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THE CAT

A CAT HAS NINE LIVES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NUMBERS ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

CHILDREN WERE GIVEN TWO EARS AND ONE MOUTH SO THEY WOULD HEAR
TWICE AS MUCH AS THEY WOULD SAY.

Submitter comment: (CONVERSATION)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; DISCIPLINE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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BELIEF ABOUT A FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

A RAWHIDE BRACELET IS GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR FRIEND
AS A TOKEN OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP. IT CONSISTS OF FOUR KNOTS
ONE THE BIGGEST, IS A SQUARE KNOT REPRESENTING SOME EVIL.
THE OTHER THREE REPRESENT IN ORDER, YOUR FRIEND, YOURSELF
AND A WALL. THIS IS SAID TO MEAN THAT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE YOUR FRIEND
YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO FACE EVIL HEAD ON, BECAUSE YOUR FRIEND IS IN
FRONT OF YOU, AND THE WALL IS BEHIND YOU.
IT WAS SAID THAT YOU HAD TO WEAR THESE BRACELETS FOR A PERIOD OF
ONE YEAR, OR UNTIL THEY ROTTED OFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; POSITION DIRECTION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Leather Fur Feather
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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BELIEF CONCERNING DEATH

UKRANIANS BELIEVE THAT A PERSON'S SPIRIT STAYS ON EARTH FOR
9 DAYS AFTER DEATH. IT THEN TAKES THE SPIRIT 40 DAYS TO GET TO
HEAVEN. IT IS THOUGHT THAT THIS BELIEF AROSE FROM
THE 40 DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF CHRIST, BEFORE HE AROSE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.40

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WARDING OFF GHOSTS LEGEND

IF GHOSTS DON'T COME IN TENS. WHEN EVER YOU SEE ONE SAY:
TEN , TEN, THE BIBLE TEN. THIS MAKES THEM GO AWAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMER DOESN'T BELIEVE THIS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- P645
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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CHINESE FESTIVAL

CHENG YEUNG FESTIVAL IS THE FESTIVAL OF ASCENDING HEIGHTS.
ON THE 9TH DAY OF THE 9TH MOON, LEGEND SAYS THAT THE WISE
CLIMB TO HIGH PLACES TO AVOID DISASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F 64
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

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MOVIE STAR LEGEND

THIS IS A LEGEND ABOUT MOVIE STARS.
WHEN A FAMOUS MOVIE STAR DIES, TWO MORE WILL DIE IN A SHORT
WHILE. A MOVIE STAR DOES NOT DIE ALONE, BUT ALWAYS DIES IN THREES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SPIRIT

ON AN AUGUST DAY WHEN THE SUN IS HIGHEST IN THE SKY AT 12
NOON, STAND WITH THREE FRIENDS IN A WOODEN DESERTED AREA. AT
EXACTLY 12 NOON HAVE EVERYONE STARE AT EACH OTHER. THE SUN COMING
THROUGH THE TREES SHOULD FORM A HALO OVER THE PERSON OR PERSONS
WHO HAVE ANY POWER OF WITCHCRAFT OR WIZARDRY IN THEIR BLOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- not sure
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

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MORAL PROVERB

EVEN THOUGH A HORSE HAS FOUR LEGS HE STILL GETS STUCK IN THE MUD.

Submitter comment: EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE EVERYTHING ARE STILL SUBJECT TO MISFORTUNE.
TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Lower body, legs
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ONCE BURNT, TWICE SHY
YOU AVOID AN UNFORTUNATE HAPPENING THE SECOND TIME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CAUTION ; FIRE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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ONE HUNDRED NOTHINGS

ONE HUNDRED NOTHINGS KILLED THE JACK ASS

Submitter comment: STORY EXPLAINING PROVERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; STRAW THAT BROKE THE CAMEL'S BACK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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PROVERB

ONE BIRD IN HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE ; VEGETATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ONE ENLISTED MAN WORTH TEN PRESSED
THIS IS AN OLD PROVERB AMONG MILITARY MEN.
THAT DRAFTED MEN ARE WORTH ONLY ONE ENLISTED MAN AS SOLDIERS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): MILITARY ; QUALITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 First / Once / One / Newness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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ONE FATHER

ONE FATHER CAN SUPPORT ONE HUNDRED CHILDREN
BUT ONE HUNDRED CHILDREN CANNOT SUPPORT ONE FATHER
STORY EXPLAINED
IN ONE GENERATION THE FATHER LIVED WITH HIS SON AND DAUGHTER IN LAW.
THE FATHER BECAME A PROBLEM . HIS SON TOOK HIM TO THE TOP OF A
MOUNTAIN ONE DAY. HE PUSHED HIM OFF. THE MAN DIED. IN THE NEXT
GENERATION THE SAME SITUATION TOOK PLACE. THE FATHER AND SON WERE
AT THE MOUNTAIN TOP, THE SON TURNED TO THE FATHER, LOOKED HIM IN THE
EYE AND SAID COME HOME WITH ME. THE FATHER SAID WHY DON'T YOU DO TO
ME WHAT I DID TO MY FATHER? THE SON ANSWERED, IN YEARS TO COME I WILL
WANT MY CHILDREN TO RESPECT ME. WHEN THEY CAME HOME THE SON'S WIFE
SAID, WHY DID YOU BRING HIM BACK AGAIN? THE SON SLAPPED HIS
WIFE'S FACE AND SAID, YOU WILL RESPECT HIM AS YOU WILL WANT OUR
CHILDREN TO RESPECT US.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS FATHER IN ITALY

James Callow comment: THIS EXPLANATION DOESN'T SATISFY. THINK IT'S PHONEY?
--F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PATERNAL RESPECT ; PATRICIDE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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PROVERB

ONE MAN, TWO WOMEN, ONE ROOF EQUAL TROUBLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; PROPHESIES

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; DOMESTIC RELATIONS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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SAYING

ONE THREAD OF KINDNESS DRAWS MORE THAN A HUNDRED HORSES

Submitter comment: W. W. BREESE, M.D., "WELL SPRINGS OF TRUTH," 1883, P. 144.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-05-1968

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ONE TODAY IS WORTH TWO TOMORROWS

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; BELIEF ; Maxim ; NUMBERS ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; CARPE DIEM ; Positive

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-21-1968

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WELLERISM

"ONLY SEVEN MORE DAYS," DICK SAID, WEEKLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Keyword(s): PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 01-00-1972

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

POLISH:
A PAIR OF LEGS IN YOUTH ARE BETTER THAN THREE IN OLD AGE
LEPSZE DWIE NOGI W MTODOSCI ANIZELI TRZY W STAROSCI

Submitter comment: MY FATHER KNOWS THIS FROM POLAND

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS POLISH TEXT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; THIRD LEG=CANE ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Lower body, legs
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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PROVERB

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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