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BECAUSE A CIRCLE IS ENDLESS, A WEDDING RING IS THE
SYMBOL OF UNDYING LOVE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Wedding ring

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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IN OLDEN DAYS, A BRIDE STOOD BENEATH A CANOPY TO SHOW
SHE WAS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF HER GROOM. NOWADAYS SHE
WEARS A WEDDING VEIL TO SYMBOLIZE HER SUBMISSION TO HIM.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bride

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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FROM EARLIEST TIMES, NEWLYWEDS HAVE BEEN SHOWERED WITH
RICE OF ABUNDANCE, WHILE THE BRIDE'S FATHER THREW HER
SHOE AFTER THE GROOM, AS A TOKEN OF HIS SURRENDER OF
HIS DAUGHTER.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Rice

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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NUMBER OF FOGS IN AUGUST (EQUALS) THE NUMBER OF SNOWS IN
WINTER.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME BY DR. MORREL, BIOLOGY TEACHER AT PEABODY

Where learned: BUFFALO ; TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEATHER PREDICTION--THICKNESS OF OUTSIDE SKIN OF ONION.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF IS STILL HELD. PEOPLE WILL SEND IN THEIR

Where learned: BUFFALO ; TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE STORY OF THE BOY WHO CAMPS OUT. AN ANT GETS IN HIS
EAR. AS THE YEARS GO BY, HE GETS WORSE HEADACHES.
FINALLY HE IS IN A CAR ACCIDENT AND HIS HEAD IS SPLIT
OPEN. OUT COMES THOUSANDS OF ANTS, THEY HAD A COLONY
THERE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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LACKAWANNA

DID YOU EVER HEAR OF LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK? WELL, I USED TO LIVE
THERE A COUPLE (OF) YEARS AGO. THE STORY AROUND THERE CONCERNING
HOW THE CITY GOT ITS NAME GOES LIKE THIS: THERE WAS THIS INDIAN
TRIBE IN NEW YORK (THE ONEIDAS, I THINK) WHO INHABITED THE
BUFFALO AREA. ONE OF THE INDIANS GOT UP ON THIS BIG OLD HILL
AND SURVEYED THE AREA. ALL THE INDIAN COULD SEE WAS WATER, SO
HE SAID, "LACKAWANNA," WHICH WAS THAT TRIBE'S WAY OF SAYING, "AS
I STAND HIGH ON THIS HILL, AND I LOOK AROUND, ALL I CAN SEE IS
WATER." AND SO THAT IS HOW LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK, GOT ITS NAME.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, A RESIDENT OF THE BUFFALO AREA, SAID THAT THIS IS
WHAT THE PEOPLE TOLD HIM WHEN HE MOVED THERE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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LAKE ERIE

REMEMBER YESTERDAY HOW I TOLD YOU HOW LACKAWANNA GOT ITS NAME
FROM AN INDIAN STANDING ON A HILL. WELL, THE NEXT DAY, THAT
INDIAN BROUGHT THE CHIEF UP TO THE SAME HILL. WHEN THE CHIEF
GOT UP THERE HE SAID, "YOU WERE RIGHT, ALL YOU CAN SEE FROM UP
HERE IS WATER. BOY, IS THIS EVER EERIE!" SO THAT'S HOW THAT
PARTICULAR BODY OF WATER GOT ITS NAME--LAKE ERIE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID HE ALSO HEARD THIS IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 05-14-1965

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SHAGGY DOG STORY

MAN WITH BOXER IN BAR, BRAGGING ABOUT HIS FIGHTING DOG.
OTHER MAN WITH SHAGGY DOG COMES IN. SHAGGY DOG BITES
BOXER'S HEAD OFF. SECOND MAN SAYS A FRIEND OF HIS FROM
AFRICA SENT HIM THE DOG AND BEFORE HE TRIMMED THAT LONG
HAIR OFF ITS NECK IT LOOKED LIKE HELL.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): LION

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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BEDTIME STORY

THIS INFORMANT USED TO USE THIS STORY FOR HIS CHILDREN,
WHEN THEY WOULD ASK FOR A BEDTIME STORY.
"THIS IS THE SHORTEST BEDTIME STORY EVER TOLD: 'GOOD
NIGHT!'"

