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SEE OR DREAM OF A BLACK SNAKE AND IT IS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REPTILE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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SNAKES IN A DEPARTMENT STORE

LATE ONE SUMMER NIGHT IN 1971, A WOMAN WAS TRYING ON A COAT AT THE
K-MART STORE IN PORT HURON. WHEN SHE STUCK HER ARM IN ONE OF THE
SLEEVES, SHE EXPERIENCD WHAT FELT LIKE A HUNDRED PIN PRICKS. UPON
EXAMINATION SHE DISCOVERED A SCORE OF BABY SNAKES AND THEIR MOTHER
NESTING IN THE LINING OF THE SLEEVE. THE WOMAN WAS RUSHED TO THE
HOSPITAL AND GIVEN A POISON ANTIDOTE. THE COAT HAD BEEN MADE IN
AND SHIPPED DIRECTLY FROM A FAR EAST COUNTRY. THAT IS WHERE THE
SNAKES HAD COME FROM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL REPTILES

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
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Date learned: 10-30-1972

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PEOPLE USED TO BELIEVE THAT IF YOU PUT YOUR FINGER INSIDE THE SHELL
OF A TERRAPIN, IT WOULD NOT OPEN UP UNTIL IT THUNDERED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): TURTLE REPTILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

ALL MEN ARE TOADS.

Submitter comment: MANY OF THE GIRLS IN THE DORMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HAVE
CAUGHT ON TO THIS SAYING AND BUY FROG REPLICAS, FROG CANDLES, ETC.
FOR THEIR BOYFRIENDS.

Data entry tech comment: TOADS OF A FEATHER....

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): REPTILES

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL AMPHIBIAN ; ANIMAL METAPHOR ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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POLISH PROVERB

CROCODILE'S TEARS.
LZY KROKODYLA. (POLISH)

Submitter comment: THIS EXPRESSION IS USED IN REFERENCE TO INSINCERITY. MY FATHER
KNOWS THIS FROM POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): REPTILES? AMPHIBIAN?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

BE THERE ONLY A SWAMP AND SOON MANY FROGS WILL APPEAR.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): REPTILE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL: AMPHIBIAN ; OBSERVATION ; OPPORTUNITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1910

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PROVERB

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CONFUCIUS SAY: BOY TURTLE WHO FOLLOW GIRL TURTLE STICK NECK OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): REPTILE ; SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; PARODY ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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THAI PROVERB

NEVER TRUST A COBRA, AN ELEPHANT IN HEAT, OR A LOVING WIFE

Where learned: THAILAND

Keyword(s): EPIGRAMS

James Callow Keyword(s): REPTILE ANIMALS ; SUSPICION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SNAKE AND A GOOSE?
A GOOSE IS A GRASP IN THE ASS.
A SNAKE IS AN ASP IN THE GRASS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS BIRD REPTILE ; SPOONERISM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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MILK SNAKE FABLE

IN MEXICO, THE MYTH IS EVEN WILDER. THERE THEY BELIEVE THAT THE MILK
SNAKE LURKS IN HOUSES TO STEAL THE MILK FROM EXPECTANT MOTHERS.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE TWO MORE FROM THE SAME SOURCE.

Where learned: THE DETROIT NEWS MAGAZINE ; MILK

Keyword(s): REPTILES

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal

Date learned: 02-26-1967

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Superstition: Animals

If a household lizard falls into the soup and the soup is accidently eaten, the person will develop scales on his body.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Consume ; CURSE ; Eat ; FOOD ; Lizard ; PET ; REPTILE ; Soup ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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