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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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PROVERB

ANYONE WHO HAS IVY GROWING IN THEIR HOMES, HARBORS THE EVIL SPIRIT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD IRISH SAYING.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; TORONTO

Keyword(s): PLANT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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New Year's Eve

In the Steubenville and Toronto, Ohio areas, it is traditional
on New Year's Eve to eat a dinner of keilbassi, sauerkrault and
mashed potatoes.

Submitter comment: I remember hearing that this is a German tradition that is
followed to ensure good luck throughout the coming year.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Keyword(s): SAUERKRAUT

James Callow Keyword(s): Kielbasa

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck

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If it rains on the day of a funeral, it is felt to be a sign
that the dead person lived a life filled with love and laughter.

Submitter comment: This was said at the funeral of my aunt, whose life was truly
filled with love and laughter.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Keyword(s): COMPENSATION

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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I'm a sheet slitter. I slit sheets. I'm the best sheet slitter
that ever slit a sheet.

Submitter comment: This is a particular favorite of children since the
mispronounced words result in much laughter.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

James Callow Keyword(s): tongue-twister

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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Liar, liar,
Pants on fire.
Nose as long
As a telephone wire.

Submitter comment: This is a taunt used by children when they wish to call
another child a liar.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 07-00-1980

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Thunder is really potatoes rolling down a hill after God
spills a cart full of them.

Submitter comment: This was told to children at one time to prevent them from
being afraid of thunder.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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If you are in a falling elevator, you will not be injured if
you jump up in the air at the same time that the elevator hits the
bottom of the shaft.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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If a horse has one white hoof, buy it. If the horse has two
white hooves, take a chance. If the horse has three white hooves,
think hard before you buy. If the horse has four white hooves,
don't buy it.

Submitter comment: This saying is popular in horse circles. There is some truth
to the saying that white hooves frequently seem to be weaker than
darker hooves.

James Callow comment: See Wayland Hand, North Carolina, no. 7633, for parallels from
Ontario, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Illinois, and in particular
Pennsylvania, where "a horse with one or more white feet is
considered more or less impaired in value." Hand seems to think
that such horses are called "white-stockinged"; but our
informant/collector notes that a stocking applies to the leg, not
to the hoof or foot. Also see the OED, s.v. "stocking."

"A horse with one white foot is always weak in it; and if he
goes lame, it will be that foot." -- Hyatt, Illinois (1965), no.
2530.

See Hyatt, Illinois (1

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fourths / Quarters
Favorites
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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If you kill a snake, it must be hung on a fence until sundown.
If you do not, the snake will come back to life.

Submitter comment: When I was young, I remember seeing a snake hanging on the
fence all day that my father had killed.

James Callow comment: See Puckett, Ohio, nos. 30842-30846: snakes, when killed,
won't die or even stop wriggling until sundown.

"A snake won't die until the sun goes down unless you hang him
on a barbed-wire fence." Puckett, Ohio, no. 30847.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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Brewed chamomile tea taken orally will purify your blood and
cure boils.

Submitter comment: My twin sister was given this folk cure after having repeated
boils.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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If you hang a horseshoe above your door for good luck, the
horseshoe legs must be pointed up. If the horseshoe legs are
pointed down, the luck will run out.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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If dogs howl all night, it means that someone is dying.

Submitter comment: I heard this from a girl I went to school with. She told this
the morning after her mother had a miscarriage. Her mother had
miscarried during the night while the dogs in the neighborhood
howled.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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To get rid of a tapeworm, you must not eat all day and then
put peanut butter on your tongue. You should then stick your
tongue out and wait for the tapeworm to crawl out. When you see
the tapeworm, you must grab it and pull it out of the body.

Where learned: OHIO ; TORONTO

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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RIDDLE {SICK HUMOR}

QUESTION: WHY DO THEY BOIL WATER WHEN SOMEBODY HAS A BABY?
ANSWER: SO IF IT DIES, THEY CAN MAKE SOUP.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; TORONTO

James Callow Keyword(s): CANNIBALISM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00001971 (SUMMER)

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QUESTION: WHAT DOES IT SAY ON THE BOTTOM OF POP
BOTTLES SENT TO NEWFOUNDLAND?
ANSWER: OPEN OTHER END!

Submitter comment: OBTAINED IN A LETTER AFTER I HAD REQUESTED POLISH
JOKES. SHE SAID THAT IN TORONTO THEY DIDN'T HAVE
POLISH JOKES, BUT NEWFIE JOKES.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; TORONTO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Food Drink -- NEWF

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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QUESTION: WHAT DOES IT SAY ON THE BOTTOM OF POP
BOTTLES SENT TO NEWFOUNDLAND?
ANSWER: OPEN OTHER END!

Submitter comment: OBTAINED IN A LETTER AFTER I HAD REQUESTED POLISH
JOKES. SHE SAID THAT IN TORONTO THEY DIDN'T HAVE
POLISH JOKES, BUT NEWFIE JOKES.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; TORONTO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Food Drink -- NEWF

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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Omen

A cat on board a ship will keep death and disaster away.

Data entry tech comment:

Motif added by T.R. Davidson

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; TORONTO

Keyword(s): CAT ; DEATH ; Disaster ; Nautical ; OMEN ; PREVENTION ; Ship

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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