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SAILORS' HATS

IN EVERY SERVICE BAR, THERE IS A SIGN HANGING OVER THE BAR THAT
READS: "HE WHO WEARS HIS HAT IN HERE/ BUYS THIS BAR A ROUND OF
CHEER." THIS COMES FROM THE OLD TALE CONCERNING THE THREE BRITISH
SAILORS WHO WERE IN AUSTRALIA DURING THE WAR, ALL IN THE SAME BAR,
AND ALL DRINKING WITH THEIR HATS ON. LATER ALL WERE KILLED, EACH
STILL WITH HIS HAT ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA ; ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

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SICK BAY

IT IS CUSTOMARY TO REMOVE ONE'S HAT WHEN ENTERING SICK BAY WHILE
IN THE NAVY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA ; ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

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

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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CROUP STRAP

IT IS A COMMON CUSTOM AROUND FARMS AND STABLES THAT WHEN A CITY
BRED PERSON ASKS WHAT A CERTAIN LEATHER LOOP, A CROUP STRAP, IS
USED FOR, THE PERSON RECEIVES THE ANSWER OF "THAT, WHY ANY
HORSE'S ASS KNOWS WHAT THAT'S FOR!" THE CROUP STRAP GOES AROUND
THE HORSE'S TAIL TO HELP KEEP THE HARNESS, AND SOMETIMES THE
SADDLE, IN PLACE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ERIN ; ROUTE 2

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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LIGHTS

IT IS VERY BAD LUCK IN THE NAVY AIRBORNE FOR THREE FRIENDS TO LIGHT
THEIR CIGARETTES FROM THE SAME MATCH.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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FLIGHT SCHEDULES

THERE IS NEVER AN EVENT 13 WRITTEN IN THE FLIGHT SCHEDULED EVENTS
FOR ANY DAY ON ANY SHIP IN ANY SQUADRON. EVENTS GO FROM 12 TO 14,
AND 13 WOULD BE CONSIDERED VERY BAD LUCK, AND PILOTS WOULD REFUES TO
FLY THESE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; ALMA ; ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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LEAVING THE SERVICE

WHEN LEAVING THE SERVICE, A SAILOR WILL NEVER CARRY HIS OWN
LUGGAGE. TO DO SO IS BAD LUCK. HE USUALLY ALLOWS ONE OF HIS BEST
FRIENDS TO HELP HIM, BRINGING ABOUT GOOD LUCK FOR
HIS HELPFUL FRIEND.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; INFORMANTS HOME ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: RETURN FROM NAVY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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ALBATROSS

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR AN ALBATROSS TO FOLLOW A SHIP. IF SHE DOES,
SHE MUST BE SHOT WITH A GUN ARMED WITH SILVER BULLETS.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): BIRDS: ALBATROSS ; CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: SHIPS

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: KILLING AN ALBATROSS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P 88 P 88.33
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.33

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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