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BELIEF: SUPERSTITION

WHEN WALKING ALONGSIDE SOMEONE, DON'T LET ANYTHING GET BETWEEN YOU.
EVERYONE SHOULD WALK ON THE SAME SIDE WHEN AVOIDING AN OBJECT.
OTHERWISE YOU'LL GET BAD LUCK

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED ; MAINE ; SOUTH PORTLAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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DON'T EAT BUTTER ON SATURDAYS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS AUNT WILL NOT SERVE BUTTER IN HER HOUSE
ON SATURDAYS. SHE OWNS A RESTAURANT AT WHICH SHE
SERVES BUTTER THOUGH. AUNT DID NOT AND WOULD NOT
TELL INFORMANT WHY.

Where learned: MAINE ; SOUTH PORTLAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F754 F754.5

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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EVERY BIRTHDAY ONE PRESENT IS NOT GIVEN UNTIL YOUR SIXTEENTH
BIRTHDAY. ON YOUR SIXTEENTH BIRTHDAY YOUR ARE GIVEN THE
ACCUMULATION OF THE GIFTS, SOMETIMES IT'S JUST ONE EXPENSIVE
GIFT.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM RELATIVES IN MAINE.

Where learned: MAINE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.16

Date learned: 00001960S

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Talking about the town of West Paris, Maine. West Paris Maine
has the city limits sign on both sides of the same sign. That's
a pretty small town. One day they had some Texas politicians
come into town. Now everything in Texas is big, huge, and the
townspeople are really proud of their town. Now the Texas
politicians pretty much puts everyone from West Paris Maine down.
These Maine people were quite upset. So the Maine people tried
to impress the Texas Politicians, so they took them to the West
Paris Maine town hall. Now the town hall is the biggest room in
the entire county. The Texas politician said "We have outhouses
in Texas that are bigger than this place." That really
infuriated the townspeople and one of the Maine people said, "I
guess you need them."

James Callow comment: Mark got his Maine jokes by visiting Maine.

Where learned: MAINE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1982

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Did you hear the story about big fat Vern? One night he was
out in the outhouse and he was so fat that he collapsed the
stool and fell down the hole. Before he knew it he was deep down
in the thick of it. You know, you really can't stay in that too
long because pretty soon it's going to get to you. Now this was
the night of the big County fair, so the only ones that were awake
were the ones that were half drunk. He really didn't know what to
do so he started yelling "Fire! Fire!" Soon they had a whole
slew of people over there and they dragged him out of the hole.
One of the fellows that was drinking asked fat Vern why he yelled
"Fire." And big fat Vern said, "How many people do you think
would have came if I yelled what I was really in?"

Where learned: MAINE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 00001970S

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WHEN I WAS A CHILD IN MAINE THERE WAS A FAIRLY COMMON VARIETY
OF SPIDER WHICH STITCHED A HEAVY ZIGZAG DOWN THE CENTER OF
OF ITS WEB. THIS SPIDER WAS COMMONLY CALLED "GARDEN SPIDER."
IF YOU TELL A LIE, THE GARDEN SPIDER WILL STITCH YOUR

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MAINE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 08-05-1968

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IN MAINE, I ALWAYS HEARD THAT IF YOUR INITIALS SPELLED A
WORD, YOU HAD A GOOD CHANCE TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND
PROSPEROUS.

Where learned: MAINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 08-06-1968

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IN MAINE, I WAS ALWAYS TOLD IF WHEN YOU WERE CLEANING FISH AND
YOU FOUND SOMETHING WHOLE IN THE GULLET, IT WAS A SIGN OF
GOOD LUCK. IF YOU FOUND SOMETHING PARTLY DIGESTED, IT WAS
A SIGN OF BAD LUCK. IF YOU FOUND SOMETHING OF VALUE, IT WAS
A SURE SIGN YOU WOULD BE WEALTHY SOMEDAY. IF YOU DIDN'T
BOTHER TO INVESTIGATE THE GULLET, YOU WERE MORE WISE THAN
CURIOUS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MAINE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 08-06-1968

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HARM A CRICKET, BAD LUCK WILL FOLLOW.
A CRICKET IN THE HOUSE IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MAINE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 08-06-1968

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STEP ON A DADDY-LONGLEGS AND KILL IT, IT WILL RAIN FOR SURE.

Submitter comment: WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I KILLED ONE. IT HAILED SOON AFTER FOR

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MAINE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): SPIDER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-06-1968

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A RING AROUND THE MOON IN SUMMER, RAIN IS COMING.
A RING AROUND THE MOON IN WINTER, SNOW IS COMING.
IF YU COUNT THE NUMBER OF STARS WITHIN THE RING, YOU WILL
KNOW HOW MANY DAYS (BEFORE THE RAIN COMES).

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THE SAME THING IN MAINE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; MAINE ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): PARALLELISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- P57 P57.34
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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A WISH MADE ON A SHOOTING STAR WILL COME TRUE IF THE WISH IS
MADE BEFORE THE STAR DISAPPEARS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MAINE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 08-06-1968

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MAINE INDIANS

THE INDIANS IN MAINE WERE FRIGHTENED BY WHAT THEY BELIEVED
WERE ABOMINABLE SNOW MEN. ACTUALLY IT WAS THE LOGGERS
IN THE AREA WHO USED TO WALK AROUND WITH A SACK OF BLOOD
IN THEIR BOOTS WHICH MADE THE INDIANS BELIEVE
THAT MONSTERS LURKED IN THIS AREA.

Submitter comment: I PIKCED UP THIS BIT OF TRIVIA AT SUMMER CAMP IN
MAINE WHEN I WAS 12.

Where learned: MAINE

Keyword(s): MONSTERS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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MAINE INDIANS

THE INDIANS IN MAINE WERE FRIGHTENED BY WHAT THEY BELIEVED
WERE ABOMINABLE SNOW MEN. ACTUALLY IT WAS THE LOGGERS
IN THE AREA WHO USED TO WALK AROUND WITH A SACK OF BLOOD
IN THEIR BOOTS WHICH MADE THE INDIANS BELIEVE
THAT MONSTERS LURKED IN THIS AREA.

Submitter comment: I PIKCED UP THIS BIT OF TRIVIA AT SUMMER CAMP IN
MAINE WHEN I WAS 12.

Where learned: MAINE

Keyword(s): MONSTERS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: WHEN I WAS 12 ; 11-05-1967

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CANADIAN PROVERB

LET YOUR LIFE BE LIKE ARITHMETIC: JOYS ADDED, SORROWS
SUBTRACTED, FRIENDS MULTIPLIED, AND LOVE UNDIVIDED.

Where learned: MAINE ; KEEGAN

Keyword(s): ADDITION, SUBTRACTION, MULTIPLICATION, DIVISION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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Christmas Custom

Stringing popcorn and cranberries for Christmas tree ornaments.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: MAINE ; Houlton

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; Cranberries ; CUSTOM ; Decoration ; Popcorn

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom

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Saying

Northern Maine Saying:

A direction - Go down the road a piece and then tilt toward tilly.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: MAINE ; Houlton

Keyword(s): DIRECTIONS ; Maine ; REGIONAL ; Road ; Saying ; STATE ; Tilly ; Turn

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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