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LUCK

IF YOU LIE A BUMP WILL GROW ON YOUR TONGUE OR YOU WILL ACCIDENTALLY
BITE YOUR TONGUE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): LYING ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CA11001973

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NEVER WEAR CLOTHES ON THE WRONG SIDE ESPECIALLY UNDERGARMENTS BECAUSE
PEOPLE WILL LIE TO YOU.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): LYING ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: CA11001973

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IF YOU HAVE LITTLE WHITE MARKS UNDER YOUR FINGERNAILS, EACH ONE
SIGNIFIES A WHITE LIE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Keyword(s): LYING

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 10-05-1976

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POLISH PROVERB

PLECIE JAK NA MEKACH.
HE BLABBERS AS IN TORTURE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED IN REFERENCE TO WHO IS FIBBING OR MAKING UP STORIES TO
SATISFY THE SITUATION, AS ONE WOULD WHILE IN TORTURE. THE COLLECTOR
LEARNED THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): SIMILE TALKING LYING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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BIG NOSE

CHRIS BELIEVED, WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG, THAT IF SHE TOLD A LIE
HER NOSE WOULD GROW.

Submitter comment: SHE THINKS HER PARENTS LED HER TO THAT BELIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; LYING ; PINOCCHIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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BLACK TONGUE

A BLACK TONGUE IS A SIGN THAT A PERSON HAS JUST TOLD A LIE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): LYING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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BLISTER SUPERTITION

A BLISTER ON YOUR TONGUE MEANS THAT YOU HAVE TOLD A LIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LYING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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IF YOU TELL A LIE, A BUMP WILL APPEAR ON YOUR TONGUE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED FROM PEERS.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES CONTAINS SEVERAL SIMILAR ITEMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LYING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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AH SWEET MYSTERY OF LIFE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

IT SEEMS THAT WHEN THE CREATOR WAS MAKING THE WORLD, HE CALLED
MAN ASIDE AND BESTOWED UPON HIM 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX LIFE.
MAN WAS HORRIFIED} ONLY 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX LIFE? BUT THE
CREATOR WOULDN'T BUDGE. THAT WAS ALL HE WOULD GIVE HIM. THEN
HE CALLED THE MONKEY AND GAVE HIM 20 YEARS. BUT I DON'T NEED 20
YEARS, 10 IS ENOUGH, PROTESTED THE MONKEY. MAN SPOKE UP AND SAID,
CAN I HAVE HIS OTHER 10 YEARS? THE MONKEY GRACIOUSLY AGREED.
NEXT HE CALLED THE LION AND GAVE HIM 20 YEARS, BUT HE, TOO, NEEDED
ONLY 10 AND MAN AGAIN ASKED, CAN I HAVE THE OTHER 10? AND THE LION
ROARED, OF COURSE. ALONG CAME THE DONKEY AND HE WAS GIVEN 20 YEARS
BUT LIKE THE OTHERS, 10 WERE ENOUGH. SO MAN ASKED FOR THE SPARE 10
YEARS AND GOT THEM. ALL OF WHICH EXPLAINS WHY MAN HAS 20 YEARS
OF NORMAL SEX LIFE, 10 YEARS OF MONKEYING AROUND, 10 YEARS OF LION
ABOUT IT, AND 10 YEARS OF MAKING AN ASS OF HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RECEIVED IN MAIL

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN: LION AND LYING ; SLANG FOR MAKING HIMSELF LOOK FOOLISH (AN ASS OF HIMSELF). ; SLANG: MONKEYING AROUND FOR DALLIANCE.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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IF YOU HAVE A BLISTER ON YOUR TONGUE, YOU MUST HAVE
TOLD A FIB.

Where learned: HAWAII ; HONOLULU

James Callow Keyword(s): LYING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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I ONCE SAW THIS THING IN 1964, LIKE A JET VAPOR TRAIN
AND IT WOULD GO ACROSS THE SKY WITHOUT SPREADING OUT.
SO ALL OF US KIDS WHO SAW IT ON THE PLAYGROUND AT
ROSEBANK STARTED GETTING REAL EXCITED THINKING WE
WERE BEING VISITED BY OTHER PLANETS AND EVERYTHING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ALIENS ; UFO U. F. O. UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT ; VAPOR TRAIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial Body

