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GAME, "BUZZ"

THE GAME IS PLAYED WITH A NUMBER OF PEOPLE EACH OF WHICH HAS A GLASS
CONTAINING SOME TYPE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE.ONE OF THE PLAYERS STARTS
COUNTING OUTLOUD STARTING WITH THE NUMBER 1.THE PLAYER SITTING TO HIS
RIGHT SAYS 2.THE PERSON TO HIS RIGHT SAYS 3 AND THE COUNTING
CONTINUES IN A CIRCULAR MOTION AROUND THE TABLE OR ROOM.
WHEN A PLAYER GETS TO THE NUMBER 7 OR A MULTIPLE OF 7, HE MUST SAY
THE WORD "BUZZ".ANY NUMBER CONTAINING THE NUMBER 7,EG. 17,27,71,...,
MUST ALSO BE REPLACED BY "BUZZ".FAILING TO DO SO MEANS YOU MUST
DRINK THE REMAINDER OF THE LIQUOR IN THE GLASS.THE ONLY OTHER RULE
IS MULTIPLES OF 11 CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THE COUNTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 06-00-1975

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THERE IS A CEMETERY ON GRAND RIVER AVE. IN FARMINGTON,
MICHIGAN WHERE YOUR CAR WILL ROLL UP A HILL. YOU GO
IN THE ENTRANCE AND DRIVE ALONG THE ROAD UNTIL YOU
DRIVE DOWN A HILL. AT THE BOTTOM, PUT YOUR CAR IN
NEUTRAL AND LOOK IN YOUR REAR-VIEW MIRROR. YOUR CAR IS
ROLLING UP THE HILL YOU JUST CAME DOWN.

Submitter comment: IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME TRY IT YOURSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

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LAWN FETE

ST. PHILOMENA'S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN FRANKLINVILLE, NEW YORK, HOLDS A
LAWN FETE EVERY AUGUST. THIS IS A ONE DAY FAIR. BOOTHS ARE SET
UP IN THE AMERICAN LEGION PARK WHERE WOMEN'S HAND-MADE GOODS AND
REFRESHMENTS ARE SOLD. GAMBLING GAMES AND RAFFLES ARE ALSO HELD.
A CHICKEN DINNER IS SOLD ALL DAY IN THE LEGION HALL. THIS ATTRACTS
MANY PEOPLE FROM A 50 MILE RADIUS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLINVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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CHOOSING (GAME)

BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM IN THE DISH
HOW MANY BUBBLE GUMS DO YOU WISH.
THE PERSON MIGHT SAY TWO BUBBLE GUM. THE LEADER WILL SPELL TWO.
T.W.O. SPELLS TWO, AND YOU ARE OUT OF THIS GAME. THE LAST PERSON IN
THE GAME IS THE PERSON WHO WOULD BE THE LEADER IN THE TAG GAME, OR
HIDE-AND-SEEK GAME; DEPENDING ON THE GAME THAT IS GOING TO BE PLAYED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS ONE OF THE MAJOR CHOOSING GAMES FOR
CHILDREN IN DETROIT. THIS CHOOSING GAME IS OFTEN USED TO PICK A
PERSON FOR THE HIDE AND SEEK GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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GAMES

LOSERS OF GAMES WOULD BE "PUNISHED" BY GOING THROUGH THE "RICKETS".
ALL, EXCEPT THE LOSER, WOYLD STAND IN A ROW; ONE BEHIND EACH OTHER;
SPREAD THEIR LEGS FAR APART AND THE LOSER WOULD CRAWL THROUGH
GETTING SPANKED ALONG THE WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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RAMM SAM SAM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS

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

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER LIVE ACROSS THE STREET, EIGHTEEN NINETEEN
BROADWAY STREET. EVERY NIGHT THEY HAVE A FIGHT AND THIS IS WHAT
THEY SAY, ICKI BICKI SODA CRACKER ICKIBICKI BOO ICKI BICKI SODA
CRACKER OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment: THE CHILDREN SIT IN A CIRCLE AND THE CALLER TOUCHES ONE FOOT
FOR EACH WORD HE SAYS. THE LAST PERSON TOUCHED WITHDRAWS HIS
FOOT. THIS CONTINUES UNTIL ONLY ONE PERSON IS LEFT. HE THEN IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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BUG AUTOMOBILE GAME

