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PRACTICAL JOKE (PIMP)

TO PENNY A DOOR, YOU FIX IT SO THAT THE PERSON INSIDE CANNOT GET OUT.
TO DO THIS, YOU NEED ONE PERSON TO LEAN ON THE CLOSED DOOR AND AN-
OTHER PERSON TO STICK AS MANY PENNIES AS NEEDED, ONE ON TOP OF THE
OTHER, TO FILL THE GAP BETWEEN THE DOOR AND DOORWAY. WHAT IT DOES,
IS CREATES PRESSURE ON THE DOOR LATCH, SO THE DOORKNOB CANNOT BE
TURNED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ; EAST LANSING

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTIONAL SHIFT: NOUN AS VERB: TO PENNY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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CUSTOM

WHENEVER SOMEONE GIVES A SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT IN HER FAMILY,
THE PERSON WHO RECEIVES THE SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT GIVES THE GIVER
A PENNY TO SYMBOLIZE THAT THEIR FRIENDSHIP WILL NOT BREAK UP AS A
RESULT OF THE GIFT. THE SUPERSTITION, THAT GIVING A SHARP OBJECT
AS A GIFT WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF FRIENDSHIP, IS COUNTERACTED
BY THE PENNY.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; SAINT CLAIR

Keyword(s): GIFT FRIENDSHIP PENNY

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

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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BELIEF

IF YOU GIVE SOMEBODY A PIN (A PIECE OF JEWELRY) FOR A GIFT, ALSO
GIVE A PENNY OR YOU'LL BREAK UP THE FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): GIFT PENNY FRIENDSHIP

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

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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THE HARE THAT RAN AWAY

THIS ANCIENT STORY IS ONE OF A SERIES ABOUT THE WISE
BUDDHA IN HIS SUCCESSIVE ANIMAL INCARNATIONS. THE
STORY MAY BEGIN WITHOUT REFERENCE TO BUDDHA:
ONCE THERE WAS A WISE LION WHO DID MUCH TO HELP
HIS FELLOW CREATURES AND HE FOUND THERE WAS MUCH TO
BE DONE. FOR INSTANCE, THERE WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS
HARE...."

Submitter comment: AN OLD EAST INDIAN FOLKTALE ABOUT A HARE THAT THOUGHT
THE SKY WAS FALLING DOWN, BECAUSE A PIECE OF FRUIT
HIT HIM ON THE HEAD. HE CAUSED COMMOTION AMONG
ALL THE ANIMALS AND THEY BEGAN TO BELIEVE THAT THE
SKY WAS FALLING, TOO. A LION CONVINCED HIM HE WAS
WRONG BY SHOWING THE HARE HOW IT REALLY HAPPENED.
THEN EVERYTHING IN THE WOODS RETURNED BACK TO
NORMAL.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): HENNY-PENNY CHILDREN'S STORY.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

Date learned: 10-22-1972

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BABIES BORN WITH OPEN HANDS WILL GROW UP TO BE FRANK AND
GENEROUS AND THOSE BORN WITH HANDS TIGHTLY CLOSED WOULD BE
STINGY AND CLOSE MOUTHED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): TIGHT PINCH-PENNY UNGENEROUS MISERLY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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WER DES PSENNIG NICHT EHRT IST DES TAHLERS NICHT MEHRT.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): PENNY. ; {NO TRANSLATION GIVEN, BUT I SUSPECT "PSENNIG" IS "PFENNIG," OR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Custom

Relations Between Friends:

When presenting a knife or cutting implement to a friend for a gift, you should include a penny, to guarantee that your friendship won't be severed.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): COIN MONEY ; CUSTOMS ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; GIFT PENNY FRIENDSHIP ; MONEY ; Penny ; SOCIAL RELATIONS

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

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Custom

RELATIONS BETWEEN FRIENDS:

WHEN ONE GIVES ANOTHER A SHARP OBJECT, THE GIVER MUST GIVE A PENNY ALONG WITH THE OBJECT. THIS MUST BE TO KEEP THE FRIENDSHIP ALIVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): COIN ; COIN MONEY ; CUSTOM ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; GIFT FRIENDSHIP PENNY ; Penny ; SOCIAL RELATIONS

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

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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Ethnic Joke: Jewish

Irishman, Scotchman and Jew visiting dead friend in funeral parlor. Sign on dead man's chest says, "I'd like to take some money with me when I go." Irishman puts out $500. So does the Scotchman. Jew writes a $1500 check and takes the $1000 as change.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B66] crossed out

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; Collection

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; BURIAL ; Dead ; Distasteful ; ETHNIC ; Funeral ; Irish ; Jewish ; JOKE ; MONEY ; Offensive ; Penny-pincher ; SCOTTISH ; Stereotype

James Callow Keyword(s): Jewish

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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Proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200, V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): COIN ; EARNED ; MISER ; MONEY ; Penny ; Save ; Scrimp ; THRIFT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Penny wise, pound foolish

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): COIN ; Dollar ; MONEY ; Penny ; Pound ; Save ; Scrimp ; Spend ; THRIFT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COIN ; Earn ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Penny ; PROVERB ; Save ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned

Submitter comment:

Used when Collector's ten cent allowance was spent.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COIN ; Earn ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Penny ; PROVERB ; Save ; Savings ; THRIFT ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Pennywise but pound foolish.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Finances ; Foolish ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Penny ; Pound ; PROVERB ; Thrifty ; VERSE ; Wise

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COIN ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Penny ; PROVERB ; THRIFT ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Earn ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Penny ; PROVERB ; Save ; THRIFT ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ;

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COIN ; Earn ; Finances ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Penny ; PROVERB ; Save ; THRIFT ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COIN ; Earn ; Finances ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Penny ; PROVERB ; Save ; THRIFT ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: OHIO ; BATAVIA

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COIN ; Earn ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Penny ; PROVERB ; Save ; THRIFT ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COIN ; Earn ; Finance ; Finances ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Penny ; PROVERB ; Save ; THRIFT ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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