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FAMILY PREDICTION

COUNT THE WRINKLES IN THE KNEE OF A COUPLE'S FIRST BABY AND YOU CAN
KNOW HOW MANY CHILDREN THEY WILL HAVE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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PROVERB: MAXIM

STRAIN A GNAT AND SWALLOW A CAMEL.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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PROVERB: MAXIM

SO STINGY HE WOULD SKIN A FLEA FOR ITS HIDE AND TALLOW.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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FOR GOOD LUCK A BABY SHOULD BE GIVEN THE FIRST NAME SPOKEN IN
ITS PRESENCE AFTER ITS BIRTH.

Submitter comment: A NEGRO MAID WHO WORKED FOR ME CALLED HER LITTLE SON

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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ALWAYS GO OUT OF A HOUSE BY THE SAME DOOR YOU ENTER IT.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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BAD LUCK IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES ONE'S PATH.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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WHEN THERE IS ILLNESS IN THE HOME, IT IS VERY BAD LUCK TO HEAR
AN OWL HOOT.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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NEVER WALK UNDER AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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BAD LUCK TO SPILL SALT, BUT TO BREAK THE SPELL, THROW A
LITTLE OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Conversions Food and drink

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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PEPERONI

WHILE ATTENDING JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY, MY ROOMMATE, GARY
PASQUALICCHIV, WOULD BRING PEPERONI BREAD FROM HOME. HE SAID HE
GOT IT FROM A SPECIAL BAKERY IN ERIE PENN. SEVERAL OF US TRIED TO GET
IT ELSEWHERE BUT TO NO AVAIL. THE EVENT WAS SPECIAL SINCE THE BREAD
WAS RARE AND HAD TO BE EATEN RIGHT AWAY OR IT WOULD SPOIL. THE BREAD
WAS CIRCULAR, SHAPED LIKE A DOUGHNUT, WITH PEPERONI SLICES BAKED
IN THE CENTER OF THE LOAF. THE EVENT WAS ENHANCED WHEN HOME-MADE
WINE WAS ADDED. THE WINE CAME FROM MY FATHER IN CANTON. WINE WAS
ILLEGAL IN THE DORMS AT THAT TIME AND ADDED TO THE OCCASION SINCE
THE DOORS HAD TO BE LOCKED TO KEEP THE FLOOR ADVISOR OUT. A SMALL
GROUP OF 4 TO 5 WOULD GATHER WHEN GARY RETURNED FROM A VISIT HOME
TO ENJOY THE FEAST.

Data entry tech comment: ALSO ON THE 5 X 8 CARD ARE A TOP AND CROSS - CUT VIEW OF THE BREAD

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND ; JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

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IN THE TOWN THAT MY PARENTS CAME FROM IN AUSTRIA-HUNGARY, THE
CHURCH WAS HAUNTED AND PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT NO ONE COULD GO IN THERE
AFTER SUNSET. IF YOU WERE PASSING BY IN THE EVENING, YOU COULD
HEAR ALL SORTS OF STRANGE NOISES AND MOANINGS, EVEN SCREAMS.
ONE WOMAN SAID THAT SHE DIDN'T BELIEVE THE STORIES AND THAT SHE
MEANT TO GO IN THERE ONE EVENING AND SEE FOR HERSELF. SHE DID
GO IN THERE AFTER MIDNIGHT AND WAS NEVER SEEN AGAIN. THE NEXT
MORNING ALL OF HER CLOTHING WAS FOUND ON THE FLOOR OF THE CHURCH.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): GHOST ; HAUNTED CHURCH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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DON'T LET GOING TO SCHOOL INTERFERE WITH YOUR EDUCATION.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS MY FIRST SEMESTER AT COLLEGE FROM MY ROOMMATE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1978

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IN A CLEVELAND FOUNDRY A GESTURE FOR OVERTIME IS GIVEN
AS A RIGHT HAND CURVING "OVER" THE OUTSTRETCHED LEFT
HAND. THIS PART OF THE GESTURE IS ACCOMPANIED BY
THEN RAISING THE NUMBER OF FINGERS CORRESPONDING
TO THE NUMBER OF HOURS OF OVERTIME.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THAT DAY YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL THE DAY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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2 Y'S U R
2 Y'S U B
I C U R 2 Y'S 4 ME.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
IF YOU EAT WORMS, I WILL TOO.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
FACES LIKE YOURS SHOULD BE IN THE ZOO.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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REMEMBER THE BOY FROM THE CITY,
REMEMBER THE BOY FROM THE TOWN,
REMEMBER THE BOY WHO SPOILED YOUR BOOK
BY WRITING UPSIDE DOWN.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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