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WHEN YOU FIND SOME MONEY, SAVE IT FOR IT WILL BRING
YOU GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: I WAS ALWAYS TOLD THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 11-06-1967

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AN AUTOGRAPH

THE ROSES ARE WILTED,
THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
THE SUGAR BOWL'S EMPTY,
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: I GOT THIS FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
IT WAS WRITTEN BY DAVE. IN 1961

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Keyword(s): INSULT ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-11-1967 ; 00-00-1961

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AN AUTOGRAPH

MM[ THE ROSES ARE WILTED,
THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
THE SUGAR BOWL'S EMPTY,
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: I GOT THIS FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
IT WAS WRITTEN BY DAVE. IN 1961

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Keyword(s): INSULT ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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HICCUPS CURE

TAKE A PAPER BAG AND BREATHE INTO IT SEVERAL TIMES.

Submitter comment: I ONCE HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-15-1967

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
I'M PRETTY CUTE, AND SO ARE YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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TO KILL A WITCH

WHILE FLIPPING TELEVISION CHANNELS LAST NIGHT, I PAUSED A MOMENT
IN MY INDECISION TO SEE HOW TO KILL A WITCH. A WOMAN FROM THE
PIONEER SOUTHWEST BELIEVED THAT BY MAKING AN IMAGE OF THE WITCH
IN QUESTION AND "MURDERING" THAT IMAGE, THE WITCH WOULD DIE. IN
THIS INSTANCE A DRESS THAT THE WITCH HAD WORN WAS HUNG UP TO
CREATE THE IMPRESSION OF THE WITCH'S PRESENCE. THEN THE KILLER
PLUNGED A HATPIN INTO "HER."

Where learned: HIGHLAND PARK ; ILLINOIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

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TO KILL A WITCH

ONCE AGAIN THE WIZARD OF OZ WILL BE TELEVISED FOR ALL GOOD
CHILDREN. EACH ONE WILL COME AWAY WITH THE BELIEF THAT ALL BAD
WITCHES CAN BE KILLED BY THROWING WATER ON THEM. SUCH AN ACTION
RESULTS IN THE SLOW DISSOLVING AND DISAPPEARING OF THE WITCH.

Where learned: HIGHLAND PARK ; ILLINOIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

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KISS A FOOL

TODAY, WHILE CHATTING OVER A CUP OF COFFEE IN THE
ROOST OF MERCY COLLEGE'S STUDENT CENTER (DETROIT, MICHIGAN),
IT NOTICED RUTH'S NOSE TWITCH A LITTLE. SHE GAVE IT A
SMALL SCRATCH AND MUMBLED SOMETHING UNDER HER BREATH.
I THOUGHT PERHAPS SHE HAD CAST A SPELL ON ME BY THIS
LITTLE RITUAL. (RECENTLY I SAW A TELEVISION SHOW
"BEWITCHED" IN WHICH THE WITCH'S NOSE TWITCHING
INDICATED THAT SHE WAS CASTING A SPELL). I ASKED RUTH
WHAT SHE HAD SAID. OF COURSE, I RECEIVED THE TYPICAL
FEMALE ANSWER, "OH, NOTHING." AFTER PUMPING A FEW
MINUTES, SHE FINALLY PLEASED MY CURIOSITY. SHE HAD
SAID "ITCHY NOSE MEANS YOU'LL KISS A FOOL."
MY ONLY THOUGHT WAS THAT I WOULDN'T KISS HER
GOODNIGHT. I KNOW BETTER--NOW.

Where learned: HIGHLAND PARK ; ILLINOIS

Subject headings: Observation

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TRADE NAME

IN THE TRUCKING BUSINESS, A TRACTOR IS KNOWN AS A HORSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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TRADE NAME

IN THE TRUCKING BUSINESS, A TRAILER WHICH IS TWENTY FEET LONG IS
KNOWN AS A PUP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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TRADE NAME

TWO TWENTY-FOOT TRAILERS (PUPS) CONNECTED BY A DOLLY ARE KNOWN AS A
TRAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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TRADE NAME

A SINGLE AXLE TRACTOR IS CALLED A SKINNY ASS BY TRUCKERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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JOKE