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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ONCE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, IN SUMMER OF LAST YEAR, I SAW
THIS BRIGHT STAR-LIKE THING IN THE SKY. IF I TOOK
IT TO THE AIR FORCE, THEY'D TELL ME IT WAS THE PLANET
VENUS. HOWEVER, IT WAS ABOUT TEN O'CLOCK AT NIGHT--
TOO LATE AT NIGHT FOR THE PLANET VENUS TO BE SEEN.
ALSO, THE OBJECT WAS TOO BRIGHT. IT WASN'T MOVING
AT ALL, SO IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN A LIGHT FROM AN
AIRPLANE, HELICOPTER OR BLIMP. I TOOK A PICTURE OF IT
WHICH DIDN'T TURN OUT, SO WE HAVE NO PROOF. WHEN I
WENT OUTSIDE LATER THE THING WAS GONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ALIENS ; UFO U. F. O. UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial Body

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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ABOUT A YEAR AGO, I WAS LOOKING OUT THE DEN WINDOW AND I
SAW THIS STRANGE OBJECT THAT WAS OBLONG HOVERING VERY
LOW OVER TREES. IT WAS IN AUGUST. IT HAD VERY, VERY
BRIGHT ORANGE LIGHTS SHINING THROUGH ROWS AND ROWS OF
WINDOWS. SO, I DISMISSED IT FROM MY MIND AND I WAS
DETERMINED NOT TO TELL ABOUT IT BECAUSE THEY'D THINK
I WAS NUTS. SO, IN A FEW DAYS AT MY DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY
PARTY ONE OF THE LITTLE GUESTS CAME IN AND SAID, "GUESS
WHAT, MY SISTER AND I SAW THE OTHER DAY?" A FLYING SAUCER."
IT TURNED OUT IT WAS AT THE SAME LOCATION AND TIME AS
THE ONE I HAD SEEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ALIENS ; UFO U. F. O. UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial Body

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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THERE ARE OLD PILOTS
AND THERE ARE BOLD PILOTS
BUT THERE ARE NO OLD, BOLD PILOTS!

Submitter comment: A PROVERB POPULAR WITH PILOTS AND STUDENT PILOTS
EVERYWHERE IS THE WARNING:

Keyword(s): FLYING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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THE FORMULA FOR COMPUTING THE FINAL HEADING AN AIRPLANE IS TO
TAKE IS: TRUE COURSE(+,-) MAGNETIC VARIATION= MAGNETIC COURSE
(+,-) DEVIATION=COMPASS COURSE. IN SHORT, TVMDC. IT IS
COMMONLY REMEMBERED BY PILOTS AS: TRUE VIRGINS MAKE DULL
COMPANY OR A LITTLE NICER: T.V. MAKES DULL COMPANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FLYING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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RIDDLE

IF A PLANE CRASHES ON THE BORDER OF CANADA AND
THE UNITED STATES, WHERE WOULD YOU BURY THE
SURVIVORS?
-- YOU DON'T BURY "SURVIVORS".

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): FLYING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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IF SOMEONE SWEEPS UNDER THE BED WHILE THE NEW MOTHER IS
"LYING IN," SHE WILL BECOME WEAK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): Bed ; BELIEF ; BIRTH ; Energy ; Labor ; Lying In ; PREGNANCY ; STRENGTH ; Sweep ; Weakness

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness P740.542

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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YOU CAN TELL IF SOMEONE IS FIBBING BY FEELING HIS NOSE;
IF IT IS COLD, HE IS LYING.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Cold ; LYING ; NOSE ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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BELIEF

ON THE RADIO ONE NIGHT I HEARD A SCIENTIST TALKING ABOUT
U.F.O.'S (UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS). HE EXPRESSED BELIEF
IN THE IDEA THAT THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM WAS ACTUALLY A FLYING SAUCER
FROM VENUS, AND CHRIST, HE BELIEVES, WAS VENETIAN.

Submitter comment:

I HEARD THIS AT THE TIME WHEN U.F.O.'S WERE THE BIG THING IN 1968.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

The Star of Bethlehem, according to Christian Belief, is the star seen by the local sheperds on the night of Christ's birth. It also led the Three Wise Men from the East to Christ.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): Alien ; Broadcast ; Christ ; Planet ; RADIO ; RELIGION ; RELIGION ; Star of Bethlehem ; UFO ; Unidentified Flying Object ; Venetian ; VENUS

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
Observation
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Celestial body come to earth

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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