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WHEN I WAS ABOUT SIX YEARS OLD AND WE LIVED NEAR THE COUNTRY,
I WOULD OFTEN GO OUT TO PLAY ALL DAY. SO I USED TO GO TO THE
LAVATORY OUTSIDE. MY MOTHER WOULD ALWAYS TELL ME THAT I SHOULD
COME HOME TO GO TO THE BATHROOM, BECAUSE WHEN THE DEVIL CAUGHT
LITTLE BOYS GOING TO THE BATHROOM OUTSIDE HE WOULD BITE OFF
THEIR PENIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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If you are wearing your belt twisted, you are in love.

Submitter comment: My mom used to say that to me when I was young to
tease me.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; Laurel

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 00001970S

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TWO HANDKERCHIEFS

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A LADY WITH A COLD WENT TO A DINNER PARTY AND TOOK WITH HER TWO
HANDKERCHIEFS. ONE SHE TUCKED IN HER BOSOM. AT THE PARTY SHE
STARTED LOOKING LEFT AND RIGHT IN HER BOSOM. SHE SUDDENLY NOTICED
PEOPLE LOOKING AT HER. EMBARRASSED, SHE SAID, "I KNOW I HAD TWO
WHEN I CAME."

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): BREASTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TALKING PET

A MAN WHO WANTED A PET PARROT SAW A SIGN SAYING "BANKRUPTCY SALE"
IN THE WINDOW OF A PET SHOP. HE WENT INSIDE AND BEGAN BIDDING FOR
A BEAUTIFUL PARROT HE SAW. HE BID HIGHER AND HIGHER UNTIL THE BIRD
WAS FINALLY HIS. HE THEN ASKED THE AUCTIONEER IF THE BIRD COULD
TALK. "WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WAS BIDDING AGAINST YOU ALL THE
TIME?" SAID THE PARROT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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A CHILD'S BLESSING

GOD BLESS THE FATHER OF THIS HOUSE AND ITS MOTHER TOO/
AND ALL THE LITTLE CHILDREN THAT ROUND THE TABLE GO/ AND ALL YOUR
RELATIVES THAT LIVE FAR AND NEAR/ WISH THEM A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A
HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; TOLD IN ; TURNERS STATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.642
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards
BELIEF -- Prayer

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RIDDLES

MANY CHILDREN HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN AND
TO TELL RIDDLES. HOWEVER, IN A GROUP IN WHICH MANY MALES
WERE PRESENT, THE MALE WOULD ENTHUSIASTICALLY TAKE OVER
THE RIDDLE SESSION. THUS, MOST AFRICAN RIDDLES HAVE
BEEN TOLD BY MALES. RIDDLES OFTEN BEGIN AFTER THE MALES
HAVE RETURNED FROM THEIR DINNER. THEY WOULD THEN HUDDLE
INTO A GROUP IN A NEIGHBOR'S YARD TO TELL RIDDLES.
THE PERSON WHO ASK THE RIDDLE IS ASSUMED SMART. THE PERSON WHO
GUESS THE CORRECT ANSWER TO THE RIDDLE IS THOUGHT OF AS
VERY BRIGHT. THESE PEOPLE ARE HIGHLY RESPECTED AND COMMANDED.
MANY RIDDLES ARE SIMILAR TO PROVERBS. THEY'RE PROVERBS
FROM WHICH QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED BY ANOTHER SUCH AS:
WHEN A PALM TREE IS AWAY FROM THE PALM, IT IS AWAY BECAUSE
OF LACK OF WATER. WHAT ABOUT A PLANT WHICH HAS DIED
BECAUSE OF LACK OF WATER?
ANS. WHEN A BABY DIES, IT IS SAID THAT THE CHILD WAS
POISON BY THE WITCH. WHAT'S ABOUT A WITCH'S BABY?
WHEN IT DIES, WHO KILLS IT? NATURALLY, THE WITCH'S MEDICINES.
THESE WERE SOME OF THE RIDDLES THAT WE WERE EXPOSED TO
AS CHILDREN GROWING UP IN MARYLAND COUNTY, LIBERIA.
WE HAD TO INTELLECTUALLY FIGURE OUT THE CORRECT ANSWER.
WHAT CREATES THE RAINBOW?
ANS. SNAKES ARE COLD BLOODY REPTILES. SNAKES USUALLY
WOULD LIKE TO REMAIN IN A WARM PLACE. SNAKES BECOME
TOO UPSET WHEN THEY ARE IN A COLD PLACE. A SNAKE EXPLODED
ONE DAY WHEN HE WAS REMOVED. WHEN HIS MOUTH WAS OPENED,
OUT CAME SEVERAL COLORS. THE COLORS WERE TO BE KNOWN
AS THE RAINBOW COLORS.
YOU HAVE A BOAT, GOAT, LEOPARD AND FIFTY POUNDS OF
CASSAVA LEAVES. YOU WOULD LIKE TO CROSS THEM ALL.
BUT, YOU CAN'T CROSS THEM ALL TOGETHER. WHAT DO YOU DO?
ANS. IF YOU SHOULD TAKE THE LEOPARD FIRST, THE GOAT WILL
EAT THE LEAVES. GOATS ARE VERY FOND OF CASSAVA LEAVES.
IF YOU SHOULD TAKE THE LEAVES FIRST, THE GOAT AND THE
LEOPARD WILL GET INTO A FIGHT AND THE LEOPARD WILL EAT
THE GOAT. THEREFORE, THE BEST SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM
IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE GOAT IS CARRIED FIRST.
LEOPARD DOESN'T EAT CASSAVA LEAVES.

