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MIRRORS

NEVER PASS A MIRROR WUTHOIT LOOKING OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR IDENTITY.

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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BABIES

WHEN A BABY IS BORN, PIN A MEDAL TO THE CRIB FOR PROTECTION.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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HORSESHOE

THROW A HORSESHOE OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.12

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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EYELASH

IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU AN EYELASH IS ON YOUR CHEEK, GUESS WHICH SIDE.
IF YOU ARE RIGHT, YOU WILL HAVE A WISH COME TRUE.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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WHEN IT RAINS ON A WEDDING DAY, BAD LUCK WILL FOLLOW.
(TRANSLATED FROM THE POLISH).

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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AN OLD NEGRO SUPERSTITION FROM THE SOUTH IS THAT IF YOU CATCH A
SPIDER HANGING FROM THE CEILING WITH YOUR POCKETBOOK, YOU HAVE
MONEY COMING YOUR WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ARACHNID

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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MY GRANDMOTHER HAD A DREAM OF HER SISTER BEING -
KILLED BY HER BROTHER-IN-LAW.
THEN A MAN ON A WHITE HORSE CAME UP TO HER TO TELL HER THE
NEWS. THE NEXT MORNING SHE RECEIVED WORD THAT HER SISTER WAS KILLED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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EASTER EGGS

SEE SU 10 5 X 8 CARDS AND 9 8 1/2 X 11 MAY BE FOUND LISTED UNDER F663
OR 711459

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR ME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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WHEN A DOG CRIES, IT MEANS SOMEONE WILL DIE SOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 04-17-1971

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WHEN SAIL WAS THE PRIMARY MEANS OF LOCOMOTION ON
THE GREAT LAKES, IT WAS CUSTOMARY, WHEN BUILDING A
VESSEL, TO PUT A SILVER DOLLAR UNDER THE MAIN MAST
WHEN IT WAS STEPPED. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO INSURE
GOOD LUCK, ESPECIALLY DURING STORMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.25

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FINDING A PENNY (IS GOOD LUCK).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A GIRL WEARS SOMETHING WITH RED IN IT TO A DANCE,
SHE WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND BE SUCCESSFUL WITH HER
PARTNERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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HERMIT ISLAND TREASURE

ON HERMIT ISLAND, ONE OF THE APOSTLE GROUP IN LAKE SUPERIOR, A
SHORT DISTANCE OUT OF BAYFIELD, WISCONSIN, IS BURIED A BRITISH
PAYROLL. IT WAS BURIED TO KEEP IT FROM HOSTILE INDIANS, WHO
RAIDED THE OUTPOST AND MASSACRED ALMOST ALL OF THE TROOPS
STATIONED THERE. TWO MEN SURVIVING TOLD OF THE BURIAL OF THE
MONEY BUT DID NOT KNOW WHERE THE OFFICERS BURIED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

BUSIER THAN A ONE ARMED PAPER HANGER WITH THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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CAVES OF THE BLOODY CHIEFS

THE PICTURED ROCKS EXTEND EASTWARD ALONG THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE-
LINE FROM MUNISING. SOME OF THE VARIOUS FORMATIONS IN THE ROCKS
ARE NAMED. THE CAVES OF THE BLOODY CHIEFS ARE SO NAMED BECAUSE
INDIAN CHIEFS SUPPOSEDLY TORTURED THEIR VICTIMS THERE. THEY
WOULD BE BOUND AND LEFT FOR THE WAVES TO DASH THEM TO PIECES. THE
ROCK OF THE CAVES IS BRIGHTLY COLORED BY MINERAL SEEPAGE, MOSTLY
IRON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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A POLISH PROVERB

ZEGAR NIE JE, NIE PYE, A JEDNAK BYE. (POLISH)
TRANSLATION: A CLOCK NEITHER EATS, NOR DRINKS, AND YET HE GOES
ON TICKING.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHISM ; HUMAN CREATIONS ; ONOMATOPEIA

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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STAR BELIEF

WHEN YOU SEE A STAR FALL, SAY THE WORD 'MONEY' THREE TIMES.
BEFORE THE STAR HITS THE GROUND AND YOU WILL COME INTO CONTACT
WITH SOME MONEY, OR YOU WILL WIN IT.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Star
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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CHILDREN'S SONG

HELLO, HELLO, HELLO, HELLO.
WE ARE GLAD TO MEET YOU.
WE ARE GLAD TO GREET YOU.
HELLO, HELLO, HELLO, HELLO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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

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CHILDREN'S SONG

IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING,
THE OLD MAN IS SNORING,
BUMPED HIS HEAD
AND HE WENT TO BED
AND HE COULDN'T GET UP IN THE MORNING.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY
COME AGAIN SOME OTHER DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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