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I THOUGHT AND THOUGHT
AND THOUGHT IN VAIN--
AND THEN I THOUGHT
I'D SIGN MY NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; GRADE SCHOOL ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 06-00-1961

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THE THING THAT GOES THE FARTHEST,
THE THING THAT'S MOST WORTHWHILE,
THE THING THAT COSTS THE LEAST AND DOES THE MOST,
IS JUST A PLEASANT SMILE.
(SIGNED) RICKY HOFFMAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; GRADE SCHOOL ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 06-00-1961

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CHILDBIRTH

EVEN THE STONES IN THE ROAD KNOW THAT A WOMAN WHO DIES IN CHILD-
BIRTH IS DESTINED FOR GLORY.

Submitter comment: FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AT HOME WHO IS OF IRISH
DESCENT.

Where learned: RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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TIDY DRESSING (COLLECTOR,S TITLE)

IF YOU HAVE A PIECE OF CLOTHING INSIDE OUT DO NOT CHANGE IT SO THAT
IT IS RIGHT SIDE OUT. EITHER WEAR IT THAT WAY OR WEAR SOMETHING ELSE
INSTEAD OF IT.
IF YOU WEAR THW PIECE OF CLOTHING INSIDE OF IT YOU WILL HAVE A STROKE
OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM THE RURAL COMMUNITY NEAR KINNECOTT,
ONTARIO

Where learned: RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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HOLIDAY FUN

WHEN A CHILD, MRS. MALONY, AND OTHER YOUNG GIRLS OF THE FAMILY AND
NEIGHBORHOOD WENT AROUND BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S COLLECTING
PIECES OF CHRISTMAS CAKE FROM THE NEIGHBORS. IF A GIRL ENDED WITH
12 PIECES OF CAKE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MARRIED BEFORE HER NEXT
BIRTHDAY.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE WAS BORN AND
RAISED IN IRELAND

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Single dishes

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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VISITORS

IF A PERSON COMES INTO THE HOUSE BY ONE DOOR AND LEAVES
BY ANOTHER IT IS A SURE SIGN OF A VISITOR.

Submitter comment: FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AT HOME WHO IS OF
IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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CAT SUPERSTITIONS

IT A CAT WASHES ITS FACE IT IS A SURE SIGN OF COMPANY.

Submitter comment: FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AT HOME WHO IS OF
IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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BIRD INFLUENCES

IF A BIRD FLIES CLOSE TO A WINDOW IT IS A SURE SIGN
OF BAD NEWS.

Submitter comment: FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AT HOME WHO IS
OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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EATING LORE

WHEN A FAMILY IS EATING, THE GIRL WHO TAKES THE LAST
PIECE OF CAKE OR BREAD ON THE TABLE WILL GROW UP
TO BE AN OLD MAID.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD IN
IRELAND.

Where learned: RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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CLOTHING LORE

IF YOU FIND A PIECE OF WHITE THREAD ON YOUR CLOTHING
IT IS A SIGN THAT YOU WILL GET A LEETER FROM A
LIGHT HAIRED PERSON. IF YOU FIND A PIECE OF DARK
THREAD ON YOUR CLOTHING, IT IS A SIGN THAT YOU WILL
GET A LETTER FROM A DARK HAIRED PERSON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM THE RURAL COMMUNITY NEAR
KINNECOTT, ONTARIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RECTORY ; BIRMINGHAM ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Observation

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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RAIN AT A WEDDING BRINGS BAD LUCK, RAIN AT A
FUNERAL BRINGS GOOD LUCK.
HAPPY IS THE BRIDE THAT THE SUN SHINES ON;
HAPPY IS THE CORPSE THAT THE RAIN POURS ON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE
WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF YOU ARE GOING SOMEWHERE AND HAVE FORGOTTEN
SOMETHING, DO NOT GO BACK TO GET IT. LEAVE IT
BEHIND, FOR IF YOU DO GO BACK TO GET IT, IT WILL
BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.
SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IT IS UNLUCKY TO DROP SOMETHING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE
WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF YOU HEAR A DOG CRY AT NIGHT, SOMEONE HAS DIED.

Submitter comment: FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER, AT HOME,
WHO IS OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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THE FIRST VISITOR IN THE HOME AFTER THE BIRTH OF A
BABY WILL BRING GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE CHILD'S LIFE
IF IT IS A MAN AND BAD LUCK THROUGHOUT LIFE IF IT IS
A WOMAN. FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER
AT HOME, WHO IS OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.43
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.43

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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WHEN ENTERING A STRANGE CHURCH, MAKE A WISH AND
IT IS BOUND TO COME TRUE.
FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER
AT HOME, WHO IS OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

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

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF YOU ACCEPT SOMETHING SHARP AS A GIFT FROM SOMEONE
YOU MUST PAY THEM A PENNY FOR THE PRESENT TO AVOID
A FIGHT WITH THAT PERSON. IF YOU DON'T, IT WILL
CUT OFF THE FRIENDSHIP.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE
WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.18

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF YOU SPILL SALT WHILE YOU ARE EATING AT THE TABLE,
YOU WILL FIGHT SOMEONE. IF YOU THROW SOME SALT
OVER YOUR SHOULDER, YOU WILL AVOID THE FIGHT.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD,
BEING RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF YOU DROP A DISHCLOTH, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A
VISITOR.

Submitter comment: FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AT HOME,
WHO IS OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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NEVER PUT A SHOW ON THE KITCHEN TABLE. IF YOU DO,
YOU WILL HAVE A QUARREL WITH SOMEONE IN YOUR
FAMILY.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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