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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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PROVERB

DO UNTO OTHERS AND THEN CUT OUT BEFORE THEY DO UNTO YOU.

Where learned: MAIL ; TOLD BY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; IRONY ; PARODY ; VARIANT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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GREEK FOOD CUSTOM

ONLY FISH IS SERVED ON PALM SUNDAY IN GREEK HOUSEHOLDS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS THROUGH FAMILY TIES.

Where learned: UNKNOWN ; MAIL ; CORRESPONDENCE WITH COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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EASTER

GREEKS DYE THEIR EASTER EGGS ONLY A DEEP BLOOD RED WHICH
SIGNIFIES THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.

Submitter comment:

FROM FAMILY TIES.

Where learned: MAIL

Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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HE CABBAGED ONTO HER BOOKS.

Data entry tech comment: HE ACTUALLY HAD A TIGHT GRIP ON HER BOOKS.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Keyword(s): METAPHOR CLUTCH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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BEANS

HE DOESN'T KNOW BEANS WHEN THE BAG IS OPEN.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; IGNORANCE ; METAPHOR VEGETABLE RECOGNITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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HE PUT ON THE SCREWS.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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HE WAS BEAT UP WITH A BRUSH.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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RUBBING A GOLD WEDDING BAND ON A STY WILL MAKE IT GO AWAY.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 14 OTHER REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MAIL ; TOLD BY

Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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NEW ENGLAND FOOD

A TRADITIONAL SATURDAY DINNER IS BAKED BEANS AND HOT DOGS.

Where learned: MAIL ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84.

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM (EUROPEAN)

IN ORDER TO ENSURE ONESELF FOR A GOOD YEAR, IT IS COMMON CUSTOM
IN EUROPE FOR THE HEAD OF A FAMILY TO APPOINT AN OUTSIDER (CLOSE
FRIEND) TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO PUT HIS FOOT IN THE HOUSE. IF
SOMEONE UN-APPOINTED CAME INTO THE HOUSE, THE NEW YEAR WOULD NOT
BE A GOOD ONE.

Where learned: MAILED FROM ENGLAND

Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 03-25-1968

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DARK HORSE.

.... GETTING READY TO PUSH A DARK HORSE IN THE NEXT CAMPAIGN.

Where learned: THROUGH THE MAIL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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HAUNTED HOUSE.

I WAS HOME WITH THE BABY. THE BABY WAS ASLEEP AND I HEARD THIS
CHILD RUNNING AND IT SOUNDED LIKE THE CHILD BUMPED INTO THE WALL.
SO WHEN I CHECKED ON THE BABY HE WAS STILL ASLEEP.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL

Keyword(s): GHOST- CHILD.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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HAUNTED HOUSE.

IT HAPPENED IN CHICAGO DURING THE 1960'S. AT ONE TIME I HEARD SOMEON
WALKING IN MY HALLWAY AND IT CONTINUED PASS MY LIVING ROOM WHERE
A FRIEND AND I WERE SITTING. WE SEARCHED THE HOUSE AND COULDN'T FIND
ANYONE. AT ANOTHER TIMES I HAVE HEARD MOVING SOUNDS AND I KNEW
NO-ONE ELSE WAS HOME BUT ME.

Data entry tech comment: THE WORD " PASS " I FEEL IS PAST. " AT ANOTHER TIMES " I FEEL MEANS
AT OTHER TIMES.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL

Keyword(s): NOISY GHOST.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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AH SWEET MYSTERY OF LIFE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

IT SEEMS THAT WHEN THE CREATOR WAS MAKING THE WORLD, HE CALLED
MAN ASIDE AND BESTOWED UPON HIM 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX LIFE.
MAN WAS HORRIFIED} ONLY 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX LIFE? BUT THE
CREATOR WOULDN'T BUDGE. THAT WAS ALL HE WOULD GIVE HIM. THEN
HE CALLED THE MONKEY AND GAVE HIM 20 YEARS. BUT I DON'T NEED 20
YEARS, 10 IS ENOUGH, PROTESTED THE MONKEY. MAN SPOKE UP AND SAID,
CAN I HAVE HIS OTHER 10 YEARS? THE MONKEY GRACIOUSLY AGREED.
NEXT HE CALLED THE LION AND GAVE HIM 20 YEARS, BUT HE, TOO, NEEDED
ONLY 10 AND MAN AGAIN ASKED, CAN I HAVE THE OTHER 10? AND THE LION
ROARED, OF COURSE. ALONG CAME THE DONKEY AND HE WAS GIVEN 20 YEARS
BUT LIKE THE OTHERS, 10 WERE ENOUGH. SO MAN ASKED FOR THE SPARE 10
YEARS AND GOT THEM. ALL OF WHICH EXPLAINS WHY MAN HAS 20 YEARS
OF NORMAL SEX LIFE, 10 YEARS OF MONKEYING AROUND, 10 YEARS OF LION
ABOUT IT, AND 10 YEARS OF MAKING AN ASS OF HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RECEIVED IN MAIL

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN: LION AND LYING ; SLANG FOR MAKING HIMSELF LOOK FOOLISH (AN ASS OF HIMSELF). ; SLANG: MONKEYING AROUND FOR DALLIANCE.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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IF A CLOSE RELATIVE DIES, FRENCH-AMERICANS MOURN
FOR A WHOLE YEAR AND DURING THIS MOURNING, THERE IS
A COMPLETE ABSTENTION FROM SOCIAL LIFE.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS.

Where learned: MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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TO DETERMINE SEX OF BABY IN GREEK-AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS, SALT
IS SPRINKLED ON THE HEAD OF EXPECTANT MOTHERS. IF MOTHER
RAISES HANDS TO HEAD THE CHILD WILL BE A GIRL. IF HANDS
GO TO LOWER PART OF BODY, THE BABY WILL BE A BOY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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A GREEK-AMERICAN BABY WHEN BORN HAS A PIECE OF GOLD PLACED
ON IT, BECAUSE ON THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF BIRTH, THE
FAIRIES COME TO DECIDE THE BABY'S FATE. IF THERE IS
GOLD, THEN ALL WILL GO WELL.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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THE BEST MAN AND MAID OF HONOR AT A GREEK WEDDING WILL
ALWAYS BE THE GODPARENTS OF THE FIRST BORN CHILD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THROUGH CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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IF A SOLDIER ENTERS YOUR HOME, YOU MUST BE HOSPITABLE
AND GRANT EVERY WISH THEY DESIRE IN ORDER TO RETAIN GOOD LUCK
IN THE HOME. THIS BROUGHT GOOD LUCK IF DONE CORRECTLY.
IF NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH, MISFORTUNE MAY OCCUR TO MALE MEMBERS
OF THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS HELD BY INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER
DURING 1940-1941 WHEN ENGLAND WAS IN WWII ALONE WITHOUT
THE AID OF THE UNITED STATES.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Legend
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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