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SPIRIT IN HER SHOES

THEODORA HAYNES WAS MARYLOU'S ROOMMATE AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
UNIVERSITY
BEFORE GOING TO BED, SHE WOULD PLACE HER SHOES UNDER THE BED SO
NO SPIRIT COULD COME DURING THE NIGHT TO COMMAND HER SOUL,
HER. {SIC} /THEODORA WAS 18, A BLACK-AMERICAN AND SINGLE

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGICAL OBJECT AMULET ; NEGRO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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QUARTZ CRYSTALS

IF YOU PUT QUARTZ CRYSTALS OVER YOUR DOOR BY TAPING
THEM THERE. YOU WARD OFF EVIL SPIRITS AND HARM. THE REASON
BEING THAT SINCE QUARTZ IS MULTI-FACED, IT WILL REFLECT AWAY EVIL
SPIRITS. BRUCE'S INFORMANT WAS HIS MOTHER ORETHA OF CREOLE DESCENT

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGICAL OBJECT

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

Date learned: 12-08-1972

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PROVERB

EVERY OLD CROW THINKS HER OWN THE BLACKEST.

Data entry tech comment: WE BELIEVE THIS REFERS TO MATERNAL PRIDE IN OFFSPRING.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; OBSERVATION ; PREJUDICE ; UNOBJECTIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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FATTEN THE HORSE

THE EYES OF THE OWNER FATTEN THE HORSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS FATHER IN ITALY.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): PREJUDICE ; SYMBOL ; UNOBJECTIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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ITALIAN PROVERB

THE EYES OF THE OWNER CAN MAKE THE HORSE FATTER.
(ITALIAN) OUI QUE DE PATRONE, GROSSE DE CABALLO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): PREJUDICE ; TRANSLATION ; UNOBJECTIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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BOA CONSTRICTOR

I@M BEING SWALLOWED BY A BOA CONSTRICTOR %REPEAT 3 TIMES<
AND I DON'T LIKE IT VERY MUCH.
OH NO, OH NO, HE SWALLOWED MY TOE, HE SWALLOWED MY TOE.
OH GEE, OH GEE, HE'S UP TO MY KNEE, HE'S UP TO MY KNEE.
OH FIDDLE, OH FIDDLE, HE'S REACHING MY MIDDLE, HE'S REACHED
MY MIDDLE.
OH HECK, OH HECK, HE'S UP TO MY NECK, HE'S UP TO MY NECK.
OH DREAD, OH DREAD, HE SWALLOWED MY ( SWOOP )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BOA CONSTRICTOR ; CHAIN TALE IN SONG - EATING OF OBJECTS

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT

I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT SHORT AND STOUT,
HERE'S MY HANDLE, HERE'S MY SPOUT
WHEN I GET ALL STEAMED UP I JUST SHOUT
TIP ME OVER AND POUR ME OUT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOUSEHOLD OBJECT

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

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU LEAVE HOME AND DISCOVER THAT YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING,
YOU MUST SIT STILL A MOMENT BEFORE RETURNING FOR IT, OR YOU WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS OLD SUPERSTITION WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY AUNT WHEN SHE VISITED
HERE FROM JAMESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, IN OCTOBER OF 1963.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: RETURNING HOME FOR FORGOTTEN OBJECT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 10-00-1963

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COUNT TO TEN

IF YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING WHEN LEAVING YOUR HOUSE AND HAVE
TO GO BACK FOR IT, BE SURE TO SIT DOWN AND COUNT TO TEN BEFORE
YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE AGAIN, OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; NUMBERS: TEN ; SUPERNATURAL: COUNTING TO TEN ; TRAVEL: RETURNING HOME FOR FORGOTTEN OBJECT

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- BELIEF
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.10
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 00001965 SUMMER

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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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Custom

Slate:

When the informant was of grade-school age, it was mandatory to come to school with a slate and a sponge wet enough to last for the whole day.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [M243] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; EDUCATION ; Learning ; Objects ; SCHOOL ; TOOLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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SHARP OBJECTS ARE TABOO BECAUSE THEY PIERCE FRIENDSHIPS.
DO NOT PASS THEM DIRECTLY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; Objects ; Sharp ; SUPERSTITION ; Taboo

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

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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TO RECOVER A LOST OBJECT, PRAY TO ST. ANTHONY AT NIGHT JUST
BEFORE SLEEP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Find ; Found ; LOST ; Object ; Pray ; PRAYER ; Recover ; Saint ; Saint Anthony ; SLEEP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

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USE OF AN OBJECT BELIEF

IF YOU WANT COMPANY TO LEAVE, THAT HAVE OVERSTAYED THEIR
WELCOME, STAND YOUR BROOM UPSIDE DOWN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BROOM ; DIRECTION ; Object ; SIGN ; Signal ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-22-1972

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NEVER GIVE OR ACCEPT ANYTHING SHARP OR POINTED TO A FRIEND
BECAUSE IT WILL SEVER THE RELATIONS WITH THAT PERSON.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; Object ; Relationship ; Sever ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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