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THE VIRGIN STURGEON NEEDS NO URGIN'.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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EASTER CUSTOM

NO WORK WAS DONE ON EASTER SUNDAY. EVEN THE MEALS WERE PREPARED
THE DAY BEFORE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A CUSTOM THAT WAS PRACTICED WHEN INFORMANT WAS LIVING AT
HOME. SHE HEARD IT FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): WORK TABOO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-27-1970

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BELIEF IN A CUSTOM ( EASTER )

ON EASTER SUNDAY THE HARD-BOILED DYED EGGS THAT EACH PERSON HAS ARE
CUT INTO PIECES WHICH ARE THEN EXCHANGED AMONG THE PEOPLE AT THE
TABLE--EACH PERSON HAS 1 PIECE OF EVERYONE ELSE'S EGG. THE
SUPERSTITION HAS IT THAT ALL THE PEOPLE AT THE TABLE WILL BE THERE
AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED ABOUT IT IN HER CHILDHOOD (1922-29) FROM HER
MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): FAMILY UNITY ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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LOKSHA--ETHNIC FOOD--CHRISTMAS
LOKSHA IS UNLEAVENED BREAD MADE INTO ROUND BALLS AND
BAKED UNTIL DRY AND HARD. THEN THE BALLS ARE SOAKED IN A POPPY SEED
AND HONEY SYRUP FOR SEVERAL DAYS UNTIL SOFT.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS SERVED DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

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

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

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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PARODY OF PRAYER

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP
A BAG OF PEANUTS AT MY FEET.
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
YOU'LL KNOW I HAD THE STOMACH ACHE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM MY FATHER MANY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

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

Date learned: 10-10-1970

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Happy is she who married the son of a dead mother.

Submitter comment: Her mother-in-law used to tell her that whenever
she could tell she was annoying her.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): mother-in-law, nag

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001940S

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Seeing someone in polka dot clothing brings you money.

Submitter comment: Polka dots look like coins, so if you make that
connection, you will get money.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): shape size

James Callow Keyword(s): design pattern

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 00001970S

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BEAVER

WHEN A PERSON SAW A STATIONWAGON WITH WOOD PANELS,
HE WOULD YELL "BEAVER," AND HIT THE PERSON NEXT TO
HIM IN THE ARM.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A CUSTOM POPULAR AMONG ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL
CHILDREN IN WYANDOTTE, MICHIGAN IN THE LATE 1950S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-02-1970

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SCRUB

SCRUB IS A FORM OF BASEBALL THAT YOU PLAY WHEN YOU
DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PLAYERS FOR A TEAM. ONE KID IS
THE PITCHER AND ONE IS THE FIELDER. EACH OF THE
OTHER KIDS BATS UNTIL HE HITS SOMETHING. THEN IT
IS UP TO THE PITCHER OR FIELDER TO TAG HIM OUT.
THIS GOES ON UNTIL THERE ARE THREE OUTS AND THEN A NEW
PITCHER AND FIELDER ARE CHOSEN.

Submitter comment: PLAYED IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AROUND 1960.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 10-20-1970 ; 00-00-1960

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IF YOU ARE GIVING A PERSON SOMETHING SHARP, YOU ASK
HIM TO GIVE YOU A PENNY. OTHERWISE, IT BREAKS
FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.18

Date learned: 10-20-1970

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IN BASEBALL, A PITCHER DOESN'T SHAVE IN THE MORNING OF THE
DAY HE IS GOING TO PITCH. THIS WILL BRING HIM GOOD
LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS SAID ABOUT SANDY KOUFAX AND DON DRYSDALE DURING
THE WORLD SERIES PROBABLY 1966.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 10-25-1970 ; 00-00-1966

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IF YOU TICKLE A BABY'S FOOT, IT MAY DEVELOP A
SPEECH IMPEDIMENT.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN DEVELOPMENT PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC 250, SECT. II)
AT UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT (DETROIT, MICHIGAN). HEARD FROM A
STUDENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-24-1970

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IF YOU HAVE PIERCED EARS AND WEAR EARRINGS WITH A
GOLD BASE, YOU WILL NEVER HAVE HEADACHES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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ON GROSSE ILE THERE WAS A HERMIT WHO LIVED IN AN OLD
HOUSE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY. PEOPLE WOULD GO TO HIS
HOUSE, PARK IN THE DRIVEWAY AND HE WOULD COME OUT AND
TELL STORIES ABOUT "THE OLD DAYS." HIS NAME WAS
LOONEY ROONEY. THE HOUSE WAS HIDDEN DOWN A DARK, UNLIT
ROAD AND HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE ALWAYS FIRED SEVERAL
SHOTS INTO THE AIR, TO SHOW THAT HE DID NOT WANT ANY
TROUBLEMAKERS, AS YOUR CAR APPROACHED.

