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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
YOU GO TO MAGNIFICAT, I WISH I DID, TOO.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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OMEN

IF YOU INVITE A YOUNG MAN OVER FOR DINNER, YOU MUST NEVER USE A
WHITE TABLECLOTH. IF YOU DO, THE YOUNG MAN WILL ASSUME YOU ARE
OUT TO BE SEDUCED AND BEHAVE ACCORDINGLY.

Submitter comment: THIS ADVICE WAS GIVEN BY A NUN TO PROMOTE CHASTITY.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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CHRISTMAS BELIEF

AROUND THE FIRST OF DECEMBER, THE SPECIAL WORKERS OF SANTA, THE
BROWNIES, COME OUT IN FULL FORCE. THEY CARRY BIG BOOKS WITH EACH
GIRL'S AND BOY'S NAME IN IT. THEIR JOB IS TO SNEAK AROUND AND MARK
YOUR BEHAVIOR IN THEIR BOOK AND THEN REPORT TO SANTA. IF YOU HAVE
BEEN BAD, SANTA WILL NOT BRING YOU ANYTHING.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Beliefs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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STAR BELIEF

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE BRIGHT STAR TO THE NORTH IS SHINING OVER
THE STABLE AT BETHLEHEM.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TOMATO BELIEF

IF YOU EAT MANY TOMATOS, YOUR SKIN WILL TURN RED.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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GOOD FRIDAY BELIEF

IT EITHER RAINS OR THE SKY DARKENS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 12 NOON AND
3 P.M. GOOD FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

Data entry tech comment: THE ORIGIN OF THIS BELIEF IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE IN 3 PLACES--MATTHEW
27:45, MARK 15:33, AND LUKE 23:44. THESE PASSAGES REFER TO THE
DARKNESS. A STORM IS ALSO REFERRED TO IN THE BIBLE AS OCCURING
DURING THE THREE HOURS.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CAUSE OF ILLNESS

IF YOU EAT TOO MANY STRWBERRIES,
YOU WILL GET A STRAWBERRY MARK ON YOUR NECK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PUNISHMENT FOR IMMODERATE EATING. ; STRAWBERRY ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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BIRTH: TREATMENT OF EXPECTANT MOTHERS

FOR EVERY BABY YOU HAVE YOU WILL LOSE A TOOTH.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): CHILDBIRTH ; LOSS OF TEETH ; PREGNANCY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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NEVER LIGHT THREE THINGS ON THE SAME MATCH.

Submitter comment: BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): MATCH

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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TOMATO BELIEF

IF YOU EAT TOO MANY TOMATOES, YOUR SKIN WILL TURN RED.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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STAR BELIEF

ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE BRIGHT STAR TO THE NORTH IS SHINING OVER
THE STABLE AT BETHLEHEM.

Data entry tech comment: ACCORDING TO CHRISTIAN TRADITION,
BETHLEHEM IS THE PLACE OF CHRIST'S BIRTH.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THERE ONCE LIVED A YOUNG CATHOLIC GIRL WHO INSISTED ON DATING A
YOUNG MAN OF WHOM HER PARENTS DID NOT APPROVE. ONE NIGHT HER FATHER
FORBADE HER TO DATE HIM BUT SHE WENT OUT WITH HIM ANYWAY, AFTER A
BITTER ARGUMENT, AS A DELIBERATE ACT OF DISRESPECT. AS SHE DROVE
ALONG WITH HER DATE, SHE HAPPENED TO GLANCE DOWN AT THE ACCELARATOR.
INSTEAD OF A PAIR OF SHOES, HOWEVER, HER "YOUNG MAN" POSSESSED A
PAIR OF HOOFS. THE GIRL WAS LED ASTRAY BY THE DEVIL AND NEVER SEEN
AGAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD BY A NUN TO INSTILL IN US THE NEED FOR OBEDIENCE AND
RESPECT TO PARENTS.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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EVERY CHRISTMAS EVE , AT EXACTLY 12 PM, THE ANIMALS OF THE WORLD TALK
TO EACH OTHER IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): BELIEF

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

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A CASKET IS CARRIED INTO THE CHURCH HEAD-FIRST AS A
DIRGE BY THE SLOVINIANS. AFTER THE BODY HAS BEEN
"SAVED" BY THE SERVICE, HOWEVER, THE CASKET IS
CARRIED OUT FEET-FIRST TO SIGNIFY ITS SALVATION.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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YOU MUST NOT TAKE A BABY OUT OF THE HOUSE BEFORE
IT HAS BEEN BAPTIZED. IF YOU DO, SOME TERRIBLE
DISASTER WILL OCCUR TO THE BABY.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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ON THE NIGHT OF THE WEDDING, PUT A PIECE OF WEDDING
CAKE UNDER YOUR PILLOW AND YOU WILL DREAM OF THE MAN
YOU'LL MARRY.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; WEDDING ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Dream about future husband

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO INSURE A TRANQUIL MARRIAGE, THE BRIDE MUST NOT
FEED THE FIRST PIECE OF THE WEDDING CAKE. INSTEAD
SHE MUST SMASH IT INTO HIS FACE.

Data entry tech comment: FEED THE GROOM?
CN[ BEEBE, LINDA M.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wedding cake

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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ON HOLY SATURDAY IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE A BASKET
WITH THE FOOD YOU ARE GOING TO EAT ON EASTER
SUNDAY TO CHURCH AND HAVE THE PRIEST BLESS IT. IF
YOU DO NOT, BAD LUCK WILL BE YOURS ALL YEAR.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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LITHUANIAN GAME

TWO PEOPLE GET SAME NUMBER OF EGGS. EACH TAKES HOLD
OF ONE EGG AND CHARGES AT EACH OTHER, HITTING THE
EGGS TOGETHER. THE PERSON WHOSE EGG CRACKS GETS
A NEW EGG. THE ONE LEFT WITH THE MOST EGGS WINS.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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