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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

IN EXPRESSING EXTRAORDINARY DIFFERENCE ONE SAYS THE
TWO ARE POLES APART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): NORTH AND SOUTH POLES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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DURING THE 1930'S THE FAD OF TREE SITTING SWEPT THE COUNTRY.
PRACTICALLY EVERY COMMUNITY HAD A TREE SITTER, AND THERE WAS
A CONTEST OF TRYING TO BREAK PREVIOUS RECORDS. IN ASHLAND,
KENTUCKY, WE HAD SEVERAL TREE SITTERS OVER A PERIOD OF TWO OR
THREE YEARS. THE ONE I REMEMBER MOST VIVIDLY ENDED IN TRAGEDY.
A BOY WHO HAD FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL BUT WAS NOT ABLE TO FIND A
JOB DUE TO THE DEPRESSION, BUILT A PLATFORM ABOUT THIRTY FEET
FROM THE GROUND IN A LARGE TREE. HE MADE SOME PROVISION FOR
SHELTER AND HAD DEVISED A PULLEY BY WHICH HIS FAMILY SENT HIS
FOOD AND OTHER NECESSITIES UP IN A BUCKET. THE TOWN PEOPLE
WOULD DRIVE BY AND TALK TO HIM OR WALK UP AND SPEND AN HOUR
OR SO IN THE AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING. HE HAD BEEN
UP THE TREE FOR ABOUT FORTY DAYS AND A STORM CAME UP ONE
NIGHT. EVIDENTLY THE STORM FRIGHTENED HIM DURING THE NIGHT
AND HE FELL FROM THE PLATFORM. HIS FAMILY FOUND HIS
CRUMPLED BODY ON THE GROUND THE NEXT MORNING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; ASHLAND

Keyword(s): POLE SITTING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 00001930 CA.

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IF TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING AND COME TO A COLUMN, IT IS
BAD LUCK TO GO AROUND OPPOSITE SIDES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): SPLITTING A POLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 09-26-1973

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IF TWO PERSONS ARE WALKING TOGETHER THEY SHOULD NOT WALK
ON SEPARATE SIDES OF A POST OR OTHER OBJECT.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): SPLITTING A POLE (POST)

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

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING AND ONE GOES ON ONE SIDE AND
ONE GOES ON ANOTHER SIDE OF A TREE OR POST, YOU SAY "BREAD
AND BUTTER COME TO SUPPER."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): SPLITTING A POLE (POST)

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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IT BRINGS BAD LUCK IF TWO PEOPLE WALK AROUND A POLE IN
OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SPLITTING A POLE?

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Retort

I wouldn't touch that line with a ten foot pole.

Submitter comment:

Paul is famous for saying this - If somebody would slip and say something innapropriate to the time and location or if a double meaning could be attached to something said whereby he wants people to take it the wrong way.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

A large questionmark is written next to the Collector's comment.

The word [Retort??] is written above the word Untouchable  in the Title section.

The original BN [C329] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; DISTANCE ; INSULT ; Pole ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Saying

If you are serarated from the person you are walking with by a pole say "bread and butter."

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Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): BREAD ; Butter ; Pole ; Saying ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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WHY IS A BARBER POLE RED AND WHITE STRIPED? RED STANDS
FOR BLOOD AND WHITE STANDS FOR BANDAGES BECAUSE THE BARBER
ALWAYS DID THE BLEEDING FOR ALL KINDS OF AILMENTS.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ROCKWOOD

Keyword(s): Ailments ; Bandages ; Barber ; Barber Pole ; Bleeding ; COLOR ; CURE ; DISEASE ; HAIR ; ILLNESS ; Pole ; PREVENTION ; Red ; SICKNESS ; Signal ; Symbolize ; White

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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