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BAD LUCK (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

A BROKEN MIRROR IS SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: BIG BOY RESTAURANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.14

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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FLICKING THE NAIL OF YOUR THUMB OUT FROM UNDER YOUR
FRONT TEETH AT A PERSON IS TELLING THEM TO GO TO HELL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS ITALIAN AND GOT THE GESTURE FROM HIS
PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RESTAURANT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn

Date learned: 10-28-1971

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DOWN IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS/ THERE SAT SALLY AS
SWEET AS A ROSE./ SHE SANG, SHE SANG, SHE SANG SO SWEET/ ALONG CAME
JACK AND KISSED HER ON THE CHEEK./
HOW MANY KISSES DID HE GIVE HER? 1, 2, 3, ...

Where learned: RESTAURANT ; GOLDEN LION

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 07-22-1964

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THE HENPECKED HUSBAND

A HENPECKED HUSBAND CAME TO THE RABBI TO ASK FOR A
DIVORCE. "HOW CAN YOU, A PIOUS MAN, THINK OF SUCH A
THING!" THE RABBI REBUKED HIM STERNLY. "DON'T
YOU KNOW WHAT THE TALMUD SAYS: 'WHEN A MAN DIVORCES
HIS WIFE, NOT ONLY THE ANGELS BUT THE VERY STONES
WEEP!'" "LISTEN, RABBI," REPLIED THE DISSATISFIED
HUSBAND, "IF THE ANGELS AND THE STONES WANT TO WEEP,
LET THEM. I WANT TO REJOICE!"

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: RABBI FROM ADAS SHALOM SYNOGOGUE.

Where learned: RESTAURANT ; GOLDEN LION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 07-22-1964

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DON'T WALK UNDER A LADDER (BAD LUCK.)

Where learned: BIG BOY RESTAURANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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PROVERB

IF WE DIDN'T HAVE TO EAT, WE WOULD ALL BE RICH.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; SHONEYS RESTAURANT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 06-06-1970

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LEAVE-TAKING

KEEP COOL, FOOL!
INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS A VERY POPULAR PHRASE WHEN HE WAS ABOUT
16 IN HIGH SCHOOL AT ST. CATHERINE'S IN DETROIT.

Where learned: RESTAURANT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-15-1971

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO CUT A BABY'S HAIR BEFORE IT IS A YEAR OLD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 08-12-1970

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Tu B'Shvat Is Here (Song of Jewish Arbor Day)

The almond tree is growing
A golden sun is glowing
The birds sing out in joyous glee
From every roof and every tree

Let's make the land a garden
With water from the Jordan
And our land will flow once more
With milk and honey as of yore

Tu B'Shvat is here
The Jewish Arbor Day
Hail the trees' New Year
Happy Holiday


 

Submitter comment:

Origin: Learned it in Sunday School when she was younger.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RESTAURANT ; GOLDEN LION

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

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Pink Pajamas

I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it's hot.
I wear my pink pajamas in the winiter when it's not.
And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall
I slip between the sheets with nothing on at all.

Chorus
Glory, Glory what's it to you
Glory, Glory what's it to you
Glory, Glory what's it to you
If I slip between the sheets with nothing on at all.

 

Submitter comment:

Origin: Song from Camp Tamarack at which informant was a counselor.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RESTAURANT ; GOLDEN LION

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

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I'VE HEARD THAT THE REASON SOME FELLAS ARE QUEER (HOMOSEXUAL) IS BECAUSE THEY'RE BORN WITH THEIR SEX ORGANS IN THEIR THROAT.

Submitter comment:

OVERHEARD IN CONVERSATION

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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WEARING COPPER ON THE BODY WILL HELP SOMEONE SUFFERING FROM SCIATICA.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-12-1970

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ASPHIDITY SEWN IN A CLOTH BAG AND WORN AROUND A CHILD'S NECK WILL WARD OFF CHILDHOOD DISEASES AND TOOTHACHE.

Submitter comment:

Collected at St. Clair's Restaurant.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-12-1970

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IN THE SPRING, INFORMANT'S MOTHER WOULD GIVE HER A TONIC OF MOLASSES AND SULPHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-12-1970

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EGG WHITE FACIAL

STEAM FACIAL PORES OPEN, PUT EGG WHITE ON FACE, LET HARDEN, WHEN DRY WASH OFF.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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FOR DIARRHEA, INFORMANT'S MOTHER WOULD BREW UP SOME CATNIP TEA, OR GIVE HER "DOG FENAL," SOME TYPE OF A PLANT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 08-12-1970

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FOR A COUGH, INFORMANT'S MOTHER WOULD MAKE SOME HOREHOUND CANDY, AND GIVE THIS TO HER CHILDREN ALONG WITH A TEASPOON OR SO OF MOLASSES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 08-12-1970

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CURE FOR CHEST COLD

MAKE A TONIC CONTAINING ONE TEASPOON SUGAR, THREE DROPS COAL OIL, AND TWO DROPS TURPENTINE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 08-12-1970

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CURE FOR COLD OR FLU

COMBINE A SHOT OF WHISKEY, THE JUICE FROM A WHOLE LEMON, AND A TABLESPOON OF SUGAR IN A CUP OF HOT WATER. SIT IN A STEAMING TUB OF BATHWATER AND SIP THIS DRINK. AFTER THE BATH, TAKE TWO ASPIRIN, GO TO BED AND SLEEP FOR AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 08-12-1970

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HANGOVER CURE

PUT TWO TABLESPOONS OF HONEY IN COFFEE OR ANOTHER HOT DRINK, DRINK IT, THEN TAKE A VERY HOT BATH IN EPSOM SALTS, FOLLOWED BY A COLD BATH OR SHOWER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; St. Clair's Restaurant

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 08-12-1970

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