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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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SPRING IS SPRUNG, THE GRASS IS RIZ,
AND THAT'S WHERE ALL DRUNK DRIVERS IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

Keyword(s): GRAVEYARD

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

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PROVERB

DON'T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; PROCRASTINATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

DON'T TALK TOO MUCH -- THE MORE YOU SAY THE LESS PEOPLE REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CONVERSATION ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-25-1969

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PROVERB

THE BEST LAID PLANS OF MICE AND MEN OFTEN GO ASTRAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): COMMON MISQUOTATION ; OBSERVATION ; ROBERT BURNS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 12-25-1969

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PROVERB

CHILDREN SHOULD BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; DISCIPLINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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BANSHEE

IN IRELAND WHEN YOU HAVE HEARD THE WAIL OF THE BANSHEE, YOU
YOU KNOW THAT SOMEONE IN THE HOUSE WILL DIE.
THIS WAILING PRECEDES THE COMING OF THE COACH OF DEATH
WHICH IDENTIFIES THE BANSHEE, AND IS DRAWN BY 4 BLACK HORSES.
THIS COACH CARRIES THE ONE WHO IS TO DIE TO THE UNDERWORLD.

Where learned: TRENTON

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 12-00-1968

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MOTHER AND CHILD

THE CHURCH OF ST. LUKE IN BOLOGNA, ITALY, HOUSES THE FAMOUS
JEWEL STUDDED PICTURE OF THE MADONNA AND CHILD WHICH IS
BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN PAINTED BY ST. LUKE. A GREAT MANY MIRACLES
ARE ATTRIBUTED TO IT.

Where learned: TRENTON ; NEW JERSEY, ASSUMED

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Holy placeChurchTemple
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Use of Object
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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COMPANY S COMIN

IT IS SAID THAT WHEN SILVERWARE IS DROPPED, COMPANY IS COMING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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WHEN TRAVELING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS, TOUCH GLASS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1973 ; 11-00-1987

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POLISH

ON HOLY SATURDAY, FOOD IS BLESSED IN THE CHURCHES. ONE
OF THE SPECIAL FOODS BLESSED IS LAMB FORMED OUT OF
BUTTER WHICH SYMBOLIZES THE RISEN CHRIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
Food Drink -- Animal product Butter

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS SAID THAT WHEN ONE'S EAR ITCHES OR RINGS, THAT
SOMEBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching ear

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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THROUGH THE USE OF REGULAR PLAYING CARDS, A PERSON'S
FUTURE CAN BE PREDICTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Numerology, related to playing cards

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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COUNT THE TIMES A CRICKET CROAKS IN A MINUTE AND THAT WILL
TELL THE TEMPERATURE.
I HEARD THIS FROM A GIRL FROM TRENTON, TENNESSEE, WHO SAID
SHE HAD DONE THIS AND "IT WORKS."

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A WIND FROM THE NORTH BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM A GIRL FROM TRENTON, TENNESSEE, WHO

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES IN FRONT OF YOUR CAR, GET OUT AND RUN
AROUND IT (THE CAR) FOUR TIMES. THE BLACK CAT MEANS YOUR CAR
IS DOOMED; RUNNING AROUND IT BREAKS THE SPELL.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM A GIRL FROM TRENTON, TENNESSEE

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TOUCH A BUTTON IF YOU HEAR OR SEE AN AMBULANCE OR SEE A HEARSE.
IF YOU DON'T, SOMEONE YOU LOVE WILL BE THE NEXT TO RIDE
IN IT.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM A GIRL FROM TRENTON, TENNESSEE. SHE

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): NAVEL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SHE SAID, "THROW SALT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER IF YOU BIT INTO
BONE," (WHILE EATING). WHEN ASKED WHY, SHE REPLIED, "I DON'T
KNOW WHY--IT'S JUST SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK."

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM SOMEONE IN TENNESSEE (WHO I WASN'T ABLE TO

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN THE WIND BLOWS FROM THE NORTH, SOMETHING GOOD WILL
HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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WHEN YOU CROSS A RAILROAD TRACK, HOLD YOUR FEET OFF THE
GROUND OR YOU WILL NEVER MARRY.

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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