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WISH

WHEN THE CLASP OF A PENDANT HAS SLID
AROUND THE NECK TO WHERE THE PENDANT HANGS IN FRONT
THE PERSON WEARING THE PENDANT CAN MAKE A WISH,
THEN HAVE SOMEONE ELSE RETURN THE CLASP TO THE
BACK OF THE NECK, LEST THAT PERSON
LOSE HER WISH.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME BY A GIRL NAMED PEGGY HAISENLEDER
WHO WORKED WITH ME AT EASTLAND SHOPPING CENTER SUMMER '71

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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FUDGE, FUDGE, CALL THE JUDGE/ MAMA'S GOT A NEW-BORN BABY./ IT AIN'T
VANILLA/ IT AIN'T COCONUT/ IT'S JUST A CHOCOLATE BABY./ WRAP IT UP
IN TISSUE PAPER/ THROW IT DOWN THE CHUTE/ FIRST FLOOR: MISS, SECOND
FLOOR : MISS, THIRD FLOOR : OUT THE DOOR. EVERYBODY OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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HICCUP CURE

DRINK WATER FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE GLASS
WHILE BENDING OVER.

Submitter comment: EACH MEMBER OF INFORMANT'S FAMILY
HAS DONE THIS WHEN THEY HAVE THE HICCUPS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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WISH

WHEN A GIRL'S SKIRT HEM IS ACCIDENTALLY
TURNED UP FROM A GUST OF WIND ETC.
IF SHE SPITS OVER HER LITTLE FINGER
SHE MAY MAKE ONE WISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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HICCUPS

DRINK WATER UPSIDE DOWN FROM A GLASS.

Submitter comment: NOTE: THIS USUALLY RESULTS IN WATER FLOWING OUT OF YOUR NOSE.

Data entry tech comment: A DRAWING OF THIS IS ON THE 5X8 CARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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SIGNATURE

YOURS TILL NIAGRA FALLS,

Submitter comment: THIS SIGNATURE WAS USED BY SUE MCANINCH TO THE VERSE IN KATHY'S
AUTOGRAPH BOOK (SEE C760).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; LOCATION ; PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): NIAGARA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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NAMES

THE FIRST SON MUST BE NAMED AFTER THE BOY'S GRANDFATHER ON THE BOY'S
FATHER'S SIDE OF THE FAMILY. THIS IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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A FAMILY BY THE NAME OF BAKER LIVED IN BUCKINGHAM,
QUEBEC ABOUT 45 TO 50 YEARS AGO. THEIR SON HAD BEEN
TAKEN SICK WITH SCARLET FEVER, BUT THE DOCTOR SAID
THAT HE WAS RECOVERING. ONE DAY, DURING THE ILLNESS,
MRS. BAKER WAS IN HER BACKYARD WHEN SHE SAW A FALLING
STAR. IT LANDED BY HER WATERPUMP. SHE TOOK THIS AS
A SIGN OF DEATH. SHE RAN INTO THE HOUSE AND WITHIN
TEN MINUTES HER SON DIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANADA ; DETROIT ; BUCKINGHAM ; QUEBEC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Star
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial body come to earth

Date learned: 03-22-1972 ; 00-00-1922

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A FAMILY BY THE NAME OF BAKER LIVED IN BUCKINGHAM,
QUEBEC ABOUT 45 TO 50 YEARS AGO. THEIR SON HAD BEEN
TAKEN SICK WITH SCARLET FEVER, BUT THE DOCTOR SAID
THAT HE WAS RECOVERING. ONE DAY, DURING THE ILLNESS,
MRS. BAKER WAS IN HER BACKYARD WHEN SHE SAW A FALLING
STAR. IT LANDED BY HER WATERPUMP. SHE TOOK THIS AS
A SIGN OF DEATH. SHE RAN INTO THE HOUSE AND WITHIN
TEN MINUTES HER SON DIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANADA ; DETROIT ; BUCKINGHAM ; QUEBEC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Star
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial body come to earth

Date learned: 03-22-1972 ; 00-00-1922

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Belief: Weather

Weather: Rain:

Red at night, sailor's delight.

Red in the morning sailor's take warning.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P890] crossed out. replaced with current classification.

DUP. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; Predicting ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

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

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Proverb

Early to bed and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Submitter comment:

My dad told me this when I was a little kid to get me to go to bed.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C880.200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Bed ; Early ; HEALTH ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; Rise ; TIME ; VERSE ; WEALTH ; WISDOM ; Wise

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

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WISH

IF TWO PEOPLE SAY THE SAME THING AT THE
SAME TIME THEY SHOULD HOOK LITTLE FINGERS
AND PROCEED WITH THE FOLLOWING CONVERSATION:
FIRST SPEAKER: NEEDLES.
SECOND SPEAKER: PINS
1ST SPEAKER: BREAD.
2ND SPEAKER: BUTTER.
1ST SPEAKER: TOAST.
2ND SPEAKER: JAM.
1ST SPEAKER: WHAT GOES UP THE CHIMNEY?
2ND SPEAKER: SMOKE.
BOTH SPEAKERS: I HOPE THIS WILL NEVER BE BROKEN.
BOTH PEOPLE THEN MAKE A WISH, BUT REMAIN SILENT.
THE FIRST ONE TO SPEAK THEN LOSES HIS WISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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