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PROVERB

THE HOUR OF HAPPINESS BRINGS INDIFFERENCE; THE HOUR OF SADNESS BRINGS
MEDITATION; AND THE HOUR OF DEATH BRINGS CONFESSION.

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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YOGA

TO PREVENT INSOMNIA, DO YOGA EVERY NIGHT PRIOR TO GOING TO BED.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MOTHER

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

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

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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SUPERSTITION

KNOCKING ON WOOD RESULTS IN GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: WOOD IS THOUGHT TO BE A GOD. AND TO KNOCK ON THE GOD IS TO RENDER HIS
FAVOR.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck

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SUPERSTITION

CROSSED FINGERS ON EACH HAND RESULTS IN BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REASONS THAT SINCE CROSSING TWO FINGERS ON ONE
HAND RESULTS IN GOOD LUCK, DOING THIS WITH ANOTHER HAND MUST
RESULT IN BAD LUCK.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): OPPOSITES CONTRAIETY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-12-1979

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SUPERSTITION

DEATH OCCURS IN THREES.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT STATES THAT SHE ADHERES TO THIS BELIEF BECAUSE SHE HAS
WITNESSED, SEVERAL TIMES, THE DEATH OF AN INDIVIDUAL FOLLOWED
BY THE DEATH OF TWO OTHERS.

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

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-12-1979

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SUPERSTITION

WALKING UNDER A LADDER RESULTS IN BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS CONTRIBUTED BY A NUMBER OF INFORMANTS, HOWEVER, NONE
WERE ABLE TO GIVE REASON FOR ITS SUPPORT OR TO EXPLAIN THE
ORIGIN OF THE BELIEF.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-12-1979

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SUPERSTITION

PIMPLES ON THE FACE MEANS YOU HAVE COMMITTED AN IMMORAL ACT.

Submitter comment: PIMPLES WERE VIEWED AS THE ESCAPE OF IMPURITIES FROM THE BODY
IMPURITIES APPEAR IN THE BODY DURING ACTS WHICH ARE NOT IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE ESTABLISHED PRECEPTS OF GOOD BEHAVIOR,
SPECIFICALLY IMMORAL SEX ACTS.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 02-12-1979

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SUPERSTITION

WEAR DARK COLORED CLOTHES AFTER A DEATH TO ALLOW THE SOUL OF
THE DEAD TO REST.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT STATES THAT BRIGHT CLOTHES, BECAUSE OF THEIR
EMITTING PROPERTIES, STIMULATE THE SOUL AND PREVENT ITS REST.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 02-12-1979

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CHEEKWOOD IS THE OLD FAMILY HOME OF THE CHEEK
FAMILY, WHO MADE COFFEE. WHEN TEDDY ROOSEVELT
CAME TO NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, HE STAYED AT
THE MAXWELL HOUSE HOTEL, WHERE THE CHEEKS HAD
THEIR COFFEE BEING SERVED. HE HAD SOME AND
SAID IT WAS "GOOD TO THE LAST DROP." CHEEKS,
BECAUSE OF THIS INCIDENT, CALLED THEIR COFFEE
"MAXWELL HOUSE."

Where learned: CLASSROOM ; NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend
Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee

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SPEECH IS OF SILVER, BUT SILENCE IS OF GOLD.

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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TO THINK IS TO BE HAPPY. TO FEEL IS TO SUFFER.

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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A SAYING

WHEN I'M RIGHT, NOBODY REMEMBERS;
WHEN I'M WRONG, NO ONE FORGETS.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY LANDLADY

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-20-1967

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PROVERB

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

Submitter comment: "MAN IST WAS MAN ISST!" IS A GERMAN PROVERB WHICH TOYS
WITH THE LIKE SOUNDS OF "IST" AND "ISST" WHILE CONVEYING
QUITE AN INTERESTING FACT.
BIOLOGICALLY SPEAKING, QUITE TRUE OF COURSE.
GERMAN INSTRUCTOR, DR. WEDBERG, UNABLE TO PINPOINT
SOURCE OF SAYING, CLAIMS IT'S A FOLK SAYING IN
GERMANY.

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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HOW CAN YOU GET SIX ELEPHANTS IN A VW? (GERMAN CAR)
THREE IN FRONT AND THREE IN THE BACK.
HOW CAN YOU GET 12 ELEPHANTS IN A VW?
YOU CAN'T.

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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Prank

Fletcher Tube:

The Fletcher Tube us a non-existent piece of equipment. When freshmen are having problems in lab, you tell them that a Fletcher Tube will do the trick. They go to the stockroom to check one out and are laughed at.

Submitter comment:

Informant said that he pulled this gag while he was a graduate student.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CLASSROOM ; CHEMISTRY BUILDING

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC JOKES ; Chemistry ; COLLEGE ; COLLEGE PRANK ; COLLEGE PRANK ; Entertainment ; Freshman ; Hazing ; JOKE ; Laboratory ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; Prank

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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