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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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ROCKABYE BABY ON THE TREE TOP,
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS THE CRADLE WILL ROCK.
WHEN THE BOW BREAKS, THE CRADLE WILL FALL,
AND DOWN WILL COME BABY, CRADLE AND ALL.

Submitter comment: SUNG TO ME BY MY MOTHER IN 1950-1951.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.366

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ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER NINE,
SPEEDING DOWN CHICAGO LINE,
IF THE TRAIN GOES OFF THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
MY MOMMY TOLD ME TO PICK THIS ONE,
OUT GOES Y-O-U.

Submitter comment: USED BY THE INFORMANT TO MAKE A CHOICE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

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

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INY, MEANY, MINY, MOE,
CATCH A NIGGER BY HIS TOE,
IF HE HOLLERS LET HIM GO,
MY MOTHER TOLD ME TO PICK THIS ONE.
OUT GOES Y-O-U.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS USED TO MAKE A SELECTION BETWEEN TWO OR MORE
PEOPLE AND WAS DONE BY THE INFORMANT IN 1956-62.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

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

Date learned: 00001956-1962

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GAME SUPERSTITION

IN BOWLING THERE IS A SUPERSTITION THAT IF
SOMEONE MAKES THREE STRIKES IN A ROW, THE PERSON SCORING
SHOULD NOT FILL IN THE SCORE EXCEPT X'S FOR FEAR OF BAD LUCK FOR THE
BOWLERS NEXT ROLLS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.6

Date learned: 12-00-1970

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LENTEN CUSTOM

IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THERE IS A CUSTOM ON ASH WEDNESDAY IN WHICH
THE PEOPLE GO TO CHURCH AND RECEIVE ASHES ON THEIR FOREHEADS TO
REMIND THEM THAT THEY WERE ONCE DUST, AND SOMEDAY THEY WILL
RETURN TO DUST. ALSO, THIS REMINDS THEM TO BE PENITENT AND
HUMBLE DURING THE LENTEN SEASON, AND TO MAKE SACRIFICES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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Ethnic: Italian

IT IS AN OLD ITALIAN CUSTOM THAT DURING LENT NOTHING MADE FROM EGGS
ARE ( IS ) EATEN UNTIL HOLY SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

Submitter comment:

THIS CUSTOM WAS PASSED TO THE INFORMANT FROM HER MOTHER AND
ORIGINALLY CAME FROM SOUTHERN ITALY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE ; CUSTOM ; Eggs ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; holiday ; Italian ; Lent ; RELIGIOUS ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Christian Chronology

Date learned: 11-28-1970

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LENTEN CUSTOM

IN THE CATHOLIC RELIGION THERE WAS A CUSTOM THAT ADULTS (PERSONS OVER
21) MUST FAST FROM EATING IN BETWEEN MEALS AND WERE NOT ALLOWED TO
HAVE THE EQUIVALENT OF 2 FULL MEALS DURING THE DAY FOR THE PERIOD
FROM ASH WEDNESDAY TO EASTER SUNDAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Lent
663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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COURTSHIP CUSTOM

WHEN A GUY GIVES A FRATERNITY PIN THIS MEANS THAT THEY ARE
ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED WITHIN ABOUT ONE YEAR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Symbols of engagement

Date learned: 12-00-1970

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HOLIDAY-FOOD CUSTOM

AN OLD ITALIAN CUSTOM AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME IS THAT ON CHRISTMAS
EVE AFTER THE MEAL IS OVER, BREAD FROM THE MEAL IS LEFT ON THE
TABLE AND IS BELIEVED TO NEVER GO GREENMOLD FOR YEARS.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS SEEN BY INFORMANT IN 1946.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 11-28-1970

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HOLIDAY CUSTOM

IT IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM NEVER TO EAT MEAT ON CHRISTMAS EVE, BUT
TO EAT MANY VARIETIES OF FISH AND THIN SPIGETTI (SPAGHETTI) WITH
OLIVE OIL AND FISH SAUCE.

