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LEGEND

FOR YEARS THE PEOPLE IN GRATIOT BEACH, MICHIGAN, A SUMMER RESORT
WHERE WE HAD A COTTAGE, PIOUSLY BELIEVED THAT WHENEVER MY GRAND-
MOTHER WENT SWIMMING IT WOULD ALWAYS RAIN. AND AS FAR AS I
REMEMBER, IT ALWAYS DID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOLK REMEDY

TO CURE BURNS, TAKE ASHES FROM A WOOD FIRE
AND PACK THEM AROUND THE BURN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK YOU'LL BREAK THE DEVIL'S DISHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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IF A BIRD FLIES INTO THE HOUSE IT MEANS SOMEONE IS GOING
TO DIE. I REMEMBER WHEN WE JUST MOVED INTO OUR HOUSE
THERE WAS SOMETHING LOOSE IN IT. MY MOTHER WAS REALLY
RELIEVED TO FIND IT WAS A SQUIRREL, NOT A BIRD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SUPERSTITION

IF A PICTURE FALLS OFF THE WALL IT MEANS A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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IF A DOG HOWLS IT MEANS SOMEBODY IS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SUPERSTITION

DON'T OPEN UMBRELLAS IN THE HOUSE - IT WILL CAUSE A DEATH IN THE
FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHEN IT IS RAINING IT MEANS THAT THE DEVIL IS

BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 05-22-1965

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU CARRY A SHOVEL INTO THE HOUSE IT WILL CAUSE A
DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SUPERSTITION

IF, THE FIRST TIME YOU SEE A NEW MOON, YOU SEE IT OVER YOUR
RIGHT SHOULDER, IT MEANS GOOD LUCK. IF YOU SEE IT OVER YOUR
LEFT SHOULDER, IT MEANS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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SUPERSTITON

IF YOU SPILL SALT, YOU SHOULD THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER. THIS IS BECAUSE AT THE LAST SUPPER JUDAS TIPPED
OVER THE SALT-SHAKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SUPERSTITION

DROPPING SILVERWARE IS A SIGN OF SEVERAL THINGS
IF YOU DROP A FORK: IT MEANS A LADY VISITOR
IF YOU DROP A KNIFE: IT MEANS A MAN VISITOR
IF YOU DROP A SPOON: A TERRIBLE DISAPPOINTMENT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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IF BUBBLES RISE TO THE TOP OF A CUP OF COFFEE IT MEANS
YOU WILL BE RICH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-00-1965

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POLLACK JOKE

WHAT DO YOU CALL A POLLACK ON A BICYCLE?
A DOPE PEDDLER.

Submitter comment: WITH THESE JOKES I HONESTLY CAN'T REMEMBER FROM WHOM I
HEARD THEM. I WROTE THEM DOWN AS I REMEMBERED THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

HOW DID THE LIMBO (DANCE) START? POLLACKS TRYING TO SNEAK
INTO A PAY JOHN (TOILET).

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

WHY DOES A POLLACK WALK AROUND WITH MANURE ON HIS
SHOULDER?
TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

WHAT DO YOU CALL 200 POLLACKS IN SWIMMING?
WATER POLLUTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

WHAT DO YOU CALL 2000 POLISH PARATROOPERS?
AIR POLLUTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

WHAT'S A GARBAGE TRUCK WITH ITS HEADLIGHTS ON?
POLISH HEARSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

THEN THERE'S THE POLLACK WHO LEARNED KARATE IN THE ARMY
AND CHOPPED OFF HIS HEAD SALUTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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