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HE LIT A MATCH,
TO CHECK HIS TANK.
THAT'S WHY THEY CALL HIM
SKINLESS FRANK.
BURMA SHAVE!

Data entry tech comment:

THESE SMALL, ONE LINE SIGNS, USED TO BE DISPLAYED AT INTERVALS
ALONG THE ROAD, SO THAT ONE COULD EASILY READ THEM WHILE
DRIVING ALONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Keyword(s): ADVERTISING FOR MEN'S SHAVING PRODUCT ; ADVICE ; HUMOR, SATIRE ; METER: TROCHAIC ; QUATRAIN ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCAD ; ROADSIDE ADVERTISING

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

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STORM PROTECTION

IT IS A BELIEF OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE
UNITED STATES, THAT WHEN THERE IS A VIOLENT ELECTRICAL STORM
HITS
THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE HOME IS UNDER A BED COVERED COMPLETELY
COVERED
WITH A DOWN STUFFED QUILT. THIS IS BECAUSE THEY SAY THAT IF THE
HOUSE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, IT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PENETRATE
THE QUILT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL PRODUCT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 11-04-1969

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ANGORA BELIEF

PUT ANGORA YARN IN THE ICEBOX A FEW HOURS BEFORE YOU
PLAN TO USE IT FOR KNITTING;
IT KEEPS THE YARN FROM SHEDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL PRODUCT

Subject headings: Custom
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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TO CAUSE ILLNESS IN WITCHES

TO MAKE A WITCH SICK YOU NEED TO DO THESE THINGS:
GET THREE NAILS FROM A COFFIN AND STICK THEM INTO A SAUCE
OF BUTTER AND WINTERGREEN
SAY THE WITCHES NAME AS YOU PLACE
THE SAUCE IN A HIDDEN SPOT WHERE NEITHER SUNLIGHT NOR MOONLIGHT
WILL PENETRATE. YOUR WITCH WILL BE SICK FOR SIX MONTHS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL PRODUCT ; PLANT NERB

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Butter
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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A POLITICAL JOKE

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE AJAX WHITE KNIGHT RODE THROUGH
TEXAS?
THEY ELECTED HIM GOVERNOR.

Submitter comment:

HEARD ON U. OF D.'S CAMPUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REFERENCE TO AJAX CLEANING PRODUCTS TELEVISION COMMERCIAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

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WHEN YOU GET FLOWERS, GIVE THEM TWO BUFFERIN AND TWO
BUFFERIN EVERY DAY AFTER AND CHANGE THEIR WATER. THEY WILL
LIVE LONGER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): ASPIRIN PRODUCT--BRAND NAME=BUFFERIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Instructions

Making Lye Soap:

Put ashes in a tub and mix lye in water. Pour lye mixture over ashes and let drip through bottom of tub. The drippings will turn to lye soap.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Original BN [P700] crossed out

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Ashes ; Craft ; Domestic ; INSTRUCTIONS ; Lye ; Product ; Production ; RECIPE ; Soap ; Tool

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

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CHRISTMAS

THE SUPPER ON CHRISTMAS EVE ALWAYS STRICTLY EXCLUDES ALL MEAT
AND DAIRY PRODUCTS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS PASSED ALONG FROM GENERATIONS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM DAIRY PRODUCTS ; ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Vegan ; Vegetarian

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 11-19-1967

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM-HOLY SUPPER

SOME UKRANIANS (UKRAINIANS) ON CHRISTMAS EVE (DEC. 24) EAT NO FOOD
UNTIL THE HOLY SUPPER. THE HOLY SUPPER CONSISTS OF A TWELVE COURSE
DINNER (TWELVE APOSTLES) WITH NO MEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTS. CLOVES
OF GARLIC ARE ON EACH PLATE, THIS IS TO KEEP AWAY ILLNESS. THE
FIRST DISH IS A WHOLE GRAIN WITH HONEY AND POPPY SEEDS. ALL
TWELVE DISHES MUST BE TASTED AT LEAST.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S FRIEND SMENA RAKOVSKEY PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM DAIRY PRODUCTS ; ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Vegetarian

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two

Date learned: 10-25-1971

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Environmental Factor

Product of Enviromental Factor:

Making a sand castle

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Build ; Castle ; ENVIRONMENT ; Product ; Sand

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Clay

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Environmental Factor

Product of Environmental Factor:

Making a snowman

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Build ; ENVIRONMENT ; Product ; Snowman

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Raw Material

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STORM PROTECTION

IT IS A BELIEF OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE
UNITED STATES THAT WHEN THERE IS A VIOLENT ELECTRICAL STORM
THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE HOME IS UNDER A BED COVERED COMPLETELY
WITH A DOWN STUFFED QUILT. THIS IS BECAUSE THEY SAY THAT IF THE
HOUSE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PENETRATE
THIS QUILT.

Where learned: COLLECTED AT HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL PRODUCT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 11-04-1969

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