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ARABIAN SAYING: (TRANS.)

I TAUGHT HIM HOW TO HUNT, AND HE
LEARNED WELL; NOW HE IS HUNTING ME.

Submitter comment: EXPLAINED AS A WARNING TO BE CAUTIOUS OF TEACHING TOO
MUCH OF YOUR OWN SKILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V200

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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A FOOL

IT IS EASIER FOR A FOOL TO DENY THAN FOR ARISTOTLE TO PROVE.

Submitter comment: SPANISH: MAS PUEDE UN NEEIO NEGAR QUE ARISTOLELES PROBAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

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

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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THE HAUNTED STREET

ONCE THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT IN WHICH A MAN WAS HIT BY A CAR AND
KILLED. WHENEVER ANYONE PASSED OVER THE SPOT WHERE HE WAS KILLED,
SOMETHING WOULD KNOCK ON THE CAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS STORY FROM AN IRISH GIRL SHE WORKS WITH
NAMED MARY COYNE. MARY CLAIMED THAT SHE HAD HEARD THIS STORY BACK
IN IRELAND ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO AND SHE CLAIMED THAT IT WAS A TRUE
STORY. I HAVE INCLUDED IT, ALTHOUGH IT IS WIDESPREAD IN THE U.S.,
BECAUSE OF HER CLAIM THAT SHE HEARD IT IN IRELAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

Date learned: 01-10-1964 ; 00-00-1957

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ARABIAN MAXIM

TIME IS LIKE A SWORD - YOU CUT WITH IT OR IT WILL
CUT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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TWO CUPS - ONE POUND,
THE WORLD AROUND.

Submitter comment: COLLECTOR DOES NOT KNOW MEANING. --J.T.CALLOW

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

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

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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ARABIAN MAXIM

THE SON OF A DUCK IS A SWIMMER.

Submitter comment: EXPLAINED AS BEING SIMILAR TO MANY OTHERS
WHICH COMMENT ON HEREDITARY TRAITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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TO A QUICK QUESTION GIVE A SLOW ANSWER.

Submitter comment: THIS IS BECAUSE USUALLY A QUICK QUESTION HAS MORE
TO MEET THE EAR.

Where learned: ALLEN PARK ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-01-1971

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THOSE WHO SPEND THEIR TIME LOOKING FOR FAULTS IN OTHERS
SELDOM SEE THE FAULTS IN THEMSELVES.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; STUDENT UNION ; TROY ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-29-1971

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IF YOU CUT YOUR HAIR ON YOUR BIRTHDAY, IT WILL BE A BAD YEAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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SUPERSTITION - CHILD

STEP ON A CRACK (IN THE SIDEWALK) YOU BREAK YOUR
MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A CHILD IN DETROIT

Where learned: STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-04-1967

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SUPERSTITION (COLLECTORS TITLE)

DON'T CARRY SALT WITH YOU FROM PLACE TO PLACEQ IT'S A SURE
SIGN OF DISASTER OR BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: RELATED TO HER BY HER FATHER.

Where learned: STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.17

Date learned: 04-04-1967

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VACILE SAYS THAT THE GREEK PEOPLE ARE
BELIEVERS IN THE EVIL EYE. IF SOMEONE
LOOKS AT YOU IN THAT FASHION
YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO GET SICK OR DIE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

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THE MAD BUTCHER OF KINGSBERRY RUN
KINGSBERRY RUN IS A ROAD RUNNING THROUGH THE FLATS OF CLEVELAND
(INDUSTRIAL AREA). MANY UNSOLVED MURDERS HAVE BEEN COMMITTED THERE
WHERE THE VICTIMS HAVE BEEN SLICED UP. THE MURDERER HAS BEEN
CALLED THE MAD BUTCHER. THIS INCIDENT HAS BECOME A LEGEND AMONG
THE PEOPLE OF CLEVELAND.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD OF THIS LEGEND WHILE LIVING IN CLEVELAND WHERE
HE SPENT THE FIRST 18 YEARS OF HIS LIFE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): MUTILATED MURDERS ; OHIO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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PRANK

SOME OF THE GIRLS IN MY DORM WOULD FILL A WASTEPAPER
BASKET WITH WATER AND LEAN IT AGAINST SOMEONE'S DOOR.
THEN THEY WOULD KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND RUN. WHEN
THE GIRL WOULD OPEN THE DOOR TO SEE WHO WAS THERE,
THE WATER WOULD SPILL INTO HER ROOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S GREEN AND FLIES?
SUPER TURTLE.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HIS BROTHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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BELIEF

IF YOUR RIGHT EYE JUMPS, SOMEONE WILL MAKE YOU MAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THAT THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENS TO HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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DURING THE WAR, THE JEWS MADE A WILL, SO THAT IF THEY
WERE LOST AT SEA, THEY WOULD HAVE SURVIVORSHIP RIGHTS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom

Date learned: 04-01-1971

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FORMULA SPEECH

IF SOMEPLACE SHOULD BE EASY TO FIND, YOU SAY, "THAT'S
DUCK SOUP."

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-21-1969

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DROPPING A KNIFE ON THE FLOOR INDICATES THAT AN UNEXPECTED
MALE VISITOR WILL COME THAT EVENING; DROPPING A FORK
MEANS TO EXPECT A FEMALE VISITOR. THIS PERSON REALLY
BELIEVED THIS, AND OFFERED AS PROOF SEVERAL INSTANCES IN
WHICH HIS FRIEND, BILL SCHROEDER, CAME IN JUST SUCH
A MANNER. IN FACT, IT BECAME A FAMILY JOKE THAT
BILL WOULD BE AT THEIR HOUSE IN TIME TO HELP WITH
DISHES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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ZIPPED-UP

IT WAS A FORMAL TYPE DINNER AND ONE OF THE GUYS GOT UP
TO GO TO THE JOHN. AFTER HE RETURNED TO THE TABLE,
HE DISCOVERED THAT HE HADN'T ZIPPED UP HIS FLY. HE
LOOKED THE OTHER WAY AND VERY NONCHALANTLY ZIPPED
IT UP. EVERYTHING WAS OK UNTIL HE GOT UP TO LEAVE.
WHEN HE GOT UP AND STARTED TO WALK AWAY, THE TABLE
CLOTH WENT WITH HIM AND THE WHOLE TABLE WAS UPSET
ON THE FLOOR. HE HAD ZIPPED THE TABLE CLOTH INTO
HIS FLY.

Submitter comment: JOHN TELLS THIS ONE AS ACTUALLY HAVING HAPPENED.
HIS FRIEND WAS THERE AT THE DINNER. IT HAPPENED IN
THE SUMMER OF 1959.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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