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WEREWOLF BELIEF

IF YOU LOOK BACK AT THE MOON OVER YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER
YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY
ENCOUNTER A WEREWOLF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P870] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: CHICAGO

Keyword(s): Lycan ; MOON ; OMEN ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Werewolf

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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SANTA CLAUS

ONE OF THE MOST WIDESPREAD LEGENDS I CAN THINK OF IS THAT
OF SANTA CLAUS. NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT IN MANY
COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THERE IS SOME
KIND OF JOLLY OLD MAN WHO BRINGS TOYS AND PRESENTS TO ALL GOOD
LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS AT CHRISTAMS TIME.

Where learned: CHICAGO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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COUNTING OUT

ACABAKA SODA CRAKA ACABAKA BOO;
ACABAKA SODA CRAKA OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED AS A CHILD.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

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

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HANGOVER PREVENTION

IF YOU COME HOME DRUNK, DRINK A COCA-COLA
OR A PEPSI-COLA BEFORE YOU GO TO BED
TO SETTLE YOUR STOMACH.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT AND I TRIED THIS WHEN WE CAME HOME
DRUNK IN AUGUST OF 1970.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): CARBONATION ; SOFT DRINKS

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

Date learned: 08-00-1970

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PROVERB

HE WHO LIVES IN A GLASS HOUSE SHOULD BEWARE OF THROWING STONES.

Where learned: CHICAGO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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Belief: Weather

Seaman's Weather Forecast:

Red sky at night: sailor's delight:

Red sky in morning: sailor's take warning.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P870] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; Predicting ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; RHYME ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

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

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CHEER

UMBA SASSA, UMBA SASSA,
HIT 'EM IN DA HEAD WITH A BIG KILBASA.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED IN POLISH HIGH SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment: KIELBASA=POLISH SAUSAGE

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): DIALECT, SLANG THREAT FOOD ; METER: TROCHAIC ; RHYME: FEMININE

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

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HICCUPS

A WAY IN WHICH A PERSON IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO GET RID OF HICCUPS
IS BY PUTTING A PAPER BAG OVER HIS HEAD. WHETHER THIS WORKS OR NOT I
DON,T KNOW, I,VE NEVER TALKED TO ANYONE WHO HAS TRIED IT.

Where learned: CHICAGO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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LUCK COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; LUCK: SHOES (CLASSIFIERS TITLE)

SHOES ON THE TABLE MEAN BAD LUCK.

Where learned: CHICAGO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.19

Date learned: 03-28-1968

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SAME WORD SIMULTANEOUSLY

IF TWO PEOPLE SAY THE SAME WORD SIMULTANEOUSLY,
THEY CAN CLASP THEIR " BABY " FINGERS AND
MAKE A WISH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND OF MINE WHO REMEMBERS THIS
FROM HER CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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PROVERB

HE WHO LIVES IN A GLASS HOUSE SHOULD BEWARE OF THROWUNG STONES.

Data entry tech comment: OFTEN SAID THIS AS A CHILD IN THE BAHAMAS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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NUMBERS

THE NUMBERS 666 ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE ANTI-CHRIST
AND ARE USED IN CEREMONIES INVOKING THE DEVIL AS WELL AS
PUTTING A CURSE ON SOMEONE. MY INFORMANT RECEIVED A LETTER
WITH THE FOLLOWING RETURN ADDRESS: 666 APOCALYPSE 13, VERSE 13.
IT WAS EXPLAINED TO HER BY SOMEONE WHO DEALS IN THE OCCULT.
APOCALYPSE 13, VERSE 13, IS THE STORY OF THE ANTI-CHRIST
IN THE BIBLE.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.666
BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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PROVERB FOR SNEEZING-SAID IMMEDIATELY AFTER ONE
SNEEZES BY SOMEONE IN HIS COMPANY: "BLESS YOU."
THE REASON GIVEN IS THAT WHEN ONE SNEEZES, ALL OF
YOUR BODY ACTIONS OR FUNCTIONS MOMENTARILY STOP
(IN EFFECT, YOU'VE DIED) AND THE ACCOMPANIER SAYS
THE PHRASE JUST IN CASE THE PERSON WHO SNEEZES DIES
AT THAT POINT, THUS WISHING HEAVEN UPON THE SNEEZER.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001950S

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NEVER GET MARRIED DURING A MONTH IN WHICH THE BRIDE OR THE
GROOM WAS BORN. IF THIS HAPPENS IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST 7 YEARS TO
CONCEIVE A CHILD.

Where learned: CHICAGO

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 00001940S

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IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF A PREGNANT MOTHER IS CARRYING HER
CHILD HIGH, THE CHILD IS A BOY; IF SHE IS CARRYING IT
LOW, THE CHILD IS A GIRL.

Where learned: CHICAGO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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PROVERBIAL APOTHETGM MAXIM

HE WHO MIXES BUBBLES AND BOOZE, WILL WAKE UP THE NEXT MORNING
WEARING HIS SHOES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS MY UNCLE WHO IS ONLY TWO AND A HALF YEARS OLDER THAN
MYSELF. THIS WAS TOLD AT A WEDDING RECEPTION WHERE CHAMPAIGN WAS
BEING CONSUMED ALONG WITH HARD LIQUOR.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; TOLD AT ; WEDDING RECEPTION

Keyword(s): CHAMPAGNE ; GETTING DRUNK

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

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CURE FOR HICCUPS

IF YOU HAVE THE HICCUPS, HERE IS A REMEDY TO CURE THEM.
FIRST YOU MUST FIND THE LONGEST BLADE OF GRASS FROM YOUR FRONT YARD.
NEXT, YOU TAKE THE BLADE OF GRASS AND GENTLY INSERT IT INTO YOUR
NOSE. BY DOING THIS A FEW TIMES, EVENTUALLY THIS WILL CAUSE YOU TO
SNEEZE, WHICH WILL IN TURN CAUSE YOU TO LOSE YOUR HICCUPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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MEANS OF CAUSING OR AVOIDING ILLNESS

IF YOU MASTURBATE REGULARLY, YOU WILL GET A SERIOUS CASE OF ACNE, AND
EVENTUALLY YOUR PALMS WILL BECOME VERY HAIRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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MEANS OF CAUSING ILLNESS

OH IT'S CHERRY JUICE AND LEAVES,
THAT GIVE YOU THE DRY HEAVES,
IN THE HALLS, IN THE HALLS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

HEY, EVERYBODY, WE'RE GOING TO GATHER AROUND MEXICO. TWO UP, TWO
BACK, BOSS TURN, BIRD'S NEST, OH, BABY NOW, ONE, TWO, THREE, COUNT
UNTIL SHE MISSES.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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