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PROVERB: NEVER A QUARREL

WHERE SISTERS DWELL AND BROTHERS MEET, QUARREL SHOULD NEVER COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

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

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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"PEDRO WAS A GRADUATE STUDENT IN SANSKRIT AND WAS DOING
HIS THESIS ON A PARTICULAR WORK IN SANSKRIT; MORE
PARTICULARLY, HE WAS DOING IT ON A PARTICULAR
SENTENCE IN THIS WORK, EVEN MORE PARTICULARLY, HE WAS
WRITING ON A PARTICULAR PAST PARTICIPLE IN THIS
SENTENCE AND HOW THIS PAST PARTICIPLE IS CONJUGATED.
HIS THESIS WAS REJECTED, HOWEVER, FOR BEING TOO
GENERAL, SO NOW PEDRO LIVES IN THE CAMPANILE ABOVE
THE BELLS AND STUDENTS CALL FOR HIM DURING FINALS
BECAUSE HE IS MAD AT THE ADMINISTRATION AND IS ONLY
TOO GLAD TO HELP THE STUDENTS."

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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WHERE GHOULIES AND GHOSTIES AND
LONG-LEGGED BEASTIES GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT,
GOOD LORD DELIVER US.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

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

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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NOYHING IS DONE UNTIL NOTHING IS DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-21-1979

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IF IT WORKS RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, YOU'VE OBVIOUSLY DONE SOMETHING
WRONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-22-1979

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"THE BLARNEY STONE" - KISSING THE BLARNEY STONE IS A GOOD LUCK CHARM
FOR THE IRISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

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AT EASTER TIME THE IRISH PLAY THE GAME "BUCKING EGGS". WHOEVER CRACK
THE OTHER ONES EGG, GETS TO KEEP THAT EGG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

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A POLISH MAN ALWAYS TIPS HIS HAT WHEN PASSING A CATHOLIC CHURCH AND
SAYS THE WORDS "PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- BELIEF
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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VALUES

THE BOY WAS OLD ENOUGH NOW TO GO TO CHURCH ON HIS OWN. EVERY SUNDAY
THE BOY'S MOTHER WOULD GIVE HIM TWO NICKELS: ONE FOR THE COLLECTION
PLATE AND THE OTHER NICKEL WAS TO BE USED TO BUY HIMSELF A BAG OF
JELLY BEANS. ONE SUNDAY THE BOY WAS TAKING HIS USUAL ROUTE BUT
HAPPENED TO BE IN A GOOD MOOD AND DECIDED TO SKIP ALL THE
WAY. WELL, IT HAPPENED THAT ONE NICKEL FELL OUT OF HIS HAND AND
IT ROLLED AND ROLLED AND HE CHASED AND CHASED BUT HE JUST COULDN'T
REACH IT AND IT FELL INTO THE SEWER. THE BOY TURNED HIS HEAD UPWARD
TOWARDS HEAVEN AND SAID "WELL, GOD, THERE GOES YOUR NICKEL."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S GREEN AND YELLOW AND LIES IN THE GUTTER?
GIRL SCOUT

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S YELLOW AND LIES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN?
MOBY THE BANANA.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): COLOR ; LITERATURE BOOK TITLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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IF YOU TAKE A PIECE OF BREAD WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE A
PIECE, THAT MEANS SOMEONE HUNGRY IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

James Callow Keyword(s): TABLE MANNERS

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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TRAPPED ON TOILET

A GIRL WAS BABYSITTING AND SHE WENT UP AND SAT ON A TOILET THAT
HAD JUST BEEN PAINTED. SHE COULDN'T GET OFF THE "JOHN." SHE
CALLED AN AMBULANCE AND THEY TOOK HER AWAY, TOILET AND ALL.

Submitter comment: VICKI HEARD THIS FROM A GIRLFRIEND WHO LIVED IN PENNSYLVANIA
UNTIL SHE WAS 9 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

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Proverb

"Oh! What tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Submission is a direct quote from Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish Novelist (1771-1832): Marmion, Canto vi, Stanza 17.

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300, V:C880.300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Consequence ; Deceive ; Deception ; Lie ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Quote ; RHYME ; VERSE ; Web

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

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AT BERKELEY UNIVERSITY, THE STUDENTS CAN BE HEARD
CALLING "PEDRO" AROUND EXAM TIME. THE REASON:
"PEDRO IS A MYTHICAL CHARACTER WHO ONCE IN THE
REMOTE PAST EITHER STOLE ALL THE EXAMS FROM THE
PROFESSORS OR DID SOMETHING ELSE WHICH PREVENTED
EXAMS FROM BEING GIVEN. THE STUDENTS ARE CALLING
FOR PEDRO TO COME AGAIN."

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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"WYGILIA" IS A MEAL CELEBRATED AT CHRISTMAS EVE. AT THIS MEAL
THIRTEEN DIFFERENT FOODS ARE LAID IN A BED OF STRAW. STRAW REPRESENT
THE CRIB. THE THIRTEEN DIFFERENT FOODS REPRESENT THE BLESSED MOTHER,
THE THREE KINGS, AND ALL OF THE ANIMALS. IT IS A TRADITIONAL MEAL
COOKED BEFORE NOON CHRISTMAS EVE DAY. NO COOKING IS DONE AFTER NOON
UNTIL THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD WENT DOWNTOWN./ BLONDIE BOUGHT AN EVENING GOWN./
DAGWOOD BOUGHT A PAIR OF SHOES,
COOKIE BOUGHT THE EVENING NEWS./ THIS
IS WHAT IT SAID- LADY ON ONE FOOT, ONE FOOT, ONE FOOT,/ LADY ON TWO
FEET, TWO FEET, TWO FEET,
LADY ON THREE FEET, THREE FEET, THREE FEET,
LADY ON FOUR FEET, FOUR FEET, FOUR.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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A GOOD CURE FOR WARTS IS TO STEAL YOUR MOTHER'S DISHCLOTH
AND BURY UNDER THE FRONT PORCH, AND THIS SHOULD REMOVE
YOUR WARTS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHO ARE OF IRISH
DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; BERKELEY

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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BLUE BELLS, COCKLE SHELLS/ EEVY, IVY, OVER/ JANUARY, FEBRUARY, ETC.
(UNTILL THE MONTH IN WHICH THE PERSON WAS BORN) ONE, TWO, THREE ETC.
(UNTIL THE MONTH IN WHICH THE PERSON WAS BORN) ONE, TWO, THREE ETC.
( TO THE DAY ON WHICH THE PERSON WAS BORN.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY ; COLLECTED AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-21-1967

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