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CUSTOM

PLACES OF BUSINESS USUALLY SAVE THE FIRST DOLLAR THEY HAVE MADE AS A
BUSINESS. THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK. THIS PRACTICE IS DONE IN
MANY STORES

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): BUSINESS MONEY GOOD LUCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

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MARKET DAY IN KERRY

AT THE MARKET IN KERRY, WHEN TWO FARMERS EXCHANGE BUSINESS
THEY BARGAIN A LOT. THE FARMER WHO IS BUYING THE CATTLE TENDS
TO FIND ALL KINDS OF FAULTS WITH THE CATTLE. THE GAME IS TO FIND
WEAKNESSES IN THE OTHER MAN'S CRAFT IN RAISING CATTLE.
THE MORE "BITING" THE FARMER IS THE BETTER CATTLE_MAN HE IS.
WHEN ALL THE INSULTS ARE OVER AND THE OWNER OF THE CATTLE KNOWS
THAT "HIS MAN" IS INTERESTED,
HE GETS REALLY TOUGH AS REGARDS PRICES.
HE NEVER LOOKS AT THE BUYER IN THE FACE, BUT AWAY FROM HIM AND
SOME OTHER INTERESTING THINGS THAT HE IMAGINES HE SEES.
THE LESS HE LOOKS AT THE BUYER, THE MORE ANXIOUS HE IS TO SELL, AND
THE BUYER KNOWS THIS. BARGAINING CAN GO ON FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.
WHEN THE DEAL IS CLOSED AND THE MONEY IS PAID, THE SELLER ALWAYS
GIVES BACK A LITTLE PER CENT OF THE PRICE FOR GOOD LUCK AND
FRIENDSHIP. THEN BOTH MEN GO INTO A PUB FOR A COUPLE OF DRINKS AND
A MAN_TO_MAN CHAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK, FRIENDSHIP BUSINESS ; IRELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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RIDDLE

WHAT DO THEY CALL AN ICECREAM VENDOR IN ARIZONA?
A GOOD YUMA MAN.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD HUMOR MAN ; PLACE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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SUPERSITITION (COLLECTOR,S TITLE)

ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS THINGS TO DO IS PASS SOMEONE ON THE STAIRS.
IF SOMEONE IS COMING UP AND YOU ARE GOING DOWN OR VICE-VERSA IN
ORDER TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK YOU MUST COUNT TO TEN BEFORE YOU PASS.
THE SAME HOLDS TRUE IF YOU ARE GOING IN THE SAME DIRECTION.
NEVER PASSING ANYONE ON THE STAIRS MIGHT HAVE BEN VERY GOOD ADVICE.
IF THAT PERSON WAS CARRYING SOMETHING HEAVY OR IN SOME WAY OBSTRUCT-
ING PASSAGE. HOWEVER IT HAS GROWN TO BE A VERY STRONG SUPERSTITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHANGE IN LUCK FROM BAD TO GOOD (IN PASSING ON STAIRWAY).

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE.

WHEN EVENING PULLS THE CURTAIN DOWN
AND PINS IT WITH A STAR
REMEMBER THAT I AM YOUR FRIEND
NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE.

Submitter comment: THIS WOMAN WHO WISHES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS, PERMITTED ME
TO COLLECT THESE VERSES FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK. THE VERSES
WERE ENTERED BY HER HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES IN 1939.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP: GOOD WISHES ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Friendship

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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THANKSGIVING PUDDING, PIE & CAKE

MAY THANKSGIVING BRING YOU PLEASURE
SOME PUDDING, PIE AND CAKE
IN EQUAL HAPPY MEASURE
" LIKE MOTHER USED TO MAKE. "

Where learned: VERSE FROM HIS POSTCARD COLLECTION

Keyword(s): GOOD WISHES. ; RHYME ABAB

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

Date learned: 11-14-1923

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YULE-TIDE GREETINGS

YULE-TIDE GREETINGS
I WISH YOU HAPPINESS TO-DAY
AND EACH CHRISTMAS WHEN
JOY-BELLS CHIME}
THE PASSING YEARS ALL GOLDEN BEADS
IN THE ENDLESS ROSARY OF TIME.

Where learned: VERSE FROM HIS POSTCARD COLLECTION

Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCDC

James Callow Keyword(s): GOOD WISHES ; RELIGIOUS METAPHOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.1225
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards

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CLOSE THE DOOR TO CARE AND WORRY.

CLOSE THE DOOR TO CARE AND WORRY,
FLING IT WIDE TO MIRTH AND CHEER,
WITH GLADNESS MAY YOU GREET THE YULETIDE,
AND USHER IN A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Where learned: VERSE FROM HIS POSTCARD COLLECTION

Keyword(s): GOOD WISHES ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards

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JAPANESE SEA-HORSE

PREGNANT JAPANESE WOMEN WILL WEAR A DRIED SEA HORSE.
IT IS A CHARM FOR SAFE CHILD BIRTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK CHARM ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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THE BEGGAR WHO WAS JESUS

