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EACH GRAY HAIR IN ONE'S HEAD REPRESENTS A PARTICULAR WORRY.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL: HAIR

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

Date learned: 09-08-1972

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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

ONE OF THE THINGS THE WOMEN ALWAYS DID WAS TO DYE THEIR
HAIR GREEN WITH FOOD COLORING.

Submitter comment: IN MY GRANDMOTHER'S DAY THE UNMARRIED WOMEN DIED THEIR HAIR.
NOW IT IS DONE MORE IN THE HIGHSCHOOLS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; GREEN HAIR COLORING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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Ethnic: Song/American Indian/Mardi Gras

THESE ARE THE WORDS TO THE SONG:
ME GOT FIRE CAN'T PUT IT OUT
ME FIRE WATER GONNA MAKE ME SHOUT.
I AM GOING DOWN AND GET MY SQUAW
ME MIGHT BUY GREAT BIG CAR.
I AM GONNA DO EVERYTHING I COULD
ME BIG CHIEF I'M FEELING GOOD.
ME BIG CHIEF I GOT 'EM TRIBE
GOT MY SQUAW RIGHT BY MY SIDE.
MY FLAG BOY HE JUST WENT BY
MY SPY BOY HE'S FULL OF FIRE
ME WHOLE TRIBE IS HAVING FUN
WE GONNA DANCE 'TIL THE MORNING COME

Submitter comment:

THE SONG 'BIG CHIEF' WAS WRITTEN BY A BLACK MAN NAMED
PROFESSOR LONG HAIR. HE WROTE THE SONG AROUND THE EARLY
1950'S. THIS SONG IS STRICTLY A MARDI GRAS TUNE. IT HAS
SURVIVED THROUGH THE YEARS AS ONE OF THE CLASSIC SONGS OF THE
MARDI GRAS SEASON. HE DID NOT BECOME RICH WITH THE SONG
BECAUSE IT IS ONLY UNDERSTOOD AND LOVED IN NEW ORLEANS
DURING THE MARDI GRAS SEASON. THE MAN IS PRESENTLY
WORKING ON THE RIVER FRONT WHARFS IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
AT THE TIME OF HIS WRITING THE SONG, PROFESSOR LONG HAIR
WAS AN INDIAN CLUB MEMBER. HIS STORY IN THIS SONG IS
ALMOST THE SAME AS THAT OF THE OTHER INDIANS. HE SIMPLY
STATES WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO ON MARDI GRAS DAY AND
INVITES EVERYONE TO JOIN IN THE FUN WITH HIM.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): FIREWATER ; LIQUOR ; NEGRO COMPOSER, PROFESSOR LONG HAIR

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
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CUSTOM

IT IS A CUSTOM OF THE AMISH FOR THE MEN TO GROW A THICK BEARD.
THEY MUST ALWAYS HAVE THIS BEARD AND WHILE THEY ARE GROWING IT,
THEY CANNOT GO OUT OF THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HAIR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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PERMANENT

INFORMANT WAS TOLD BY HER MOTHER IF YOU GAVE YOURSELF A PERMANENT
DURING YOUR PERIOD, IT WOULD'NT TAKE.

Submitter comment: (THIS REFERS TO A PERMANENT WAVE FOR HAIR)

Where learned: OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): HAIR ; MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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NEW MOON BELIEF

GRANDMOTHER AND HER SISTERS HAD THEIR HAIR TRIMMED AT THE NEW MOON.
IN THIS WAS IT WOULD GROW WITH THE NEW MOON
AND WOULD GROW FASTER TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HAIR CUTTING ; HAIR GROWTH ; IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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IF YOU EAT BREAD CRUSTS YOU WILL HAVE BLACK CURLY HAIR.

Submitter comment: IN AN ATTEMPT TO CURE MY BLOND HAIR,
MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD TELL ME THIS AS A CHILD.
BLACK HAIR IS CONSIDERED THE LOVELIEST FEATURE
A ROMANIAN WOMAN CAN HAVE AND HAS BEEN CONSIDERED SO FOR GENERATIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BREAD ; ETHNIC SUPERSTITION ; HAIR COLOR ; ROMANIAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 11-26-1971

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THE SCORPION IN THE HAIRDO

IT'S WRONG FOR GIRLS TO WEAR LARGE, RATTED HAIRDOS.
RECENTLY IN CALIFORNIA,A TEENAGE GIRL DIED, APPARENTLY WITHOUT CAUSE.
BUT THEY FOUND THAT SHE HAD BEEN WEARING THE SAME HAIRDO
FOR SIX MONTHS.
IT HAD GOTTEN SO DIRTY THAT A SCORPION GOT IN IT
AND MADE HIS NEST THERE
AND FINALLY HE BIT HER, AND SHE DIED.

Submitter comment: (I THINK SISTER REALLY BELIEVED THIS STORY.)

