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CATNIP MIXED WITH PURE ALCOHOL WILL CURE A STOMACH ACHE.

Submitter comment: HIS MOTHER USED TO GIVE THIS TO HIM WHEN HE WAS SICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

ENGINE ENGINE NUMBER NINE
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE
ONE WENT EAST AND ONE WENT WEST
AND ONE WENT UNDER THE TEACHER'S DRESS.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS FROM A CHILD OF HIS WIFE'S FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

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

Date learned: CA00001960

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SANTA CLAUS COMES WITH A SWITCH AND GIVES A FEW PLAYFUL WHACKS TO
THE CHILDREN BEFORE PASSING OUT PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS WHILE LIVING IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

James Callow Keyword(s): RITUAL WHIPPING.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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AT WEDDINGS, THE BRIDE OFFERS A GIFT OF FLOWERS TO THE BLESSED
MOTHER.

Submitter comment: THEY BEGAN DOING THIS AT THEIR FIRST DAUGHTER'S WEDDING.
THEY DID THIS WHILE IN THE CHURCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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IN GERMANY MY MOM AND DAD SHOPPED AT A LOCAL BUTCHER. LATER MY MOM
FOUND OUT HE GOT SOME OF HIS MEAT FROM HUMANS. MY MOM WOULD NOT
EAT MEAT FOR A LONG TIME AFTER THAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

James Callow Keyword(s): CANNIBALISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
Food Drink -- Meat
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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AT WEDDINGS, THE BRIDE GETS TO KEEP ALL THE BILLS (MONEY) THAT
IS PINNED ON HER DRESS BY THE MEN THAT DANCE WITH HER.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS WHILE IN GERMANY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, A MALE ENTERS THE FRONT DOOR FIRST BRINGING
GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEXT YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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EGYPTIAN ENGAGEMENT CUSTOM

THE BRIDE TO BE WEARS BOTH HER ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RING ON HER
RIGHT FINGER, AND THEN AT THE WEDDING CEREMONY BOTH RINGS ARE PUT ON
HER LEFT FINGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT, RIGHT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: CA00001980

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CUSTOM

IT IS BELIEVED BY POLISH FAMILIES IN AMERICA BUT ESPECIALLY
IN POLAND THAT ONE MUST PUT HAY UNDER ATROCIOUS DESIGNS OF THE
SILVERWARE IN ORDER TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS PROPERLY AND IN ORDER
TO HAVE A GOOD AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. IF ONE FAILED TO DO THIS, THEN
ONE WOULD HAVE SEVERAL YEARS OF EVIL SURROUNDING THE FAMILY AND
ONESELF AND THE DEVIL HIMSELF WOULD BE WAITING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY T
TAKE THE PERSON TO HELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
BELIEF -- P 42
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- P887

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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SUPERSTITION

ON HOLMES STREET IN HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN, IT IS BELIEVED BY A FAMILY
OF BAKERS THAT IF YOU FOUND A DEAD OVEN BIRD WHILE YOU WERE UNDER
THE AGE OF THIRTY, YOU WOULD DEFINITELY BECOME A BAKER IN LIFE.

Submitter comment: IT IS STRANGE FOR I FOUND AN OVEN BIRD AND I HAVE NO INTENTION OF
BECOMING A BAKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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CUSTOM

AT SUGDEN LAKE IN MICHIGAN, NOBODY TAKES THE FIRST SWIM OF
THE YEAR UNTIL ST. JOSEPH BLESSES THE WATER, OTHERWISE IT IS BELIEVE
YOU WILL HAVE GREAT FAILURE DURING THE SUMMER AND EITHER A MEMBER
OF YOUR FAMILY OR EVEN YOU YOURSELF COULD BE SERIOUSLY INJURED
IN THE WATER AND YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO RECEIVE ANY SUITABLE
MEDICAL HELP IN TIME TO SAVE YOU FROM DEATH OR PARALYSIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 19 Feast of St. Joseph
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FOLK TALE

