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WHEN SOMEBODY DROPS SILVERWARE ON THE KITCHEN
FLOOR, IT USUALLY MEANS COMPANY IS COMING OVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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HE'S MORE TIRED THAN AN ONE-LEGGED MAN IN AN
ASS KICKIN' CONTEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00001970S

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HE IS MORE NERVOUS THAN A LONG-TAILED CAT IN A
ROOM FULL OF ROCKIN' CHAIRS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00001980S

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A PERSON BORN BEFORE NOON AND AFTER MIDNIGHT
INDICATES THRIFTINESS AND ARROGANCE WHILE A
PERSON BORN AFTER NOON AND BEFORE MIDNIGHT
INDICATES GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00001980S

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THE RUBBING OF MUD ON A BEE STING WILL TAKE THE
PAIN OUT AND IT WILL ALSO REDUCE THE SWELLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE
LOWER PENINSULA HOLD UP THEIR RIGHT OR LEFT HAND
LIKE A MITTEN AND POINT TO THE PLACE ON THEIR HAND
WHICH SHOWS THE LOCATION OF THE CITY IN WHICH
THEY LIVE.(POINT TO THE PALM ON THE RIGHT HAND OR
BACKHAND OF THE LEFT.)

Submitter comment: THE LOWER PENINSULA OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN LOOKS
LIKE A MITTEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

James Callow Keyword(s): GEOGRAPHY OF A STATE

Subject headings: Favorites
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001970S

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LUMINARI

LUMINARI IS FROM A SPANISH WORD MEANING LIGHT, AND
IS THE CUSTOM OF LIGHTING STREETS OF A NEIGHBORHOOD WITH
CANDLELIGHT TO SYMBOLIZE THE BONFIRES THE SHEPHERDS BUILT
TO LIGHT THEIR WAY TO THE MANGER IN BETHLEHEM ON THE
FIRST CHRISTMAS EVE. FOR THE MODERN DAY YOUNG-AT-HEARTS,
IT IS ALSO BE DESCRIBED AS LIGHTING THE WAY FOR SANTA.
WHEN DONE WITH UNANIMOUS COOPERATION, THE EFFECT IS
MOST IMPRESSIVE AND HEARTWARMING IN THIS SEASON OF
"GOOD WILL TOWARDS ALL MEN."
THE PROCEDURE INVOLVED IS RELATIVELY SIMPLE AND SAFE.
PLACE 2 INCHES OF SAND IN THE BOTTOM OF A BROWN PAPER
LUNCH BAG. THEN PLACE THE CANDLE IN THE BAG. KEEP THE
CANDLES IN A DRY AND WARM PLACE UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE.
#ON CHRISTMAS EVE#
1. TAKE THE BAGS OUTSIDE PRIOR TO THE LIGHTING TIME AND
PLACE THEM IN A LINE ALONG THE STREET, SPACING THEM
ABOUT NINE (9) FEET APART. USE THE EXTRA BAGS TO LINE
YOUR DRIVEWAY.
2. PLACE EACH BAG WITH A SLIGHT TAMPING ACTION TO MAKE
SURE THE SAND IS EVENLY DISTRIBUTED IN THE BOTTOM OF
THE BAG. ALSO ENSURE THAT EACH BAG IS STANDING UP
ERECTLY AND THE TOP IS OPENED.
3. MAKE SURE THE CANDLE IS SET IN THE APPROXIMATE CENTER
OF THE BAG. IF THE DIRECTIONS ARE CARRIED OUT, THE
FLAME OF THE CANDLE WILL NOT TOUCH THE SIDE OF THE
BAG AND BURN SAFELY.
4. CANDLES ARE TO BE LIGHTED AT 5:30 P.M. SHARP ON
CHRISTMAS EVE.
5. IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER ON CHRISTMAS EVE,
THE LIGHTING OF THE "LUMINARI" WILL BE POSTPONED
UNTIL CHRISTMAS NIGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS TRADITION HAS BEEN GOING ON IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD
SINCE WE MOVED THERE IN 1975. IT LOOKS IN THE DARK
WHEN DRIVING THROUGH THE SUBDIVISION LIKE AN
AIRPORT RUNWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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IF YOU SEE A PERSON WHO WAS BORN WITH RED HAIR, IT MEANS
THAT THEIR PARENTS MADE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL SOMETIME
THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 04-01-1990

