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IT IS POSSIBLE TO CURE A STY BY MAKING A CROSS OVER IT WITH A GOLD
WEDDING BAND AND THEN SPITTING OVER YOUR SHOULDER. THIS ENTIRE
PROCEDURE MUST BE REPEATED THREE TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-15-1984

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LUCK-BAD

IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO PUT SHOES ON A TABLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER POLISH MOTHER-IN-LAW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01-15-1984

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LUCK-BAD

IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO PLACE A HAT ON A BED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER POLISH MOTHER-IN-LAW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01-15-1984

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT RUSSIA'S NEW AMUSEMENT PARK? THEY
ARE BUILDING A WALL AROUND POLAND.

Submitter comment:

HEARD AT A TIME WHEN RUSSIA-POLAND RELATIONS WERE ALWAYS IN THE
NEWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli
RUSS

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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HOW DOES A POLLOCK GET KILLED DRINKING WATER? THE TOILET
SEAT FALLS ON HIM!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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SEE A PENNY, PICK IT UP,
EVERY DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SPRING

THE AIR IS WARM AND THE SKY IS BLUE
THE LEAVES ARE GREEN_YELLOW
BECAUSE THEY ARE NEW.
THE FEET GO SKIPPING
THE BIRDS ALL SING,
THE WHOLE WORLD IS HAPPY
BECAUSE IT IS SPRING.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SINGS THIS WITH HER FRIENDS IN SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SEASONAL SONG ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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ANGORA BELIEF

PUT ANGORA YARN IN THE ICEBOX A FEW HOURS BEFORE YOU
PLAN TO USE IT FOR KNITTING;
IT KEEPS THE YARN FROM SHEDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL PRODUCT

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

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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SUPERSTITION

IF A GIRL IS GOING OVER A RAILROAD TRACK IN A CAR, SHE SHOULD
LIFT HER FEET UP WHILE GOING OVER, OR ELSE SHE WILL BREAK
UP WITH THE GUY SHE IS GOING WITH.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GILBERTS LOUNGE ; HARPER

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Car ; Car ; RAILROAD ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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HIDE AND SEEK CAL

APPLE, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY HOLLER "I."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.538

Date learned: 00001958 CA.

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SUPERSTITON

AN ENGLISH IVY PLANT IN THE HOUSE WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT STRONGLY BELIEVES THIS. SHE CLAIMS THAT WHENEVER SHE
HAD SUCH A PLANT IN THE HOUSE, THE RESULT WAS NOTHING BUT BAD LUCK
UNTIL SHE DISPOSED OF THE PLANT.

Where learned: SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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BELIEF

YOU CAN NOT GIVE ANY SHARP OBJECT TO A FRIEND
WITHOUT A MINIMAL PAYMENT BECAUSE IT WILL BREAK UP
THE FRIENDSHIP.

Submitter comment: ALISON HEARD THIS FROM HER NEIGHBOR, THE NEIGHBOR MADE
INFORMANT'S MOTHER PAY 2 CENTS FOR A PAIR OF SCISSORS. SHE
FIRMLY BELIEVED THIS

Where learned: SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

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

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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STUB YOUR TOE, SEE YOUR BEAU.
KISS YOUR THUMB, BE SURE TO COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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PREDICTION CONCERNING FISH

WHEN THE WIND IS FROM THE WEST
THAT IS WHEN THE FISH BITE THE BEST.

WHEN THE WIND IS FROM THE NORTH
FISHERMEN SHALL GO FORTH.

WHEN THE WIND IS FROM THE SOUTH
BLOWS THE BAIT RIGHT INTO THEIR (FISH) MOUTH.

WHEN THE WIND IS FROM THE EAST
THAT IS WHEN THE FISH BITE THE LEAST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.448

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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IF WISHES WERE HORSES, BEGGARS WOULD RIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.200

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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AFTER A POLISH FUNERAL, THE HEARSE STOPS BEFORE THE
DEAD PERSON'S HOME, AS A LAST VISIT FOR THE DEAD
PERSON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED THIS CUSTOM AT HIS
UNCLE'S FUNERAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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WHENEVER A DEATH OCCURS IN A FAMILY, A BLACK BOW
IS PUT OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOOR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS A CUSTOM USED IN BELGIUM
TO SIGNIFY A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-20-1972

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COMMON SENSE

WOULD YOU RATHER TAKE DOLLAR OR CENTS?
(IF PERSON REPLIES DOLLARS, THEN:)
THEN YOU DON'T HAVE ANY CENTS (SENSE).

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER SISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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THE STORY OF BLOOD ROAD

OUT IN THE HILLS NEAR ORTONVILLE, MICHIGAN THERE IS A ROAD THAT
PEOPLE NOW CALL BLOOD ROAD. THE ROAD IS VERY SECLUDED WAY OUT IN
THE COUNTRY AND LINED WITH HUGE TREES. ONE NIGHT A YOUNG COUPLE
WHO HAD BEEN OUT TO A PARTY WERE GOING DOWN THE ROAD WHEN THEIR
CAR BROKE DOWN. THE YOUNG MAN TRIED TO START IT AGIAN BUT NOTHING
HAPPENED SO HE DECIDED TO WALK 15 OR SO MILES BACK TO THE NEAREST
HOUSE AND CALL FOR HELP. THE GIRL DIDN'T WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE
BECAUSE EARLIER THEY HAD HEARD A NEWS BULLETIN ON THE RADIO ABOUT
AN ESCAPED LUNATIC BELIEVED TO BE HEADED IN THAT DIRECTION. HER
BOYFRIEND FINALLY CONVINCED HER THAT SHE WOULD BE ALRIGHT IF SHE
LOCKED HERSELF IN. HE SET OFF WALKING AND SHE LOCKED THE CAR AND
GOT A BLANKET OUT OF THE BACK TO KEEP WARM WITH. AN HOUR OR SO
PASSED AND THE GIRL FELL ASLEEP. SHE AWOKE TO HEAR A TAPPING AT
THE WINDOW. SHE COULDN'T SEE WHAT WAS CAUSING IT BECAUSE IT WAS
SO DARK SO SHE LAID THERE UNDER THE BLANKET WAITING. EVENTUALLY
SHE SAW THE LIGHTS OF A CAR. TIRED OF WAITING AND VERY FRIGHTENED
SHE DECIDED TO FLAG IT DOWN THINKING IT WAS EITHER HER BOYFRIEND
OR SOMEONE WHO COULD HELP. SHE GETS OUT OF THE CAR AND AS SHE
TURNS TOWARDS THE APPROACHING CAR SHE SEES WHAT WAS CAUSING THE
TAPPING NOISE. HER BOYFRIEND WAS HANGING FROM A TREE BY HIS FEET.
HIS THROAT HAD BEEN CUT AND HIS ARM WAS HANGING DOWN NEAR THE CAR,
THE NOISE HAD BEEN HIS CLASS RING TAPPING AGAINST THE CAR WINDOW
AS HIS BODY SWONG IN THE WIND. THAT IS WHY THE ROAD IS CALLED
BLOOD ROAD.

Submitter comment: BRUNVANDS THE BOYFRIEND'S DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 02-20-1984

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NANCY HAD A LITTLE CAR,
THE CAR WAS PAINTED RED,
EVERYWHERE NANCY WENT,
POLICE PICKED UP THE DEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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