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DON'T TURN YOUR HAT BIBB BACKWARD. THIS IS UNLUCKY.

Submitter comment: BIBB= BRIM.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION OR POSITION: BACKWARDS ; WEARING CLOTHES: HAT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ALMOST COUNTS ONLY IN HORSESHOES AND HAND-GRENADES.

Submitter comment: FINE FELLOW

Where learned: FLORIDA ; PANAMA CITY

Keyword(s): GAMES ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CAN ; I SUPPOSE THE MEANING OF THIS IS THAT A HAND GRENADE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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LEBANESE PROVERB

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CONSTIPATION OF THOUGHT, DIARRHEA OF WORDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SCATALOGICAL ; WORDS

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFECATION ; ELLIPSIS ; IDLE CHATTER ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEGLIGENCE IS A GREAT ENEMY

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN. ITEM IS FROM A LETTER

James Callow comment: I ASSUME THE INFORMANT IS TRANSLATING FROM JAPANESE--
F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: JAPAN

James Callow Keyword(s): MEANING: WHAT WILL YOU HAVE, REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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HEN IN THE BUSH

ONE HEN IN THE BUSH IS WORTH FIVE IN THE BROW (BRIAR)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE. ; VEGETATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Fifths
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-01-1972

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ONE HUNDRED NOTHINGS

ONE HUNDRED NOTHINGS KILLED THE JACK ASS

Submitter comment: STORY EXPLAINING PROVERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; STRAW THAT BROKE THE CAMEL'S BACK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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PROVERB

ONE BIRD IN HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE ; VEGETATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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PROVERB

A PER'SON WHO WANTS TO DO ANOTHERS TRADE IS LIKE SOMEONE
WHO PUTS SOUP INTO A BASKET.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS IN ITALIAN. SHE LEARNED IT FROM A FRIEND
IN ITALY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD ; STICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM MAXIM

PROPERTY IS THEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; YOU CAN'T LOSE WHAT YOU DON'T OWN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-10-1969

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ITALIAN PROVERB

PUT THE BREAD TO YOUR MOUTH
AND YOU WILL FIND AN APPETITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FOOD ; YOU CAN DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
DOMINO
DOMINO WHO?
DOMINO THING IF YA AIN'T GOT THAT SWING.

Submitter comment: AT SOME PARTY

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): SONG TITLE: IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF YOU AIN'T GOT THAT SWING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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LITTLE RABBIT FOO-FOO

( SONG ) LITTLE RABBIT FOO-FOO RUNNIN' THROUGH THE FOREST
SCOOPIN' UP THE FIELD MICE AND HITTIN' THEM OVER THE HEAD.

( SPOKEN ) AND ALONG COME THE GOOD FAIRY...AND SHE SAID,
" LITTLE RABBIT FOO-FOO, I'LL GIVE YOU 3 CHANCES,
( SUNG ) I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU RUNNIN' THROUGH THE FOREST, SCOOPIN'
UP THE FIELD MICE AND HITTIN' THEM OVER THE HEAD--AND--
IF YOU DON'T DO WHAT I TELL YOU, I'LL TURN YOU INTO A GOON " .
BUT THE NEXT DAY--

(SUNG) LITTLE RABBIT FOO-FOO WAS RUNNIN' THROUGH THE FOREST,
SCOOPIN' UP THE FIELD MICE AND HITTIN' THEM OVER THE HEAD.
( SPOKEN ) AND ALONG CAME THE GOOD FAIRY...AND SHE SAID,
" LITTLE RABBIT FOO-FOO, I'LL GIVE YOU 2 CHANCES, ETC.
BUT THE NEXT DAY--

( REPEATED, BUT NOW WITH ONLY 1 CHANCE )
( SPOKEN ) FOO-FOO BLEW HIS CHANCES, SO THE FAIRY TURNED HIM INTO A
GOON, AND
NARRATOR 1 " DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE MORAL IS?"
NARRATOR 2 " I SURE DO, "
( TOGETHER IN UNISON ) " HARE TODAY, GOON TOMORROW. "

