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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

AT THE GIRLS' BOARDING SCHOOL I WENT TO IN WISCONSIN, EACH YEAR ON
ST. PATRICK'S DAY, WAS HELD A RECITAL OF THE CHORUS SINGING IRISH
SONGS AND A MAKESHIFT SKIT, WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY THE SOPHOMORES
ABOUT ELVES, OR LEPRECHAUNS, OR WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 F642.9

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DEATHS IN THREE'S

MY MOTHER BELIEVES THE DEATHS OF FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES COME IN
GROUPS OF THREES

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

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STRASBOURG, THE KNOCK, KNOCK STREET

IN DETROIT, IF YOU DRIVE DOWN STRASBOURG STREET, YOUR CAR WILL
KNOCK. THIS IS BECAUSE MANY YEARS AGO, A LITTLE GIRL WAS PLAYING
IN THE STREET WHEN HIT BY A CAR, WHICH DRAGGED HER BODY DOWN THE
STREET WITH HER HEAD KNOCKING AGAINST THE CAR DOOR UNTIL SHE WAS
DEAD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Keyword(s): Auto ; DEATH ; Haunting ; Knock ; Legend ; Lore

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CEMETERY BELIEF

IF YOU ARE OUT IN THE EARLY EVENING AT MT. ELIOT CEMETERY
AT 6 MILE ROAD, AND YOU FACE THE WEST SIDE OF IT, YOU WILL SEE
A GLOWING RED TOMBSTONE, WHY THIS PARTICULAR TOMBSTONE GLOWS,
NO ONE KNOWS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Keyword(s): CEMETERY ; Detroit ; Glow ; HAUNTED ; Haunting ; Legend ; Mt. Eliot Cemetery ; Tombstone

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FAMILY SUPERSTITION

IT WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED BY REASON OF SUPERSTITION TO BRING
GARBAGE OUT AFTER 6:00 P.M.

Submitter comment:

MAYBE IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH CITY ORDINANCES
ABOUT BURNING AFTER 6:00 P.M. IT MAY THEN HAVE DEVELOPED
INTO A SUPERSTITION.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Keyword(s): Evening ; Public Service ; Rubbish ; TIME ; TRASH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VERSE

LAST NIGHT, THE NIGHT BEFORE,/ TWENTY - FOUR ROBBERS AT MY DOOR./
I GOT UP, LET THEM IN,/ HIT THEM IN THE HEAD WITH A ROLLING PIN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Keyword(s): RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse C720.328

Date learned: 09-16-1968

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BABYSITTER

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO IN YPSILANTI A HIGH SCHOOL GIRL WAS BABY -
SITTING WHEN SHE GOT A STRANGE PHONE CALL. A DEEP VOICE WARNED,
" BE READY. I'M COMING TO KILL YOU." NATURALLY SHE WAS FRIGHTENED
BUT SHE TRIED TO TELL HERSELF THAT IT WAS JUST A FRIEND TRYING TO
SCARE HER. TEN MINUTES LATER THE PHONE RANG AGAIN. " BE READY,
I'M COMING TO KILL YOU." SHE WAS REALLY GETTING SCARED NOW. WHILE
SHE TRIED TO THINK OF WHAT TO DO, THE PHONE RANG AGAIN AND THE
VOICE DELIVERED THE SAME THREAT. SHE CALLED THE OPERATOR AND
ASKED HER TO TRACE THE CALL. MINUTES LATER THE PHONE RANG AGAIN
" THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING. NOW I'M GOING TO KILL YOU," HE SAID.
AS SHE HUNG UP THE OPERATOR CALLED BACK AND TOLD HER TO GET OUT OF
THE HOUSE BECAUSE IT CAME FROM A PHONE UPSTAIRS.

Submitter comment: WHEN I WORKED AT CYO CAMP DURING THE SUMMER OF 1970 THERE WAS RARELY
A GROUP OF CAMPERS THAT DID'
A GROUP OF CAMPERS THAT DIDN'T COME UP WITH THIS STORY.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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"NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM"

EAT A HERRING AT THE STROKE OF TWELVE MIDNIGHT FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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AN OLD BELIEF THAT HAS BEEN OBSERVED IN MY FAMILY:
BRING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH FISH

Submitter comment: WHILE I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS CUSTOM WILL BRING GOOD LUCK, MY
PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS ALWAYS ARE SURE TO START THE NEW YEAR
BY EATING A TYPE OF FISH--NO PARTICULAR TYPE. THIS IS TO
INSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR. AND IN OUR HOME IT IS
ALWAYS DONE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS

DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, PLACE A LIGHTED CANDLE IN THE
WINDOW SO LOST AND LONELY TRAVELERS (TRAVELLERS) CAN FIND
THEIR WAY.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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MISTLETOE

IT IS TRADITIONAL THAT IF A BOY SHOULD CATCH A GIRL (OR VICE VERSA)
UNDER A SPRIG OF MISTLETOE SHE HAS TO KISS HIM.

Submitter comment: CHRISTMAS DAY

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

WHEN SOMEONE STANDS UNDER A MISTLETOE, THE FIRST PERSON OF THE
OPPOSITE SEX WHO ENTERS SHOULD KISS THE PERSON STANDING UNDER THE
MISTLETOE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD WHEN THE EXPERIENCE HAPPENED TO ME.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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MISTLETOE

MISTLETOE IS HUMG OVER DOORWAYS, SO THAT IF A GIRL STANDS UNDER
THE MISTLETOE, ANY MALE IS ALLOWED TO KISS HER.

Submitter comment: FROM MY CHILDHOOD

Data entry tech comment: CHRISTMAS TIDE ASSUMED

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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DANISH CHRISTMAS TREE

IN DENMARK, THE CHRISTMAS TREE IS TRIMMED WITH REAL CANDLES AND
MANY SMALL FLAGS. THE DANISH FLAG IS A RED CROSS ON A BLUE
BACKGROUND.

Submitter comment: DANISH

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

IT IS (A) CUSTOM IN OUR HOUSE TO LEAVE THE CHRISTMAS TREE UP
UNTIL EPIPHANY, SO AS THE THREE KINGS CAN VISIT THE MANGER WHICH
IS UNDER THE TREE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

A STAR IS ALWAYS PLACED AT THE TOP OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE.
THE STABLE SCENE IS FOUND UNDER THE TREE.

Submitter comment: CHILDHOOD

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

THE ORIGIN OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE CAME FROM GERMANY. THE GERMANS
WOULD CUT DOWN A FIR TREE AND DECORATE IT WITH FRUITS, CANDIES,
COOKIES, LITTLE GIFTS AND LIT CANDLES. "TANNENBAUM" IS
GERMAN FOR FIR TREE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

WE DECORATE OUR CHRISTMAS TREE WITH BALLS THAT HAVE BEEN DECORATED
OR MADE BY FRIENDS. EACH YEAR WE ADD SOMETHING NEW.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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MY FATHER SAID THAT WHEN HE WAS A LITTLE BOY HE WOULD HANG UP HIS
STOCKING OVER THE FIREPLACE. HIS PARENTS WOULD FILL THEM WITH
CANDY.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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BELIEF

CHILDREN BELIEVE THAT IF THEY ATTACH A STOCKING TO THE CHIMNEY
ON CHRISTMAS EVE IT WILL BE FILLED WITH GIFTS AND CANDY.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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