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HOLY WEEK ( GOOD FRIDAY )

IN UKRAINE, IT IS CUSTOMARY NOT TO EAT DAIRY PRODUCTS ON HOLY FRIDAY
(ALONG WITH MEAT).

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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A RELIGIOUS TRADITION

"ON GOOD FRIDAY AT HOME WE WERE ALLOWED TO EAT ONLY
APPLES AND SODA CRACKERS FROM MIDNIGHT HOLY THURSDAY TO MIDNIGHT
GOOD FRIDAY, AND WE COULD ONLY DRINK WATER."

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A CHILD AT HOME.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
663 Good Friday

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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HOLY WEEK CUSTOMS ( GOOD FRIDAY )

ON GOOD FRIDAY, NO DAIRY PRODUCTS OR PRODUCTS MADE OF DAIRY PRODUCTS,
NO MEAT, AND NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY BE CONSUMED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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ITALIAN EASTER MONDAY CUSTOM

THE ITALIANS BELIEVE THAT EATING JUST BREAD AND DRINKING JUST WATER
ON THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER SUNDAY FOR SEVEN YEARS WILL BRING
BLESSINGS.

Submitter comment:

[INFORMANT] RELATED THAT HE TRIED IT FOR FOUR YEARS AND GAVE UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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SMALL MOUTH DENOTES STINGINESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER TRAITS ; MISERLY. ; STINGY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 01-29-1970

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TAPEWORM

TO CURE TAPEWORM: DON'T EAT FOR A WEEK.
THEN SIT DOWN IN A PAN OF WATER
WHICH IS WARM. THE TAPEWORM IS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): FASTING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROSE ROUND ; FORMULA TALE

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. WE WERE ALL SITTING AROUND THE
CAMPFIRE WHEN SUDDENLY UNCLE JOE WALKED UP, AND SOMEONE CALLED OUT
"UNCLE JOE, TELL US A STORY}" AND HE BEGAN: "IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY
NIGHT. WE WERE ALL SITTING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE WHEN SUDDENLY UNCLE
GEORGE WALKED UP, AND SOMEONE CALLED OUT, "UNCLE GEORGE, TELL US A
STORY}" (THIS IS REPEATED, USING A DIFFERENT NAME EACH TIME.)

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN INVOLVING NAMES ; INTERESTING COMBINATION OF ROUND AND CHAIN TALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: CA00001968

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SCOTTISH JOKE

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DID YOU HEAR THE STORY OF THE SCOTSMAN WHO BOUGHT A DRINK? YOU NEVER WILL EITHER

Submitter comment:

WHEN MY GRANDFATHER ASKS THIS QUESTION HE ALWAYS EXPECTS US TO ANSWER NO.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; KEY BISCAYNE

James Callow Keyword(s): SCOTTISH STINGINESS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
SPEECH -- SCOT
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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PROVERB

LONG POCKET, SHORT ARMS.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING REFERS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE TIGHT WITH THEIR MONEY; THEY
CAN'T REACH INTO THEIR POCKETS BECAUSE, FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING,
THEIR ARMS CAN'T REACH THE MONEY THAT'S IN THE POCKET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): STINGINESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-25-1982

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WHY DO JEWS HAVE SUCH BIG NOSES? THE AIR IS FREE!

James Callow Keyword(s): STINGINESS

Subject headings: JEWI

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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APPLY MEAT TENDERIZER SUCH AS "ACCENT" TO A BEE STING
OR BUG BITE, IT WILL TAKE AWAY THE PAIN AND ITCH.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS AT A PARTY FROM A NEIGHBOR, WHEN SOMEONE WAS
STUNG BY A BEE. SHE SAID SHE HEARD IT SOMEWHERE, AND TRIED
IT ON HER SON WHEN HE WAS STUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTHVILLE

Keyword(s): BEE STINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-00-1987

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IF IN THE MORNING YOU THROW MINUTES AWAY, YOU
WILL NEVER PICK THEM UP AT THE END OF THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): WASTING TIME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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In order to the determine the sex of an unborn child
tie a needle to a thread and hold it over the stomach
of the woman. If you are very still, the needle will
begin to swing. If it goes in a circular motion, the
child will be a girl. If it goes in a straight line,
then it will be a boy.

