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WE ALWAYS HAD SAUERKRAUT AND PORK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: PRACTICE AT HOME IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO

Where learned: OHIO ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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MENSTRUATION SUPERSTITION

YOU SHOULD NEVER CAN WHEN A WOMAN IS HAVING HER
PERIOD BECAUSE IT WILL SPOIL.

Submitter comment: POPULAR BELIEF IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO, WHEN SHE
WAS YOUNG.

Where learned: OHIO ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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MENSTRUATION SUPERSTITION

YOU CAN'T GO IN A GARDEN DURING YOUR PERIOD. IT
WILL KILL THE CUCUMBER VINES.
AND YOU COULDN'T TOUCH MEAT, UNLESS YOU WERE
GOING TO COOK IT RIGHT AWAY, OR IT WOULD SPOIL.

Submitter comment: POPULAR BELIEF IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO, WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.

Where learned: OHIO ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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GO SHEEPY GO

THIS WAS A CHILDREN'S GAME, BUT IT WAS JUST LIKE
HIDE 'N' SEEK.

Submitter comment: PLAYED WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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GREEN LIGHT, RED LIGHT

ON THE GREEN LIGHT, YOU WOULD RUN AND ON THE RED YOU'D
HAVE TO STOP. IF YOU WERE CAUGHT MOVING AFTER
THE RED LIGHT, YOU WERE "IT."

Submitter comment: PLAYED AS A GIRL IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

James Callow Keyword(s): TAG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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HALLOWEEN PRANK

WE WOULD SHELL ALL FALL THE EARS OFF CORN AND THROW
THEM AGAINST THE WINDOWS. IT WAS A BIG THING FOR US
AT HALLOWEEN.
MR. YOUNT ADDED THAT THEY ALSO PUT CABBAGE STALKS ON
PORCHES, TOO.

Submitter comment: PRACTICES IN GLOUCESTER AND HOLLISTER, OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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NEW YORK

YOU WOULD CHOOSE SIDES AND DECIDE WHAT THE OTHER SIDE
SHOULD DO. ONE SIDE WOULD SAY: HERE WE COME.
THE OTHER WOULD ASK: WHERE FROM? ANSWER: NEW YORK.
QUESTION: WHAT'S YOUR TRADE? ANSWER: ICE CREAM AND
LEMONADE. QUESTION: GIVE ME YOUR INITIAL AND SET
TO WORK.
THEN THE OPPOSING SIDE WOULD GIVE THE INITIALS OF THE
TASK THEY HAD CHOSEN FOR THE OTHER SIDE TO DO; FOR
EXAMPLE, "SSFSS" FOR "SEWING SOCKS FOR SEVEN SISTERS."
THEN THEY WOULD PANTOMIME THE ACTION AND THAT
OPPOSING SIDE WOULD HAVE TO GUESS WHAT IT WAS. WHEN
THEY GUESSED IT RIGHT, THE PANTOMIMING TEAM WOULD ALL
RUN; WHOEVER WAS CAUGHT WOULD HAVE TO GO OVER TO THE
OTHER SIDE.

Submitter comment: PLAYED WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; DIALOGUE ; RHYME: AABCCD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.526
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.538

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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TAPPY ON THE ICE BOX

SOMEONE WOULD STAND WITH HIS HANDS COVERING HIS EYES
AND SAY: "DRAW A CIRCLE ON MY BACK AND SOMEBODY
PUNCH!" THEN SOMEBODY WOULD HIT HIM IN THE BACK
AND HE WOULD TURN AROUND AND ASK ONE OF THE CHILDREN
IN THE CIRCLE "WAS IT YOU?" IT WAS REPEATED
TIL HE GUESSED THE RIGHT ONE WHO THEN BECAME "IT."

Submitter comment: PLAYED WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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ANDY, ANDY OVER

YOU WOULD LOOK FOR THE BALL BECAUSE IT WAS TRYING
TO GET OVER. IT WAS LIKE PLAYING CATCH OVER
THE TOP OF A HOUSE.

