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GAME: CHINESE FIRE DRILL

WHEN STOPPED FOR A RED LIGHT, ALL OCCUPANTS OF THE CAR RUSH OUT
AND RUN AROUND THE CAR AS MANY TIMES AS THEY CAN BEFORE THE
LIGHT TURNS GREEN.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM IS CLASSIFIED AS A GAME BECAUSE IT IMPLIES COMPETITION
AGAINST THE LIGHT. THE KNOWN RECORD IS 3 TIMES AROUND THE CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: CA00001968

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KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

THIS WAS PLAYED ON A BIG HILL.

Submitter comment: PLAYED IN SCHOOL PLAYGROUND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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BUCK BUCK

"WE WOULD ALL PLAY THIS GAME CALLED BUCK BUCK, WHERE ONE TEAM WOULD
LINE UP AGAINST THE WALL , EACH ONE BENT OVER AND THE OTHER TEAM
WOULD RUN UP AND JUMP ON THAT LINE AS HARD AS THEY COULD, AND WOULD
PILE UP GUYS AND TRY TO BREAK UP THAT LINE."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

Date learned: 11-09-72

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SIDEWALK GAME-IF YOU STEP ON THE CRACK YOU WILL BREAK YOUR
MOTHER'S.

Submitter comment: PLAYED WHILE WALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALK, CRACKS REFERRING TO THE
EXPANSION JOINTS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001950S

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MOTHER MAY I

WHEN I WAS A CHILD THE GROUP I PLAYED WITH PLAYED " MOTHER MAY I."
IN THIS GAME, ONE PERSON BECAME "MOTHER". THE OBJECT WAS TO GET
FROM ONE LINE TO ANOTHER. YOU DID THIS BY DOING WHAT MOTHER SAID.
MOTHER WOULD TELL YOU TO TAKE A GIANT STEP, PINCH STEP, SIDE STEP,
HOP, SKIP, JUMP OR ANYTHING ELSE. BEFORE THE PERSON COULD DO IT HE
MUST ASK "MOTHER MAY I?" AND SHE WOULD ANSWER "YES, YOU MAY" OR NO
"YOU MAY NOT". SNEAKING STEPS WERE SOMETIMES ALLOWED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POLITENESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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GAME

PLAYED BY TWO OR MORE CHILDREN. THEY CAN NOT STEP ON A CRACK IN THE
SIDEWALK. AS THEY WALK THEY SAY JUST DON'T STEP ON A CRACK, YOU WILL
BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 06-19-1972

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GAME RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT

ONE PERS.ON IS IT. HE HAS HIS BACK TURNED TO THE REST OF THE PLAYERS
HE SAYS GREEN LIGHT. AND EVERYONE RUNS. HE THEN ABRUPTLY SAY RED LIGH
SAYS RED LIGHT.
EVERYONE MUST STOP, ANYONE WHO MOVES GOES BACK TO THE BEGINNING. TO
WIN THE PLAYER MUST GET ALL THE WAY UP TO IT FIRST.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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RED LIGHT

THERE WAS A GOAL , A MARK SET AS LIMIT TO A RACE. ONE CHILD WOULD BE
IT AND CLOSE HIS EYES, THE REST OF THE CHILDREN WOULD ATTEMPT TO
REACH THE GOAL . DURING THE RACE, THE ONE WHO WAS "IT" WOULD CALL
OUT RED LIGHT AND ALL WERE TO STAND STILL. ANYONE CAUGHT MOVING
WOULD HAVE TO START OVER. WHEN THE ONE WHO WAS "IT" CALLED "GREEN
LIGHT" THOSE WHO STOPPED WOULD HAVE TO START OVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

