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WEATHER PROVERB

BLUE MIST IN THE FOREST MEANS RAIN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER

James Callow comment: NOT A PROVERB

Where learned: HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): COLOR ; COSMOS ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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PARODIES OF SONGS

WE GOT RATS, WE GOT MICE.
WE GOT COLD BEER ON ICE
IN THE CELLARS OF OLD---HIGH

DRINK IT DOWN
TAKE YOUR SHIRT AND WIPE IT UP
IN THE CELLARS OF OLD --HIGH
FOR THE FIELDS OF CHIVALRY.

SHOUT OUT YOUR NUMBERS LOUD AND STRONG.
MORE BEER.

Submitter comment: SUNG TO THE TUNE OF "AS THE CAISSONS GO ROLLING ALONG."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): DRINKING SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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IF THERE IS A HURRICAN IN THE AREA
TAKE BLESSED PALMS AND BURN THEM.
THIS ELIMINATES THE HURRICANE FROM HITTING
YOUR HOME. HOWEVER, EVERYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD MUST
WITNESS THIS BURNING OF THE PALM.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MY GRANDMOTHER AT THE AGE 8.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN PASSING UNDER A BRIDGE, WHILE IN A CAR,
PUT HAND ON TOP OF ROOF AND MAKE A WISH.
THERE IS AN EXTRA GUARANTEE THAT THE WISH WILL COME TRUE
IF THERE IS A TRAIN PASSING OVERHEAD.

Submitter comment: KAREN LEARNED THIS FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-12-1967

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BREAD AND BUTTER

IF TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING ALONG TOGETHER
AND SOMETHING SEPARATES THEM, THEY MUST
SAY BREAD AND BUTTER OR THEY WILL HAVE A FIGHT.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY FATHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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OLD

HE IS AS OLD AS JOB.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MOTHER

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL CHARACTER ; OLD AGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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BELGIUM DATING CUSTON

IN BELGIUM, IF A FELLOW IS GOING WITH A GIRL AND SHE DROPS HIM AND
THEN MARRIES SOMEONE ELSE, ALL OF THE DROPPED FELLOW'S FRIENDS
HOLD A BIG PARTY FOR HIM. THIS IS A MOCK WHICH OCCURS ON THE NIGHT
OF THE GIRL'S WEDDING.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MOTHER

Data entry tech comment: PUNCTUATION CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Proposal

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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CUSTOM: SAVING PENNIES IN SHOE

WHEN A GIRL PLANS TO GET MARRIED IN GERMANY SHE GETS A SLIPPER
AND FILLS IT WITH PENNIES WHICH ARE SHINEY. WHEN SHE HAS SAVED
ENOUGH, SHE BUYS HER WEDDING SHOES. THE GIRL CAN'T MARRY UNTIL
SHE IS ABLE TO BUY HER OWN WEDDING SHOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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5 IS LUCKY NUMBER
8 IS NOT LUCKY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): INDIA?

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
686 Eighths / Eight

Date learned: 11-27-1971

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LYRICAL VERSE- CHILDREN'S RHYME:

SPRING, SPRING, SPRING
THE BIRD IS ON THE WING.
ABSURD, ABSURD, ABSURD
THE WING IS ON THE BIRD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): ITERATION ; RHYME: AABB ; SATIRE OF IDIOM

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

Date learned: 03-23-1968

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SUNDAY VISITOR (KEYPUNCHER,S TITLE)

