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GOOD LUCK: OBJECTS ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

BIRTH STONES ARE LUCKY. YOU HAVE A GOOD LUCK CHARM FOR THE MONTH YOU
WERE BORN IN ALSO, JULY IS A CAT'S EYE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BIRTHSTONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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JOHN C. WOBBLESQUAW

HE WAS MY FATHER,S GREAT, GREAT, GRANDFATHER ON HIS MOTHER,S SIDE.
ACCORDING TO THE LEGEND, HE BUILT MACKINAC ISLAND.
HE HAD A GIRLFRIEND ACROSS THE STRAITS, AND HE USED TO LIKE TO SEE
HER, SO HE WOULD SWIM ACROSS THE STRAITS. HE SAW LITTLE WHITE STONES
ON THE LOWER PENINSULA SIDE AND HE USED TO TAKE THEM TO HER.
NOW HE WAS A STRONG FELLOW, BUT HE TIRED WITH ALL THE STONES WHILE
SWIMMING, SO HE USED TO DUMP THEM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STRAITS.
THIS WAS A HOT ROMANCE, BUT HE COULDN,T GET ACROSS THE STRAITS WITH
SOME MORE STONES. THAT,S HOW HE BUILT MACKINAC ISLAND. BECAUSE IF YOU
GO THERE TODAY, YOU CAN SEE THE LITTLE WHITE STONES IN THE SAND.

 

or something like that.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; STONES USED TO MAKE BRIDGE NOW A HISTORIC PATH ; STONES USED TO MAKE BRIDGE OF LOVE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Universe
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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ANECDOTE

PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD DRESS IN THE
BASEMENT.

Submitter comment: TOM LEARNED IT FROM ONE OF HIS BOYFRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PEOPLE........SHOULDN'T THROW STONES.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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ANECDOTE

PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN'T WATCH
T.V. IN THEIR UNDERWEAR.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD IT SOMEWHERE AND GAVE IT TO ME AS A VARIANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): PEOPLE......SHOULDN'T THROW STONES.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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THE CHUCKIES

A FEW PEBBLES WERE PLACED IN THE PALM OF THE HAND,
THROWN LIGHTLY IN THE AIR AND CAUGHT ON THE BACK OF
THE HAND BETWEEN THE FINGERS AND REPEATED UNTIL
ONE FAILED TO HAVE ANY LEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): STONES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement C560.14

Date learned: 01-28-1971

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OPALS ARE VERY BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): GEMS GEMSTONE GEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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RIDDLE

WHAT WORD HAS FIVE LETTERS AND WHEN YOU TAKE TWO AWAY, ONLY HAS ONE
LEFT?
ST-ONE; STONE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): STONE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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Ethnic Joke: Hollander

Hollander Joke:

When the Hollanders bury their dead, they bury them standing up with the top half sticking out of the grave. These are used as the tombstones.

Submitter comment:

This joke was told to me by a boy from Flanders.

Hollander jokes are typical in Belgium.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Written in the bottom left of the card: Does this imply that the Hollanders are cheap? A response in different handwriting (probably the collector's): YES!!

Where learned: BELGIUM

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Funeral ; GRAVEYARD ; Headstones ; Holland ; Hollander ; Offensive ; Tasteless

James Callow Keyword(s): Hollander

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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Ethnic: Roman

Rome is the city of cats, stones and priests becasue all three of these are very plentiful. The cats can be found everywhere and are respected by the people and are feed [sic] by them. Cats are never killed and always cared for because it is said that the Roman spirit is reincarnated in them.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752, B440] crossed out / replaced with current classification

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Keyword(s): CAT ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Feline ; Priests ; REINCARNATION ; Roman ; Rome ; Soul ; STONES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Proverb

Irish Proverb:

A rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): Moss ; Movement ; Rolling ; Stagnant ; Stagnation ; STALE ; STONE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A rolling stone gathers no moss

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Busy ; LAZY ; METAPHOR ; Moss ; Rolling ; Sedentary ; Stagnant ; STONE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A rolling stone gathers no moss

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Busy ; LAZY ; METAPHOR ; Moss ; Rolling ; Sedentary ; STONE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

a rolling stone gathers no moss

Submitter comment:

Source not remembered

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Busy ; LAZY ; METAPHOR ; Moss ; Rolling ; Sedentary ; STONE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Pierre qui roule n'amasse pas mousse.

[A rolling stone gathers no moss]

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Trans. by Mrs. K.J. Uniechowski

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Busy ; FRENCH ; Language ; LAZY ; METAPHOR ; Moss ; Rolling ; Sedentary ; STONE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; GLASS ; House ; HYPOCRISY ; Hypocrite ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; STONE ; STONES ; Throw ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; Moss ; Movement ; PROVERB ; Rolling ; Sedentary ; Stagnant ; STONE ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; Moss ; Movement ; PROVERB ; Roll ; Sedentary ; Stagnant ; STONE ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Address?

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; GLASS ; Home ; House ; HYPOCRISY ; Hypocrite ; Judge ; Judgment ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; STONE ; Throw ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; Moss ; PROVERB ; STONE ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this in Detroit, MI

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V880] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; Moss ; PROVERB ; STONE ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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