Date learned: 10-14-1972

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SEE THE BEAR

THIS CHILDREN'S (TRICK GAME) IS USUALLY PLAYED OUTSIDE.
1) ALL THE PLAYERS LINE UP SIDE-BY-SIDE FACING ONE DIRECTION. THE
FIRST PERSON IN LINE IS THE LEADER, ALL THE OTHERS MUST DO IN
TURN WHAT HE DOES. HE SUPPOSEDLY SEES A BEAR AND POINTS IT OUT
TO THE PERSON NEXT TO HIM..
HE ASKS THE PERSON NEXT TO HIM: "DO YOU SEE THE BEAR"? THE
PERSON ASKS "WHERE?" HE ANSWERS "OVER THERE!" AND POINTS EXTENDING
HIS LEFT ARM. HE STAYS IN THIS POSITION AND THE OTHERS DO THIS
IN TURN UNTIL EVERYONE HAS DONE IT.
(ETC. AS IN STEP#1) BUT NOW HE POINTS EXTENDING HIS RIGHT ARM,
2) THE LEADER AGAIN ASKS THE PERSON NEXT TO HIM "SEE THE BEAR?"
(LEFT ARM STILL EXTENDED) THIS GOES ON UNTIL ALL HAVE DONE THIS.
3) AGAIN THE LEADER ASKS "SEE THE BEAR?" (ETC. SAME QUESTIONS AS
ABOVE). BUT NOW HE SQUATS DOWN. (BOTH ARMS STILL EXTENDED) HE
HOLDS THIS POSITION, AND THE OTHERS DO THIS IN TURN.
4) THE LEADER FOR THE LAST TIME ASKS "SEE THE BEAR?" THE PERSON
NEXT TO HIM ASKS "WHERE?" AND WHEN THE LEADER SAYS "OVER THERE" HE
LEANS HARD TO HIS SIDE SHOVING THE PERSON NEXT TO HIM. BECAUSE
EVERYONE IS SQUATTING WITH ARMS EXTENDED THEY ALL FALL IN A
CHAIN REACTION(THIS IS THE TRICK OF THE GAME).

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS USUALLY PLAYED ONLY WHEN THERE ARE A FEW PEOPLE WHO
HAVE NEVER PLAYED BEFORE AND DON'T KNOW THE TRICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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TAPE OF MISCELLANOUS INFORMATION

GHOATS, MONETARY SYSTEM,(NIARA & KOBO) DISEASES, WALKING BAREFOOTED,
CARRYING THINGS ON YOUR HEAD, GHOSTS OF CHILDREN, SUPERSTITIONS:
NIGERIAN SUPERSTITION, THEIR ORIGIN, JUJU, MAKING MONEY
USING HEAD OF CHILD, BANSHEE IN IRELAND, NIGERIAN LIGHTENING,
OMENS, CHARMS, GAMES, (MOTHER MAY I?)
WATER DANGEROUS FOR SWIMMING, AMDG FOR LUCK, FESTIVALS

Where learned: NIGERIA ; SOME FROM IRELAND

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F040!
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Monetary system Money Wealth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Human
BELIEF -- P000
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Medicine
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: OOOOI96OS

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EVIL-EYE

DON'T TICKLE CHILDREN AND MAKE THEM
LAUGH BECAUSE THEY'LL CRY LATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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FIRST STREELIGHT GAME

WHEN THE FIRST STREETLIGHT COMES ON, YOU
ARE TO YELL OUT, ZERO, FIRST STREETLIGHT.
ANOTHER PERSON SHOUTS, ZERO, SECOND
STREETLIGHT. THE PERSON WHO SAYS, ZERO,
THIRD STREETLIGHT, GETS HIT BY THE REST
OF THE GROUP.

Submitter comment: WE USED TO PLAY THIS EVERY NIGHT WHEN
THE STREETLIGHT WOULD COME ON. THEN
EVERYBODY CAUGHT ON AND WE WOULD HAVE TO
COMPEL SOMEONE TO TAKE THE THIRD PART
SO THE GAME COULD FINISH AND WE COULD SWAT SOMEONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): QUICKNESS ; URBAN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Mental Activity
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Number Inter related specific numbers in a belief: Two's a couple, / Three's a crowd; / Four on a sidewalk / Is never allowed. (Also see C700 and C800 for numbers in verse.) In computer entries our example
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SIMON SAYS (GAME)

WHENEVER SIMON TELLS YOU TO DO SOMETHING YOU MUST SAY MAY I. IF
YOU FORGET TO SAY, MAY I, YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO YOUR PLACE WHERE
YOU BEGAN AT. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO
SIMON SO THAT YOU CAN TAKE HIS PLACE, THEN YOU BECOME SIMON.

