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RETORT

WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU IF YOU HAVE A MATCH, YOU CHEERILY ANSWER BACK:
"YEAH, DAFFY DUCK AND SPIRO AGNEW." OR "SURE -- ME AND SUPERMAN."

Submitter comment: I OBTAINED THIS ONE WITHOUT EVEN ASKING FOR IT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

James Callow Keyword(s): BRAG BOAST ; CARTOON CHARACTER DAFFY DUCK ANIMAL ; VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: SPIRO AGNEW

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Fate

He who disturbs the sleeper by the wayside will be forever damned.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

BN [P880] was written 3 times across the top of the card. All but one of them was crossed out.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Disturb ; FATE ; Maxim ; OMEN ; SLEEP ; Traveler ; Wayside

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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Proverb

Speech of John F. Kennedy:

..."Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

Submitter comment:

J.F.K.'s closing remarks of his inaugural speech in 1960.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CHIASMUS ; Maxim ; PRESIDENT ; PROVERB ; SPEECH ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

When at this book you chance to look,

And have to turn it round,

Remember the girl who spoiled your book,

...by writing upside down...

[The last line is written upside down]

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Upside-down ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Wedding Custom

At all traditional weddings it is common for the guests and family of the groom to sit on one side of the church (room, etc) and for the guests and family of the bride to sit on the other side.

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Keyword(s): Bride ; CHURCH ; CUSTOM ; FAMILY ; FRIENDS ; Groom ; Pews ; SEPARATION ; Side ; Sit ; tradition ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO CUT A FRAME FOR A WINDOW OR A DOOR
INSIDE A HOUSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Carpentry ; Craft ; Cut ; Door ; frame ; House ; Indoors ; Inside ; LUCK ; Window

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 11-22-1972

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A CHILD CARRIED TO THE LEFT SIDE IS A BOY; TO THE
RIGHT SIDE, A GIRL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Boy ; CARRY ; gender ; Girl ; LEFT ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY ; RIGHT ; Side ; STOMACH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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IF LEAVES TURN OVER ON "WRONG" SIDE, IT'S GOING TO RAIN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): ; Leaves ; OMEN ; Rain ; SIGN ; Turn ; Upside Down ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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PAINS IN THE SIDE ARE MOST PROMPTLY RELIEVED BY THE
APPLICATION OF MUSTARD.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CURE ; HEALTH ; Mustard ; PAIN ; REMEDY ; Side

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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MARY MARGARET TRUMAN WAS THE DAUGHTER OF THE PRESIDENT,
LA-DE-DA
SHE LIVED IN THE WHITE HOUSE WITH HER UGLY MOTHER BESS.
HER SOCIAL POSITION WAS NOT VERY HIGH
AND SHE WAS A MEMBER OF I PHELTA THIGH!
BACK IN 1952 WHEN HARRY GOT THE SHOE, LA-DE-DA
THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT FOR MARY MARGARET TO DO.
SO SHE WENT TO MISSOURI TO WORK IN A BREWERY
SO DRINK MORE BEER!

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): DRINKING SONG ; PRESIDENT ; RHYME ; Sorority ; TOAST ; Truman

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

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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BELIEF

GET UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF BED, YOU WILL HAVE A BAD DAY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT OBTAINED FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): ATTITUDE ; Awaken ; Bed ; BELIEF ; Mood ; Rise ; Side ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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DATING SUPERSTITION

INFORMANT'S FATHER ALWAYS TOLD HER WHEN YOUR BOY FRIEND LETS YOU
WALK ON THE OUTSIDE PART OF THE WALK, HE DOESN'T WANT YOU
ANY MORE, AND ANYONE CAN TAKE YOU. HE HAS ALWAYS KIDDED
HER ABOUT THIS.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CHIVALRY ; Relationship ; SIDEWALK ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

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

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

Date learned: 10-08-1971

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BELIEF

IF A MAN WALKS ON THE INSIDE OF THE WALK, IT MEANS THAT
THE GIRL HE IS WITH IS FOR SALE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CHIVALRY ; Girlfriend ; Relationship ; SIDEWALK ; SUPERSTITION ; Walk

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1970

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PUZZLE

T K H A Y E S T L E V E S O O R
Y E L N I K C M O T M O N R O E
L N I X O N B U N T R O S T E T
E N S M A D A U N O S J C A J R
R E A T Y L E R C N P I E R C U
C D G O O E S T H H R S T E O M
L Y R C U I O O U N A E N W O A
E T A N O F J R S T P N H O L N
V A N B U R E N K L O P A H I T
E A T X T A F T A S L I R N D Z
L E L Y T G F O I N I E D E G N
A O H O O V E R X X N R I S E O
N A R T H U T Z U C C C N I E S
D I X O N A S Y T R O E G E O L
D O G A H O O F I L L M O R E I
M A D I S O N O T G N I H S A W

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PRESIDENTS ; PUZZLE ; RIDDLE ; United States

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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