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LUCK WITH 13

TO VILLAGERS IN A PROVINCE NEAR ROME, ITALY
THE NUMBER 13 IS A GOOD LUCK SIGN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SUCH AN OPPOSITE USE OF 13 FROM THE USUAL
THAT I THOUGHT THIS WORTH RECORDING.
THE INFORMANT, WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG, RECEIVED A GOOD LUCK
MEDAL WITH THE NUMBER 13 ON IT FROM HER
ITALIAN GRANDMOTHER WHO SAID 13 WAS A LUCKY NUMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN ; CLASS

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 04-01-1970

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PROVERB

A GOOD DAY WILL ALWAYS START WITH A GOOD PERSON.

Where learned: TOLD IN ; CLASS ; POLITICAL SCIENCE 460

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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IN HUNGARY AT BAPTISM PEOPLE FOLOW THE PARENTS TO THE
CHURCH AND THROW FLOWERS IN THEIR PATH.

Where learned: CLASS ; POLITICAL SCIENCE 460

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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BABY CHRIST WHILE BEING HUNTED BY HEROD'S HORDES,
WAS HID IN THE LOW, SWEEPING BRANCHES OF A PINE
TREE. THE TREE SAVED HIM BY KEEPING HIM OUT OF
SIGHT. BABY JESUS BLESSED THE TREE. AND IF YOU
CUT A PINE CONE IN HALF THROUGH ITS CORE, IN THE
UPPER PART OF ONE OF THE HALVES YOU WILL SEE

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; CLASS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious

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THE SHIRT IS CLOSER

THE SHIRT IS MUCH CLOSER TO THE BODY THAN THE COAT.

Where learned: CLASS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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EXCLAMATION

NUH HOT FE-UM- SO THERE!

Submitter comment: NO LANGUAGE GIVEN

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; CLASS ; POLITICAL SCIENCE 460

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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Parody on a Proper Name

Sister Edith Kathleen was discussing current novels one day in our English class when she asked "Have you heard the latest book, 'Catch Her in the Raw? (A parody on the book Cathcher in the Rye)

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Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S580] crossed out. Nothing written in place.

Submission card located in pile labeled To Be Classified.

Where learned: CLASS

Keyword(s): BOOK TITLE ; Classroom ; CLASSROOM HUMOR ; EDUCATION ; LITERATURE ; PARODY ; PUN ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing
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Belief: Animal

A hoop snake puts its tail in its mouth and rolls; Anything hit by it will die.

Submitter comment:

Perswon remembers as a child being afraid of this snake and always running in a zig-zag path to avoid being struck by it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: CLASS

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; DEATH ; MYTH ; Serpent ; Snake ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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