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PROVERB

RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT, RED SKY AT MORNING, SAILOR'S
TAKE WARNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): SUNSET, DAWN

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

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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REGIONAL FOOD NAME

IN THE DETROIT, MICHIGAN AREA, A SODA-LIKE MIXTURE OF VANILLA ICE
CREAM AND VERNOR'S GINGERALE IS CALLED A BOSTON COOLER.

Submitter comment: AS FAR AS I KNOW, VERNOR'S IS NOT AVAILABLE IN BOSTON. THUS IT IS
IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE A BOSTON COOLER IN BOSTON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MASSACHUSETTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SINKING
AND YOUR MIND IS FREE
WHEN YOU OFTEN THINK OF OTHERS,
WILL YOU SOMETIMES THINK OF ME?

Submitter comment: (1939, BIRCH TREE, MONTANA)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; CONTRAST ; FRIENDSHIP ; METER: TROCHEES ; QUATRAIN ; REQUEST FOR REMEMBRANCE ; RHYME: ABCB ; SERIOUSNESS ; SUNSET

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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Belief: Animal

Snake won't die until after sundown.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Night ; Serpent ; Snake ; Sundown ; SUNSET ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Belief: Animal

Snake Legend:

If you kill a snake you have to do it late in the day, because otherwise the snake would suffer until sunset.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B440] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MINNESOTA ; SAINT PAUL

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; DEATH ; Kill ; Serpent ; Snake ; Sundown ; SUNSET ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Superstition: Animals

Reunion of Snakes Belief:

If you cut a snake in two it will come back together after sundown.

Submitter comment:

Original Title was; Reunion of Snakes Bodily... The word bodily was crossed out and replaced with Belief.

The letter B is crossed out in the upper left hand corner. Possibly intended to be a BN.

Collector's phone number is listed at bottom right of card: XXX-5459

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Serpent ; Snake ; Sundown ; SUNSET ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Superstition: Animals

Resurrection of a Snake Belief:

If you kill a snake it will come back to life after sundown

Submitter comment:

The letter B is crossed out in the upper left hand corner of the submission card. Possibly intended as a BN

Collector's phone number is listed on the bottom right of submission card: XXX-5459

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; DEATH ; Resurrection ; Serpent ; Snake ; Sundown ; SUNSET ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Proverb

Agricultural Proverb:

When the sun sets in the West - the lazy man works his best.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [V400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DIRECTION ; FARMING ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; Set ; Sun ; SUNSET ; VERSE ; West ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Language: Rhyme

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

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

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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Language: Rhyme

Verse:

Forget me not

Forget me never

Till yonder sun

Has set forever.

Submitter comment:

Found in an autograph book from the 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Devotion ; FORGET ; Language ; poem ; RHYME ; SENTIMENT ; Set ; Signature ; Sun ; VERSE

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

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SWEEP DIRT OUT OF DOORS AFTER SUNDOWN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; LUCK ; Out ; Outdoors ; Sundown ; SUNSET ; Sweep

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 11-22-1972

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LEGEND OF MONTE SANO

THE NAME OF A MOUNTAIN NEAR HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA IS DERIVED
FROM A TRGIC LOVE STORY. A WHITE SETTLER FELL IN LOVE WITH
A BEAUTIFUL INDIAN MAIDEN NAMED MONTE. HER (MONTE'S)
FATHER SAID SHE COULD NOT MARRy THE WHITE MAN, BUT MUST
MARRY THE INDIAN PRINCE. THE WHITE MAN DIED OF A BROKEN
HEART SAYING, "MONTE SAY NO TO THE PRINCE."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Alabama ; INDIAN ; Legend ; Marry ; Native American ; Settler

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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CUSTOM

IT IS A UKRAINIAN CUSTOM TO PUT HAY UNDER THE TABLE CLOTH AT
CHRISTMAS TIME. THIS REPRESENTS THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; holiday ; Table Setting ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Table setting and clearing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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(A CHRISTMAS CUSTOM)

IN POLAND, THEY PUT STRAW UNDER THE TABLE AT CHRISTMAS TIME
TO SYMBOLIZE THE NATIVITY.

Submitter comment:

TOLD BY GRANDFATHER

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; POLAND ; Table Setting ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Table setting and clearing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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A CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, WHEN THE TABLE IS SET FOR DINNER, AN EXTRA
PLACE AT THE TABLE IS SET. THE IDEA BEHIND THIS HABIT GOES AS
FOLLOWS: ALTHOUGH THE LORD IS NOT PHYSICALLY SITTING AT THE TABLE
SHARING A MEAL WITH US, HE IS THERE SPIRITUALLY AND THIS IS INDICATED
BY SETTING A PLACE FOR HIM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; Table Setting ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, AN EXTRA PLACE IS SET AT THE TABLE FOR CHRIST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; THE QUAD

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; Table Setting ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS EVE CUSTOM

AT THE MAIN MEAL ON CHRISTMAS EVE, ONE PLACE IS ALWAYS LEFT
VACANT FOR THE CHRIST CHILD WHO IS SUPPOSED TO COME THE NEXT
MORNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; Table Setting ; tradition

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 04-04-1972

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CHRISTMAS PLACE

AN EXTRA PLACE IS SET AT A POLISH CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER, IN CASE
AN UNEXPECTED GUEST DROPS IN.
THIS SYMBOLIZES THE FACT THAT MARY AND JOSEPH WERE TURNED AWAY
ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; POLISH ; Table Setting ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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CHRISTMAS EVE BELIEF

AT THE CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL SET THE TABLE WITH THE EXACT NUMBER OF
UTENSILS. IF THERE ARE MORE THAN SUPPOSED TO BE THERE WILL BE
AN INCREASE IN THE FAMILY. IF THERE AREN'T ENOUGH, THERE WILL
BE A DEATH.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS BELIEVED BY THE INFORMANT'S FATHER STRICTLY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Holiday: Christmas ; Lore ; SUPERSTITION ; Table Setting

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-11-1972

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CUSTOM

ON XMAS (CHRISTMAS) EVE, A PLATE IS SET UP FOR EACH DECEASED
MEMBER OF THE FAMILY AT THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY DINNER.

Submitter comment:

(UKRAINIAN)

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; Table Settings ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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