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FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ALWAYS DIE IN GROUPS OF THREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHISTELING

WHISTLING GIRLS AND CACKLING HENS ALWAYS COME TO SOME BAD ENDS.
LADIES DONT WHISTLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

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

Date learned: CA02001980

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FROM WEDDINGS TO CHRISTENINGS

IN THE EVENT OF A SON MARRYING IN THE FAMILY, THE GROOMS MOTHER
GIVES THE BRIDE A WHITE LINEN HANDKERCHIEF TO CARRY AT HER
WEDDING. AFTER THE WEDDING IS OVER, THE BRIDE GIVES IT BACK TO
HER MOTHER-IN-LAW. IT IS THEN CLEANED AND PRESSED . IN THE EVENT
OF THE FIRST CHILD BORN TO THE COUPLE, THE HANDKERCHIEF IS FOLDED
INTO A BABYS BONNET AND WORN AT THE CHRISTENING.
AFTER THIS IS OVER, THE BONNET IS PUT AWAY UNTIL HE OR SHE GETS
MARRIED AND IT IS UNFOLDED AND PASSED TO THE NEXT GENERATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: CA02001980

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ASURING GOOD WEATHER FOR A WEDDING

ON THE DAY OF A WEDDING IN YOUR FAMILY, TO INSURE THAT IT WILL NOT
RAIN, THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO HANG A ROSARY IN THE TREE IN THE
BACKYARD. THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT THE LORD WOULD NEVER RAIN
ON THE ROSARY AND HAPPY THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through

Date learned: CA02001980

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THE CLADDOUGH RING

AN IRISH ENGAGEMENT RING IS CALLED A CLADDOUGH RING, A HEART HELD
IN TWO HANDS UNDER A CROWN. WHEN WORN ON THE LEFT HAND IT
SYMBOLIZES THAT THERE IS SOMEONE SPECIAL IN YOUR LIFE. WHEN WORN
ON THE RIGHT HAND WITH THE HEART FACING YOU, IT MEANS THAT THERE
IS SOMEONE THAT YOU ARE ESPECIALLY FOND OF, AND WORN ON THE
RIGHT HAND WITH THE HEART FACING OUT IT MEANS THAT YOUR HEART
IS STILL OPEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SYMBOLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: CA02001980

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DECORATING ON CHRISTMAS EVE

DECORATING OF THE HOME AND CHRISTMAS TREE ON CHRISTMAS EVE IT IS THE
OFFICIAL STARTING OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

Date learned: CA02001980

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MARIJUANA, MARIJUANA, LSD, LSD
SCIENTISTS ARE MAKING IT.
TEACHERS ARE TAKING IT.
WHY CAN'T WE?

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT THIS WAS A COMMON VERSE USED BY
THE STUDENTS OF THE HULL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LIVONIA,
MICHIGAN DURING THE 1969-1970 SCHOOL YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Keyword(s): DRUGS

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

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INDICATOR OF AN ARGUMENT

IF YOU WASH YOUR HAIR ON FRIDAY, YOU WILL HAVE AN ARGUMENT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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HOLEY UNDERWEAR

NEVER GO OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH HOLES IN YOUR UNDERWEAR
YOU NEVER KNOW YOU MIGHT GET HIT BY A CAR AND HAVE TO BE TAKEN TO
THE HOSPITAL, WHAT WOULD PEOPLE THINK?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms

Date learned: CA02001980

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OMEN FOR ILL FATE

BEING THE LAST CAR IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION DENOTES ILL FATE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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A BROKEN PICTURE FRAME MEANS DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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IF A BRIDE KEEPS COINS IN HER SHOES DURING HER WEDDING
DAY, SHE WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

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

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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IF IN HEAVEN WE DON'T MEET,
HAND IN HAND, WE'LL SHARE THE HEAT.
IF IT GETS INTENSELY HOT,
PEPSI COLA HITS THE SPOT. HA-HA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 06-06-1963

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SNIPE HUNTING

SNIPE HUNTING: A CHILDREN'S GANE OF CHASING A SMALL FURRY ANIMAL
THAT ONLY EXISTS IN THEIR MINDS, BUT
THEY CAN SPEND HOURS LOOKING FOR ONE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

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

Date learned: CA02001980

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HOLY MEDALS

THE HANGING OF A HOLY MEDAL OVER THE FRONT DOOR
GIVES A BLESSING TO ALL WHO ENTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck

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YOU KISSED HIM IN THE GARDEN,
YOUR MOTHER HEARD THE SMACK.
SHE SAID YOU WERE A NAUGHTY GIRL
AND MADE YOU GIVE IT BACK.

Submitter comment: SIXTH AND SEVENTH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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REMEMBER THE CIRCUS?
REMEMBER THE CLOWN?
REMEMBER THE BOY WHO WROTE IN YOUR BOOK
UPSIDE DOWN?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

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WHEN YOUR ROSEY CHEEKS HAVE FADED
AND YOUR HAIR IS SILVERY GREY
MAY YOU BE AS SWEET A WOMAN
AS YOU ARE A GIRL TODAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN ENTRY IN MY COUSIN'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK
WHICH SHE KEPT WHILE ATTENDING LIVONIA SCHOOLS IN
1957 AND 1958.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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FINGER GAME

BEGIN COUNTING FROM YOUR BABY FINGER AND SAY THE FOLLOWING
VERSE:
TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY--WHOOPS TOMMY
TOMMY--WHOOPS--TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

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

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WINSTON TASTES GOOD
LIKE A CIGARETTE SHOULD.
NO FILTER, NO FLAVOR
JUST PLAIN OLD TOILET PAPER.

Submitter comment: FIRST TWO LINES ARE SUNG; AS IN CIGARETTE COMMERCIAL AD
INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT THIS IS A COMMON VERSE AMONG
STUDENTS NOW ATTENDING THE HULL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN
LIVONIA, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

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

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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