on his shoulder and pulls his earlobe every time another Irishman tells him a lie."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Number [B423 (elf) P423] crossed out and P423 is written next to it.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; LITTLEFIELD

Keyword(s): Detection ; EARS ; IRELAND ; Irish ; Leprechaun ; Lie ; Lie Detection

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

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Custom

Ribbons:

The ribbons from presents received at a bridal shower are tied together and used as a boquet at the wedding rehearsal.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bridal ; Bride ; CUSTOM ; GAMES ; Rehearsal ; Ribbons ; Shower ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Proverb

MAY YOUR LUCK BE AS LONG AS A RABBIT'S EARS, SORROW AS SHORT AS HIS TAIL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 02-22-2011 by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Ear ; EARS ; LUCK ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Rabbit ; SORROW ; Tail ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): WISH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance P880.3

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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Custom: Holiday

"NO ONE REALLY KNOWS WHO ENJOYED THE FIRST APRIL FOOL'S
DAY GUFFAWS. SOME SAY THE DAY OF BUFFOONERY BEGAN IN
FRANCE IN 1564, WHEN NEW YEAR'S DAY WAS CARRIED BACK
TO JANUARY 1 INSTEAD OF BEING CELEBRATED ON MARCH 25.
THOSE PEOPLE WHO OBJECTED TO THE TIME JUGGLE WERE
GIVEN MOCK NEW YEAR'S GIFTS ON APRIL 1, WHICH USED TO
BE THE FINAL DAY OF MERRYMAKING. THE PRACTICAL JOKE
CUSTOM POPPED UP IN BRITAIN BY THE 18TH CENTURY, AND
THE BRITISH EXPORTED THE ZANY PRACTICE TO NORTH
AMERICA."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Keyword(s): APRIL FOOL'S DAY ; Britain ; CUSTOM ; France ; holiday ; JOKE ; New Years ; Origin ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; Prank

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 April Fools
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 1 April Fools
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

I'm yours till hotdogs have pups and corn have ears.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; CORN ; Dogs ; EARS ; Hot Dogs ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Puppies ; Pups ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Language: Rhyme

When you get old and out of shape, remember Sears has corsets for 2.98

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): AGE ; Corset ; Language ; MONEY ; Old ; poem ; RHYME ; Sears ; SHAPE ; VERSE ; Vocabulary

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

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Language: Rhyme

When you get married and live in a truck,

Order your children from Sears Roebuck.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Language ; Married ; poem ; RHYME ; Roebuck ; Sears ; TRUCK ; VERSE ; Vocabulary

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

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Expression

"Wet behind the ears" means inexperienced

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): EARS ; EUPHEMISM ; Expression ; Inexperienced ; Language ; Newcomer ; Rookie ; Saying ; Wet

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Proverb

Little pitchers have big ears.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Already Under V200, Who Said? Said to children who hear things they shouldn't.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Big ; CHILDREN ; EARS ; Eavesdrop ; EUPHEMISM ; Little ; METAPHOR ; Overhear ; Pitchers ; SIMILE ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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PEOPLE USED TO CLIP THEIR HOGS' EARS TO IDENTIFY THEM.
THE RESPONDENT'S MOTHER WATCHED SOME HOGS BEING SO
MARKED WHILE SHE WAS PREGNANT, AND THE RESPONDENT WAS
BORN WITH ONE CLIPPED EAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Born ; Clip ; EARS ; Hog ; Pig ; PREGNANCY ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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PIERCING THE EARS OF THE NEWBORN WITH NEEDLES INSURES
GOOD EYESIGHT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; EARS ; EYESIGHT ; Newborn ; Piercing

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

Date learned: 10-13-1973

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NEW YEAR' BELIEF FOR GOOD LUCK: PLACE A DIME IN A BIG BOWL
OF BLACK-EYED PEAS AND AS EACH PERSON IS SERVED WHOEVER HAS THE DIME IN HIS OR HER BOWL
HAS BETTER LUCK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Black-Eyed Peas ; Dime ; FOOD ; fortune ; holiday ; LUCK ; MONEY ; New Years

James Callow Keyword(s): COIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 07-08-1973

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IF ONE DOES NOT WASH HIS EARS, POTATOES WILL GROW OUT OF
THEM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Dirt ; EARS ; Potatoes ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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NEVER GIV E A GOOD FRIEND PEARLS, PEARLS MEAN TEARS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; Friend ; FRIENDSHIP ; Gem ; JEWELRY ; Pearl ; SYMBOL ; TEARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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