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GOOD FRIDAY VISITS

ON GOOD FRIDAY, DURING THE THREE HOURS FROM 12 TO 3, YOU SHOULD
VISIT A DIFFERENT CHURCH--ONE EACH HOUR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 03-15-1970

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TRILOGY OF DEATH

DEATH ALWAYS COMES IN THREES. IF SOMEONE IN
YOUR FAMILY DIES, THEN TWO OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR
FAMILY WILL DIE SOON. IF SOMEONE FAMOUS DIES,
THEN TWO OTHER FAMOUS PEOPLE WILL DIE SOON.

Where learned: LITTLEFIELD

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

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THREE ON A MATCH SUPERSTITION

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR THREE PEOPLE TO LIGHT
A CIGARETTE ON THE SAME MATCH.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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Irish Belief

"It is a known fact," Mr. Faron said, "that every Irishman has his own personal leprechaun that sits on his shoulder and pulls his earlobe every time another Irishman tells him a lie."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Number [B423 (elf) P423] crossed out and P423 is written next to it.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; LITTLEFIELD

Keyword(s): Detection ; EARS ; IRELAND ; Irish ; Leprechaun ; Lie ; Lie Detection

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

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Maxim

Dog Proverb:

Love me, love my dog.

Submitter comment:

Informant incessantly repeats this.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DOG ; LOVE ; TOLERANCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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LIGHTNING STORMS

YOU MUST NEVER TAKE A BATH OR WASH YOUR HAIR DURING A THUNDER
AND LIGHTNING STORM LEST LIGHTNING MAY STRIKE YOUR HOME AND YOU WILL
BE ELCTROCUTED.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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ONION SUPERSTITION

PIT A PIN IN YOUR MOUTH WHEN PEELING AN ONION AND YOU WON'T CRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; 16564 Littlefield

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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CUCUMBER BELIEF

CUT A CUCUMBER AND RUB THE SMALL END AGAINST THE LARGE END. THE BITTERNESS GOES INTO THE SMALL END, WHICH YOU HAVE TO THROW AWAY BECAUSE IT GETS A FROTH ON IT. THIS ONLY HAS TO BE DONE TO THE ONES PICKED AT THE FIRST OF THE SEASON BECAUSE THESE ARE USUALLY GREEN AND PICKED TOO EARLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; 16564 Littlefield

Subject headings: 686 686.1
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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