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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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PLANTING BELIEF

IF CORN IS KNEE HIGH BY THE 4TH OF JULY, IT WILL BE A
GOOD CROP YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS MY GRANDFATHER, AND THIS IS
AN OLD FARMING BELIEF

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; KANSASVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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Q. WHY DO FARTS SMELL? A. FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE DEAF.

Where learned: KANSAS ; TOPEKA

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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GOOD LUCK OMEN (NEGRO)

WHEN MOVING, MOVE IN A BROOM FIRST.

Where learned: Grandmother ; Arkansas ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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THIRTEEN AT A TABLE

IF THIRTEEN PEOPLE EAT AT THE SAME TABLE, ONE OF THEM WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS MY GRANDMOTHER, AND SHE CLAIMS THAT ONE TIME SHE
SAT AT A TABLE WITH THIRTEEN PEOPLE. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE MEAL,
ONE OF THE PEOPLE DIED.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; KANSASVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

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MILITARY CUSTOM

A REPLY TO AN OFFICER IS ALWAYS ENDED WITH "SIR."

Where learned: KANSAS ; FORT RILEY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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MILITARY CUSTOM

A NEWLY COMMISSIONED OFFICER WILL GIVE THE FIRST
SOLDIER HE SALUTES A SILVER DOLLAR.

Where learned: KANSAS ; FORT RILEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- War

Date learned: 08-00-1966

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ACCORDING TO GREEK ORTHODOX LEGEND, THE WEATHER ON GOOD FRIDAY
IS ALWAYS BAD, PARTICULARLY AROUND SIX IN THE EVENING. THIS APPLIES
TO THE GREEK ORTHODOX EASTER, NOT THE TRADITIONAL EASTER WHICH
FALLS ON DIFFERENT DATES.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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IT'S A TRADITION IN THIS FAMILY THAT THE FIRST BORN SON TAKES
HIS FATHER'S MIDDLE NAME AND HIS MIDDLE NAME IS HIS FATHER'S FIRST
NAME. THESE RESPECTIVE NAMES ARE ALEXANDER AND STEPHEN, SO
THAT ALTERNATE GENERATIONS HAVE THE SAME NAMES AND THE IN-BETWEEN
GENERATIONS HAVE THE SAME NAMES REVERSED.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

Subject headings: Person / Nickname
686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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THE TITANIC

OH, THEY BUILT THE SHIP TITANIC TO SAIL THE OCEAN BLUE,
AND THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD A SHIP THAT THE WATERS
COULDN'T GET THROUGH,
BUT THE GOOD LORD RAISED HIS HAND, SAID THIS SHIP WOULD NEVER LAND,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
OH, IT WAS SAD, IT WAS SAD,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE --
HUSBANDS AND WIVES, LITTLE CHILDREN LOST THEIR LIVES,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN. MM
OH, THEY NEARED THE ICY SHORE WHEN THE RAINS BEGAN TO POUR,
AND THE RICH REFUSED TO ASSOCIATE WITH THE POOR,
SO THEY PUT THEM DOWN BELOW, WHERE THEY'D BE THE FIRST TO GO,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
OH, IT WAS SAD.... MM
OH, THE SIDES BEGAN TO BREAK AND THE BOW BEGAN TO BURST,
AND THE CAPTAIN SHOUTED, "WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST."
THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN CRIED, WHILE ALL AROUND THEM DIED,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
OH, IT WAS SAD... MM
SO THEY PUT THE LIFEBOATS OUT ON THE DARK AND STORMY SEA,
AND THE BAND STRUCK UP WITH "NEARER MY GOD TO THEE."
THE CAPTAIN TRIED TO WIRE, BUT THE WIRES WERE ALL AFIRE,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
OH, IT WAS SAD... MM
OH, THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS WHEN YOU PUT OUT TO SEA,
YOU SHOULD WEAR A LIFE PRESERVER OR ON THE BOTTOM YOU'LL BE,
THE TITANIC NEVER WAS, NOW IT NEVER MORE SHALL BE,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
OH, IT WAS SAD, IT WAS SAD,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE--
HUSBANDS AND WIVES, LITTLE CHILDREN LOST THEIR LIVES,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
KER-PLUNK
BUBBLE, BUBBLE.

Submitter comment: THERE WAS AN ALTERNATE LINE FOR THE REFRAIN IN PLACE OF
THE "HUSBANDS AND WIVES..." LINE:
"UNCLES AND AUNTS, LITTLE CHILDREN WET THEIR PANTS"

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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THREE LITTLE ANGELS

THREE LITTLE ANGELS, ALL DRESSED IN WHITE,
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A KITE,
BUT THE KITE STRING BROKE AND DOWN THEY FELL,
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO...
TWO LITTLE ANGELS, ALL DRESSED IN WHITE,
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A KITE,
BUT THE KITE STRING BROKE AND DOWN THEY FELL,
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO...
ONE LITTLE ANGEL...
...
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN HE WENT TO... MM
THREE LITTLE DEVILS, ALL DRESSED IN RED,
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A THREAD,
BUT THE THREAD-STRING BROKE AND DOWN THEY FELL,
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO...
TWO LITTLE DEVILS ALL DRESSED IN RED...
... MM
THREE LITTLE DEMONS, ALL DRESSED IN BLACK,
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN IN A CADILLAC,
BUT IT RAN OUT OF GAS AND DOWN THEY FELL,
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO...
TWO LITTLE...
...
(LAST TIME) INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO...
DON'T GET EXCITED, DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD,
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO BED.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN OF COLORS ; ELLIPSES IN LINES 4, 8, ETC. ; EUPHEMISM FOR HELL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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CHEWING ON THE ICE AFTER FINISHING A DRINK IS A SIGN
OF SEXUAL FRUSTRATION.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHATEVER SKIES MAY FIND ABOVE YOU,
WHEN XMAS COMES IT'S NICE TO KNOW
THAT THERE ARE FRIENDS WHO FONDLY LOVE YOU,
HOWEVER FAR AWAY YOU GO.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; FEMININE RHYME ; OBSERVATION

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK PROSE

MAY YOUR LIFE BE LIKE ARITHMETIC
JOY ADDED, SORROW SUBTRACTED,
AND TIMES MULTIPLIED.

ACCEPT THESE FEW LINES FROM ME.
IT SHOWS THAT I'LL REMEMBER THEE
UNTIL YOU AND I SHALL MEET AGAIN.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): FUTURE ; WISH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SHINING,
AND YOUR MIND FROM CARE IS FREE,
WHEN OF OTHERS YOU ARE THINKING,
WON'T YOU SOMETIMES THINK OF ME.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): REQUEST ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND YOUR OLD MAN GETS CROSS,
PICK UP THE BROOM
AND SAY I'M BOSS.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSTRUCTIONS ; RHYME: ABCB ; SLANG OLD MAN FOR HUSBAND.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

CHOOSE NOT YOUR FRIENDS
FROM OUTER SHOW --
FOR FEATHERS FLOW
AND PEARLS LIE LOW.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; RHYME: ABBB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

MY INK IS PALE,
MY PEN IS POOR,
WHEN I COME TO WRITE,
I THINK OF YOU MORE AND MORE.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB ; SLANT RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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VOODOO PEOPLE CAN MAKE YOU DO THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO DO.

Where learned: Arkansas ; PINE BLUFF

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

Date learned: 01161984CA

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

IF IN HEAVEN WE DON'T MEET,
HAND IN HAND WE'll BEAR THE HEAT.
IF IT GETS INTENSELY HOT,
COCA-COLA HITS THE SPOT!

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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