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ARABIAN MAXIM (TRANS.)

IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO GET TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE.

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

Keyword(s): HUNTING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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BELIEF

IT IS BELIEVED THAT A HIGH FOREHEAD IS AN INDICATION OF
EXCEEDINGLY HIGH INTELLIGENCE.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Forehead

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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BELIEF

IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF A PERSON WRAPS COPPER WIRE AROUND A JOINT
THAT IS AFFLICTED BY ARTHRITIS, THE PAIN WILL SUBSIDE.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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ARABIAN SAYING

MY BROTHER AND I FIGHT AGAINST OUR COUSIN;
OUR COUSIN AND WE FIGHT AGAINST OUR ENEMY.

Submitter comment: EXPLANATION OF HOW THE ARAB NATIONS COULD UNITE AGAINST THE
ISRAELI PEOPLE DESPITE THEIR INTERNAL STRIFE.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): MEDIAL ITERATION ; RELATIVES UNITE

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

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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VEHICLE SOUNDS REPRESENTED IN THAI LANGUAGE (AMBULANCE)

"IN THAILAND THERE IS A JOKE ABOUT THE SOUND THE SIREN ON AN
AMBULANCE MAKES. THE THAIS JOKE ABOUT 'DAI-NEH, DAI-NEH!'
WHICH SOUNDS LIKE TTHE SIREN AND MEANS 'SURELY DEAD' OR THE
SOUND 'DAI-LAO, DAI-LAO!' WHICH MEANS 'DEAD ALREADY.'"

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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VEHICLE SOUNDS IMITATED WITH THAI LANGUAGE

"IN THAILAND, THERE IS A JOKE ABOUT THE SOUND THE OLD RIVERBOATS
MAKE. THE THAIS SAY THAT THE SOUND IS 'POO-POO-PAHNG-PAHNG,
POO-POO-PAHNG-PAHNG" WHICH MEANS ALMOST DEAD."

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

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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"TRAFFIC" (CHILDREN'S GAME WITH BICYCLES)

"WHEN WE WERE KIDS THE NEIGHBOR KIDS WOULD COME OVER TO OUR HOUSE
WITH THEIR BICYCLES TO PLAY 'TRAFFIC.' ONE PERSON WOULD BE THE
POLICEMAN WHICH WAS DETERMINED BY A RACE TO THE END OF THE DRIVE-
WAY. THERE WERE CERTAIN RULES TO THE GAME: YOU HAD TO STOP AT
ALL THE 'STOP SIGNS' AND YOU COULDN'T GO THE WRONG WAY ON THE
ONE-WAY SIDEWALKS AND DRIVEWAY. ALSO, YOU HAD TO USE HAND
SIGNALS TO SHOW STOPPING, TURNING, ETC. AND NO SPEEDING WAS
ALLOWED. IF YOU DISOBEYED ANY OF THESE RULES AND THE POLICEMAN
CAUGHT YOU THREE TIMES, YOU BECAME THE POLICEMAN."

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

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

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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CHINESE EATING CUSTOM (GOOSE)

"IN CHINA, ANYONE YOUNGER THAN 15 YEARS IS NOT ALLOWED TO EAT
GOOSE BECAUSE THE CHINESE BELIEVE THAT THEIR FINGERS WILL CURL
AND BLISTER."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVED SUCH BELIEFS WERE MADE UP BY ELDERS SO THAT
THEY WOULD BE THE ONLY ONES TO ENJOY GOOSE WHICH IS EXPENSIVE.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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CHINESE BURIAL CUSTOM

"YOU SHOULD NOT PUT FLOWERS ON OR GIVE FLOWERS TO A DEAD PERSON
OR YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS WILL HAVE A LOT OF BOY OR GIRL-
FRIENDS."

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

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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"YOU SHOULD NOT LEAVE ANY GRAINS OF RICE ON THE DISHES AFTER A
MEAL OR YOUR HUSBAND'S OR WIFE'S FACE WILL HAVE ACNE."

Submitter comment: BELIEF PROBABLY TO PREVENT THE WASTE OF FOOD.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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BELIEF ABOUT CUTTING FINGERNAILS

"YOU SHOULD NOT CUT YOUR FINGER NAILS AT NIGHT OR YOU'LL CUT
THE LIFE OF A RELATIVE SHORT."

Submitter comment: IN OLD TIMES, THE CHINESE USED A KNIFE TO CUT THEIR FINGER
NAILS AND BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE LIGHT THEY MIGHT LOSE A
FINGER IF THEY'RE NOT CAREFUL.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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THAI CHILDREN'S RECREATION

"ONE OF THE THINGS WE USED TO DO WAS GO TO THE FOREST AND FIND A
LONG STRAND OF SPIDER WEB. WE WOULD THEN STICK AN ANT TO THE END
OF THE WEB AND DROP IT INTO THE RIVER. WHEN WE FELT A TUG ON THE
END WE WOULD LIFT A TINY NEEDLE FISH OUT OF THE WATER. THE TINY
FISH WOULD SWALLOW THE ANT AND GET CAUGHT ON THE WEB."