Where learned: 3RD OR 4TH GRADE CLASS

Keyword(s): FATAL HAIRDO ; SCORPION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

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RED HAIR

IF YOU HAVE RED HAIR, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A BAD TEMPER.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): HAIR COLOR ; TEMPER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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BELIEF CONCERNING BIRTH

IF A GIRL IS BORN WITH A WIDOW'S PEAK,
IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SIGN OF ROYALTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): HAIRLINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Birth

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BLONDE

BORN BLONDE, DIE BALD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): BALDNESS ; CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; HAIR COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Birth
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-23-1968

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SUPERSTITION

SAVE THE FIRST PIECE OF HAIR CUT FROM A BABY'S
HEAD, BECAUSE IF IT IS PRESERVED IN A SAFE PLACE
THE CHILD WILL LIVE TO BE VERY OLD.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): FIRST HAIRCUT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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SEDUCTION BELIEF

COVER HEAD WITH SCARVES, A WELL-COIFFURED HEAD SEDUCES MEN.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT POINTED OUT THAT THIS IS VERY OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HAIR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-19-1971

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HICCUPS

TO CURE HICCOUGHS HOLD YOUR BREATH AND THINK OF SEVEN BALD MEN.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HAIR

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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SCOTS SUPERSTITION (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; BAD LUCK: NEW YEARS (CLASSIFIERS TITLE)

NEVER LET A RED OR LIGHT HAIRED PERSON CROSS YOUR THRESHOLD ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY UNLESS THEY CARRY COAL WITH THEM OR YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: PAT HAND HEARD THIS FROM A NEIGHBOR OF SCOTS DESCENT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING ; HAIR COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

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SPIDER IN HAIR

A TEENAGE GIRL RATTED HER HAIR AND DIDN'T COMB IT OUT FOR TWO WEEKS.
SHE DIED SUDDENLY. AN AUTOPSY HAD TO BE PERFORMED TO DETERMINE THE
CAUSE OF DEATH. THEY FOUND THAT SPIDERS HAD MADE THEIR HOME IN HER
HAIR AND HAD EATEN THEIR WAY INTO HER BRAIN.

Submitter comment: HEARD SEVERAL TIMES ON U-D CAMPUS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH INSECT LAZINESS ; FATAL HAIRDO

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses

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SPIDER LADY

A GIRL WAS GOING TO A BIG PARTY AND HAD HER HAIR DONE AT A SALON.
IT WAS FIXED IN A BEEHIVE WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF HAIRSPRAY. SHE LIKED
IT SO WELL THAT EVERYDAY SHE JUST PUT A LITTLE MORE SPRAY ON AND
NEVER TOOK IT DOWN OR WASHED IT. ONE DAY SHE SCRATCHED HER HEAD AND
BLOOD TRICKLED DOWN. SHE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WHEREUPON
EXAMINATION IT WAS REVEALED ANTS HAD COLONIZED IN HER HAIR.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): FATAL HAIRDO ; INSECT HAIRDO

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 02-20-1968

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SAYING.

IF I'VE ONLY ONE LIFE TO LIVE, LET ME LIVE IT AS A BLONDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVERTISING ; HAIR COLORING, BLEACHING ; HUMOR. ; TELEVISION COMMERCIAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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THE FATAL HAIRDO

WHEN THE BUBBLE HAIR DO FIRST BECAME POPULAR MY MOTHER IN LAW
WAS GETTING HER HAIR DONE REGULARLY FROM AN UNLICENSED BEAUTY
OPERATOR IN A HOME BASEMENT. ONE DAY SHE CAME HOME WITH THE FOLLOWING
STORY WHICH THE BEAUTY OPERATOR TOLD HER HAPPENED TO THE NIECE OF ONE
OF HER CUSTOMERS. THIS GIRL GOT A BUBBLE TYPE HAIRDO AND HAD IT
RATTED SO HIGH THAT SHE DIDN'T WANT TO WASH IT LEST IT LOSE ITS
TEXTURE. A LONG PERIOD OF TIME WENT BY (I'VE HEARD FROM TWO WEEKS TO
TWO MONTHS) AND SHE BECAME ILL. THE DOCTORS FINALLY EXAMINED HER
BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. A NEST OF SPIDERS HAD DEVELOPED IN HER HAIR
AND THEY HAD BURROWED INTO HER SKULL, CAUSING AN INFECTION WHICH
RESULTED IN BLOOD POISONING. SINCE THE INFECTION WAS SO CLOSE TO THE
BRAIN THERE WAS NOTHING THE DOCTORS COULD DO AND THE GIRL DIED.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE TWO OTHER STORIES LIKE THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): THE FATAL HAIRDO

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

HOW CAN YOU TELL THE BRIDE AT A POLISH WEDDING? SHE'S
THE ONE WITH BRAIDED ARM PITS!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): CUSTOM OF SHAVING HAIR FROM ARMPITS AND LEGS.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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