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HIDING GAME

APPLE, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE;
WHO'S NOT READY HOWLER I.

Where learned: APARTMENT

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

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NIGHT SWEATS

IF THE SKIN SURFACE OF THE BODY IS GIVEN A CUPPED-PALM HAND BATH
OF APPLE CIDER AT BEDTIME, THE NIGHT SWEATS WILL BE PREVENTED.

Where learned: APARTMENT ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-08-1969

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SLEEP

AN HOUR'S SLEEP BEFORE MIDNIGHT IS WORTH TWO AFTER.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-13-1969

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CABIN "13"

IN UPPER MICHIGAN THERE IS A CAMPING GROUNDS
THAT NOW HAS 13 COTTAGES. THEY ARE NUMBERED 1 - 12
AND 14. THE EVEN NUMBERS ARE ON ONE SIDE AND THE
ODD ON THE OTHER. THE PLACE WHERE #13 SHOULD BE
IS JUST AN EMPTY SPACE WITH A BURNT OUT FOUNDATION.
COTTAGE 13 HAD BEEN TO HAVE BEEN THERE FOR 13 YEARS,
AND IN THAT TIME 13 PEOPLE HAD DIED THERE. THE
LAST PERSON WHO RENTED IT OUT WAS KILLED IN A FIRE
WHICH DESTROYED THE PLACE. TO THIS DAY, A NEW COTTAGE
HAS NEVER BEEN BUILT IN THIS PLACE.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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A BABY

IF A FRIEND LEAVES BABY CLOTHES AT YOUR HOUSE,
YOU CAN EXPECT A BABY.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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BILLS

IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, YOU WILL BE RECEIVING A BILL SHORTLY.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-29-1969

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ITCHY NOSE

IF A PERSON HAS AN ITCHY NOSE, HE WILL EITHER KISS A FOOL OR
GET INTO A FIGHT.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 11-04-1969

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ITCHY RIGHT HAND

IF A PERSON HAS AN ITCHY RIGHT HAND, HE CAN EXPECT TO MEET A
FRIEND.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 11-04-1969

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COMPANY

IF YOU DROP A FORK, YOU CAN EXPECT COMPANY.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-29-1969

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MONEY

IF YOU DROP A SPOON, YOU WILL RUN INTO SOME MONEY.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 11-03-1969

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SAILORS

PINK SKY IN THE MORNING--SAILOR'S WARNING
PINK SKY AT NIGHT--SAILOR'S DELIGHT.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.462
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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IF YOU PUT A HAT ON A BED, YOU WILL RUN INTO BAD LUCK.

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Where learned: APARTMENT

Keyword(s): Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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IF YOU PUT YOUR SHOES ON A TABLE, YOU WILL RUN INTO
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 11-11-1969

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FOR EVERY LIE THAT A PERSON TELLS, HE GET A
WHITE SPOT UNDER HIS FINGERNAIL.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-09-1969

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THE TRAPPER

IN ISHPEMING, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A TALE ABOUT A FRENCH-
CANADIAN FUR SELLER WHO WAS FAIRLY RICH. HE ALWAYS
WORE HIGH BLACK BOOTS, A LARGE CAP, AND DRESSED VERY
NICELY. IT IS SAID THAT HE WAS ROBBED AND KILLED ONE
DAY IN HIS CANOE BUT HIS BODY WAS NEVER FOUND.
ABOUT THIRTY YEARS LATER, HIS GREAT GRAND-CHILD WAS
WALKING ON THE BEACH AND SAW AN OVERTURNED CANOE WITH
A PAIR OF BLACK BOOTS COMING OUT FROM UNDER IT. HE
PICKED UP THE CANOE AND SAW A MAN WITH OLD BUT VERY
NICE LOOKING CLOTHES, LONG BLACK BOOTS, AND A LARGE
CAP. HE THOUGHT IT TO BE HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER AND RAN
HOME TO TELL HIS PARENTS. WHEN HIS PARENTS CAME TO SEE,
THE BODY WAS NOT THERE, BUT THE CANOE WAS, WITH A
BLOODY CAP INSIDE. THERE WERE ALSO FOOTPRINTS LEADING
FROM THE CANOE TO THE WOODS. THEY LEFT, BUT CAME BACK
NEXT DAY AND FOUND NOTHING. NOTHING WAS EVER HEARD
ABOUT IT AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; APARTMENT ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; ISHPEMING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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THE HEADLESS

