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HOW DRY I AM, HOW WET I'LL BE
IF I DON'T FIND THE BATHROOM KEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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POSH PLACE

POSH PLACE COMES FROM PORT OUT OF STARBOARD HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): B478 EXPLANATION OF A NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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STYE SUPERSTITION

A STYE OR INFECTION IN YOUR EYE IS CAUSED BY A SPIDER PEEING IN
YOUR EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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NOT GIVEN

WHEN I WAS ABOUT SIX YEARS OLD AND WE LIVED NEAR THE COUNTRY,
I WOULD OFTEN GO OUT TO PLAY ALL DAY. SO I USED TO GO TO THE
LAVATORY OUTSIDE. MY MOTHER WOULD ALWAYS TELL ME THAT I SHOULD
COME HOME TO GO TO THE BATHROOM, BECAUSE WHEN THE DEVIL CAUGHT
LITTLE BOYS GOING TO THE BATHROOM OUTSIDE HE WOULD BITE OFF
THEIR PENIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; URINATION

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

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ON TELEVISION I ONCE HEARD THAT DREAMS ARE JUST A PAST
EXPERIENCE. HE SAID THAT YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE LIFE.
WHEN YOU DIE, YOU ARE BORN AGAIN IN THE BODY OF A
BABY THAT IS BORN THE SAME DAY AND SECOND YOU ARE.
HE PUT ONE WOMAN FROM THE AUDIENCE IN A TRANCE AND SHE
REMEMBERED HER LIFE IN THE 16TH CENTURY. SHE TOLD WHEN
SHE GOT MARRIED, WHEN HER HUSBAND DIED, BUT SHE
COULDN'T REMEMBER HER LAST DAY. SHE ALSO SAID THAT SHE
WAS IN THE 18TH CENTURY AND SHE TOLD ABOUT SOME OF HER
EXPERIENCES. SOMETIMES I WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO ME
IN MY PAST LIVES, IF THERE WERE ANY, BECAUSE IN MOST
OF MY DREAMS I GET KILLED BY SOMEBODY OR SOMETHING.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): REINCARNATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Reincarnation

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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RIDDLE QUESTION

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AB C D GOLDFISH
BN NO GOLDFISH
O S A R AB
C M P N

Submitter comment:

THIS CAN BE TRANSLATED TO:
AB SEE THE GOLDFISH
BN, THERE IS NO GOLDFISH
OH YES THERE IS AB
SEE THEM PEEING

James Callow comment:

VARIATION: MNO GOLDFISH
CN[ HARTWIG, WILLIAM 720390
C1[ 260 ALAMEDA
C2[ YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO 44504
DNC[ 1,688
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

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

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATALOGICAL URINATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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THE BLUE ROOM

WHEN THE FRENCH HELD THE ISLAND OF MALTA, A FRENCH SOLDIER TRIED
TO MARRY A MALTESE GIRL. WHEN SHE REFUSED, HE LOCKED HER IN A BLUE
ROOM AT THE TOP OF A GREAT HOUSE. SHE JUMPED OUT THE WINDOW.
NOW ANYONE SLEEPING IN THAT ROOM SEES HER GHOST JUMPING OUT THE
WINDOW.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NATIONALISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

WEARING GREEN IS THE OLDEST IRISH CUSTOM ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY.
THE COLOR GREEN IS THE COLOR OF THE CATHOLIC IRISH, AND WEARING
IT SHOWS YOUR RESPECT FOR YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR FAITH.

Submitter comment: ALL THE ITEMS I HAVE LEARNED HAVE BEEN
TAUGHT TO ME OVER THE YEARS BY
MY RELATIVES. I CAN'T PINPOINT EXACT DATES OR PEOPLE THOUGH.

Where learned: HOME ; RELATIVES HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): NATIONALISM ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Color

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TESTS

SMOKE ONLY BEFORE AND AFTER A TEST AND YOU WILL PASS IT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGICAL CONTROL ; SMOKING TABU DURING EXAMINATIONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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TESTS

WEAR YOUR FAVORITE COLOR ON THE DAY OF A TEST AND YOU WILL PASSIT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): EXAMINATIONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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BABIES

IN CERTAIN PRIMITIVE TRIBES IN EAST AUSTRALIA, IT IS BELIEVED THAT
FEMALE BABIES ARE CREATED BY BAHLOO, THE MOON, WHILE MALE INFANTS ARE
ARE FASHIONED AT A NEAR-BY FACTORY SUPERVISED BY BOOMAYAHMAYAHMUL,
THE WOOD LIZARD. ACCORDING TO THEIR BELIEF, THE BABIES, AFTER BEING
CREATED IN SPIRIT BY THESE WOODLAND DIETIES, SUSPEND THEMSELVES
ON CERTAN COOLALABAH TREES WHENCE THEY ENTER--MORE OR LESS
PROMISCUOUSLY--THE BODIES OF PASSING WOMEN AND THERE BECOME
INCARNATED.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPREGNATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: DVIEM PUPOM VISAZ LAUKAZ APSEJA. - TWO SEEDS, SOW A WHOLE FIELD.
A: AKIMIS - WITH YOUR EYES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

James Callow Keyword(s): IMAGINATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-06-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS IRISH AS PADDY'S PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME: PADDY ; NATIONALISM ; PERSONAL PROVERB

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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PROVERB

DON'T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; PROCRASTINATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DEFINITION

CANADIANS ARE NICKLE-PLATED AMERICANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): CRITICISM ; NATIONALISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-19-1969

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DANDELION BELIEF

AS CHILDREN IN MAMARNECK, NEW YORK, WE BELIEVED THAT IF
YOU PICKED A DANDELION, YOU WOULD HAVE TO URINATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT WEED ; YELLOW COLOR ASSOCIATES WITH URINATION?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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TAKING SIDES

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT IF SHE SLEEPS ON HER RIGHT SIDE, THE
CHILD WILL BE A BOY, IF ON HER LEFT IT WILL BE A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-05-1969

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BIRTH BELIEF

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN BECOMES FAT ALL OVER, SHE WILL HAVE A
GIRL. IF SHE BECOMES FAT SLIGHTLY, SHE WILL HAVE A BOY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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BIRTH BELIEF

IF A WOMAN CARRIES A BABY OUT FRONT IN HER STOMACH, IT IS A BOY.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS RELATED TO HER BY HER MOTHER WHO EXPERIENCED MANY CASES
THAT HAS PROVEN THIS BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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BIRTH BELIEF

IF A WOMAN CARRIES A BABY IN HER HIP, IT IS A GIRL.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A BELIEF THAT WAS TOLD HER BY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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