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LENTEN RESOLUTIONS

IT IS CUSTOMARY DURING LENT FOR MANY CATHOLICS TO MAKE RESOLUTIONS.
THESE RESOLUTIONS ARE USUALLY DENIALS SELF-INFLICTED, SUCH AS
GIVING UP CERTAIN FOODS OR GIVING UP TELEVISION.

Submitter comment: (LEARNED THIS FROM HOME LIFE)

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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LENTEN CUSTOM

DURING LENT IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO GIVE UP SOMETHING WE ENJOY OR LIKE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS PRACTICED DURING EVERY LENTEN SEASON IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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GOING STEADY

THIS IS A COURTSHIP CUSTOM THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE FOR CENTURIES.
IT'S NOW CUSTOMARY FOR THE MALE TO GIVE THE FEMALE AN ENGAGEMENT
RING, IN WHICH THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE MARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement ring

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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BELIEF

WHEN CUTTING ONIONS, CLOSING ONE'S MOUTH WILL KEEP HIM FROM
CRYING.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; CANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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INDIAN BALL

ONE PLAYER HITS A BALL WITH A BAT WHILE THE OTHER
PLAYERS STAND OUT IN THE PLAYING FIELD AND CATCH THE
BALL. IF A PLAYER CATCHES THE BALL ON THE "FLY"
(DOESN'T LET IT TOUCH THE GROUND) HE AUTOMATICALLY
GETS A TURN AT BAT. IF HE CATCHES THE BALL AFTER IT
TOUCHES THE GROUND, THE BATTER LAYS THE BAT ON THE
GROUND AND THE CATCHER TRIES TO HIT THE BAT BY ROLLING
IT ALONG THE GROUND. IF THE BALL HITS THE BAT, IT
WILL BOUNCE UP INTO THE AIR AND THE BATTER MUST, THEN,
CATCH IT. IF THE BATTER FAILS TO CATCH IT, THE ROLLER
OF THE BALL THEN GETS A TURN TO BAT. THE BATTER THEN
TAKES TO THE FIELD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS GAME IN PLAYGROUND

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON ; SAINT PETERS SCHOOL

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

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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ROUND UP

THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY THREE OR MORE PERSONS. ONE
PERSON IS "IT" AND COUNTS TO A CERTAIN NUMBER WHILE
THE OTHERS RUN AND HIDE. WHEN THROUGH COUNTING, THE
COUNTER RUNS AFTER THE OTHERS AND CATCHES THEM BY
TOUCHING THEM WITH TWO HANDS. WHEN A PERSON IS CAUGHT
HE THEN HELPS CATCH THE OTHERS. EVERYONE THAT GETS
CAUGHT HELPS CATCH THE OTHERS UNTIL EVERYONE IS CAUGHT.
USUALLY THE FIRST ONE CAUGHT IS "IT" FOR THE NEXT
GAME, BUT SOMETIMES THE LAST ONE CAUGHT IS "IT."

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS IN GRADE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON ; SAINT PETERS SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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CARROTS BELIEF

IF YOU EAT CARROTS, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT BELIEVED THIS MATTER OF FACTLY AS A CHILD.

Where learned: CANTON ; OHIO, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

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FOUL LINE GAME

OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO PITCH A SMALL STONE SO IT
LANDS RIGHT ON THE FOUL LINE OF A REGULATION SIZE
BASEBALL DIAMOND. THE STONE MUST BE THROWN WHILE
SITTING ON THE BENCH IN THE DUGOUT. ANY NUMBER
CAN PLAY. EACH MUST THROW IN TURN UNTIL THERE IS A
WINNER.

Where learned: CANTON ; BASEBALL TEAM ; SUMMER ; OHIO, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO FIND A HORSESHOE OR GOOD LUCK
WILL COME TO YOU IF YOU CARRY ONE.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS AS A CHILD.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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PALM SUNDAY

ON PALM SUNDAY MOST CATHOLIC CHURCHES GIVE OUT PALMS AFTER EVERY
MASS. THE PEOPLE TAKE THESE PALMS HOME AND PUT THEM ON OR BEHIND
THEIR CRUCIFIXES. THEY LEAVE THEM THERE FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.

Submitter comment: (LEARNED THIS FROM HOME LONG AGO)