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IN THE GYM AT MY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WE USED TO HAVE A ROPE
ABOUT THIRTY FEET LONG THAT HUNG DOWN FROM THE CENTER OF
THE CEILING. EVERY YEAR EACH PERSON WAS REQUIRED TO TRY TO
CLIMB THE ROPE AS FAR AS THEY COULD FOR GYM CLASS. EVERY
BOY THAT TRIED CARRIED A PENCIL IN HIS MOUTH. IT WAS BELIEVED
THAT IF YOU GOT TO THE TOP AND WROTE THE NAME OF THE GIRL YOU
LIKED ON THE CEILING, SHE WOULD LIKE YOU BACK. THE TEACHERS
USUALLY ENCOURAGED THIS PRACTICE AND EVERY YEAR THE CEILING
WAS CLEANED TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE NEXT YEAR'S CLASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Word Letter

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IF YOU EAT A LOT OF CARROTS YOU WILL DEVELOP A DARK
COMPLEXION. IF YOU DON'T EVER EAT CARROTS YOU WILL BURN
WHEN YOU GO OUT IN THE SUN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Plant

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IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WE HAD A HUGE SEWER PIPE
ON THE PLAYGROUND THAT WAS PAINTED RED. WE HAD A CUSTOM
THAT IF YOU WANTED TO GO WITH A GIRL YOU HAD TO WALK THROUGH
THE PIPE WITH THE GIRL WHILE HOLDING HANDS. SOMETIMES THE
TWO PARTICIPANTS EVEN KISSED UPON EXITING BUT THIS WAS
PRETTY RARE. TO BREAK UP WITH THE GIRL YOU HAD TO WALK
BACKWARDS THROUGH THE PIPE ONE AT A TIME, WITH THE BOY
NORMALLY GOING THROUGH FIRST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 01-01-1976

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I WAS ALWAYS TOLD NOT TO WALK ON THE GRASS IN THE SPRINGTIME
OR ELSE DANDELIONS WOULD GROW IN THE SPOTS WHERE I WALKED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

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

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IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT IF YOU LIE ON THE GRAVE OF SOMEONE ON
HALLOWEEN NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT, YOU WILL BECOME POSSESSED BY THE
SPIRIT OF THAT PERSON. THE ONLY WAY TO RID YOURSELF OF THE
SPIRIT IS TO PERFORM THE SAME ACT ON THE NEXT HALLOWEEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 04-01-1990

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MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

JUST OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF SAGINAW, MICHIGAN, IN A
SMALL VILLAGE CALLED SHIELDS, THERE IS A LEGEND OF THE
DISAPPEARING LIGHT. THE STORY GOES THAT OUTSIDE OF
SHIELDS CITY LIMITS, IN THE FORESTS THERE IS A LIGHT
WHICH APPEARS FROM A SMALL HILL IRREGULARLY. NO ONE TO
THIS DAY HAS BEEN ABLE TO ISOLATE WHERE THE LIGHT IS
COMING FROM OR WHO CAUSES IT. PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY HIGH
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN, HAVE TRIED TO FIND THE SOURCE, AND
COME SO FAR AS TO CAPTURE IT BETWEEN TWO CARS. WHEN
THE CARS CREPT TOGETHER, HOWEVER, THE LIGHT DISAPPEARED
AND BOTH CARS HAD ELECTRICAL SHORTAGES. EVEN PROFESSIONAL
ELECTRICIANS HAVE COMBED THE COUNTRYSIDE BUT TO NO GOOD
SO FAR. PEOPLE IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF SAGINAW STILL
TRAVEL OUT ON THE HOPE OF SEEING THE MYSTERIOUS LIGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS LEGEND WAS TOLD TO ME AT ST. STEPHEN HIGH SCHOOL,
SAGINAW, MICHIGAN, BY SEVERAL DIFFERENT INFORMANTS
IN 1969.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW ; SAINT STEPHEN HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): PHANTOM LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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"THE M & M GAME"

