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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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PROVERB

BETTER LATE, THAN NEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION ; PERSISTENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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AN EASTER CUSTOM

ON EASTER MONDAY THE BOYS OF THE TOWN WOULD GO AROUND AND THROW
WATER ON THE HEADS OF THE YOUNG GIRLS OF THE TOWN AS A SIGN OF
FERTILITY.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 04-04-1967

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WISHING

WHEN YOU HAVE AN APPLE WITH A STEM IN IT,
T0IST THE STEM AND &-R EACH C-MPLETE TURN C-UNT
UNTIL THE STEM C-MES -UT. THE LAST NUMBER Y-U
SAY IS THE AMOUNT OF WISHES YOU CAN MAKE.
VARIATIONS OF THIS IS THAT THE LAST NUMBER
THAT Y-U SAY IS H-0 MANY CHILDREN Y-U ARE G-ING
TO HAVE OR HOW MANY WIVES OR HUSBANDS YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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VACILE SAYS THAT THE GREEK PEOPLE ARE
BELIEVERS IN THE EVIL EYE. IF SOMEONE
LOOKS AT YOU IN THAT FASHION
YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO GET SICK OR DIE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

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ARABIAN SAYING

HE IS LIKE A RICE PADDY, UNDER THE MUD IS WATER.

Submitter comment: COMPARING A PERSON WITH A FALSE FACADE TO A RICE PADDY, WHICH HAS A
COVERING OF MUD AND SILT OVER THE WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): DISSEMBLER HYPOCRITE DECEIVER PRETENDER IMPOSTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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PINCH OF THE DEAD

WHEN YOU FIND A BLACK AND BLUE MARK ON YOUR BODY
THAT YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM
IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE WHO IS CLOSE TO YOU,
AND THAT HAS DIED, AND THAT NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS HAS COME BACK
AND WANTS TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF THIS NEED.
THEREFORE HE PINCHES YOU AND LEAVES A BLACK AND BLUE MARK
AS A SYMBOL OR SIGN OF HIS NEED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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BELIEF

IF YOUR RIGHT EYE JUMPS, SOMEONE WILL MAKE YOU MAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THAT THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENS TO HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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SUPERSTITION (COLLECTORS TITLE)

DON'T CARRY SALT WITH YOU FROM PLACE TO PLACEQ IT'S A SURE
SIGN OF DISASTER OR BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: RELATED TO HER BY HER FATHER.

Where learned: STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.17

Date learned: 04-04-1967

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HAUNTED HOUSE

CHAIR ROCKING BY ITSELF.

Submitter comment: ANOTHER AUNT HAD MOVED TO AN OLDER HOME ON DETROIT 'S EAST SIDE.
THIS TIME A GHOST OR SPIRIT WOULD OCCUPY A CERTAIN ROCKING CHAIR
WHICH WOULD ROCK BY ITSELF, THERE WOULD BE NO DOORS OR WINDOWS TO
CAUSE THE CHAIR TO ROCK. AGAIN A PREIST WAS CALLED TO BLESS THE
HOUSE TO GET RID OF THE SPIRIT.
EXORCISM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

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

Date learned: 11-00-0019

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DROPPING A KNIFE ON THE FLOOR INDICATES THAT AN UNEXPECTED
MALE VISITOR WILL COME THAT EVENING; DROPPING A FORK
MEANS TO EXPECT A FEMALE VISITOR. THIS PERSON REALLY
BELIEVED THIS, AND OFFERED AS PROOF SEVERAL INSTANCES IN
WHICH HIS FRIEND, BILL SCHROEDER, CAME IN JUST SUCH
A MANNER. IN FACT, IT BECAME A FAMILY JOKE THAT
BILL WOULD BE AT THEIR HOUSE IN TIME TO HELP WITH
DISHES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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PROVERB

FIRST COME, THE BETTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: --

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PROVERB

FRIENDSHIP IS LIKE A SHADOW, IT STAYS WITH YOU IN THE SUN, BUT ONCE
IT GETS DARK, IT'S NO LONGER WITH YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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THE GREATEST COOK

SPANISH: GRAN COCINERA ES EL HAMBRE.
TRANSLATION: THE GREATEST COOK IS HUNGER.
OR, HUNGER IS THE GREATEST COOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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THE HAUNTED STREET

ONCE THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT IN WHICH A MAN WAS HIT BY A CAR AND
KILLED. WHENEVER ANYONE PASSED OVER THE SPOT WHERE HE WAS KILLED,
SOMETHING WOULD KNOCK ON THE CAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS STORY FROM AN IRISH GIRL SHE WORKS WITH
NAMED MARY COYNE. MARY CLAIMED THAT SHE HAD HEARD THIS STORY BACK
IN IRELAND ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO AND SHE CLAIMED THAT IT WAS A TRUE
STORY. I HAVE INCLUDED IT, ALTHOUGH IT IS WIDESPREAD IN THE U.S.,
BECAUSE OF HER CLAIM THAT SHE HEARD IT IN IRELAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

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

Date learned: 01-10-1964 ; 00-00-1957

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THE MAD BUTCHER OF KINGSBERRY RUN
KINGSBERRY RUN IS A ROAD RUNNING THROUGH THE FLATS OF CLEVELAND
(INDUSTRIAL AREA). MANY UNSOLVED MURDERS HAVE BEEN COMMITTED THERE
WHERE THE VICTIMS HAVE BEEN SLICED UP. THE MURDERER HAS BEEN
CALLED THE MAD BUTCHER. THIS INCIDENT HAS BECOME A LEGEND AMONG
THE PEOPLE OF CLEVELAND.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD OF THIS LEGEND WHILE LIVING IN CLEVELAND WHERE
HE SPENT THE FIRST 18 YEARS OF HIS LIFE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): MUTILATED MURDERS ; OHIO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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IF YOU CUT YOUR HAIR ON YOUR BIRTHDAY, IT WILL BE A BAD YEAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): TABU

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

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IN PORT AUSTIN, A MAN WENT TO CHURCH ONE DAY IN
HIS BUGGY, WHICH WAS PULLED BY TWO HORSES. WHEN
HE CAME OUT ONE OF THE HORSES WAS DEAD. THE MAN
SAID, "I'LL BE GODDAM, THAT NEVER HAPPENED
BEFORE."

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HIS DAD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): PROFANITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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IRISH FOLK TALE

ONE EVENING A MOTHER AND HER CHILDREN WERE COMING HOME
FROM THE STORE. THEY WERE ALMOST HOME WHEN THEY SAW
A NEIGHBOR'S CHILD RUN ACROSS THE STREET. THIS
FRIGHTENED THEM BECAUSE THE CHILD WAS VERY YOUNG--TOO
YOUNG TO BE WALKING AND TOO YOUNG TO BE OUT SO LATE
AT NIGHT. ON ARRIVING HOME, THEY HEARD FROM ONE OF
THE MEN OF THE VILLAGE THAT THIS PARTICULAR CHILD
THAT THEY HAD SEEN RUNNING ACROSS THE ROAD HAD DIED
AT THE EXACT TIME THAT THEY HAD SEEN HIM IN THE ROAD.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS TALE JUST A SHORT TIME AGO
FROM A GIRL AT WORK, AN IRISH GIRL WHO HAS JUST
BECOME A NATURALIZED CITIZEN. THE GIRL SAYS THE
STORY IS TRUE. SHE HEARD IT FROM A JOHN ROARTY OF
LETTERHENNY, IRELAND, COUNTY DONIGAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 01-10-1964

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