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THE DEAD MAN IN A CRAB

THERE IS A CERTAIN PART OF A CRAB NEAR THE END OF THE SHELL, WHICH
IS BELIEVED BY SOME TO BE A DEAD MAN. ANYONE WHO ATE THIS WOULD
IMMEDIATELY DIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT AND HIS FRIENDS BELIEVED THIS ABSOLUTELY WHILE CHILDREN IN TIDEWATER, VIRGINIA IN THE 1930S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL CRUSTACEAN ; BELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance P880.34

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

BUSIER THAN A ONE ARMED PAPER HANGER WITH THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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PROVERB

BUSIER THAN A ONE LEGGED MAN IN AN ASS-KICKING CONTEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Lower body, legs
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-04-1970

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MORAL PROVERB

CAME TO THE END OF THE BRIDGE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.
SAME AS COMING TO THE END OF ROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PEN AND ERASER

AN ERASER IS SOMETHING YOU LOOK FOR WHILE THE INK DRIES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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Continuous lying will bring nothing but bad luck to you and to
anybody who is close to you.

Submitter comment: My father told me this when I was very young and lied about
anything. I learned my lesson.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Untrustworthy, Dishonest

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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Saying

Crooked as a snake.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Crooked ; Language ; Saying ; Snake ; Untrustworthy

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

FIT TO BE TIED.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USUALLY SAID, "I AM FIT TO BE TIED," MEANING
"I HAVE COME TO THE POINT THAT I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT
TO DO."

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Keyword(s): ANGRY FRUSTRATED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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Toast

Toast - Viennese:

Prost, dos die Gurgel nicht verust

"Drink so your throat doesn't rust."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

An exclamation point and a question mark are written under neath the submission.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): DRINKING ; ETHNIC ; Rust ; Social ; Throat ; TOAST ; Viennese

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

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Toast

Verse With Drink:

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,

If you drink good booze, Your pipes won't rust.

Submitter comment:

I heard this as a toast before drinking.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Title read [Verse Without Music]. Crossed out and replaced with current title.

Original BN [C700; N400; C700] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Keyword(s): Booze ; DRINKING ; Pipes ; Rust ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
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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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Remember me

you can, you must

As long as you can bite a crust,

But when your jaws are old and bare,

forget me then, if you dare.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AGE ; Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Crust ; FOOD ; GUM ; Jaw ; MEMORY ; poem ; Remember ; RHYME ; Signature ; TEETH ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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KITCHEN BELIEF

PUT UTENSILS IN A WARM OVEN FOR A FEW MINUTES AFTER YOU
HAVE WASHED AND DRIED;THIS KEEPS THEM FROM RUSTING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; BELIEF ; Household ; Housekeeping ; Lore ; Maintenance ; Rust ; UTENSILS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; FUNCTION ; Positive

Subject headings: Custom

Date learned: 01-25-1971

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