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GAME RHYME

PLAYED WITH SMALL CHILDREN BY AN ADULT. THE HANDS ARE
FOLDED TOGETHER EXCEPT FOR THE INDEX AND THUMBS. AT THIS
POINT THE FOLLOWING IS RECITED:
HERE'S THE CHURCH AND HERE'S THE STEEPLE,
AT THIS POINT THE FINGERS ARE EXTENDED AND INTERMINGLED
WHILE THE WRISTS ROTATE. THE FOLLOWING IS THEN SAID:
OPEN THE DOOR AND SEE ALL THE PEOPLE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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MOVABLE FESTIVAL

THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE WILL HAVE A YEARLY FAMILY
REUNION AND CORN ROAST WHEN THE CORN ( SWEET ) ON MY GRANDFATHER'S
FARM IS READY TO BE HARVESTED. IT IS USUALLY HELD ON THE FARM
ON SOME CONVENIENT SUNDAY FOR ALL.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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BELIEF

IF ONE DEATH OR TRAGEDY OCCURS IN THE FAMILY, THEN
THERE WILL BE TWO MORE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. BASED ON
BELIEF THAT DEATHS AND TRAGEDIES OCCUR THREE AT A TIME.

Where learned: TOLD AT HOME ; NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IF A PERSON HAS WHITE MARKS ON HIS FINGERNAILS, IT IS
A SIGN THAT HE IS A GOOD HARD WORKER.

Data entry tech comment: TRUTH TO THAT; THESE MARKS ARE CAUSED BY INJURY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IF A PERSON HAS A LOT OF FRECKLES ON HIS FACE, THEN IT
IS A SIGN THAT THE PERSON IS HEALTHY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE WILL HAVE A
YEARLY FAMILY REUNION AND CORN ROAST WHEN THE SWEET
CORN ON MY GRANDFATHER'S FARM IS READY TO BE
HARVESTED. IT IS USUALLY HELD ON THE FARM ON SOME
CONVENIENT SUNDAY FOR ALL.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IT IS OFTEN CUSTOMARY FOR MANY FAMILIES TO REMAIN
SILENT AND MEDITATE DURING THE HOURS OF 12:00 NOON
TO 3:00 P.M. ON GOOD FRIDAY IN REMEMBERANCE OF
CHRIST'S CRUCIFIXION.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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GAME RHYME

PLAYED WITH THE OPEN HAND OF A YOUNG CHILD. STARTING
ON THE SMALLEST FINGER, YOU TOUCH THE TIP OF EACH
FINGER AND WHILE DOING SO SAY "TIPPSY." AT THE
INDEX FINGER, YOU RUN DOWN THE SIDE OF THE FINGER
AND UP THE SIDE OF THE THUMB TO ITS TIP WHILE SAYING,
"WHOOPS TIPPSY!"

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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WHEN COWS FLOCK UNDER A TREE OR LAY DOWN IN THE FIELD,
IT IS A SIGN OF AN APPROACHING STORM.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IF THE BLACK ENDS ON THE COLORING OF A CATERPILLAR ARE
WIDE OR MAKE UP A GREATER PROPORTION THAN THE BROWN,
THEN THE WINTER WILL BE A SEVERE ONE.

Where learned: HOME ; NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IF LIGHTNING OCCURS DURING THE WINTER, THE REST OF THE
WINTER WILL BE VERY HARSH.

Where learned: HOME ; NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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CORN SHOULD BE "KNEE HIGH BY THE FOURTH OF JULY."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IF A PERSON HOLDS A YELLOW DANDELION FLOWER UNDER
HIS CHIN AND HIS CHIN GLOWS YELLOW, THEN THAT PERSON
LIKES BUTTER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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MAKING OF A FUNNY OR UGLY FACE WHILE OUTDOORS IN COLD
WEATHER, MAY CAUSE YOUR FACE TO FREEZE IN THAT
POSITION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED THIS TO SCARE HER CHILDREN.

Data entry tech comment: IF WE POUTED OR MADE A FACE AT SOMEONE, OUR MOTHER USED
TO SAY THIS ALSO, REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER.--PAC
I BELIEVE, IT WAS TO DISCOURAGE THE PRACTICE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IF YOU DO NOT WIPE DRY BETWEEN YOUR TOES AFTER A BATH
OR SHOWER, YOUR TOES MIGHT BECOME INFECTED AND FALL
OFF.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD THIS TO SCARE HER CHILDREN INTO WIPING
TOES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNGUS ATHLETE'S FOOT

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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SKUNK OIL MAY BE TAKEN FOR RELIEF AND CURE OF COLDS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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PINE PITCH MAY BE USED FOR THE QUICK HEALING OF
CUTS, WHEN RUBBED ON THE SORE.

Submitter comment: USED BY INFORMANT'S FATHER-IN-LAW, 20-30 YEARS AGO.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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A MIXTURE OF LARD AND TURPENTINE MAY BE RUBBED ON
CHEST FOR RELIEF OF COLDS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

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

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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FOR WAX IN THE EARS: WRAP A PENCIL WITH AN OLD CLOTH,
LIGHT A CANDLE AND DRIP THE WAX ALL OVER THE CLOTH,
REMOVE THE PENCIL, PLACE THE END OF THE WAX COVERED
CLOTH IN THE EAR, LIGHT THE CLOTH AND IT WILL DRAW
THE WAX OUT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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FOR CHILL BLAND (FROSTBITE), CUT A RAW ONION OR
POTATO IN HALF AND RUB AFFECTED AREA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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