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REMEDY FOR FRECKLES

TO GET RID OF FRECKLES, YOU GET UP AT DAWN AND STICK YOUR FACE INTO A
CREEK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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CURE FOR NERVOUSNESS

IN ORDER TO CALM YOUR NERVES, YOU BOIL LETTUCE AND THEN DRINK THE
JUICE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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CURE FOR BLOODY NOSE

FOLD A PAPER TOWEL UP AND PUT IT UNDER YOUR UPPER LIP.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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CROSS-EYED BELIEF

IF YOU CROSS YOUR EYES AND THE WIND BLOWS ON YOUR EYES, THEY WILL
STAY CROSSED.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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TOAD BELIEF

DON'T PLAY WITH OR TOUCH TOADS BECAUSE YOU WILL GET WARTS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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ITCHY NOSE BELIEF

IF YOU HAVE AN ITCHY NOSE, YOU ARE GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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TOOTH ACHE BELIEF

IF YOU WEAR TIGHT ROLLERS IN YOUR HAIR, IF WILL GIVE YOU TOOTH ACHES.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION ; TOOTHACHE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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CHILDREN'S BELIEF

IF YOU WEAR YOUR SOCKS TO BED, YOUR FEET WILL NOT GROW.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SLEEPWEAR ATTIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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DRAGONFLY BELIEF

IF A DRAGONFLY IS FLYING AROUND YOUR FACE, IT WILL SEW YOUR MOUTH UP
SO YOU CAN NOT TALK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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CHILDREN'S BELIEF

IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK, YOU BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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GOOD-BYE VERSE

FIRST PERSON SAYS: SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR. THE SECOND ANSWERS: IN
AWHILE CROCODILE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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BEANS VERSE

BEANS, BEANS THE MUSICAL FRUIT. / THE MORE YOU EAT THE MORE YOU
TOOT. / THE MORE YOU TOOT, THE BETTER YOU FEEL. / SO EAT BEANS AT EVE
EVERY MEAL..

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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COUNTING OUT VERSE

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, / THREE POTATO FOUR, / FIVE POTATO, SIX
POTATO / SEVEN POTATO MORE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLACK, / IF I HAD A KNIFE, I'D STICK IT IN
YOUR BACK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE GREEN. / MY FACE IS FUNNY BUT YOUR'S IS A
SCREAM.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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LEGEND

AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY THERE IS A TOWER CALLED BEAUMONT
IN WHICH THERE ARE TWO STEEPLES, EVERY TIME A VIRGIN
IS GRADUATED FROM THIS SCHOOL, ONE OF THE TWO STEEPLES
ARE KNOCKED DOWN TO HONOR HER. THESE TWO STEEPLES HAVE BEEN
THERE SINCE 1865.

Submitter comment: FROM ROOM MATE.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: DORM ; MICHIGAN STATE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTIFEMINISM ; PESSIMISM ; SATIRE ; VIRGINITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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BELIEF - LEGEND

ALONG THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST, ESPECIALLY AROUND PARLEY'S
ISLAND, A STORY HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO
GENERATION OF THE "GREY GHOST." THE STORY ORIGINATED PRIOR
TO CIVIL WAR TIMES. THE STORY BEGAN FROM A YOUNG MAN
RETURNING HOME FROM A WAR TO FIND HIS FIANCEE MARRIED. HE
ONLY PEEPED IN A WINDOW AND FOUND HER HAPPY, WHICH WAS HIS
MAIN DESIRE, AND SO HE TURNED FROM THE HOME ANAD WALKED INTO
THE OCEAN. ON MANY OCCASIONS, THE GREY GHOST HAS RETURNED
AS A WARNING OF IMPENDING TROUBLE OR DISASTER. THE LAST
SUCH OCCURANCE WAS DURING THE APPROACH OF THE HURRICANE,
HAZEL IN 1955. THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF EVACUATING PARLEY'S
ISLAND HAD CHECKED EACH HOUSE, BUT AS THEY LEFT THE ISLAND,
THEY SAW THE FIGURE OF THE GREY GHOST IN A LIGHTED WINDOW
WATCHING OVER THE ISLAND. DURING MY VACATION ON THE ISLAND
A FEE YEARS AGO, TWO TEENAGE BOYS WERE WALKING ON THE BEACH
BEFORE A THUNDER AND WINDSTORM ARRIVED AND DECLARED THEY
SAW A FIGURE WALKING TOWARD THEM, BUT AS THEY CAME NEARER,
THE FIGURE DISAPPEARED. WHEN THEY CAME INSIDE, THEY WERE
AS WHITE AS A SHEET, AS IF THEY HAD SEEN A GHOST.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; DORM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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"THE GHOST OF RESTON"

RESTON, VIRGINIA NEAR WASHINGTON, D. C. IS NOW A NEW TOWN, BUT
WAS ONCE THE SITE OF A BEAUTIFUL MANSION ALSO KNOWN AS RESTON.
A YOUNG GIRL WITH LONG BLONDE HAIR LIVED HERE LONG AGO. SHE
WAS COURTED BY A MAN WHO BECAME INSANELY JEALOUS AND IN A
FIT OF ANGER, KILLED AND DECAPITATED HER, TAKING THE HEAD
WITH HIM IN HIS FLIGHT. THE HEADLESS BODY WAS BURIED ON
THE GROUNDS OF RESTON, BUT THE HEAD WAS NEVER DISCOVERED.
SEARCHING FOR HER HEAD, THE GHOST OF RESTON HAUNTED THE
MANSION UNTIL IT WAS DEMOLISHED. WITHOUT A HOUSE OR HEAD
NOW, SHE CONTINUES TO HAUNT LONELY ROAD AND WOODS NEAR
THE TOWN OF RESTON AND HAS RECENTLY APPEARED TO SEVERAL
CARLOADS OF TEENAGERS WHO HAVE MADE A HOBBY OF "GHOST
WATCHING." SHE SEEMS ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN BLONDE
GIRLS LIKE HERSELF, FOR WHEN A CAR CONTAINING A BLONDE
PARKED NEAR, SHE NOT ONLY APPEARED, BUT DREW CLOSE TO
THE CAR AND TRIED TO ENTER THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD. THE
GIRL INSIDE SCREAMED AND THE GHOST DISAPPEARED.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING AND STRUCTURE CORRECTED BY STUDENT EDITOR.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; DORM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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BELIEF

THIS EXPRESSION IS USED BY MY FATHER AND GRANDFATHER: "I'M
GLAD I ATE WHEN I DID 'CAUSE I'M NOT HUNGRY NOW." THIS IS
USUALLY SAID AFTER A HUGE MEAL HAS BEEN EATEN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; DORM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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LEGEND

AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY THERE IS A RIVER NAMED
THE RED CEDAR, WHICH FLOWS THROUGH THE ENTIRE CAMPUS.
THIS IS THE ONLY RIVER IN EXISTENCE THAT HAS A RUBBER
COATED BOTTOM, IMPLYING A FAVORITE PLACE FOR LATE HOUR DATES.

Submitter comment: FROM DORM FRIENDS

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: DORM ; MICHIGAN STATE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Running water Large current.

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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