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PLANT BELIEF

PUT A PENNY IN YOUR TULIPS AND THEY WILL KEEP FRESHER IN THE VASE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT MINERAL: COPPER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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HE HAS ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE AND THE OTHER ON A BANANA PEEL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): FRUIT ; HEALTH ; IMMINENCE OF DEATH ; METAPHOR CONTRAST OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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RHYME

PEACHES, PEACHES/ MY NOSE ITCHES,/ SOMEONE'S COMING/
WITH A HOLE IN THEIR BRITCHES.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): FEMINE RHYME ; ITERATION ; RHYME:AABA ; STRAINED RHYME?

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

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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POLLACK JOKE

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WHY AREN'T THERE MANY SUICIDES IN HAMTRAMCK (MICHIGAN)?
IT'S HARD TO FALL OUT OF BASEMENT WINDOWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): HAMTRAMCK IS A PREDOMINENTLY POLISH COMMUNITY.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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KEROSENE ON A WART.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TESTIFIED THAT THIS CURE ACTUALLY WORKED FOR HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MINERAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-01-1970

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Belief

Take a large piece of Alum and put it in your back pocket and it will cure anything.

Data entry tech comment:

Contributed to Folklore Archive; December 1967.

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Patient

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CURE ; DOCTOR ; Medicinal ; MINERAL ; Patient

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF ; MEDICINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

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Belief:

Never borrow salt ot you will lose a friend.

Submitter comment:

Informant learned this from her mother.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P882.14, P880] crossed out/replaced with current classifications

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Conversation

Keyword(s): Salt, Mineral, Belief, Friendship, Custom, Ownership

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F553
Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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Belief

YOU SHOULD NEVER BORROW SALT WITHOUT PAYING FOR IT,
BECAUSE YOU WILL NEVER SPEAK TO THAT PERSON AGAIN.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHEN SHE LIVED
ON A FARM AS A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Salt, Mineral, Belief, Friendship, Custom, Ownership

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F553
Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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Custom: Animal

Animal:

The men that work in the coal mines feed the mice in the mines. They do this because the mice save their lives. Just before a mine avalanche, the mice will squeal and scurry on the ground, warning the miners of the oncoming danger.

Submitter comment:

My mother's father worked in a coal mine in Penna. [Pennsylvania?] and actually experienced this.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Danger ; Mice ; Mine ; Mines ; Mouse ; OMEN ; Signal ; WARNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Animal

Miners Belief:

Coal miners never kill a rat in the mines because they can save a miners' life. Rats can sense if a mine is in danger of caving in. If there is any danger, the rats squeal and run in circles and the miners try to get out in time. If the cave in comes in an hour, or if tit takes three days, the rats will still give a warning, so the miners say.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ; ANIMAL ; Cave ; Miners ; OMEN ; Rats ; RODENT ; Signal ; WARNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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SPIRITS

IN ORDER FOR ONE TO KEEP SPIRITS OUT OF THE HOUSE HE OR SHE
SHOULD NAIL A PENNY OR MORE ON THE FLOOR OF THE DOORWAY OR
HE SHOULD WEAR PENNIES AROUND ONE'S ANKLE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COINS ; Copper ; GHOST ; Haunt ; MONEY ; Repel ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): MINERALS -- IRON (NAIL) COPPER (PENNY)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-10-1972

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PLANT FOOD

PUT A PENNY IN YOUR TULIPS, THEY WILL KEEP FRESHER IN THE VASE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): MINERAL: COPPER ; PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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