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THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A MARRIAGE ENGAGEMENT SHOULD BE ANNOUNCED
THE DAY AFTER BOTH DREAM OF THEIR MARRIAGE. THIS
BRINGS GOOD LUCK AND SUCCESS TO THE FUTURE MARRIAGE.

Where learned: CANADA ; COLLECTED BY MAIL ; MONTREAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IN PARTS OF FRANCE, THE DEATH OF A PERSON IS NOT
ALWAYS DIRECTLY IMPLIED, IT MAY BE SAID THAT "HIS
HEAD'S COOKED" OR HE'S EMPTIED HIS CELLAR.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS.

Where learned: MAIL ; FRANCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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THE GREEKS CONSIDER IT UNLUCKY TO PASS THE SALT
SHAKER FROM ONE PERSON'S HAND TO ANOTHER.

Submitter comment: GATHERED FROM FAMILY TIES.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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GREEK FOOD CUSTOM

ONLY FISH IS SERVED ON PALM SUNDAY IN GREEK HOUSEHOLDS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS THROUGH FAMILY TIES.

Where learned: UNKNOWN ; MAIL ; CORRESPONDENCE WITH COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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SHE ALWAYS LOOKS ON THE BRIGHT SIDE.

Submitter comment: MR. ASHTON GAVE ME AND TOM THESE SAYINGS TO HELP US
OUT WHEN WE ASKED HIM.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Keyword(s): OPTIMISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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THATS GOING TO BE A WILD AND WOOLY ONE!

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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AN EXPRESSION

THERE'S A FLY IN THE OINTMENT.

Submitter comment: MR. ASHTON GAVE ME THIS, ALONG WITH THE OTHER EXPRESSIONS
WHEN I ASKED HIM FOR HELP ON THE ASSIGNMENT.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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AH SWEET MYSTERY OF LIFE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

IT SEEMS THAT WHEN THE CREATOR WAS MAKING THE WORLD, HE CALLED
MAN ASIDE AND BESTOWED UPON HIM 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX LIFE.
MAN WAS HORRIFIED} ONLY 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX LIFE? BUT THE
CREATOR WOULDN'T BUDGE. THAT WAS ALL HE WOULD GIVE HIM. THEN
HE CALLED THE MONKEY AND GAVE HIM 20 YEARS. BUT I DON'T NEED 20
YEARS, 10 IS ENOUGH, PROTESTED THE MONKEY. MAN SPOKE UP AND SAID,
CAN I HAVE HIS OTHER 10 YEARS? THE MONKEY GRACIOUSLY AGREED.
NEXT HE CALLED THE LION AND GAVE HIM 20 YEARS, BUT HE, TOO, NEEDED
ONLY 10 AND MAN AGAIN ASKED, CAN I HAVE THE OTHER 10? AND THE LION
ROARED, OF COURSE. ALONG CAME THE DONKEY AND HE WAS GIVEN 20 YEARS
BUT LIKE THE OTHERS, 10 WERE ENOUGH. SO MAN ASKED FOR THE SPARE 10
YEARS AND GOT THEM. ALL OF WHICH EXPLAINS WHY MAN HAS 20 YEARS
OF NORMAL SEX LIFE, 10 YEARS OF MONKEYING AROUND, 10 YEARS OF LION
ABOUT IT, AND 10 YEARS OF MAKING AN ASS OF HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RECEIVED IN MAIL

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN: LION AND LYING ; SLANG FOR MAKING HIMSELF LOOK FOOLISH (AN ASS OF HIMSELF). ; SLANG: MONKEYING AROUND FOR DALLIANCE.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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THOSE ARE SOME OF OUR WOODPILE RELATIVES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT GAVE ME THIS WHEN HE WROTE ME THE LETTER.
THESE ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, WHO LIVE NEXT DOOR.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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ON THE FIRST SIGHT OF SPRING, A CELEBRATION MUST
BE INITIATED BY THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE TWO OR MORE BOYS
IN THE VILLAGE TO INSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR.

Submitter comment: IT WAS BELIEVED THIS WOULD INSURE HEALTHY BIRTHS OF
ALL CHILDREN AND WOULD INCREASE THE BIRTHS OF BOYS.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF A SOLDIER ENTERS YOUR HOME, YOU MUST BE HOSPITABLE
AND GRANT EVERY WISH THEY DESIRE IN ORDER TO RETAIN GOOD LUCK
IN THE HOME. THIS BROUGHT GOOD LUCK IF DONE CORRECTLY.
IF NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH, MISFORTUNE MAY OCCUR TO MALE MEMBERS
OF THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS HELD BY INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER
DURING 1940-1941 WHEN ENGLAND WAS IN WWII ALONE WITHOUT
THE AID OF THE UNITED STATES.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Legend
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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SHE HAD A DREAM THAT HER DEAD MOTHER CAME DOWN
AND TOLD HER TO PLAY A 3 DIGIT NUMBER SO WHEN
SHE WOKE THE NEXT DAY SHE PLAYED THE NUMBER AND
IT CAME OUT STRAIGHT!

Submitter comment: WHEN YOU DREAM OF DEAD PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY TELL
YOU TO DO BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME IT WILL BRING
YOU GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: WORK ; MAILROOM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Good luck

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PROVERB

DO UNTO OTHERS AND THEN CUT OUT BEFORE THEY DO UNTO YOU.

Where learned: MAIL ; TOLD BY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; IRONY ; PARODY ; VARIANT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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RUBBING A GOLD WEDDING BAND ON A STY WILL MAKE IT GO AWAY.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 14 OTHER REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MAIL ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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NEW ENGLAND FOOD

A TRADITIONAL SATURDAY DINNER IS BAKED BEANS AND HOT DOGS.

Where learned: MAIL ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84.

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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