THIS GAME IS PLAYED IN THE CAR ON THE EXPRESSWAY DURING A LONG TRIP
TO MAKE IT LESS BORING. WHEN YOU THINK YOU SEE A VOLKSWAGEN BUG YOU
YELL OUT BUG FOLLOWED BY ITS COLOR. THE FIRST PERSON TO FINISH
SAYING BUG GETS ONE POINT. VOLKSWAGEN RABBITS OR BUSES DO NOT
COUNT. IF YOU YELL OUT BUG AND THERE IS NONE YOU LOSE ONE POINT,
UNLESS YOU THOUGHT A RABBIT OR BUS WAS A BUG IN WHICH CASE YOUR SCOR
STAYS THE SAME. IF THE DRIVER IS SPEEDING HE MIGHT MAKE A STATE
HIGHWAY PATROL OR COP WORTH THREE POINTS AND A COUNTY MOUNTY WORTH
TWO POINTS. YOU DO NOT LOSE POINTS FOR MISTAKEN COPS. PARKED
VOLKSWAGENS OR DEAD BUGS ARE WORTH ONE HALF POINT BUT VOLKSWAGEN
DEALERSHIPS DO NOT COUNT. ONE STRATEGY WHEN YOU SEE A FIAT OR
CHEVETTE IN THE DISTANCE IS TO YELL OUT BUS OR BU HOPING THE OTHER
PERSON WILL YELL OUT BUG MISTAKENLY AND LOSE A POINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

James Callow Keyword(s): QUICKNESS GAME

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

Date learned: 11-23-1979

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"TEMU DALA"

TU TU MYSKA ZROBILA JAYKO
(HERE A LITTLE MOUSE LAID AN EGG)
GROWN-UP PUTS HIS INDEX FINGER IN THE PALM OF A BABY'S HAND. MM
TEMU DALA
(GAVE SOME TO HIM)
GROWN-UP SAYS THIS FOUR TIMES, ONCE ON EACH OF THE BABY'S FOUR
FINGERS. MM
TEMI NIC NIE DALA
(THIS ONE GOT NOTHING)
THE GROWN-UP SAYS THIS WHILE HOLDING THE BABY'S THUMB MM
POSIED, POSIED, POSIED
(HE WENT, WENT, WENT)
THE GROWN-UP'S HAND CRAWLS UP THE BABY'S ARM MM
A TEMI TEPEK URWALA
( AND PULLED OFF ITS HEAD)
THE GROWN-UP TICKLES THE BABY

Submitter comment: EVERY BABY THAT HAS COME IN CONTACT WITH MY FAMILY HAS PLAYED
THIS GAME. FURTHERMORE, EVERY BABY, INCLUDING MYSELF, ENJOYED
THE GAME. THOUGH I'M CONVINCED THE GROWN-UPS ENJOY IT MORE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: CA00001890S ; 01-13-1980

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FOLKLORE OF GAMES

EITHER A BOY OR GIRL IS DEEMED IT. HE MUST THEN APPROACH SOMEONE OF
THE OPPISITE SEX AND ASK THE QUESTION "IF YOU ME , HONEY, SMILE?"
THE PERSON MUST THEN REPLY WITHOUT SMILING "I LOVE YOU , HONEY, BUT
I JUST CAN'T SMILE." THE PERSON WHO IS IT MUST KEEP GOING UNTIL HE
FINDS SOMEONE WHO SMILES WHEN REPLYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

Date learned: CA00001975

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SPUD MAGOO

THIS IS A GAME WHICH MANY PEOPLE CAN PLAY. IT IS A GAME PLAYED
IN A CAR WHILE TRAVELING. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO BE THE FIRST
PLAYER TO GET TO FIVE HUNDRED POINTS. TO GET YOUR POINTS YOU HAVE
TO SPOT VOLKSWAGON BUGS. FOR EACH BUG YOU SPOT YOU RECEIVE FIFTY
POINTS. IF YOU HAPPEN TO SPOT A RED BUG YOU RECEIVE ONE HUNDRED
POINTS. WHEN YOU SPOT A FIFTY POINT BUG YOU SAY THE WORD SPUD AND
IF YOU ARE THE FIRST ONE IN THE CAR TO SAY SPUD YOU WILL GET THE
POINTS. IF YOU SEE A RED BUG YOU SAY SPUD MAGOO AND BE THE FIRST
ONE TO DO SO TO GET THE ONE HUNDRED POINTS.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME WAS POPULAR WHEN BUGS WERE A POPULAR CAR. A BUG IS A
TYPE OF VOLKSWAGON. FOR A VARIATION YOU CAN USE ANOTHER TYPE OF CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.500

