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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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HAUNTED ROAD

THERE IS A BACK ROAD IN PONTIAC, MICHIGAN AND ON A WINDY, RAINY
NIGHT, A GIRL AND HER BOYFRIEND WERE DRIVING DOWN IT AND HIS CAR
BROKE DOWN. THERE WERE RUMORS OF MONSTERS IN THE AREA, SO THE
BOYFRIEND TOLD THE GIRL TO LAY ON THE FLOOR IN THE FRONT SEAT,
WHILE HE WENT AND GOT HELP. WHILE LAYING ON THE FLOOR, SHE HEARD
SCRATCHING, FOOTSTEPS, AND A THUMPING NOISE. AFTER A FEW MINUTES
LAYING ON THE FLOOR OF THE CONVERTIBLE, SHE FELT SOMETHING
DRIPPING ON HER ARM, BUT SHE WAS TOO SCARED TO MOVE IN ORDER TO SEE
WHAT IT WAS. AFTER A LONG, LONG TIME, SHE HEARD THE CARDOOR OPEN,
SOMEONE GRABBED HER, SHE SCREAMED, TURNED AROUND, AND A POLICEMAN
WAS THERE TRYING TO CALM HER DOWN. HE HELPED HER OUT OF THE CAR
AND TOLD HER NOT TO LOOK BACK AT THE CAR, BUT GO DIRECTLY TO THE
POLICE CAR. HOWEVER, SHE DID TURN AROUND AND SHE SAW THE BODY
OF HER BOYFRIEND, ALL CUT UP, LAYING ON TOP OF THE CAR ROOF, AND
HIS BLOOD WAS DRIPPING THROUGH A SLIT IN THE ROOF. SHE LOOKED
DOWN AT HER WRIST AND THERE WERE BLOOD DROPS ON HER ARM. NOW IF
YOU DRIVE DOWN THIS ROAD ON A RAINY, WINDY NIGHT, WHAT YOU THINK
IS RAIN IS REALLY BLOOD AND THE ROAD IS CALLED "BLOOD ROAD."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: I WON'T TELL MOM IF YOU HIT ME...BUT IF YOU POKE ME WITH A PIN,
I 'LL CALL POP. WHAT AM I?
A: A BALLOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ENTERTAINMENT AND ; NOTION ITEMS (Q) ; PERSON (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

COURTSHIP IS BLISS;
MATRIMONY IS BLISTER

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HER FATHER USED THIS SAYING WHILE ATTENDING COLLEGE
IN 1904.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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UKRAINIAN CUSTOM

ALL FOOD TO BE EATEN ON EASTER WOULD HAVE TO BE TAKEN TO THE CHURCH
TO BE BLESSED BY THE PRIEST. BLESSING OF THE FOOD TOOK PLACE ONLY ON
EASTER AND NO OTHER HOLIDAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER. SHE NEVER PRACTICED THIS
CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): SWIECZONKA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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MEDICINE

FOR ARTHRITIS A FRIEND OF MINE KNOWS A PERSON WHO STICKS
NEEDLES IN HIS JOINTS AND APPLIES HEAT THROUGH THE NEEDLES
USING AN ELECTRIC CURRENT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES IT COULD WORK BUT HAS NEVER TRIED IT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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MY FRIEND AS A CHILD, BIT HER NAILS
UNTIL HER FATHER TOLD HER THAT THE NAILS
WOULD MAKE BUMPS ON HER STOMACH THAT WOULD SHOW
FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; NAILBITING ; STOMACH AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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A CURE FOR PIMPLES

FOR FACIAL BLACKHEADS AND PIMPLES,
SMEAR FRESH TOMATO JUICE ON FACE
BEFORE RETIRING, AND LEAVE IT ON ALL NIGHT.
THE ACID IN THE TOMATO JUICE
WILL COMBAT THE POISON.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT OBTAINED THIS INFORMATION FROM HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES CONTAINS SEVERAL SIMILAR ITEMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): ASTRINGENT ; FOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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UKRAINIAN CUSTOM

CHRISTMAS EVE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN CHRISTMAS. A SPECIAL DINNER
WOULD TAKE PLACE ON CHRISTMAS EVE CONSISTING OF SPECIAL FOODS
LIKE PANCAKES, MUCHROOMS (MUSHROOMS), POPPY SEEDS AND OTHER
REGIONAL FOODS. ONE CANDLE WAS LIT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TABLE.
THERE WAS NO MEAT OF ANY FORM SERVED ON THIS DAY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT IS AN UKRAINIAN-AMERICAN WHO PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM
DURING HER CHILDHOOD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

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

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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METHOD OF CURING

CHEWING TOBACCO WILL REDUCE A FEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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METHOD OF CURING

HAVE SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN THEIR OWN FATHER, BLOW INTO THE
BABY'S MOUTH AND THE ASTHMA WILL GO AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

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

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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METHOD OF CURING

THE OWNER OF THE WART IS TO GO TO KENTUCKY TO SEE THE LADY WHO CHARMS
WARTS OFF. SHE TIES A STRING AROUND EACH WART, CAREFULLY REMOVES
THE STRING (BEING SURE TO PRESERVE THE FRAME OF EACH WART). NO ONE
KNOWS JUST WHAT SHE DOES WITH THE STRING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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METHOD OF CURING

TAKE A MILKWEED AND BREAK IT IN HALF AND SPREAD THE MILK ALL
OVER THE WART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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REMEDY

THE NATURAL REMEDY FOR DOGS WITH A STOMACH ACHE IS GRASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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METHOD OF CURING

TO CURE A COLD, USE AN ONION "POLTIST". BOIL ONIONS IN A LITTLE WATER
TAKE OUT OF WATER, CRUSH, PUT IN TOWEL AND APPLY TO CHEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): POULTICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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LYRIC

"TODAY'S THE DAY WE GIVE BABIES AWAY
WITH EVERY POUND OF TEA.
IF YOU KNOW ANY LADIES,
WHO WANT ANY BABIES,
JUST SEND THEM AROUND TO ME".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME (SLANT) ; SLANT RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Birth
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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NURSERY RHYME

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY,
I WASHED MY MAMMY'S DISHES
AND PUT MY FINGER IN MY EYE
AND PULLED OUT GOLDEN FISHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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NURSERY RHYME

I HAVE A DOG WHOSE NAME IS SPORT. HIS LEGS ARE LONG AND HIS TAIL
IS SHORT, HIS EYES ARE BROWN, HIS NOSE IS BLACK, I THREW A BALL
AND HE BROUGHT IT BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

"HOP-ALONG CASSIDY, HOW ABOUT A DATE? MEET YOU AT THE CORNER
HALF-PAST EIGHT. I CAN DO THE RUMBA, I CAN DO THE SPLITS, I CAN
LIFT MY SKIRT UP, JUST LIKE THIS".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

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

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PROVERB

LIFE IS LIKE A FAN. IT SUCKS ON ONE SIDE AND BLOWS ON THE OTHER.

Submitter comment: THIS IS JOE'S FAVORITE SAYING, HE CLAIMS IT'S THE STORY OF EVERYONE'S
LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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