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LENTEN FESTIVAL

THE POLISH LENT BEGINS WITH PACZKI DAY, WHICH IS THE TUESDAY BEFORE
ASH WEDNESDAY. EITHER MEMBERS OF A FAMILY OR A GROUP OF FRIENDS
MEET AND EAT HOT JELLY DONUTS. THE DONUTS
ARE SWEET AND EATEN WITH GREAT RELISH. FOR THE COMING
6 ( SIX ) WEEKS OF THE LENTEN SEASON THE POLES THUS BID FAREWELL
TO SWEETNESS AND PREPARE TO UNDERTAKE SACRIFICES.
FOR THE SUFFERING OF CHRIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UNION

Keyword(s): FEASTING BEFORE FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
663 Ash Wednesday

Date learned: 11-26-1970

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"OH SIGMA PI" (TUNE: DANNY BOY)

OH SIGMA PI, THE MEN THE MEN ARE SHOWING
FROM HOUSE TO HALL AND O'RE THE CAMPUS WIDE
BUT SOME ARE GONE AND MANY MORE ARE GOING
TIS SAD, TIS SAD THAT SOME MUST STAND ASIDE.

BUT THEY'LL COME BACK WHEN BROTHERS MEET AGAIN,
OR WHEN THERE'S WAR, WE'LL GATHER TEN TIMES TEN,
WE'LL ALL BE THERE IN SUNSHINE OR IN SHADOW
OH SIGMA PI, OH SIGMA PI I LOVE YOU SO.

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

Keyword(s): FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 03-22-1968

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IF A PITCHER PASSES A HORSEDRAWN CART WITH THREE
EMPTY BARRELS ON THE WAY TO THE GAME HE'LL PITCH
A SHUTOUT.

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

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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IF YOU HAVE AN ITCHY NOSE YOU'RE
GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

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

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10181967 ASSUMED

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LUCK (COLLECTORS TITLE) ; BAD LUCK: FRIDAY 13TH (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

FRIDAY THE 13TH IS AN UNLUCKY DAY.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.45

Date learned: 11-25-1969

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS

ON CHRISTMAS, THE ADULTS DO NOT EXCHANGE GIFTS: ONLY THE
CHILDREN RECEIVE GIFTS.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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HAUNTED HOUSE

IN SANTA DOMINGO THERE IS A HOUSE IN WHICH THERE ARE ALL
KINDS OF WEIRD NOISES. A PRIEST USUALLY SAYS MASS IN THE
HOUSE SO THAT THE EVIL SPIRITS WILL GO AWAY.

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

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

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CROSS AN ELEPHANT WITH PEANUT BUTTER?
YOU GET AN ELEPHANT THAT STICKS TO THE ROOF OF YOUR MOUTH.

Submitter comment: HEARD IT HROM A FRIEND UP HERE AT U OF D.

Where learned: UNION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-17-1967

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