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AN EASTER CUSTOM

ON EASTER MONDAY THE BOYS OF THE TOWN WOULD GO AROUND AND THROW
WATER ON THE HEADS OF THE YOUNG GIRLS OF THE TOWN AS A SIGN OF
FERTILITY.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; WATER

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

Date learned: 04-04-1967

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BIRTH CUSTOM

IN SOME UKRANIAN VILLAGES, WHEN A BABY GIRL IS BORN, HER FATHER
TAKES A BOTTLE OF PLUM WHISKEY AND BURIES IT IN THEIR BACKYARD.
ON THE GIRL'S WEDDING DAY, HE DIGS IT UP AND THEY TOAST THE YOUNG
COUPLE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): WISH

James Callow Keyword(s): UKRAINIAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Distilled
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 03-02-1971

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PROVERB

IDLENESS IS THE MOTHER OF ALL VICES. TRANSLATION OF
L'OISIVETE EST LA MERE DE TOUS LES VICES.
EST LA MERE DE TOUS LES VICES.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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IF MEN CAN FLY THE SKY LIKE BIRDS,
IF MEN CAN SWIM THE SEA LIKE FISH- -
WHY CAN'T MEN WALK THE EARTH LIKE MEN.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S LINE DIVISIONS CHANGED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED ; THEOLOGY

Keyword(s): AIRPLANES ; ALLITERATION. ; BOATS ; VERSE.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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( PROVERBIAL DEFINITION )

INTOXICATION: TO FEEL SOPHISTICATED AND NOT BE ABLE TO PRONOUNCE IT.

Where learned: THEOLOGY CLASS ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): DRUNKENNESS ; HUMOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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IN PORT AUSTIN, A MAN WENT TO CHURCH ONE DAY IN
HIS BUGGY, WHICH WAS PULLED BY TWO HORSES. WHEN
HE CAME OUT ONE OF THE HORSES WAS DEAD. THE MAN
SAID, "I'LL BE GODDAM, THAT NEVER HAPPENED
BEFORE."

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HIS DAD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): PROFANITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY CALL A MILKMAN IN HIGH HEELS?
A DAIRY QUEEN.

Data entry tech comment: REFERENCE TO HOMOSEXUALITY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 04-13-1967

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TALE

THERE WAS A YOUNG COUPLE NECKING IN A CAR AT LOVERS' LANE.
THEY HAD THE RADIO TUNED IN TO A NEWS BROADCAST, WHEN
THEY HEARD THAT THERE WAS AN ESCAPEE FROM A MENTAL
INSTITUTION IN THEIR IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORHOOD. THE MAN WAS
DANGEROUS, AND COULD BE IDENTIFIED BY A HOOK FOR A RIGHT
HAND.
THE GIRL BECAME FRIGHTENED AND INSISTED THAT THE BOY TAKE
HER HOME. HE WAS ANNOYED WITH HER AND SHOWED IT BY
RACING OUT OF THE PARK.
WHEN HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR TO OPEN THE GIRL'S DOOR,
THOUGH, HE NOTICED THAT THERE WAS A HOOK CAUGHT IN THE
HANDLE OF THE DOOR TO HER SIDE OF THE CAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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CARRY A SILVER DISC IF YOU GO OUT AT NIGHT, FOR
PROTECTION AGAINST WEREWOLVES. MM
SLEEP WITH A WOODEN CROSS OR PUT A WOODEN CROSS OVER
YOUR BED TO PROTECT YOU FROM VAMPIRES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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KEEP THE FAMILY TOGETHER, EVEN TO A FAMILY BURIAL SPOT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK

I LOVE YOU LITTLE
I LOVE YOU BIG.
I LOVE YOU LIKE
A LITTLE PIG.

Where learned: LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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BELIEF

IF SOMEONE COMES IN THE FRONT DOOR AND LEAVES BY THE BACK DOOR IN
IRELAND IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK TO THE HOUSE, BECAUSE THE PERSON
TOOK ALL THE GOOD LUCK OUT WITH HIM.

Submitter comment: THE POLICE USED TO DO THIS ALL THE TIME IN IRELAND JUST
TO DISTURB THE WOMEN.

Where learned: LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS ; IRISH BELIEF

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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WHEN A BABY IS ABLE TO GRASP AND RECOGNIZE OBJECTS
A TRAY IS PLACED IN FRONT OF HIM CONTAINING OBJECTS
OF DIFFERENT OCCUPATIONS, SUCH AS A HAMMER, ROSARY,
PENCIL, SLIDERULE, ETC. WHICHEVER THE BABY
GRASPS IS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT WHAT HIS OCCUPATION
WILL BE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future of young

Date learned: 09-10-1969

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