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THE SEVENTH SON OF THE SEVENTH SON HAS SPECIAL POWERS.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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TELLING FORTUNES-PROTECTION AT SEA

THE SEVENTH DAUGHTER OF SEVEN DAUGHTERS, BORN WITH A VEIL, CAN TELL
FORTUNES.
THIS VEIL IS THEN GIVEN TO A SEA CAPTAIN, SO THAT HE WILL NOT PERISH
AT SEA
(IRISH)

Submitter comment: MRS. DUNMIRE SAID THAT THIS HAPPENED TO HER MOTHER, AND THAT SHE
REALLY DID
HAVE THE POWER TO READ FORTUNES.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): AMULET

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
Favorites
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Emblem

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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BELIEF

AT CHRISTMAS TIME IF YOU GO TO BED EARLY, SANTA WILL COME THERE
FIRST AND YOU WILL HAVE A BETTER SELECTION OF PRESENTS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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WISHBONE

WHEN TWO MAKE A WISH ON A WISHBONE,
THE ONE WHO GETS THE BIGGER END WILL GET MARRIED FIRST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND'S MOTHER, AND SHE
REMEMBERS THIS FROM HER CHILDHOOD IN ALABAMA.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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A NUMBER SUPERSTITION

YOUR FATHERS PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT IF THIRTEEN PEOPLE SAT AT A TABLE
BAD LUCK WOULD COME TO ONE OF THEM.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER HUSBAND AND HIS RELATIVES

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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THERE'S MANY A SLIP 'TWIXT THE CUP AND THE LIP.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): GOSSIP

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

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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PROVERB

IF YOU DANCE, YOU HAVE TO PAY THE FIDDLER.

Submitter comment: NONE

Data entry tech comment: YOU CAN'T GET ANYTHING FOR FREE, SO YOU PAY FOR EVERYTHING.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): COMPENSATION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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WISHING

WHEN YOU HAVE AN APPLE WITH A STEM IN IT,
T0IST THE STEM AND &-R EACH C-MPLETE TURN C-UNT
UNTIL THE STEM C-MES -UT. THE LAST NUMBER Y-U
SAY IS THE AMOUNT OF WISHES YOU CAN MAKE.
VARIATIONS OF THIS IS THAT THE LAST NUMBER
THAT Y-U SAY IS H-0 MANY CHILDREN Y-U ARE G-ING
TO HAVE OR HOW MANY WIVES OR HUSBANDS YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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JOKE

"DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THERE (CEMETERY)
ARE DEAD?"
-- ALL OF THEM.

Submitter comment: TOLD WHILE PASSING A CEMETERY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS CAR

Keyword(s): DEAD DEATH CEMETERY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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IT WAS ALWAYS TOLD TO ME THAT DEATH WILL ALWAYS OCCUR
IN 3'S. THIS BECAME A REALITY LAST OCTOBER WHEN MY
MOTHER AND TWO OF MY AUNTS PASSED AWAY WITHIN WEEK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT HOME

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-07-1971

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GOD BLESS THE MOON AND GOD BLESS ME.
GOD BLESS THE SOMEBODY I WANT TO SEE.
GOD BLESS THE MOON AND GOD BLESS ME.
AND GOD BLESS THE SOMEBODY I WANT TO SEE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; PRAYER ; RHYME: AAAA

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

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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HOLY THURSDAY

ON HOLY THURSDAY, THE FLOWERS ON THE SIDE ALTAR OF THE CATHOLUC
CHURCH WERE ARRANGED IN AN ESPECIALLY BEAUTIFUL MANNER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday

Date learned: 10-12-1970

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RECIPE FOR COUGH MEDICINE

EQUAL PARTS OF LEMON JUICE, HONEY, AND WHISKEY. THE MIXTURE IS
TAKEN WARM , TWO TABLESPOONS AT A TIME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM MOTHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-16-1967

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SEWING: PRICKING FINGER

IF YOU PRICK YOUR FINGER WHILE SEWING, YOU WILL GET A KISS
WHILE WEARING THAT GARMENT.

Submitter comment: TOLD WITHOUT EVER REMEMBERING IT EVER HAPPENING THAT WAY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; JACKSON ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-25-1970

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CUSTOM

WHENEVER SOMEONE GIVES A SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT IN HER FAMILY,
THE PERSON WHO RECEIVES THE SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT GIVES THE GIVER
A PENNY TO SYMBOLIZE THAT THEIR FRIENDSHIP WILL NOT BREAK UP AS A
RESULT OF THE GIFT. THE SUPERSTITION, THAT GIVING A SHARP OBJECT
AS A GIFT WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF FRIENDSHIP, IS COUNTERACTED
BY THE PENNY.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; SAINT CLAIR

Keyword(s): GIFT FRIENDSHIP PENNY

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

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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CHUG SONG

HERE'S TO ( NAME OF DRINKER ) HE'S TRUE BLUE.
HE'S A DRUNKARD THROUGH AND THROUGH
SO DRINK CHUG A LUG
SO DRINK CHUG A LUG
HOORAY FOR ( DRINKER'S NAME )
HOORAY AT LAST
HOORAY FOR ( DRINKER'S NAME )
HE'S A HORSES ASS.

Where learned: TOLD AT A PARTY

Keyword(s): DRINKING SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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CUSTOM-BELIEF

CATHOLICS BELIEVE THAT IF YOU GO TO CHURCH NINE FIRST FRIDAYS IN A
ROW THEN THERE
WILL BE A PRIEST WITH YOU WHEN YOU DIE.

Data entry tech comment: THERE IS ONE SIMILAR ITEM IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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WISHING

TAKE THE END OF A BANANA AND CUT IT
SLIGHTLY INTO A Y SHAPE WHICH STANDS FOR YES
AND YOUR WISH WILL COME THROUGH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION IN THAILAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; 4001 W MCNICHOLS ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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PROVERB

BE PREPARED TO MEET THOSE PEOPLE WHO,
IN THEIR SILENCE WILL CONVERT YOU.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; TOLD AT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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CUSTOM

IF YOU BURN PALM IN THE HOUSE DURING A STORM
IT WILL PROTECT HOUSE AND THOSE INSIDE.

Submitter comment: HEARD BY INFORANT FROM AN OLD AUNT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT ; STUDIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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