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STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT,
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT.
WISH I MAY, WISH I MIGHT,
HAVE THIS WISH I WISH TONIGHT.

Where learned: HIS HOME

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

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, MORE.

Where learned: HIS HOME

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

Date learned: 09-25-1968

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BLASON POPULAIR

"HE'S A DOUBTING THOMAS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIS HOME ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS INDEPENDENT AS A HOG ON ICE.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; CLIMATE ; DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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SIGN OF THE CROSS

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON
AND THE HOLY SPOOK.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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MY FATHER ALWAYS JOKES, THAT IF HE HADN'T MARRIED MY MOTHER,
HE'D HAVE THE FIRST NICKEL HE EVER EARNED.

Where learned: TOLD AT HIS HOME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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MARRIAGE OF DAUGHTERS

DAUGHTERS OF THE MEN AFFILIATED WITH THE MAFIA ARE NOT PERMITTED TO
DATE OR MARRY UNTIL THEY HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 21.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics

Date learned: 02-08-1968

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MATURITY

THE MEMBERS OF THE MAFIA FEEL THAT THEIR SONS HAVE REACHED THE
TIME OF MATURITY WHEN THEY BECOME 21. AND UNTIL THEY HAVE REACHED
THIS AGE THEY ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER INTO THE ORGANIZATION.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 02-08-1968

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BLOODY MARY

MARK TOLD ME ABOUT HIS FRIEND PAUL ANDERSON WHO CLAIMS HE SAW AND
FELT BLOODY MARY. ONE DAY AS PAUL WAS WALKING ALONE HE STOPPED AND
PRESSED HIS HEAD TO A TREE. HE CLOSED HIS EYES AND COUNTED TO FIFTEEN
AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN HE FELT A SHARP PAIN IN HIS HEAD.
HE SAID IT FELT LIKE A KNIFE STABBING THROUGH HIS HEAD.
WHEN HE OPENED UP HIS EYES HE SAW BLOODY MARY STANDING THERE WITH A
KNIFE STUCK THROUGH HER HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT HIS HOME ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
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PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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TOM SWIFTIE

I'M A PLUMBER HE PIPED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIS HOME ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): JOB

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ; SAID

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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DAILY LIFE FLOWER CUSTOM

IN HAWAII THE NATIVE GIRLS WEAR A FLOWER OVER THEIR
LEFT EAR IF THEY ARE SINGLE AND ARE MARRIAGEABLE.
THEY WEAR A FLOWER OVER THEIR RIGHT EAR WHEN THEY
ARE ALREADY MARRIED.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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SLAVIC CUSTOM

A TRADITIONAL SLAVIC CUSTOM IS NOT TO DRINK WATER
WITH THE MEAL.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

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IF BEING UGLY GAINED SALVATION, YOU'D BE AT THE
RIGHT HAND OF THE LORD.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 04-01-1968

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IF SAND WAS UGLY, YOU'D BE THE SAHARA DESERT.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 04-01-1968

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FINNISH SPEECH TO HAVE NEIGHBOR CALL IN HIS DOG.

HOLLER YOUR DOG IN, HE'S RUNNING THE ALLEY UP AND DOWN.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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MEXICAN BAPTISM

THE PARENTS OF THE CHILD BEING BAPTIZED ARE NOT ALLOWED
TO COME TO SEE THE CEREMONY. THE GODPARENTS AND ANY
RELATIVES OR FRIENDS MAY COME, HOWEVER.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 02-22-1972

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BLASON POPULAIRE

USING A FINE ITALIAN HAND.

Submitter comment: PROFESSOR'S QUERY: HANDWRITING?
COLLECTOR'S ANSWER: ESPECIALLY APPLIED TO COOKING.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Keyword(s): COOKING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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ITALIAN CUSTOM

IN THE INSTANCE OF A DEATH OF SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY,
THE REST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY WILL BE IN
MOURNING FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR. THEY RESTRICT
THEMSELVES FROM PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT OR OTHER
UNNECESSARY SOCIAL EVENTS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USUALLY PRACTICED WITHIN THE STRICT ITALIAN
FAMILIES.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-08-1968

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IT IS A COMMON SCOTTISH CUSTOM TO SING "AULD LANG SYNE"
ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: HIS HOME

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

Date learned: 01-31-1968

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AFTER SNEEZING, KNOCK ON WOOD AND GOOD LUCK IS
ASSURED THE REST OF THE DAY.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Conversions Body parts and functions
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-25-1968

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