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FOR GOOD LUCK FOR A YEAR, A GOOD LUCKING PERSON, MAN OR WOMAN
1MUST RING THE DOORBELL ON NEW YEARS EVE OR DAY.

Submitter comment: I KNOW OF MANY FAMILIES BESIDES THE LOCKHARTS WHO BELIEVE IN THIS

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): GOOD LOOKING? HANDSOME?

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 01-01-1972

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT MUST BE DONE TO HAVE SOFT HANDS?
A: NOTHING.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; LITERAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) HANDS

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PRETENDED OBSCENE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT DOES A LADY DO SITTING DOWN, A MAN STANDING UP, AND A DOG ON
THREE LEGS?
A: SHAKE HANDS

Data entry tech comment: 2 MORE EXAMPLES ARE IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; PART OF THE BODY (A) HANDS ; PERSONS (Q) AND DOG.

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATE, IS ONE'S FIRST THOUGHT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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WORDS OF WISDOM

CONSTANT OCCUPATION PREVENTS TEMPTATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME

James Callow Keyword(s): IDLE HANDS ARE THE DEVIL'S ; INTERNAL RHYME ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA, A SLOVAK FAMOLY WOULD RUN TO
THE WELL. THERE THEY WOULD WASH THEIR HANDS AND FACE WITH WELL
WATER. THEY WOULD RUN BACK TO THE HOUSE AND THEN WIPE AWAY THE
WATER. THIS WAS DONE BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): WASHING HANDS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

Date learned: 02-25-1970

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A COUPLE SHOULD BE MARRIED BEFORE TWELVE NOON BECAUSE THE
HANDS ARE GOING UP BEFORE THEN--GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NEW BREMEN

James Callow Keyword(s): HANDS OF THE CLOCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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Proverb

Many hands make light work

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): Community ; FAMILY ; Hands ; Help ; Many ; Multiple ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Many hands make light work.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Community ; Hands ; Help ; LIGHT ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Many hands make light work.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Geviydala

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Easy ; Hands ; Help ; LIGHT ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Language: Rhyme

Nonsense Rhyme:

Of all the fishies in the brook,
I'd rather be a bass.

I'd climb up on the biggest rock
And slide down on my hands and knees.

Submitter comment:

Undetermined Origin

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C730] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): Brook ; FISH ; Fishies ; Hands ; Knees ; Language ; NONSENSE ; RHYME ; Rock ; Slide

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

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO SHAKE THE HAND OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Chimney ; Communication ; CUSTOM ; GREETING ; Hands ; LUCK ; Shake Hands ; SUPERSTITION ; Sweep

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 03-14-1970

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IF YOU AND ANOTHER PERSON SAY THE SAME THING AT THE SAME
TIME, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO SPIT BETWEEN YOUR FINGERS
FOR GOOD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; Fingers ; GESTURE ; Hands ; Jinxs ; Same Time ; Simultaneous ; SPIT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 04-05-1970

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