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HOW TO KEEP A FRIENDSHIP

IF TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING DOWN A STREET AND THEY COME UPON
ANY KIND OF OBSTRUCTION, IF ONE WALKS ON ONE SIDE OF THE POLE
AND THE OTHER ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE, THE FRIENDSHIP WILL BREAK
APART.

Submitter comment:

BOB TOLD ME THIS WALKING BACK FROM CLASS, AND I WALKED ON THE
OTHE R SIDE OF THE POLE FROM HIM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; Relationship ; Sever ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; HOMEOPATHIC ; POSITION

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

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PROVERB

ONE MAN, TWO WOMEN, ONE ROOF EQUAL TROUBLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; PROPHESIES

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; DOMESTIC RELATIONS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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SUPERSTITION CONCERNING BAD LUCK

IF SOMEONE GIVES YOU SOMETHING SHARP, LIKE A PIN OR KNIFE, YOU
MUST GIVE THEM A PENNY OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER COLLECTED THIS SUPERSTITION FROM A WOMAN WITH WHOM SHE WORKED. MRS. HAIRSTON LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER
AND GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: NATIONAL BANK OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; MONEY ; SOCIAL RELATIONS

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFTGIVING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.18

Date learned: 02-00-1967

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BASKETBALL SUPERSTITION

IF A BASKETBALL TEAM HAS A VERY GOOD SEASON THE CAPTAIN'S SHOES ARE
HUNG PERMANENTLY IN THE LOCKER ROOM. THIS IS SAID TO BRING THE TEAM
GOOD LUCK IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): SOCIAL RELATIONS ; SPORTS ; SUPERNATURAL: CAPTAIN'S SHOES AS LUCKY CHARM

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.19

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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KNOCK ON WOOD

YOU SAY SOMETHING THEN KNOCK 3 TIMES SO THAT NO BAD LUCK
WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; SOCIAL RELATIONS ; SUPERNATURAL: KNOCKING ON WOOD

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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FOLK BELIEF (LUCK)

IN GERMAN VILLAGES WHEN A MAN ENTERS AN INN HE MUST HIDE HIS FACE
AND SEEK OUT HIS FRIENDS. HE MUST THEN BUY ALE FOR HIS CHRONIES
(CRONIES) BEFORE THEY RECOGNIZE HIM. THIS WILL BRING GOOD LUCK.
IF SOMEONE ELSE BUYS THE FIRST BEER FOR HIM IT IS
AN OMEN OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DRINKING ; GERMAN BELIEF ; SOCIAL RELATIONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-21-1968

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Mother, Mother, may I go
Down to the corner to meet my beau?
No, my daughter you can't go
Down to the corner to meet your beau.

Father, Father, may I go
Down to the corner to meet my beau?
Yes, my daughter you can go
Down to the corner to meet your beau.

Tell your mother to hold her tongue.
She had a beau when she was young.

Submitter comment: This is a tune for the piano that was taught to my mother by
her mother when she was ten years old.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Family relations

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00-00-1927

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A woman was in church praying to the Blessed Mother. Suddenly she heard a voice say, "My name is Jesus." The woman did not answer, but only prayed harder. Again the voice sounded. The woman turned around, looked, and continued praying. Again in happened. The woman was then very angry and said "Keep Quiet! Can't you see I am talking to your mother?"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs entered by TRD

Where learned: SCHOOL ; Myself

Keyword(s): Catholic ; CATHOLICISM ; Family Relationships ; HUMOR ; MOTHER ; RELIGION ; RELIGIOUS ; Religious Humor ; Respect for Elders ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious

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A woman was in church praying to the Blessed Mother. Suddenly she heard a voice say, "My name is Jesus." The woman did not answer, but only prayed harder. Again the voice sounded. The woman turned around, looked, and continued praying. Again in happened. The woman was then very angry and said "Keep Quiet! Can't you see I am talking to your mother?"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs entered by TRD

Where learned: SCHOOL ; Myself

Keyword(s): Catholic ; Catholocism ; Family Relationships ; HUMOR ; MOTHER ; RELIGION ; RELIGIOUS ; Religious Humor ; Respect for Elders ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings:

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Goats Feet

There was a girl who liked to dance and socialize very often. Her parents objected so she used to sneak out of the house. One day her mother caught her and put a curse on her. If she went out of the house to go dancing again her feet would turn to goat's ffet. She didn't believe her mother. Next time she went out her beau picked her up and off they went. When she went to get out of the car, she looked down and her feet had turned to goat's feet. The moral is: listen to your parents.

Submitter comment:

Polish Tale (Written across the top of the card)

Co - Feet of girl turned into feet of goat when/after she is cursed by her mother for dancing. (written on an attached card that listed motifs. Signed by M. Butzen

Data entry tech comment:

Non-numbered motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Number [B600] crossed out and B642 written nest to it.

Collector's note of Polish Tale is crossed out.

Why Polish is written at the bottom of the card, then crossed out and followed by: B. Fagan says this is a Polish FolkTale.

