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HI HO, HI HO,
I KICKED MY TEACHER'S TOE,
SHE KICKED ME BACK,
O, WHAT A CAT,
HI HO, HI HO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): PARODY ON SONG FROM "SNOW WHITE." ; TUNE OF "HI HO, HI HO, IT'S OFF TO WORK WE GO"

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HI HO, HI, HO,
IT'S OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO,
TO STUDY JUNK,
THEN TO FLUNK,
HI HO, HI HO, HI HO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): PARODY ON SONG FROM "SNOW WHITE." ; TUNE OF "HI HO, HI HO, IT'S OFF TO WORK WE GO"

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RETURN OF THE DEAD

AROUND 1940 A WOMAN NAMED BESSIE SABOL DIED IN SOUTHWEST
DETROIT. MRS. HURLEY ASSISTED IN THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR BURIAL
AND SUBSEQUENTLY WAS ASKED TO STAY WITH THE DAUGHTER OF THE
WOMAN, WHO FEARED LIVING ALONE IN THE HOME. SEVERAL OTHERS
HAD STAYED WITH THE WOMAN, BUT HAD LEFT WITH STORIES OF A
GHOST IN THE HOME. MRS. HURLEY STAYED IN THE HOME FOR
2 DAYS. THE THIRD NIGHT LOUD BANGING AND CLANGING NOISES
WERE HEARD IN THE PANTRY, MRS. HURLEY WENT TO
INVESTIGATE AND SAW THE GHOST OF THE DEAD WOMAN CLEANING UP THE
MESS THAT THE DAUGHTER HAD LEFT IN THE PANTRY. THE POTS AND PANS
WERE SCATTERED ALL ABOUT. THIS WOMAN HAD BEEN KNOWN FOR
HER NEATNESS. MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD THE DAUGHTER THAT AS LONG
AS SHE KEPT THE PANTRY CLEAN, THE NOISES WOULD STOP. THEY
DID, AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN HEARD SINCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GHOST RETURNS TO DO HOUSEWORK

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE. WORK LIKE HELL AND ADVERTISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): BUSINESS WORK ETHIC

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

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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PROVERB

THE DAY IS SETTING AND THE ROAD (WAY) IS STILL LONG.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN.

Where learned: JAPAN

James Callow Keyword(s): LIKE "THE DAY'S WORK NEVER ENDS"--FRANK M. ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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A TOUGH JOB

THE INFORMANT DESCRIBED A DIFFICULT TASK AS ENOUGH TO WEAR OUT A
BULLDOG.

Submitter comment: IT IS ASSUMED THAT THE INFORMANT ACQUIRED THIS PHRASE AROUND HIS
HOMETOWN OF ASHLAND, KENTUCKY.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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SUPERSTITIONS SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

NO GRAVES ARE DUG OR FIELDS PLOWED ON GOOD FRIDAY. THERE IS SOME
TABOO AGAINST THE USE OF IRON ON THIS DAY.

Data entry tech comment: THE TABOO AGAINST THE USE OF IRON STEMS FROM THE FACT THAT NAILS WERE
USED TO CRUCIFY CHRIST.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): IRON ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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SUPERSTITION

IT'S A GRAVE SIN TO POUND NAILS ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER ALWAYS SAID THIS TO INFORMANT AROUND EASTER TIME.

Data entry tech comment: THIS APPEARS TO RELATE TO THE SCOTTISH SUPERSTITION REGARDING THE
USE OF IRON ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; IRON ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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GOOD FRIDAY BELIEF

IT IS A SIN TO USE A NEEDLE ON GOOD FRIDAY, OR TO USE ANY KIND OF
ANIMAL FATS ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THESE BELIEFS FROM HER MOTHER AS A CHILD, BUT DOES NOT
BELIEVE IN THEM OR PRACTICE THEM NOW. (1920'S)

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; IRON ; SEWING ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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GOOD FRIDAY

"ON GOOD FRIDAY, YOU MUST NEVER SWEEP THE FLOOR BECAUSE GOD IS DEAD
AND YOU MIGHT SWEEP HIM OUT."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT GOT THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHO BELIEVES IN THIS FERVENTLY.
THIS WAS GOTTEN ( WRITTEN ) DOWN VERBATIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): BROOMS ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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EASTER CUSTOM

NO WORK WAS DONE ON EASTER SUNDAY. EVEN THE MEALS WERE PREPARED
THE DAY BEFORE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A CUSTOM THAT WAS PRACTICED WHEN INFORMANT WAS LIVING AT
HOME. SHE HEARD IT FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): WORK TABOO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-27-1970

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AT THE STATE QUARRIES IN BETHESDA, MARYLAND, THE MINERS REFUSED TO
WORK ON ASCENSION DAY. THE MANAGERS TRIED TO BREAK THEM OF THIS
CUSTOM AND SUCEEDED FOR TWO YEARS. HOWEVER, THE MEN AGAIN REFUSED,
AS THERE HAD BEEN FATAL ACCIDENTS BOTH YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK TABOO

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Ascension Day

Date learned: 02-12-1968

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VALENTINE'S DAY

DON'T SEW ON VALENTINE'S DAY. IF YOU DO, YOU'LL GET ST. VITIS
DANCE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD ABOUT THIS SUPERSTITION FROM SOME OF HER
POLISH FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK TABU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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HOLIDAY

THROUGHOUT CANADA, EVERY DECEMBER 26TH, THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS,
IS KNOWN AS BOXING DAY. NO ONE GOES TO WORK ON THIS DAY AND
EVERYBODY JUST SEEMS TO RECUPERRATE FROM THE CHRISTMAS EXCITEMENT.
THIS IS RECOGNIZED AS A HOLIDAY WHICH ORIGINATED FROM GREAT BRITAIN.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; HOLIDAY WORK TABU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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PROVERB

HE WHO DOESN'T WORK DOESN'T EAT.
CHI NON FATICA, NON MANGIA.

Submitter comment: ON THE WALL IN THE INFORMANT'S GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): PARALLELISM ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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PROVERB

HE WHO IS WILLING TO WORK FINDS IT HARD TO WAIT.

Where learned: WEST AFRICA

Keyword(s): EAGERNESS ; THE WILLING WORKER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SUPERSTITION

DON'T CUT YOUR FINGERNAILS ON SUNDAY, BECAUSE IF YOU DO, YOU WILL DO
SOMETHING YOU'LL BE ASHAMED OF BEFORE THE WEEK IS OVER-

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): SABBATH WORK TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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HAIR CUSTOM

NEVER WASH YOUR HAIR AFTER YOU HAVE A TOOTH FILLED.
WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT PRACTICED THIS AS A YOUNG GIRL AND WOMAN
BECAUSE HER MOTHER HAD TOLD HER THIS WAS RIGHT. (1920_30)
GRADUALLY SHE CAME TO SEE THAT IT HAD NO REASONABLE VALIDITY
AND NO LONGER PRACTICES IT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): DENTAL WORK ; TEETH

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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PROVERB

THE FOOT ON THE CRADLE AND THE HAND ON THE DISTAFF IS THE SIGN OF A
GOOD HOUSEWIFE.

Submitter comment: SPANISH SAYING

Where learned: MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): MOTHERHOOD ; SPINNING WHEEL ; SYMBOLS ; WORK, INDUSTRY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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OFF COLOR JOKE

A SECRETARY CAME TO WORK ONE MORNING AND INFORMED HER BOSS
THAT SHE HAD A NEW POSITION. "GOOD", HE SAYS, "LETS TRY IT}"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; MISUNDERSTANDING ; SECRETARY ; SEX ; WORD PLAY ; WORK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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