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CHEER

OUR TEAM IS SO BIG,
YOUR TEAM IS SO SMALL,
(THEN EVERYONE STARTED STOMPING THEIR FEET.)

Submitter comment: CATHOLIC CENTRAL IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GRAND RAPIDS ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival Custom Festival

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NEAR THE SURFACE, QUICK TO BITE,
CATCH YOUR FISH WHEN RAIN'S IN SIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SARANAC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.448

Date learned: 11-18-1971

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WHOM SHALL I MARRY?

SOLDIER BRAVE, SAILOR TRUE,
SKILLED PHYSICIAN, OXFORD BLUE,
LEARNED LAWYER, SQUIRE SO HALE,
DASHING AIRMAN, CURATE PALE.

Data entry tech comment: SIMILAR TO GAME PLAYED ON BUTTONS OF DRESS OR COAT
CALLED "DOCTOR, LAWYER, MERCHANT, THIEF?"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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CHEER

RAH-RAH-REE
KICK HIM IN THE KNEE,
RAH-RAH-RASS
KICK HIM IN THE OTHER KNEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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CUSTOM FOR CHOOSING TEAMS

IN ELECTING SOMEONE FOR SOMETHING, OR FOR CHOOSING UP TEAMS, WE
USED TO EMPLOY A BASEBALL BAT. THE TWO CAPTAINS WOULD STAND
FACING EACH OTHER AND A THIRD PARTY WOULD TOSS THE BAT STRAIGHT
UP INTO THE AIR. ONE OF THE TWO CAPTAINS WOULD TRY TO CATCH IT
NEAR THE BOTTOM BY GRABBING IT WITH HIS HAND. THE OTHER PERSON
WOULD THEN WRAP HIS HAND AROUND THE BAT DIRECTLY ABOVE THE FIRST
PERSON'S. THIS WOULD CONTINUE UNTIL THERE WAS NO MORE ROOM AT THE
TOP OF THE BAT. WHEN THIS STAGE WAS REACHED THEN THE PERSON WHOSE
HAND WAS NEAREST TO THE TOP WAS THE WINNER. SEVERAL VARIATIONS
WERE ALLOWED. ONE WAS TO REST YOUR ELBOW ON THE FIRST PERSON'S
HAND AND THEN WRAP YOUR HAND AROUND THE BAT. ANOTHER WAS TO PLACE
ONLY TWO FINGERS AROUND THE BAT (BUT THE FINGERS MUST BE ABLE TO
TOUCH THE THUMB IN THIS CASE). FINALLY YOU COULD DO "EAGLE'S
CLAWS," THAT IS, WRAP YOUR FINGERS OVER THE KNOB OF THE BAT IN
THE MANNER OF A BIRD'S CLAWS. BUT IT YOU DID THIS YOU HAD TO
SUBSEQUENTLY THROW THE BAT FARTHER THAN TEN FEET BEHIND YOURSELF
OR YOU LOST. THESE MANEUVERS WERE USED TO SKILLFULLY TRY TO
SHORTEN OR LENGTHEN DISTANCES ON THE BAT SO YOU WOULD WIN.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM PLAYMATES IN FORT WAYNE, INDIANA, BUT ALSO
USED IT HERE IN DETROIT, ESPECIALLY WHEN CHOOSING TEAMS FOR
SOME GAME THAT REQUIRED A BAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIANA ; FORT WAYNE

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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A LEGENDARY GAME

THERE WAS A PLAGUE IN ENGLAND AND THE GAME "RING AROUND THE ROSEY"
WAS REALLY A RASH WITH A RING AROUND IT, SO IT'S RING AROUND THE
ROSEY. IT USED TO SMELL, SO THEY KEPT POSIES IN THEIR POCKETS,
POCKET FULL OF POSIES. IT ALSO USED TO MAKE THEM SNEEZE, AND AFTER
THEY SNEEZED THEY WOULD FALL DEAD, SO IT ISN'T REALLY ASHES, ASHES,
THEY ALL FALL DOWN, BUT ACHOO, ACHOO, THEY ALL FALL DEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Medicine

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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SCOTT FOUNTAIN