Submitter comment: MALES TEND TO HAVE A DOMINANT GRIP ON BOTH FEMALES AND CHILDREN
IN OUR TRADITIONAL AFRICAN SOCIETY.

Where learned: LIBERIA ; HARPER CITY ; MARYLAND COUNTY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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CURE FOR HEADACHE

PUT A RHUBARB ON THE PERSON'S HEAD.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-07-1971

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BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN THREES.

Submitter comment: SOURCE UNKNOWN

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BETHESDA

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THERE HAS BEEN LOVELY WEATHER FOR A LONG TIME, THEN THERE IS
SURELY GOING TO BE A BAD WINTER (OR WET SPRING, OR MISERABLE
SUMMER) FOLLOWING.

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THERE'S A RING AROUND THE MOON, IT MEANS IT'S GOING TO RAIN.

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU DON'T WANT SOME BAD THING TO HAPPEN, KNOCK ON WOOD.

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU TRIP ON THE FRONT STEPS WHEN YOU ARE GOING OUT IN THE
MORNING, YOU HAD BETTER GO RIGHT BACK IN AND STAY HOME,
BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL DAY.

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT YOU CAME INTO A ROOM TO
GET, GO BACK TO WHERE YOU STARTED AND COME IN AGAIN
AND YOU WILL THINK OF IT.

Submitter comment: IT WORKS FOR ME. THIS PROBABLY HAS TRUE ASSOCIATIONAL

Where learned: SOURCE UNKNOWN ; BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR EARS RING, SOMEONE IS THINKING ABOUT YOU.

IF A PORTION OF YOUR SKIRT HEM IS TURNED UP, YOUR BOY-FRIEND IS THINKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MANY LEGENDS ARE BUILT AROUND SUPPOSED HAPPENINGS IN
CONNECTION WITH LAVA FLOWS IN THE OUTLYING ISLANDS
OF THE HAWAIIAN CHAIN. I HAVE HEARD SEVERAL VARIA-
TIONS OF THIS TALE.
ONE DAY ONE OF "THE OLD ONES" (A LEGENDARY PERSON WHO
APPEARS IN MORTAL FORM, ASKING FOR ALMS) APPEARED AT
THE DOOR OF A POOR MAN'S HUT ON THE SLOPES OF MAUNA
KEA. HE WAS GIVEN HOSPITALITY, AND WHEN IT WAS TIME
FOR HIM TO GO, HE INSTRUCTED THE POOR MAN TO PUT THREE
STONES AT THE FOUR CORNERS OF HIS LAND. THE OLD MAN
DID AS HE WAS TOLD, AND SOON AFTER, THE VOLCANO
ERRUPTED AND LAVA POURED DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, DESTROYING
EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH--BUT WHEN IT REACHED THE OLD
MAN'S LAND, IT SPLIT AND WENT AROUND. (THEY WILL
STILL SHOW YOU A NUMBER OF PLACES WHICH ARE BARE OF
LAVA AND THERE IS A VARIATION OF THE STORY TO GO
WITH EACH ONE.)

Where learned: BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGEL?

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POPULAR SAYING

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BETHESDA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SAYING

THE GOOD DIE YOUNG.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BETHESDA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

COLD HANDS; WARM HEART.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BETHESDA

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF-FOLK CURE

THE BEST CURE FOR A BEE STING OR INSECT BITE IS THE APPLICATION
OF A WET TOBACCO LEAF.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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