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MY FATHER IS A BUTCHER,
MY MOTHER CUTS THE MEAT,
I'M JUST A LITTLE WINNIE (WEENIE)
RUNNING AROUND THE STREET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): WEENIE=FRANKFURTER HOTDOG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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FLIERS COMMONLY BELIEVE THAT HAVING THEIR PICTURE
TAKEN PRIOR TO A MISSION WILL BRING THEM BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER UNCLE, RUSS FLOYD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH YOUR
BOYFRIEND.

Where learned: OHIO ; PARMA

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 04-15-1971

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A COUPLE TO HAVE THEIR PICTURE
TAKEN TOGETHER. IT WILL LEAD TO A BREAK-UP IN
THE ROMANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, IN A POLAROID PICTURE, SHE'S THE PART YOU TEAR OFF
AND THROW AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT ; PHOTOGRAPHIC

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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PROVERB ( LITHUANIAN )

POUND THE IRON WHILE IT IS STILL HOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADAPTABILITY ; ADVICE: ; MALLEABLE ; STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-07-1968

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EPITAPH, FOUND IN BOOT HILL

HERE LIES LESTER MOORE
SIX SLUGS FROM A .44
NO LESS, NO MORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH FROM GUNSHOT ; PUN ON PERSONAL NAME ; RHYME: AAA

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

Date learned: 09-16-1969

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HE IS HOTTER THAN A TWO-PECKER BILLYGOAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

James Callow Keyword(s): HOT = SEXUALLY AROUSED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison
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Date learned: 00001970S

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Sparta, Wisconsin has a large population
of Amish people. It is really harmful to the
Amish if someone takes their picture. They believe
their soul is being stolen.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; Sparta

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-29-1990

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Putting tabasco sauce on bread and feeding it to ducks can
put a curse on you. And soon something degrading will
happen to you.

Submitter comment: I learned of this story back in grade school when the
teacher scolded some of my friends for going to the pond
and feeding the ducks with bread soaked in tabasco sauce.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): tabasco, hot, spicy.

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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Saying

Hot as a snake

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Keyword(s): Hot ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE ; Snake

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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COUPLES COURTING SHOULD NEVER HAVE THEIR PICTURES TAKEN
BEFORE THEY ARE MARRIED OR THEY WILL NOT GET MARRIED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 09-25-1973

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Custom: Death

Photographs of Corpse:

Informant showed collector several snapshots of his grandfather, who had passed away some 15 years previous, laid out in his coffin in the funeral home.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Coffin ; Corpse ; Dead ; Funeral ; Mourning ; Photograph ; Soul

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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Ethnic: Belgium

Funeral Custom:

When a dead person is laid out, a photographer takes a picture of the corpse. The family keeps this picture.

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Where learned: BELGIUM

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; DEATH ; FAMILY ; Funeral ; Photograph ; Picture ; Soul

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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Red Hots

Hot Dog vendors often yell this phrase at baseball, football, basketball, etc, any sports activity, when trying to sell their weiner: "get your red-hots right here!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Anonymous

Keyword(s): BASEBALL ; Basketball ; Football ; Hot ; Hot Dog ; Red ; SALE ; Sell ; SPORTS ; Vendor

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cries of street vendor

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

I'm yours till hotdogs have pups and corn have ears.

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Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; CORN ; Dogs ; EARS ; Hot Dogs ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Puppies ; Pups ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Language

Etymology of "shotgun"

I remember how in grade school days my brother and I would yell out "shotgun" as we ran to the car for a ride. This word claimed a seat by the window for whoever could shout first.

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Keyword(s): Car ; ETYMOLOGY ; Language ; Origin ; Shotgun ; SLANG ; Window ; WORDS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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Tongue Twister

WHO GOT SHOTT?

A duel was lately fought by Alexander Shott and John Nott. Nott was shot and Shott was not. In this case it is better to be Shott than Nott. There was a rumor that Nott weas not shot, and Shott avows that he shot Nott, which proves either that the shot Shott shot at Nott was not shot, or that Nott was shot.

Notwithstanding that circumstantial evidence is not always good. it may be made to appear on trial that the shot Shott shot shot Nott, or as accidents with firearms are frequent it may be possible that the shot Shott shot shot Shott himself, when the whole affair would resolve itself into its original elements, and Shott would be shot and Nott would be ot. Anyway, it is hard to tell who was shot.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Besides, what is this? A Tongue Twister?

Where learned: ALMANAC ; Curious Duel

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Shot ; TONGUE TWISTER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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COLD CURE:
A DRINK OF HOT STRONG LEMONADE BEFORE GOING TO BED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Cold ; CURE ; Hot ; Ingest ; Lemonade ; REMEDY ; Strong

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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NEURALGIA REMEDY:
A HOT BAG OF HOT SAND RELIEVES NEURALGIA.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bag ; CURE ; Hot ; NEURALGIA ; REMEDY ; Sand

James Callow Keyword(s): NEURALGIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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