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RED HAIR

IF YOU HAVE RED HAIR, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A BAD TEMPER.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): HAIR COLOR ; TEMPER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

IF YOU HAVE COLD HANDS, YOU HAVE A WARM HEART.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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IF THE 24TH OF AUGUST BE BRIGHT AND CLEAR,
IF THE FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST BE UNUSUALLY WARM,
THE WINTER WILL BE WHITE, COLD, AND LONG
THEN HOPE FOR A PROSPEROUS AUTUMN THAT YEAR.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; METONYMY: WHITE FOR SNOW ; TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 24
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time AutumnFall
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 02-15-1968

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

IF YOU LIVE WITH WOLVES LEARN TO HOWL LIKE A WOLF.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): ANIMALS TEMPER

James Callow Keyword(s): ADAPTABILITY ; ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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THE STORY IS ABOUT THE LITTLE BOY WHO DOES THE "LIFE" CEREAL
COMMERCIALS ON TELEVISION (LET'S GET MIKEY, HE HATES EVERYTHING).
THE RUMOR GOES THAT HE ATE A CASE OF POP-ROCKS CANDY AND THEN DRANK
A COKE AND EXPLODED.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS AT HER COLLEGE, COLUMBIA, IN NEW YORK
BUT IT WAS ALSO CONFIRMED BY A STUDENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF
GEORGIA.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; CAMBRIDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): INTEMPERANCE

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
Food Drink -- Kind of Drink and Its Preparation
BELIEF -- Human Being

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When I was younger my mother always used to tell me to never
go outside with a wet head in the winter because my head would
freeze and I would catch a cold.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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HOT AND COLD

THIS IS A GAME FOR TWO PEOPLE THAT CAN BE PLAYED
ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. ONE PERSON MERELY PICKS AN
OBJECT. THE OTHER TRIES TO GUESS WHAT IT IS.
IF THE GUESSER IS WAY OFF, THE OTHER PERSON TELLS HIM
HE IS "COLD." IF THE GUESSER GETS CLOSE, THEN THE
OTHER PERSON TELLS HIM HE IS GETTING "WARM." OTHER
DEGREES SUCH AS "COLDER, LUKEWARM, FREEZING, AND
BURNING" ARE ALSO USED. WHEN THE PERSON HITS ON THE
CORRECT OBJECT, THEN IT IS HIS TURN TO THINK OF ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TEMPERATURE

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

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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WHISKEY HILL

IN AND NEAR THE TOWN OF DUBOIS (WYOMING?) THERE IS A
MOUNTAIN, CALLED BY THE TOWNSPEOPLE "WHISKEY HILL."
THE NAME COMES FROM THE LEGEND THAT IN THE EARLY DAYS
OF TIMBER CUTTING IN THAT AREA, THE LUMBERJACKS WOULD
GET EXTREMELY COLD IN THE THIRTY-BELOW WEATHER PREVALENT
IN THAT AREA. SO IN THE SUMMER MONTHS, THEY WOULD BUY
WHISKEY AND STASH IT IN PLACES KNOWN ONLY TO THEMSELVES
ON THE MOUNTAIN. THEN, IN THE WINTER, THEY WOULD BE
ABLE TO WARM THEMSELVES. NO TOWNSPEOPLE EVER FOUND
ANY OF THE STASHED (HIDDEN) WHISKEY SO NO ONE KNEW
IF IT WAS A TRUE STORY.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): CACHE ; TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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GESTURE FOR HOT

HOT -- WET MIDDLE FINGER IN MOUTH, REACH IT FORWARD
AND JERK IT BACK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.14

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GESTURE FOR COLD.

HOLD FIST NEAR SHOULDER AND SHAKE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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Proverb

Only the ignorant man becomes angry. The wise man understands.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Springs of Indian Wisdom ; Herder Book Center

Keyword(s): ANGER ; Fool ; IGNORANCE ; TEMPER ; Understand ; WISDOM ; Wise

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Retort

That'll be a cold day in hell.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The word retort is circled, and the question [To What?] is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cold ; COMEBACK ; HELL ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; TEMPERATURE ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Expression

"go off half-cocked" means to do something on impulse

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Expression ; Half-cocked ; Heated ; Impulse ; Language ; Saying ; TEMPER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Expression

"To fly off the handle" means to lose your temper.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): Expression ; Fly ; Handle ; Language ; Lose ; Saying ; TEMPER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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THE MOTHER'S TEMPERAMENT DURING PREGNANCY WILL BE
REFLECTED IN THE CHILD'S PERSONALITY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; CHILD ; Fetus ; Mom ; MOTHER ; PERSONALITY ; PREGNANCY ; Reflection ; Temperament ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-08-1973

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DRINKING A LARGE AMOUNT OF COLD WATER IMMEDIATELY AFTER
DELIVERY WILL MAKE A WOMAN'S STOMACH LARGE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Child Birth ; Cold ; Consume ; Delivery ; DRINK ; Labor ; PREGNANCY ; SIZE ; STOMACH ; TEMPERATURE ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight Liquid
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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SPIRITUAL BELIEF

THE PRESENCE OF A GHOST IN A ROOM IS INDICATED BY A CHANGE IN
ROOM TEMPERATURE USUALLY COLDER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Cold ; Colder ; GHOST ; Haunt ; SIGN ; SPIRIT ; TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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LAKE SUPERIOR BELIEF

LAKE SUPERIOR IS KNOWN AS THE LAKE THAT DOES NOT GIVE UP ITS
DEAD. THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT BECAUSE THE LAKE IS SO COLD,
THE BODIES DON'T DECOMPOSE AND RISE TO THE SURFACE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Dead ; Decompose ; Lake ; Lake Superior ; Nickname ; Origin ; TEMPERATURE ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Small body.
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHITE RACE BELIEF

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

GWENS MOTHER BELIEVES THAT THE REASON THAT WHITE PEOPLE DO
NOT GET AS COLD AS NEGROES IS BECAUSE WHITE MOTHERS
PUT THEIR CHILDREN OUTSIDE IN WINTERTIME WITH ONLY A JACKET
PERHAPS, NEGROES HAVE COLD BLOOD BECAUSE THEIR MOTHERS KEEP
THEIR CHILDREN INSIDE DURING REALLY COLD WEATHER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Black ; BLOOD ; CLOTHING ; Cold ; NEGRO ; RACISM ; TEMPERATURE ; Warm ; WEATHER ; White ; WINTER

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; COLOR

Subject headings: 53O

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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