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WEDDING CUSTOM

THERE IS A CUSTOM IN ITALY, WHEN THE BRIDE IS LEAVING HER
HOME TO GO TO THE CHURCH, ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE INVITED TO THE
WEDDING STAND OUTSIDE AND THROW COINS AT HER. THIS IS GOOD LUCK,
AND SHE WILL NOT BE POOR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATED THAT THIS WAS DONE TO HER IN CALABRIA,ITALY ON
HER WEDDING DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Procession to church

Date learned: 01-21-1972

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WORMS

A CURE FOR STOMACH WORMS IS TO PUT MINT IN THE PERSON'S BOTTOM
AND PUT CHEESE IN THEIR MOUTH.
WORMS HATE CHEESE BUT THEY LIKE MINT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER-IN-LAW PERFORMED THIS IN FRONT OF HER
TO INFORMANT'S DAUGHTER, WHEN THE CHILD WAS SIX YEARS OLD.
THE CHILD STOPPED CHOCKING AND WAS CURED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM: BOTTOM FOR ANUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 01-21-1972

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Ethnic Joke: Jewish

Descriptions of a Jewish Christmas Card: on the front it has a tree, and strung from the tree, instead of the usually bulbs [sic], it has 32 colored Matzo Balls, and on the top, instead of the star of Bethlehem, it has a Jewish star, not the star adavin [sic], but a picture of Sammy Davis Jr. or Liz Taylor, you can take your pick.

Submitter comment:

Sammy Davis Jr. and Liz Taylor are Jewish movie stars.

Data entry tech comment:

I believe that adavin is supposed to be "of David."

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; Decoration ; Distasteful ; ETHNIC ; Hollywood ; HUMOR ; Jewish ; JOKES ; Offensive ; Stereotype ; Tree

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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WHEN YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE WITH SOMEONE WHO WILL GIVE
YOU THE EVIL EYE, HOLD OUT YOUR FOREFINGER AND BABY
FINGER, HOLD THIS UNTIL THE PERSON LEAVES.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SAW HIS BROTHER DO THIS WHEN IN CALABRIA,
ITALY, AND BELIEVED IT WARDED OFF THE EVIL EYE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ITALY ; OAK PARK ; CALABRIA

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; EVIL ; EVIL EYE ; Eye ; Fingers ; GESTURE ; Prevent ; SUPERSTITION ; Ward

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.12

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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DO NOT HAND A PERSON A KNIFE. PUT IT ON THE TABLE
AND LET HIM PICK IT UP. IF YOU DO NOT, A FIGHT
MAY ARISE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HER MOTHER BELIEBED IN THIS SUPER-
STITION, AND ALWAYS PASSED A KNIFE BY FIRST PUTTING
IT ON THE TABLE. THEN THE OTHER PERSON COULD
PICK IT UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-14-1972

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SHIRLEY HAD SOME CHEWING GUM,
WHICH WAS AGAINST THE RULE,
TEACHER TOOK IT AWAY FROM HER,
AND CHEWED IT AFTER SCHOOL.
HAVE A NICE SUMMER, EILEEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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CROSSING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS

I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS ABOUT THIRTEEN,
WHENEVER DRIVING IN A CAR OVER RAILROAD TRACKS
YOU HAD TO LIFT YOUR FEET OFF THE FLOOR OF THE CAR,
PUT YOUR ARM UP INTO THE AIR, AND
MAKE A WISH. IF YOU DID NOT DO THIS
ONE DAY YOUR BOYFRIEND WOULD LEAVE YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLS THAT FOR MANY YEARS
THIS TASK WAS PERFORMED WHEN CROSSING RAILROAD TRACKS,
AND STILL FINDS HERSELF PICKING UP HER FOOT WHEN DRIVING OVER TRACKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-01-1972

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AUTOGRAPH FROM NADYNE ORLOFF

HE WALKED HER HOME WHEN THE NIGHT WAS DARK,
HE RAN AHEAD TO OPEN THE GATE.
SHE WANTED TO THANK HIM, BUT SHE DIDN'T KNOW HOW,
'CUZ HE WAS THE FARMER, AND SHE WAS THE COW/

Submitter comment: ENTRY DATED 1963 IN AUTOGRAPH BOOK, KEPT IN OADK PARK, MICHIGAN
1963 - 1972

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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SUPERSTITION

IN ONE DOOR AND OUT ANOTHER CAUSES BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS EXPLAINED THROUGH WHAT IS SEEN AS "NORMAL". IF YOU
ENTER THROUGH ONE DOOR IT IS "NORMAL" TO EXIT THROUGH THE SAME
DOOR. EXITING THROUGH ANOTHER DOOR IS SEEN AS DEVIATION, AND
DEVIATION FROM THE NORM RESULTS IN BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK ; FRIENDS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-10-1979

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SUPERSTITION

LILACS IN THE HOUSE--BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: ACCORDING TO THE INFORMANT THIS BELIEF IS COMMON IN LONDON, ENGLAND,
HOWEVER, SHE LACKS AN EXPLANATION FOR THE BELIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK ; FRIENDS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-10-1979

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SUPERSTITION

NEW SHOES ON THE TABLE--BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: ACCORDING TO THE INFORMANT, THIS BELIEF IS COMMON IN
LONDON, ENGLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK ; FRIENDS HOME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- P 68 P 68.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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SUPERSTITION

IF BIRDS GET SOME OF YOUR HAIR YOU'LL GO CRAZY.

