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I'M WRITING ON A YELLOW PAGE
TO SAVE YOU FROM THE BLUE
FOR SOMEDAY A FELLOW WILL
BE WRITING TO YOU.

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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YOU ARE IT,
YOU ARE IT, COUNTERFIT,
CAN'T JUMPT OVR THE GRAVEL PIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
MY FEET STINK,
AND SO DO YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HAPPY IS THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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CHILD'S VERSE

IF ALL THE WORLD WAS APPLE PIE,
AND ALL THE SEA WAS INK,
AND ALL THE TREES WERE BREAD AND CHEESE,
WHAT WOULD WE HAVE TO DRINK?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FANTASY ; NURSERY RHYME

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

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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FOLK POETRY

DID YOU EVER SEE A HEARSE GO BY? IT MEANS YOU MAY BE THE NEXT TO DIE. THEY WRAP YOU UP IN A BIG WHITE SHEET, AND THROW YOU DOWN ABOUT SIX FEET DEEP. THE WORMS CRA; IN, THE WORMS CRA; OUT,

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): GORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.346
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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THE MOYA

THE MOYA TOOK PLACE AT A WEDDING TO GET MORE MONEY OUT OF THE CHEAPSKATES. WHEN THE OLD GEEZERS GOT DRUNK, THE MEN WOULD THROW SOME MONEY ON THE FLOOR AND SHOUT "MOYA" (SHE'S MINE). THEN THEY'D DANCE WITH THE BRIDE. EACH MAN WHO PAID HAD HIS TURN. WHEN NO ONE HAD ANY MONEY LEFT, THE HUSBAND TAKES THE WIFE AWAY AND THE (Y?) COUNT THE MONEY.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOK PLACE AT THE INFORMANT'S WEDDING IN PUNXUTAWNIE, PENNSYLVANIA ABOUT 26 YEARS AGO. IT SEEMS TO BE A POLISH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle Crucial Moment in Life

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WHAT'S A JEWISH WOMAN'S FAVORITE WINE? WHEN ARE WE
GOING TO MIAMI!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): FLORIDA ; PUN ON WHINE

Subject headings: JEWI

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS ARE PLACED ON RIBBONS AND STRUNG
AROUND THE LIVING ROOM.

Submitter comment:

Family custom.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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THE CHRISTMAS TREE IS NEVER PUT UP BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE AND
NEVER TAKEN DOWN BEFORE JANUARY 6.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A POLISH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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FIRE PREVENTION- ALLGAU, BAVARIA, GERMANY

IN ORDER TO PREVENT HOUSE FIRES, ALWAYS KEEP A PICTURE
OF ST. FLORIAN IN THE HOME.

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PENNSYLVANIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Use of Object
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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Belief: Marriage

Marriage Prediction:

Years ago, when the girls would wash clothes on the washboard and would get the front of their dresses sopping wet, everyone would say that she would marry a drunkard.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B662] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classifications.

P870 - Omen?

P545 - Belief about Marriage?

They don't believe it, but they say it when the occassion arises

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Dishes ; Domestic ; DRUNK ; Duties ; MARRIAGE ; PREDICTION ; Relationship ; RETORT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage
SPEECH -- Formula

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Belief: Luck

Belief/Luck:

If a rabbit crosses your way from right to left, it will be lucky for you, but it will be unlucky of he crosses from left to right.

Submitter comment:

Informant and I work together

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; NATIONAL MANUFACTURING COMPANY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; CHANCE ; DIRECTION ; FATE ; Hare ; LUCK ; Rabbit ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Ethnic Joke: Italian

Why couldn't Christ have been born in Italy?

There aren't three wise men or any virgins...

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Italian

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Christ ; ETHNIC ; HUMOR ; Italian ; JOKE ; Off-Color ; Stereotype ; Virgin

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
RIDDLE -- W566

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Language

Tongue Twister:

Try saying "toy boat" very quickly five times.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Boat ; Language ; TONGUE TWISTER ; Toy

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Jokes: Off-Color

What's red and sits in the corner?

-A baby chewing on a razor blade.

Data entry tech comment:

entered by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): BABY ; Distasteful Jokes ; infant ; JOKE ; razor

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Filter - Mature Content

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Ethnic: Ukranian

If an unmarried girl dies, she is buried dressed as a bride, according to Ukranian tradition.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; Chastity ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Female ; Funeral ; Maiden ; UKRAINIAN ; Unmarried ; YOUTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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RIDDLE

Q: ROUND AS AN APPLE, DEEP AS A CUP, AND IN THE MIDDLE IT GOES
FLIPPETY-FLOP.
A: A CHURN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; EATABLES (Q) ; LITERAL ; UTENSILS (A) ; UTENSILS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-16-1969

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Ethnic: Ukraine

Wedding Custom:

Among the Ukrainians it was customary for an older couple called "starosty" represesnting the young man, to ask the parents of the girl for her hand in marriage. If she accepted the offer, she would tie around them a specially embroidered long cloth - "rushnyk."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Cloth ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; MARRIAGE ; PARENTS ; Proposal ; UKRAINIAN ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Ethnic: Ukraine

Wedding Custom:

Before setting out for the church wedding ceremony, the Ukranian couple approach the two sets of parents and ask them for the parent's blessing. They then kneel before the parents, on a specially embroidered cloth "rushyk." The parents make the sign of the cross over them with a holyicon, then with a loaf of bread- touch each on the forehead. They wish them luck, health and many happy and prosperous years.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; Myself

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; Cloth ; CUSTOMS ; ETHNIC ; FAMILY ; MARRIAGE ; Ukraine ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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