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YOU KNOW YOU'RE CUTE,
YOU KNOW YOU'RE SWEET,
YOU ARE A GIRL,
WHO IS REALLY NEAT.

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH GRADE SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Tender sentiment

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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CHRISTMAS GIFT TRADITION

IN OUR FAMILY, EVERY CHRISTMAS WE ALWAYS PUT A SMALL WRAPPED GIFT
AT EACH PERSON'S PLATE FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER. WE CALL THEM TABLE
GIFTS.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN NOVA SCOTIA ALTHOUGH COLLECTED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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MONEY BELIEF

MY MOTHER ALWAYS GIVES A NEW-BORN BABY SILVER MONEY SO THAT IT
WILL NEVER BE IN NEED. THIS ONLY HAPPENS THE FIRST TIME SHE SEES
THE BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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ELEPHANT JOKE

WHY DO DUCKS HAVE FLAT FEET?
TO STAMP OUT FOREST FIRES.
WHY DO ELEPHANTS HAVE FLAT FEET?
TO STAMP OUT FLAMING DUCKS.

Where learned: HIGH SCHOOL ; DUNDEE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): CHAIN OF RIDDLES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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KICK THE CAN

ONE PERSON COUNTS TO FIFTY AND ALL THE OTHER PLAYERS
HIDE. ONE PLAYER TRIES TO KICK THE CAN BEFORE THE
PERSON COUNTING TAGS HIM. IF THIS PLAYER IS ABLE
TO KICK THE CAN WITHOUT BEING CAUGHT, THE SAME COUNTER
MUST START OVER AGAIN. THIS CONTINUES UNTIL SOME ONE
IS CAUGHT AND A NEW MEMBER GETS TO (BE) THE COUNTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN A CAT WASHES HIS FACE, YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING
TO HAVE COMPANY.

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 11-18-1965

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IF YOUR EARS ARE RINGING, IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE IS
TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
Observation

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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IF YOUR EAR ITCHES, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU OR
MENTIONING YOUR NAME IN CONVERSATION.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching ear

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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IF YOU ARE TALKING TO SOMEONE AND YOU CALL THEM
ANOTHER NAME--JANE FOR INSTANCE--(BY MISTAKE) THEN THAT
PERSON (JANE) IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- P580

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU DROP A KNIFE, YOU WILL RECEIVE A VISIT FROM A MAN. IF YOU
DROP A FORK A WOMAN WILL COME, AND IF YOU DROP A SPOON A BABY
WILL VISIT YOU.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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WHEN YOU ACCIDENTALLY SPILL SALT, INFORMANT TAKES
A FEW GRAINS OF SALT AND THROWS IT OVER EACH
SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL ; REDFORD ; SAINT MARYS

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-12-1970

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SWEET-PEA SUPERSTITION

ALL SWEET-PEA PLANTS MUST BE PLANTED ON GOOD FRIDAY IN ORDER FOR THEM
TO GROW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT NEGLECTED TO DO SO ONE YEAR AND PLANTED THEM ONE WEEK LATE,
AND THEY DID NOT GROW THAT YEAR.

Where learned: SAINT MARYS AND GRAND ; GRADE SCHOOL ; REDFORD ; SAINT MARYS

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

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CHEER

TWO BITS, FOUR BITS, SIX BITS, A DOLLAR
ALL FOR U. OF D. STAND UP AND HOLLER

Where learned: SAINT ANNE SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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NEW YEAR'S DAY FOOD TRADITION

ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, THE CORN BREAD HAD WITH THE POOR BOY'S MEAL
CONTAINS A DIME WHICH WILL GIVE GOOD LUCK TO THE PERSON WHO GETS IT.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN WEST VIRGINIA ALTHOUGH COLLECTED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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NEW YEAR'S DAY FOOD TRADITION

ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, A POOR BOY'S MEAL IS HAD CONSISTING OF BOILED
CABBAGE, BOILED POTATOES, HAM HOCKS AND CORN BREAD.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN WEST VIRGINIA ALTHOUGH COLLECTED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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CLEANING BELIEF

ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, THE HOUSE MUST BE CLEAN, BUT YOU CAN NEVER SWEEP
THE DIRT OUTSIDE.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN WEST VIRGINIA ALTHOUGH COLLECTED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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BROOM SUPERSTITION

WHEN YOU MOVE FROM ONE RESIDENCE TO ANOTHER, NEVER TAKE YOUR BROOM.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN WEST VIRGINIA ALTHOUGH COLLECTED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

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

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS ONE EYE AND CAN'T SEE?
A: A NEEDLE.

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NOTION ITEMS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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PROVERBIAL MAXIM

AN ABLE ORGANIZER SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE MORE
ABLE THAN HE IS.

Where learned: SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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PROVERBIAL MAXIM

DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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