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PRIOR TO OPENING PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS DAY A YULE LOG IS FIRST
BURNED. THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 12-25-1964

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Legend

I used to babysit on a dark deserted road in the 1970's.
Across from the house was a huge oak tree.
This was the scene of a great tragedy.
It is known in New Baltimore that two young lovers
ran out of gas while they were parked in front of the tree.
The boyfriend went to get gas. While he was gone, she fell
asleep. She heard a banging sound but thought nothing of it.
The next morning the police woke her up and asked her to
step out of the car. She saw her boyfriend hanging from the
tree. His legs hit the car while the wind was blowing, thus
making a thumping noise.

Submitter comment: Old New Baltimore legend

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

James Callow Keyword(s): The Boyfriend's Death

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001970CA

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Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival

Our town has a four-day celebration in honor
of the fishfly. We have a carnival and top
it off with a parade on the last day.
This always takes place in June. Fishflys
originate in the Anchor Bay, which is the
bay next to New Baltimore.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT ; June Bug ; May Fly

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 00001971ca

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Dance

It is a custom at our high school to teach dancing
to the freshmen gym class. We learned the waltz,
fox trot, polka, and grand march. At the end of
the term, we have a dance contest among all the
students. It is an assembly and everyone must
attend.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00001984CA

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ON NEW YEAR'S IN VIETNAM, EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ALL THEIR
DEBTS PAID UP OR THEY WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY (TET) AND FOR THREE DAYS AFTER, IF
YOU BREAK CHINA, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39816
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 4
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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(STORY WITH A PUN ON AN ADVERTIZING SLOGAN)

THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT WAS GETTING ALL THE ROYALTIES FOR
HIS COMMERCIALS AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE, CALLED TRIDS,
WEREN'T GETTING ANYTHING FOR THEIR PART IN THE COMMER-
CIALS. THIS MADE THE TRIDS VERY ANGRY AND SO THEY
DECIDED TO GET RID OF THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT. SO, 150
TRIDS CLIMBED UP HIS LEG AND TRIED TO PULL HIM OVER A
CLIFF, BUT THE GIANT JUST KICKED THEM OFF HIS LEG.
SO, 1500 TRIDS CLIMBED UP HIS LEG, BUT THE GIANT ONLY
KICKED THEM OFF, TOO. FINALLY, 15,000,000,000 TRIDS
AND ONE RABBI CLIMBED UP THE GIANT'S LEG, BUT HE KICKED
ALL THE TRIDS OFF HIS LEG, BUT LET THE RABBI STAY.
WHEN THE RABBI ASKED WHY HE WAS SAVED, THE JOLLY GREEN
GIANT ANSWERED, "SILLY RABBI, KICKS ARE FOR TRIDS."

Data entry tech comment: SEE B667.1-120 FOR FURTHER EXPLANATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ARRIVING ; NEW BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): SILLY RABBIT, KIX ARE FOR KIDS.

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-30-1969

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(STORY WITH A PUN ON AN ADVERTIZING SLOGAN)

THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT WAS GETTING ALL THE ROYALTIES FOR
HIS COMMERCIALS AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE, CALLED TRIDS,
WEREN'T GETTING ANYTHING FOR THEIR PART IN THE COMMER-
CIALS. THIS MADE THE TRIDS VERY ANGRY AND SO THEY
DECIDED TO GET RID OF THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT. SO, 150
TRIDS CLIMBED UP HIS LEG AND TRIED TO PULL HIM OVER A
CLIFF, BUT THE GIANT JUST KICKED THEM OFF HIS LEG.
SO, 1500 TRIDS CLIMBED UP HIS LEG, BUT THE GIANT ONLY
KICKED THEM OFF, TOO. FINALLY, 15,000,000,000 TRIDS
AND ONE RABBI CLIMBED UP THE GIANT'S LEG, BUT HE KICKED
ALL THE TRIDS OFF HIS LEG, BUT LET THE RABBI STAY.
WHEN THE RABBI ASKED WHY HE WAS SAVED, THE JOLLY GREEN
GIANT ANSWERED, "SILLY RABBI, KICKS ARE FOR TRIDS."

Data entry tech comment: SEE B667.1-120 FOR FURTHER EXPLANATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ARRIVING ; NEW BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): SILLY RABBIT, KIX ARE FOR KIDS.

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-30-1969

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IF A BABY CAN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT AND IS UP ALL DAY,
YOU TURN HIS FEET UP TOWARD HIS HEAD SO HE MAKES A
BACKWARDS SOMERSAULT, AND HE WILL SLEEP AT NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Method of Curing
SPEECH -- Magical

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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