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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU SEE A SPIDER SPINNING HER WEB IN THE MORNING YOU WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK. BUT, IF YOU SEE THE SPIDER SPINNING HER WEB AT
EVENING YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; JACKSONVILLE

Keyword(s): INSECTS: SPIDERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.33
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.33

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KICK THE CAN

PLAYED LIKE HIDE AND GO SEEK. THE BASE IS AN EMPTY
CAN. WHEN THE PERSON WHO IS IT SEES SOMEONE, HE
RUNS TO THE CAN AND SAYS "1-2-3 ON JOHNNY." ALL
THOSE CAUGHT MUST STAY BY THE CAN. IF SOMEONE WHO
IS NOT CAUGHT RUNS OUT FROM HIDING AND KICKS THE CAN
EVERYONE IS FREE AGAIN. GAME GOES UNTIL ALL ARE
CAUGHT, OR IT GIVES UP. WHEN IT WANTS TO GIVE UP,
HE SHOUTS "OLLE OLLE OXEN--ALL IN FREE."

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; JACKSONVILLE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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COLLEGE TRADITION

AT BALL STATE UNIVERSITY IN INDIANA, THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF
THE SCHOOL HAVE BEEN GREATLY AIDED BY THE MILLIONAIRE BALL
FAMILY. THE FIVE BROTHERS WERE REPRESENTED IN A MEMORIAL
AREA BY FIVE STATUES AT THE TOP OF FIVE PILLARS AROUND A
SMALL COURTYARD. THIS AREA WAS CALLED "BENIFICENCE" AND
HAD ITS OWN TRADITION. IT WAS SAID THAT A GIRL STUDENT
WAS NOT REALLY A COED UNTIL SHE HAD BEEN KISSED UNDER
BENIFICENCE AT TWELVE MIDNIGHT (GIRL'S DORMS LOCKED UP AT
ELEVEN). AT THE TIME OF THE KISS, IF THE GIRL WAS A VIRGIN,
THE STATUES WOULD ALL SMILE.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; JACKSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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