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SANDMAN AND BOOGIE MAN

IN HER FAMILY, THE SANDMAN WAS EQUIVALENT TO THE BOOGIE MAN AND
NEITHER WERE REGARDED AS BAD FIGURES.

Submitter comment: HER PARENTS TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE SANDMAN

IF THE SANDMAN SEES YOU WITH YOUR EYES OPEN, HE PUTS SAND IN THEM.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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THE SANDMAN

IF YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG, HER PARENTS WOULD SAY: "THE SANDMAN
WAS PEEK'N."

Submitter comment: HER PARENTS SAID THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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BURIED ALIVE

THIS HAPPENED IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP NOT TOO LONG AGO. ALL THE
PRISONERS WHO WERE KILLED OR DIED WERE BURIED IN TWOS. A MAN
WAS GOING TO BE KILLED SO HE PRETENDED THAT HE WAS DEAD. HE HAD
MADE A DEAL WITH THE DOCTOR TO DIG HIM UP AFTER 15 MINUTES WHEN
EVERYONE HAD LEFT. THE DOCTOR GAVE HIM SOME MATCHES TO LIGHT SO
THAT HE WOULDN'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. AFTER THE MAN WAS BURIED,
HE WAITED 5, THEN 10, THEN 15 MINUTES AND THE DOCTOR STILL HADN'T
COME TO DIG HIM UP. HE LIT HIS LAST MATCH AND TURNED TO THE BODY
NEXT TO HIM ONLY TO FIND THAT THE BODY NEXT TO HIM WAS THE DOCTOR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS AT A PAJAMA PARTY FROM ONE OF HER FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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TRAPPED ON TOILET

A GIRL WAS BABYSITTING AND SHE WENT UP AND SAT ON A TOILET THAT
HAD JUST BEEN PAINTED. SHE COULDN'T GET OFF THE "JOHN." SHE
CALLED AN AMBULANCE AND THEY TOOK HER AWAY, TOILET AND ALL.

Submitter comment: VICKI HEARD THIS FROM A GIRLFRIEND WHO LIVED IN PENNSYLVANIA
UNTIL SHE WAS 9 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S YELLOW AND LIES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN?
MOBY THE BANANA.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): COLOR ; LITERATURE BOOK TITLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S GREEN AND YELLOW AND LIES IN THE GUTTER?
GIRL SCOUT

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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WARDING OFF DEVIL

IF YOU THROW SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER
YOU'LL WARD OFF THE DEVIL.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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VALUES

THE BOY WAS OLD ENOUGH NOW TO GO TO CHURCH ON HIS OWN. EVERY SUNDAY
THE BOY'S MOTHER WOULD GIVE HIM TWO NICKELS: ONE FOR THE COLLECTION
PLATE AND THE OTHER NICKEL WAS TO BE USED TO BUY HIMSELF A BAG OF
JELLY BEANS. ONE SUNDAY THE BOY WAS TAKING HIS USUAL ROUTE BUT
HAPPENED TO BE IN A GOOD MOOD AND DECIDED TO SKIP ALL THE
WAY. WELL, IT HAPPENED THAT ONE NICKEL FELL OUT OF HIS HAND AND
IT ROLLED AND ROLLED AND HE CHASED AND CHASED BUT HE JUST COULDN'T
REACH IT AND IT FELL INTO THE SEWER. THE BOY TURNED HIS HEAD UPWARD
TOWARDS HEAVEN AND SAID "WELL, GOD, THERE GOES YOUR NICKEL."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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"WYGILIA" IS A MEAL CELEBRATED AT CHRISTMAS EVE. AT THIS MEAL
THIRTEEN DIFFERENT FOODS ARE LAID IN A BED OF STRAW. STRAW REPRESENT
THE CRIB. THE THIRTEEN DIFFERENT FOODS REPRESENT THE BLESSED MOTHER,
THE THREE KINGS, AND ALL OF THE ANIMALS. IT IS A TRADITIONAL MEAL
COOKED BEFORE NOON CHRISTMAS EVE DAY. NO COOKING IS DONE AFTER NOON
UNTIL THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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"OPLATEK" IS THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS PARTAKING OF UNLEAVENED BREAD
THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE BREAKS OFF A PIECE OF THE UNLEAVENED BREAD AND
PASSES AROUND THE LOAF UNTIL EVERYONE HAS BROKEN OFF A PIECE. THIS I
CONSIDERED A SHARING IN THE COMMUNION WITH GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Oplatki

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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ANYONE ENTERING THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR AND LEAVING BY THE SIDE DOOR
MEANS MORE COMPANY WILL BE COMING AND THERE WILL BE GOOD TIDINGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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ANYONE ENTERING THROUGH THE BACK DOOR AND LEAVING THROUGH THE FRONT
DOOR MEANS A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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WHEN YOU DROP A FORK ON THE FLOOR IT MEANS A WOMAN IS COMING TO VISI
YOU. WHEN YOU DROP A KNIFE ON THE FLOOR IT MEANS A MALE WILL BE
COMING TO VISIT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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WOMEN INSIST ON DOING THE LAUNDRY ON MONDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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NEVER ENTERTAIN OR TALK BUSINESS IN THE KITCHEN - ALWAYS IN THE
LIVING ROOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IF A MALE IS THE FIRST VISITOR AFTER TWELVE MIDNIGHT, NEW YEARS DAY,
IT MEANS GOOD LUCK WILL BE WITH YOU FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. IF THE
FIRST VISITOR IS A FEMALE, IT MEANS YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK FOR THE
REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE GIVEN SALT AND BREAD TO ASSURE THEM THAT THE
WILL ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IN A POLISH PARISH, IT IS GOOD LUCK IF THE FAMILY CAN GET TOGETHER
FOR ANY OF THE CHURCH HOLIDAYS, ESPECIALLY ON CORPUS CHRISTI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IF YOU COME TO VISIT A POLISH PERSON'S HOME, YOU MUST HAVE SOMETHING
TO EAT BEFORE YOU LEAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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