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BAD LUCK WITH A BROOM

IF YOU SWEEP SOMEONE'S FOOT WITH A BROOM, THEY MUST SPIT ON THE
BROOM TO GET RID OF THE BAD LUCK YOU GAVE THEM.

Where learned: DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Conversions

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MICHAEL JACKSON'S ACCIDENT

A IS FOR APPLE, J IS FOR JACK,
MICHAEL JACKSON DOES NOT HAVE
ANY HAIR IN THE BACK.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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SOUTHERN SNOW

WHEN THERE IS A BIG SNOW IN THE SOUTH, THE RESIDENTS OF HAZLEHURST
MISSISSIPPI, WOULD GATHER LARGE QUANTITIES OF SNOW. THEY WOULD
MIX THE SNOW WITH SUGAR AND FLAVOR AND A LITTLE MILK AND MAKE
ICE CREAM

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 02-21-1984

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A CHILD WITH A VEIL

WHEN I WAS A CHILD IT WAS SAID THAT I WAS BORN WITH A VEIL OVER
MY FACE. AS A TODDLER, I WOULD CRY AND SCREAM AND POINT AT
OBJECTS THAT MY PARENTS COULD NOT SEE. BUT ONCE MY FATHER WOULD
HOLD ME IN HIS ARMS, I WOULD STOP CRYING AND WHATEVER IT WAS
WOULD DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
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BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-21-1984

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THE LOTTERY

ON OCTOBER 20, 1981., MY MOTHER WON THE LOTTERY AND HER PRIZE
WAS 2700.00. ON OCTOBER 21, 1981. MY SISTER AND I TRAVELED TO
LANSING TO PICK UP MY MOTHER'S WINNINGS. IT WAS A COOL RAINY
DAY AND I HAD JUST GOTTEN OUT OF CLASS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT
I THEN CALLED MY SISTER THOMASINE, WHO ASKED ME TO WAIT FOR MY
YOUNGEST SISTER JANICETTE TO GET OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. I REFUSED,
AND INSISTED THAT DELORES TRAVELED WITH ME. THOMASINE GOT ANGRY.
I DROVE TO DELORES'S HOUSE AND ARRIVED THERE AT 1:00PM. SHE AND
MY NEPHEWS GOT IN THE CAR AND WE HEADED TO LANSING. IT WAS A DAY
TO REMEMBER. IT WAS RAINING VERY HARD, SO THAT I COULD HARDLY SEE
TWO FEET IN FRONT OF ME. ALL THE WAY THERE DELORES HAD CHILLS.
WE REACHED THE LOTTERY BUREAU AND PICKED UP THE CHECK. WE WENT TO THE NEAREST BANK AND CASHED THE CHECK AND PROCEEDED TO
FIND A RESTAURANT FOR A LATE LUNCH. WE WENT TO KENTUCKY FRIED
CHICKEN AND ATE.
I TOLD DELORES THAT IT WAS HER TURN TO DRIVE AND SHE PROCEEDED TO
DO SO, AS WE LEFT THE OUTSKIRTS OF LANSING, DELORES INFORMED ME
THAT "I'M GETTING SICK". SHE FAINTED AND I GRABBED THE WHEEL.
I PLACED ONE FOOT OVER HERS AND STOPPED THE CAR.
AT THAT MOMENT THE CAR CAME TO A COMPLETE STOP. I CLIMBED OVER
HER AND OPENED THE DOOR. I GOT COMPLETELY OUT OF THE CAR AND TOOK
HER IN MY ARMS AND TRIED TO REVIVE HER. THE CHILDREN WERE FRANTIC.
DELORES DIED IN MY ARMS AND AT THAT VERY MOMENT IT STARTED TO SNOW.
WE BURIED DELORES ON OCTOBER 27, 1981.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION TO DISCUSS BUT I WANTED TO
SHARE MY EXPERIENCE WITH DELORES WITH THE WORLD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 02-20-1984

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APRIL FOOL SONG

APRIL FOOL GO TO SCHOOL AND TELL YOUR TEACHER SHE'S A FOOL.
IF SHE SPANKS YOU DO NOT CRY BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU TOLD A LIE.

Submitter comment: I MADE A MISTAKE AND TOLD MY MOTHER THAT SHE WAS A FOOL AND BEFORE
I COULD SAY APRIL'S FOOL, SHE SPANKED ME AND SAID NOW WHO IS THE
FOOL.

Where learned: PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: 02-20-1984

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LYING

EVERYTIME I SAY SOMETHING YOU SAY "LYING".
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? LYING!
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR LUNCH? LYING!
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER? LYING!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? LYING!

Where learned: DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: 02-20-1984

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SODA POP CELEBRITIES

WHAT DOES MICHAEL JACKSON AND RICHARD PRYOR HAVE IN COMMOM?
RICHARD PRYOR WAS BURNED BY COKE AND MICHAEL JACKSON WAS BURNED
BY PEPSI.

Where learned: DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 02-20-1984

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BATMAN

BATMAN TOOK ME TO THE MOVIES,BATMAN, THE MOVIES WERE GROOVE.
BATMAN, TOOK ME TO HIS HOUSE, BATMAN, AND HE THREW ME ON THE COUCH
BATMAN, HE STRUCK IT IN EASY, BATMAN, IT CAME OUT GREASY, BATMAN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
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ON THE ROAD WITH A FORK

WHEN A GHOST FOLLOWS YOU ON A DARK COUNTRY ROAD, YOU ARE TO COME
TO THE NEAREST FORK IN THE ROAD AND TAKE THE ROAD GOING TO YOUR
HOUSE AND THE GHOST WILL TAKE THE OTHER ROAD.

Where learned: PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 02-28-1984

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LIFESAVERS

WHAT WOULD YOU DO BEFORE YOU DIE? I'LL GO TO THE STORE AND BUY
SOME LIFESAVERS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

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

Date learned: 02-28-1984

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M&M CANDY

WHEN YOU EAT GREEN M&M'S YOU WILL GET HORNY

Where learned: DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 02-29-1984

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SCARY SKELETON

WHY WAS THE SKELETON AFRAID TO CROSS THE ROAD?
BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE ANY GUTS!

Where learned: DETROIT ; PARENTS HOME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-29-1984

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STONE AND COPPER ART

TWO 5X8 CARDS SHOWING TWO 3X3 COLOR PHOTOS OF THE ARTWORK
SEE SU 692406-1 TO 692406-2

Submitter comment: THIS ARTWORK COMES FROM BRAZIL. ON THE BACK OF EACH PIECE IS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
(ORIGINAL SPELLING RETAINED). I DECLARE THAT THIS IS REAL COPPER HANDWORK, APPLICATED ONTO
TRUE FOSSILISED STONE WHICH IS MORE TAN 120 MILLIONS YEARS OLD. MADE BIJ YOUR WELKNOWN DUTCH
ARTIST, JOHANNES WILHELMUS VAN DARTELEN. UNIQUE IN THE WORLD: THE ARTIST GIVES HIS ADDRESS AS
AVENIDA BRASIL 456, CAMPINAS, E.S.PAULO, BRASIL IF WHAT THE ARTIST SAYS ABOUT HIS WORK BEING
UNIQUE IS TRUE THEN THE ARTWORK ISN'T REALLY FOLKART. I TURNED IT IN HOWEVER FOR I CANNOT
BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD THAT MAKES THIS TYPE OF ARTWORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PARENTS HOME ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Stone

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