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MRS. MOOR SAYS THAT WHEN YOU GIVE A PURSE TO
SOMEONE OR PUT ONE IN STORAGE YOU SHOULD LEAVE
A PENNY IN IT; OTHERWISE THE PURSE WILL NEVER
HOLD MONEY.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WHITE CITY

Keyword(s): GIFTS, PRESENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001975CA

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WHEN SOMEBODY RECEIVES A SNIP OFF A PLANT TO
TRANSPLANT, NEVER SAY "THANK YOU" OR
THE PLANT WILL DIE.

Where learned: MONTANA ; FROMBERG

Keyword(s): GIFT, PRESENT

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

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PERUVIAN PROVERB

A MAN IS WHAT HE IS, NOT WHAT HE USED TO BE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST SENECA

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PAST VS. PRESENT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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School Custom Concerning Dress:

Anyone who wore green and yellow to school on Thursday was considered to be "queer."

Submitter comment:

I can recall this as being practiced while I was in grade school.

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Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): COLOR ; DRESS ; Green ; Homophobia ; HOMOSEXUALITY ; Presentation ; SCHOOL ; SLANG ; Thursday ; YELLOW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Proverb

You can dress a person up, but you can't take him out.

Submitter comment:

Used by informant's girlfriend at senior prom when informant started throwing chunks of fruit salad into the air and catching them in his mouth.

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Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CHARACTER ; Class ; DRESS ; Fashion ; Maxim ; Presentation ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

THE ARMENIAN SANTA CLAUS IS CALLED BUFFANA. IT IS A LEGEND
THAT AT CHRISTMAS TIME BUFFANA GOES THROUGH ALL THE STREETS OF
ARMENIA AND PASSES OUT PRESENTS TO ALL THE POOR CHILDREN.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): Armenia ; Armenian ; Buffana ; GIFT GIVING ; holiday ; Legend ; Presents ; SANTA CLAUS ; ST. BEFANA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 02-26-1971

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CHRISTMAS LEGEND

ON DECEMBER 6, ST. NICHOLAS VISITS THE HOMES OF THE PEOPLE
AND LEAVES GOODIES FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN, AND SOOT IN THE
SHOES OF BAD ONES.

Submitter comment:

RONNIE LEARNED THIS ITALIAN LEGEND FROM HER FATHER WHO IS
FROM ITALY.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; GIFTS ; holiday ; Presents ; Saint Nicholas

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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SANTA CLAUS

ONE OF THE MOST WIDESPREAD LEGENDS I CAN THINK OF IS THAT
OF SANTA CLAUS. NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT IN MANY
COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD IT IS BELIEVED THAT THERE IS SOME
JOLLY, KIND OLD MAN WHO BRINGS TOYS AND PRESENTS TO ALL GOOD
LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS AT CHRISTMAS TIME.

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Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): GIFTS ; holiday ; Legend ; Present ; Saint Nick ; SANTA CLAUS ; Toys

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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BLEEDING HEART

IF YOU TAKE APART A BLEEDING HEART BLOSSOM IN FULL BLOOM
YOU WILL GET 2 RABBITS, 2 SLIPPERS, 2 EARRINGS, AND A BOTTLE.

Submitter comment:

PARTS OF THE FLOWER RESEMBLE THESE THINGS
SAYS COLLECTOR

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Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): Botany ; Bottle ; Earring ; FLOWER ; Items ; Lore ; Rabbit ; Represent ; Slipper ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DOGWOOD BELIEF

THE RED MARKS ON EACH OF THE FOUR PETALS OF THE DOGWOOD FLOWER
ARE CALLED BLOODSPOTS BECAUSE THEY REPRESENT THE PASSION MARKS
OF CHRIST.

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Keyword(s): Christ ; Dogwood ; FLOWER ; Passion ; Passion of the Christ ; RELIGION ; Represent ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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