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NAVY CUSTOM

THE DAY BEFORE THE GUY LEFT FOR HOME, HE WAS SPRAYED WITH SHAVING
CREAM, MUSTARD AND KETCHUP AND MADE TO ROLL IN THE DUST OR DIRT.
THIS IS A NAVY CUSTOM, I DO NOT KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE DOES IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): SEVERANCE RITUAL

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
BELIEF -- Number

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WART CURE

IF YOU COUNT YOUR WARTS,
MAKE A KNOT IN A THREAD FOR EVERY WART,
THROW THE THREAD AWAY,
AND THE WARTS WILL BE CURED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MEASURING ; POWER OF NUMBERS ; SEVERAL SIMILAR COMMENTS IN THE ARCHIVES.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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IN AFGHANISTAN, THE VARIOUS MOUNTAIN TRIBES PLAY A
POPULAR GAME. THE GAME GOES LIKE THIS.
THE MEN OF THE TRIBE, MOUNTED ON HORSEBACK, ARE EQUIPPED
WITH POLES THAT HAVE A LONG BLADE ON THE END. WHILE ON
HORSEBACK, THEY MUST KILL A YOUNG CALF WITH THEIR POLES
AND CUT OFF THE HEAD. THEN THEY MUST ROLL THE HEAD OF THE
CALF FROM ONE END OF THE FIELD TO THE OTHER, AND THEN
BACK AGAIN TO WHERE THEY STARTED. THE ONE IN POSSESSION
OF THE HEAD AT THIS POINT WINS THE GAME.

Submitter comment: SINCE THE SOVIET INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN, THE AFGHANIS
NOW USE CAPTURED SOVIET POW'S FOR THIS GAME INSTEAD OF
THEIR CATTLE, WHICH THEY FEEL THAT THEY MUST CONSERVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BEHEADING ; SEVERED HEAD OF HUMAN USED AS BALL ; WAR PRISONERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- War

Date learned: 08-00-1987

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Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.
If I'm lying may a lizard eat my gizzard.

Submitter comment: Child version of swearing to tell the truth.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HEMLOCK

James Callow Keyword(s): Asseveration ; FEMININE RHYME

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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IT ISN'T WHAT A MAN STARTS
IT'S WHAT HE FINISHES THAT COUNTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PERSEVERANCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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PROVERB

LITTLE STROKES FELL GREAT OAKS.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Keyword(s): Chop ; Cut ; Oak ; PATIENCE ; PERSEVERANCE ; Tree

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-21-1968

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Proverb

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Chop ; Cut ; Oak ; PATIENCE ; PERSEVERANCE ; Tree

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.

Submitter comment:

Heard it from my dad.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; Persevere ; PROVERB ; Succeed ; SUCCESS ; Try ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; Persevere ; PROVERB ; Succeed ; SUCCESS ; Try ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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BELIEF

DO NOT GIVE ANY SHARP OBJECTS,(SCISSORS, KNIVES, ETC.)
AS A GIFT. YOU WILL SEVER YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH THAT PERSON.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS VERY DEVOUT IN THIS BELIEF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; Relationship ; Sever ; Sharp ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; HOSTILITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-12-1972

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SUPERSTITION ABOUT SCISSORS (POLISH)

POLISH BELIEF. YOU MUST NEVER HAND A PAIR OF SCISSORS OR A KNIFE
TO A PERSON. BECAUSE THIS WILL SEVER THE FRIENDSHIP. YOU LAY
THEM DOWN ON A TABLE AND LET THE OTHER PERSON PICK THEM UP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; m Friendship ; Relationship ; Sever ; Sharp ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; HOSTILITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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HOW TO KEEP A FRIENDSHIP

IF TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING DOWN A STREET AND THEY COME UPON
ANY KIND OF OBSTRUCTION, IF ONE WALKS ON ONE SIDE OF THE POLE
AND THE OTHER ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE, THE FRIENDSHIP WILL BREAK
APART.

Submitter comment:

BOB TOLD ME THIS WALKING BACK FROM CLASS, AND I WALKED ON THE
OTHE R SIDE OF THE POLE FROM HIM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; Relationship ; Sever ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; HOMEOPATHIC ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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NEVER GIVE OR ACCEPT ANYTHING SHARP OR POINTED TO A FRIEND
BECAUSE IT WILL SEVER THE RELATIONS WITH THAT PERSON.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; Object ; Relationship ; Sever ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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BELIEF

THE RECIPIENT OF A KNIFE AS A GIFT MUST PAY SOME
TOKEN AMOUNT FOR IT, OR IT WILL CUT THE FRIENDSHIP.

Submitter comment:

SYLVIA COLLECTED THIS FROM HER SISTER WHO IN TURN
LEARNED IT AT THE NURSES LOUNGE AT BEAUMONT HOSPITAL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

Beaumont Hospital is located in Royal Oak, MI

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cut ; FRIENDSHIP ; KNIFE ; Payment ; Relationship ; Sever ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL ; Token

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 09-23-1967

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SHARP ITEM

NEVER GIVE A SHARP OR POINTED ITEM TO A FRIEND IT WILL
SEVER YOUR FRIENDSHIP. MAKE YOUR FRIEND PAY FOR IT, EVEN IF
IT IS ONLY A PENNY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; GIFT ; MONEY ; Relationship ; Sever ; Sharp ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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GIFT BELIEF

IF SOMEONE GIVES YOU A KNIFE FOR A GIFT, YOU MUST PAY SOMETHING
FOR IT, OTHERWISE THE KNIFE CUTS YOUR FRIENDSHIP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cut ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; KNIFE ; MONEY ; Sever ; Sharp ; SYMBOL ; SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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GIFT BELIEF

A SHARP OBJECT(KNIFE ETC.) GIVEN AS A PRESENT SHOULD ALWAYS
BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PENNY SO THE FRIENDSHIP WILL NOT BE CUT.

Submitter comment:

FROM HIS MOTHER

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cut ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; MONEY ; Sever ; Sharp

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-04-1965

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EDGE-WISE

WHEN GIVING A GIFT WITH SHARP EDGES, A PENNY SHOULD BE GIVEN
FOR EACH EDGE SO THAT THE FRIENDSHIP WILL NOT BE CUT.

Submitter comment:

FROM HER MOTHER

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cut ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; MONEY ; Relationship ; Sever ; Sharp ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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