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THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE RULES THE WORLD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; TOLD AT HIS HOME

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; MOTHERHOOD

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-21-1971

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MY FATHER ALWAYS JOKES, THAT IF HE HADN'T MARRIED MY MOTHER,
HE'D HAVE THE FIRST NICKEL HE EVER EARNED.

Where learned: TOLD AT HIS HOME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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BLOODY MARY

MARK TOLD ME ABOUT HIS FRIEND PAUL ANDERSON WHO CLAIMS HE SAW AND
FELT BLOODY MARY. ONE DAY AS PAUL WAS WALKING ALONE HE STOPPED AND
PRESSED HIS HEAD TO A TREE. HE CLOSED HIS EYES AND COUNTED TO FIFTEEN
AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN HE FELT A SHARP PAIN IN HIS HEAD.
HE SAID IT FELT LIKE A KNIFE STABBING THROUGH HIS HEAD.
WHEN HE OPENED UP HIS EYES HE SAW BLOODY MARY STANDING THERE WITH A
KNIFE STUCK THROUGH HER HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT HIS HOME ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
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PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT WAS THE CUSTOM FOR MINERS IN THE UPPER PENNINSULA TO HAVE A
CHRISTMAS TREE AND A CHRISTMAS PARTY IN THE MINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT HIS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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MARRIAGE LICENSE BUREAU

THE MARRIAGE LICENSE BUREAU IS THE TWO DOLLAR WINDOW WHERE
EVERYBODY LOSES.

Submitter comment: MR. COTTINGHAM IS ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED OF THE VERACITY OF THE
ABOVE, BUT HE HAS NEVER BEEN MARRIED -- HE'S ONLY 21 -- SO HE HAS
YET TO FIND OUT HOW CORRECT HE IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT HIS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; RACING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-19-1970

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WHEN FISH BITE BEST = A FIESTA
WHEN FISH BITE LEAST = A SIESTA

Where learned: TOLD AT HIS HOME

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

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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