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THIS GAME CONSISTS OF TESTING WHICH OF TWO PEOPLE
CAN TOUCH THE OTHER ONE LIGHTER. AFTER A COUPLE
TRYOUTS, THE PERSON WHO KNOWS THE GAME SLAPS
THE LEARNER AND CRYS OUT, "YOU WIN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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THERE IS A TRICK GAME CALLED THE "TYPEWRITER GAME."
THE LISTENER FOLDS HIS ARMS AND THE GAME TELLER
PRETENDS TO TYPE ON THEM. BUT, OF COURSE, WHEN HE
GETS TO THE END OF THE LINE, HE MUST PUSH THE
CARRIAGE BACK, SO HE SLAPS THE FACE OF THE LISTENER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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CHINESE FIREDRILL

THIS IS A JEST, WHICH TAKES PLACE BETWEEN TWO OR MORE
CARS, AT A RED LIGHT. BOTH CARS STOP AT THE LIGHT
WHILE THE OCCUPANTS AND DRIVERS PROCEED TO SWITCH
CARS AND TAKE OFF WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS, IN DIFFERENT
CARS. THIS CAN BE VERY CONFUSING TO DRIVERS IN THE
FOLLOWING CARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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CHINESE FIREDRILL

THIS VERSION TAKES PLACE AT A RAILROAD CROSSING.
BEFORE CROSSING THE TRACKS, TWO PEOPLE GET OUT,
ONE LOOKING DOWN ONE WAY, THE OTHER CROSSING THE
TRACKS AND LOOKING THE OTHER WAY. THE DRIVERS
FOLLOWING THE CAR USUALLY SEEM PERPLEXED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PRANK

CHINESE FIRE DRILL: EVERYONE CLIMBS INSIDE A CAR
AND SMOKES IT ALL UP. THEN YOU STOP AT A LIGHT
AND OPEN THE WINDOWS. THE PURPOSE IS TO SCARE
THE DRIVER BEHIND YOU INTO THINKING THE CAR IF ON
FIRE.

James Callow comment: WHY CHINESE? COLLECTOR DOESN'T KNOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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RABBIT

EACH PERSON STANDS NEXT TO ANOTHER SO THAT A SINGLE
FILE LINE IS FORMED WITH THE PEOPLE STANDING SIDE
TO SIDE. THE FIRST PERSON IN LINE KNOWS HOW TO PLAY
THE GAME AND IS TEACHING THE REST OF THEM HOW TO PLAY.
FIRST EVERYONE IS TO KNEEL ON THEIR RIGHT KNEE, THE WHOLE
LINE DOES THIS. THEN EVERYONE IS TO PUT THE RIGHT
FINGER OF THEIR RIGHT HAND STRETCHED OUT IN FRONT OF
THEM ON THE FLOOR. THE PERSON WHO IS TEACHING THEM
THEN GIVES ONE QUICK SHOVE TO THE PERSON NEXT TO HER
WITH HER HIPS AND THE WHOLE LINE ENDS UP FALLING
ON THE FLOOR. IT'S RATHER IMPOSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN
A SENSE OF BALANCE IN THE POSITION ONE IS IN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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OVER THE BOTTLES

TWO LINES OF MILK BOTTLES, SPACED ABOUT TWO FEET
APART, ARE PLACED ON THE FLOOR SO THAT THE PERSON
STANDS WITH LEGS WIDE APART AND HIS FEET CAN TOUCH
THE MILK BOTTLES. THE PERSON IS THEN BLINDFOLDED AND
TOLD TO STRADDLE THE BOTTLES. THE PERSON BLINDFOLDED
IS A GIRL. THE BOTTLES ARE THEN QUIETLY REMOVED,
WITHOUT HER KNOWLEDGE, AND SHE PROCEEDS TO STRADDLE
THEM ANYWAY. WHEN SHE HAS COME TO THE END OF THE LINE
OF MILK BOTTLES THAT SHOULD BE THERE, A BOY LIES
DOWN ON THE FLOOR WHERE THE MILK BOTTLES WERE, IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE PATH, FACE UP, HOLDING A LIGHTED FLASHLIGHT
IN HIS HAND, SHINING UP. THE BLINDFOLD IS THEN REMOVED
AND THE GIRL TURNS AROUND TO SEE HOW SHE MANAGED TO
GO THROUGH THE LINE WITHOUT KNOCKING ANY BOTTLES
OVER, AND SHE SEES THIS BOY LYING THERE WITH THE
FLASHLIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGH SCHOOL ; SAGINAW

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

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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SPOON, SPOON

