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BELIEF

IF A CRUCIFIX FALLS, DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: FAMILY SUPERSTITION.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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BELIEF

IF A BIRD GETS INTO THE HOUSE, A DEATH WILL OCCUR IN THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: FAMILY SUPERSTITION.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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BELIEF

IF A DOG HOWLS, DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: FAMILY SUPERSTITON.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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BELIEF

OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE AND MISFORTUNE WILL OCCUR.

Submitter comment: FAMILY SUPERSTITION.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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BELIEF

KILL A SPIDER AND IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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TO ERR IS HUMAN BUT TO REALLY SCREW THINGS UP REQUIRES A COMPUTER.

Data entry tech comment: I'M SUPRISED THAT THE COMPUTER DIDN'T REJECT THIS CARD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Keyword(s): HUMOR

James Callow Keyword(s): MODERN FOLKLORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-07-1970

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CONFUCIUS SAY:
MAN WHO FALL INTO MIMEOGRAPH MACHINE EASILY IMPRESSED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: 11-07-1970

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CONFUCIUS SAY:
MAN WHO SCREW GIRL IN STRAWBERRY PATCH FIND HIMSELF IN JAM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Keyword(s): HUMOR SATIRE OBSCENE SEX

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
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PROVERBS

IF THE DOG HADN'T STOPPED TO TAKE A SHIT HE WOULD HAVE GOT THE
RABBIT.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY HIS GRANDFATHER DURING A GAME OF BRIDGE.

Data entry tech comment: NONE

Where learned: RESIDENCE HALLS ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT CAMPUS

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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GROUNDHOG

IF THE GROUNDHOG COMES OUT ON FEBRUARY 2ND AND SEES A
SHADOW, THEN THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE SIX WEEKS LEFT OF WINTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: 686 Sixths / Six
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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RIDDLE QUESTION

Q: WHAT DOES A DUCK DO WHEN IT FLIES UPSIDE DOWN?
A: HE QUACKS UP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00001960S

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NUMBER BELIEF

THE NUMBER THIRTEEN(13) IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.5

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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CUSTOM BELIEF

DON'T SLEEP WITH YOUR BACK TO THE DOOR
IT ONLY INVITES TROUBLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

IT IS BETTER TO STAY QUIET AND THOUGHT A FOOL,
THAN TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND PROVE IT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

EENIE MEENIE, MINNIE MOE
CATCH A TIGER BY THE TOE
IF HE HOLLERS, DON'T LET GO,
EENIE MEENIE, MINNIE MOE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

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

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

EARLY TO BED,
EARLY TO RISE,
AND YOUR GIRL
GOES OUT WITH OTHER GUYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

YOU CAN PICK YOUR NOSE,
YOU CAN PICK YOUR FRIENDS,
BUT YOU CAN'T PICK YOUR FRIEND'S NOSE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00001960S

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

'TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING
DID END AND DID SPARE,
AS MY FATHER LAY MOANING,
SPROUT OUT IN HIS CHAIR. {SPRAWLED?}
HIS BELT WAS ALL THROBBING,
HIS FACE WAS ALL PLUSHED {FLUSHED?}
I KNEW IN A MOMENT
THAT HE'D SURELY BUST.
THEN OUT OF THE SILENCE,
CAME A KABOOM
TURKEY AND CRANBERRIES,
ALL OVER THE ROOM.
THE DOCTORS THEY SAVED HIM,
AND ARE STILL HERE TO SAY,
NEVER EAT A WHOLE TURKEY
ON THANKSGIVING DAY.

James Callow comment: PARODY OF NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
CN[ HARTWIG, WILLIAM 720390
C1[ 260 ALAMEDA
C2[ YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO 44504
DNC[ 1,692
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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POETIC VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

OH COME ALL YE BEATNICKS
AND LISTEN TO ME
DON'T PLAY YOUR GUITARS
UP IN THE TREE.
FOR THE BIRDS THEY WILL HEAR YOU,
AMD PECK OUT YOUR EYES
AND THEN THEY'LL DRIVE BLIND YOU
FROM UP IN THE SKIES.
YOU'LL TRY TO FIGHT THEM
BUT ALL IN VAIN
YOU'LL FALL TO THE GROUND
SCREAMING IN PAIN.
THE WOLF HE WILL SEE YOU,
AND POUNCE ON YOUR BACK
HE'LL SINK HIS TEETH IN YOU,
AND HOWL FOR THE PACK
THE PACK THEY WILL EAT YOU,
AND THEN THEY'LL GET SICK,
FOR NOTHING CAN STAND
TO EAT A BEATNICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

James Callow Keyword(s): SONG PARODY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C700A

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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VERSE

LISTEN, LISTEN, THE CAT'S PISSING.
WHERE? WHERE?
UNDER THE CHAIR.
RUN, RUN, GET YOUR GUN.
AWH SHIT, SHE'S ALL DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATALOGICAL SLANG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
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Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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