ONCE IN A LITTLE POLISH TOWN THERE WAS A RABBI WHO WAS
CONSIDERED VERY WISE. HE WAS SO WISE, IN FACT, THAT THE
TOWNSPEOPLE DECIDED TO SEND HIM TO ROME TO DEBATE WITH THE
POPE. WHEN THE RABBI GOT TO ROME, BY SOME STROKE OF LUCK
HE OBTAINED A PRIVATE AUDIENCE WITH THE POPE. WELL,
IT SEEMS THAT THE POPE COULDN'T SPEAK POLISH AND THE RABBI
COULDN'T SPEAK ITALIAN, SO THEY DEBATED WITH GESTURES AS
FOLLOWS:
THE POPE STUCK OUT ONE FINGER. THE RABBI STUCK OUT TWO.
THEN THE POPE TOOK OUT A PIECE OF CHEESE. THE RABBI
RESPONDED BY PRODUCING AN EGG. AT THIS, THE POPE EMBRACED
THE RABBI IN WONDER AND THEN LEFT. WHEN QUESTIONED BY A
CLERIC, THE POPE REMARKED THAT HE HAD NEVER SEEN SUCH A
WISE MAN IN HIS LIFE. HE THEN PROCEEDED TO EXPLAIN THE
ARGUMENT: I USED ONE FINGER TO INDICATE ONE GOD, BUT
HE COUNTERED WITH TWO FINGERS TO SHOW THAT THERE ARE TWO
KINGDOMS--THAT OF GOD AND THAT OF THE WORLD. I BROUGHT
OUT A CHEESE TO SHOW THAT THE EARTH IS FLAT, BUT HE
BROUGHT AN EGG TO SHOW THAT THE WORLD IS ROUND.
WHAT A GENIUS!"
WHEN THE RABBI GOT BACK TO HIS LITTLE POLISH TOWN, THE
PEOPLE ASKED HIM WHAT HAD HAPPENED. "IT WAS THE STRANGEST
THING," HE SAID, "FIRST HE STICKS OUT HIS FINGER
MEANING TO POKE ME IN THE EYE, SO I STUCK OUT TWO
MEANING I WAS GOING TO GET BOTH HIS EYES (FORGOTTEN PART).
THEN HE PULLS OUT A CHEESE SO, NATURALLY, I BROUGHT AN EGG.
ANYBODY KNOWS YOU CAN'T MAKE A CHEESE BLINTZ WITHOUT AN
EGG."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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JOKE

ONCE IN A LITTLE POLISH TOWN THERE WAS A RABBI WHO WAS
CONSIDERED VERY WISE. HE WAS SO WISE, IN FACT, THAT THE
TOWNSPEOPLE DECIDED TO SEND HIM TO ROME TO DEBATE WITH THE
POPE. WHEN THE RABBI GOT TO ROME, BY SOME STROKE OF LUCK
HE OBTAINED A PRIVATE AUDIENCE WITH THE POPE. WELL,
IT SEEMS THAT THE POPE COULDN'T SPEAK POLISH AND THE RABBI
COULDN'T SPEAK ITALIAN, SO THEY DEBATED WITH GESTURES AS
FOLLOWS:
THE POPE STUCK OUT ONE FINGER. THE RABBI STUCK OUT TWO.
THEN THE POPE TOOK OUT A PIECE OF CHEESE. THE RABBI
RESPONDED BY PRODUCING AN EGG. AT THIS, THE POPE EMBRACED
THE RABBI IN WONDER AND THEN LEFT. WHEN QUESTIONED BY A
CLERIC, THE POPE REMARKED THAT HE HAD NEVER SEEN SUCH A
WISE MAN IN HIS LIFE. HE THEN PROCEEDED TO EXPLAIN THE
ARGUMENT: I USED ONE FINGER TO INDICATE ONE GOD, BUT
HE COUNTERED WITH TWO FINGERS TO SHOW THAT THERE ARE TWO
KINGDOMS--THAT OF GOD AND THAT OF THE WORLD. I BROUGHT
OUT A CHEESE TO SHOW THAT THE EARTH IS FLAT, BUT HE
BROUGHT AN EGG TO SHOW THAT THE WORLD IS ROUND.
WHAT A GENIUS!"
WHEN THE RABBI GOT BACK TO HIS LITTLE POLISH TOWN, THE
PEOPLE ASKED HIM WHAT HAD HAPPENED. "IT WAS THE STRANGEST
THING," HE SAID, "FIRST HE STICKS OUT HIS FINGER
MEANING TO POKE ME IN THE EYE, SO I STUCK OUT TWO
MEANING I WAS GOING TO GET BOTH HIS EYES (FORGOTTEN PART).
THEN HE PULLS OUT A CHEESE SO, NATURALLY, I BROUGHT AN EGG.
ANYBODY KNOWS YOU CAN'T MAKE A CHEESE BLINTZ WITHOUT AN
EGG."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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DON'T EVER COUNT THE CARS OF A FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR
THE NUMBER OF CARS YOU COUNT WILL BE HOW MANY YEARS
YOU HAVE LEFT TO LIVE.

Submitter comment: MY GIRLFRIEND ONCE TOLD ME THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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THE SCOTS MAKE SURE THAT THE FIRST PERSON TO STEP FOOT
ACROSS THEIR DOORWAY IN A NEW YEAR IS DARK-HAIRED,
BECAUSE THIS ACTION WILL BRING GOOD LUCK TO THE HOUSEHOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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Grandpa had a frightful creature that lived in the swamps and
often sat on the rail fence at the entrance to the small swamps
waiting to catch unsuspecting kids who disobeyed the rules and
wandered there. He was a katty-hue-gag and looked somewhat like the
Jaberwock.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

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Our north pasture had yielded many Indians artifacts during the
century, the land belonged to my family. My uncle told me that the
spirits of the long or gotten still made their semi-yearly trips to
that pretty place. Fires could be seen over the pasture hill on
mild and misty spring and fall evenings. The gentle nomadic Indian
spirits still returned to a place where they were.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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Arroz con pollo was a tradition from my father's native land
(Armenia) for New Year's Day.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 00-00-1912

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THE DAY HAS EYES; THE NIGHT HAS EARS.

Submitter comment: SHE BELIEVED IT AT THE TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1975 ; 00-00-1985

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