A separate card is attached with motif numbers listed. Bottom of card is signed by an M. Butzen.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Dancing ; DATING ; Fable ; FAMILY ; FEET ; Goat ; Moral ; PARENTAL RESPECT ; PARENTS ; POLISH ; SOCIAL RELATIONS ; Teenager ; YOUTH

James Callow Keyword(s): POLISH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

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House-Demons

By a clean river, there grew oak trees from centuries before. Not far from there lived a Samogitian of many years. Together with im lived his beautiful and larg efamily. Their barns were full of cattle, the corn overflowed into the storehouse. No farmer, happier or richer than him, was around.

The other farmers, jealous of his success, started talking about him, that a house demon brought him all his riches. Many said that they saw the demons flying around the house.

The people's council, hearing such talk from the neighbors, sent an inspector over to the farmer's house; they ordered him to forbid the farmer, to tell him to finally learn to live with the other people.

the inspector, showing up at the farmer's house, told him directly that yhe should be ashamed to keep a demon in his house and that he should do only what is good for his neighbors.

the Samogitian only laughed at him. Still laughung he told the inspector that not a single of his demons has yet done wrong to any of his neighbors. Then the inspector told him to show him his demons. With that,. the farmer led the inspector by hand to his barn where all his farming tools stood.

-These- said the farmer, -are my demons that do good for me and my neighbors.-

Submitter comment:

Translated from Lithuanian by Ramune Stonys

An asterisk denotes a message for the word Samogalia, and explains that: Lithuania is divided into different regions. Samogalia is one region, located in Northern Lithuania.

On tha back of the card is an address for the translator:

R. Stonys

17276 Milton

Southfield, MI 48075

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Grammatical correction: Leave to Live.

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Demon ; Demons ; DISCIPLINE ; FARMER ; FARMING ; HARD WORK ; House ; Moral ; Neighbors ; Parable ; Relationships ; SELF DISCIPLINE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

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Some Women wait so long for their dreamboat to come along that their piers collapse.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B660] crossed out. Nothing replaces it.

Submission card located in pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ANTIFEMINISM ; Feminism ; Jest, Anecdote, Pun, Joke, Irony ; JOKE ; PUN ; Relationships ; SEXISM ; SEXIST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Custom

Relations Between Friends:

When presenting a knife or cutting implement to a friend for a gift, you should include a penny, to guarantee that your friendship won't be severed.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): COIN MONEY ; CUSTOMS ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; GIFT PENNY FRIENDSHIP ; MONEY ; Penny ; SOCIAL RELATIONS

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

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Custom

RELATIONS BETWEEN FRIENDS:

WHEN ONE GIVES ANOTHER A SHARP OBJECT, THE GIVER MUST GIVE A PENNY ALONG WITH THE OBJECT. THIS MUST BE TO KEEP THE FRIENDSHIP ALIVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): COIN ; COIN MONEY ; CUSTOM ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; GIFT FRIENDSHIP PENNY ; Penny ; SOCIAL RELATIONS

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

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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Custom

Luck in a Custom:

When a stranger enters your home for the 1st time, make sure that he enters and exits from the same door. Otherwise it is bad luck for you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P532] is crossed out and replaced with F533.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; Domestic ; DOMESTIC RELATIONS ; Domesticity ; Door ; Entrance ; Guest ; Host ; LUCK

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

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Custom

Ukrainians have a custom of greeting honored guests with bread and salt. The host or hostess, carrying a plate with a loaf of bread and a mound of salt on top of it, meets the guest at the door with proper salutations, in expression of greetings & hospitality. Newlyweds are installed in their new home with a ritual of bread and salt.

Submitter comment:

Today this custom is used only by organizations when greeting individuals of great distinction.

Data entry tech comment:

Motif added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; MOTHER

Keyword(s): BREAD, Salt ; CUSTOM ; DOMESTIC RELATIONS ; ETHNIC ; MARRIAGE ; Salt, Bread ; Social Rank ; SOCIAL RELATIONS ; UKRAINIAN

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

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Proverb

Familiarity:

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Submitter comment:

Heard this in High School

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Contempt ; Familiar ; Knowledge ; Relationship ; Stranger ; Unknown

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Toast

May I never be above you / May I never be beneath you / May I always be on the level with you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Above ; Beneath ; DRINKING ; Level ; Relation ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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Belief: Marriage

Marriage Prediction:

Years ago, when the girls would wash clothes on the washboard and would get the front of their dresses sopping wet, everyone would say that she would marry a drunkard.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B662] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classifications.

P870 - Omen?

P545 - Belief about Marriage?

They don't believe it, but they say it when the occassion arises

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Dishes ; Domestic ; DRUNK ; Duties ; MARRIAGE ; PREDICTION ; Relationship ; RETORT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage
SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Love many, trust few. Always paddle your own canoe.

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this in Norwalk, Ohio

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Boat ; CANOE ; LOVE ; Maxim ; Paddle ; PROVERB ; Relationship ; RHYME ; Trust ; VERSE

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

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