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MOON BELIEF

WHEN THE FULL MOON APPEARS, PEOPLE GET LOONEY.

Where learned: HIGH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): LOONEY COMES FROM WORD FOR MOON IN LATIN= LUNA ; MADNESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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POLISH JOKE

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLACK WHO WENT DOWN TO CITY HALL FOR
HIS DRIVER'S LICENSE? IT WAS SO CROWDED HE GOT IN THE WRONG
LINE. NOW HE IS THE ONLY GUY IN THE WORLD MARRIED TO A SUBARU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): SUBARU IS AN AUTOMOBILE, MADE IN JAPAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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BACK AT THE LAST TIME WHEN DETROIT WAS IN THE SERIES
IN THE 20'S, THEIR STAR PITCHER WAS MEL FAMEY.
HE HAD THE HABIT OF DRINKING TO EXCESS HOWEVER, AND
BECAUSE OF THIS NEARLY LOST THE FINAL GAME, HAVING
GIVEN UP THREE WALKS. BUT HE GETS THE LAST OUT.
AS THE RUNNERS COME IN ONE ASKS, "WHAT'S THAT
STICKING OUT OF HIS POCKET?" THE OTHER ANSWERS,
"THAT'S THE BEER THAT MADE MEL FAMEY WALK US."

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

James Callow Keyword(s): BASEBALL GAME. ; MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS. ; PUN ON BRAND OF BEER: THEIR SLOGAN: THE BEER THAT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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"M'AN COCO POTE D'ENFER" IS A WOMAN WHO LIVES IN AN UNDERWATER
CAVE, AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT SHE ATTACKS FISHERMEN AND DIVERS.

Submitter comment: SOME PEOPLE SAID THAT THEY HAVE BEEN IN HER UNDERWATER CAVE, AND
WHAT THEY SAW WAS A HUGE TABLE FULL OF DISHES.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "M'AN COCO" MEANS "MADAME COCO". "POTE D'ENFER" MEANS "HELL'S GATE" ; SUPPOSELY THAT IS WHERE SHE LIVES. ; WHICH IS THE NAME OF THE NORTHERN EXTREMITY OF GUADELOUPE, AND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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Custom

Pounding a preacher is a Methodist custom of welcoming a new preacher by having a fellowship supper and at the end surprising him with the homemade gifts each person has brought.

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Keyword(s): Covered ; CUSTOM ; Dish ; Fellowship ; FOOD ; Gathering ; GIFTS ; Homemade ; Potluck ; Pounding ; Preacher ; RITUAL ; Supper ; SURPRISE ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

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HAWAIIAN CUSTOM

WHILE LIVING IN HAWAII, I LEARNED OF A CHARMING CUSTOM.
IT IS THE CUSTOM IN HAWAII FOR PEOPLE LEAVING THE
ISLANDS TO THROW A LEI OVERBOARD (OF COURSE THEY
MUST BE ON A SHIP). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE PERSON
WILL RETURN SOMEDAY IF HIS LEI IS CARRIED BY THE
CURRENT BACK TO SHORE, BUT IF THE LEI IS CARRIED OUT
TO SEA HE IS DOOMED NEVER TO RETURN. THIS CUSTOM
DATES BACK TO THE TIMES WHEN THE HAWAIIAN WARRIORS
WOULD LEAVE THEIR PARTICULAR ISLAND TO VENTURE TO
ANOTHER ISLAND IN THEIR PRIMITIVE OUTRIGGERS. THE
WARRIORS WOULD ALL THROW A LEI OVERBOARD WITH THE
BELIEF THAT THE GODS WOULD PROTECT THEM IF THEIR LEI
RETURNED TO SHORE BUT THEY WOULD NEVER RETURN IF THEIR
LEI WENT OUT TO SEA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LEI=GARLAND MADE OF FLOWERS, USUALLY WORN AROUND THE NECK.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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SLEEPING IN THE MOONLIGHT MAKES ONE LOONY.

Where learned: INDIANA ; WALTON

James Callow Keyword(s): CRAZY MAD LUNAR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IF YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR HEAD TO THE SOUTH, YOU WILL SOME
DAY BECOME INSANE.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; CHILTON

James Callow Keyword(s): MADNESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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Retort

There's a method in my madness.

There's a madness in my method.

Submitter comment:

Heard this in high school.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; MADNESS ; Method ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RETORT ; Sanity ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Don't it make you mad,

Don't it get your goat,

To get in the bathroom

Without the soap?

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Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; BATHROOM ; Goat ; Mad ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Soap ; VERSE

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

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MOTHER AND CHILD

THE CHURCH OF ST. LUKE IN BOLOGNA, ITALY HOUSES THE FAMOUS
JEWEL STUDDED PICTURE OF THE MADONNA AND CHILD WHICH IS
BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN PAINTED BY ST. LUKE. A GREAT MANY MIRACLES
ARE ATTRIBUTED TO IT.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BALOGNA ; Jewel ; Madonna ; PAINTING ; Patron ; Picture ; Saint ; Saint Luke

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00001968 (FALL)

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LEGEND OF THE MAD MAN.

IN MY CHILDHOOD, I SPENT TWO WEEKS AT THE BOYS' CLUB CAMP
FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS. EVERY STAY WAS OCCASIONED BY THE
RUMOR THAT IT WAS NOT SAFE TO WALK IN CAMP ALONE AT NIGHT
BECAUSE A MAN HAD ESCAPED FROM A NEARBY MENTAL
INSTITUTION OR JAIL (IT VARIED) AND
THE CONVICT DID NOT LIKE LITTLE BOYS.

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Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): Escaped ; Institution ; JAIL ; Legend ; Mad Man ; Mental Institution ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MEDICAL BELIEF

SLEEPING IN THE MOONLIGHT WILL MAKE YOU GO CRAZY.

Submitter comment:

MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS FROM SOME IRISH FRIENDS WHEN SHE WAS A
CHILD IN DETROIT HER FRIENDS BELIEVED THIS SO STRONGLY THAT
BEFORE GOING TO BED, THEY WOULD ALWAYS CHECK TO MAKE SURE NO
MOONLIGHT WAS COMING IN AROUND THE SHADES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; MADNESS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-22-1970

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MEDICAL BELIEF

SLEEPING IN THE MOONLIGHT WILL MAKE YOU GO CRAZY.

Submitter comment:

MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS FROM SOME IRISH FRIENDS WHEN SHE WAS A
CHILD IN DETROIT. HER FRIENDS BELIEVED THIS SO STRONGLY THAT THEY
ALWAYS CHECKED THAT NO LIGHT COULD COME IN AROUND THE SHADES BEFORE
GOING TO BED.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant is collector's mother.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; 17965 Kirkshire

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; MADNESS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-22-1970

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