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FATE

IF YOU THROW A COIN INTO THE TREVI FOUNTAIN,YOU WILL SEE ROME AGAIN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 03-04-1971

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING AN IMPORTANT PHONE CALL,
BE SURE TO GO INTO THE BATHTUB OR THE SHOWER-
IT WILL COME AS SOON AS YOU DO EITHER

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 02-21-1971

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INDULGENCES

CATHOLICS SAY CERTAIN PRAYERS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF
TIMES TO GET TIME OFF THEIR TIME IN PURGATORY.

Where learned: NORTH QUAD ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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CBJECT

CARRYING A RABBIT'S FOOT WITH YOU INSURES GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 03-02-1971

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THINGS GROW WITH THE MOON

IF A PERSON CUTS THEIR HAIR WHEN THERE'S A NEW MOON
IT'LL GROW WITH THE MOON.
IF YOU CUT YOUR HAIR WHEN THERE'S A FULL MOON, IT'LL GROW SLOWLY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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FOOD (ITOLOBCHIE)

THIS IS A UKRAINIAN DINNER WHICH IS LIKE STUFFED CABBAGE.
IT IS EGG, PEPPER, SALT, RICE, GROUND MEAT OR BACON AND ONIONS.
THIS IS THEN ROLLED IN CABBAGE.

Data entry tech comment: KEYPUNCHER HAS CORRECTED THE COLLECTOR'S SPELLING

Where learned: THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): HOLOBCHIE?

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Noon mealsDinnerLunch

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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SNIENEE

SNIENEE IS THE LEBANESE NAME FOR THE FIRST TOOTH THAT THE BABY GETS.
IT MEANS SWEET ONE WHICH REFERS TO THE FIRST TASTE OF ANYTHING
IS ALWAYS THE BEST.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Maturity
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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CUSTOM-BELIEF

CATHOLICS BELIEVE THAT IF YOU GO TO CHURCH NINE FIRST FRIDAYS IN A
ROW THEN THERE
WILL BE A PRIEST WITH YOU WHEN YOU DIE.

Data entry tech comment: THERE IS ONE SIMILAR ITEM IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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CUSTOM

MEN ALWAYS WALK TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD BECAUSE IN THE OLD DAYS
IF A CHARIOT WENT BY, IT WOULD SPLASH THE MAN INSTEAD OF THE WOMAN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): CHIVALRY ; DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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IT IS A UKRAINIAN CUSTOM TO MIX POPPIES AND WHEAT TOGETHER AT
CHRISTMAS TIME. THEN TAKE THE MIXTURE IN A SPOON AND THROW IT IN THE
AIR AND TRY TO CATCH IT. IF YOU CATCH IT, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; DORMS ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Single dishes
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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CUSTOM

IT IS A UKRAINIAN CUSTOM TO PUT HAY UNDER THE TABLE CLOTH AT
CHRISTMAS TIME. THIS REPRESENTS THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; holiday ; Table Setting ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Table setting and clearing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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MIDNIGHT X-MAS BABY MEANS SHORT LIFE

A PERSON BORN ON DECEMBER 25TH DIRECTLY AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT
WILL NOT LIVE LONG.

Submitter comment: LINDA'S GRANDFATHER WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 25TH AND DIED YOUNG IN
LIFE. WHETHER OR NOT HE WAS BORN ON THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT LINDA
DOESN'T KNOW.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; TOLD AT

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

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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PROVERB

LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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DON'T STICK YOUR ELBOW OUT TOO FAR, IT MIGHT COME HOME IN
ANOTHER CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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YOU FELL OFF AN OAK TREE.

Submitter comment: MEANING DID YOU FALL OFF YOUR ROCKER?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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RIGHT ON LIKE A BULLET THROUGH THE FENCE.

Submitter comment: MEANS NOT RIGHT ON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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MAY A DUCK KICK YOU YET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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RETORT

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH. UKRANIANS SAY THIS AS A RETORT;
THEY DO NOT MEAN DON'T BE INDIRECT, BUT IT IS USED TO SHOW
THE OTHER PERSON THAT HE MIGHT AS WELL GIVE UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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RETORT

IT'S AS FUNNY AS A SCREEN DOOR IN A SUBWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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RETORT

MAY YOU TURN SOUR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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