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JEWISH NARRATIVE: CEMETERY

FOUR MEN WERE BOASTING ABOUT THEIR BRAVERY. THEY FINALLY DECIDED
THAT A FAIR TEST WOULD BE A SOLO TRIP THROUGH THE CEMETERY. TO
PROVE THAT THEY HAD TRAVERSED THE ENTIRE ROUTE THEY WERE TO POUND
STAKES INTO THE GROUND PERIODICALLY. THREE OF THE MEN ENTERED THE
CEMETERY AND MET ON THE OTHER SIDE PROUND OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT.
THE FOURTH NEVER RETURNED.
THE NEXT DAY THE THREE WENT IN SEARCH OF HIM AND FOUND HIM DEAD OF
A HEART ATTACK. HE HAD POUNDED A STAKE INTO THE GROUND AND HAD
INADVERTANTLY PINNED THE TAIL OF HIS COAT TO THE GROUND.
APPARENTLY AS HE GOT UP TO COMPLETE HIS JOURNEY, HE WAS
IMMOBILIZED FROM BEHIND BY THE STAKE AND HE SUFFERED A HEART
ATTACK FROM HIS PANIC.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT RELATED THIS STORY AS ONE THAT EVERY JEWISH BOY
LEARNS ABOUT FALSE BRAVERY AND RESPECT FOR THE DEAD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; CEMETERY ; Fable ; Jewish ; Tale

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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Proverb

DEATH IS NATURE'S WAY OF TELLING YOU TO SLOW DOWN.

Submitter comment:

INFORMAN'T CANT REMEMBER WHO TOLD HER THIS.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DEATH ; Maxim ; NATURE ; PROVERB ; Slow ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; IRONY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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NEVER USE A TREE FOR FIRE WOOD THAT'S BEEN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
WATER CAN BE FOUND BY "WITCHING" WITH A GREEN BRANCH FROM
CERTAIN TREES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Keyword(s): ; Aphorisms ; dowsing ; Tips ; TREES ; WATER ; Witch ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Water

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Proverb

MAY YOUR LUCK BE AS LONG AS A RABBIT'S EARS, SORROW AS SHORT AS HIS TAIL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 02-22-2011 by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Ear ; EARS ; LUCK ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Rabbit ; SORROW ; Tail ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): WISH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance P880.3

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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PROVERB

LOVE CAN'T BE BOUGHT AT THE MARKET.

Submitter comment:

THIS MEANS THAT YOU CAN'T BUY LOVE. IT MUST BE EARNED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Bought ; LOVE ; Market ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Purchase

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

IF YOU SLEEP WITH DOGS--YOU GET UP WITH FLEAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Association ; Company ; DOG ; Fleas ; FRIENDS ; Lay ; Lie ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Society ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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SMOKE FOLLOWS BEAUTY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

"SMOKE FROM AN OUT-OF-DOOR FIRE DRIFTS TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
PERSON WITHIN RANGE"--#675 IN HAND, NORTH CAROLINA.
ALSO SEE HAND & TALLEY, UTAH #2134; PUCKETT OHIO #5713.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; BEAUTY ; Maxim ; Saying ; Smoke

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Fire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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JEWISH NARRATIVE: CEMETERY

FOUR MEN WERE BOASTING ABOUT THEIR BRAVERY. THEY FINALLY DECIDED
THAT A FAIR TEST WOULD BE A SOLO TRIP THROUGH THE CEMETERY. TO
PROVE THAT THEY HAD TRAVERSED THE ENTIRE ROUTE THEY WERE TO POUND
STAKES INTO THE GROUND PERIODICALLY. THREE OF THE MEN ENTERED THE
CEMETERY AND MET ON THE OTHER SIDE PROUND OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT.
THE FOURTH NEVER RETURNED.
THE NEXT DAY THE THREE WENT IN SEARCH OF HIM AND FOUND HIM DEAD OF
A HEART ATTACK. HE HAD POUNDED A STAKE INTO THE GROUND AND HAD
INADVERTANTLY PINNED THE TAIL OF HIS COAT TO THE GROUND.
APPARENTLY AS HE GOT UP TO COMPLETE HIS JOURNEY, HE WAS
IMMOBILIZED FROM BEHIND BY THE STAKE AND HE SUFFERED A HEART
ATTACK FROM HIS PANIC.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT RELATED THIS STORY AS ONE THAT EVERY JEWISH BOY
LEARNS ABOUT FALSE BRAVERY AND RESPECT FOR THE DEAD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; BRAVERY ; Fable ; FEAR ; GRAVEYARD ; Jewish ; RESPECT ; Tale

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-24-1967

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JEWISH NARRATIVE: CEMETERY

FOUR MEN WERE BOASTING ABOUT THEIR BRAVERY. THEY FINALLY DECIDED
THAT A FAIR TEST WOULD BE A SOLO TRIP THROUGH THE CEMETERY. TO
PROVE THAT THEY HAD TRAVERSED THE ENTIRE ROUTE THEY WERE TO POUND
STAKES INTO THE GROUND PERIODICALLY. THREE OF THE MEN ENTERED THE
CEMETERY AND MET ON THE OTHER SIDE PROUND OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT.
THE FOURTH NEVER RETURNED.
THE NEXT DAY THE THREE WENT IN SEARCH OF HIM AND FOUND HIM DEAD OF
A HEART ATTACK. HE HAD POUNDED A STAKE INTO THE GROUND AND HAD
INADVERTANTLY PINNED THE TAIL OF HIS COAT TO THE GROUND.
APPARENTLY AS HE GOT UP TO COMPLETE HIS JOURNEY, HE WAS
IMMOBILIZED FROM BEHIND BY THE STAKE AND HE SUFFERED A HEART
ATTACK FROM HIS PANIC.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT RELATED THIS STORY AS ONE THAT EVERY JEWISH BOY
LEARNS ABOUT FALSE BRAVERY AND RESPECT FOR THE DEAD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; BRAVERY ; Fable ; FEAR ; Jewish ; RESPECT ; Tale

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-24-1967

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Proverbial Comparison

Only the good die young.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AGE ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Bad ; BEHAVIOR ; DEATH ; Die ; Good ; Maxim ; Old ; PROVERB ; Young

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

He who laughs last, laughs best.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Don't put off tomorrow what you can do today.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROCRASTINATION ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Seeing is believing.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BELIEF ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Seeing ; Sight ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

All's well that ends well.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Retort

Beauty is only skin deep.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BEAUTY ; Depth ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; SKIN ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Retort

One good turn deserves another

Submitter comment:

When someone does something good for you - it is nice to do something nice for them.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Think before you speak.

Submitter comment:

Don't say anything you will be sorry for later

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Forethought ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

A job worth doing is worth doing well.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; JOB ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

To keep your wife at home, keep her barefoot and keep her pregnant.

Submitter comment:

This saying was expecially popular during WWII.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; MARRIAGE ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Wife

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Two heads are better than one.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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