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IF YOU GET A PIECE OF BREAD WITH A HOLE IN IT, YOU'LL
GET A RING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ENGAGEMENT? ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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An Unpleasant Surprise

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There was a young engaged couple from a small town who had come home from a date one night. Nobody was home and the house was dark. On the table there was a note for the girl which said to close the basement windows. Seeing that noone was around, the young couple stripped down naked. The girl got on the boy's shoulders piggy-back and they started down the stairs. As they reached the last step all the lights went on - it was surprise bridal shower for the girl!

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Original Boggs number [B600] has been crossed out and replaced with B646

Where learned: DURING A VISIT

Keyword(s): ALLUSION TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ; Engagement ; HUMOR ; JOKES ; MARRIAGE ; Modesty ; Moral ; PARTY ; Prank ; SEX ; SURPRISE ; YOUTH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic
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Custom

Wedding Custom:

When a woman in her family is engaged to be married, the aunts on her fahter's side give a shower gift to her which is a pure white negligee. This is a sign that the perspective groom has been accepted as a member of the family.

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Where learned: HOME ; NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): Engagement ; FAMILY ; GIFT ; Shower ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Ethnic: Yugoslavian

Engagement:

In Yugoslavia, parents still arrange any marriages. Thus, whenever a horn is heard blowing, everyone knows that an engagement has been decided. Often, the young people involved may be the last ones to know.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [F533] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): Arranged Marriages ; COURTSHIP ; DATING ; Engagement ; ETHNIC ; Horn ; MARRIAGE ; Weddings ; Yugoslavia

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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