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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMP
SHE FILLED IT WITH BENZINE.
SHE WENT TO LIGHT HER LITTLE LAMP,
AND HASN'T SINCE BENZINE (BEEN SEEN).

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): IAMBIC METER WORD PLAY ; PARODY NURSERY RHYME ; PUN ACCIDENTS GORE ; SURPRISE ENDING, NUTSHELL NARRATIVE QUATRAIN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP,
THE LECTURE'S DRY, THE SUBJECT DEEP,
IF HE SHOULD QUIT BEFORE I WAKE,
GIVE ME A POKE, FOR GOODNESS SAKE.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TEASE

GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT,
DON'T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

CENSORSHIP IS LIKE AN APPENDIX. WHEN INERT IT IS USELESS, WHEN
ACTIVE IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; EPIGRAM

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SUPERSTITIONS SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

NO GRAVES ARE DUG OR FIELDS PLOWED ON GOOD FRIDAY. THERE IS SOME
TABOO AGAINST THE USE OF IRON ON THIS DAY.

Data entry tech comment: THE TABOO AGAINST THE USE OF IRON STEMS FROM THE FACT THAT NAILS WERE
USED TO CRUCIFY CHRIST.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): IRON ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CUSTOM

ON GOOD FRIDAY MORNING THE FATHER OF THE FAMILY USED TO SWITCH
THE LEGS OF HIS CHILDREN WHILE THEY WERE STILL IN BED ASLEEP ( , )
SAYING ( , ) "NA BOZE RONY" MEANING "FOR CHRIST'S WOUNDS". THIS
TRADITION WAS PRACTICED BY POLISH PEOPLES LIVING IN
AMERICA.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT STATED THAT HER FATHER HAD LIVED IN POLAND NEAR THE
CITY OF PAZAN WHERE THIS TRADITION WAS POPULAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RESIDENCE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RITUAL WHIPPING

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CUSTOM

NO MATTER HOW POOR YOU ARE YOU SHOULD WEAR SOMETHING NEW ON EASTER,
IF IT IS ONLY A SHOELACE. THIS IS TO SYMBOLIZE SPRING ( ; ) THE
NEWNESS OF EVERYTHING.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CUSTOM

WE HAD AN EASTER GAME WITH EGGS. YOU COULD WIN ALOT OF EGGS. YOU
WOULD FACE YOUR OPPONENT AND HE HAD AN EGG AND YOU HAD AN EGG. YOU
WOULD HIT THE OPPONENTS ( OPPONENT'S ) EGG. IF YOU SMASHED HIS BUT
YOURS WAS INTACK ( INTACT ) THE EGG WAS YOURS AND VICE VERSA.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CUSTOM

THIS IS A SCOTCH HARVEST CUSTOM KNOWN AS THE "OLD WOMAN." THE
FIRST FARMER WHO COMPLETES HIS HARVESTING MAKES AN "OLD WOMAN" OUT
OF THE LOOSE CORN CUT. THIS FIGURE IS PASSED TO EACH FARMER. THE
LAST FARMER TO COMPLETE HIS HARVESTING MUST KEEP THE FIGURE TILL
THE FOLLOWING YEAR. THE FIGURE IS CARRIED ON A CART BY THE FARMERS.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): EFFIGY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: DATE NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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A PREGNANT WOMAN CAN NOT WALK ACROSS A
FIELD OR WEEDS WILL SPRING UP.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SUPERSTITION

OLD WOMEN WHO ARE WIVES OF SAILORS
WOULD RECITE A RHYME. THE RHYME WOULD
CALL UP GOOD WINDS. WHILE RECITING THE RHYME
THE WOMEN WOULD DIP A RAG IN WATER AND
BEAT IT THREE TIMES ON A STONE.
THE RHYME ITSELF IS BEYOND RECALL.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHITE CORAL BELLS UPON A SLENDER STALK,
LILLIES OF THE VALLEY DECK MY GARDEN WALK.
OH, DON'T YOU WISH THAT YOU COULD HEAR THEM RING?
THAT WILL HAPPEN ONLY WHEN THE FAIRIES SING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RESIDENCE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FLOWERS ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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POLISH BELIEF

GDY CHTLOP TRAWE KOSI, LADA BABA DESZCZ UPROSI.

WHEN A MAN CUTS HIS GRASS, THE WOMAN BEGS FOR RAIN.

Data entry tech comment:

Possible cross reference for spelling: Dybza, Helen

Updated by TRD

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): Grass ; HUSBAND ; Lawn ; POLISH ; PROVERB ; Rain ; RHYME ; Saying ; Wife

Subject headings: Custom
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VERSE

WHAT'S YOUR NAME? / JOHN BROWN,/ ASK ME AGAIN AND I'LL KNOCK YOU
DOWN.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): IMPERFECT RHYME ; MANNERS ; RHYME: ABAB ; RHYME: ABCB ; THREAT

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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BELIEF: (COLLECTOR,S TITLE) ; CONVERSION; HORSESHOE (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

YOU MUST HANG A HORSESHOE WITH THE POINTS UP OR ELSE ALL OF THE LUCK
WILL RUN OUT.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.12

Date learned: 04-02-1968

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CUSTOM (MEXICAN)

THE MEXICAN CHILDREN BREAK THE PINATA (A LARGE BALLOON)
ON CHRISTMAS EVE. IT IS FILLED WITH TOYS. THEY USUALLY SING
A SONG WHICH I CANNOT RECALL.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CUSTOM

IT IS A GERMAN CUSTOM THAT ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE CHILDREN PUT
THEIR SHOES ON THE FRONT PORCH. IT IS BELIEVED THAT ST. NICHOLAS
COMES BY AND FILLS THEM

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER (POLISH TRADITION)

A GROUP OF RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WOULD BE INVITED TO PARTAKE
OF SEVEN, NINE, OR ELEVEN MEATLESS FOODS (ALWAYS AN ODD NUMBER).
THE MEAL USUALLY CONSISTED OF SOUPS, DUMPLINGS, FISH, PICKLED
HERRING, BOILED POTATOES, SAUR KRAUT (SAUERKRAUT) WITH MUSHROOMS,
BOILED RICE, COOKED PRUNES. THE TABLE WAS COVERED WITH A
TABLECLOTH, WITH SOME STRAW UNDERNEATH, THERE PRESENTS FOR THE
CHILDREN WOULD BE HIDDEN. THE CHILDREN WERE NOT ALLOWED TO
LOOK FOR THEM UNTIL AFTER THE DINNER. AT THE MEAL EVERYONE WOULD
TAKE A PIECE OF ANGEL BREAD (WAFER) AND SHARE IT WITH OTHERS,
WISHING THEM GOOD HEALTH AND LUCK FOR THE COMING YEAR.

Submitter comment:

SOME PEOPLE STILL PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM TODAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RESIDENCE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; LUCK ; Vegetarian

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
686 Ninths / Nine
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.11
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CUSTOM

IT IS A POLISH CUSTOM THAT NINE DIFFERENT KINDS OF FOOD ARE
EATEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY. IT STANDS FOR THE NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; FOOD CUSTOM ; holiday ; POLISH ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Ninths / Nine

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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SUPERSTITION

IF A PERSON DIES AND HIS HANDS ARE SOFT AND WARM,
SOMEBODY FOLLOWS HIM TO DEATH.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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