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GOOD LUCK CHARM

BEFORE SURGERY, A PATIENT, (AN OLD LADY),
PINNED A ONE DOLLAR BILL TO HER UNDERWEAR FOR GOOD
LUCK AND A SPEEDY RECOVERY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SOUTH QUAD

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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GOOD LUCK CHARM

MY GRANDFATHER HAD A LITTLE HEART
MADE OUT OF CLOTH. IT WAS FILLED WITH A
WHOLE BUNCH OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF HERBS.
HE USED TO PIN THIS CLOTH HEART TO HIS UNDER-SHIRT
FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SOUTH QUAD

Keyword(s): SCAPULAR ; UNDERWEAR

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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THREE'S (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

WHEN MY GRANDFATHER WANTED THE HIGHEST CARD IN A CUT,
HE WOULD KNOCK ON THE DECK OF CARDS THREE TIMES.

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

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS TIME, MY GRANDFATHER WOULD
PUT STRING THROUGH-OUT THE HOUSE. I WOULD
FOLLOW THE STRING UNTIL I FOUND THE GIFT.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I USED TO LEAVE FOOD FOR SNATA
CLAUS AND HAY FOR HIS REINDEER.

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

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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HUMAN BEING

THERE IS A CAMP IN FLINT CALLED MOTT CAMP. THERE IS AN OLD
LEGEND THAT A HERMIT LIVES NEAR THE CAMP. EVERYTHING THAT WENT
WRONG IN THE CAMP WOULD BE BLAMED ON THE HERMIT. THE HERMIT
WOULD KIDNAP SMALL CAMPERS.

Where learned: TOLD AT ; SOUTH QUAD

James Callow Keyword(s): FLINT, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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VOCABULARY OF A SPECIAL GROUP

THERE IS A HILLBILLY IN FLINT WHO ALWAYS SAYS,
"SANG NABIT," INSTEAD OF CUSSING.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SOUTH QUAD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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WHAT'D YA DO DISCOVER AMERICA?

Submitter comment: USED TO GET BACK AT A PERSON WHEN THE PERSON ACTS AS THOUGH HE
IS THE GREATEST PERSON ALIVE.

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

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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Vocabulary of Prejudiced Group:

During the first moon walk, prejudiced people in Flint would chant "Coon to the Moon."

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Were they black or white or both?
All were white

sense of "coon to the moon?"

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

Keyword(s): CHANT ; Coon ; FLINT ; Language ; MICHIGAN ; MOON ; Moonwalk ; PREJUDICE ; RACISM ; SLANG ; Space

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
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