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BELIEF

IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO AN OLD RELATIVE (DECEASED)
GO INTO A DARK CLOSET AND CLOSE THE DOOR.
WRITE DOWN ON A PIECE OF PAPER, IN THE DARK,
WHAT YOU WANT TO ASK,
AND YOU WILL BE ANSWERED BY THE DECEASED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER (WHO IS A) FULL-BLOODED CHIPPEWA INDIAN
SAID THIS WAS AN OLD BELIEF ON THE RESERVATION
SHE WAS BORN ON IN WISCONSON.

Where learned: TOLD AT A FRIENDS HOUSE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

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FOR ARTHRITIS, PEEL A POTATO, TAPE IT TO THE AFFLICTED AREA
AND THE POTATO IS SURE TO DRAW THE SORENESS OUT.

Where learned: FRIENDS HOME

Keyword(s): POULTICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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LEGEND--MYSTERIOUS CREEK (MEMPHIS)

LONG AGO IN THE 20S A TRUCK FELL OVER THE SIDE OF A
BRIDGE. WE LIVED NEAR IT AND ARE WITNESSES TO
SEEING EERIE SHADOWS PORTRAY OVER IT AT DARK AND
MYSTERIOUS SOUNDS OCCUR WHENEVER THERE WAS A
FULL MOON PRESENT.

Submitter comment: FROM BROTHER

Where learned: FRIENDS HOME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Still water Small body. Lake, pond....

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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THE VANISHING HITCHHIKER

"IN PITTSBURGH THERE IS A ROAD LOCATED ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN.
ON ONE SIDE THERE IS A LARGE BODY OF WATER AND ON THE OTHER SIDE
THERE IS A BRICK WALL THAT RUNS A MILE LONG. SO LATE AT NIGHT
THE FOG IS VERY THICK AND IF YOU DRIVE DOWN THIS ROAD A WOMAN
APPEAR ON THE ROAD OUT OF NOWHERE AND THUMB A RIDE. SHE WILL GET
IN THE BACK SEAT AND SPEAK BRIEFLY TO YOU. AS YOU REACH HER
DESIGNATION, SHE WILL DISAPPEAR. IT IS SAID THAT A YOUNG WOMAN
WAS KILLED ON THAT VERY ROAD SOME YEARS AGO AND HER SPIRIT RETURNS
TO INSURE THE SAFETY OF OTHER MOTORIST."

Where learned: DETROIT ; FRIENDS HOME

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

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SUPERSTITION

IN ONE DOOR AND OUT ANOTHER CAUSES BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS EXPLAINED THROUGH WHAT IS SEEN AS "NORMAL". IF YOU
ENTER THROUGH ONE DOOR IT IS "NORMAL" TO EXIT THROUGH THE SAME
DOOR. EXITING THROUGH ANOTHER DOOR IS SEEN AS DEVIATION, AND
DEVIATION FROM THE NORM RESULTS IN BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK ; FRIENDS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 02-10-1979

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SUPERSTITION

LILACS IN THE HOUSE--BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: ACCORDING TO THE INFORMANT THIS BELIEF IS COMMON IN LONDON, ENGLAND,
HOWEVER, SHE LACKS AN EXPLANATION FOR THE BELIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK ; FRIENDS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-10-1979

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SUPERSTITION

IF BIRDS GET SOME OF YOUR HAIR YOU'LL GO CRAZY.

Submitter comment: THE REASONING BEHIND THIS BELIEF WAS THE FACT THAT ONE'S HAIR
IS A PART OF ONE'S HEAD, THEREFORE, POSSESSION BY BIRDS WOULD
GIVE ONE THE MENTALITY OF BIRDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK ; FRIENDS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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SUPERSTITION

NEW SHOES ON THE TABLE--BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: ACCORDING TO THE INFORMANT, THIS BELIEF IS COMMON IN
LONDON, ENGLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK ; FRIENDS HOME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- P 68 P 68.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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DOWN IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS,/ THERE SAT --- AS
SWEET AS A ROSE,/ I SANG, I SANG, I SANG SO SWEET,/ ALONG CAME---AND
KISSED ME ON THE CHEEK. HOW MANY KISSES DID I RECEIVE? (COUNT)

Where learned: COLLECTED FROM SCHOOL FRIENDS

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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IT'S HELL TO BE POOR.

Where learned: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY ; friends

Subject headings: {NOT

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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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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Teetotaler

A teetotaler totaling tees,
Was bothered much by little fleas.

Submitter comment: The informant thinks he heard his wife saying this one day, but
is not sure.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; from a friend

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001970S

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

IT'S LIKE GETTING THE MILK WITHOUT BUYING THE COW

Where learned: BOYFRIENDS HOME

Keyword(s): COMMITTMENT BENEFITS INJUSTICE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

IT'S LIKE GETTING THE CREAM WITHOUT BUYING THE COFFEE

Where learned: BOYFRIENDS HOME

Keyword(s): COMMITTMENT BENEFITS INJUSTICE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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Necklace Wish

If the locket on your necklace touches the clasp on the chain,
you must hold them together with your forefinger and thumb and make
a wish. Your wish will come true.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ; friends

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001960S

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EENIE MEENIE MIENIE MO, CATCH A TIGER BY THE TOE
IF HE HOLLARS LET HIM GO, EENIE MEENIE MIENIE MO.

Submitter comment: TOLD AS A RIDDLE IN A GAME TO DECIDE WHO WAS
"IT."

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; friends ; PLAYING

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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GRANOLAS

GRANOLAS ARE A TYPE OF PEOPLE THAT ARE CLASSIFIED BY THE
LEVELS OF GRAINS (1-5). YOU MUST HAVE THE QUALITIES OF THE
PREVIOUS GRAINS TO GO ONTO THE NEXT LEVEL.
THE FIRST GRAIN WEARS HIPPIE-TYPE CLOTHES (BAGGY SKIRTS AND
LOTS OF PAISLEY), HAS LONG HAIR AND TALKS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL
PHILOSOPHY AND PEACE.
THE SECOND GRAIN IS SOMEONE WHO PLAYS "THE INSTRUMENT" (THE
GUITAR). OR RIDES A MOUNTAIN BIKE IN SUBZERO DEGREE WEATHER.
THE THIRD GRAIN IS ANYONE WHO IS IN A GREEN PEACE ORGANIZATION
SUCH AS GREEN PEACE.
THE FOURTH GRAIN IS SOMEONE WHO LIVES BY THEMSELF IN A SHACK
IN THE MOUNTAINS.
THE FIFTH GRAIN TALKS ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY THAT IS "OVER
THE HEAD" OF ANYONE OTHER THAN ANOTHER 5 GRAIN GRANOLA.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS REFERRED TO BY THE FRIEND AS "WESTERN SLANG."

Where learned: LETTER ; ALASKA ; FRIEND

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

What is the difference between an Irish funeral and an Irish
wedding? One less drunk.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; from a friend

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
IRIS

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Anatomy Joke

I've studied Gray, and learned to name
The parts which make the frame.
But it took a guy in a singles bar,
To show me what the parts were for.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; from a friend

James Callow Keyword(s): Henry Gray's "Anatomy"

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00001990s

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Game Verse - Rope-jumping Rhyme

I'm a little Dutch girl dressed in blue,
These are the things I like to do,
Salute to the captain,
Curtsy to the queen,
Turn my back on the mean old king.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: COLLECTED FROM SCHOOL FRIENDS

Keyword(s): ACTION RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

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