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HORSESHOES

NEVER HANG A HORSESHOE UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE IT REPRESENTS THE
DEVIL'S HORNS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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CORNCOB PIPES

SMOKING A CORNCOB PIPE WILL BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): SMOKING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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PAPERCATS

IN MEXICO, IF YOU ARE DYING, YOU MAKE A 1000 PAPER CATS. IF YOU
MAKE A 1000, (THOUSAND) YOU WILL LIVE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): CAT ; THOUSAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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BASEBALL

IF YOU RUB A BASEBALL IN THE DIRT BEFORE YOU PLAY, YOU WILL WIN.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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BROOMS

NEVER LEAVE A BROOM OUT IN THE OPEN BECAUSE IT IS AN OPEN
INVITATION TO WITCHES.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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TESTS

WEAR YOUR FAVORITE COLOR ON THE DAY OF A TEST AND YOU WILL PASSIT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): EXAMINATIONS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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MATCHES

THREE ON A MATCH MEANS ONE WILL GET PREGNANT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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SHOES

LEAVING SHOES IN THE WRONG ORDER BRINGS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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TURQUOISE

WEARING TURQUOISE BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY ORNAMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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BELIEF

IF A MAN WALKS ON THE INSIDE OF THE WALK, IT MEANS THAT
THE GIRL HE IS WITH IS FOR SALE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CHIVALRY ; Girlfriend ; Relationship ; SIDEWALK ; SUPERSTITION ; Walk

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIVALRY ; DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1970

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OMEN

IF THE PALM OF YOUR HAND IS ITCHY, IT IS A
SIGN THAT YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE SOME MONEY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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LUCK

AN ELEPHANT WITH ITS TRUNK TURNED UP IS GOOD LUCK, WITH HIS TRUNK
DOWN IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS ELEPHANT MAY BE A FIGURINE, A TOY ETC.

Where learned: ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMALS: ELEPHANTS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.31
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN WENT TO FRANCE,/ TO TEACH THE LADIES HOW TO DANCE,/
WITH A HEEL AND A TOE, AROUND WE GO./ SALUTE TO THE CAPTAIN,/ BOW TO
THE QUEEN,/ TOUCH THE BOTTOM OF THE DIRTY SUBMARINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IF THE STOMACH IS POINTED DURING PREGNANCY, THE CHILD WILL
BE A BOY; IF ROUNDED, A GIRL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Boy ; Fetus ; gender ; Girl ; Pointed ; PREGNANCY ; Rounded ; SHAPE ; STOMACH

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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Belief: Animal

Crosses on Donkeys:

The fur on a donkey's back seems to make a dark cross length-wise. According to the informant, the cross is there because Christ rode the donkey into Jerusalem. When she told me this, another person who was present said she had always heard it was there because Mary rode on the donkey.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P682.4, M247.3] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAKLAND UNIVERSITY ;

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ASS ; Christ ; CHRISTIANITY ; Cross ; DONKEY ; DONKEY ; Fur ; HAIR ; Jerusalem ; JESUS ; Mary ; RELIGION ; SYMBOL ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Weather

Rain:

If it rains before seven it will shine before eleven.

Submitter comment:

Collector wrote down a phone number in the bottom right hand corner of the card: XXX-XXX-9651

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): NATURE ; Predicitng ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Rain ; RHYME ; Sun ; WEATHER

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

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Belief: Weather

Weather Proverb:

Pink sky at night; sailor sdelight

Red sky in the morning; sailors warning.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean: Predicting ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; RHYME ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

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

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Belief: Weather

Red in the morning, sailors take warning; Red at night, sailors delight.

Submitter comment:

From his mother

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C880, P200] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Color, Nature ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING

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

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Belief: Weather

Belief in Verse - Prediction:

Rain by seven, Done by eleven.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): NATURE ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; RHYME ; Sky ; TIME ; WEATHER

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

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Belief: Weather

Weather Prediction:

Start to rain before seven, quit before eleven.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ;

Keyword(s): NATURE ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; RHYME ; Sky ; TIME ; WEATHER

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

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