JOANNE HAD JUST BEEN TO CHURCH, WHEN SHE ARRIVED HOME TO MAKE A
PHONE CALL. UPON PICKING UP THE RECEIVER, SHE HEARD THIS WEIRD NOISE.
SHE THOUGHT THAT PERHAPS ANOTHER PHONE WAS OFF THE HOOK.
SHE WENT THROUGH HER MOTHER,S ROOM, HER ROOM, BUT BOTH PHONES WERE
INTACT. WHEN SHE WENT INTO THE DEN, SHE SAW A STRANGE MAN DRESSED
IN BLACK SITTING DOWN AND TAPPING A PENCIL AGAINST THE RECEIVER OF
THE PHONE. JOANNE GOT SCARED AND WENT DOWNSTAIRS AND FOUND A LITTLE
BOTTLE OF HOLY WATER AND PROCEEDED BACK INTO THE DEN.
HOWEVER, THE MAN HAD DISAPPEARED. NEXT, JOANNE CALLED HER AUNT AND
UNCLE UP TO COME OVER TO THE HOUSE AS HER FAMILY WAS GONE AT THE
TIME. THE AUNT AND UNCLE CAME OVER ALONG WITH A BOXER DOG; WHEN
THEY WENT TO ENTER THE DEN, THE DOG REFUSED TO ENTER THE ROOM FOR
SOME UNKNOWN REASON.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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THE FAIRY OF DEATH

IN IRELAND THE BELIEF IN THE BLACK FAIRY OR THE FAIRY OF DEATH WAS
POPULAR YEARS AGO. IT WAS BELIEVED THAT IF SOMEONE
SAW A LADY COMPLETELY DRESSED IN BLACK THAT IN THREE DAYS
SOMEONE WOULD DIE. THIS BELIEF WAS FULFILLED ONE DAY AS A MAN CAME
RUNNING INTO A SALON EXCLAIMING THAT HE HAD JUST SEEN THE
BLACK FAIRY. THREE DAYS LATER THIS MAN DIED.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MY GRANDFATHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): SALOON

Subject headings: Observation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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(A CHRISTMAS CUSTOM)

IN POLAND, THEY PUT STRAW UNDER THE TABLE AT CHRISTMAS TIME
TO SYMBOLIZE THE NATIVITY.

Submitter comment:

TOLD BY GRANDFATHER

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; POLAND ; Table Setting ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Table setting and clearing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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(AN EMPTY SEAT)

AT CHRISTMAS TIME, THE FAMILY LEAVES AN EMPTY SEAT AT THE TABLE.
THIS SEAT IS SAVED FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS DIED.

Submitter comment:

TOLD BY UNCLE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; holiday ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Table setting and clearing
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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A CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS TIME, THE FAMILY OBTAINS AN UNCONSECRATED HOST, THE
OLDEST MEMBER TAKES A BITE OF THE HOST AND WISHES A HAPPY NEW
YEAR. HE OR SHE KISSES THE NEXT OLDEST, AND THIS IS PASSED DOWN
THE LINE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; RELIGION

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

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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A POLISH CHRISTMAS

AT CHRISTMAS TIME EACH PERSON HAS AN UNCONSECRATED HOST WHICH IS
BROKEN IN HALF BY ANOTHER. AS THE PERSON BREAKS THE HOST,
THE ORIGINAL HOLDER OF THE HOST MAKES A WISH FOR THE ONE WHO
IS DOING THE BREAKING.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; RELIGION

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

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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AT CHRISTMAS TIME OR AT OTHER BIG
GATHERINGS, SOME UNLEAVEN BREAD IN
SHEETS IS ON THE TABLE. WHEN A
PERSON WALKS UP TO YOU WITH A
SHEET AND WISHES YOU VARIOUS
BENEFICIAL THINGS, YOU BREAK OFF
A PIECE OF BREAD FOR EACH WISH AND
EAT IT. THIS IS DONE IN POLISH COMMUNITIES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

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

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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A CARROT FOR A REINDEER

THE YOUNGER CHILDREN IN HER FAMILY HANG A STRING FROM THE DOOR AT
CHRISTMAS TIME WITH A CARROT AT THE END FOR THE REINDEER TO EAT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): FOOD FOR ANIMALS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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DECORATE CHRISTMAS TREE IN DIFFRENT (DIFFERENT) COLORED CANDY--
FOR EACH MOOD AND WISH FOR JOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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A CUSTOM OF THE POLISH IS TO HAVE ON THE TABLE FOR CHRISTMAS
DINNER 7 DIFFERENT KINDS OF FOOD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; Dinner ; FOOD CUSTOM ; holiday ; POLISH

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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