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I heard a little rhyme at work that said;
Wine me
Dine me
Sixty-nine me.

Submitter comment:

Sixty-nine is a sexual intercourse position.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

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

Date learned: 03-00-1992

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POLISH-AMERICAN XMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, POLISH-AMERICANS HAVE THE TRADITIONAL CUSTOM
OF BREAKING BREAD-LIKE WAFERS CALLED "OPLATKI" AND EACH PERSON
TAKES A PIECE OF THE WAFER AND GOES UP TO ANOTHER PERSON. AS ONE
PERSON WISHES THE OTHER GOOD HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND GOOD LUCK,
THE PERSON DOING THE WISHING BREAKS OFF A PIECE OF THE OTHER'S
WAFER FOR EACH WISH THAT HE MAKES. EVERY
PERSON PRESENT ON CHRISTMAS EVE IN THE HOME MUST GO UP TO ALL
THE OTHERS PRESENT AND WISH THEM ALL WELL. THIS CUSTOM ARISES OUT
OF STRONG FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS AND EXPRESSES THE GOOD WILL THAT ONE
PERSON IN THE FAMILY HAS IN HIS HEART FOR ALL THE OTHER MEMBERS
OF THE FAMILY ON THE JOYOUS OCCASION OF CHRISTMAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 10-03-1969

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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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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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PLANT SWEET PEA AND PEA SEEDS ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.33

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLISH WEDDING CUSTOM

IN POLAND, IT IS CUSTOMARY TO THROW SALT AND RYE AT
THE MARRIED COUPLE AS THEY LEAVE THE CHURCH AFTER THE
NUPTUAL MASS. RYE TAKES THE PLACE OF RICE BECAUSE
IT IS A CROP AND THEREFORE AVAILABLE. THE RYE ALSO
SIGNIFIES BREAD WHICH THE MARRIED COUPLE WILL
CONSUME THROUGHOUT THEIR MARRIED LIFE. THE SALT
SIGNIFIES THAT THEY WILL NEVER GO HUNGRY AS LONG AS
THEY ARE HAPPY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Things thrown at newlyweds

Date learned: 10-03-1969

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-19-1971

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Always leave by the same door as you enter by; this will ward off
bad luck while you're out.

Submitter comment: Lisa learned this around 1980 from her mother, Kathleen Metz.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Keyword(s): Ingress

James Callow Keyword(s): House

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

Date learned: 00001980S

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IN ORDER TO DO WELL ON A TEST YOU SHOULD EAT PLENTY OF FRUIT
WHILE YOU STUDY AND BEFORE YOU TAKE THE TEST. IT'S BRAIN FOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001970S

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It is bad luck for the groom to see the bride on their wedding
day before she walks down the aisle for the ceremony. It
is also bad luck for him to see the gown before the wedding.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01-00-1984

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It is a scottish tradition in Keith's family to drink out of a
special shot-type glass when an adult has a birthday. The
person having the birthday is the only one who may drink
from the glass. The print on the glass is red and green plaid.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 01-00-1978

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On New Year's Day, Keith's grandfather gives everyone in
the family a silver dollar to signify a prosperous new year.
It is bad luck to start the year off poor.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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BELGIAN PEOPLE ALWAYS TREASURE THEIR FIRST
INDIAN NICKEL.

Submitter comment: IT IS SAID THAT BELGIANS ARE REALLY TIGHT
WITH THEIR MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Monetary system Money Wealth
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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AVOID WEARING RED CLOTHES, IT IS THE COLOR THAT ATTRACTS DESIRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX, LUST

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Color

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TO BLEACH YOUR HAIR BOIL APPLES AND USE THE EXTRACT.
A FRIEND USED TO DO THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: CA00001955

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WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT, SHE SHOULD NOT LOOK AT A BURNING FIRE OR
THE BABY WILL BE BORN SCARED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

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

Date learned: CA00001950

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WHEN YOU SEE THE FIRST ROBIN OF SPRING, LICK YOUR THUMB, RUB IT ON
THE OPPOSITE FIST AND BANG THEM TOGETHER. THEN MAKE A WISH.

Submitter comment: 1 HE LEARNED THIS IN GERMANY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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WHEN IT IS SNOWING, MOTHER GOOSE IS SHAKING HER FEATHER BED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: CA00001955

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LULLABY

HUSH A BY DON'T YOU CRY
GO TO SLEEP BABY.
WHEN YOU AWAKE YOU SHALL HAVE CAKE
AND ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES DOWN IN THE MEADOW
DOWN IN THE MEADOW THERE'S A POOR LITTLE LAMBY
HUSH LITTLE BIRD DON'T SAW A WORD
CAN'T YOU HEAR THEM CRYING MAMY.

Submitter comment: HIS MOTHER USED TO SING THIS TO HIM IN ENGLISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

Date learned: 00-00-1949

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IRISH BLESSING

MAY YOU BE IN HEAVEN AN HOUR BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE GONE.

Submitter comment: HIS FATHER USED TO TELL THIS TO HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

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

Date learned: CA00001950

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