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SANG THIS SONG FOR ME BY HERSELF, BUT IT ACTUALLY SHOULD
BE DONE WITH TWO PEOPLE, ONE ACTING AS NARRATOR AND THE OTHER AS
THE GOOD FAIRY. THE TUNE SHOULD BE SUNG TO THIS MELODY:
" G-G-G-A-B ( REST ) B ( REST ) - A-G-A-B-G-D
GGG-A-B-B-A-G-A-B-G " ( GUITAR NOTES )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BRUNVAND C30 ; CANTE FABLE ; PUN ; SHAGGY DOG CANTE FABLE ; THE RABBIT THAT WAS CHANGED INTO A GOON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 12-02-1971

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STORY ABOUT THE DEVIL,S DANCING IN THE WOODS

IT WAS HARVEST TIME AND ALL THE YOUNG FOLK WERE THRASHING THE GRAINS
THAT HAD JUST BEEN HARVESTED.
ONE AUTUMN NIGHT ABOUT 11 O,CLOCK WHILE THEY WERE THRASHING THE GRAIN
THEY HEARD MUSIC COMING FROM THE RAFTERS, THEY LOOKED UP AND SAW
SOME DEVILS DANCING UP IN THE LOFT. THESE DEVILS WERE ALL BLACK AND
ALL THEIR CLOTHING WERE BLACK. THEY DANCED ON ONE LEG AND ONLY HAD
ONE EYE AND ONE NOSTRIL. THE MUSIC WAS PLAYED ON A SMALL ACCORDION
AND FIDDLE.
THE YOUTHS WERE TYPICALLY BRAVE AND BOISTERIOUS AND DECIDED TO TAKE
THE INSTRUMENTS AWAY. THE DEVILS LEFT AT THE FIRST COCKS CROW
(ONE O,CLOCK) WITH A WHISTLE AND A BANG. SO THE NEXT NIGHT THE
YOUTHS , AS THE DEVILS WERE ABOUT TO LEAVE AT THE COCK,S CROW,
KNOCKED ONE INSTRUMENT OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE DEVILS.
BUT WHEN THEY REACHED THE INSTRUMENT IT WAS JUST A LARGE CHARRED
PIECE OF WOOD. THE NEXT NIGHT THE DEVILS CAME BACK AND BEGGED
CKRYVEL, KRYVEL GIVE US BACK OUR FIDDLE" BUT THE YOUTHS DID NOT
RETURN IT. THE TWO YOUTHS WHO HAD TAKEN IT HAD TO PREPARE THE
STOVE FOR DRYING OUT THE GRAINS BEFORE THE THRASHING. THEY THREW THE
CHARRED WOOD INTO THE STOVE BUT IT WOULDN,T BURN. SO THEY WENT TO
BED AND THE NEXT MORNING THE TWO WERE FOUND STRANGLED.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO MY GRANDMOTHER BT HER GRANDMOTHER WHEN SHE WAS
A CHILD. THE TIME IS APPROXIMATELY THE TURN OF THE CENTURY WHEN THE
STORY WAS TOLD. THE STORY TOOK PLACE AROUND 1850.
SHE TOLD MY GRANDMOTHER THAT SHE ACTUALLY SAW THESE DEVILS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DO NOT TAKE THINGS THAT DO NOT BELONG TO YOU -PAYMENT CAN BE COSTLY ; THEFT FORM DEVIL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

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WHEN YOU HEAR A SIREN, SAY A PRAYER FOR THE PERSON INSIDE.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE, I BELIEVE IT IS CATHOLIC IN ORIGIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): THAT IS, INSIDE THE AMBULANCE.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1980 ; 00-00-1950

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BACK AT THE LAST TIME WHEN DETROIT WAS IN THE SERIES
IN THE 20'S, THEIR STAR PITCHER WAS MEL FAMEY.
HE HAD THE HABIT OF DRINKING TO EXCESS HOWEVER, AND
BECAUSE OF THIS NEARLY LOST THE FINAL GAME, HAVING
GIVEN UP THREE WALKS. BUT HE GETS THE LAST OUT.
AS THE RUNNERS COME IN ONE ASKS, "WHAT'S THAT
STICKING OUT OF HIS POCKET?" THE OTHER ANSWERS,
"THAT'S THE BEER THAT MADE MEL FAMEY WALK US."