Submitter comment: THE FACT THAT THIS IS A LEGEND IS THAT NO ONE THAT I
HEARD THIS STORY FROM ACTUALLY SAW HIM. I HAVE HEARD
IT FROM MANY PEOPLE SINCE I HAVE LIVED ON GROSSE ILE--
PEOPLE MY OWN AGE AS WELL AS FROM MY DAD.
ABOUT 1968 I READ IN THE LOCAL PAPER THAT A MAN WHOSE
LAST NAME WAS ROONEY DIED. HE HAD NO FAMILY LIVING
ON THE ISLAND HERE, BUT IT IS STILL QUESTIONABLE
WHETHER ANY OF THE ESCAPADES REALLY HAPPENED, BECAUSE
EVERYONE I TALKED TO WERE "TOO AFRAID" TO EVEN GO
NEAR HIS HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): RECLUSE, STORY-TELLER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 09-15-1970

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LEGEND ABOUT OLD NUNS

THE OLD PRUDISH NUNS WARN THE GIRLS NEVER TO WEAR WHITE
CLOTHES. THIS, THEY SAY, REMINDS BOYS OF BEDSHEETS.

Submitter comment: I DO NOT RECALL IF THIS WAS TOLD TO ME BY OTHER GIRLS
IN HIGH SCHOOL (1964-1968) OR IT WAS ACTUALLY MENTIONED
BY THE NUNS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439

Date learned: 10-27-1970

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ON GROSSE ILE THERE WAS A HERMIT WHO LIVED IN AN OLD
HOUSE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY. PEOPLE WOULD GO TO HIS
HOUSE, PARK IN THE DRIVEWAY AND HE WOULD COME OUT AND
TELL STORIES ABOUT "THE OLD DAYS." HIS NAME WAS
LOONEY ROONEY. THE HOUSE WAS HIDDEN DOWN A DARK, UNLIT
ROAD AND HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE ALWAYS FIRED SEVERAL
SHOTS INTO THE AIR, TO SHOW THAT HE DID NOT WANT ANY
TROUBLEMAKERS, AS YOUR CAR APPROACHED.

Submitter comment: THE FACT THAT THIS IS A LEGEND IS THAT NO ONE THAT I
HEARD THIS STORY FROM ACTUALLY SAW HIM. I HAVE HEARD
IT FROM MANY PEOPLE SINCE I HAVE LIVED ON GROSSE ILE--
PEOPLE MY OWN AGE AS WELL AS FROM MY DAD.
ABOUT 1968 I READ IN THE LOCAL PAPER THAT A MAN WHOSE
LAST NAME WAS ROONEY DIED. HE HAD NO FAMILY LIVING
ON THE ISLAND HERE, BUT IT IS STILL QUESTIONABLE
WHETHER ANY OF THE ESCAPADES REALLY HAPPENED, BECAUSE
EVERYONE I TALKED TO WERE "TOO AFRAID" TO EVEN GO
NEAR HIS HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): RECLUSE, STORY-TELLER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 09-15-1970

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LEGEND ABOUT OLD NUNS

THE OLD PRUDISH NUNS WARN THE GIRLS NEVER TO WEAR WHITE
CLOTHES. THIS, THEY SAY, REMINDS BOYS OF BEDSHEETS.

Submitter comment: I DO NOT RECALL IF THIS WAS TOLD TO ME BY OTHER GIRLS
IN HIGH SCHOOL (1964-1968) OR IT WAS ACTUALLY MENTIONED
BY THE NUNS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439

Date learned: 10-27-1970

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NO REST FOR THE WICKET

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-28-1970

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