THERE WAS A GAME THAT WE USED TO PLAY AT PARTIES WHILE IN
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. WE CALLED IT THE M & M GAME. YOU STARTED
WITH A BAG OF PEANUT M & M'S. EVERYONE SAT IN A CIRCLE AND
THE BAG WAS PASSED AROUND TO EACH PERSON, THAT PERSON SELECTED
ONE PIECE OF CANDY AND SHOWED IT TO THE OTHERS. IF THE CANDY
WAS BROWN THE PERSON HAD TO TELL A SECRET ABOUT THEMSELVES.
IF THE CANDY WAS YELLOW THE PERSON HAD TO TELL A SECRET ABOUT
SOMEBODY ELSE. IF THE CANDY WAS ORANGE OR GREEN THE PERSON
HAD TO KISS A GIRL/BOY WHO WAS ALSO PLAYING. IF IT WAS ORANGE
THE OTHER PLAYERS VOTED ON WHO THE PLAYER WAS TO KISS, IF IT
WAS GREEN THEN THAT PERSON GOT TO CHOOSE THEMSELVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

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

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IT IS BELIEVED THAT IT IS UNLUCKY TO STACK YOUR MONEY OR
CHIPS WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING POKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

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

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TO GET RID OF THE HICCUPS YOU SHOULD SWALLOW THREE SPOONFULS
OF SUGAR FOLLOWED BY THREE GLASSES OF WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

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"MICHIGANIA FEVER"

THEN THERE'S THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
WHERE SOME ARE VERY RICH;
THEMSELVES AND A FEW OTHERS HAVE DUG A MIGHTY DITCH,
TO RENDER IT MORE EASY FOR US TO FIND THE WAY,
AND SAIL UPON THE WATERS OF MICHIGANIA-
YEA, YEA, YEA, TO MICHIGANIA!

Submitter comment: WORDS SUNG VERY LOUD USUALLY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C2005

Date learned: 03-20-1990

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WHEN WE WERE LITTLE AND USED TO GO SWIMMING IN LAKE HURON
MY MOM WOULD WARN US NOT TO GO OUT TOO FAR IN THE WATER OR
THE GHOSTS OF PIRATES THAT DROWNED IN SHIPWRECKS WOULD DRAG
US UNDER THE WATER AND WE WOULD NEVER BE HEARD FROM EVER
AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

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POLISH STUD POKER

THERE IS A CARD GAME CALLED "POLISH STUD POKER" IN WHICH
TWO TO TWENTY PLAYERS CAN PLAY AT A TIME. EVERY PLAYER IS
DEALT ONE CARD WHICH THEY AREN'T ALLOWED TO LOOK AT. EACH
PERSON THROWS IN AN AMOUNT OF MONEY (WE USUALLY THROW IN A
DOLLAR EACH). THE PLAYERS THEN PLACE THEIR CARDS ON THEIR
FOREHEADS WITH THE FACE SHOWING TO THE REST OF THE PLAYERS.
EACH PLAYER THEN DETERMINES HOW MUCH THEY WANT TO BET ON THE
BASIS OF THE OTHER PLAYERS' CARDS WHICH THEY CAN'T SEE. A
PLAYER WITH THE HIGHEST CARD WINS THE POT. IF TWO PLAYERS
TIE FOR HIGHEST CARD THE WINNER IS DETERMINED BY SUIT IN WHICH
THE ORDER FROM HIGHEST TO LOWEST IS SPADES, HEARTS, DIAMONDS,
CLUBS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

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

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