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IF YOU HAVE ANY UNPAID BILLS, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PUT THE NAME
OF THE BILL DOWN ON A PIECE OF PAPER AND PUT IT IN THE FREEZER AND
THE BILL COLLECTER CAN NOT COLLECT ON IT.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER SAW MY GRANDMOTHER DO THIS BEFORE 1956 IN INDIANA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED AT HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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THERE IS A CERTAIN PRAYER THAT IF IT IS SAID
FAITHFULLY EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE,
WILL ALLOW YOU TO KNOW THE VERY HOUR
OF YOUR DEATH. THREE DAYS BEFORE YOU DIE
YOU WILL HEAR THREE KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR AND THIS SAINT
WILL TELL YOU TO PREPARE FOR YOUR DEATH
AT A CERTAIN HOUR.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER CLAIMS THAT SHE KNOWS OF AT LEAST THREE OLDER
WOMEN WHO FORETOLD THE VERY HOUR OF THEIR
DEATH THIS WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED AT HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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BASKETBALL PLAYER'S SUPERSTITION

DURING WARMUP SHOTS, IF THE FIRST GUY MAKES HIS
SHOT, THEN THEY'LL WIN FOR SURE. BUT IF THE FIRST
GUY DOESN'T MAKE HIS BASKET, THIS IS A VERY BAD
OMEN AND BOTHERS THE TEAM A LOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED AT HOME

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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THE WEATHER ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH
SHOULD REFLECT THE TYPE OF WEATHER FOR THE
FIRST 15 DAYS OF THAT MONTH.

Submitter comment: MENTIONED REPEATEDLY

Where learned: COLLECTED AT HOME

Keyword(s): WEATHER

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- P010
BELIEF -- P0201
BELIEF -- P030
BELIEF -- P040
BELIEF -- P0501
BELIEF -- P060
BELIEF -- P070
BELIEF -- P080
BELIEF -- P090
BELIEF -- P100
BELIEF -- P110
BELIEF -- P120

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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A BELIEF

ON NEW YEARS DAY THE FIRST PERSON THAT SHOULD ENTER YOUR HOUSE
IS A MAN (IF YOU ARE A WOMAN). IF A WOMAN ENTERS FIRST YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK ALL YEAR.

Submitter comment: HIS MOTHER WILL NOT LET ANY WOMAN IN HER
HOUSE ON NEW YEARS DAY FIRST AND WILL GET
MAD IF A WOMAN SHOWS UP FIRST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED AT HOME

Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING ; SEXIST

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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A CHANT

TARZAN THE MONKEY MAN
SWINGIN ON A RUBBER BAND
ALONG CAME SUPERMAN
AND KNOCKED HIM IN THE GARBAGE CAN.

Where learned: COLLECTED AT HOME

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; IMPERFECT RHYME ; MOVIE, TELEVISION, AND COMIC BOOK HEROES ; RHYME: AAAA ; RHYME: ABAA

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

Date learned: 10-13-1971

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ITALIAN SANTA CLAUS

THE BEFANA IS AN OLD WOMAN WHO WAS SWEEPING OUT
HER HOUSE ONE DAY WHEN THE THREE WISE MEN PASSED BY ON THEIR
WAY TO SEE THE CHRIST CHILD. SHE TOLD THEM TO WAIT UNTIL
SHE FINISHED HER SWEEPING SO THAT SHE COULD GO WITH THEM.
SHE FINISHED THE WORK AND GOT TOGETHER SOME FRUIT AND
CANDY BUT WHEN SHE WENT OUTSIDE THE MEN WERE ALREADY GONE.
AND NOW SHE ROAMS THE EARTH ON EVERY LITTLE CHRISTMAS LOOKING
FOR THE CHRIST CHILD AND GIVING FRUIT AND CANDY TO ALL LITTLE
CHILDREN ON THAT NIGHT. BAD CHILDREN RECEIVE COAL IN THEIR
STOCKING.
MY MOTHER SAYS THAT IN HER FAMILY THE BEFANA WOULD
COME AND THROW NUTS DOWN THE CHIMNEY TO WARN THE
KIDS TO BE GOOD BECAUSE SHE WAS COMING. THEN STOCKINGS WOULD
BE HUNG AND THE NEXT MORNING, THEY WOULD BE FILLED WITH
FRUIT AND COOKIES.
IN OTHER FAMILIES, THE CHILDREN WOULD ALL KNEEL AROUND
THE FIREPLACE AND PRAY WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART AND SOUL FOR
THE BEFANA TO COME. AND ONE BY ONE BASKERS FULL OF FRUIT
AND CANDY WITH EACH CHILD'S NAME IN IT WOULD COME DOWN.
IN THESE FAMILIES, THERE WERE NO STOCKINGS THEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED AT HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Prayer P642.64

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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PREDICITION OF ARTHRITIS

WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG, IF YOU PUT YOUR FINGERS TOGETHER
AND THERE ARE SPACES BETWEEN YOUR FINGERS, YOU'LL GET
ARTHRITIS.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER GIRLFRIEND AT DOMINCAN HIGH SCHOOL.
HER GIRLFRIEND LEARNED IT FROM HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: COLLECTED AT HOME

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 03-29-1967

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SUPERSTITION REGARDING AN UMBRELLA

IF YOU OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE,
SOMEONE YOU KNOW WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: COLLECTED AT HOME

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-04-1967

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

MISS LUCY HAD A BABY
HIS NAME WAS TINY TIM
SHE PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB
TO SEE IF HE COULD SWIM
HE DRANK UP ALL THE WATER
AND ATE UP ALL THE SOAP
HE TRIED TO EAT THE BATHTUB
BUT IT WOULDN'T GO DOWN HIS THROAT

MISS LUCY CALLED THE DOCTOR
THE DOCTOR CALLED THE NURSE
THE NURSE CALLED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE
OUT CAME THE DOCTOR, OUT CAME THE NURSE
IN STAYED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE

Where learned: COLLECTED AT HOME

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-19-1971

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