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SUPERSTITIONS

IF YOUR EAR ITCHES, SOMEBODY IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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BURIAL CUSTOMS

IN PROTESTANT CEMETERIES, PEOPLE ARE BURIED WITH THEIR FEET
FACING TOWARDS THE EAST. WHEN GOD COMES ON RESURRECTION DAY
FROM THE EAST, YOU CAN RISE UP AND BE FACING HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION: EAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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VERSE

RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT.

Submitter comment: (A RED SKY INDICATES GOOD SAILING THE NEXT DAY.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

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

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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BELIEF

IF THE CRICKETS COME INDOORS, IT'S GOING TO BE A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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HOME CURES

THE FOLLOWING CURE IS GOOD FOR BODILY ACHES AND PAINS.
PLACE HORSE MANURE IN A BAG AND HOLD IT ON THE AFFLICTED AREA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS

IF YOUR HAND ITCHES, YOU'RE GOING TO GET MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU'RE GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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BIRTH MARKS

WHEN MY MOTHER WAS EXPECTING ME SHE HAD A CRAVING FOR PICKLES &
HOG LEGS. THE FATHER COULDN'T FIND THE FOOD IN ANY STORE.
WHEN I WAS BORN I HAD A BIRTH MARK ON MY WRIST OF A HOG'S LEG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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BELIEFS

A GREEN DECEMBER MAKES A FULL CEMETERY.

Submitter comment: (IF THE COLD ISN'T THERE TO KILL THE GERMS THEN MANY PEOPLE
WILL DIE OF VARIOUS DISEASES.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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PROVERB

THAT WHICH I FEAR HAS COME UPON ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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CURER

THERE USED TO BE SIGNS ALONG GRAND RIVER THAT READ "READINGS".
PEOPLE WOULD CALL THESE PLACES TO HAVE ONE OF THE CURERS COME
OVER AND HEAL ONE OF THEIR SICK. THEY WOULD COME OVER WITH A
BIBLE, OPEN IT TO A CERTAIN PASSAGE AND PRAY OVER THE SICK
PERSON. THEN THEY WOULD PLACE A HANDKERCHIEF ON THE PLACE OF
PAIN. AFTER A WHILE THEY WOULD REMOVE IT AND BURN IT IN THE
FIRE. PEOPLE BELIEVED THIS TRANSFERRED THE PAIN TO THE FIRE.
THE SICK PERSON WAS USUALLY WELL AFTER THIS. THESE CURERS
ALSO MADE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS IN FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS AS PART
OF THEIR RITUAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Curer
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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CAR BELIEF

IF A GIRL IS RIDING IN A CAR AND IT CROSSES OVER RAILROAD
TRACKS, SHE MUST LIFT UP HER FEET OR SHE WILL NOT GET MARRIED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS ATTITUDE WAS QUITE SKEPTICAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DIET

FIVE POUNDS CAN BE LOST IN THREE DAYS BY EATING HARD
BOILED EGGS AND DRINKING WATER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS ABSURD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Food

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THE EGG TRICK

FOR THIS TRICK YOU ASK SOMEONE TO STAND BEHIND A DOOR
ON THE PRETENSE OF HELPING YOU FIX THE HINGE. YOU TELL
THE PERSON BEHIND THE DOOR TO PLACE HIS THUMB AND INDEX
FINGER THROUGH THE NARROW DOOR SPACE. THEN YOU HAND
HIM AN EGG AND LEAVE HIM THERE INDEFINITELY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS PRANK VERY FUNNY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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IN BRAZIL, DOGS ARE ALLOWED TO ROAM THROUGH CHURCHES
WITHOUT BEING BOTHERED EVEN WHILE MASS IS PERFORMED.
THIS IS BECAUSE IN A GOSPEL STORY, A DOG LICKED THE
SORES OF THE LEPER, LAZARUS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS ANNOYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN BRAZIL, DOGS ARE ALLOWED TO ROAM THROUGH
CHURCHES WITHOUT BEING BOTHERED, EVEN WHILE
MASS IS PERFORMED. THIS IS BECAUSE, IN A GOSPEL
STORY, A DOG LICKED THE SORES OF THE LEPER,
LAZARUS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS TO BE ANNOYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON
AND LSD?
ANSWER: THERE ISN'T ANY DIFFERENCE, ONE IS A DOPE AND THE OTHER
IS A DRUG.

Data entry tech comment: LSD (LYSERGIC ACID DIETHYLAMIDE) IS A STRONG HALLUCINOGENIC ;

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF THE PRESIDENT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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CUT THE CHEESE

PLAYED WITH FOUR OR MORE PLAYERS TWO OF WHICH ARE AT THE ENDS OF A
JUMPROPE OR OTHER ROPE. THEY MOVE THE ROPE UP AND DOWN ALTERNATING
FROM EACH OTHER. THE OTHER PEOPLE MUST TRY TO RUN, JUMP OR DIVE TO
GET OVER OR UNDER THE ROPE WITHOUT BEING TOUCHED BY THE ROPE. THE
FIRST TWO PEOPLE TO GET TOUCHED WORK THE ENDS OF THE ROPE FOR THE
NEXT GAME. THE WINNER IS THE LAST PERSON TO GET THROUGH THE ROPE
WITHOUT BEING TOUCHED.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GAME PLAYED BY MY SISTERS AND THEIR FRIENDS WHEN THEY
WERE ABOUT 8 TO 10 YEARS OF AGE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

THIRTY DAYS HALF SEPTEMBER, APRIL, JUNE AND NOVEMBER

Submitter comment: THE WORD HALF MAY ORGINALLY HAVE BEEN THE WORD HAVE BUT WAS CHANGED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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EAT YOUR BREAD CRUSTS AND YOU WILL GET CURLY HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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