Date learned: 00001970S

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TIN CAN COPPER

FOR THIS GAME YOU WILL NEED A BIG EMPTY CAN. THE PERSON THAT IS IT
IS THE TIN CAN COPPER. HE GUARDS THE TIN CAN. THE OBJECT OF THE
GAME IS FOR THE COPPER TO ARREST ALL OF THE PLAYERS AS THEY TRY TO
KICK THE CAN. THE TIN CAN COPPER STAYS IN THE AREA OF THE TIN CAN
PROTECTING IT FROM THE OTHERS. THE OTHER CHILDREN TRY TO SUCCEED IN
KICKING THE CAN AWAY FROM THE COPPER. BEFORE THE COPPER CAN CHASE
THE CHILD HE MUST FIRST RETURN THE CAN TO THE SAME SPOT. ONCE THE
CAN HAS BEEN REPLACED THE COPPER CAN TRY TO CATCH THE OTHERS. IF A
CHILD IS CAUGHT BEFORE THE CAN IS KICKED AGAIN THAT PERSON IS CAUGHT
FOR THE REST OF THE GAME.

Submitter comment: THE WORD COPPER IN THIS GAME MUST HAVE ORIGINATED FROM THAT TIME
BECAUSE I HAVE HEARD IT IN OLD MOVIES. THERE IS A VARIATION OF
THIS GAME I USED TO PLAY. WE CALLED IT KICK THE CAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: 00001930S

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ROLL CALL SHA BOOGIE CHECK CHECK ME OUT, ROLL CALL SHA BOOGIE CHECK
CHECK ME OUT. MY NAME IS? THEY CALL ME? I'M A (SIGN),
SO CHECK ME OUT

Submitter comment: THE SIGN REFERS TO YOUR ZODIAC SIGN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-14-1980

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GREEK PASTIME

WHILE GREEK MEN SIT IN TAVERNS AND DRINK, THEY PLAY WITH WORRY BEADS
WHICH RELIEVES THEIR TENSION.

Submitter comment: I THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS A VERY INTERESTING PASTIME. I THINK IT IS
UNIQUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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"PURDIDDLE"

THIS GAME IS ALMOST ALWAYS PLAYED WHEN DRIVING AT NIGHT. THE
OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO FIND CARS WITH ONE HEADLIGHT
INOPERABLE. WHENEVER ONE OF THE PLAYERS NOTICES A CAR WITH
ONE HEADLIGHT OUT, HE OR SHE SAYS "PURDIDDLE" AND POINTS TO THE CAR.
IF A BOY SAYS PURDIDDLE THEN ALL THE BOYS IN THE CAR OWE HIM A
BEER AND ALL THE GIRLS OWE HIM A KISS. IF A GIRL SAYS PURDIDDLE,
THEN ALL THE BOYS IN THE CAR OWE HER A KISS AND ALL THE GIRLS OWE
HER A BEER OR A MIXED DRINK (WHICHEVER SHE PREFERS).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): PERDIDDLE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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ZOOM, SCHWARTZ, BIFIGLIA

ZOOM, SCHWARTZ, BIFIGLIA IS A COMPLICATED DRINKING GAME I LEARNED
(NOT REALLY, I WAS ALWAYS DRUNK) THAT INVOLVES A CADENCE OF THE TITLE
MENTIONED, THE ONE WHO BREAKS THE CADENCE HAS TO DRINK A SHOT.

Submitter comment: THIS DRINKING GAME WAS PICKED UP AT A FRAT PARTY AT U OF D. AGAIN
THE NAME IS HARD TO FORGET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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"KOOTIES"

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO KEEP FROM GETTING "KOOTIES" (FROM TOUCHING A
BOY)
1. YOU MUST KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED.
2. YOU MUST TRACE THE SIGN OF AN ENCIRCLED X ON YOUR HAND.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- School
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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GAME

PUNCTUATE THIS AND MAKE IT A SENSIBLE SENTENCE:
THAT THAT IS IS THAT THAT IS THAT THAT IS NOT IS NOT IS NOT THAT SO
ANSWER:
THAT THAT IS, IS THAT THAT IS, THAT THAT IS NOT, IS NOT, IS NOT
THAT SO?

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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GAMES

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, JUMP SO HIGH
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, JUMP SO LOW
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR TURN AROUND
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TOUCH THE GROUND.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A JUMP ROPE GAME. WHEN SAYING THE RHYME, YOU ACT OUT WHAT
YOU ARE SAYING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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GAME

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT. ONE PERSON IS THE "LIGHT" AND THE OTHERS
TRY TO TOUCH THE LIGHT. THE LIGHT'S BACK IS TO THE OTHERS WHEN
THE LIGHT SAYS RED LIGHT! THE PEOPLE STOP. WHEN THE LIGHT SAYS
GREEN LIGHT! THE FIRST ONE TO TOUCH THE LIGHT
IS THE LIGHT FOR THE NEXT GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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