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GOD MADE THE BEES,
AND THE BEES MADE THE HONEY.
WE DO THE WORK,
AND THE TEACHER GETS THE MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

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

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GERMAN PRAYER

ICH BIN KLEIN,
MEIN HERZ IST REIN,
SOLL NIEMANN DREN WEHEN,
ALTS JESUS ALEIN. AMEN.

I AM SMALL,
MY HEART IS PURE,
LET NO ONE LIVE IN IT
BUT JESUS ALONE. AMEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

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

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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IF YOU VISIT PEOPLE IN A NEW HOME, BRING BREAD AND SALT
AS A GIFT, AND THE PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS HAVE PLENTY TO EAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-31-1969

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IF YOU VISIT PEOPLE IN A NEW HOME, BRING BREAD AND SALT
AS A GIFT, AND THE PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS HAVE PLENTY TO EAT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NATIONAL MANUFACTURING COMPANY ; UTICA

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BREAD ; Eat ; FOOD ; GIFT ; Housewarming ; Salt ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-31-1969

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If someone wants to sell a house and aren't getting
too many offers, bury a statue of St. Joseph in the
backyard. The house will be sold. My boyfriend's
mother did this and their house was sold in a week.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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On the day of an outside party, hang a rosary on
a tree. This will be a token of good luck so that
it doesn't rain. My friend's mother did on the
day of her daughter's graduation party--it did not rain.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-16-1990

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Yugoslavian Wedding

Each side has 14 people standing up in the wedding.
No one in the wedding party can be married, except
for the maid of honor.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.14

Date learned: 11-16-1990

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Yugoslavian Wedding

Each person in the wedding party has
to give the bride and groom a party within one
year. This is 34 parties in all.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.33

Date learned: 11-16-1990

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Yugoslavian Wedding

When the guests arrive, they must knock on the bride's
bedroom door. When she opens the door they must offer
her money. If the bride doesn't feel it is enough, she
won't let the guest in to visit her.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

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

Date learned: 11-16-1990

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Yugoslavian Christening

The christening is done at a hall. The baby is passed
around to each guest. When the guest gets to hold the
baby, they pinch him/her cheeks and put a card with money in
her dress.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-16-1990

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Only Child

At dinner times a person can tell who an only
child is because they eat the slowest. I am an
only child and always the last to leave the table.
This was told to me by another only child.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 11-16-1990

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Witches are seen as using a broom for two reasons; one it
shows that the female member is the mistress of the house
and this represents orderliness and cleanliness. It also
represents that during harvest time the witches raise their
brooms to the desired height they wish their crops to grow.

Submitter comment: Brian learned this from a lecture at Oakland University.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 00001980S

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The number thirteen is important to witches because at one
time it was felt that this was the maximum number that could
meet at the time that witches were being persecuted. It also
means twelve people and the priest or leader.

Submitter comment: Brian learned this from a lecture at Oakland University.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 00001980S

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The Three Musketeers were surrounded in shark infested
water after their boat sank; how did they manage to get
away?
By using swordfish of course.

Submitter comment: We are all sitting around together with the family telling
jokes and stories.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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How do you clear the Iraqis away fast in a Bingo game?
You yell out loud B-52!

Submitter comment: The B-52 was what the allies used much of the time to
bomb many of the Iraqis' positions and main military
areas.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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TAKEN FROM MY COLLECTION OF RECIPES:
THREE NAMES FOR THE SAME COOKY RECIPE:
THE GERMAN RECIPE WHICH I GOT FROM MY GRANDMOTHER--CRESCENTS.
THE POLISH RECIPE FROM MRS. EDNA BOLDE--RUSHKIES.
THE RECIPE FROM THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES, FROM MRS. J.
BROSTIEN--KATY'S COOKIES.
THE RECIPE: 1. 1 LB. FLOUR. 2. 1 LB. BUTTER. 3. 1 LB.
COTTAGE CHEESE IN GERMAN VERSION, 12 OZ. CREAM CHEESE IN
POLISH VERSION, AND 1 PINT SOUR DREAM AND 6 EGG YOLKS IN
SOUTHERN VERSION.
THE DOUGH IS MIXED AND CHILLED OVERNIGHT IN REFRIGERATOR.
THE GERMAN AND POLISH COOKIES ARE ROLLED OUT AND CUT IN
SHAPE OF A PLATE AND THEN CUT INTO FOURTHS. (DRAWING ON
5X8 CARD INDICATES CIRCLE DIVIDED ACROSS AND DOWN). EACH
WEDGE IS TOPPED WITH A SPOONFUL OF NUT OR FRUIT FILLING
AND ROLLED, BEGINNING WITH WIDEST SIDE, THEN ROLL IS
SHAPED INTO CRESCENT. THE SOUTHERN COOKIES ARE ROLLED
OUT AND CUT INTO RECTANGLES. THEN EACH IS TOPPED
WITH A SPOONFUL OF FRUIT OR NUT FILLING AND ROLLED,
BEGINNING WITH NARROW END. THEN BAKED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; UTICA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Proverb

It is always darkest before dawn.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

small grammatical corrections.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

Keyword(s): Dark ; Dawn ; Hope ; LIGHT ; METAPHOR ; NATURE ; Sky

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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