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

James Callow Keyword(s): BASEBALL GAME. ; MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS. ; PUN ON BRAND OF BEER: THEIR SLOGAN: THE BEER THAT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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APPRECIATION OF FRIENDS

IT IS EVIDENT THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES,
HOW SWEET AND SOUR OUR LIVES CAN BE.
BUT IF WE COULD LOVE AS WELL AS WE HATE,
WHAT FEW TROUBLES WOULD BE LEFT TO SEE.
FOR JOYS WOULD RESULT WITH NO SORROWS FELT,
THUS LEAVING OUR HEARTS SO EASY TO MELT.

Where learned: JAPAN ; TOKYO

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; ASSONANCE ; CONTRAST ; FREE VERSE ; HATE ; INFORMATIVE ; LOVE ; METAPHOR ; RHYME: ABCBEE ; SERIOUSNESS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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"SOUCOUNIANT" OR "VOLANT" ARE PEOPLE THAT TAKE OFF THEIR SKIN AND
GO SUCK ANIMALS' BLOOD. THEY HAVE FLAMES COMING FROM UNDERNEATH
THEIR ARMS AND THEY CAN FLY. IF YOU DON'T WANT THEM TO GET BACK
INTO THEIR SKIN, YOU ADD SOME SALT, GARLIC, LEMON, ETC. TO THE
SKIN WHICH IS USUALLY LEFT IN A BIG BUCKET. ANOTHER WAY TO STOP
THEM IS TO DRAW A CROSS WITH A KNIFE, AND AT THE INTERSECTION OF
THE TWO LINES YOU STAB THE KNIFE.

Submitter comment: MOST OF THE TIMES, THE "SOUCOUNIANTS" ARE WOMEN. I REMEMBER MANY
YEARS AGO THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED THAT THEY CAUGHT ONE AND
THEY TOOK HER TO THE HOSPITAL.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "VOLANT" MEANS SOMETHING THAT COULD FLY.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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SOME "FOSSOYEUR", IN ORDER TO MAKE SOME MONEY, SELL DIRT FROM
CEMETERIES, WATER FROM TOMBS, AND ALSO SKULLS TO "QUIMBOISEURS".
THE "QUIMBOISEURS" USED TO PAY IN A CERTAIN WAY SO THAT THEY DO
NOT GET BAD LUCK OR MISFORTUNE. FOR INSTANCE, THE DIRT AND THE
WATER WERE SOLD IN GLASS CONTAINERS, AND THEY PAY FOR THEM WITH
WHITE ROCKS OR SILVER JEWELRY, AND ON THE OTHER HAND, THE SKULL
WAS PAID FOR WITH GOLD.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "FOSSOYEURS" ARE GRAVEDIGGERS ; "QUIMBOISEURS" ARE PEOPLE THAT ; PRACTICE WITCHCRAFT AND ALSO WHITE MAGIC.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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"M'AN COCO POTE D'ENFER" IS A WOMAN WHO LIVES IN AN UNDERWATER
CAVE, AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT SHE ATTACKS FISHERMEN AND DIVERS.

Submitter comment: SOME PEOPLE SAID THAT THEY HAVE BEEN IN HER UNDERWATER CAVE, AND
WHAT THEY SAW WAS A HUGE TABLE FULL OF DISHES.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "M'AN COCO" MEANS "MADAME COCO". "POTE D'ENFER" MEANS "HELL'S GATE" ; SUPPOSELY THAT IS WHERE SHE LIVES. ; WHICH IS THE NAME OF THE NORTHERN EXTREMITY OF GUADELOUPE, AND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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IN ORDER TO CURE SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN SICK, THE "QUIMBOISEUR" WILL
GIVE THE PERSON A BATH USING THE SAME WATER THAT SEVEN DOGS HAD
BEEN BATHED IN.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "QUIMBOISEUR" IS SOMEONE THAT PRACTICES WITCHCRAFT AND WHITE MAGIC.

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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