LONG AGO IN ARMENIA A BEGGAR WAS SEEN GOING FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE
TRYING TO GET SOME FOOD. WITH MOST OF HIS HOPE GONE, HE CAME TO THE
HOUSE OF AN ARMENIAN PRIEST AND HIS WIFE. THE WOMAN OPENED THE DOOR
AND GAVE THE BEGGAR SOME FRESH BREAD WHICH SHE WAS BAKING AT THE
HEARTH. HE THANKED HER AND ASKED HER FOR ONE MORE FAVOR. THE FAVOR
WAS THAT HE COULD GIVE HER A KISS. SHE OBLIGED. THE BEGGAR WAS
THOUGHT TO BE JESUS. WHEN HER HUSBAND CAME HOME SHE TOLD HIM WHAT
HAPPENED. HE ANSWERED HER, "FOR GOD'S SAKE, WOULD YOU JUMP IN THE
FIRE? SHE ANSWERED YES AND THREW HERSELF INTO THE HEARTH. WITHOUT
HER HE FELT THERE WAS NO REASON TO LIVE AND SO HE THREW HIMSELF INTO
THE FIRE. IT IS SAID AT THIS SPOT A SHRINE HAS BEEN ERECTED AND A
SPRING FLOWS WHICH HEALS THE SICK."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE ; CAMPUS ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): IRONY GOOD VS. EVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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IF YOU PUT ALL THE PEOPLE IN A BAG YOU WOULDN'T KNOW WHICH ONE TO
SHAKE TO THE TOP.

Submitter comment: IN BELGIUM, THE FLEMISH HAVE A HUGE BAG OF POTATOES IN WHICH THEY
SHAKE THE BAG IN ORDER TO GET THE BAD POTATOES OUT. THIS PROVERB
IS SAID IN REFERENCE TO A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ALL UNDESIRABLE.

Data entry tech comment: PROFESSOR CALLOW HAS MADE NECESSARY SPELLING CHANGES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): VEGETABLES SEPARATION GOOD AND EVIL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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EVEN PIANO

AFTER PLAYING A PIANO, MANY PIANISTS STRIKE THE
MIDDLE "C" NOTE AS THE VERY LAST NOTE, BELIEVING
THAT BECAUSE OF ITS MIDDLE POSITION IT LEAVES THE
PIANO IN A COPACETIC MOOD OR WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): GOOD MOOD ; IN TUNE?

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GRACE BEFORE EATING A MEAL

GOD IS GREAT,
GOD IS GOOD.
LET US THANK HIM
FOR THIS FOOD.

Submitter comment: OUR FAMILY ALWAYS SAID THIS GRACE BEFORE MEALS. I DON'T
THINK WE USED ANY OTHERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; SLANT RHYME: GOOD, FOOD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001960S

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"ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MARDI GRAS MY MOTHER MAKES FOSHNUTS
(WHICH IS A TYPE OF FRIED DOUGHNUT) FOR GOOD LUCK."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HER MOTHER WILL ONLY MAKE THEM ON THAT DAY.
SHE SAID THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY CRAVE AND WANT THEM, HER
MOTHER WILL NOT MAKE THEM.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00001965CA

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MY FATHER BROUGHT BACK A QUITE UNUSUAL GIFT FROM HIS
BUSINESS TRIP-- AN OSTRICH'S TOENAIL KEY CHAIN. THIS
KEYCHAIN IS POLISHED QUITE NICELY, IT IS SAID TO BRING
GOOD LUCK TO THOSE WHO HAVE IT.

Submitter comment: THEY SAY THAT AN OSTRICH'S TOENAIL CAN KILL SOMEONE
IF THEY ARE STUCK BY THE OSTRICH'S FOOT.
PURCHASED AT BUSH GARDENS, FLORIDA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): ART ; GOOD LUCK CHARM ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 02-00-1978

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Custom

Good Friday and Planting Custom:

Potatoe [sic] seeds should be planted, if at all possible, on Good Friday.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F663] has been crossed out and replaced with F535

Where learned: HOME ; NEW YORK ; LeRoy

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; CUSTOM ; FARMING ; Good Friday ; HARVEST ; PLANT VEGETABLE ; POTATO ; Religious Holiday ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

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Ethnic: Polish

House Initiation / Polish Custom:

Put  a cat in a house before you move into it and there will always be good luck.

Submitter comment:

A neighbor came over to borrow our cat for one of their relatives who had just bought a new house. These relatives of ournaighbors had just recently come over from Poland. I don't know the people's names and the neighbor doesn't live around here any more.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F532] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Message on the bottom of card:

[Please copy this item on the yellow card below so it will ALSO be filed under F686]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Myself

Keyword(s): CAT ; ETHNIC ; fortune ; Good ; House ; Housewarming ; LUCK ; OMEN ; POLAND ; POLISH ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
BELIEF -- Mammal

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Proverb

Ill Wind:

It is an ill wind that blows no good.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Various grammatical corrections.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; EVIL ; FATE ; Gaelic ; Good ; Ill ; Irish ; LUCK ; OMEN ; Wind

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A false friend and a shadow stay only while the sun shines

Submitter comment:

Origin: Unknown

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Fake ; False ; Friend ; Good ; METAPHOR ; Shadow ; Sun ; WEATHER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

One good turn deserves another

Submitter comment:

Source not remembered

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Favor ; Good ; KINDNESS ; Samaritan ; Turn

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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