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LUCK

TO SWEEP TRASH OUT OF A DOOR AT NIGHT MEANS THAT YOU ARE SWEEPING YOUR LUCK AWAY.
INFORMANT SAID HER MOTHER TOLD HER THIS, AND SHE BELIEVED IT.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Ruler or historic event
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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LUCK

IF YOU SHOULD STUMP YOUR LEFT TOE, TURN AROUND, AND SPIT ON THE
GROUND TO KEEP FROM HAVING BAD LUCK. THE INFORMANT SAID SHE ACTUALLY
DID THIS HERSELF WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION POSITION: LEFT ; STUB

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 10-26-1972

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DREAM

TO DREAM OF DOLLARS MEANS GOOD LUCK TO THE DREAMER, BUT TO DREAM
OF CHANGE MEANS BAD LUCK. INFORMANT SAID SHE ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED
THIS DREAM HERSELF.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Bad luck
BELIEF -- Dreams Good luck
BELIEF -- Dreams Money
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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DREAM

TO DREAM OF MUDDY WATER IS A SIGN OF SICKNESS IN THE FAMILY.
INFORMANT HAD NOT EXPERIENCED THIS DREAM HIMSELF, BUT SAID A
RELATIVE HAD.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: 841 Dreams about the dead and sick
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about the dead and sick

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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DREAM

TO DREAM OF A NAKED MAN MEANS A WOMAN'S DEATH. INFORMANT HAD
NOT ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED THIS DREAM, BUT SAID A FRIEND HAD.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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DREAM

TO DREAM OF A FUNERAL MEANS A WEDDING. INFORMANT SAID SHE HAD
THE DREAM ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A RELATIVE'S
WEDDING.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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JOKE

"DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THERE (CEMETERY)
ARE DEAD?"
-- ALL OF THEM.

Submitter comment: TOLD WHILE PASSING A CEMETERY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS CAR

Keyword(s): DEAD DEATH CEMETERY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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WHEN CROSSING A BRIDGE OVER WATER HOLD YOUR BREATH AND
PICK UP YOUR FEET OR YOU LOSE YOUR BOYFRIEND.

Submitter comment: ACQUIRED IN TAMPA, FLORIDA WHILE SHE WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: PLACE TOLD IN CAR

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Gesture

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NEVER WASH AND HANG CLOTHES ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, OR YOU'LL
WASH SOMEONE OUT OF THE FAMILY.

Where learned: ITALY ; WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 10-00-1970 ; 09-08-1971

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Never sweep a visitors' foot with a broom. If this happens
have the person whose feet has been swept spit on the bottom of
the broom. If the person does not spit on the broom it will be
bad luck for that person.

Submitter comment: It so happens that I was sweeping and accidently hit her
foot, she asked that I turn the broom upside down so that she
could spit on the bottom of it.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FEVER

TO MAKE A FEVER GO DOWN MAKE A LIQUID MIXTURE OF PEACH LEAF TEA AND
DRINK IT OR TAKE A BATH IN THE MIXTURE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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FLU REMEDY

TO GET RID OF THE FLU
MAKE A LIQUID MIXTURE
COMPOSED OF CORN SHUCKS, HEAT THE MIXTURE
AND THEN DRINK IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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IF THE GROOM SEES THE BRIDE THE NIGHT BEFORE THE MARRIAGE, IT
WILL WORK OUT BADLY.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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JOHNNY APPLESEED

JOHNNY APPLESEED WAS TO HAVE STAYED OVERNIGHT AT
THEIR FARM HOUSE. FOR LETTING HIM SLEEP THERE, HE
PLANTED AN APPLE TREE IN THEIR FRONT YARD. WHICH IS
STILL THERE TODAY.

Submitter comment: DERBY'S FARM HOUSE HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN TO THEM FROM
PAST GENERATIONS. IT IS LOCATED ABOUT TWO MILES
NORTHEAST FROM CARSONVILLE, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; CARSONVILLE

Keyword(s): LEGENDARY FIGURE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

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Language: Rhyme

Nonsense Rhyme:

Of all the fishies in the brook,
I'd rather be a bass.

I'd climb up on the biggest rock
And slide down on my hands and knees.

Submitter comment:

Undetermined Origin

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C730] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): Brook ; FISH ; Fishies ; Hands ; Knees ; Language ; NONSENSE ; RHYME ; Rock ; Slide

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

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PROVERB: CAT

HAPPY AS A CAT IN A CREAMERY.

Submitter comment: USED TO DENOTE EXTREME HAPPINESS OF A PERSON OR ANIMAL IN A GIVEN
CIRCUMSTANCE.
INFORMANT USED THIS WHEN HE SAW HIS SECRETARY WAS VERY HAPPY. HE
LEARNED WHEN HE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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THERE WERE TWO MORONS SITTING ON A BRIDGE. THE BIG MORON FELL
OFF, WHY DIDN'T THE LITTLE MORON FALL OFF?
BECAUSE HE WAS A LITTLE MORE ON.

Where learned: CARMICHAEL TOWERS ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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CHILL REMEDY

TO CURE ONE FROM CHILLS:
TAKE A STRING AND TIE AS MANY KNOTS IN THE STRING AS YOU HAVE CHILLS.
THEN SOAK STRING IN TURPENTINE AND WEAR STRING AROUND YOUR WAIST.
WHEN YOU LOSE THE STRING THE CHILLS WILL HAVE LONG AGO STOPPED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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RIDDLE QUESTION: CLOCK

"WHAT IS IT WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES 13?"
ANSWER: "TIME TO BUY A NEW CLOCK."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS JUST HAVING FUN BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THERE IS
NO CLOCK THAT WILL INFORM YOU THAT IT IS 13 O'CLOCK.
INFORMANT LEARNED IT AT WORK.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): RIDDLE JOKE: CLOCKS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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POLISH EASTER CUSTOM

FOR EASTER BREAKFAST, THE FATHER TAKES A THIN WAFER WITH A FANCY
DESIGN ON IT. HE BREAKS IT IN HALF, THEN HE TAKES A PIECE. HE
PASSES IT ON TO THE OTHERS AND THEY ALL TAKE A PIECE.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER GRANDMOTHER WHO IS POLISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CARPOOL ; EAST SIDE

Keyword(s): FAMILY UNITY ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

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