Submitter comment: Elaine says that her father never misses with this
technique, and that he has used it to determine the
sex of chicks while still in the egg. The only time
that they thought he might not be accurate in his
prediction was when his daughter-in-law was pregnant,
and the needle swung both ways. Later the daughter-in-
law gave birth to twins -- a boy and a girl. Elaine
believes that not everyone is capable of using this
method; that you must have a special talent for it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): pendulum, forecasting, anapel

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 00001940S

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IN A RADIO OR TELEVISION STUDIO SITUATION ONE OR TWO
HANDS RAISED IN THE AIR WITH THE PALMS FACING THE
PERSON ON THE AIR INDICATES TO THAT PERSON TO GET
READY OR TO STAND BY FOR ANOTHER SIGNAL TO COME.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS IN THE FIELD OF COMMUNICATIONS AND
HAS USED THIS GESTURE AND HAS SEEN OTHERS USE A
GESTURE OF SIMILAR NATURE WHEN SPEAKING DURING AN
"AIR SITUATION" IS PROHIBITED.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): BROADCASTING

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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THE DRAWING APART OF TWO HANDS AS IF PULLING TAFFY MEANS
TO SLOW DOWN OR TO STRETCH OUT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USES THIS WHEN HE'S TALKING. HE USES THIS
WHEN HE IS TRYING TO PROLONG A MOMENT WHILE TRYING
TO FIND THE RIGHT WORDS TO SAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BROADCASTING?

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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IN THE FIELD OF COMMUNICATIONS WHEN SPEAKING IS NOT
ALLOWED DURING AN "AIR SITUATION" THE INDEX FINGER
WHEN POINTED AT THAT PERSON GOING TO BE ON "THE AIR"
BY USE OF THE WHOLE FOREARM IN BENDING AT THE
ELBOW, MEANS THE PERSON CAN BEGIN, OR START.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS IN THE FIELD OF COMMUNICATIONS AND
HAS USED THIS SIGNAL TO INSTRUCT A PERSON WHO IS ON
THE AIR TO BEGIN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS? CLEAR AS MUD.

James Callow Keyword(s): BROADCASTING

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 10-31-1971

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Belief: Children

Determining Sex of Unborn Child:

A pin on a thread, if held motionless over the wrist of an expectant mother, can determine sex of child by the motion which it takes up after it is perfectly still. If pin or needle takes up a circular motion than first child weill be a girl. If needle takes up back and forth motion then a boy. If pin stops and then moves again, this can be used to predict the future sex and number of children.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P860] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): ANAPEL ; BELIEF ; Biology ; BIRTH ; CHILDREN ; CUSTOM ; Forecasting ; gender ; Ordain ; Pendulum ; Predictions ; SEX

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

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SMALL EARS SHOW A PERSON TO BE A PENNY PINCHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): CHEAP ; Close ; MEAN ; STINGY ; UNGENEROUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Wheat Harvesting

In Kansas, we grow wheat in our section, and when it was tim eto cut and thrash the wheat, the neighbors would all help each _take turbns, first Mr. J's wheat. Then when finished, go the next day to Mr. H_then Mr. W_ etc._ All men in neighborhood would go and work with the other neighbors_and the wives of all of the men would meet at the home where the men were working, and help that housewife cook dinner for all, then next day to another house_this way everyone helped each other and had no wages to pay and the ladies loved being together.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: FLORIDA ; Plant City

Keyword(s): Agricultural ; Barter ; Community ; CUSTOM ; Domestic ; FARMING ; Harvesting ; LIFE ; Wheat

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

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BEE STING OR WASP CURE:
BIND OR COMMON BAKING SODA DAMPENED WITH WATER OR MIX
COMMON EARTH WITH WATER TO ABOUT THE CONSISTENCY OF MUD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Baking Soda ; Bee ; CURE ; HEALTH ; REMEDY ; Sting ; Wasp

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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