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EASTER DAY

THE FOOD THAT WAS BLESSED ON SATURDAY MUST BE EATEN FOR BREAKFAST.
IT MUST INCLUDE HORSERADISH TO REPRESENT THE BURNING LIQUID GIVEN
CHRIST WHILE HE HUNG ON THE CROSS. THE REMAINING FOOD SHOULD BE
SHARED WITH THE DAY'S VISITORS SO THAT IT IS FINISHED ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): CHARITY, HOSPITALITY ; FAMILY UNITY ; FOOD CUSTOM ; SWIECZONKA ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

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GOOD TURN

ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

James Callow Keyword(s): KINDNESS ; RETRIBUTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001920S

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HAUNTED COTTAGE

THERE IS A HAUNTED COTTAGE ALONG LAKE ERIE JUST EAST OF ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA.
AN OLD GIANT OF A MAN SUPPOSEDLY LIVED THERE SOME TIME AGO. THIS MAN KILLED A
TRESPASSER AT HIS COTTAGE (THERE ARE RED STAINS ON THE FLOOR AND WALLS OF THE
MAIN ROOM). HE DUMPED THE BODY IN ERIE AT 32 AND GREENGARDEN AVENUE, AND THAT
STREET SIGN STANDS IN FRONT OF THE COTTAGE. THE OLD MAN'S SPIRIT PROTECTS THE
PLACE FROM TRESPASSERS.

Submitter comment: ALTHOUGH THE SURROUNDING AREA IS VERY BEAUTIFUL, PEOPLE REFUSE TO BUILD THERE,
AND THE PROPERTY OWNER REFUSES TO SELL THE LAND.
COWELL, VIRGINIA THIS LADY OWNS THE PROPERTY OF THE HAUNTED COTTAGE AND BELIEVES IN THE STORY.
DUGAN FAMILY THIS FAMILY OWNS A COTTAGE AT THE SITE OF THE HAUNTED COTTAGE AND
BELIEVE ITS STORY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WHEN YOU GET OLD AND OUT OF SHAPE,
I'LL BUY YOU A GIRDLE FOR TWO-NINETY EIGHT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00001950S

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THE CAT

A CAT HAS NINE LIVES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NUMBERS ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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COMMERCIAL RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS A HEAD BUT NO HAIR?
A: KOEHLER BEER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG: HEAD FOR FOAM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
WHEN IT RAINS I THINK OF YOU.
DRIP, DROP, DRIP, DROP.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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I THOUGHT, I THOUGHT, I THOUGHT IN VAIN.
I THOUGHT AT LAST I'D SIGN MY NAME.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

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THE HEN-PECKED DEVIL

SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS AGO THE MAYOR OF HAMBURG, GERMANY,
CONTRACTED TO HAVE A BRIDGE BUILT OVER THE ELBE. THE CONTRACTOR
PROMISED TO HAVE THE JOB COMPLETED BY A CERTAIN DATE, BUT,
BECAUSE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, HE WAS HOPELESSLY BEHIND SCHEDULE.
SINCE THE BUILDER KNEW THAT THE MAYOR WOULD NOT FULFILL HIS END
OF THE CONTRACT UNLESS THE BRIDGE WAS COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE
SPRING FESTIVALS, HE MADE A PACT WITH THE DEVIL FOR ITS COMPLE-
TION. THE DEVIL WOULD COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION IN RETURN FOR THE
SOUL OF THE FIRST PERSON TO CROSS THE BRIDGE.
WHEN THE BRIDGE WAS COMPLETED AND TO BE DEDICATED, THE MAYOR AND
BUILDER ARGUED WITH ONE ANOTHER ABOUT WHO SHOULD BE THE FIRST TO
WALK ACROSS THE SPAN. THE MAYOR, SUSPECTING SOMETHING WAS AMISS
BECAUSE OF THE JOB'S RAPID COMPLETION, INSISTED THAT THE BUILDER
PROCEED FIRST. IN ANTICIPATION OF THIS, THE BUILDER HAD TUCKED
A HEN UNDER HIS COAT. WHEN HE APPROACHED THE MIDWAY MARK OF THE
BRIDGE WHERE THE DEVIL WAS LURKING BEHIND A COLUMN, HE THREW THE
HEN OUT TO HIM. THE DEVIL SEIZED THE BIRD, BUT WHEN HE SAW THAT
HIS CATCH WAS ONLY A HEN, HE THREW IT DOWN IN DISGUST. THE
DEVIL'S ANGER WAS SUCH THAT THE HEN WENT CLEAN THROUGH THE BRIDGE,
AND TO THIS DAY THERE IS A HOLD IN THE BRIDGE WHICH WILL NOT BE
FILLED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD TALE FROM A GERMAN PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR AT
GANNON COLLEGE, ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE ; GANNON COLLEGE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Bridge

Date learned: 10-23-1965

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KNOCK ON WOOD SO NOTHING WILL HAPPEN AFTER YOU SAID IT
MIGHT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; GESTURE ; Knock ; Knock On Wood ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P670 P670.88

Date learned: 00001950S

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TO SHOW DISGUST WITH SOMETHING OR SOMEONE, ONE HITS
HIS RIGHT SHOULDER WITH HIS LEFT HAND AND EXTENDS
HIS RIGHT ARM STRAIGHT OUT.