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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THE STORY OF THE BOY WHO CAMPS OUT. AN ANT GETS IN HIS
EAR. AS THE YEARS GO BY, HE GETS WORSE HEADACHES.
FINALLY HE IS IN A CAR ACCIDENT AND HIS HEAD IS SPLIT
OPEN. OUT COMES THOUSANDS OF ANTS, THEY HAD A COLONY
THERE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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LACKAWANNA

DID YOU EVER HEAR OF LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK? WELL, I USED TO LIVE
THERE A COUPLE (OF) YEARS AGO. THE STORY AROUND THERE CONCERNING
HOW THE CITY GOT ITS NAME GOES LIKE THIS: THERE WAS THIS INDIAN
TRIBE IN NEW YORK (THE ONEIDAS, I THINK) WHO INHABITED THE
BUFFALO AREA. ONE OF THE INDIANS GOT UP ON THIS BIG OLD HILL
AND SURVEYED THE AREA. ALL THE INDIAN COULD SEE WAS WATER, SO
HE SAID, "LACKAWANNA," WHICH WAS THAT TRIBE'S WAY OF SAYING, "AS
I STAND HIGH ON THIS HILL, AND I LOOK AROUND, ALL I CAN SEE IS
WATER." AND SO THAT IS HOW LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK, GOT ITS NAME.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, A RESIDENT OF THE BUFFALO AREA, SAID THAT THIS IS
WHAT THE PEOPLE TOLD HIM WHEN HE MOVED THERE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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LAKE ERIE

REMEMBER YESTERDAY HOW I TOLD YOU HOW LACKAWANNA GOT ITS NAME
FROM AN INDIAN STANDING ON A HILL. WELL, THE NEXT DAY, THAT
INDIAN BROUGHT THE CHIEF UP TO THE SAME HILL. WHEN THE CHIEF
GOT UP THERE HE SAID, "YOU WERE RIGHT, ALL YOU CAN SEE FROM UP
HERE IS WATER. BOY, IS THIS EVER EERIE!" SO THAT'S HOW THAT
PARTICULAR BODY OF WATER GOT ITS NAME--LAKE ERIE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID HE ALSO HEARD THIS IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 05-14-1965

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SHAGGY DOG STORY

MAN WITH BOXER IN BAR, BRAGGING ABOUT HIS FIGHTING DOG.
OTHER MAN WITH SHAGGY DOG COMES IN. SHAGGY DOG BITES
BOXER'S HEAD OFF. SECOND MAN SAYS A FRIEND OF HIS FROM
AFRICA SENT HIM THE DOG AND BEFORE HE TRIMMED THAT LONG
HAIR OFF ITS NECK IT LOOKED LIKE HELL.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): LION

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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BEDTIME STORY

THIS INFORMANT USED TO USE THIS STORY FOR HIS CHILDREN,
WHEN THEY WOULD ASK FOR A BEDTIME STORY.
"THIS IS THE SHORTEST BEDTIME STORY EVER TOLD: 'GOOD
NIGHT!'"

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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PROVERB

WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY, WE KNOW THE WORTH OF WATER.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

WHIPPING BOY.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

WORK FASCINATES ME: I CAN SIT AND WATCH IT FOR HOURS.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STOVEPIPE AND A CRAZY DUTCHMAN?
ONE'S A SILLY HOLLANDER AND THE OTHER'S A HOLLOW CYLINDER.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): WORD PLAY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHY DO FIREMEN WEAR RED SUSPENDERS?
ANSWER: TO HOLD UP THEIR PANTS.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): PANTS (A) ; SUSPENDERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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