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RIDDLE

Q: WHO ALWAYS GOES TO BED WITH HIS SHOES ON?
A: A HORSE

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; WEARABLE (Q) ; WISDOM

James Callow Keyword(s): HORSESHOES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GROUNDHOG (MOUNTAIN RECIPE)

SKIN THE GROUNDHOG, REMOVE THE GLANDS FROM UNDER THE LEGS, GUT, AND
SOAK OVERNIGHT IN SALTY WATER. THE HIDE WAS OFTEN PLACED IN A BUCKET
OF ASHES OVER WHICH WATER WAS POURED. AFTER THE ASHES HAD TAKEN THE
HAIR OFF, THE HIDE WAS REMOVED, DRIED, KNEADED, AND CUT UP IN STRIPS
FOR SHOESSTRINGS. PARBOIL WITH SPICEWOOD TWIGS (TO TAKE THE WILD
TASTE OUT) UNTIL TENDER. PEPPER AND PUT IN A GREASED PAN TO BAKE
UNTIL TENDER IN WATER CONTAINING TWO CARROTS, GARLIC, AND A PIECE
OF FAT MEAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): SHOESTRINGS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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BELIEF

DURING THE FIRST SNOW, IF YOU GO OUT BAREFOOT,
YOU WILL NOT BE SICK ALL WINTER.

Where learned: PLACE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): SHOES

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Season
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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BUCKLE MY SHOE

RAIN, RAIN, FALLING ON THE GROUND
RAIN, RAIN, FALLING ALL AROUND.
WE KNOW A GAME TO PLAY ON A VERY RAINY DAY.

1,2, BUCLKE MY SHOE
3,4, STOMP UPON THE FLOOR.
WE KNOW A GAME TO PLAY ON A VERY RAINY DAY

5,6, CLICK CLICK, CLICK,
7,8, STAKE, A STAKE, A STAKE
9,10, A BIG FAT HEN.
AND THAT IS ALL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SINGS THIS WITH HER PLAYMATES. THEY LEARNED IT IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): BUCKLE MY SHOE

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

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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LUCK

IF YOU HAVE A HORSESHOE ON THE WALL MAKE SURE THE OPEN END IS AT
THE TOP SO THAT ALL YOUR LUCK WILL STAY AND NOT LEAVE.

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL: HORSESHOE AS LUCKY CHARM

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.12
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.12

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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BASKETBALL SUPERSTITION

IF A BASKETBALL TEAM HAS A VERY GOOD SEASON THE CAPTAIN'S SHOES ARE
HUNG PERMANENTLY IN THE LOCKER ROOM. THIS IS SAID TO BRING THE TEAM
GOOD LUCK IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): SOCIAL RELATIONS ; SPORTS ; SUPERNATURAL: CAPTAIN'S SHOES AS LUCKY CHARM

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.19

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BLACK AMERICAN

IF BUTTER WILL NOT COME, DROP
A RED HOT HORSE SHOE IN THE
MILK TO KILL THE WITCHES; THEN
THE BUTTER WILL COME. INFOR-
MANT HEARD ON GRANDMOTHER'S FARM
WHEN A CHILD.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

James Callow Keyword(s): HORSESHOE ; IRON

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Butter
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 09-15-1985

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GUN SHOE

A PERSON IS NAMED "IT," AND HE IS CALLED GUN-SHOE
OR THE DETECTIVE. HE BLINDS HIS EYES AND EVERYBODY
ELSE HIDES. AFTER COUNTING TO 100 HE THEN SEARCHES
FOR THE PLAYERS UNTIL HE FINDS THEM.

Submitter comment: IT IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE GAME OF HIDE-AND-SEEK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GUMSHOE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: 11-30-1971

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WHEN YOU SEE TWO WHITE BUTTERFLYS, THEN YOU CAN GO BAREFOOT
IN THE SUMMER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): WITHOUT SHOES

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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ON MAY 1ST BEGIN GOING BAREFOOT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

James Callow Keyword(s): WITHOUT SHOES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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FINNISH SAYING

IT FITS LIKE A MOCCASIN IN DUNG.

Submitter comment: {FINNISH} SOPII NIEN KO PIAKSU PASKAHAN.