James Callow comment: POLISH?

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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FIG-THUMB IN HAND BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND FINGERS.
I WILL GIVE YOU NOTHING OR HAVE RECEIVED NOTHING
IN THE WAY OF PRESENTS.

Submitter comment: CALLED FEEGASMACHUM.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
SPEECH -- Nothing

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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HAUNTED COTTAGE

THERE IS A HAUNTED COTTAGE ALONG LAKE ERIE JUST EAST OF ERIE,
PENNSYLVANIA. AN OLD GIANT OF A MAN SUPPOSEDLY LIVED THERE
SOME TIME AGO. THIS MAN KILLED A TRESPASSER AT HIS COTTAGE
(THERE ARE RED STAINS ON THE FLOOR AND WALLS OF THE MAIN ROOM).
HE DUMPED THE BODY IN ERIE AT 32 AND GREENGARDEN AVENUE, AND
THAT STREET SIGN STANDS IN FRONT OF THE COTTAGE. THE OLD MAN'S
SPIRIT PROTECTS THE PLACE FROM TRESPASSERS.

Submitter comment: ALTHOUGH THE SURROUNDING AREA IS VERY BEAUTIFUL, PEOPLE REFUSE TO
BUILD THERE, AND THE PROPERTY OWNER REFUSES TO SELL THE LAND.
THIS LADY OWNS THE PROPERTY OF THE HAUNTED COTTAGE AND BELIEVES IN
THE STORY. THIS FAMILY OWNS A COTTAGE AT THE SITE OF THE HAUNTED COTTAGE AND
BELIEVE ITS STORY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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HAUNTED COTTAGE

THERE IS A HAUNTED COTTAGE ALONG LAKE ERIE JUST EAST OF ERIE,
PENNSYLVANIA. AN OLD GIANT OF A MAN SUPPOSEDLY LIVED THERE
SOME TIME AGO. THIS MAN KILLED A TRESPASSER AT HIS COTTAGE
(THERE ARE RED STAINS ON THE FLOOR AND WALLS OF THE MAIN ROOM).
HE DUMPED THE BODY IN ERIE AT 32 AND GREENGARDEN AVENUE, AND
THAT STREET SIGN STANDS IN FRONT OF THE COTTAGE. THE OLD MAN'S
SPIRIT PROTECTS THE PLACE FROM TRESPASSERS.

Submitter comment: ALTHOUGH THE SURROUNDING AREA IS VERY BEAUTIFUL, PEOPLE REFUSE TO
BUILD THERE, AND THE PROPERTY OWNER REFUSES TO SELL THE LAND.
THIS LADY OWNS THE PROPERTY OF THE HAUNTED COTTAGE AND BELIEVES IN
THE STORY. THIS FAMILY OWNS A COTTAGE AT THE SITE OF THE HAUNTED COTTAGE AND
BELIEVE ITS STORY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WHICH EVER GIRL CATCHES THE WEDDING BOUQUET IS THE NEXT
TO GET MARRIED.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bouquet toss

Date learned: 00001920S

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WHEN A YOUNG CHILD SHOULD LOSE A TOOTH, IT IS PLACED
UNDER HIS PILLOW AND THE GOOD TOOTH FAIRY WILL REPLACE
THE TOOTH WITH A SHINY, NEW COIN.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 00001920S

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IF YOU HAVE WARTS, TIE A STRING AROUND THEM. SLIP THE STRING
OFF AND BURY IT. AS THE STRING ROTS, THE WARTS WILL GO GO AWAY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00001920S

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PLACE A RED RIBBON IN A CHILD'S HAIR SO HE WILL NOT
BE OVERLY PRAISED BY PEOPLE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00001920S

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IF YOU STUMBLE WHILE YOU ARE WALKING, YOU SHOULD
GO BACK AND REWALK THE SAME SPOT WITHOUT
STUMBLING OR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00001920S

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WHEN TWO ARE WALKING AND THEY MUST GO ON OPPOSITE
SIDES OF AN OBSTRUCTION, THEY MUST SAY "BREAD
AND BUTTER," OR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001920S

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