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LITTLE MISS MUFFET SAT ON A TUFFET, EATING HER CURDS AND WHEY
WHEN ALONG CAME A SPIDER AND SAT DOWN BESIDE HER
AND SHE SMASHED IT WITH HER SPOON

Where learned: Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME PARODY ; REVERSAL OF SITUATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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MAXIM

BETTER NEVER THAN LATE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD APACHE SAYING.

Data entry tech comment: SISTER SPEAK WITH FORKED TONGUE
VARIANT

Where learned: COLORADO

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; REVERSAL?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

A PARTNERSHIP IS A POOR SHIP TO SAIL ON

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; REVERSAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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CART AND HORSE

A PERSON WHO HAD BEEN CARRIED AWAY AND JUMPED
INTO SOMETHING WITHOUT THINKING MIGHT HAVE BEEN SAID TO HAVE
PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; PRECIPITOUS ; REVERSAL ; SYMBOL ; TRANSPORTATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL

THERE WAS ONCE A WOMAN WHO WAS CALLED THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL.
SHE WAS CALLED THIS BECAUSE HER HAIR AND SKIN WAS VERY WHITE AND
AT NIGHT SHE WOULD RIDE AMOUNG THE SLAVES DRESSED IN WHITE AND ON
A WHITE HORSE TO FRIGHTEN THEM. SHE WAS MISTRESS OF A BIG
PLANTATION AND WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE KILLED FOUR OF HER FIVE
HUSBANDS. SHE HERSELF WAS KILLED BY THE FIFTH WHEN HER FATHER
TOLD HIM WHAT SHE DID TO HER HUSBANDS. THE WHITE WITCH BURIED HER
HUSBANDS NEAR THE HOUSE AND PLANTED A COCONUT TREE ABOVE THEM.
IF YOU GO TO THE RUINS OF THAT PLANTATION YOU WILL SEE FIVE
COCOANUT TREES IN A ROW WITH NO OTHER TREES AROUND. SHE IS UNDER
ONE OF THEM.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE HAS VISITED THE RUINS OF ROSE HALL AND HAS SEEN
THE FIVE COCONUT TREES.
DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BLUEBEARD: SEX REVERSAL ; COLOR ; NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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IF THE POOR TAKES TOO MUCH FROM THE RICH
THEN THE RICH BECOME POOR.

Submitter comment: RICH MAN PROVERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; REVERSAL OF SITUATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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ARGENTINIAN VALENTINES DAY

IN ARGENTINA WE DON'T HAVE AN OFFICIAL VALENTINES DAY LIKE IT
IS CELEBRATED IN THE UNITED STATES WITH THE EXCHANGE OF CARDS
AND CANDY. INSTEAD EL DIA DE LOS ENAMORADOS IS THE DAY THAT
REPLACES THE LOVERS DAY. IT IS SAID THAT ON THIS DAY THE WOMEN CAN
PROPOSE MARRIAGE TO THE MEN. MANY WOMEN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS
RIGHT ON FEBRUARY 14.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INVERSION ; ROLE-REVERSAL ; SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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AN ESCAPE TO AMERICA

ONE OF MY DEAREST FRIENDS, NORA SHEPPARD IS 96 YEARS OLD, AND
EVERYONE CALLS HER GRANDMA SHEP. GRANDMA SHEP AS A SWEET
YOUNG COLLEEN EMIGRATING FROM ENGLAND TO THE BRIGHT LAND
OF OPPORTUNITY AND PROMISE, WAS VERY EXCITED TO BE COMING
TO THE UNITED STATES. AT ELLIS ISLAND THE OFFICIALS WERE
CHECKING CAREFULLY THE DOCUMENTS. NORA WAS ONLY SIXTEEN YEARS
OLD AND HAD NO RELATIVE TO SPONSOR HER. THE OFFICIAL SHOOK
HIS HEAD NO. THE FRANTIC YOUNG GIRL TURNED TO THE STOCKY
BOY WHO SHE HAD BECOME GOOD FRIENDS WITH AND SAID, "PLEASE
WOULD YOU MARRY ME?" WITHIN AN HOUR THE PRIEST HAD BLESSED
THE YOUNG COUPLE AND THEY WERE DULY WED. THEY SETTLED IN
THEIR NEW COUNTRY AND THE LESS THAN ROMANTIC BEGINNING
DEVELOPED INTO A MARRIAGE OF 63 YEARS, 7 CHILDREN, 35
GRANDCHILDREN AND 12 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. IT WAS AND STILL
IS AN EXAMPLE OF LOVE TO ALL WHO KNOW THEM.

Submitter comment: I THINK THAT THIS STORY GETS MORE DRAMATIC EVERY TIME IT IS
TOLD BUT IT IS STILL CUTE ANYWAYS. GRANDMA SHEP IS A
CHARACTER AND I WOULDN'T PUT IT PAST HER FEISTY DETERMINED
NATURE TO PROPOSE TO A MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): INVERSION ; ROLE REVERSAL ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 00001900CA

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When having difficulty interpreting your dreams and the
message they send to you, turn your mattress over and cover your
bed with white sheets to get a clear interpretation.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REVERSAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreamers
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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IF YOU GET UP AND RUN AROUND THE TABLE WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING CARDS
IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): CIRCUMAMBULATION ; REVERSAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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IF YOU SEE A BLACK CAT, TURN YOUR RING OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MOUNT PLEASANT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; REVERSAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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SUPERSTITION

NEVER LEND THE LOSER MONEY TO GET BACK INTO A POKER GAME
BECAUSE HE WILL END UP THE WINNER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): REVERSAL OF SITUATION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 05-02-1972

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IF A CHILD IS BORN BALDHEADED, HE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HAIR.
IF HE IS BORN WITH A LOT OF HAIR THEN HE WILL BE BALD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST REVERSAL COMPENSATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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MORTICIANS NEVER DIE; THEY JUST BECOME CLIENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEATH ; REVERSAL OF SITUATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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STUMPING YOUR TOE MEANS BAD LUCK, BUT IF YOU TWIRL
AROUND ONCE YOUR LUCK WILL CHANGE FROM BAD TO GOOD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; GOOD LUCK ; LUCK ; STUB ; Stump ; TOE ; Twirl

James Callow Keyword(s): REVERSAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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