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THE ROCK OF THE LORELEI

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL WHO PLAYED A FLUTE ON SOME ROCKS. EVERY
TIME A SHIP WOULD SAIL NEAR, THEY WOULD BE HYPNOTIZED BY THE
BEAUTY OF THE MUSIC. THUS THEY WERE DRAWN UPON THE ROCKS.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): SIREN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Music
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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TRUTH

DON'T TAKE ANY WOODEN NICKELS.

Submitter comment: HIS GRANDFATHER SAID THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; GULLIBILITY ; LEAVETAKING FORMULA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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BUBBLES ON THE WATER MEANS RAIN FOR THREE DAYS.

Submitter comment: HIS FATHER TOLD THIS TO HIM.

James Callow comment: NOT A PROVERB

Where learned: YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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REALITY

GRASS DOESN'T GROW ON A BUSY STREET.

Submitter comment: HIS FATHER ALWAYS SAYS THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): INDUSTRY

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

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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ON KISSING

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES YOU'RE GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS PROVERB FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Dreams P841.72
SPEECH -- Gesture
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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COMING INTO MONEY

IF YOUR PALM ITCHES, YOU'RE GOING TO COME INTO MONEY SOON.

Submitter comment: HEARD IT FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; SUPERSTITION ; WEALTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.700

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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TO LOSE A BUCKET OVERBOARD IS A BAD OMEN TO SAILORS;
ALSO TO SEE A BIRD FLY ACROSS THE SHIP WHEN LEAVING
PORT.

Submitter comment: MEMBERS OF HIS FISHING CREW BELIEVED THIS, BUT NEVER
TO THE EXTENT OF RETURNING TO PORT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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WHEN YOU BUY A NEW PAIR OF SHOES, PUT A PENNY
IN THEM FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER FATHER WHO LIVES IN
LANSING, (MICHIGAN).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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OYSTER FISHERMEN SAY IT IS BAD LUCK, A SIGN OF
DEATH, TO SWALLOW OYSTERS WHOLE.

Submitter comment: SOME OF THE MEN OF HIS FISHING CREW BELIEVED THIS
VERY STAUNCHLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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LEGEND OF THE TOWER

IN THE MIDDLE OF EASTERN MICHIGAN'S CAMPUS, THERE
IS AN OLD TOWER. IT IS SAID THAT THE FIRST GIRL TO
GRADUATE FROM EASTERN A VIRGIN WILL CAUSE THE TOWER
TO CALLAPSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI ; EASTERN MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.12

Date learned: 10-26-1968

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ON THE CAMPUS OF EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, THE ONE
OUTSTANDING FEATURE IS A LARGE BLACK AND WHITE WATER
TOWER. THE BELIEF AROUND CAMPUS IS THAT ON THE DAY
A VIRGIN IS GRADUATED FROM EASTERN, THEN THAT WATER
TOWER WILL CRUMBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.12

Date learned: 00001965 AUTUMN

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CURE FOR WARTS--GET THREE SOYBEANS FOR EACH WART. SPIT ON EACH
SOYBEAN THEN PUT THE SOYBEAN ON THE WARTS. AFTER THIS IS
DONE, WRAP THE BEANS IN A RAG AND BURY THEM. THE WARTS SHOULD
DISAPPEAR WITHIN A MONTH.

Submitter comment: HIS GRANDFATHER DID THIS AND IT REALLY WORKED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
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BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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THE ROCK OF THE LORELEI

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL WHO PLAYED A FLUTE ON SOME ROCKS. EVERY
TIME A SHIP WOULD SAIL NEAR, THEY WOULD BE HYPNOTIZED BY THE
BEAUTY OF THE MUSIC. THUS THEY WERE DRAWN UPON THE ROCKS.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): SIREN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Music
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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THE ROCK OF THE LORELEI

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL WHO PLAYED A FLUTE ON SOME ROCKS. EVERY
TIME A SHIP WOULD SAIL NEAR, THEY WOULD BE HYPNOTIZED BY THE
BEAUTY OF THE MUSIC. THUS THEY WERE DRAWN UPON THE ROCKS.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): SIREN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Music
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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PROVERB

WHEN THE WIND IS FROM THE NORTH
SAILORS DON'T GO FORTH;
WHEN THE WIND IS FROM THE EAST,
'TIS NEITHER FAIR FOR MAN NOR BEAST;
WHEN THE WIND IS FROM THE SOUTH,
IT BLOWS THE BAIT IN THE FISH'S MOUTH;
WHEN THE WIND IS FROM THE WEST,
THEN IT'S AT ITS VERY BEST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT MAINTAINED THAT THIS RHYME IS BORN OUT BY ACTUAL
EXPERIENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

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

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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Belief: Weather

Rainbow in the morning, Sailors take warning;

Rainbow at night, Sailor's delight;

Rainbow at noon, Rain very soon.

Submitter comment:

This is an old rhyme, but he didn't seem to really believe it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

[C880. C860.870] written on back of card.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; RAINBOW ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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