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IF YOU UNFOLD A TABLECLOTH AND THERE IS A DIAMOND
SHAPE IN IT (FROM THE CREASES) THAT'S CONSIDERED
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGULAR SHAPE: DIAMOND, TRIANGLE.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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NEGROES

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG GIRL IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN, THE KIDS ON OUR
BLOCK HAD A STORY ABOUT NEGROES. WE BELIEVED THAT THE REASON THEIR
SKIN WAS SO DARK WAS THAT WHEN GOD WAS MAKING PEOPLE, HE FORGOT AND
LEFT THEM IN THE OVEN TOO LONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SHAPE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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SMASHED

AS FLAT AS A PANCAKE

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): SHAPE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S ROUND ON THE ENDS AND HIGH IN THE MIDDLE?
OHIO

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): SPELLING STATE LETTER SHAPE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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IN ORDER TO HARM, SOME PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE.
MOST OF THE TIME THEY BECOME DOGS AND THEY ATTACK THEIR ENEMIES.

Submitter comment: ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, WHEN TWO PERSONS USED TO HAVE AN ARGUMENT,
MOST OF THE TIME ONE OF THEM WOULD SAY TO THE OTHER: "I WILL
GET YOU, BUT IT WON'T BE ME, IT WILL BE SOMETHING ELSE." THIS
"SOMETHING ELSE" WOULD BE THE DOG.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFORMATION SHAPE-SHIFTING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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Seeing someone in polka dot clothing brings you money.

Submitter comment: Polka dots look like coins, so if you make that
connection, you will get money.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): shape size

James Callow Keyword(s): design pattern

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00001970S

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Michigan, My Michigan

Michigan, my Michigan,
The state I love,
It looks just like a mitten,
But it fits just like a glove!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): State rhymes

James Callow Keyword(s): Shape of state of Michigan

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.326

Date learned: 01-00-1986

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Language: Rhyme

When you get old and out of shape, remember Sears has corsets for 2.98

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Keyword(s): AGE ; Corset ; Language ; MONEY ; Old ; poem ; RHYME ; Sears ; SHAPE ; VERSE ; Vocabulary

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

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Environmental Factor

Background and Environmental Factors:

Bottle Pinnacle, Wyoming - rare name - named for its shape.

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Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; American Place Names

Keyword(s): Background ; Bottle ; ENVIRONMENT ; ETYMOLOGY ; Nickname ; Pinnacle ; REGIONAL ; SHAPE ; Topographical ; Wyoming

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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Environmental Factor

Background and Environmental Factors:

Mitten Mountain, Montana - rare name - named because of a fire scar causing the shape of a mitten.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; American Place Names

Keyword(s): Background ; Environmental ; ETYMOLOGY ; FIRE ; Mitten ; Montana ; MOUNTAIN ; Nickname ; Scar ; SHAPE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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IF THE STOMACH IS POINTED DURING PREGNANCY, THE CHILD WILL
BE A BOY; IF ROUNDED, A GIRL.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Boy ; Fetus ; gender ; Girl ; Pointed ; PREGNANCY ; Rounded ; SHAPE ; STOMACH

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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