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IT IS THE CUSTOM OF POLISH PEOPLE TO PIN MONEY ON THE
DRESS OF THE BRIDE AS AN OFFERING FOR THE PRIVILEGE
OF DANCING WITH HER AT THE RECEPTION. THE BRIDE
THEN TAKES ALL THE BILLS (USUALLY MEN PIN ON ONE
DOLLAR BILLS) AND THEY ARE HERS TO KEEP.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Paying for dance

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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RED ROVER

THE PLAYERS LINE UP IN TWO EQUAL LINES, FACING EACH OTHER.
THE CAPTAIN OF ONE TEAM SHOUTS, "RED ROVER, RED ROVER,
LET (NAME) COME OVER!" UPON WHICH THE NAMED PERSON RUNS
FROM THE OTHER SIDE (HE IS A MEMBER OF THE OTHER TEAM
TO START WITH). THE RECEIVING TEAM HOLDS HANDS TO
FORM A WALL OF SORTS, WHICH THE RUNNER TRIES TO BREACH.
IF HE DOES, HIS TEAM GETS A MEMBER OF THEIR CHOOSING
FROM THEIR OPPONENTS, BUT IF HE DOESN'T BREACH THE
LINE, HE JOINS THE OPPOSITE TEAM. WHEN ONE MEMBER IS
LEFT ON A TEAM, THE OTHER TEAM WINS.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RED ROVER, RED ROVER

THERE ARE TWO TEAMS, PLACED IN PARALLEL LINES SOME
DISTANCE FROM EACH OTHER. EVERYONE HOLDS HANDS, WHILE
THE TEAMS ALTERNATE IN CALLING AN OPPOSING MEMBER OVER
TO ATTEMPT TO BREAK THROUGH THEIR LINE. THE CALLING
CHIME IS: RED ROVER, RED ROVER, LET (NAME) CROSS OVER.
IF THE PERSON BREAKS THROUGH, HE CAN TAKE AN OPPOSING
MEMBER OVER TO HIS RANKS. IF HE LOSES, HE MUST STAY
WITH THAT TEAM. THE TEAM THAT WINS ALL THE KIDS, WINS
THE GAME.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A PERSON WALKS UNDER A LADDER, HE WILL HAVE BAD
LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WARTS ARE CAUSED BY TOUCHING TOADS.

Submitter comment: I HAVE KNOWN THIS SINCE I WAS A CHILD AND I HAVE HEARD IT MANY
TIMES FROM OTHER PEOPLE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; FARMINGTON ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO REMOVE A WART, RUB THE WART WITH A GREEN ELDER STICK, THEN
BURY THE STICK TO ROT. WHEN THE STICK ROTS THE WART WILL
GO AWAY.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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WASH YOUR HANDS IN RAINWATER ON THE TOP OF A BLUFF TO GET
RID OF WARTS.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CARRY A POTATO IN YOUR POCKET TO GET RID OF WARTS.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001900s

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RUB A RAW POTATO ON A WART AND THEN PLACE POTATO
UNDER A ROCK TO GET RID OF WARTS.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER PLUGGING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001900s

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IF YOU PASS A LOAD OF HAY AND MAKE A WISH, IT WILL
COME TRUE PROVIDED YOU DON'T LOOK BACK.

Submitter comment: HEARD WHEN INFORMANT WAS A CHILD IN GRAND MARAIS,
MICHIGAN.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRAND MARAIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 01-11-1964

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A SON USUALLY GROWS TO BE A LITTLE TALLER THAN HIS FATHER.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

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

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IF, WHEN PICKING THE PETALS OFF OF A FLOWER, ONE AT
A TIME, YOU SAY HE (SHE) LOVES ME FOR THE FIRST
PETAL, HE LOVES YOU NOT FOR THE SECOND, HE LOVES
YOU FOR THE THIRD, AND SO ON TO THE LAST PETAL,
THE LAST PETAL WILL DETERMINE IF THE PERSON LOVES
YOU OR NOT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS FROM CHILDHOOD IN WISCONSIN.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WISCONSIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.2

Date learned: 10-17-1967

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IF YOU DREAM ABOUT TEETH, SOMEONE WILL DIE.
IF YOUR TEETH HURT IN THE DREAM, THE PERSON WILL
BE CLOSE TO YOU AND THE DEATH WILL BRING PAIN.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IF YOU GIVE A FRIEND A KNIFE, IT WILL CUT YOUR FRIENDSHIP IN TWO.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: FROM CHILDHOOD

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PULLING PETALS OFF A DAISY WHILE CHANTING WITH EACH PETAL:
"HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT..." WHICHEVER PETAL YOU
END ON IS YOUR FATE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of Object
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BAD LUCK IN THREES

BAD LUCK, ESPECIALLY DEATHS, COMES IN THREES.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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FAIRIES ARE REAL. MY MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME THAT WHEN MY TOOTH
FELL OUT, TO PUT IT UNDER MY PILLOW AND THE TOOTH FAIRY
WOULD COME AND LEAVE SOME MONEY. WELL, ID DID IT EVERY
TIME AND EVERY TIME IT WORKED, I WONDER WHO THE FAIRY WAS?

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FAIRIES ARE REAL. MY MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME THAT WHEN MY TOOTH
FELL OUT, TO PUT IT UNDER MY PILLOW AND THE TOOTH FAIRY
WOULD COME AND LEAVE SOME MONEY. WELL, ID DID IT EVERY
TIME AND EVERY TIME IT WORKED, I WONDER WHO THE FAIRY WAS?

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ONE FEATURE OF THE TELEVISION SHOW, "MICKEY MOUSE CLUB,"
WAS A LOOK THROUGH AN ENCYCLOPEDIA. THE THEME FOR
THIS FEATURE USED A RHYTHMIC SPELLING OF "ENCYCLO-
PEDIA"--ENCYC/LO/PEDIA. TODAY, IF YOU ASK ALMOST
ANY YOUNG PERSON WHO GREW UP WITH THE MICKEY MOUSE
CLUB SHOW TO SPELL ENCYCLOPEDIA, HE WILL DO IT
IN THE RHYTHM TAUGHT BY JIMINY CRICKET! {CHARACTER
ON THAT SHOW, AND FROM PINOCCHIO}.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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