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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGAM MAXIM STATED DIRECTLY

FEED A COLD, STARVE A FEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NEW YORK ; ALBANY ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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PASSING ON STAIRWAY

I WAS ONCE WALKING UP THE STAIRWAY, WHEN MY GRANDMOTHER
WAS WALKING DOWN. SUDDENLY, SHE SCREAMED AT ME,
WHILE ALMOST IN A STATE OF TERROR, THAT I COULDN'T
IMAGINE WHAT WAS TROUBLING THE ELDERLY WOMAN, TO GET
BACK DOWN THE STAIRWAY. SHE COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT I
HAD ACTUALLY INTENDED TO CROSS ON THE STAIRWAY, AND
SHE QUICKLY PROCEEDED TO THE BOTTOM, TO VENT HER WRATH
ON ME.
THE STAIRWAY WAS MORE THAN ADEQUATE TO LET US PASS.
I COULDN'T IMAGINE WHAT WAS WRONG. SHE TOLD ME THAT
ANYONE CROSSING ON THE STAIRS WOULD DEFINITELY HAVE
NOTHING BUT BAD LUCK. I TRIED TO MAKE HER SEE HOW
RIDICULOUS THIS WAS, BUT SHE FIRMLY BELIEVED THAT
ANYONE ENTERING A STAIRWAY AFTER ANOTHER PERSON, AND
CROSSING ON THE STAIRWAY WAS IN FOR MUCH BAD LUCK.
THE NEXT BIT OF BAD LUCK THAT BEFELL THE PERSON, SHE
NATURALLY ATTRIBUTED TO PASSING ON THE STAIRS.

Where learned: VERMONT ; SAINT ALBANS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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I was once told the term "splitting headache" originated
in ancient Greece. In those times the gods ruled over
the world. The leader of the gods was Zeus. One day he
was complaining of a severe headache, so he called
in the blacksmith god Hephastus to split his skull
and relieve the intense pressure. Hephastus did as he
was told, splitting Zeus's skull. Once this occurred
a full grown woman came out. She was dressed in full
armor and had a large shield and spear. This woman
was the goddess Athena, goddess of wisdom and combat.
This how we got the term splitting headache.
When I was told this story it was told to me in a humorous
way rather than a this-is-how-it-happened tone.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Alba

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Gods
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

Date learned: 00001976 CA

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THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL NAMED ANNHEISER,
WHO SAID THAT NO GUY COULD SURPRISE HER.
UNTIL A GUY NAMED GIBBONS,
UNTIED ALL HER RIBBONS,
AND NOW SHE'S SADDER BUT WISER.

Submitter comment: SOME OF THESE ITEMS ARE FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION FOLKLORE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NEW YORK ; ALBANY ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): BEER BRAND NAME PUNS: ANHEISER & BUDWEISER

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

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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WHEN A CLAP OF THUNDER SOUNDS IN THE SKY, THE DWARVES ARE SAID
TO BE BOWLING AGAIN.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER AND GRANDMOTHER USED THIS EXPLANATION TO

Where learned: INDIANA ; TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA ; NEW ALBANY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, TAKE TEN STEPS BACK
TO COUNTER THE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: INDIANA ; NEW ALBANY

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions

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THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL FROM NORWAY,
WHO HUNG BY HER HEELS FROM THE DOORWAY.
SHE SAID TO HER MAN,
GET OFF THE DIVAN,
I THINK I'VE DISCOVERED ONE MORE WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NEW YORK ; ALBANY ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLUSION TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

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

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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THERE ONCE WAS A COUPLE NAMED KELLY,
WHO LOVED TO DANCE BELLY TO BELLY.
BECAUSE IN THEIR HASTE,
THEY USED LIBRARY PASTE,
INSTEAD OF PETROLEUM JELLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NEW YORK ; ALBANY ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLUSION TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

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

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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Once when I was visiting a friend up north a full
moon was out. I was quite young, 6 years old, when
I was up there. I think I was in the questioning
stage of development, and I asked why the moon has
got those dark spots from. My friend said that those
are called craters and they got there a long time
ago. . . A woman was trying to put her baby to sleep
one night but he couldn't fall asleep because it
was too bright outside. So she went outside to see
why it was so bright. She discovered that the moon
had fallen from the sky and was now only a few feet
from her backyard. So what was the woman to do?
Her baby needed sleep! An idea finally hit her. She
went inside and grabbed her broom. She walked up
to the moon and began to poke and jab at it with the
broom handle causing it to go back towards the sky.
All night long she did this until it was back where
it came from. Upon looking up she saw all the darker
spots where she had hit the moon with her broom handle
causing little dimples. That's how craters got
on the moon.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Alba

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Moon
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 00001976 CA

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