Where learned: CANTON ; OHIO, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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IT WAS ME, MY SISTER, MY 2 STEP BROTHERS
AND 2 GIRLS WHO WERE OUR FRIENDS.
WELL, IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER WHEN WE WERE PLAYING OUR WEEGIE
BOARD, WE STARTED PLAYING AND WE COULD FEEL COLD SPOTS AND I HAD
SEEN A MOVIE THAT SAID THE WEEGIE BOARD WAS THE DEVIL AND I DID
NOT WANT TO PLAY. IT SAID IT DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY MORE AND IT WAS
GETTING PISSED OFF. SO IT SPELLED OUT SLAM JEFF, AND JEFF GOT A
WEIRD FEELING AND CAT WENT WEIRD AND THE CONVERTER WENT OFF THE
TV AND AFTER THIS EVERYONE WAS WORRIED AND EVERYONE WANTED TO
STOP PLAYING AND IT STARTED GOING FAST AND WANTED TO LEAVE BECAUSE
THE DEVIL WAS COMING AND STARTED GOING REAL SLOW AND WE ASKED
WHO WAS THERE AND IT SAID SATAN AND ONE GIRL WANTED TO CONTINUE
AND SHE RAN OUT OF THE ROOM AND STOPPED AT THAT POINT AND WENT TO
BED. SHE FELT A BIG COLD SPOT BEHIND HER AND FELT LIKE SOMEONE
WAS BEHIND HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANTON

Keyword(s): DEVIL IN WEEGIE BOARD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 05-00-1985 ; 11-18-1987

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Prank

Fletcher Tube:

The Fletcher Tube us a non-existent piece of equipment. When freshmen are having problems in lab, you tell them that a Fletcher Tube will do the trick. They go to the stockroom to check one out and are laughed at.

Submitter comment:

Informant said that he pulled this gag while he was a graduate student.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CLASSROOM ; CHEMISTRY BUILDING

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC JOKES ; Chemistry ; COLLEGE ; COLLEGE PRANK ; COLLEGE PRANK ; Entertainment ; Freshman ; Hazing ; JOKE ; Laboratory ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; Prank

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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BELIEF

DO NOT GIVE ANY SHARP OBJECTS,(SCISSORS, KNIVES, ETC.)
AS A GIFT. YOU WILL SEVER YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH THAT PERSON.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS VERY DEVOUT IN THIS BELIEF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; Relationship ; Sever ; Sharp ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; HOSTILITY

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

Date learned: 02-12-1972

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CHRISTMAS EVE BELIEF

AT THE CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL SET THE TABLE WITH THE EXACT NUMBER OF
UTENSILS. IF THERE ARE MORE THAN SUPPOSED TO BE THERE WILL BE
AN INCREASE IN THE FAMILY. IF THERE AREN'T ENOUGH, THERE WILL
BE A DEATH.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS BELIEVED BY THE INFORMANT'S FATHER STRICTLY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Holiday: Christmas ; Lore ; SUPERSTITION ; Table Setting

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-11-1972

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WELL, WE WENT OVER PLAYING A WEEGIE BOARD AND WE WERE WATCHING
THEM AND THEY WOULD ASK QUESTIONS THAT THEY WOULD NOT KNOW AND
THE BOARD WAS GIVING THE RIGHT ANSWER. THE BOARD HAS DIFFERENT
PERSONALITIES. WOULD GO NUTS IF YOU DID NOT BELIEVE IT - TELL
THREATS. LOTS OF TIMES SPIRIT GIVES 3-LETTER NAME (INITIALS),
HAS DISTICT PERSONALITY AND CAN CALL BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 05-00-1985 ; 11-18-1987

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ONE TIME DURING SUMMER, BUNCH OF FRIENDS TEASED US ABOUT USING
AND THE WEEGIE BOARD STARTED INSULTING THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-18-1987

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FLYLEAF PROSE

BORED OF EDUCATION AND
FLUNK NOW, AVOID THE JUNE RUSH

Submitter comment: THESE TWO PHRASES WERE IMMENSELY POPULAR FOR TEXTBOOK USE IN MY
FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE CLASSES AT CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN
CANTON, OHIO. BY THE TIME JUNIOR AND SENIOR CLASSES WERE REACHED,
THE NOVELTY HAD WORN OFF AND IT JUST WAS NOT "THE THING TO DO." BUT
THE NEW FRESHMAN-SOPHOMORE CLASSES HAD PICKED IT UP, AND CHECKING
BACK, ITS USE STILL EXISTS POPULARLY WITH THE FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES
OF TODAY. SOME OF IT IS UNDOUBTEDLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT TODAY'S
UNDERCLASSMEN ARE USING THE SAME BOOKS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN BY YES-
TERDAY'S UNDERCLASSMEN, BUT SOME OF IT IS NEWLY WRITTEN BY THE STU-
DENTS THEMSELVES.
BESIDES BEING WRITTEN ON THE FLYLEAVES, THE PHRASES ARE ALSO
WRITTEN ON FOREDGES.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: Favorites
Z220

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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RIDDLE

Q: HOW FAR CAN YOU GO INTO THE WOODS?
A: HALFWAY, BECAUSE THEN YOU START COMING OUT THE OTHER SIDE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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BELIEF

DO NOT GIVE ANY SHARP OBJECTS, (SCISSORS, KNIVES, ETC.)
AS A GIFT. YOU WILL SEVER YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH THAT PERSON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS VERY DEVOUT IN THIS BELIEF.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; HOSTILITY

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

Date learned: 02-12-1972

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PENNY SAVED

A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS WHEN I WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ECONOMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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