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TALE OF KISSING ELBO.

IF YOU KISS YOUR ELBO,
YOU WILL TURN INTO THE OPPOSITE SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): ELBOW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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TALE OF KISSING ELBOW

IF YOU KISS YOUR ELBOW, YOU'LL TURN INTO THE OPPOSITE SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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DORMITORY CUSTOM

EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT IN CERTAIN DORMS, A GROUP OF GIRLS GATHER
ROUND IN A CIRCLE. THEY PASS A LIGHTED CANDLE AROUND. IF A GIRL
STOPS THE CANDLE THE FIRST TIME, IT MEANS THAT SHE HAS BEEN
LAVALIERED OVER THE WEEKEND. THE CANDLE GOES AROUND AGAIN AND IF
IT IS STOPPED, THAT GIRL HAS BEEN PINNED. THE CANDLE IS PASSED
AROUND FOR THE THIRD TIME AND WHOEVER STOPS IT THEN HAS BEEN
ENGAGED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT A FRIEND OF HERS MENTIONED DOING THIS
EVERY SUNDAY AT HER COLLEGE IN MISSOURI.

Data entry tech comment: LAVALIERE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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SPECIAL FOOD OF PREGNANT WOMEN

PICKLES AND ICE CREAM ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE SIGN OF A PREGNANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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POPROUINI

POPROUINI IS A TYPE OF FOOD THAT THE POLACKS HAVE THE DAY
AFTER THE WEDDING.

Submitter comment: I WAS NOT ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT POPROUINI CONSISTED OF, HOWEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Keyword(s): POLISH ; POPROVINI

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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RECIPE AN UKRANIAN DISH CALLED HOLUBCHI

YOU TAKE SOME CABBAGE LEAVES AND IMMERSE THEM IN BOILING WATER FOR
ABOUT THREE MINUTES. THEN IN THE CENTER OF THE LEAVES YOU PLACE
A TABLESPOON FULL OF A MIXTURE OF GROUND BEEF, ONION AND RICE.
YOU THEN FOLD THE LEAF AROUND THE MIXTURE AND BAKE IN TOMATO SAUCE
FOR ONE HOUR AT 300 DEGREES.

Where learned: THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

Date learned: 03-02-1971

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FRIENDS

A FALSE FRIEND AND A SHADOW ONLY STAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-23-1969

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LEGEND

AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY THERE IS A RIVER NAMED
THE RED CEDAR, WHICH FLOWS THROUGH THE ENTIRE CAMPUS.
THIS IS THE ONLY RIVER IN EXISTENCE THAT HAS A RUBBER
COATED BOTTOM, IMPLYING A FAVORITE PLACE FOR LATE HOUR DATES.

Submitter comment: FROM DORM FRIENDS

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: DORM ; MICHIGAN STATE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Running water Large current.

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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LEGEND

AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY THERE IS A TOWER CALLED BEAUMONT
IN WHICH THERE ARE TWO STEEPLES, EVERY TIME A VIRGIN
IS GRADUATED FROM THIS SCHOOL, ONE OF THE TWO STEEPLES
ARE KNOCKED DOWN TO HONOR HER. THESE TWO STEEPLES HAVE BEEN
THERE SINCE 1865.

Submitter comment: FROM ROOM MATE.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: DORM ; MICHIGAN STATE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTIFEMINISM ; PESSIMISM ; SATIRE ; VIRGINITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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TONGUE TWISTERS

RUBBER BABY BUGGY BUMPERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM

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

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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RIDDLE

"WHY IS SLIPPING ON A BANANA PEEL LIKE MUSIC?"
"BECAUSE YOU'LL BE FLAT IF YOU DON'T SEE SHARP}"

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM

Keyword(s): BANANAPEEL ; FRUIT: BANANAS ; MUSIC: INTERVALS ; RIDDLING QUESTION

James Callow Keyword(s): LOOK SHARP ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHING, CHANG CHINAMAN, SITTING ON A FENCE/ TRYING TO MAKE A DOLLAR
OUT OF FIFTEEN CENTS.
HE MISSED, HE MISSED, HE MISSED LIKE THIS, 1, 2,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

LITTLE MISS MACK
DRESSED IN BLACK...

Submitter comment: (MISS HERRON SAID (THAT) AS A CHILD SHE USED TO RECITE THIS
RHYME FREQUENTLY, HOWEVER SHE WAS UNABLE TO REMEBER THE END OF
IT NOW.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 03-12-1970

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Proverb

NO SENSE CRYING OVER SPILT MILK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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BEDTIME VERSE

SLEEP TIGHT AND DON'T LET THE BED BUGS BITE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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REMEDY FOR FRECKLES

TO GET RID OF FRECKLES, YOU GET UP AT DAWN AND STICK YOUR FACE INTO A
CREEK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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CURE FOR NERVOUSNESS

IN ORDER TO CALM YOUR NERVES, YOU BOIL LETTUCE AND THEN DRINK THE
JUICE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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CURE FOR BLOODY NOSE

FOLD A PAPER TOWEL UP AND PUT IT UNDER YOUR UPPER LIP.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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CROSS-EYED BELIEF

IF YOU CROSS YOUR EYES AND THE WIND BLOWS ON YOUR EYES, THEY WILL
STAY CROSSED.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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TOAD BELIEF

DON'T PLAY WITH OR TOUCH TOADS BECAUSE YOU WILL GET WARTS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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