THIS FOUNTAIN LOCATED ON BELLE ISLE WAS DONATED BY ONE OF
DETROIT'S MOST NOTORIOUS GAMBLERS AND PRACTICAL JOKERS, WHOSE
NAME THE FOUNTAIN BEARS. THE MONEY FOR THIS HISTORIC LANDMARK
WAS SUPPOSEDLY WON FROM THREE OF DETROIT'S MORE PROMINENT FIGURES
IN A GAME OF CHANCE. IT WAS THE OBJECTION OF THESE THREE THAT
DELAYED ITS CONSTRUCTION FOR SOME THIRTY YEARS. THE FOUNTAIN
NOW STANDS AS AN ETERNAL MOCKERY OF THESE NOBLE CITIZENS, WHO
SCOTT ONCE CUSSED BY SAYING HE WOULD GET THE LAST LAUGH.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Fountain Well Aqueduct

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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KIBITZER

ANY CARD PLAYER WILL TELL YOU A KIBITZER IS THE LOWEST FORM OF
HUMANITY; HE'S CONTINUALLY PEEKING INTO YOUR HAND, SMIRKING AND
GIVING UNNECESSARY ADVICE. KIBITZERS AREN'T NICE. THE NAME
KIBITZER COMES FROM THE WORD KIBITZ, GERMAN FOR LAPWING OR PLOVER.
THIS CREATURE JABBERS INCESSANTLY, BUT CANNOT SING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEONARD QUICKBEAR

WHEN I WAS COACHING THE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM AT THE ST.
FRANCIS MISSION ON THE SIOUX INDIAN RESERVATION IN SOUTH DAKOTA,
OUR STAR PLAYER WAS AN INDIAN BY THE NAME OF LEONARD QUICKBEAR.
HE WAS ONLY ABOUT 5' 7", BUT HE COULD TOUCH THE RIM OF THE BASKET.
EVERYONE ON THE TEAM WAS EXCEPTIONALLY QUICK, SO I USED TO GIVE
THEM A REAL PASSING WORKOUT. WHEN THEY GOT THE BALL MOVING AROUND
AS FAST AS I'D EVER SEEN A HIGH SCHOOL TEAM MOVE IT, I TOLD THEM
THEY LOOKED LIKE TIRED 8TH GRADERS. I KEPT YELLING AT THEM, AND
THEY FINALLY GOT THE BALL MOVING AROUND TEN TIMES AS FAST AS
BEFORE.
LEONARD'S BEST SHOT WAS FROM RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BENCH. HE'D
TURN WITH HIS BACK TO THE BASKET, STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE
BENCH, AND FLIP THE BALL BACKWARDS OVER HIS HEAD. IT WENT IN
ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF THE TIME.
WELL, WE WON THE STATE HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT THAT YEAR, AND THEN
WE CHALLENGED THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS TO A GAME. YOU KNOW HOW
THEY ALWAYS FOOL AROUND AND PLAY TRICKS DURING A GAME. WELL, THEY
BEAT US BY THREE OR FIVE POINTS, AND THEY NEVER GOT FAR ENOUGH
AHEAD TO TRY ANY TRICKS.
AFTER LEONARD GOT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, HE FORMED A TEAM SIMILAR TO
THE GLOBETROTTERS. THEY WERE PLAYING AT OLYMPIA ONE NIGHT. BY
THIS TIME, MY WIFE AND I HAD MOVED TO DETROIT, SO WE DECIDED TO GO
DOWN AND SEE THEM PLAY. THE SIGN OUT IN FRONT OF OLYMPIA READ,
"LEONARD QUICKBEAR & HIS SIOUX INDIANS." WELL, THAT WAS IN THE
DAYS WHEN, DURING HOCKEY SEASON, THEY'D PUT THE BASKETBALL FLOOR
RIGHT OVER THE ICE. AS THE TEAMS CAME OUT, I DIDN'T SEE LEONARD.
SO FINALLY I JUMPED RIGHT UP, RAN DOWN, JUMPED OVER THE RETAINING
WALL, AND THEN I SLIPPED ON THE ICE. FINALLY I GOT UP AND RAN
OVER TO ONE OF THE INDIANS AND ASKED HIM WHERE LEONARD WAS.
"OH," HE SAID, "WE LEFT HIM IN CHICAGO."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL ; HISTORY CLASS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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NOT GIVEN

