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THE INFORMANT REMEMBERED WRITING THE FOLLOWING REMARK ON THE INSIDE
COVER OF HER SCHOOLBOOKS:
"THIS BOOK IS NOT AN ORPHAN. PLEASE DO NOT ADOPT IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EDUCAAION ; STEALING

Subject headings: Z220

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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TRUE RIDDLE

JUDGE: WHERE WERE YOU ON THE NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 30TH?
VICTIM: THERE IS NO FEBRUARY 30TH.
JUDGE: OH SO YOU STOLE THAT TOO.
LEARNED FROM OLDER BROTHER.

Data entry tech comment: CHAPTER 2 IN "WITCRACKS" BY ALVIN SCHWARTZ

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): COURTROOM ; DIALOGUE ; HUMOR ; STEALING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 11-21-1965

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GYPSIES WILL PICK UP ANY CHILDREN THEY SEE AND THEY WILL TAKE

ANYTHING THEY CAN PICK UP.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD OF HOW HER MOTHER USED TO MAKE ALL THE CHILDREN
COME INTO THE YARD OF THEIR FARM (SCRANTON, PENN. WHEN SHE
HEARD THE SOUND OF THE GYSPY WAGONS COMING. THEY USED TO PASS
BY THE FARM OFTEN AND INFORMANT'S MOTHER WAS AFRAID THEY
WOULD TAKE THE CHILDREN.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): STEALING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439

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IF YOU HAVE A HABIT OF WANTING TO TAKE THINGS WHEN NO
ONE ELSE IS LOOKING, YOU WILL MARK YOUR BABY WITH THE
SAME TRAIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): STEALING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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DON'T TAKE FLOWERS FROM A GRAVE OR YOU WILL TAKE THEM
BACK SOON.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): STEALING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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SHE SAID THAT IT IS BAD LUCK TO TAKE ANYTHING OUT OF A
GRAVEYARD THAT DOESN'T BELONG TO YOU; FLOWERS OR ANY OTHER
ITEM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Keyword(s): STEALING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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THAT'S AS EASY AS TAKING CANDY FROM A BABY.

Submitter comment: FROM-UNCERTAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): STEALING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00001964SUMMER

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Proverb

Why lock the barn after the horse is stolen?

Submitter comment:

She learned from her grandfather

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Barn ; Hindsight ; HORSE ; Lock ; Lock ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Steal ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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FRESH GRAVES

NEVER STEAL FLOWERS OFF A FRESH GRAVE AS THE SPIRIT WILL RETURN
AND TAKE THEM BACK.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; FLOWERS ; GHOST ; Grave ; Haunt ; Steal

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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NURSING BELIEF

IF TWO MOTHERS ARE NURSING THEIR BABIES IN THE SAME ROOM, ONE
WILL "STEAL" THE OTHER'S MILK.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BABY ; Breastfeeding ; infant ; Milk ; MOTHER ; Nursing ; Steal ; Supply

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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