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LEFT ARM STRAIGHT OUT THE WINDOW MEANS LEFT TURN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM PARENTS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): DRIVING TURN-SIGNAL ; MANUAL

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Custom: Animal

Animal:

The men that work in the coal mines feed the mice in the mines. They do this because the mice save their lives. Just before a mine avalanche, the mice will squeal and scurry on the ground, warning the miners of the oncoming danger.

Submitter comment:

My mother's father worked in a coal mine in Penna. [Pennsylvania?] and actually experienced this.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Danger ; Mice ; Mine ; Mines ; Mouse ; OMEN ; Signal ; WARNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Animal

Miners Belief:

Coal miners never kill a rat in the mines because they can save a miners' life. Rats can sense if a mine is in danger of caving in. If there is any danger, the rats squeal and run in circles and the miners try to get out in time. If the cave in comes in an hour, or if tit takes three days, the rats will still give a warning, so the miners say.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ; ANIMAL ; Cave ; Miners ; OMEN ; Rats ; RODENT ; Signal ; WARNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Animal

Omen:

It is believed that if a horse won't drink water, then ot os certain that the water is poisoned.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P870] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consumption ; DRINK ; HORSE ; OMEN ; SIGN ; Signal ; Survival ; thirst ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Proverb

Death is nature's way of telling us to slow down.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DEATH ; IRONY ; Maxim ; NATURE ; PROVERB ; SIGN ; Signal ; Slow ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A barking dog never bites.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Bark ; Bite ; DOG ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Signal ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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USE OF AN OBJECT BELIEF

IF YOU WANT COMPANY TO LEAVE, THAT HAVE OVERSTAYED THEIR
WELCOME, STAND YOUR BROOM UPSIDE DOWN.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BROOM ; DIRECTION ; Object ; SIGN ; Signal ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

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

Date learned: 02-22-1972

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DEATH
YOU CAN TELL IF SOMEONE IS DEAD BY PUTTING A MIRROR UNDER THEIR NOSE,
AND LOOK FOR MOISTURE DUE TO BREATHING TO SETTLE ON THE MIRROR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD 201

Keyword(s): BREATH ; DEATH ; LIFE ; MEDICAL ; Mirror ; SIGN ; Signal ; TRICK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-27-1971

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OMENS

IF A GENTLEMAN LETS A LADY WALK ON THE CURB SIDE, IT MEANS
THAT HE HAS HER FOR SALE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): CHIVALRY ; Curb ; Gentleman ; Lady ; Ownership ; SALE ; SIGN ; Signal ; Walk ; WALKING

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

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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WHY IS A BARBER POLE RED AND WHITE STRIPED? RED STANDS
FOR BLOOD AND WHITE STANDS FOR BANDAGES BECAUSE THE BARBER
ALWAYS DID THE BLEEDING FOR ALL KINDS OF AILMENTS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ROCKWOOD

Keyword(s): Ailments ; Bandages ; Barber ; Barber Pole ; Bleeding ; COLOR ; CURE ; DISEASE ; HAIR ; ILLNESS ; Pole ; PREVENTION ; Red ; SICKNESS ; Signal ; Symbolize ; White

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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