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MOON TIME

IF A PLANK IS LAID ON THE GRASS DURING A CERTAIN TIME OF THE
MOON THE GRASS UNDERNEATH THE PLANK WILL DIE IN TWO
WEEKS TIME. IF A PLANK IS LAID ON A DIFFERENT TIME OF THE
MOON THE GRASS BENEATH THE PLANK WILL STILL BE GREEN AFTER TWO WEEKS
TIME.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Grass ; MOON ; Plank ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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FLOWERDAYS AND BEANS

YOU ARE NOT TO PLANT BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS. (AGAIN
MY FATHER COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SPECIFIC TIME). MY GRANDFATHER
PLANTED A ROW OF BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS AND ANOTHER AFTER THE
DAYS WERE PAST. THE ROW PLANTED DURING THE DAYS GREW WITH AN
ABUNDANCE OF BLOSSOMS BUT VERY FEW BEANS. THE ROW PLANTED AFTER
THE FLOWERDAYS GREW WITH FEW BLOSSOMS BUT WITH AN ABUNDANCE
OF BEANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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GOOD FRIDAY SUPPER

ON GOOD FRIDAY, ONE CAN ONLY HAVE ONE MEAL. HE SHOULD SPEND THE REST
OF HIS DAY CONTEMPLATING THE SERIOUS OCCASION WHICH THE DATE
REPRESENTS. THE MEAL SHOULD CONSIST OF COOKED NOODLES, PRUNES, AND
SMALL SQUARES OF BREAD. THIS AGAIN SHOULD REPRESENT THE SEVERITY
OF CHRIST'S DEATH AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO MANKIND.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A TRADITIONAL CUSTOM OF THE PEOPLE OF WESTPHALIA. MR.
STOERKEL IS FROM THIS AREA OF GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 00001940S LATE

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, PICK SOME UP AND THROW OVER LEFT
SHOULDER TO PREVENT BAD LUCK FROM HAPPENING.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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TALLER CORN

IF YOU PLANT CORN DURING A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON, IT
WILL GROW MUCH TALLER THAN CORN PLANTED AT ANOTHER TIME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): CORN ; FARMING ; HARVEST ; Horticulture ; MOON ; PLANTING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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PUTTING UP A RAILFENCE DURING THE FLOWERDAYS

THE BOTTOM LOG OF A RAILFENCE (A FENCE MADE OF INTERLOCKING
LOGS WILL ROT AWAY WITHIN THREE YEARS IF THE BOTTOM LOGS ARE
LAID DURING THE CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON. OTHERWISE THE BOTTOM
LOG WILL LAST MORE THAN FIVE YEARS. THAT IS WHY THE BOTTOM LOGS ARE
ALL LAID AT ONCE SO AS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RIGHT TIME OF
THE MOON.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Construction ; Fence ; Logs ; MOON ; Rot ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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WHEN TO PLANT YOUR CROPS

THE GENERAL CONSENSUS ACCORDING TO MY FATHER, IS THAT THERE
IS A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON WHEN IT IS FAVORABLE TO PLANT
YOUR CROPS SO THAT THEY WILL BE PRODUCTIVE. IF YOU DO NOT PLANT
AT THIS TIME THE CROPS WILL NOT BE PRODUCTIVE. MY FATHER WAS
UNABLE TO RECALL THE EXACT TIME OF THE MOON.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): Botany ; CROPS ; FARMING ; HARVEST ; Horticulture ; MOON ; PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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FLOWERDAYS AND BEANS

YOU ARE NOT TO PLANT BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS. ( AGAIN
MY FATHER COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SPECIFIC TIME). MY GRANDFATHER
PLANTED A ROW OF BEANS DURING THE FLOWERDAYS AND ANOTHER AFTER THE
DAYS WERE PAST. THE ROW PLANTED DURING THE DAYS GREW WITH AN
ABUNDANCE OF BLOSSOMS BUT VERY FEW BEANS. THE ROW PLANTED AFTER
THE FLOWERDAYS GREW WITH FEW BLOSSOMS BUT WITH AN ABUNDANCE
OF BEANS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): Beans ; BELIEF ; FARMING ; Flowerdays ; GARDENING ; HARVEST ; Horticulture

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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THE ETERNAL WATCH

EMPEROR FREDERICK BARBARROSSA'S SPIRIT KEEPS WATCH OVER THE
GERMAN PEOPLE FROM HIS SUPPOSED RESTING PLACE AT THE
KHYFFAUSER CASTLE IN THURINGIA. A FLOCK OF RAVENS KEEP A
CONSTANT VIGIL OVER HIS GRAVE. WHEN THEY ARE GONE, THIS MEANS
THAT BARBARROSSA'S SPIRIT HAS LEFT THE GRAVE, AND IS ROAMING
GERMANY TRYING TO LEAD HER IN TIMES OF PERIL. IT IS SAID
THAT THE RAVENS WERE GONE DURING THE TIME OF THE "WELT DRIEGS."
THIS MEANS THAT THE "HEMICHEKAISER" WAS GONE FROM HIS TOMB.

Submitter comment:

MR. STOERKEL IS GERMAN AND THE SOURCES ARE TRADITIONAL TRANSMISSION.

