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NEW YEAR'S

A WEEK BEFORE NEW YEAR'S IN SCHOOL THE CHILDREN WROTE A NEW YEAR'S
LETTER TO THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS. THEN ON NEW YEAR'S
DAY THE GRANDFATHER WOULD READ OFF THE LETTERS AND THEN EACH CHILD
WOULD GET SOME MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): GIFTGIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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BIRTH CUSTOM

NEVER TAKE A BABY OUT AFTER DARK BECAUSE AN EVIL SPIRIT COULD
POSSESS IT. IF A BABY HAD TO BE TAKEN OUT, ITS FACE HAD TO BE COVERE
AT ALL TIMES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S PARENTS BELIEVED THIS AND PRACTICED IT (1890-1920).
INFORMANT DOES NOT BELIEVE IT OR PRACTICE IT.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-02-1971 ; 00-00-1920

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PROVERB

IF YOU HAVE COLD HANDS, YOU HAVE A WARM HEART.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; TEMPERATURE

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

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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PROVERBIAL SAYING

IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE PEACHES, GET OUT OF THE ORCHARD.

Submitter comment: NONE

Data entry tech comment: IF YOU DON'T LIKE A SITUATION OR PLACE, GET OUT OF THERE AS
FAST AS YOU CAN TO AVOID PROBLEMS.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V 20

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IF YOU LOOK BACK TOO MUCH, YOU WILL SOON BE HEADING IN THAT DIRECTIO

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): MEMORIES

James Callow Keyword(s): LIVING IN THE PAST ; OBSERVATION PREDICTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 12-25-1969

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OLD LEBANESE SAYING

IF YOU POUND ON WATER, IT'S STILL WATER. TRANSLATION OF
DOUH IL MAEY HE MAEY.

Submitter comment: USED BY A PERSON WHO TRIES TO GIVE ADVICE BUT FINDS IT UNHEEDED.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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FLIGHT SCHEDULES

THERE IS NEVER AN EVENT 13 WRITTEN IN THE FLIGHT SCHEDULED EVENTS
FOR ANY DAY ON ANY SHIP IN ANY SQUADRON. EVENTS GO FROM 12 TO 14,
AND 13 WOULD BE CONSIDERED VERY BAD LUCK, AND PILOTS WOULD REFUES TO
FLY THESE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; ALMA ; ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

IT IS A LONG ROAD THAT HAS NO TURNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): DRIVING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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TELL A WOMAN SHE IS BEAUTIFUL, AND THE DEVIL WILL
REPEAT IT TO HER TEN TIMES.

Where learned: ALLEN PARK ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-25-1971

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TIE THE DONKEY WHERE HIS MASTER SAYS.
OCBOT IL HANAE FEIN IGHEIDLU SIDU {MALTESE}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): {MEANING? YOU SHOULD OBEY AUTHORITY, SAYS COLLECTOR}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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TONGUE TWISTER

OH REALLY, O'REILLY, I'D RATHER YOU RIDDLED MY RIBS THAT RATTLED MY
RADIATOR.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-03-1971

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RETORT

WHEN SOMEONE'S NOSE IS RUNNING A PERSON SAYS:
"OH - YOU'RE UPSIDE DOWN. YOUR FEET SMELL AND YOUR NOSE RUNS!"

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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RETORT

WHEN PEOPLE ARE PLAYING CARDS AND A PLAYER GETS A BAD HAND OF CARDS
HE SAYS TO THE DEALER, "THIS ISN'T A HAND - IT'S A FOOT!"

Submitter comment: I WAS PLAYING CARDS WITH MR. VOLLMAYER WHEN HE MADE THIS REMARK.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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Ethnic Joke: Black

Ethnic (Black) Joke:

Did you hear about the accident on the Lodge Freeway Yesterday?

A colored guy stuck his head out of the window while travelling 60 mph, and his lips beat him to death!

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The word negro is written in the top left hand corner of the submission card.

Submission card was located in a pile labeled To Be Classified.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; DEROGATORY ; DEROGATORY SLANG ; Distasteful Jokes ; ETHNIC JOKE ; Freeway ; NEGRO ; RACISM ; Stereotype

James Callow Keyword(s): NEGRO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C566
RIDDLE -- W566
Filter - Mature Content

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Custom

Custom About Buying Beer:

In the olden days, when you had saloons, and you had draft beer, you would go to the saloon with a bucket to carry home the beer that you bought. One of the old tricks was to gease the inside of the bucket so that the beer wouldn't foam, and you'd get more beer that way.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F500] crossed out. Replaced with F530.

Submission Card located in pile labeled F500's that can be filed.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): BAR ; BEER ; CUSTOM ; FRUGALITY ; THRIFT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life

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DREAM BELIEF

THE FIRST TIME A PERSON SLEEPS IN A NEW
OR A DIFFERENT BED, WHAT THEY DREAM WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 09-26-1970

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FIRST SALE

IN NEW YORK, THE CHRISTIANS KNEW OF A JEWISH SUPERSTITION--THAT
NO MATTER WHO CAME IN THEIR STORE, THEY HAD TO MAKE THE FIRST SALE OF
THE DAY. IF THEY TURNED THAT PERSON AWAY WITHOUT SELLING THEM
ANYTHING, THEY WOULD HAVE NO BUSINESS THE REST OF THE DAY.
AND CHRISTIANS KNOWING OF THIS, TODAY WILL STILL GO TO THE PLACE
OF BUSINESS EARLY IN THE MORNING WHEN HE'S OPENING UP AND OFFER
A RIDICULOUS PRICE - AND GET IT BECAUSE OF THIS SUPERSTITION.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): SALESPERSON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
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PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 02-23-1970

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PRAYER

DEAR ST. PETER, DEAR ST. ANN
PLEASE SEND (GIRL'S NAME)
A HANDSOME MAN

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

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

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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PRAYER

SWEETEST MARY UNDEFILED,
HELP AND GUIDE YOUR EARTHLY CHILD
PLEASE HELP ME KEEP MY CHILDREN GOOD
AND HELP ME REAR THEM AS I SHOULD
PLEASE ASK GOD TO GIVE ME GRACE,
TO KEEP MY TEMPER IN ITS PLACE.
AND GIVE ME PATIENCE WITH EACH CHILD,
AND BE LIKE THEE, O MOTHER MILD.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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