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MARRIAGE PREDICTION SUPERSTITION

PEEL AN APPLE--IF THE PEELING COMES OFF IN ONE STRIP, SWING IT
THREE TIMES IN THE AIR AND THROW IT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER. THE
PERSON WHOSE INITIAL IT COMES OUT IN IS THE PERSON YOU'RE TO
MARRY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Apple ; BELIEF ; MARRIAGE ; Peel ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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DEATH

IF A HUSBAND DIES, THE WIFE MUST WEAR BLACK OR SHE WILL DIE TOO.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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AFTER THE RAIN

AFTER THE DAYS OF UNPLEASANT WEATHER AND RAIN THE LORD BRINGS FORTH
DAYS OF SUNSHINE AND CHEER AGAIN. (ETTER REGN OCHOVADER, LATER
GUDATERIGEN SOLEN SKINA.)
SWEDISH

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS OLD SWEDISH PROVERB FROM OVER SIXTY
YEARS AGO. IT REFLECTS A BASIC RELIGIOUS FAITH IN GOD.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN: SWEDISH ; RELIGIOUS ; WEATHER SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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PROVERB

ANYONE WHO HAS IVY GROWING IN THEIR HOMES, HARBORS THE EVIL SPIRIT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD IRISH SAYING.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; TORONTO

Keyword(s): PLANT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

CRY ON FRIDAY, LAUGH ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; I SUPPOSE THIS HAS CHRISTIAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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BELIEF

A DEAD PERSON HELD OVER SUNDAY, ANOTHER FUNERAL SOON.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHILE LIVING IN NORTH DAKOTA IN THE
1930'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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WELLERISM

'DESPONDENT DRAGONS NEVER EAT LITHUANIAN BREAD,' SAID THE
LITHUANIAN BAKER AS HE LOAFED IN THE DRAGON'S MOUTH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES THIS PROVERB COMES FROM THE MURKY RECESSES OF
A DISTURBED MIND AND IS, THEREFORE, UNRELIABLE.

Data entry tech comment: KEYPUNCHER SUSPECTS THIS PROVERB.

James Callow comment: KEYPUNCHER'S JOKE, NO DOUBT

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; FOOD ; PUN ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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PROVERB

HE CUIUCEH NIEMSUERERO, LO LYGEW NERAKOMER HEGICERO. (UKRANIAN)

Submitter comment: DON'T LAUGH ON FRIDAY, BECAUSE YOU'LL BE CRYING ON SUNDAY.
INFORMANT DOESNT KNOW EXACT MEANING OF THIS. INFORMANT RECEIVED
INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Data entry tech comment: SEE 5X8 CARD FOR RUSSIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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ARABIAN MAXIM

BE WARY OF SOMEONE YOU HELP OR CARE FOR, FOR HE MAY SOME DAY BE
WELL ENOUGH TO CAUSE YOU HARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; CYNICISM ; PARADOX ; SUSPICION ; TREACHERY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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BUBBLES ON THE WATER MEANS RAIN FOR THREE DAYS.

Submitter comment: HIS FATHER TOLD THIS TO HIM.

James Callow comment: NOT A PROVERB

Where learned: YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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A BROOM

BUY A BROOM IN MAY,
AND SWEEP THE FAMILY AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): CLEANLINESS ; IRONY (EXCEEDING CLEANLINESS CREATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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THE CAT

A CAT HAS NINE LIVES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NUMBERS ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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VAMPIRE BELIEF

A VAMPIRE CAN BE FRIGHTENED OFF BY MAKING A CROSS OUT OF
ANYTHING, SUCH AS TWO STICKS OR EVEN YOUR ARMS.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): Cross ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL ; Undead ; Vampire

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHO BECOMES A VAMPIRE

WEREWOLVES KILLED BY MAGICAL MEANS WILL IN 5 DAYS RETURN AS A VAMPIRE

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead ; Vampire

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER ; TRANSFORMATION

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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CUSTOM

EAT PORK AND LIVE OFF THE FAT OF THE LAND--EAT CHICKEN AND SCRATCH
THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: IN IRELAND NEW YEARS SAYING.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; HOMEOPATHIC ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NEVER WISH ANYONE BAD LUCK OR IT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU

Submitter comment: ITEM IS TRANSLATED FROM THE POLISH

Where learned: DEARBORN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RETRIBUTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ONE WHO LAYS A HAND ON HIS PARENTS LOSES THAT HAND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CAUSE OF ILLNESS

IF YOU EAT TOO MANY STRWBERRIES,
YOU WILL GET A STRAWBERRY MARK ON YOUR NECK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PUNISHMENT FOR IMMODERATE EATING. ; STRAWBERRY ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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