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AT A WEDDING, THE MALE WHO CATCHES THE GARTER IS
SUPPOSED TO BE MARRIED NEXT; AND THE GIRL WHO CATCHES
THE BOUQUET ALSO IS TO BE MARRIED NEXT.

Submitter comment: KNOWN CUSTOM.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Garter toss

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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ITALIAN PROVERB

PUT THE BREAD TO YOUR MOUTH
AND YOU WILL FIND AN APPETITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FOOD ; YOU CAN DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

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

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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PROVERB

A PROVERB SUPPOSEDLY ORIGINATING IN ITALY
UNA MANO LAVA CON LARTRA (ITALIAN)
ONE HAND WASHES THE OTHER

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS ITALIAN TEXT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): COOPERATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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ITALIAN PROVERB

THE EYES OF THE OWNER CAN MAKE THE HORSE FATTER.
(ITALIAN) OUI QUE DE PATRONE, GROSSE DE CABALLO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): PREJUDICE ; TRANSLATION ; UNOBJECTIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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SNIPE HUNTING

SNIPE HUNTING IS ALWAYS A GOOD TRICK TO PLAY ON A
CITY SLICKER, YOU BRING THE SLICKER OUT INTO AN
APPLE ORCHARD AND PLACE HIM THERE WITH A BURLAP BAG
AND TELL HIM TO YELL, "SNIPE, SNIPE, HERE SNIPE."
WHEN THIS FICTIONAL ANIMAL COMES BY, HE IS SUPPOSED
TO BAG IT.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM A COUPLE OF GUYS I WORKED WITH
THIS PAST SUMMER.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-12-1967

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THE GERMAN FATHERS INSIST ON BLOWING THE FIRST BREATH
OF LIFE INTO THE MOUTH OF THEIR NEW BORN SONS.

Submitter comment: I SAW THIS DONE ON TELEVISION.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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UNCLE SAM

AROUND MY HOMETOWN OF MILFORD WE BELIEVE
THAT UNCLE SAM CAME FROM THE MILFORD
AREA (MASON, N.H.). HE LIVED HERE BEFORE GOING
INTO THE MEAT PROCESSING BUSINESS IN UPPER
STATE NEW YORK WHERE DURING THE REVOLUTION, HE
PROCESSED PORK FOR WASHINGTON'S ARMY. ON
THE CASKS OF PORK HE WOULD STAMP U.S.
AND FROM THIS UNCLE SAM WAS DERIVED.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM VARIOUS PEOPLE IN MY AREA, BUT I CAN'T REMEMBER
WHO EXACTLY THEY WERE.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: THERE IS A WORD OF FIVE SYLLABLES; TAKE AWAY THE FIRST AND NO
SYLLABLE WILL REMAIN.
A: MONOSYLLABLE.

Submitter comment: (FROM) "NEW ENGLAND FOLKLORE"; B. A. BOTKIN, ED.
(CROWN PUBLISHERS).

Where learned: NEW YORK ; MILFORD

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS ; COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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THE HOOK

THIS LEGEND IS POPULAR AMONG TEENAGERS AND I'D LIKE TO RECITE ONE
VERSION THAT I HAVE HEARD. ONE NIGHT, A TEENAGE COUPLE WENT TO A
LOCAL LOVERS' LANE FOR THE OPOPORTUNITY TO BE ALONE. ON THIS SAME
NIGHT, THE GIRL HAD HEARD ON THE RADIO THAT AN INMATE OF A NEARBY
ASYLUM HAD ESCAPED AND THAT HE WAS A HOMICIDAL MANIAC, AND THAT HE
HAD ONLY ONE HAND AND ON THE OTHER HAND THERE WAS A HOOK.
THE COUPLE HAD BEEN PARKED FOR A WHILE, LISTENING TO THE RADIO
AND DRINKING BEER. THE GIRL, ALL OF A SUDDEN, HAD A STRANGE
INTUITION THAT THERE WAS DANGER AROUND AND THAT THEY SHOULD LEAVE.
NATURALLY, THE BOY REASSURED HER THAT THERE WAS NOTHING TO WORRY
ABOUT, BUT SHE PERSISTED AND PERSISTED, UNTIL THE BOY LOST HIS
PATIENCE, PULLED THE GEAR SHIFT INTO FIRST AND LEFT THE LANE.
HE TOOK THE GIRL HOME AND CONTINUOUSLY REMINDED THE GIRL THAT SHE
WAS CRAZY TO THINK THAT THE FIEND WAS ANYWHERE AROUND THE LANE.
WHEN THEY REACHED HER HOUSE, HE GOT OUT TO LET HER OUT AND ON THE
REAR DOOR HANDLE THERE WAS A STRANGE OBJECT HANGING THERE--A HOOK.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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SICILIAN SUPERSTITION

IF YOU GIVE A PERSON AN OBJECT THAT CAN BE ALSO USED AS A WEAPON
(GUN, SCISORS, KNIFE), YOU MUST GIVE THEM A PENNY AS WELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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PROVERB

AS LONG AS THEY ARE FAR FROM MY PLATE.
LITERAL TRANSLATION OF:
TANTE MANE, DIO DI BEN OGNI FORTE DE MIO PIATTO.

Submitter comment: MANY HANDS CAN DO MANY GOOD THINGS,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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ITALIANS BELIEVE THAT A COUPLE CANNOT GET MARRIED IN
MAY OR ON ANY TUESDAY OR THURSDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Time or day of ceremony
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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ITALIAN LUCKY NUMBERS

IN ITALIAN TRADITION 17 IS AN UNLUCKY NUMBER, WHILE
13 IS A LUCKY NUMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.17

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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SPILLING OLIVE OIL WILL BRING BAD LUCK UNLESS
YOU SPRINKLE SALT ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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A HOUSEWIFE CANNOT CUT DRESS MATERIAL ON A FRIDAY.
THIS WILL BRING BAD LUCK WHEN THE DRESS IS WORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): SEWING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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CAN ON THE DUCK

TWO CANS ARE STACKED, ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER. STONES
ARE THROWN AT THE CAN. IF THE TOP CAN IS NOT KNOCKED
OFF, THE PLAYER MUST GO UP AND GUARD THE CAN. IF
THE NEXT PLAYER KNOCKS OFF THE CAN, THE OTHER PLAYER
IS FREE TO PICK UP THE CAN AND RUN BACK TO HIS STARTING
POSITION. IF HE MAKES IT BACK BEFORE THE OPPOSING
PLAYER CAN TAG HIM, HE IS FREE. IF THE PLAYER IS
TAGGED, HE MUST AGAIN GUARD THE CANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

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

Date learned: 11-22-1970

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ITALIAN PROVERB

MARINARO QUE DORME, NO PRENDE PISCE.

Submitter comment: LITERALLY TRANSLATED, PHRASE MEANS: A FISHERMAN WHO SLEEPS WILL NOT
CATCH FISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

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

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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ITCHY HANDS

ITALIANS BELIEVE THAT IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO
SPEND MONEY. IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE MONE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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LAUGH SUPERSTITION

ITALIANS BELIEVE THAT IF YOU LAUGH ON A FRIDAY, YOU WILL CRY ON A
SATURDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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