Submitter comment: PLAYED IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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BULL IN THE RING (OR RINGER)

YOU WOULD PUT MARBLES IN A CIRCLE, ABOUT A TEN FOOT
CIRCLE. YOU WOULD HAVE TO SHOOT WITH ANOTHER
MARBLE FROM THE OUTSIDE OF THE CIRCLE AND THOSE
THAT WENT OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE WERE YOURS.

Submitter comment: PLAYED WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement C560.12

Date learned: 05-11-1965 ; CHILDHOOD

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WE GOT MARRIED ON A FRIDAY AND MY MOTHER NEARLY
HAD A FIT. THAT MEANT BAD LUCK. BUT THE PRIEST
WHO MARRIED US, FATHER CLARK FROM NEW YORK, SAID
THAT ONLY NIGGERS GOT MARRIED ON SATURDAY AND HE
WOULDN'T MARRY US ON THAT DAY.

Submitter comment:

HAPPENED IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; SOUTHFIELD ; SOUTHFIELD DOWNS TRAILER CAMP ; GLOUCESTER

Keyword(s): Day ; LUCK ; MARRIAGE ; RACISM ; Saturday

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 05-19-1965

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ROOSTERS CROWING--WEATHER CHANGES

IF YOU HEAR ROOSTERS CROWING AT NIGHT, IT MEANS A CHANGE
IN THE WEATHER--A STORM APPROACHING.
AND THUNDER AND LIGHTNING IN THE WINTER MEANS AN ICE
STORM OR FREEZING RAIN.
WHEN YOU HEARD A FROG CROAK, IT MEANT SPRING. BUT AFTER
THE FIRST CROAK, THERE WERE 3 MORE FREEZES BEFORE
SPRING ARRIVED FOR GOOD. BOTH HAD BELIEVED THIS IN
POPULAR TRADITION IN THEIR HOMES IN GLOUCESTER AND
HOLLISTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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IF SMOKE FROM THE CHIMNEYS LAYS ON THE GROUND, IT WILL
RAIN. THAT'S CAUSE THE AIR IS HEAVY. BUT IF IT GOES
UP, IT WILL BE A PRETTY DAY.

Submitter comment: LEANRED AS A CHILD IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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GOOD LUCK OMEN AFTER RAIN

THE OIL IN THE STREET AFTER IT RAINS--ALL KINDS OF
DIFFERENT COLORS--WELL, IF YOU STEP IN IT, IT MEANS
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: POPULAR TRADITION IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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WARTS

A MAN NAMED FRED HOPES LIVED NEXT DOOR DOWN HOME. HE
WOULD SLICE A POTATO IN TWO AND RUB IT ON THE WART AND SAY
SOMETHING. THEN HE'D TELL YOU TO TAKE THE POTATO AND HIDE
IT UNDER A RUG. WHEN THE POTATO ROTS, THE WARTS WILL
GO AWAY. AND THAT WILL HAPPEN BECAUSE I HAD THEM ALL
OVER MY FINGERS AND THEY WENT AWAY.

Submitter comment: HAPPENED IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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ALWAYS MAKE A WISH ON ANY NEW BORN BABY THE FIRST TIME
YOU SEE IT. IT WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM PARENTS IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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THE FIRST THUNDER MEANT THE SNAKES WERE AWAKE. SO
YOU WATCHED FOR SNAKES AFTER THE FIRST THUNDER IN
THE SPRING.

Submitter comment: BOTH HELD THIS IN POPULAR TRADITION IN THEIR HOMES
IN GLOUCESTER AND HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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THE FIRST THUNDER MEANT THE SNAKES WERE AWAKE. SO
YOU WATCHED FOR SNAKES AFTER THE FIRST THUNDER IN
THE SPRING.

Submitter comment: BOTH HELD THIS IN POPULAR TRADITION IN THEIR HOMES
IN GLOUCESTER AND HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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