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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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AUTOGRAPH INSCRIPTION.

IF IN HEAVEN WE DON'T MEET,

HAND IN HAND WE'LL STAND THE HEAT,

AND IF IT GETS VERY HOT,

COCA-COLA HITS THE SPOT.

Submitter comment:

THE ABOVE IS AN UNDATED ENTRY IN KATHY CRACCHIOLO'S AUTOGRAPH
BOOK KEPT IN ST. CLAIR SHORES, MICH. IN 1968.

Data entry tech comment:

COCA-COLA IS A SOFT DRINK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP. ; RHYME: AABB

James Callow Keyword(s): HELL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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3 MEN AT HOTEL RIDDLE

Q: THREE MEN WENT TO A HOTEL AND RENTED A ROOM. THE MANAGER CHARGED
THEM 30.00 DOLLARS $10.00 APIECE. THE ROOM WASN'T THAT GOOD SO THE
MANAGER DECIDED TO RETURN $5.00, TO SPLIT AMONG THE THREE MEN. THE
BELLBOY WAS SENT WITH THE MONEY AND ON THE WAY HE DECIDED TO KEEP
$2.00 AND GIVE THEM $3.00, $1.00 APIECE. THEREFORE, THEY EACH PAID
$9.00. BUT 9X3=27 AND 27+2>29. WHERE'S THE OTHER DOLLAR?
A: THAT'S THE WRONG WAY TO FIGURE IT OUT. THE MANAGER HAS $25.00.
25+5=30

James Callow comment: THE PATRONS HAVE $1 EACH=$3; THE BELLBOY HAS $2. TOTAL $30

Where learned: INDIANA ; University of Notre Dame ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): MONETARY (Q) ; MONETARY ITEMS (A) ; PERSONS (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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BROAD SHOULDERS

AS BROAD BETWEEN THE SHOULDERS AS A HERRING IS BETWEEN THE EYES.
(DESCRIBING A GUY WITH SLENDER SHOULDERS.)

Submitter comment: MAUREEN'S INFORMANT WAS HER 82 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER EVA HARMON
OF FRENCH DESCENT CURRENTLY RESIDING IN ALGONAC, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; FISH ; HUMAN BODY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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PROVERB

BE ASHAMED TO CATCH YOURSELF IDLE.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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PROVERB

BE PREPARED TO MEET THOSE PEOPLE WHO,
IN THEIR SILENCE WILL CONVERT YOU.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; TOLD AT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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FOOD TABOO

IF A PERSON WERE PREGNANT THEN SHE CANNOT EAT MUSTARD GREENS
OR DRINK BUTTERMILK.

Submitter comment: WHEN I ASKED INFORMANT WHY THIS WAS THE CASE, SHE THOUGHT
MUSTARD GREENS AND BUTTERMILK CAUSE GAS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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SPRING CUSTOM __ PALM SUNDAY

THE UKRANIAN PEOPLE USED TO BLESS PUSSY WILLOWS INSTEAD OF PALMS
AFTER THE PUSSY WILLOWS WERE BLESSED AT CHURCH THEY WOULD BE TAKEN
HOME BY EACH FAMILY. IN THE HOME THEY WERE PLACED ABOVE A HOLY
PICTURE. AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL THE OLD PUSSY WILLOWS WERE
BURNED. THIS DAY WAS SOMETIMES CALLED WILLOW SUNDAY. WILLOWS
WERE USED BECAUSE PALMS WERE COSTLY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT KNEW OF THIS PRACTICE THROUGH A FRIEND AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF MICHIGAN. HIS NAME IS SMENA RAKOVSKEY.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM ; WILLOW

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 10-25-1971

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"WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME FOR? I DIDN'T COME TO STAY. I ONLY CAME
TO TELL YOU THIS IS EASTER DAY."

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GREETING BY THE CHURCH DEACON TO THE CONGREGATION AT
EASTER MASS.

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RITUAL SPEECH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.663
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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OMEN

IF THERE IS A ROOSTER CROWING ON THE PORCH, THEN THERE IS COMPANY
COMING.

Submitter comment: TOLD AT THE RESIDENCE OF THE INFORMER ON 10121969

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-12-1969

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BIRTH

THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS A GIRL BREAKS WHILE OPENING SHOWER OR WEDDING
PRESENTS WILL DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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SONG

GRANDMOTHER IS SITTING CLOSE BY THE FIREPLACE,
WITH SNOW IN HER HAIR AND A SMILE ON HER FACE.
I BET SHE IS THINKING IT HASN'T BEEN LONG,
SINCE SHE ROCKED BABY'S MOTHER ASLEEP WITH THIS SONG.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS SONG AS A CHILD(1930'S).
THE INFORMANT DOES NOT
REMEMBER THE TUNE TO WHICH
THIS SONG WAS SUNG.

Where learned: HOME ; PITTSBURGH ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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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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CUSTOM

SPINKLING HOLY WATER ALL OVER YOUR HOUSE DURING A STORM
TO PROTECT THE HOUSE AND THOSE INSIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS BELIEVED BY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TV STUDIO ; TOLD AT

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

Date learned: 09-22-1970

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CUSTOM

IF YOU BURN PALM IN THE HOUSE DURING A STORM
IT WILL PROTECT HOUSE AND THOSE INSIDE.

Submitter comment: HEARD BY INFORANT FROM AN OLD AUNT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT ; STUDIO

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

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BELIEF

PLACE STATUE OF BLESSED VIRGIN IN THE ICE BOX
IF YOU WANT A FAVOR AND TAKE HER OUT ONLY AFTER IT IS GRANTED.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE AT ST. MARY'S ACADEMY 1934-38.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

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

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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CUSTOM

SPINKLE HOLY WATER ON ALL OF THE WINDOWS
DURING A STORM TO PROTECT THE HOUSE AND THOSE INSIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE AT INFORMANTS HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TV STUDIO ; TOLD AT

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

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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COIN CUSTOM

IF YOU PUT A PENNY IN EACH OF YOUR DRESSER DRAWERS
AND KEEP THEM THERE YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE MONEY
WHILE YOU LIVE IN THAT HOUSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS HIS MOTHER TOLD HIM THIS AND SWEARS IT IS TRUE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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GREEN LIGHT

WHEN NUNS ARE DRIVING IN A CAR
AND WANT TO GET SOMEWHERE IN A HURRY,
THEY PRAY TO ST. PATRICK SO THAT
HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO CHANGE ALL THE
TRAFFIC LIGHTS GREEN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS PRACTICED BY INFORMANTS DAUGHTER,
WHO IS A NUN, AND SHE SAID THAT THIS IS
A COMMON PRACTICE AMOUNG NUNS.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 04-05-1970

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CHRISTMAS BELIEF

GRANDPA USED TO SAY THAT IF YOU GO TO THE
BARN ON CHRISTMAS EVE AT MIDNIGHT
YOU WILL HEAR THE ANIMALS TALK.
BUT YOU WILL NEVER LIVE TO TELL ABOUT IT.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO INFORMANT BY HER FATHER, INFORMANT
STATED THAT SHE REALLY BELIEVED IT.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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