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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHAT LOOKS THE MOST LIKE HALF OF A CHICKEN?
ANSWER: THE OTHER HALF.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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FARMING BELIEF - PENNSYLVAIA DUTCH

POTATOES PLANTED ON SAINT PATRICK'S DAY WILL BE
LARGE AND NUMEROUS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Subject headings: Observation

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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH PROVERB

AS SKINNY AS A SAWHORSE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; DEFINITION ; HUMAN CREATIONS

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH PROVERB

THE OLDER THE GOAT THE HARDER ARE HIS HORNS

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH PROVERB

THE OLDER THE GOAT THE HARDER ARE HIS HORNS

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; ANIMAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

IF "IF" WAS A HORSE, WE'D ALL TAKE A RIDE !

Submitter comment: THIS IS A RETORT TO A PERSON WHO CONSTANTLY USES
"IF" IN HIS SPEECH. "IF THIS ONLY HAPPENED . . ."
"IF I HAD . . ." ETC.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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AFTER CHRISTMAS THE PRIEST COMES TO THE HOUSE TO BLESS IT. THIS IS
THE FEAST OF THREE KINGS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): EPIPHANY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany

Date learned: 03-05-1972

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SISTER EILEEN TOLD ME WHAT SHE KNEW TO BE
THE ORIGIN OF THE SAYING "GOD BLESS YOU" AFTER A SNEEZE.
SNEEZING SUPPOSEDLY SYMBOLIZES THE RIDDING
OF THE DEVIL FROM THE BODY AND SAYING GOD BLESS YOU
SYMBOLIZES THAT THE SPACE VACATED BY THE
DEVIL IS NOW ABLE TO BE TAKEN OVER BY GOD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE KNEW THIS HER WHOLE LIFE BUT COULD NOT
VERIFY IT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-17-1972

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"SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS DOWN BY THE SEASHORE."

Submitter comment: SAY THIS AS FAST AS YOU CAN TEN TIMES.

Data entry tech comment: THIS IS A TONGUE TWISTER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-22-1972

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ON ASH WEDNESDAY YOU WOULD KNOCK ON PEOPLES DOORS AND WHEN THEY
WOULD COME OUT, YOU WOULD THROW ASHES ON THEM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS MOTHER PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM WHEN SHE WAS IN POLAND.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: 03-05-1972

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Belief: Animal

Snake won't die until after sundown.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Night ; Serpent ; Snake ; Sundown ; SUNSET ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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WEAVE A CROSS

ON PALM SUNDAY, SOME PEOPLE WEAVE A CROSS OUT OF THE PALM RECEIVED
AT CHURCH AND PLACE IT ON A TOMBSTONE OF A LOVED ONE IN THE CEMETERY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DID NOT PRACTICE THIS BUT SAW MANY PEOPLE DO IT IN THE
CEMETERY SHE VISITS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

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

Date learned: 03-17-1972

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HOLY WEEK CUSTOM

ON HOLY THURSDAY NIGHT YOU SHOULD VISIT SEVEN CHURCHES TO GAIN
SPECIAL BLESSINGS AND INDULGENCES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.32

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
A: NEWSPAPER.

Data entry tech comment: 7 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM (PLAY ON WORDS) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS ROUND, BLACK, WITH A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE?
A: RECORD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; LITERAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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ONE TEASPOON OF NUTMEG TAKEN WITH A GLASS OF WATER WILL STOP
DIARRHEA.

Submitter comment:

Lucy matro. 50 Years old. Textile worker - Italian. Jeanette, Penn.

She got most of her information from her mother.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; JEANETTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 08-00-1973

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PREDICTION -DIVINATION

IF TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING AND A POLE IS IN THEIR PATH THEY MUST
WALK ON EACH SIDE AND SAY BREAD AND BUTTER WHEN THEY COME
TOGETHER. IF THEY DO NOT THEY WILL HAVE A FIGHT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

James Callow Keyword(s): HOSTILITY ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Formula

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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH SAYING

NOT SO PRETTY FOR NICE BUT AWFUL STOUT FOR STRONG

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; CONTRAST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-13-1965

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FIRE PREVENTION- ALLGAU, BAVARIA, GERMANY

IN ORDER TO PREVENT HOUSE FIRES, ALWAYS KEEP A PICTURE
OF ST. FLORIAN IN THE HOME.

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PENNSYLVANIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Use of Object
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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PROVERB

UF KAERFREIDAK SULL MER'S ERSCHT MOL IM JOR FISCHE GE, NO BEISE DI
FISCH'S GANZ JOR.
YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK IN FISHING ALL YEAR IF YOU FISH THE FIRST
TIME IN THE YEAR ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Data entry tech comment: FROM FISHERS OF MEN?

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): LUCK

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
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BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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