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KILL A SPIDER ON FRIDAY AND YOU'LL HAVE ALL KINDS
OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 09-21-1969

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KILLING A SPIDER IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 03-08-1967

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BUTTERFLIES DENOTE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO KILL A LADYBUG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO KILL A LADYBUG.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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A HONEY BEE FLYING AROUND A PERSON IS A SIGN OF
GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 02-26-1970

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THE PERSON CATCHING A LADYBUG AND RELEASING IT ALIVE
WILL SOON RECEIVE MONEY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU FIND AN INCHWORM ON YOUR CLOTHES, THEN YOU KNOW
YOU'RE GOING TO GET SOME NEW CLOTHES, BECAUSE HE IS
MEASURING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT.

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 09-16-1969

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IN MEXICO, IF A HORSEFLY FLIES INTO YOUR HOME, YOU WILL
HAVE A VISITOR WITHIN THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO BELIEVE THAT IF THERE WAS A
FLY IN THE HOUSE, IT WOULD MEAN DEATH TO SOMEONE IN
THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: SHE WAS VERY SUPERSTITIOUS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 09-07-1965

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IN MEXICO, IF YOU FIND A BIG, BLACK BUTTERFLY IN YOUR HOME
IT IS AVERY BAD LUCK SIGN. SOME DISASTER WILL FOLLOW--
LIKE DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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IF A BUTTERFLY FLIES INTO YOUR HOUSE, THAT'S A SIGN OF
AN IMPENDING MARRIAGE.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; THE MACOMB DAILY

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 01-30-1968

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IF YOU CATCH A BUTTERFLY, IT MEANS THAT YOU WILL SOON GET A
DRESS IN THE COLOR OF THAT BUTTERFLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 03-25-1968

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DRINK

FOR BABIES- FOR NUTRITION MIX A CAN OF PET MILK WITH 1 CAN OF WATER
PLUS RICE WATER WITH HONEY. RICE WATER IS THE WATER LEFT AFTER
BOILING RICE.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL
IN TEXAS. SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS,
PRIMARILY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT BEE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
Food Drink -- Animal product
Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS AN OLD MAN OF TRALEE,
WHO WAS BOTHERED AND BIT BY A FLEA,
SO HE PUT OUT THE LIGHT,
SAYING NOW HE CAN'T BITE,
FOR HE'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO SEE.

Submitter comment: THESE LIMERICKS WERE LEARNED OF IN A SIXTH GRADE ENGLISH CLASS
AT SAINT HEDWIG GRADE SCHOOL. THE BOOK THEY WERE TAKED FROM
IS NOT KNOWN BY ME BECAUSE THEY WERE TOLD BY THE TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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A BELIEF

IF A DRAGONFLY LANDS ON YOUR EAR, IT WILL SEW IT UP.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS TALE AS A CHILD, AND AT THE TIME HE THOUGHT
THAT IT WAS PROBABLY TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT ; BELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 02-15-1972

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WEATHER BELIEF

SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT ONE CAN PREDICT THE SEVERITY OF THE WINTER
BY OBSERVING THE COLORATION OF THE WOOLLY BEAR CATERPILLAR. IF THEY
ARE MOSTLY BLACK IN COLOR, THE WINTER WILL BE SEVERE, WHILE IF THEY
ARE MOSTLY BROWN IN COLOR, THE WINTER WILL BE LESS SEVERE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS BELIEF MIGHT BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT ; BELIEF

Subject headings: 891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3

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