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DON'T BURN YOUR HAIR WHEN IT COMES OUT IN THE COMB, YOU ARE
SUPPOSED TO THROW IT OUTSIDE FOR THE BIRDS TO MAKE THEIR NESTS
OUT OF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): OPPOSITE OF A CONTAGIOUS MAGIC BELIEF ALSO IN ARCHIVE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Bird

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GAME SUPERSTITION

IF A PERSON HITS MOST OF HIS SHOTS IN A BASKETBALL
WARM UP, HE WILL MISS THEM IN A GAME, AND VICE VERSA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): OPPOSITES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.6

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SUPERSTITION

THERE IS A RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO SWEEP YOUR FLOOR. YOU ARE SUPPOSED
TO SWEEP TOWARD THE BACK DOOR AND NOT THE FRONT DOOR.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME ; OPPOSITES ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Daily Life

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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ONE HUNDRED BOTTLES OF BEER

A HUNDRED BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL,
A HUNDRED BOTTLES OF BEER.
IF ONE OF THOSE BOTTLES SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL,
NINETY-NINE BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL,
NINETY-NINE BOTTLES OF BEER.
IF ONE OF THOSE BOTTLES SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL,
NINETY-EIGHT BOTTLES, ETC.
. . .
ONE MORE BOTTLE OF BEER ON THE WALL,
ONE MORE BOTTLE OF BEER,
IF THAT ONE BOTTLE SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL,
NO MORE BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL.

Submitter comment:

SUNG. GOOD FOR KEEPING CHILDREN OCCUPIED ON LONG AUTOMOBILE
TRIPS, IF YOU CAN STAND IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): CUMULATIVE, OPPOSITE OF

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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SUPERSTITION

CROSSED FINGERS ON EACH HAND RESULTS IN BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REASONS THAT SINCE CROSSING TWO FINGERS ON ONE
HAND RESULTS IN GOOD LUCK, DOING THIS WITH ANOTHER HAND MUST
RESULT IN BAD LUCK.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): OPPOSITES CONTRAIETY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-12-1979

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LEGEND

THERE IS A STORY THAT ON KELLY'S ISLAND IN OHIO WHEN IN THE EARLY
1800'S THE CEMETERY WAS FIRST BEGINNING TO BE FIXED, SOMEHOW ONE
OF THE MEN WORKING ON THIS AREA GOT INTO A FIGHT WITH HIS BOSS AND
IN HIS ANGER HE SAID THAT HE WAS GLAD HE WASN'T GOING TO BE BURIED
IN THAT PLACE.
A FEW MONTHS LATER THIS SAME MAN WAS WORKING ON A HOUSE THAT FELL
ON HIM. HE WAS THE FIRST TO BE BURIED AT THE CEMETERY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; FALSE ASSUMPTION. ASSUMPTION PROVES FALSE. ; IRONY ; PROPHECY REVERSED. WISH REVERSED. OPPOSITE COMES TRUE. ; TEMPTING FATE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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IF YOU DREAM THAT A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY IS DYING THEN SOMEONE IN
YOUR FAMILY IS PREGNANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPENSATION ; OPPOSITES

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965 ; 10-20-1987

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PROVERBS

LEARN OF THE SKILLFUL, HE THAT TEACHES HIMSELF HAS
A FOOL FOR A MASTER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): OPPOSITE OF SELF-RELIANCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-23-1985

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TWO DEAD BOYS

ONE AFTERNOON, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS STARTED TO FIGHT.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE;
AND BEAT THE LIFE OUT OF THE TWO DEAD BOYS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Keyword(s): Abuse ; Afternoon ; Boys ; Dead ; DEAF ; DEATH ; FIGHT ; LIFE ; Night ; Opposite ; PARADOX ; POLICE ; RHYME ; RHYME ; Story ; Tale

James Callow Keyword(s): TANGLETALK

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

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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IF YOU DREAM OF A DEATH, WEDDING IN THE FAMILY;
IF YOU DREAM OF A WEDDING, DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

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Where learned: Arkansas ; RUSSELLVILLE

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Dream ; FAMILY ; Meaning ; Opposite ; SIGN ; SYMBOL ; WEDDING

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; CONTRAST ; ITERATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life

Date learned: 10-20-1973

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FIGHTING FOR PEACE IS LIKE SCREWING FOR VIRGINITY.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FIGHT ; HYPOCRISY ; HYPOCRISY ; Opposite ; Peace ; PROVERB ; Saying ; Screw ; VIRGINITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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SUPERSTITION

THERE IS A RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO SWEEP YOUR FLOOR. YOU ARE SUPPOSED
TO SWEEP TOWARD THE BACK DOOR AND NOT THE FRONT DOOR.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): ; Back ; DIRECTION ; Domesticity ; Door ; Dust ; Front ; HOUSECLEANING ; SUPERSTITION ; Sweep

James Callow Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME ; OPPOSITES ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Daily Life

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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