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THE BOYS WHO CRIED WOLF

ONCE THERE WERE TWO BOYS WHO WERE IN CHARGE OF
WATCHING THE SHEEP FOR AN ENTIRE VILLAGE WHILE
THE REST OF THE PEOPLE WERE IN TOWN. THE TWO BOYS
HATED THIS TASK AND WERE VERY BORED. ONE DAY, ONE
OF THE BOYS GOT AN IDEA ON HOW TO ADD A LITTLE
EXCITEMENT TO THEIR JOB. "WHAT IS IT?" ASKED THE
OTHER BOY. THE OLDER ONE SAID, "WELL, YOU GO INTO
TOWN SCREAMING THAT THE WOLF HAS COME TO TAKE THE
SHEEP AND I'LL STAY HERE WITH THE HERD." "ALL
RIGHT," SAID THE OTHER BOY. THE YOUNGER BOY RAN
INTO TOWN, SCREAMING THAT THE WOLF HAD COME TO GET
SHEEP. THE ENTIRE TOWN GATHERED WEAPONS OF ALL
KINDS AND WENT WITH THE BOY TO THE FIELDS. WHEN
THE VILLAGERS GOT THERE, THE OLDER BOY WAS SITTING
IN A TREE AND WAS LAUGHING AT THEM. THE PEOPLE WERE
VERY ANGRY AND RETURNED TO TOWN. THE BOYS WERE
REPRIMANDED FOR PLAYING SUCH A CRUEL TRICK.
EVERYTHING WENT ALONG FINE FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH.
THEN THE BOYS PLAYED THE SAME TRICK AND THE
VILLAGERS CAME ONCE AGAIN TO PROTECT THEIR SHEEP
AND RUN THE WOLF OFF. AGAIN, IT WAS A JOKE AND
THE VILLAGERS WERE VERY ANGRY. AGAIN THE BOYS WERE
PUNISHED SEVERELY. ONE DAY, NOT LONG AFTER THIS A
WOLF DID COME TO ATTACK THE SHEEP. THE YOUNGER
BOY AGAIN RAN INTO TOWN FOR HELP. THE VILLAGERS,
HOWEVER, THOUGHT IT WAS ANOTHER TRICK AND REFUSED TO
COME. THE BOY BEGGED AND BEGGED BUT THE PEOPLE REFUSED
TO COME. THE BOY RETURNED TO THE FIELD TO HELP THE
OLDER BOY HIDE AS MANY SHEEP AS THEY COULD. THAT
NIGHT, WHEN THE SHEEP WERE RETURNED TO TOWN, ONE HALF
WERE MISSING. THEIR OWNERS DEMANDED TO KNOW THE
REASON AND THE BOYS EXPLAINED SADLY THAT A REAL WOLF
HAD COME AND HAD TAKEN OR DESTROYED THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MOTHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-15-1965

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IRISH BENEDICTION

MAY GOD SLEEP ON YOUR PILLOW.
MAY HE HOLD YOU IN THE HOLLOW OF HIS HAND.
MAY THE ROAD RISE WITH YOU,
FAIR WEATHER TO YOUR HEELS.
MAY THE WIND BE EVER AT YOUR BACK,
AND MAY YOU BE A LONG TIME IN HEAVEN
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE GONE. MM
MAY THE ROADS RISE WITH YOU
AND THE WIND BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BACK
AND MAY THE LORD HOLD YOU
IN THE HOLLOW OF HIS HAND.

Where learned: MOTHER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Toot Toot Chips

Anyone eating potato chips that finds a folded over potato chip
must place the potato chip to his/her lips and verbalize the sound
"toot toot." Upon doing so, you will bear good luck.

Submitter comment: I inquired as to the reason he had just completed this
procedure and was told that this was the reason. He does this
routinely, without fail, no matter where he is, or in what company
he may be.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ; MOTHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001960S

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Custom

Ukrainians have a custom of greeting honored guests with bread and salt. The host or hostess, carrying a plate with a loaf of bread and a mound of salt on top of it, meets the guest at the door with proper salutations, in expression of greetings & hospitality. Newlyweds are installed in their new home with a ritual of bread and salt.

Submitter comment:

Today this custom is used only by organizations when greeting individuals of great distinction.

Data entry tech comment:

Motif added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; MOTHER

Keyword(s): BREAD, Salt ; CUSTOM ; DOMESTIC RELATIONS ; ETHNIC ; MARRIAGE ; Salt, Bread ; Social Rank ; SOCIAL RELATIONS ; UKRAINIAN

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

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