THERE WAS A SHRINE TO THE BLESSED MOTHER ON THIS MOUNTAIN IN
ITALY. IT WAS A VERY SACRED PLACE. THERE THE STATUE WAS ENCASED
IN GLASS. ONE DAY SOME BOYS WERE PLAYING "BOTCHES" (LIKE BOWLING)
AND ONE OF THE BALLS ROLLED NEAR THE GLASS CASE, THE NEXT ONE
ROLLED AND BROKE THE GLASS AT THE FEET OF THE STATUE. THE FEET
OF THE STATUE STARTED BLEEDING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS COLLECTOR'S MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

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MYSTERIOUS LIGHTHOUSE

DURING A FOG, A SHIP SPOTTED A LIGHTHOUSE NEAR THE COAST OF MAINE.
SEVERAL OF THE MEN LEFT THE SHIP IN A SMALL BOAT AND HEADED TO THE
LIGHTHOUSE. WHILE THEY WERE THERE, TWO OF THE MEN DECIDED TO
HAVE A RACE FROM THE TOP OF THE LIGHTHOUSE TO THE BOTTOM. THEIR
BET, WHICH CONSISTED OF A KNIFE, A COMPASS, AND SEVERAL COINS, WAS
TIED IN A HANDKERCHIEF AND DROPPED TO THE FLOOR. ONE OF THE MEN
STARTED DOWN THE STEPS AND THE OTHER JUMPED OUT OF THE WINDOW.
WHEN THE MAN WHO USED THE STEPS REALIZED THIS, HE RAN BACK UP THE
STEPS AND LOOKED OUT OF THE WINDOW. HE COULD NOT SEE THE OTHER
MAN. WHEN HE WENT TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LIGHTHOUSE, THE HANDKER-
CHIEF WAS ALSO GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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WHEN YOU ARE FISHING, YOU MUST ALWAYS SPIT ON THE
BAIT BEFORE YOU PUT IT IN THE WATER. THIS WAS FOR
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS GRANDFATHER WHO
LIVES IN DETROIT, (MICHIGAN). HOWEVER, THEY ALWAYS
FISHED IN THE GEORGIAN BAY IN ONTARIO, CANADA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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PENNY IN YOUR SHOE
WILL BRING GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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CHOOSING SIDES

BEFORE A BASEBALL GAME TWO CHILDREN TOSS A BASEBALL BAT
BETWEEN THEM AND THEN PUT FIST OVER FIST UP TO TOP TO SEE
WHO CHOOSES A TEAMMATE FIRST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING OUT

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

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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LUCKY STRIKE

WHEN I WAS SMALL WE USED TO PLAY A GAME CALLED "LUCKY STRIKE."
A COUPLE OF US GUYS WOULD WALK AROUND AND WHOEVER SPOTTED AN
EMPTY LUCKY STRIKE CIGARETTE PACKAGE WOULD STEP ON IT AND
SAY "LUCKY STRIKES, NO STRIKES BACK." THIS PERSON COULD
THEN PUNCH ONE OF HIS FRIENDS IN THE SHOULDER WITHOUT FEAR
OF RECEIVING ONE IN RETURN. WE USE TO PLAY THIS GAME WHILE
WALKING TO THE SHOW OR STORE OR ANYWHERE FOR THAT MATTER.
YOU COULDN'T STEP ON THE SAME CIGARETTE PACKAGE TWICE.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

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POLISH SUPERSTITION

IF YOU GO TO A DANCE DURING LENT, YOU WILL DANCE WITH THE DEVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.8

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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BELIEF

IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK IN THE SIDEWALK, YOU BREAK THE DEVIL'S
DISHES.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN NEW YORK AS A BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 09-22-1970

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

CLOSE DOESNT COUNT, EXCEPT IN HORSESHOES AND DANCING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): VARIANT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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BELIEF

THE BLESSED MOTHER TURNS HER BACK ON GIRLS WHO WHISTLE.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM REV. CAHILL'S MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIVOLITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

IN UKRAINE, AFTER MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY, BOYS AND GIRLS GATHER
AROUND THE CHURCH, AND MAKE AS MUCH NOISE AND MERRIMENT AS POSSIBLE.
ALL TYPES OF GAMES ARE PLAYED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECIEVED ( RECEIVED ) INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS
ACQUAINTANCES AND RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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