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WE CELEBRATE A HOLIDAY IN GERMANY CALLED "FAST NACH." IT IS LIKE
HALLOWEEN ONLY IS IS CELEBRATED IN FEBRUARY. ALL THE CHILDREN
AND ADULTS DRESS UP IN COSTUMES AND HAVE A PARADE TO CHASE AWAY
THE GHOSTS. WE CAN NOT EAT MEAT ON THIS DAY, SO WE EAT DONUTS
INSTEAD. THIS IS DONE IN MOST SMALL TOWNS IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE ; CARNIVAL ; FASTNACHT

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 02-00-1982

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SONG

MCDONALDS IS YOUR KINDA PLACE
HAMBURGERS IN YOUR FACE.
FRENCH FRIES UP YOUR NOSE,
COKES DOWN YOUR PANTYHOSE.
LAST TIME I WAS THERE,
THEY FRIED MY UNDERWEAR.
MCDONALDS IS YOUR KINDA PLACE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM SOME FRIENDS IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MC'DONALD'S IS A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT CHAIN.

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

Date learned: 00001978CA

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Entry filtered.

What do you call a blonde in a freezer? Answer: A Frosted
Flake.

Submitter comment:

This informant is a blonde, and loves blonde jokes.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Frosted Flakes = a breakfast cereal

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-03-1992

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PROVERB

TWO SHAKES OF A LAMB'S TALE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): QUICK FAST SPEED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 06-24-1970

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Proverb

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying:

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in a pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): Behind ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC ; Fast ; Hurry ; Maxim ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PROVERB ; Slow ; VERSE

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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Prose Narrative Tale

Prose Narrative Tale:

Folktale of New England -- The Gingerbread Man.

Children's story of a runaway cookie including repeated theme: "rubn, run, as fast as you can. Can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread man."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Bookhouse Volume One

Keyword(s): CATCH ; CHILDREN ; Cookie ; Fast ; Gingerbread ; Gingerbread Man ; Legend ; Narrative ; New England ; Prose ; REGIONAL ; Run ; Tale

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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CURE FOR CONSTIPATION:
EAT ONE OR TWO FIGS AND FAST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CONSTIPATION ; CURE ; Fast ; Figs ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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LITHUANIAN CHRISTMAS EVE

IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR LITHUANIANS TO FAST ALL DAY ON CHRISTMAS EVE.
THEIR MEAL, OR SHOULD I SAY FEAST, TAKES PLACE AT MIDNIGHT IN THE
FORM OF A TWELVE COURSE MEAL. DURING THIS MEAL, HAY IS PUT UNDER THE
TABLE CLOTH IN A SYMBOLIC GESTURE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM FOOD ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; Fast ; FOOD ; holiday

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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