Keyword(s): SHOES FECES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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WEAR ON THE HEEL - SPEND A GOOD DEAL
WEAR ON THE BALL - SPEND ALL
WEAR ON THE TOE - SPEND AS YOU GO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FEET SHOES

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

Date learned: 10-13-1965

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The Blacksmiths Son

Long ago in a small village there lived a blacksmith. Now although blacksmiths were poor, they were, nevertheless, held in respect because they were the strongest men in the village.

People used to go to the blacksmith for advice and help. This particular balcksmithhad one son, and the blacksmith wanted his son to be a blacksmith also. But the son was lazy and did not like to work. One day he told his father: "father, I have a very brilliant idea. I'm going to learn your trade in an easy way. Here's my plan: Put me in a large basket above yuor workshop and I will watch everything you do. And by watching you constantly, I will earn your trade."

So the son was put in the basket and watched his father fort several months. Then the son said to his father: "Father, I think I'm ready." And so the father gave the son tools, and a large piece of iron, and said to his son: "now son, what are you going to make?"

"Father," the son said, "I think I'll make a hammer."

"Son," the father said, "If you can make a hammer, you will be a better blacksmith than I, because it took me five years to learn how to make a hammer." And the son worked feverishly for several days but to no avail. So the son went to his father and said: "Father, I think I'll make a horseshoe instead."

The father said; "Son, if you can make a horseshoe, you will be a better blacksmith than I, because it took me three years to learn how to make a horseshoe." The son again went out, pounding and forming, but to no avail. He said to the fahter: "Father, I think I will make a nail instead of a horseshoe."

The fahter said: "Son, if you can make a nail, you will be a better blacksmith than I, because it took me two years to learn how to make a nail." The son worked for several hours, but to no avail. He said to his father: "Father, I will make something you never made. I will make a needle."

"Son," said the father, "if you make a needle, you will be a better blacksmith than I, for no smith has made a needle. " And so, the son worked and worked until finally there was nothing left. but he did not give up. He said: "Father, I will make something with no iron at all."

"Son, if you can make something without iron, it will indeed make you a great blacksmith," the father replied.

The son said: "Come watch, Father." He took a pair of tongs and heated them red hot, and suddenly plunged them into a barrel of water, and said: "Father, I did it. I made a pss."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Number [ B665] crossed out and B646 is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): Blacksmith ; FAMILY ; Father ; Hammer ; HORSESHOE ; HUMOR ; IRON ; Learn ; Lesson ; Needle ; Outsmart ; Skill ; Son ; TRADE ; Wise ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

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Proverb

Close only counts in horseshoes.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Close ; HORSESHOES ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

If the shoe fits, wear it.

Submitter comment:

Proverbial Metaphor

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CHARACTER ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Shoe ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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IF YOU STEP OVER A LONG HANDLED TOOL, BROOM, RAKE, HOE,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU STEP OVER IT BACKWARDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BROOM ; Handle ; Hoe ; LUCK ; Step ; Tool

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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HIGH HEELS WORN BY A PREGNANT WOMAN WILL BRING A
CROSS-EYED CHILD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cross-eyes ; High Heels ; PREGNANCY ; SHOES

James Callow Keyword(s): SHOES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-13-1973

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU BURY A PERSON WITHOUT SHOES, THEY WILL COME BACK AND
HAUNT YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Barefoot ; BELIEF ; Bury ; DEATH ; SHOES ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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SHOE BELIEF

DO NOT PUT YOUR SHOES ON THE TABLE, OR YOU WILL HAVE A FIGHT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; FIGHT ; SHOES ; SUPERSTITION ; Table

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; CLOTHING ; HOSTILITY ; NEGATIVE

Subject headings: Daily Life
BELIEF -- P87O

Date learned: 03-21-1972

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AT SIENA HEIGHTS COLLEGE, IN ADRIAN, MICHIGAN, THE STUDENTS
WOULD PUT THEIR SHOES OUTSIDE THE DOOR OF THEIR ROOM
ON DECEMBER 6, AND THE NEXT MORNING THERE WOULD BE AN
APPLE AND SOME CANDY IN THEIR SHOES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ADRIAN

Keyword(s): Apples ; CANDY ; Celebrate ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Nick ; Saint ; SHOES ; ST. NICHOLAS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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