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HE WAS ONLY A LAVENDER COWBOY,
THE HAIRS ON HIS CHEST NUMBERED TWO.
HE WANTED TO BE LIKE THE HEROES
AND DO AS THE BIG MEN DO.

RED, GREEN, MANY-COLORED HAIR TONICS
HE RUBBED ON HIS CHEST DAY AND NIGHT,
BUT WHEN HE AWOKE THE NEXT MORNING,
ONLY TWO HAIRS WERE IN SIGHT.

HE BATTLED FOR RED NELLY'S HONOR,
HE HELD UP AN OUTLAW'S NEST,
BUT THEY FOUND HIM DEAD THE NEXT MORNING,
WITH ONLY TWO HAIRS ON HIS CHEST.

Where learned: OFFICE

Keyword(s): FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; METAPHOR OVERSTATEMENT HEROES ; METER: IAMBIC ; REPETITION ; RHYME: IMPERFECT, MASCULINE, ABCA

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

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UKRANIAN ( UKRAINIAN ) EASTER

ON EASTER SUNDAY, NO ONE WOULD ENTER THE CHURCH UNTIL THE CLERGYMAN
WOULD TAP THE DOOR OPEN WITH A CROSS, AS THEY BELIEVED THAT ALL THE
SOULS OF THEIR DECEASED FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WERE IN THE CHURCH
WITH CHRIST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TRAVELLED

Where learned: OFFICE

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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EASTER CUSTOM

ON EASTER MONDAY THE BOYS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD GO TO THE GIRLS'
HOUSES AND SPRINKLE THEM WITH COLOGNE OR TOILET WATER.
(HUNGARIAN)

Submitter comment: TRAVELLED

Where learned: OFFICE

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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TIGER PROVERB.

HE WHO RIDES A TIGER DARE NOT DISMOUNT (EAST INDIAN).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; OFFICE ; BRIGGS 338 ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): WILD ANIMAL METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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CELEBRATION OF THE FIFTH DAY OF THE FIFTH MONTH(MAY 5).

Where learned: OFFICE ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: 686 Fifths

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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DURING NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, YOU PUT TWO
GOOD LUCK SAYINGS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE
DOOR. BOTH SAYINGS MUST BE SYMMETRICAL (5 WORDS EACH
FOR EXAMPLE) AND COMPOSED BY YOU.

Data entry tech comment: PROBABLY A CHINESE CUSTOM

Where learned: OFFICE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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CHINESE CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR
COMPARABLE TO OUR CHRISTMAS.

Where learned: OFFICE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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DURING NEW YEAR'S FESTIVITIES YOU GO TO ALL
RELATIVES FOR VISITS AND EXCHANGE GIFTS.

Where learned: OFFICE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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DURING LUNAR NEW YEAR, YOU PARTAKE IN
ANCESTOR WORSHIP. INCENSE AND FIRE CRACKERS ARE
DONE IN FRONT OF TABLET REPRESENTING ANCESTRY.
DELICIOUS FOOD IS ALSO PLACED IN FRONT OF THE TABLET.

Where learned: OFFICE ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): NOISE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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IRISH NEW YEAR CUSTOM

THE FIRST PERSON TO WISH YOU A "HAPPY NEW YEAR" IN THE NEW
YEAR SHOULD BE A DARK-HAIRED PERSON BECAUSE THEN YOU WOULD
HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HIS GRANDMOTHER MADE IT A POINT TO SEE HIS
FATHER EACH NEW YEAR FIRST BECAUSE HE HAS DARK-HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; OFFICE ; BRIGGS 338 ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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FIXED DATE

THE SCOTS EXCHANGE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
ON "OLD YEAR'S EVE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TRAVELLED.

Where learned: OFFICE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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PROVERB

IDLENESS IS THE BEGINNING OF ALL LUST. TRANSLATION OF
MUISSIGGANG IST ALLER LASTER ANFANG.

Where learned: OFFICE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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WISH FOR OLD AGE

MAY ALLAH MAKE YOUR BEARD GROW LONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; OFFICE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-08-1970

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TO DETERMINE SEX OF UNBORN CHILD TAKE AN ERASER AND STICK
A COMMON PIN INTO IT. TIE A STRING TO PIN AND HAVE
A WEIGHTED OBJECT TIED TO OTHER END. THE WAY THE
PENDULUM SWINGS, UP AND DOWN OR RIGHT AND LEFT OVER THE
PREGNANT WOMAN'S STOMACH DETERMINES WHETHER THE BABY WOULD
BE A BOY OR GIRL.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMER DOESN'T KNOW WHICH WAY DETERMINES WHAT SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; OFFICE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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CHINESE CUSTOM-BELIEF

THE CHINESE NAME EACH YEAR AFTER AN ANIMAL IN A CYCLE OF
TWELVE ANIMALS. SOME ANIMALS ARE LUCKY, SOME NOT; HENCE CERTAIN
YEARS WILL BRING GOOD FORTUNE, OTHERS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TRAVELLED

Where learned: OFFICE

Keyword(s): CALENDARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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Is it better to be born black or gay?
Black, because you don't have to tell your parents.
Who are the two most famous black women in history?
Aunt Jemima and Mutha Fucker!

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: DETROIT ; OFFICE

Keyword(s): African American ; Bigot ; Black ; GAY ; HOMOSEXUAL ; JOKE ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; RIDDLE ; Stereotype ; Tasteless

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 01-00-1984

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What do you call lipstick for blacks?
Mop and glow.
What do they do with dead blacks in Florida?
They skin them and use them for wetsuits!

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: DETROIT ; OFFICE

Keyword(s): African American ; Bigot ; Black ; JOKES ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; RIDDLE ; Stereotype ; Tasteless

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 01-00-1991

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What do you get when you cross a nigger and a groundhog?
Six more weeks of basketball season!

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: DETROIT ; OFFICE

Keyword(s): African American ; Black ; JOKE ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; RIDDLE ; Stereotype ; Tasteless

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 01-00-1992

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What do you call a nigger in Thailand?
A tycoon.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: DETROIT ; OFFICE

Keyword(s): African American ; Black ; JOKE ; Offensive ; PUN ; RACISM ; Racist ; RIDDLE ; Tasteless ; THAILAND

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 01-00-1991

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Did you hear that the K.K.K. bought the movie rights to
"Roots"?
They're going to play it backwards so it will have a happy ending.

Data entry tech comment:

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James Callow comment:

"Roots," the novel by Alex Haley, was also a highly successful
television series. It began with slavery and moved toward
emancipation.

Where learned: DETROIT ; OFFICE

Keyword(s): African American ; Black ; JOKE ; KKK ; Movie ; Offensive ; Pop Culture ; RACISM ; Racist ; RIDDLE ; Slavery ; Stereotype ; Tasteless

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 01-00-1990

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