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

James Callow Keyword(s): THAI FISHING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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THAI STORY

"A FALANG (WESTERNER) WAS ON A RIVERBOAT IN THAILAND AND SOMEHOW
SLIPPED OVERBOARD INTO THE RIVER. ONE OF THE OTHER PEOPLE GRABBED
A LADDER AND ATTEMPTED TO HELP HIM. HE SHOUTED TO THE MAN IN THE
WATER TO GRAB THE LADDER IN THAI LANGUAGE. 'GAW-GAH-DAI! GAW-
GAH-DAI!' HE SHOUTED. HEARING THIS THE FALANG SWAM EVEN FASTER
BECAUSE HE THOUGHT THE MAN WAS SHOUTING 'CROCODILE! CROCODILE!'"

Submitter comment: "GAW-GAH-DAI" MEANS "GRAB THE LADDER" IN THAI LANGUAGE.

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

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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CHINESE BURIAL CUSTOM

"WHEN BURYING THEIR DEAD, THE CHINESE ARE VERY CHOOSEY ABOUT
THE SITE. THE AREA WHICH IS CHOSEN WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE
NEXT GENERATION. THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SITE WILL AFFECT THE
ELDEST SON, THE THIRD SON, THE FIFTH SON,...(1,3,5,7,...).
THE LEFT SIDE WILL AFFECT THE EVEN-NUMBERED SONS AND THE BACK
SIDE WILL AFFECT ALL THE DAUGHTERS."

Submitter comment: IF ALL THE SIDES ARE GOOD, EVERYTHING WILL BE GOOD FOR THE FAMILY.
BUILDINGS NEAR THE SITE CAN CHANGE THE AFFECT OF THE SITE.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Cemetery
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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POSITION OF RICE AT DINNER (THAI)

"THE THAIS WILL PLACE THEIR DISH OF RICE CLOSEST TO THEM WHEN
THEY'RE EATING."

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS AT A THAI PARTY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT. A
THAI GIRL SAID TO ME THAT I AM NOT THAI BECAUSE I PLACED THE
RICE FAR FROM ME. WHEN I LOOKED AT THE OTHER THAIS, I SAW
THAT THEY ALL HAD THEIR DISH OF RICE CLOSEST TO THEMSELVES.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Food container

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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SNEEZING (CHINESE BELIEF)

"THE CHINESE BELIEVE THAT WHEN THEY SNEEZE IT'S AS SIGN THAT
SOMEONE THEY LOVE IS THINKING OF THEM."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID THAT WHENEVER SHE SNEEZED HER MOTHER WAS THINK-
ING OF HER.

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

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Sneeze (also see P477)

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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JAPANESE EATING CUSTOM

"IN THE SOUTHERN PARTS OF JAPAN, SLURPING OR EATING FOOD NOISILY
IS NOT CONSIDERED RUDE BUT IN PARTS LIKE TOKYO IT IS CONSIDERED
VERY IMPOLITE AND A SIGN OF BAD MANNERS. MOTHERS IN TOKYO WILL
SCOLD THEIR CHILDREN IF THEY ARE NOISY EATERS."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM A JAPANESE STUDENT AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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KOREAN EATING CUSTOM

"THE KOREANS EXPRESS THE DELICIOSITY OF THEIR FOOD BY THE
NOISE THEY MAKE WHEN THEY EAT IT. IF THE FOOD IS GOOD, THEY'LL
MAKE A LOT OF NOISE WHEN THEY EAT."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM A KOREAN STUDENT IN DETROIT.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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CHINESE EATING CUSTOM

"THE CHINESE WILL NOT PUT CHOPSTICKS IN THEIR BOWLS OF FOOD
BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT DOING SO IS A SIGN THAT THE FOOD IS FOR
THE GHOSTS. INSTEAD THEY WILL LAY THEM ON THE SIDE WHICH IS WHY
THEY HAVE SPECIAL CERAMIC DISHES FOR HOLDING EACH PAIR OF
CHOPSTICKS AT THEIR MEALS."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT BELIEVES THAT SUCH BELIEFS AS THIS ONE ARE FOR
TEACHING CHILDREN ETIQUETTE.

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

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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GESTURES--EATING (CHINESE)

"A POTENTIAL KIDNAPPER CAN TELL A RICH CHILD FROM A POOR ONE BY
THE WAY THE CHILD EATS FISH. THEY WOULD KIDNAP A CHILD AND GIVE
THE CHILD A PIECE OF FISH. IF THE CHILD EATS ANY PART OF THE FISH
EXCEPT FOR THE BELLY, THEY WILL KNOW HE IS POOR AND WILL LET HIM
GO. BUT IF THE CHILD EATS THE BELLY AREA OF THE FISH, THEY WILL
KNOW THAT THE CHILD IS FROM A WEALTHY FAMILY AND WILL HOLD HIM
FOR RANSOM."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER IN THAILAND.
HER MOTHER WAS ORIGINALLY FROM CHINA.

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

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 01-00-1984

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