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IF A WOMAN'S SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN HER BIG TOE, IT
MEANS THAT SHE WILL BE THE BOSS OF HER FAMILY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ALSO HAVE HEARD THIS MEANS YOU ARE DESCENDED FROM ROYALTY.

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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PROVERB

PUNCTUALITY IS THE POLITENESS OF KINGS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): CONSIDERATION ; DEFINITION? ; PROMPTNESS ; ROYALTY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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FRENCH WORKING CUSTOM

IN FRANCE EVERY MAN HAS HIS OWN JOB ( NO MATTER HOW INSIGNIFICANT)
THAT HE PERFORMS. THIS DATES BACK TO THE COURT DAYS WHEN THE
ROYALTY EMPLOYED MANY WORKERS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE KING WOULD HAVE
ONE MAN PUT ON HIS SOCKS AND ANOTHER PUT ON HIS SHOES, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EMPLOYMENT ROYALTY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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EGYPTIAN BURIAL CUSTOM

FOR THE EGYPTIANS, DEATH WAS BUT A CONTINUATION OF
LIFE. BEFORE ENTOMBMENT, THE BODY SPENT UP TO
70 DAYS IN THE "HOUSE OF THE DEAD" BEING TREATED WITH
SPECIAL OILS AND RESIN. AFTER EMBALMING, THE MUMMY
WAS WRAPPED AND PLACED IN SEVERAL HUMAN SHAPED COFFINS.
THEN BORNE IN AN ELABORATE PROCESSION TO THE PYRAMID
TOMB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): ROYALTY ONLY?

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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A KING HAD TWO SONS. HE LOVED THEM EQUALLY. IN ORDER TO DECIDE
WHICH ONE HE WOULD GIVE HIS LAND, HE HAVE THEM TWO OF HIS
FASTEST HORSES AND HAD THEM START AT THE END OF HIS KINGDOM AND
RACE TO THE CASTLE. THE ONE WHO RETURNED LAST WOULD GET THE LAND.
THEY DRAGGED ALONG FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. FINALLY THEY CAME TO AN
INN. THEY STOPPED AT THE INN AND WHILE THERE, THEY COMPLAINED TO
THE INNKEEPER ABOUT HOW BORED THEY WERE. THE INNKEEPER WHISPERED
TWO WORDS INTO THEIR EARS. THEY RAN OUT, JUMPED ON THEIR HORSES
AND RACED OFF. WHAT WERE THE TWO WORDS? CHANGE HORSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; PURCHASING DEPARTMENT

Keyword(s): ROYALTY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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The Clever Chef

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

There once was a king who demanded that his chef prepare him a different type of meat for each principle meal. when the chef ran out of meats it would mean his death.

Quite naturally, the king soon ran out of chefs and volunteers for the job were few and far between. in fact, things got so bad that the king had to draft his subjects into the job. One of these peasants got drafted and day after day he prepared a different type of meat. However, as time went by, he began to run out of choices. Finally the day arrived when he had none. In desperation, he went to the palace barn at milking time and collected the cow manure as it was being expelled. That night he served it to the king. Upon tasting it, the king called for the chef in order that he might compliment him on the most delicious meat of all. When asked where it came from, the chef replied "it is that which hasn't fallen, your majesty."

Submitter comment:

This is translated from Polish and I feel it has lost its humor in translation.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

A grammatical correction was made to the Collector's spelling: Changing it's to its.

Original Boggs Number [B665] has been crossed out and B646 is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Class ; COOKING ; Deception ; FECES ; Fool ; IGNORANCE ; King ; Peasant ; ROYALTY ; Scat ; SCATOLOGICAL ; Scatological Humor ; Social Class ; Trickery ; Wit

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

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