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LOTISTTOB (SWEDISH)

THE DANCE IS DONE WITH PARTNERS. THE PARTNERS FACE EACH
OTHER AND HOLD HANDS OUT STRAIGHT TO THE SIDE. THEY TAKE
FOUR LONG SLIDES IN ONE DIRECTION, AND THEN EIGHT SHORT SLIDES
IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, BUT IN THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME.
THEY THEN TAKE STEP-TOGETHER-STEPS FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF
TIME AS EACH GROUP OF SLIDES. NOW, REPEAT THE ENTIRE GROUP
OF STEPS.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: FOLK DANCE CLUB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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Date learned: 07-08-1964

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LITTLE MOUSY, COMING FROM THE BARN,
GONNA GET YOU RIGHT UNDER THE ARM.

Submitter comment: RHYME IS COMBINED WITH MOVEMENT--USE INDEX FINGER AND
SECOND FINGER IN WALKING MOTION UP THE SIDE OF A CHILD'S
OR BABY'S BODY. SLOW MOVEMENT FOR THE FIRST LINE, RAPID
MOVEMENT FOR SECOND LINE, ENDING WITH A TICKLE UNDER
ARMPIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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Date learned: 09-00-1969

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BAYERISCHE HIASL (PRONOUNCED HEE-UH-SELL)

IN BAVARIA THERE LIVED A MAN NAMED MATHIAS KLOSTERMAYER. HE WAS
KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE ALPS AS THE BAYERISCHE HIASL. HE WAS THE
LEADER OF A BAND OF MEN WHO ROBBED FROM THE RICH AND GAVE TO THE
POOR.
AT THIS TIME, OTHER GANGS EXISTED IN THE AREA. WHENEVER THESE
GANGS WOULD TRY TO ROB A FLOUR MILL OR BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT,
THE BAYERISCHE HIASL WOULD FIGHT THE GANGS OFF.
OVER THE YEARS THE BAYERISCHE HIASL AND HIS MEN HID OUT DURING
THE DAY AND CONDUCTED THEIR BUSINESS AT NIGHT. THEY SHOT AND
KILLED PEOPLE AND FOUGHT AGAINST PROVINCIAL GUARDS.
THE BAYERISCHE HIASL WAS CAUGHT AND SENTENCED TO DEATH. AS HIS
PUNISHMENT, HE WAS TIED TO THE TOP OF A WHEEL, AND THE WHEEL WAS
SPUN UNTIL IT TORE HIM APART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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SPEED PLUS ACCURACY

QUESTION: WHAT CAN KILL YOU FASTER THAN A TRAVELING
BULLET?
ANSWER: YOUR HEART.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
THIS ITEM IS A QUESTIONING RIDDLE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

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Date learned: 00-00-1935

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POLISH PLAY RHYME

TU, TU, TU, KOKASZKA JUBALA JAGELKI; TU, TU, TU, FRU PAJEHALA DO
ZICZKI PO TRZEWICKI. TRANSLATION: HERE, HERE, HERE, THE BANTAM WAS
PECKING CHERRIES; HERE, HERE, HERE, FRU, SHE WENT TO THE LAKE FOR
SLIPPERS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS ITEM FROM HER MOTHER AND USED IT WITH HER
CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL: CHICKEN

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Date learned: 09-20-1974

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ELEPHANT JOKE

WHAT IS THAT BLACK STUFF BETWEEN AN ELEPHANT'S TOES? ANSWER: SLOW
MOVING NATIVES.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT UPON HEARING THE CATEGORY ELEPHANT JOKE SEEMED TO
LIGHT UP AND PROCEED TO OFFER THEM ONE AFTER ANOTHER. THIS PARTICULAR
ONE WAS HER FAVORITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

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Date learned: 01-00-1974

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TATTOOS

33 5 X 8 CARDS OF TATTOOS AND INSTRUMENTS

Submitter comment: INDICATE ON THE CARD IF IT IS NOT STANDARD. HE SAID THAT ABOUT A
THIRD OF HIS CUSTOMERS BRING IN THEIR OWN DESIGNS. HE HAD LITTLE
INFORMATION TO GIVE ON INDIVIDUAL DESIGNS. HE FOUND NO PREFERENCES
DETERMINED BY SEX. HOWEVER, HE DID FIND THAT PEOPLE OF CERTAIN
OCCUPATIONS MADE SIMILAR CHOICES.
SOME OF HIS DESIGNS SEEMED OUTDATED BUT HE COULD NOT INDICATE ANY
THAT HE HAD NOT DONE RECENTLY. HE WAS PRETTY VAGUE IN THE WHOLE AREA
OF SPECIFIC DESIGNS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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Date learned: 11-26-1973

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Where learned: SWEDEN

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Date learned: 01-21-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NO USE CRYING OVER SPILLED MILK.
USED WHEN SOMEONE IS FEELING DOWN OR SADDENED BY SOMETHING.
BY TRYING TO MAKE THE POINT THAT THE EVENT WHICH HAS CAUSED
THE SADNESS HAS PASSED. AN EFFORT IS MADE TO PERK UP THE SPIRITS

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THIS USED BY MANY PEOPLE IN A CONTEXT JUST LIKE THE ONE
MENTIONED ABOVE. IT IS SO COMMON I DON'T REMEMBER WHEN I HEARD
IT FOR THE FIRST TIME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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Date learned: 10-10-1971

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