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IN ANCIENT CELTIC LORE THEY HAD GREAT RESPECT FOR SPIRITS.
CLEAN WATER WOULD BE LEFT AT NIGHT FOR THE FAIRIES TO WASH.
IF A WOMAN OF THE HOUSE WAS THROWING OUT DIRTY WATER, SHE
WOULD SAY, "FAG A BEALAC, UESGE SALAC," WHICH MEANT--"LEAVE
THE WAY, DIRTY WATER!" AS A WARNING TO THE SPIRITS NOT TO GET
HIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BISHOP BORGESS HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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I THOUGHT, I THOUGHT, I THOUGHT IN VAIN,
AT LAST I THOUGHT I'D WRITE MY NAME!

Where learned: OUR LADY OF SORROWS HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 06-00-1966

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ELEPHANT JOKE

WHY DO DUCKS HAVE FLAT FEET?
TO STAMP OUT FOREST FIRES.
WHY DO ELEPHANTS HAVE FLAT FEET?
TO STAMP OUT FLAMING DUCKS.

Where learned: HIGH SCHOOL ; DUNDEE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): CHAIN OF RIDDLES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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MOON BELIEF

WHEN THE FULL MOON APPEARS, PEOPLE GET LOONEY.

Where learned: HIGH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): LOONEY COMES FROM WORD FOR MOON IN LATIN= LUNA ; MADNESS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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IN ANCIENT CELTIC LORE THEY HAD GREAT RESPECT FOR SPIRITS.
CLEAN WATER WOULD BE LEFT AT NIGHT FOR THE FAIRIES TO WASH.
IF A WOMAN OF THE HOUSE WAS THROWING OUT DIRTY WATER, SHE
WOULD SAY, "FAG A BEALAC, UESGE SALAC," WHICH MEANT--"LEAVE
THE WAY, DIRTY WATER!" AS A WARNING TO THE SPIRITS NOT TO GET
HIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BISHOP BORGESS HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ABSENCE SHARPENS LOVE, PRESENCE STRENGTHENS IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): VARIANT

James Callow Keyword(s): BALANCE ; OBSERVATION ; PARALLELISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-15-1965

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BLASON POPULAIRE

BEWARE OF GREEKS BEARING GIFTS.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): CUSTOM

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; HYPOCRISY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLOCK WHO:
THOUGHT THE TYPEWRITER WAS PREGNANT BECAUSE IT MISSED A PERIOD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; REGINA HIGH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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A RICH MAN LIVES ON MONEY, AND A POOR MAN LIVES ON
PRIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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PROVERB

HE WHO SMILES CARRIES THE SUN.

Where learned: MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): OVERSTATEMENT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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NO TITLE

IF YOU BUILD YOUR HOUSE OF TOOTHPICKS, DON'T SMOKE.

Submitter comment: NONE

Data entry tech comment: REMINDS ME OF " PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES, SHOULDN'T
THROW STONES.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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PROVERB

HE WHO IS YOUNG HAS AN OPEN MIND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): YOUTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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STAGE FRIGHT

TO ALLEVIATE STAGE FRIGHT, HELEN HAYES WOULD LOOK OUT AT THE
AUDIENCE FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN AND CALL THE AUDIENCE ALL
SORTS OF CRUEL AND VULGAR NAMES.

Where learned: OUR LADY OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): ACTRESS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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FULL MOON

WHEN THE FULL MOON APPEARS PEOPLE GET LOONEY.

James Callow comment:

LOONEY COMES FROM WORD FOR MOON IN LATIN=LUNA; MADNESS

Where learned: HIGH SCHOOL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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ANCIENT BURIAL CUSTOM IN IRELAND: BODIES WERE PUT STANDING
UPRIGHT FOR A QUICK EXIT AT THE LAST DAY. IF THEY WERE
WARRIORS THEY HELD THEIR SPEARS IN THEIR HANDS AND
(WERE) BURIED FACING THE ENEMY TERRITORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND ; BISHOP BORGESS HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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DEER DRAGGING A BOAT

ONE TIME I WAS UP IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN IN A ROWBOAT IN A RIVER. I
HAD A LASSO WITH ME, AND I SAW A DEER ON THE SHORE. SO I DECIDED TO
LASSO THE DEER. THE LASSO WAS TIED TO THE BOAT, AND I GOT THE DEER,
ALL RIGHT, BUT THE DEER BEGAN TO RUN, PULLING THE BOAT WITH HIM. I
FELL OUT OF THE BOAT, AND WHEN I FINALLY GOT MYSELF OUT OF THE WATER,
I COULDN'T FIND THE BOAT.
A LITTLE OVER A YEAR LATER, WHEN I WAS UP THERE HUNTING AGAIN, I
SAW A DEER WITH A ROWBOAT TIED TO HIM. SO I FIGURED IT WAS THE SAME
DEER.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY CLASS AT U OF D HIGH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): WILD ANIMAL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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OMEN

IF YOU FIND A HANDKERCHIEF AND PICK IT UP, YOU'LL NEED
IF BECAUSE YOU'LL SOON CRY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS COLLECTED 04121967 FROM MY SISTER. SHE HEARD IT
FROM HER CLASSMATES; SHE IS IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-12-1967

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PROVERB

THE FEAR OF A MAN MAKES HIM LIKE A WOMAN.

Where learned: MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-15-1965

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PROVERB

A FOOL TAKES NO PLEASURE IN UNDERSTANDING, BUT ONLY IN EXPRESSING HI
OPINION.

Where learned: MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1965

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PROVERB

THE FOOT ON THE CRADLE AND THE HAND ON THE DISTAFF IS THE SIGN OF A
GOOD HOUSEWIFE.

Submitter comment: SPANISH SAYING

Where learned: MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): MOTHERHOOD ; SPINNING WHEEL ; SYMBOLS ; WORK, INDUSTRY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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