Submitter comment: THE REASONING BEHIND THIS BELIEF WAS THE FACT THAT ONE'S HAIR
IS A PART OF ONE'S HEAD, THEREFORE, POSSESSION BY BIRDS WOULD
GIVE ONE THE MENTALITY OF BIRDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK ; FRIENDS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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BAD LUCK BY POINTING TO THE SKY (COLLECTOR,S TITLE) ; CONVERSION: BITING (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE) ; GESTURE OR SIGN LANGUE BY USE OF HANDS (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

THEY SAY THAT IT IS BAD LUCK TO POINT TO THE SKY, IF YOU DO,
YOU SHOULD BITE YOUR FINGER UNTIL IT HURTS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HER MOTHER ALWAYS DID THIS, AND SAID THAT HER
MOTHER ALWAYS SAID THAT GOD DOES NOT LIKE TO BE POINTED AT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-02-1972

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A PIECE OF PAPER WITH HOLES PUNCHED IN IT IS USED FOR THIS JOKE.
PERSON TELLING JOKE WOULD STARE, AND RUB FINGERS OVER BUMPS IN
PAPER, HUMMING A TUNE. PERSON LISTENING WOULD ASK, "WHAT'S
THAT?", ANSWER, "HELEN KELLER SINGING AND READING MUSIC."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): BLIND

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-01-1972

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THE HILL

THERE IS A HILL IN THE ROSEDALE PARK CEMETERY. WHENEVER ANYONE PARKED THEIR CAR IN FRONT OF THE HILL, THE CAR WOULD BEGIN ROLLING UP THE HILL.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS A STORY WHICH CIRCULATED AROUND MY HIGH SCHOOL. I HAD "HEARD" IT ACTUALLY HAPPENNED TO SOMEONE, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW ANYONE WHO ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Learned in late 1960s.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 00001960S LATE

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MENSTRUAL BELIEF-WINE PREPARATION

WHEN WE MADE WINE IN THE OLD COUNTRY, IF A WOMAN
WHO HAD HER MENSTRUAL PERIOD CAME AROUND OR WAS NEAR THE PLACE
WHERE THE WINE WAS BEING MADE, THE WINE WOULD ALWAYS GO SOUR.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS A FIRM BELIEVER IN THIS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): Feminist ; Grapes ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; Sour ; Wine ; Woman

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

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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THE HILL

THERE IS A HILL IN THE ROSEDALE PARK CEMETERY. WHENEVER ANYONE
PARKED THEIR CAR IN FRONT OF THE HILL, THE CAR WOULD BEGIN
ROLLING UP THE HILL.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS A STORY WHICH CIRCULATED AROUND MY HIGH SCHOOL. I HAD
HEARD IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO SOMEONE, BUT I DID NOT KNOW
ANYONE WHO HAD ACTAULLY EXPERIENCED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 00001960S LATE

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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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IT FLOATS

MY MOTHER USED TO TELL ME ABOUT A HAUNTED HOUSE THAT HAD
GHOSTS, BATS, DRAGGING CHAINS AND OTHER SCARY THINGS.
WHEN SHE HAD BUILT UP THE SUSPENSE, SHE WOULD SAY,
"IT FLOATS, IT FLOATS," AND THEN I WOULD SAY, "WHAT
FLOATS?" AND SHE WOULD GRIN AND SAY, "WHY, IVORY
SOAP FLOATS!"

Submitter comment: HEARD WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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JESUS HELPS THOSE THAT HELP THEMSELVES

ONE DAY JESUS WAS TAKING A WALK WITH PETER DOWN AN OLD
ROAD. THEY SAW A MAN WITH A DONKEY BY THE SIDE OF THE
ROAD, THE DONKEY GOT STUCK IN THE MUD. THE MAN FELL DOWN
ON HIS KNEES AND HE STARTED PRAYING, "GOD, OH GOD, PULL
MY DONKEY OUT OF THE MUD." BUT JESUS JUST KEPT WALKING
BY. AS HE KEPT WALKING, ANOTHER MAN AND DONKEY WERE
STUCK IN THE MUD. BUT THE MAN WAS CUSSING, SWEARING,
SAYING, "YOU DAMN BASTARD MULE." AS HE SWORE HE WAS
PULLING AND PUSHING THE DONKEY. JESUS WENT DOWN AND
HELPED HIM.
AFTER, PETER ASKED JESUS, "WHY DID YOU HELP THIS MAN
WHO CUSSED, AND NOT THE MAN WHO PRAYED?" JESUS SAID
THAT HE HELPED HIM 'CAUSE HE WAS HELPING HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL TALE RESOURCEFULNESS REWARDED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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