Submitter comment:

THIS CUSTOM GOES BACK TO SOUTHERN ITALY WHERE THE INFORMANT'S
PARENTS CAME FROM AND WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Italian ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 11-28-1970

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SCHOOL CUSTOM

IN COLLEGE THERE IS A TRADITIONAL WAITING PERIOD FOR A
TEACHER. IF THE TEACHER IS A FULL PROFESSOR, THE
WAITING TIME IS 20 MINUTES. IF HE IS NOT, THE WAITING
TIME IS 10 MINUTES. AFTER THIS TIME, THE STUDENTS MAY
LEAVE, IF THE TEACHER HAS NOT COME YET AND THE STUDENT
WON'T BE PENALIZED FOR IT.

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD OF THIS IN 1967-68 AT UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

Data entry tech comment: NOT TRUE!

Where learned: PORT CHESTER ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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COMMON LAW

IF SOMETHING IS FOUND AND THERE IS NO SIGN OF THE
OWNER, ON OR NEAR THE THING, OR OBJECT, THERE IS A
LAW THAT SAYS, "FINDERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS."

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS ABOUT 12-14 YEARS AGO, WHEN I WAS
IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL IN NEW YORK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Common law

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE WAY IN WHICH A PERSON CAN TELL IF ANOTHER
PERSON IS A VAMPIRE IS BY HAVING THE SUSPECTED
PERSON LOOK INTO A MIRROR AND IF THERE IS NO IMAGE
THEN HE OR SHE IS A VAMPIRE. MM
IF A VAMPIRE IS EVER TO BE KILLED, A STAKE MUST BE
DRIVEN INTO ITS HEART.

Where learned: PORT CHESTER ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THERE IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM, THAT IF A MEMBER OF
A FAMILY DIES, THEN THE MEMBERS OF THE IMMEDIATE
FAMILY WEAR BLACK AS A SIGN OF MOURNING FOR 3 TO
6 MONTHS.

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS BY MY PARENTS ABOUT 12 YEARS AGO.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM FOR THE WOMEN OF THE FAMILY
TO GET TOGETHER AT THE COUPLE'S HOME ON THE
THURSDAY BEFORE THE WEDDING AND MAKE THE BED OF THE
BRIDE AND GROOM AND SOMETIMES PUT MONEY UNDER THE
MATTRESS FOR GOOD LUCK FOR THE COUPLE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding

Date learned: 11-28-1970

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LENTEN CUSTOM

ON HOLY SATURDAY, THERE IS A POLISH FAMILY TRADITION
WHERE THEY THANK GOD FOR HIS BLESSINGS BY BRINGING
A BASKET WITH HAM (A PIECE), A RING OF KIELBASA,
BEETS, HARD BOILED EGGS, SALT AND PEPPER, BREAD AND
A BUTTER LAMB, AND CHOCOLATE EGGS TO THE CHURCH AND
THE PRIEST BLESSES THE BASKETS. IT SYMBOLIZES THAT
YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE FOOD TO EAT ALL YEAR AND THE
BASKET IS NOT EATEN UNTIL AFTER MIDNIGHT MASS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A PERSON WEARS A CROSS IT KEEPS THE DEVIL AND
VAMPIRES AWAY FROM HIM.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A PERSON, WHO CROSSES HIS ARMS OR HANDS IN THE FORM
OF A CROSS, WHEN A VAMPIRE COMES, HE WILL DRIVE IT
AWAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THERE IS A WAY TO REMEMBER HOW MANY DAYS THERE ARE
IN A PARTICULAR MONTH. THE RHYME IS AS FOLLOWS:
THIRTY DAYS HAS SEPTEMBER,
APRIL, JUNE, AND NOVEMBER,
ALL THE REST HAVE THIRTY-ONE,
SAVE FEBRUARY WITH TWENTY-EIGHT,
ADD ONE MORE WHEN LEAP YEAR COME.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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