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RIDDLE

Q: HOW FAR CAN YOU GO INTO THE WOODS?
A: HALFWAY, BECAUSE THEN YOU START COMING OUT THE OTHER SIDE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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CARROTS BELIEF

IF YOU EAT CARROTS, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVED THIS MATTER OF FACTLY AS A CHILD.

Where learned: CANTON ; OHIO, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

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BELIEF

DO NOT GIVE ANY SHARP OBJECTS, (SCISSORS, KNIVES, ETC.)
AS A GIFT. YOU WILL SEVER YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH THAT PERSON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS VERY DEVOUT IN THIS BELIEF.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; HOSTILITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-12-1972

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SLEEPING IN CHURCH

IF YOU FALL ASLEEP IN CHURCH, AN USHER WILL COME AND TICKLE
YOUR NOSE TO WAKE YOU.

Submitter comment: DONE TO INFORMANT IN YOUNGER DAYS.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PENNY SAVED

A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS WHEN I WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ECONOMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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LENTEN RESOLUTIONS

IT IS CUSTOMARY DURING LENT FOR MANY CATHOLICS TO MAKE RESOLUTIONS.
THESE RESOLUTIONS ARE USUALLY DENIALS SELF-INFLICTED, SUCH AS
GIVING UP CERTAIN FOODS OR GIVING UP TELEVISION.

Submitter comment: (LEARNED THIS FROM HOME LIFE)

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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PALM SUNDAY

ON PALM SUNDAY MOST CATHOLIC CHURCHES GIVE OUT PALMS AFTER EVERY
MASS. THE PEOPLE TAKE THESE PALMS HOME AND PUT THEM ON OR BEHIND
THEIR CRUCIFIXES. THEY LEAVE THEM THERE FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.

Submitter comment: (LEARNED THIS FROM HOME LONG AGO)

Where learned: CANTON ; OHIO, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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NUMBER THIRTEEN

IT IS UNLUCKY TO WEAR ANYTHING WITH THE NUMBER THIRTEEN ON IT OR TO
OWN ANYTHING WITH THIRTEEN ON IT.
HEARD THIS IN GRADE SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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SLEEPING IN CHURCH

IF YOU FALL ASLEEP IN CHURCH, AN USHER WILL COME AND TICKLE
YOUR NOSE TO WAKE YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS DONE TO HIM IN HIS YOUNGER DAYS.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

DO NOT GIVE ANY SHARP OBJECTS,(SCISSORS, KNIVES, ETC.)
AS A GIFT. YOU WILL SEVER YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH THAT PERSON.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS VERY DEVOUT IN THIS BELIEF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; Relationship ; Sever ; Sharp ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; HOSTILITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-12-1972

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CHRISTMAS EVE BELIEF

AT THE CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL SET THE TABLE WITH THE EXACT NUMBER OF
UTENSILS. IF THERE ARE MORE THAN SUPPOSED TO BE THERE WILL BE
AN INCREASE IN THE FAMILY. IF THERE AREN'T ENOUGH, THERE WILL
BE A DEATH.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS BELIEVED BY THE INFORMANT'S FATHER STRICTLY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Holiday: Christmas ; Lore ; SUPERSTITION ; Table Setting

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-11-1972

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IT WAS ME, MY SISTER, MY 2 STEP BROTHERS
AND 2 GIRLS WHO WERE OUR FRIENDS.
WELL, IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER WHEN WE WERE PLAYING OUR WEEGIE
BOARD, WE STARTED PLAYING AND WE COULD FEEL COLD SPOTS AND I HAD
SEEN A MOVIE THAT SAID THE WEEGIE BOARD WAS THE DEVIL AND I DID
NOT WANT TO PLAY. IT SAID IT DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY MORE AND IT WAS
GETTING PISSED OFF. SO IT SPELLED OUT SLAM JEFF, AND JEFF GOT A
WEIRD FEELING AND CAT WENT WEIRD AND THE CONVERTER WENT OFF THE
TV AND AFTER THIS EVERYONE WAS WORRIED AND EVERYONE WANTED TO
STOP PLAYING AND IT STARTED GOING FAST AND WANTED TO LEAVE BECAUSE
THE DEVIL WAS COMING AND STARTED GOING REAL SLOW AND WE ASKED
WHO WAS THERE AND IT SAID SATAN AND ONE GIRL WANTED TO CONTINUE
AND SHE RAN OUT OF THE ROOM AND STOPPED AT THAT POINT AND WENT TO
BED. SHE FELT A BIG COLD SPOT BEHIND HER AND FELT LIKE SOMEONE
WAS BEHIND HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANTON

Keyword(s): DEVIL IN WEEGIE BOARD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 05-00-1985 ; 11-18-1987

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WELL, WE WENT OVER PLAYING A WEEGIE BOARD AND WE WERE WATCHING
THEM AND THEY WOULD ASK QUESTIONS THAT THEY WOULD NOT KNOW AND
THE BOARD WAS GIVING THE RIGHT ANSWER. THE BOARD HAS DIFFERENT
PERSONALITIES. WOULD GO NUTS IF YOU DID NOT BELIEVE IT - TELL
THREATS. LOTS OF TIMES SPIRIT GIVES 3-LETTER NAME (INITIALS),
HAS DISTICT PERSONALITY AND CAN CALL BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 05-00-1985 ; 11-18-1987

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ONE TIME DURING SUMMER, BUNCH OF FRIENDS TEASED US ABOUT USING
AND THE WEEGIE BOARD STARTED INSULTING THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-18-1987

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MOSLEM BURIAL

DURING WORLD WAR II THE AMERICANS FOUGHT THE GERMANS
AND ITALIANS IN NORTH AFRICA. THE MOSLEMS WERE CAPTURED
BY OUR ENEMIES AND MADE TO FIGHT US. THESE MOSLEMS HAD
A UNIQUE WAY OF BURYING THEIR DEAD: THEY DUG A HOLE
ABOUT FOUR FEET DEEP AND STOOD THE CORPSE UP ON ITS
FEET, THEN BURIED HIM COMPLETELY, LEAVING HIS CHEST
ON UP ABOVE THE GROUND LEVEL. THE REST OF THE CORPSE
WAS COVERED BY A MOUNT OF DIRT. WHEN IT RAINED VERY
HARD, THE GROUND WOULD WASH AWAY AND UPPER PART OF THE
CORPSES WERE VISIBLE, MAKING A VERY GORY SIGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO ME AT OUR HOUSE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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MANGER

MANY PEOPLE PUT FIGURINES RESEMBLING THE NATIVITY
SCENE UNDER THEIR CHRISTMAS TREES. THESE SMALL
STATUES ARE USUALLY A FEW INCHES IN HEIGHT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM HOME.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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MISTLETOE

DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, MISTLETOE IS HUNG FROM
CHANDELIERS, ARCHWAYS, ETC. WHEN A PERSON STANDS
UNDER THIS MISTLETOE, THE FIRST PERSON OF THE
OPPOSITE SEX TO COME UP TO SUCH PERSON, IS TO KISS
HIM OR HER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM PARENTS WHEN VERY YOUNG.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): PARASITE ; poison ; POISONOUS PLANT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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THE GROOM SHOULD NEVER LOOK AT THE BRIDE BEFORE THEY
ARE MARRIED ON THEIR WEDDING DAY. IF HE DOES, BAD
LUCK WILL COME TO HIM.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS MANY YEARS AGO BEFORE A WEDDING.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Separation before wedding

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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EVERY BRIDE MUST HAVE ON SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING
NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, AND SOMETHING BLUE WHEN
SHE GOES UP TO THE ALTAR.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS LONG AGO BUT DON'T KNOW WHO FROM.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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IT IS THE CUSTOM AT WEDDINGS TO THROW RICE AT THE BRIDE
AND GROOM AS THEY LEAVE THE CHURCH. THE RICE IS A
SYMBOL OF FERTILITY AND SO THIS THROWING OF RICE IS
A HOPE THAT THE NEWLY MARRIED COUPLE HAVE CHILDREN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS A FEW YEARS AGO.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Rice

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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