Data entry tech comment:

SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): Castle ; Germany ; GHOST ; Legend ; SPIRIT ; Tomb

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Bird

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MOON TIME

IF A PLANK IS LAID ON THE GRASS DURING A CERTAIN TIME OF THE
MOON THE GRASS UNDERNEATH THE PLANK WILL DIE IN TWO
WEEKS TIME. IF A PLANK IS LAID ON A DIFFERENT TIME OF THE
MOON THE GRASS BENEATH THE PLANK WILL STILL BE GREEN AFTER TWO WEEKS
TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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TALLER CORN

IF YOU PLANT CORN DURING A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON, IT
WILL GROW MUCH TALLER THAN CORN PLANTED AT ANOTHER TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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PUTTING UP A RAILFENCE DURING THE FLOWERDAYS

THE BOTTOM LOG OF A RAILFENCE (A FENCE MADE OF UNDERLOCKING
LOGS) WILL ROT AWAY WITHIN THREE YEARS IF THE BOTTOM LOGS ARE
LAID DURING THE CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON. OTHERWISE THE BOTTOM
LOG WILL LAST MORE THAN FIVE YEARS. THAT IS WHY THE BOTTOM LOGS ARE
ALL LAID AT ONCE SO AS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RIGHT TIME OF
THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fifths
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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WHEN TO PLANT YOUR CROPS

THE GENERAL CONSENSUS, ACCORDING TO MY FATHER, IS THAT THERE
IS A CERTAIN TIME OF THE MOON WHEN IT IS FAVORABLE TO PLANT
YOUR CROPS SO THAT THEY WILL BE PRODUCTIVE. IF YOU DO NOT PLANT
AT THIS TIME THE CROPS WILL NOT BE PRODUCTIVE. MY FATHER WAS
UNABLE TO RECALL THE EXACT TIME OF THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.6

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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On Sundays, when I was a little girl, all my Grandma's children
would go to her house after church, and we would eat a Sunday
dinner. There were about 6 grandchildren at that time (now there
are 17). My grandparents live in Mount Clemens, and had a large
field (7 acres) where they grew vegetables: tomatoes, pumpkins,
squash, and corn; there were also pear and apple trees, and grape
vines. They sold the vegetables and fruit to the fruit market, and
also sold them to passers-by from their garage or the stand on the
road. Most of the time, my aunts and uncles would work in the
field with my grandparents hoeing the weeds, and someone would be
at the stand and the garage selling the fruits and vegetables.
There were days where people used to come and actually pick the
tomatoes themselves, too; one vision that stands out in my mind is
that of Italian women carrying the baskets on their heads. While
the grown-ups were working, we either pulled weeds with our hands,
shined the apples and pears, or played on the island of trees that
was in the center of the field, or had a picnic back there.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001970'S

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FIRST FLOOR MISS, SECOND FLOOR MISS, THIRD FLOOR MISS, FOURTH FLOOR
MISS, FIFTH FLOOR MISS, SIXTH FLOOR DO NOT MISS, CAUSE A BABY WAS
BORN AT HALF PAST SIX."

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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CAMPSONG TAPS

DAY IS DONE, GONE THE SUN,
FROM THE LAKES, FROM THE HILLS, FROM THE SKY,
ALL IS WELL SAFELY REST, GOD IS NYE, WO-HE-LO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

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

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG THERE'S A BLUE SKY

THERE'S A BLUE SKY WAY UP YONDER, THERE'S A BLUE SKY OVER MY HEAD,
THERE'S A BLUE SKY WAY UP YONDER, THAT'S A COVER FOR MY BED.
AND WHEREEVER I WANDER, AND WHEREEVER I ROAM,
THERE'S A BLUE SKY WAY UP YONDER THAT'S CALLING ME HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG THERE IS A CAMP

THERE IS A CAMP, ALONG LAKE WILDEMIERE, THAT'S WHERE OUR FUN BEGINS,
RIGHT HERE AT CAMP.
WE'RE HERE EACH YEAR, READY TO GIVE A CHEER
AND HELP OUR COUNSELORS DEAR RIGHT HERE AT CAMP.
THERE IS A CERTAIN SOMETHING YOU WILL LIKE,
WE KNOW YOU'LL LOVE TO SWIM AND BOAT AND HIKE.
WE'RE HERE EACH YEAR, READY TO GIVE A CHEER
AND HELP OUR COUNSELORS DEAR RIGHT HERE AT CAMP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG TONGO

TONGO, JIM NEE BYE BYE-OH
TONGO, COM BA DE KIM BYE-OH
OOH-A-LAY, MAH-LE-KA-AH LO WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG TONGUE TWISTER SONG

ONE GRASSHOPPER JUMPED OVER THE OTHER GRASSHOPPER'S BACK. . .
ONE SLICK SNAKE SLID UP THE SLATE
WHILE THE OTHER SLICK SNAKE SLID DOWN. . .
ONE MAD MOOSE MOVED MERRILY WHILE THE OTHER MAD MOOSE MOVED MAD. . .
ONE PINK PORPOISE POPPED UP THE POLE WHILE THE OTHER PINK PORPOISE
POPPED DOWN. . .
ONE WARM WORM WIGGLED UP THE WALL
WHILE THE OTHER WARM WORM WIGGLED DOWN.
CHORUS: THEY WERE ONLY PLAYING LEAPFROG,
THEY WERE ONLY PLAYING LEAPFROG,
THEY WERE ONLY PLAYING LEAPFROG, AS. . .

Submitter comment: BEGIN SONG OVER AFTER CHORUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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