IN MY HOME PARISH OF ST. LADISLAUS
CATHOLICS GET THEIR THROATS BLESSED
ON THE FEAST OF ST. BLASE, BISHOP
AND MARTYR. THE PRIEST TELLS THEM
TO BE SORRY FOR THEIR SINS AND TO ASK GOD'S HEALING AND SAVING POWER
TO MAKE ITSELF PRESENT IN THEIR LIVES.
SOME STUDENTS CARRIED THIS BELIEF
TOO FAR AND ONE POOR GIRL EVEN CLAIMED
IT CURED HER OF VENEREAL DISEASE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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LEGEND

IN OWENS MARINA IN ST. CLAIR MICHIGAN, IT IS KNOWN THAT A DOG WHO
ONCE HAD HIS BODY COMPLETELY CHOPPED UP IN
A PROPELLER OF A MAFIA GANGSTER
WAS REINCARNATED INTO A SEA MONSTER.
THE STORY WARNED BOAT OWNERS WHO
WERE CARELESS WITH THEIR DOGS THAT IF
THEY DID NOT KEEP A CONSTANT EYE
ON THEIR BELOVED PETS WHILE ON THE BOAT, THE SEA MONSTER WOULD ATTAC
AND KILL NOT ONLY THEIR PETS, BUT ALSO THE WHOLE FAMILY. SOME EVEN
BELIEVED THAT THE BOAT ITSELF WOULD BE CONSUMED AND WOULD NEVER
BE FOUND AGAIN. FURTHERMORE, THE SEA MONSTER WOULD DO HIS DIRTY WOR
WITHOUT EVEN LEAVING A TRACE OF SUSPECT AND EVEN THE COAST GUARD WAS
KNOWN TO FEAR HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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COAL BOAGIES

IN PENNSYLVANIAN TOWNS, COAL MINING WAS THE PROMINENT EMPLOYMENT
MENT. MANY MEN DIED IN THE COAL MINES. THE CHILDREN OF
THESE PEOPLE WERE KEPT AWAY FROM THE MINES BY THREATS
OF THE "COAL BOAGIES" (GHOSTS OF MEN WHO DIED). IT WAS
SAID THAT IF ONE FOUND YOU, YOU WOULD BE DRAGGED IN THE
MINE AND NEVER SEEN AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM MAXIM

WER DEN PFENNIG NICHT EHRT, IST DER THALER NICHT WERT.
HE WHO HONORS NOT THE PENNY IS NOT WORTHY OF THE DOLLAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; METONYMY ; THRIFT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-13-1971

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SLOW BUT SURE.
LANGSAM ABER DEUTLICH. {GERMAN}

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-13-1971

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WHAT'S YOUR NAME? MARY JANE.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
DOWN THE DRAIN.
WHAT DO YOU EAT?
PIG'S FEET.
WHAT DO YOU DRINK?
BLACK INK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S YOUNG NIECE RECITED THIS FOR HIM
MANY TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

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THE STATUE OF THE MINUTEMAN AT RUSSELL SAGE COLLEGE FIRES HIS
MUSKET WHENEVER A VIRGIN GRADUATES. THE MUSKET HAS NEVER BEEN HEARD.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; TROY

James Callow Keyword(s): PESSIMISM INDIRECTION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PYSANKY

UKRANIAN WOMEN DEVELOPED A LANGUAGE OF THEIR OWN REGION
BY SYMBOLICALLY DECORATING EGGS. DIFFERENT PICTURES
MEANT DIFFERENT THINGS. THEY USED THESE EGGS AS GIFTS,
GREETINGS, AND RELIGIOUS OBJECTS. EXAMPLES: A REINDEER= PROSPERITY,
A HORSE=WEALTH, FISH=CHRIST, HENS AND ROOSTERS=
FERTILITY, AND A SUN=GOOD FORTUNE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F 64 F 64.2

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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