THIS GAME WORKS BEST WHEN TWO PEOPLE ONLY KNOW HOW
THE GAME WORKS. ONE PERSON WHO KNOWS THE GAME
LEAVES THE ROOM. THE OTHER PERSON WHO KNOWS THE
GAME HOLDS THE SPOON. NOW THE PERSON WHO HAS THE
SPOON EXPLAINS TO THE GROUP THAT SHE IS GOING TO HAVE
ONE PERSON LOOK INTO THE SPOON AND ONE PERSON ONLY.
THE PERSON WHO WENT OUT IS GOING TO HAVE TO GUESS
WHO LOOKED INTO THE SPOON. SHE THEN SHOWS THE
PERSON THE SPOON, SITS DOWN EXACTLY LIKE THE PERSON
THAT SHE HAD LOOK INTO THE SPOON (IN THE SAME EXACT
POSITION), AND THEN INVITES THE PERSON BACK INTO THE
ROOM. THE PERSON IMMEDIATELY GUESSES WHO LOOKED
IN THE SPOON BECAUSE OF THE WAY EVERYONE IS SITTING.
IT IS NOW UP TO THE GROUP TO DETERMINE HOW THAT PERSON
COULD GUESS WHO LOOKED INTO THE SPOON SO EASILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

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

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SIR WALTER RALEIGH PRACTICAL JOKE

QUESTION: DO YOU HAVE "SIR WALTER RALEIGH" IN A
POUCH PACKET? (REFERRING TO PIPE TOBACCO).
REPLY: YES, WE DO.
QUESTIONER: THEN, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, YOU'D BETTER
LET HIM OUT.

James Callow comment: WHEN SAID? AS A PRACTICAL JOKE TELEPHONE CALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

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

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SWIRLIE

THIS IS A GAME PLAYED BY DORM STUDENTS. WHEN ONE
DORMIE GETS TOO FAR OUT OF LINE, HIS FELLOW DORMIES
GRAB HIM BY THE ARMS AND LEGS AND TURN HIM UPSIDE-
DOWN. THEY THEN LOWER HIS HEAD INTO THE TOILET
UNTIL THE CHIN IS EVEN WITH THE SEAT AND FLUSH THE
TOILET.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HIS FELLOW DORMIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ; EAST LANSING

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

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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TELEPHONE PRANK

A PERSON CALLS UP SOMEONE HE GENERALLY DISLIKES,
DISGUISES HIS VOICE AND SAYS: "HELLO, IS (NAME)
THERE?" IF THE PERSON REPLIES "SPEAKING,"
THE CALLER STICKS THE PHONE DOWN THE TOILET AND
FLUSHES. IF HE IS NOT THERE AND THE PERSON ASKS IF
A MESSAGE CAN BE TAKEN, THE SAME PROCEDURE IS
FOLLOWED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM A SCHOOLMATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ; EAST LANSING

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

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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NIGHT GAME

AT NIGHT, THEY WOULD GO OUT IN GROUPS OF THREE
AND RING THE DOORBELLS OF OLD PEOPLE'S HOMES.
AS THEY ARE GOING TO THE DOOR, THE OTHER TWO WOULD
PROP THEIR CHINS UP ON THE WINDOWLEDGE AND SHINE
FLASHLIGHTS UNDER THEIR CHINS TO SCARE THE COUPLES
BEFORE RUNNING AWAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HIS BUDDIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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WE WOULD TAKE A WAGON APART--ONE OF THOSE TWO-HORSE
ONES THAT WEIGHED ABOUT A TON AND PUT IT ON A ROOF
WHERE WE WOULD PUT IT TOGETHER AGAIN. SO, THE
FARMER HAD TO TAKE IT APART AGAIN TO GET IT DOWN.

Submitter comment: PRANK PLAYED IN HOLLISTER, OHIO, ESPECIALLY AT
HALLOWEEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; HOLLISTER

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

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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HALLOWEEN PRANK

WE WOULD SHELL ALL FALL THE EARS OFF CORN AND THROW
THEM AGAINST THE WINDOWS. IT WAS A BIG THING FOR US
AT HALLOWEEN.
MR. YOUNT ADDED THAT THEY ALSO PUT CABBAGE STALKS ON
PORCHES, TOO.

Submitter comment: PRACTICES IN GLOUCESTER AND HOLLISTER, OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

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

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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GAME FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

CAN BE PLAYED WITH SEVERAL CHILDREN OR JUST ONE.
AN ADULT USUALLY PLAYS WITH THE CHILDREN. THE ADULT
LIGHTLY GRABS THE NOSE OF THE CHILD AND SAYS, "I'VE
GOT YOUR NOSE." IF ANOTHER CHILD PLAYING THE
STOLEN NOSE IS PUT ON THE OTHER CHILD'S NOSE, BUT
IF JUST THE ADULT IS THERE, THEN HE PUTS (THE)
NOSE ON HIMSELF. THE NATURAL REACTION OF THE CHILD
WHOSE NOSE IS GONE IS TO GET HIS BACK OR TAKE
SOMEONE ELSE'S. THE CHILD NATURALLY STATES
TRIUMPHANTLY THAT HE HAS YOUR NOSE. ADULT RESPONDS
BY TRYING TO GET IT BACK. GAME ENDS WITH NO ONE
SURE WHETHER THEY HAVE RIGHT NOSE OR NOT.

Submitter comment: MY POLISH UNCLE USED TO DO IT TO ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 04-00-1965

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