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WHEN A MEASURING WORM GETS ON YOU, IT MEANS THAT HE IS MEASURING
YOU FOR A NEW SUIT OF CLOTHES.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): INCHWORM ?

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 05-03-1969

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BABIES BORN WITH OPEN HANDS WILL GROW UP TO BE FRANK AND
GENEROUS AND THOSE BORN WITH HANDS TIGHTLY CLOSED WOULD BE
STINGY AND CLOSE MOUTHED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): TIGHT PINCH-PENNY UNGENEROUS MISERLY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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Ethnic Joke: Jewish

Irishman, Scotchman and Jew visiting dead friend in funeral parlor. Sign on dead man's chest says, "I'd like to take some money with me when I go." Irishman puts out $500. So does the Scotchman. Jew writes a $1500 check and takes the $1000 as change.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B66] crossed out

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; Collection

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; BURIAL ; Dead ; Distasteful ; ETHNIC ; Funeral ; Irish ; Jewish ; JOKE ; MONEY ; Offensive ; Penny-pincher ; SCOTTISH ; Stereotype

James Callow Keyword(s): Jewish

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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Verse

"Surprise" Verse:

Question: Inchme and Pinchme were walking across the bridge. Inchme fell in. Who was left?

Answer: Pinchme. (At this, the person who responded recieves a pinch.)

Submitter comment:

Informant learned this through experience during childhood - Plymouth MI, 1940's.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Not Verse?

Original BN [C800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Answer ; Inch ; JOKE ; Language ; Pinch ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; QUESTION ; RHYME ; SURPRISE ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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IF THE CORD IS CUT CLOSER THAN THREE INCHES TO THE NAVEL,
THE BABY WILL BLEED TO DEATH.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Bleed ; CHILDBIRTH ; Cut ; DEATH ; Delivery ; Die ; Inches ; infant ; Labor ; Length ; Newborn ; PREGNANCY ; THREE ; UMBILICAL CORD

James Callow Keyword(s): UMBILICAL CORD

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

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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PINCH OF THE DEAD

WHEN YOU FIND A BLACK AND BLUE MARK ON YOUR BODY AND
YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM, IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE
WHO IS CLOSE TO YOU, AND THAT DIED, AND THAT NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS
HAS COME BACK AND WANTS TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF THIS NEED.
THEREFORE, HE PINCHES YOU AND LEAVES A BLACK AND BLUE MARK AS A
SYMBOL OR SIGN OF HIS NEED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Dead ; Haunt ; Pinch ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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WHEN AN ITALIAN PINCHES SOMEONE ELSE ON THE CHEEKS OF
THEIR FACE, IT IS AN EXPRESSION OF APPROVAL OF THAT
PERSON. IT ALSO IS A GESTURE WISHING THE PERSON
GOOD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ; Approval ; BELIEF ; Cheeks ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; Italian ; LUCK ; Pinch ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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