IN TOLEDO {OHIO} THERE WAS A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
IN WHICH THE DRIVER LOST HIS HEAD.
NOW ON THE SAME ROAD, YOU CAN SEE ONE HEADLIGHT
COMING AT YOU (USUALLY AROUND MIDNIGHT), BUT
WHEN IT GETS CLOSE ENOUGH TO MAKE IT OUT, IT
DISAPPEARS. IT IS SAID TO BE THE MOTORCYCLIST
LOOKING FOR HIS HEAD.

Where learned: OHIO ; APARTMENT ; TOLEDO ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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CRAZY CHARLY

THERE IS A TALE IN NORTHEAST DETROIT {MICHIGAN} ABOUT
A MAN NAMED CHARLY WHO WENT CRAZY. FIRST HE KILLED
HIS WIFE, AND THEN HIMSELF (WITH AN AX).
IT IS REPORTED THAT HE HAS BEEN SEEN CHASING TEENAGERS
PARKED NEAR HIS OLD HOME WITH A BLOODY AX.

Where learned: APARTMENT ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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THE TRAPPER

IN ISHPEMING, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A TALE ABOUT A FRENCH-
CANADIAN FUR SELLER WHO WAS FAIRLY RICH. HE ALWAYS
WORE HIGH BLACK BOOTS, A LARGE CAP, AND DRESSED VERY
NICELY. IT IS SAID THAT HE WAS ROBBED AND KILLED ONE
DAY IN HIS CANOE BUT HIS BODY WAS NEVER FOUND.
ABOUT THIRTY YEARS LATER, HIS GREAT GRAND-CHILD WAS
WALKING ON THE BEACH AND SAW AN OVERTURNED CANOE WITH
A PAIR OF BLACK BOOTS COMING OUT FROM UNDER IT. HE
PICKED UP THE CANOE AND SAW A MAN WITH OLD BUT VERY
NICE LOOKING CLOTHES, LONG BLACK BOOTS, AND A LARGE
CAP. HE THOUGHT IT TO BE HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER AND RAN
HOME TO TELL HIS PARENTS. WHEN HIS PARENTS CAME TO SEE,
THE BODY WAS NOT THERE, BUT THE CANOE WAS, WITH A
BLOODY CAP INSIDE. THERE WERE ALSO FOOTPRINTS LEADING
FROM THE CANOE TO THE WOODS. THEY LEFT, BUT CAME BACK
NEXT DAY AND FOUND NOTHING. NOTHING WAS EVER HEARD
ABOUT IT AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; APARTMENT ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; ISHPEMING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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THE HEADLESS

IN TOLEDO {OHIO} THERE WAS A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
IN WHICH THE DRIVER LOST HIS HEAD.
NOW ON THE SAME ROAD, YOU CAN SEE ONE HEADLIGHT
COMING AT YOU (USUALLY AROUND MIDNIGHT), BUT
WHEN IT GETS CLOSE ENOUGH TO MAKE IT OUT, IT
DISAPPEARS. IT IS SAID TO BE THE MOTORCYCLIST
LOOKING FOR HIS HEAD.

Where learned: OHIO ; APARTMENT ; TOLEDO ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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CRAZY CHARLY

THERE IS A TALE IN NORTHEAST DETROIT {MICHIGAN} ABOUT
A MAN NAMED CHARLY WHO WENT CRAZY. FIRST HE KILLED
HIS WIFE, AND THEN HIMSELF (WITH AN AX).
IT IS REPORTED THAT HE HAS BEEN SEEN CHASING TEENAGERS
PARKED NEAR HIS OLD HOME WITH A BLOODY AX.

Where learned: APARTMENT ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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