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FORECASTING WINTER

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT, IF ACORN TREES PRODUCE AN ABUNDANCE OF ACORNS
ONE CAN EXPECT A LONG HARD WINTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): OAK TREES PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLER

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLER/
WENT UPSTAIRS TO KISS HER FELLOW/ ON THE WAY HER GIRDLE BUSTED/ HOW
MANY PEOPLE WERE DISGUSTED?/ 10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90,100/ ROPE IS
SKIPPED ONCE FOR EACH NUMBER RECITED.
A RHYME RECITED WHILE JUMPING ROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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DURING AN ELECTRICAL STORM

ACCORDING TO THIS BELIEF, IF A PERSON LEAVES HIS TELEVISION DURING
AN ELECTRICAL STORM, LIGHTNING WILL HIT IT, BLOW IT UP, AND
ELECTROCUTE ALL PERSONS WATCHING IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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LITTLE DABS OF POWDER,
LITTLE DABS OF PAINT,
MAKE A LITTLE LADY
WHICH YOU REALLY AIN'T!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Superstition: Baseball

I LEARNED THE FOLLOWING WHILE PLAYING BABE RUTH BASEBALL IN PORT
HURON. "DURING A GAME WHEN A PITCHER IS PITCHING A NO HITTER, IT
IS BAD LUCK TO TELL HIM HOW MANY STRIKE-OUTS HE HAS OR HOW MANY
INNINGS HE HAS YET TO PITCH."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BASEBALL ; BASEBALL STADIUM ; CHANCE ; CUSTOM ; Fan ; FATE ; jinx ; LUCK ; No-Hitter ; Shutout ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.6

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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Entertainment: Game

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR
GO UPSTAIRS/ TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR SAY YOUR PRAYERS/ TEDDY BEAR,
TEDDY BEAR TURN OFF THE LIGHT/ TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR SPELL
GOODNIGHT/ G-O-O-D-N-I-G-H-T/ ROPE IS SKIPPED ONCE FOR EACH LETTER
RECITED.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD - 02-22-2011

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Keyword(s): Diversion ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; Play ; RHYME ; Stairs ; Teddy Bear ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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NEVER KISS AT THE GARDEN GATE,
FOR LOVE IS BLIND,
BUT THE NEIGHBORS AIN'T.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SPOOKY LEGEND

THE STORY CONCERNS A BLIND GIRL AND HER DOG. THE GIRL WAS HOME ALONE
ONE NIGHT WITH HER DOG. IT WAS ABOUT 10 P.M. AND OUTSIDE THE WIND WAS
BLOWING FIERCELY. THUNDER COULD BE HEARD IN THE DISTANCE. THE GIRL
IS LISTENING TO HER RADIO WHEN SUDDENLY A NEWS BULLETIN INTERRUPTS
THE PROGRAM. THE ANNOUNCER TELLS OF A STRANGE MONSTER SIGHTED IN THE
AREA. HE WARNS THE LISTENERS TO BE PARTICULARY CAUTIOUS. SUDDENLY
THE GIRL HEARS HER DOG BARKING FEROCIOUSLY COMING FROM THE DIRECTION
OF THE BATHROOM. HE STOPS BARKING AS INSTANTLY AS HE STARTED. THE
GIRL MAKES HER WAY TO THE BATHROOM, WHERE FOR SOME UNEXPLAINABLE
REASON, SHE STICKS HER HANDS INTO THE BATHROOM SINK. THERE SHE FEELS
THE DOG'S HEAD LAYING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SINK.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON ; 2930 Palmer Court

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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MORROW ROAD

THERE IS A ROAD IN ALGONAC, MICHIGAN IN WHICH TO DRIVE DOWN IT AT
NIGHT IS TABOO. TREES LINE THE ROAD. THEY GROW TOGETHER AT THE
TOPS, FORMING A TUNNEL RUNNING THE LENGTH OF THE ROAD. AS A RESULT
IT IS ESPECIALLY DARK AT NIGHT. MANY A WEARY TRAVELLER DRIVING IN HIS
CAR AT NIGHT DOWN THIS ROAD HAS SEEN THINGS WHICH WOULD STIFLE THE IMAGINATION.
UNDESCRIBABLE BEASTS WHICH GLOW IN THE DARK ATTACK PASSING CARS. KNOWLEDGEABLE TRAVELLERS WILL JOURNEY MANY MILES OUT
OF THEIR WAY TO AVOID TRAVELING MORROW ROAD.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname and city of residence.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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GRAFFITO

WHY CHANGE DICKS
IN THE MIDDLE OF A SCREW? RE-ELECT NIXON IN '72.

Submitter comment:

THE FOLLOWING WAS FOUND ON THE WALL OF A MEN'S ROOM
IN THE LIFE-SCIENCE
BUILDING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT. IT PERTAINS TO THE
RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON IN 1972.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LIFE SCIENCE BUILDING ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
Filter - Mature Content
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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AT A JEWISH WEDDING, WHEN BOTH BRIDE AND GROOM DRINK
FROM THE SAME WINE GLASS, THEY THROW IT ON THE
FLOOR, STEP ON IT, AND GRIND IT INTO THE FLOOR TO
MAKE THEIR MARRIAGE SUCCESSFUL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Stepping on wine glass

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EVERY YEAR FOR HALLOWEEN ALL THE CHILDREN PUT THEIR COSTUMES
ON AT THE SAME TIME. THE ONE VOTED BY THE PARENTS TO HAVE THE
BEST COSTUME GETS THE HALLOWEEN SURPRISE MEAL AND GIFT.

Submitter comment: THIS TRADITION HAS BEEN DONE IN JASON'S FAMILY FOR 50 YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 00001940S

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IF YOU KISS AN IRISH PERSON ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY, IT IS GOOD LUCK
FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Data entry tech comment: ST. PATRICK'S DAY: MARCH 17

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 F642.9

Date learned: 03-29-1971

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BELIEF, GHOST OF TECUMSEH ROAD

IN WINDSOR, ONTARIO, THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GHOST THAT
ROAMS TECUMSEH ROAD, IT HAD NO HEAD, AND CARRIES A SICKLE
FROM WHICH BLOOD IS DRIPPING. ONE WITNESS SAYS THAT EVERYTIME
HE SEES THE GHOST, SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY DIES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD ON RADIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): CANADA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, WHY SHE PUT THE LETTER "U" IN THE WORD UGLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, IN A POLAROID PICTURE, SHE'S THE PART YOU TEAR OFF
AND THROW AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT ; PHOTOGRAPHIC

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE GOT BEAT WITH AN UGLY STICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE WALKED INTO AN UGLY FOREST AND
RAN INTO EVERY TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE A GOALIE FOR A DART TEAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE'S BEEN KISSING AN AIR HAMMER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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