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O ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, THY SHINING FACE
THAT SPEAKS THY MIGHTY POWER
IN MY POCKET, FIND A RESTING PLACE,
FOR I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR.
AMEN.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN ; INDIRECTION SATIRE MONEY ; METER: IAMBIC, ANAPESTIC ; MOCK-PIOUS ; RHYME: MASCULINE, IMPERFECT, ABAB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND ABOUT TO DIE,
CALL ME UP SO I CAN CRY.
(TELEPHONE NUMBER).

Where learned: SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX IRONY COUPLET ; AUTOGRAPH VERSE? ; METER: ANAPESTIC ; PREPARATION FOR DEATH OLD AGE FRIENDSHIP ; RHYME: MASCULINE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LITTLE MISS MUFFET SAT ON A TUFFET,
EATING HER CURDS AND WHEY.
ALONG CAME A SPIDER AND SAT DOWN BESIDE HER,
AND SHE BEAT IT TO DEATH WITH HER SPOON.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A FRIEND IN CLASS.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

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EYELASH

IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU AN EYELASH IS ON YOUR CHEEK, GUESS WHICH SIDE.
IF YOU ARE RIGHT, YOU WILL HAVE A WISH COME TRUE.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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HORSESHOE

THROW A HORSESHOE OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.12

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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BABIES

WHEN A BABY IS BORN, PIN A MEDAL TO THE CRIB FOR PROTECTION.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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MIRRORS

NEVER PASS A MIRROR WUTHOIT LOOKING OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR IDENTITY.

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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FIRST CHILD

IF THE FIRST CHILD IS A GIRL, NAME IT AFTER HER MOTHER AND YOUR
NEXT CHILD WILL BE A BOY.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Birth
SPEECH -- S583

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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WAITRESS BELIEF ABOUT SILVERWARE

NEVER PUT SILVERWARE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF A CUSTOMER
OR YOU WON'T GET A TIP.

Submitter comment: THIS HAS A LOT TO DO WITH A RIGHTHANDED CUSTOMER
HAVING TO REACH OVER FOR HIS SILVERWARE.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; RIGHTHANDEDNESS ; TIPPING

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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DEVIL'S NIGHT

ON DEVIL'S NIGHT RING DOORBELLS AND SOAP WINDOWS
TO SHOW YOUR RESPECT FOR THE DEVIL'S POWER.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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HALLOWEEN

ON HALLOWEEN, EAT CHILI AND YOU GET GOOD TREATS.

Submitter comment: ON HALLOWEEN MY MOTHER ALWAYS MADE CHILI BECAUSE IT WAS A QUICK
MEAL. SINCE NONE OF US LIKE CHILI, SHE TOLD US WE
WOULDN'T GET ANY TREATS IF WE DIDN'T EAT IT.

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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NEW YEAR'S EVE

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, BANG POTS AND PANS TO WELCOME THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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WAKES

YOU HAVE A WAKE WHEN SOMEONE DIES TO WISH THEM LUCK ON THEIR WAY.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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ILLNESS

IF A BABY IS SICK, DIP HIM IN COLD WATER ON THE SECOND FULL MOON OF
THE SEASON.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS ROUND, CONSTANTLY MOVING AND 75% BLUE?
A: THE EARTH.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GEOGRAPHY CLASS.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL

Keyword(s): NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) COLOR ; STATES OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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PROVERBIAL MAXIM

AN ABLE ORGANIZER SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE MORE
ABLE THAN HE IS.

Where learned: SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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PROVERBIAL MAXIM

DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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PROVERB

DON'T LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH.

James Callow comment: AGE OF HORSES IS DETERMINED BY CONDITION OF TEETH

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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CUSTOM DEATH

PUSHING UP DAISIES
SOMETIMES YOU REFER TO DYING AS PUSHING UP DAISIES.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT CAMPUS, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; PLANT ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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LOVE CHARM

IF A PAIR OF LOVERS PLUCK A LAUREL TWIG AND BREAK IT IN HALF, EACH
KEEPING A PIECE THEY WILL REMAIN LOVERS. ON ST. VALENTINE ( ' ) S
DAY, PLACE TWO LEAVES ON YOUR PILLOW AND YOU WILL DREAM OF LOVE.
I REMEMBER SOME OF THE GIRLS TALKING LIKE THIS AT SCHOOL ONE DAY.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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