Submitter comment: WE USED TO PLAY THIS GAME LATE AT NIGHT IN THE SUMMERTIME AFTER MY
MOTHER SAID STAY IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; MERIDIAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

Date learned: 09-00-1960

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SMALL CHILDREN GAME

STEPPING ON THE LINES ON THE SIDEWALK, YOU BREAK YOUR MOMMY'S
BACK.

Submitter comment: A GAME PLAYED BY SMALL CHILDREN ON THEIR WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

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BIRDS IN THE WILDERNESS

HERE WE STAND LIKE BIRDS IN THE
WILDERNESS, BIRDS IN THE WILDERNESS,
BIRDS IN THE WILDERNESS, HERE WE STAND
LIKE BIRDS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAITING
TO BE FED, WAITING TO BE FED, WAITING
TO BE FED, HERE WE STAND LIKE BIRDS
IN THE WILDERNESS, WAITING TO BE FED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION ; SIMILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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PADDLE, BANG BANG

PUT ON A LOUD, LOUD, BANG, BANG, PADDLE,
BANG BANG, MAKE PLENTY OF NOISE, THERE
ARE GIRLS RIGHT HERE WHO KNOW WHAT TO DO
TO ADD TO OUR JOYS, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM,
CAMP WATHANA WE'RE FOR YOU, WE LIKE EVERY
THING YOU DO, PUT ON A LOUD LOUD BANG
BANG PADDLE BANG BANG, MAKE PLENTY OF
NOISE.
PUT ON A SOFT, SOFT, SHHH, SHHH, PADDLE
SHHH, SHHHH, DON'T MAKE ANY NOISE, THERE
ARE GIRLS RIGHT HERE WHO KNOW WHAT TO DO,
TO ADD TO OUR JOYS, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM,
CAMP WATHANA WE'RE FOR YOU, WE LIKE EVERY
THING YOU DO, PUT ON A SOFT, SOFT, SHHH,
SHHH, PADDLE SHHH, DON'T MAKE ANY NOISE.
BANG}}}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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COLLEGE

THE BOYS WOULD LINE UP AGAINST THE WALL AND THE GIRLS WOULD LINE UP
IN SINGLE FILE AND STARTING WITH THE FIRST BOY WOULD BEGIN
TO KISS EACH BOY. THE BOY COULD EITHER PASS OR FAIL THE GIRL
ACCORDING TO HOW HE THOUGHT SHE KISSED.
IF YOU FAILED YOU HAD TO KISS THE PERSON
AGAIN UNTIL HE PASSED YOU.
AFTER EACH BOY WAS KISSED AT LEAST ONCE THE ROLES WERE SWITCHED.
THE GIRLS THEN LINE UP AND WERE KISSED BY THE BOY.

Submitter comment: THE OBJECT OF THIS GAME WAS TO FAIL THE BOY OR GIRL THAT YOU
LIKED, THEREFORE LETTING HIM OR HER KNOW YOU LIKED THEM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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SISSY TEST

RUBBING THE TOP OF A PERSON'S HAND UNTIL THEY CAN NO
LONGER STAND THE PAIN OR THEY START TO BLEED

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SORT OF A DARE TO SEE IF THE BOYS IN
OUR GRADESCHOOL WERE TOUGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00001970S

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DIAPER TAG

IF YOU STEP ON A SIDEWALK SQUARE THAT HAS A STAMPED MARK ON IT
YOU WERE THE BABY

Submitter comment: YOU HAD TO EITHER WALK AROUND OR JUMP OVER THE SQUARES,
ALL THE WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL.
THE PERSON WITH THE MOST ERRORS WAS THE BABY FOR THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity

Date learned: 00001960S

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SWINGING PRETTY

AT LEAST TWO OR THREE CHILDREN PLAYED THIS GAME. ONE PERSON WOULD
BE "IT". THEY WOULD SWING THE OTHER CHILD AROUND AND THEN LET GO.
THE FUNNIEST OR PRETTIEST POSITION OR FACE THAT THE CHILD WOULD
LAND IN WOULD BE THE WINNER. THE CHILD WHO WAS "IT" WOULD DETERMINE
THE WINNER. THE WINNER THEN WOULD BECOME "IT".

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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