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AT JEWISH WEDDINGS THE BRIDE AND GROOM DRINK FROM
A GLASS GOBLET. THE GROOM DRINKS FIRST TO SHOW HIS
AUTHORITY OVER THE BRIDE. THE BRIDE DRINKS SECOND
TO SHOW HER SUBMISSION TO HER HUSBAND. THEN THE
GROOM SMASHES THE GOBLET UNDER HIS FOOT SO THAT NO
ONE ELSE MAY DRINK FROM IT, SYMBOLIZING THAT NO
PERSON SHALL COME BETWEEN THIS COUPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Stepping on wine glass

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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Polish Dope Pusher

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 01-00-1992

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PLACE YOUR SHOES ON THE WINDOW LEDGE ON ST. NICHOLAS DAY,
AND MANY TREATS WILL BE LEFT FOR YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas

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WHEN I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY FIRST CHILD I CONTINUALLY HAD
CRAVINGS FOR STRAWBERRIES. I WAS KNOWN TO EAT STRAWBERRIES
MORE THAN 3 TIMES IN A GIVEN DAY. MY MOTHER ONCE TOLD ME TO
STOP THIS HABIT OR MY CHILD WOULD LOOK LIKE A STRAWBERRY.
SHE SAID THAT IN THE OLD COUNTRY (HUNGARY), SUCH THINGS HAD
HAPPENED MANY TIMES. SHE SAID THAT MY CHILD WOULD CARRY WITH
HER, FOREVER, A REMINDER OF MY CRAVING. AS IT GOES, MY FIRST
CHILD WAS BORN WITH A STRAWBERRY SHAPED BIRTHMARK ON HER LEFT
LEG. NOW, SOME 25 YEARS LATER, SHE STILL HAS THE BIRTHMARK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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CUSTOM OF A SCHOOL

AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, TO GET INTO THE J. M. B. FRATERNITY, THE
PLEDGE MUST GO INTO A LOCAL SHOPPING MALL AND FIND A GIRL WITH A
LEATHER WRANGLER PATCH ON HER JEANS AND TAKE IT OFF ANY WAY HE CAN.

Submitter comment: I THINK THAT THIS IS REALLY FUNNY, BUT I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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PRODUCT OR ACTIVITY OF MAN

AT A GREEK MEAL IT IS AN INSULT IF YOU TURN YOUR GLASS UPSIDEDOWN,
THIS MEANS THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE THE MEAL.

Submitter comment: I FIND THIS VERY STRANGE, BUT I BELIEVE THAT IT IS TRUE. WHY WOULD
ANYONE WANT TO TURN THEIR GLASS UPSIDEDOWN ANYWAY ?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION, DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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IT IS AN IRISH SAYING CONCERNING PEOPLE WITH BLUE EYES
WITH GREY FLECKS:
"GOD PUT THEM IN WITH A DEITY FINGER."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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IN THIS INFORMANTS FAMILY
SOME OF THE CHILDREN HAVE A SMALL BROWN FRECKLE
OR BEAUTY MARK UNDER EACH EYE.
IT IS SAID THAT THESE ARE TEARS
BECAUSE THEY CAME INTO THE WORLD ON A SAD DAY.
IT IS ALSO SAID "MONDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF WOE,"
AND THESE SAME CHILDREN WERE BORN ON MONDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

Keyword(s): BEAUTY MARKS ; FRECKLES ; WOE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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