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CHOP UP AN ASPIRIN AND PUT IT IN THE GROUND WITH THE SEED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): PLANTING CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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PARODIES OF SONGS

WE GOT RATS, WE GOT MICE.
WE GOT COLD BEER ON ICE
IN THE CELLARS OF OLD---HIGH

DRINK IT DOWN
TAKE YOUR SHIRT AND WIPE IT UP
IN THE CELLARS OF OLD --HIGH
FOR THE FIELDS OF CHIVALRY.

SHOUT OUT YOUR NUMBERS LOUD AND STRONG.
MORE BEER.

Submitter comment: SUNG TO THE TUNE OF "AS THE CAISSONS GO ROLLING ALONG."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): DRINKING SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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" COME GATHER ROUND THE FIRESIDE "

COME GATHER ROUND THE FIRESIDE BRIGHT
IN BONDS OF BROTHERHOOD TONIGHT
AND RAISE YOUR VOICES LUSTILY
TO SING OF OUR FRATERNITY.

THE CIRCLE CHANGES WITH THE YEARS
THE BROTHERS COME AND DISAPPEAR
BUT STILL THE FIRE IS BURNING BRIGHT
UPON THE CHAPTER HEARTH TONIGHT.

CHORUS:
LONG MAY SHE LIVE. AND MAY THERE BE
TRUE FELLOWSHIP ETERNALLY.
ONCE MORE WE PLEDGE OUR LOYALTY
TO SIGMA PI FRATERNITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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SHOOTING STARS

WHEN YOU SEE A SHOOTING STAR
YOU SHOULD MAKE A WISH. IT IS
BELIEVED THAT IF YOU WISH HARD ENOUGH THE
WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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CUSTOM

KOSHER FOOD IS FOOD THAT HAS BEEN BLESSED
BY THE RABBI TO MAKE IT PURE.

Submitter comment: THIS JEWISH CUSTOM IS STILL PRACTICED TODAY.

Where learned: HOME ; UNCLE ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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BELIEF CONCERNING DEVIL

IN THE UKRAINE, TO SEE IF HER
BABY IS BEWITCHED, THE MOTHER LICKS
IT'S FOREHEAD AND IF SHE DETECTS
A SALTY TASTE, THE BABY IS UNDER THE
INFLUENCE OF THE DEVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 03-08-1971

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THE HAPPY WIFE

HAPPY WIFE HAPPY HOME

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT BY A POLISH WOMAN.
THE WOMAN LEARNED IT IN SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment: LINES HAVE BEEN DIVIDED BY THE KEY PUNCHER

Where learned: HENDRICKSONS PHARMACY ; DETROIT ; ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ELLIPSIS ; WOMEN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-25-1970

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HE FLOATS ON AN INCH OF WATER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; ; TOLD AT ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): PHRASE METAPHOR OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-06-1970

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LARYNGITIS CURE

A FOLK CURE FOR LARYNGITIS IS TO DRINK A MIXTURE OF
RAW EGG, LEMON JUICE, AND HONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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METHOD OF CURING

"SORES ARE HEALED BY LITTLE MEN WHO WORK AT NIGHT KNITTING THE
EDGES BACK TOGETHER. DON'T PICK THE SCABS BECAUSE THEY WILL
HAVE TO WORK OVERTIME."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER'S LADYFRIEND WHO VISITS
QUITE OFTEN. ALISON HEARD THIS WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG CHILD (1950'S)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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FOR A SORE THROAT, GARGLE WITH URINE.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 2 OTHER SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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STY

TO GET RID OF A STY PLACE A TEABAG ON IT.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 3 OTHER REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-16-1968

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ITCH BELIEF

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES ON THE LEFT SIDE,
SOMEONE IS TALKING UNFAVORABLY ABOUT YOU.
IF IT ITCHES ON THE RIGHT SIDE,
SOMEONE IS SAYING GOOD THINGS ABOUT YOU.
IF YOUR WHOLE NOSE ITCHES,
THEN THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU IN GENERAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose

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SLEEPING ON WEDDING CAKE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

IF YOU SLEEP ON A PIECE OF WEDDING CAKE,
ON THE THIRD NIGHT YOU WILL DREAM OF YOUR HUSBAND.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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13 AT THE TABLE--BAD LUCK
KNIFE IS A MAN
SPOON IS A CHILD
FORK IS A WOMAN

Submitter comment: COLLECTOR SAYS INFORMANT COULD NOT EXPLAIN.

Where learned: HOME ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: &686 &686.1

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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OMEN FOR ILL FATE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

BEING THE LAST CAR IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION DENOTES ILL FATE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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WEATHER BELIEF (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

THE WEATHER ON THE LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH WILL DECIDE
THE WEATHER FOR THE APPROACHING MONTH.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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COUNTING CARS OF A PASSING TPAIN (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

NEVER COUNT THE CARS OF A PASSING TRAIN
THIS WILL BRING YOU BAD LUCK IN ALL YOU ATTEMPT DURING THAT DAY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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COUGH

FOR A COUGH, MIX HONEY, BROWN SUGAR, LEMON, VINEGAR, AND BUTTER, AND
DRINK IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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COUGH MEDICINE

MY GRANDMOTHER MADE COUGH MEDICINE OUT OF HONEY, LEMON AND
CRUSHED ASPIRIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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