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I WISH YOU LUCK, I WISH YOU JOY,
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY.
AND WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL,
I WISH YOU THEN A BABY GIRL,
AND WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF SAFETY PINS,
I WISH YOU THEN A PAIR OF TWINS.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; Norwalk

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOU STAND BEFORE THE TUB
THINK OF ME BEFORE YOU RUB
IF THE WATER IS TOO HOT
PUT IN A FORGET-ME-NOT

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; Norwalk

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Forget me not

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE BRIDE THROWS HER BOUQUET TO THE SINGLE GIRLS,
AND WHOEVER CATCHES IT WILL BE NEXT TO GET
MARRIED.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bouquet toss

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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AFTER THEY GOT MARRIED, WHEN THEY GOT HOME, ALL OF
THEIR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WERE WAITING TO THROW A
PARTY FOR THEM. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED WAS
THE BEATING OF METAL DISHPANS AND OTHER METAL POTS
AND PANS WITH SPOONS, ETC.. THEY CALL THIS
"BELLING."

Submitter comment: TOOK PLACE IN NORWALK, OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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WISHING

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

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.455

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THE TALE OF THE HODAG

A LUMBERJACK IN RHINELANDER, WISCONSIN MADE UP THIS TALE. HE, WHILE
IN THE WOODS DEVELOPED AN IMAGENARY ( IMAGINARY ) MONSTER. WHEN HE
TOLD THE PEOPLE IN THE TOWN, THEY DIDN"T BELIEVE HIM, SO HE GOT A
BEARSKIN, TUSKS, AND HORNS AND MADE THE MONSTER. HE PUT IT IN A CAVE
AND CALLED THE TOWNFOLK OUT TO SEE IT. THEY BELIEVED HIM FROM THEN
ON. PEOPLE FROM A MUSEUM CAME AND DISCOVERED THE HOAX. THE TOWN STILL
USES THE HODAG AS ITS MASCOT.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): LOCAL LEGEND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT.

Submitter comment: NONE

Data entry tech comment: PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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RED HAIR

IF YOU HAVE RED HAIR, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A BAD TEMPER.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): HAIR COLOR ; TEMPER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Jump Rope Rhyme

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLOW
WENT DOWNSTAIRS TO KISS HER FELLOW
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE GET?
1-2-3- - -

Submitter comment:

A jump rope rhyme.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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NICKNAME

WHEN I WAS A ENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL, A COUPLE OF GOOD BUDDIES
OF MINE WERE MANAGERS OF THE BASKETBALL TEAM. ONE OF THEIR
FUNCTIONS WAS TO WASH THE UNIFORMS DURING THE WEEK SO THEY
WOULD BE READY FOR USE ON THE WEEKEND. THEY WERE PAUL LARROW
AND TOM LODGE. IT SEEMS THAT ONE OF THESE WASH DAYS, TOM
USED A BIT TOO MUCH SOAP, A FACT WHICH WAS ASTUTELY DETERMINED
WHEN THE FLOOR BECAME FLOODED WITH SOAP SUDZ. EVER SINCE, IT'S
NOT TOM LODGE, IT'S SUDZIE!

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART IS THROUGH HIS STOMACH.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): FOOD LOVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; FERNDALE ; Norwalk

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; WARNING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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A STEP ON A CRACK BREAKS YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS AS A CHILD IN NORWALK, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; FERNDALE ; Norwalk

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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IF YOU PLANT A POTATO IN THE BACKYARD, BELIEVING THAT
YOUR WARTS WILL GO AWAY, THEY WILL.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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BABIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE BORN DURING A BIG
STORM.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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AT A BABY SHOWER, IF THE BRIDE-TO-BE BREAKS A BOW ON A
GIFT, SHE WILL HAVE ONE BABY. IF SHE BREAKS TWO BOWS,
SHE WILL HAVE TWO BABIES; ETC.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): WEDDING OR BRIDAL SHOWER, I RATHER THINK.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IT'S BAD LUCK IF YOU OPEN YOUR UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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ROUND AS A RING
THAT HAS NO END
SO TRUE IS MY LOVE
TO YOU MY FRIEND

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; Norwalk

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

Date learned: 07-11-1943

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