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Q. WHY DO FARTS SMELL? A. FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE DEAF.

Where learned: KANSAS ; TOPEKA

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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MILITARY CUSTOM

A REPLY TO AN OFFICER IS ALWAYS ENDED WITH "SIR."

Where learned: KANSAS ; FORT RILEY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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MILITARY CUSTOM

A NEWLY COMMISSIONED OFFICER WILL GIVE THE FIRST
SOLDIER HE SALUTES A SILVER DOLLAR.

Where learned: KANSAS ; FORT RILEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- War

Date learned: 08-00-1966

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHATEVER SKIES MAY FIND ABOVE YOU,
WHEN XMAS COMES IT'S NICE TO KNOW
THAT THERE ARE FRIENDS WHO FONDLY LOVE YOU,
HOWEVER FAR AWAY YOU GO.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; FEMININE RHYME ; OBSERVATION

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK PROSE

MAY YOUR LIFE BE LIKE ARITHMETIC
JOY ADDED, SORROW SUBTRACTED,
AND TIMES MULTIPLIED.

ACCEPT THESE FEW LINES FROM ME.
IT SHOWS THAT I'LL REMEMBER THEE
UNTIL YOU AND I SHALL MEET AGAIN.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): FUTURE ; WISH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SHINING,
AND YOUR MIND FROM CARE IS FREE,
WHEN OF OTHERS YOU ARE THINKING,
WON'T YOU SOMETIMES THINK OF ME.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): REQUEST ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND YOUR OLD MAN GETS CROSS,
PICK UP THE BROOM
AND SAY I'M BOSS.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSTRUCTIONS ; RHYME: ABCB ; SLANG OLD MAN FOR HUSBAND.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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CHOOSE NOT YOUR FRIENDS
FROM OUTER SHOW --
FOR FEATHERS FLOW
AND PEARLS LIE LOW.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; RHYME: ABBB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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MY INK IS PALE,
MY PEN IS POOR,
WHEN I COME TO WRITE,
I THINK OF YOU MORE AND MORE.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB ; SLANT RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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WHEN WEARING A NECKLACE, THE CLASP SOMETIMES WORKS ITS
WAY TO THE FRONT. GRAB THE CLASP AND TURN IT AROUND WHILE
MAKING A WISH. IF YOU DO NOT TELL WHAT THE WISH WAS,
IT WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: THIS SUPERSTITION IS WIDESPREAD. WHEN THE INFORMANT MOVED
TO DETROIT, SHE LEARNED THAT KIDS IN DETROIT BELIEVE THIS
TOO.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WHITE CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

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MRS. MOOR SAYS THAT WHEN YOU GIVE A PURSE TO
SOMEONE OR PUT ONE IN STORAGE YOU SHOULD LEAVE
A PENNY IN IT; OTHERWISE THE PURSE WILL NEVER
HOLD MONEY.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WHITE CITY

Keyword(s): GIFTS, PRESENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001975CA

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After Easter throw wheat so that there will be a
good harvest. You should also throw wheat inside
your home to insure that you will have bread to
eat in the coming year. This was important
because most people worked on the farm and this
was their only income, so a bad crop was
disastrous.

Submitter comment: Mrs. Wojtan grew up in Kansas on a farm with over
forty acres of wheat. Before the depression this
was the only income. This was practiced every
year and she believed that it worked.

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 00001920S

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If you dream of teeth and they hurt, it means
someone close to your family will die. If they
don't hurt, a distant person will die.

Submitter comment: Mrs. Wojtan really believes in her dreams and
told me that they often come true.

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00001920S

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If someone admires your baby and says that
it's beautiful you must spit or the baby will
become sick or get a rash on its face. Her
parents and her husband's parents both truly
believed this. Her husband's parents used to
wipe the baby's face three times with a wash
cloth to prevent a rash if anyone admired the
baby.

Submitter comment: Mrs. Wojtan doesn't believe this herself anymore,
but says many people in Kansas used to when she
was growing up.

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001920S

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If you accidentally put your clothes on backwards
you should wear them that way for the whole day.
If you change them you will have bad luck for
that day.

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001920S

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Never count the number of cars in a funeral
procession. It is very bad luck.

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 00001920S

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On Christmas Eve day, it is good luck if the
first person to enter your house is a man and
bad luck if it is a woman.

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING ; SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001920S

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When there is a death in the family you should
cover all the mirrors.

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001920S

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When you clear the table you should never put
the crumbs on the floor so that you won't go
hungry. You should never sweep the dirt and
crumbs from the floor directly out the door;
you should always use a dustpan.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; Domesticity ; Housekeeping ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 00001920S

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If a religious picture or article falls off the
wall and breaks as it hits the floor it is a bad
omen. Someone that is close to you, family or a
friend, will probably die.

Submitter comment: Mrs. Wojtan believes that this is true because it
is a sign to prepare you for someone's death.

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001920S

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