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"CHILLS" FORMULA

DOT DOT (INFORMANT GOES THROUGH THESE MOTIONS ON A
SUBJECT'S BACK WHILE SAYING THE WORDS.
LINE LINE
GREAT BIG QUESTION MARK
KNIFE IN YOUR BACK (HITTING THE SPINE HARD WITH FIST)
BLOOD TRICKLING DOWN (TRACES "BLOOD" WITH FINGERS)
HE THEN BLOWS ON THE SUBJECT'S NECK AT CLOSE RANGE
AND TICKLES IT WITH HIS FINGER, AND THEN SAYS:
ON A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT.
THIS RITUAL IS SUPPOSED TO GIVE THE SUBJECT CHILLS,
AND IT ACTUALLY DID WHEN I WITNESSED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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FOOTBALL PLAYERS OFTEN WEAR CLOTH ON THEIR WRISTS
FOR GOOD LUCK, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE CLOTH
ALSO SOAKS UP SWEAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 12-08-1967

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO STEP ON THE BASE ON YOUR WAY
OFF THE PLAYING FIELD WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING BASEBALL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN HE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL
IN LESLIE, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LESLIE

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

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FRIENDS OF MINE AND I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT
STEPPING ON SECOND BASE ON THE WAY TO THE OUTFIELD
AND ON THE WAY BACK IS GOOD LUCK IN BASEBALL.

Submitter comment: ALSO, IN HOCKEY, IT'S CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO STAND
ON CRACKING ICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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FOR GOOD LUCK IN BASEBALL, THE PLAYERS ALWAYS STEP
ON THE BASELINE ON THE WAY TO THE DUGOUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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FOR GOOD LUCK A PITCHER WILL NOT SHAVE BEFORE
A (BASEBALL) GAME.
FOR GOOD LUCK, A PITCHER WILL NOT TALK TO THE OTHER
PLAYERS IF HE IS IN THE COURSE OF PITCHING A PERFECT
GAME.
WHEN DRESSING BEFORE A GAME, A PITCHER WILL PUT ON ALL
ARTICLES OF CLOTHING FROM THE LEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INTERVIEW ; SAINT MATTHEW SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Good luck Body parts and functions

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FOR GOOD LUCK IN BASEBALL, THE PLAYERS LIKE TO
STEP ON THIRD BASE ON THEIR WAY FROM OUTFIELD
TO DUGOUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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MANY BALLPLAYERS WILL TOUCH SECOND BASE ON THEIR
WAY IN AND OUT TO THE OUTFIELD FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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IN A LOT OF SPORTS, WHEN ATHLETES ARE IN A WINNING
STREAK, THEY LIKE TO CONTINUE EATING THE SAME
THINGS.

Submitter comment: I SUPPOSE THIS BELIEF IS MUCH LIKE THAT OF NOT
CHANGING YOUR SOCKS WHILE IN A WINNING STREAK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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THIS GUY, JOE, NEVER SHAVED THE DAY BEFORE A FOOTBALL
GAME BELIEVING THIS BROUGHT HIM AND HIS TEAM GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IT ONCE WAS CONSIDERED A SIGN THAT THEY WOULD LOSE IF A
BASEBALL TEAM SAW A WAGON FULL OF BARRELS ON THE WAY
TO A GAME. OPPOSING COACHES SOMETIMES WOULD PAY
SOMEONE TO DRIVE IN FRONT OF A TEAM WITH A LOAD OF
BARRELS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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WATERMELON CHEER

THERE IS A NARRATOR. HE STARTS OUT BY SAYING "HERE IS A WATERMELON."
EVERYONE PRETENDS THEY ARE HOLDING A WATERMELON. NARRATOR: "SLICE
IT IN HALF." EVERYONE PRETENDS THEY ARE SLICING IT IN HALF LENGTHWISE
WHILE MAKING A SLICING NOISE. NARRATOR: "EAT IT." EVERYONE PRETENDS
THEY ARE EATING IT, MAKING CHOMPING NOISES. NARRATOR: "SPIT OUT
THE SEEDS." EVERYONE TURNS TO THE SIDE OF THEM AND SPITS OUT THE
SEEDS, MAKING A SPITTING OUT NOISE.

Submitter comment: I WATCHED THIS CHEER BEING DONE AT A CAMPFIRE. AFTER A SONG WAS SUNG,
EVERYONE WOULD DO A CHEER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GATLINBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD FRUIT

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

Date learned: 08-00-1974

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ROUND OF APPLAUSE

SOMEONE IN THE GROUP YELLS OUT, "A ROUND OF APPLAUSE" AND THE PEOPLE
DO THIS BY CLAPPING THEIR HANDS WHILE MOVING THEIR ARMS IN A BIG
CIRCLE.

Submitter comment: I WATCHED THIS CHEER BEING DONE AT A CAMPFIRE. AFTER A SONG WAS SUNG,
EVERYONE WOULD DO A CHEER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GATLINBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; METAPHOR INTERPRETED LITERALLY

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

Date learned: 08-00-1974

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KETCHUP CHEER

SOMEONE IN THE GROUP YELLS OUT, "THE KETCHUP CHEER" AND
THE RIGHT HAND IS CLOSED, LIKE A FIST, AND THE LEFT HAND HITS THE
RIGHT, AS IF HITTING A BOTTLE OF KETCHUP.

Submitter comment: I WATCHED THIS CHEER BEING DONE AT A CAMPFIRE. AFTER A SONG WAS SUNG,
EVERYONE WOULD DO A CHEER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GATLINBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

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

Date learned: 08-00-1974

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GAME VERSE

WALKS THE CHIMNEY UP THE LADDER "FIKMIK"/ AND
HE'S ALREADY STIRRING IN THE CHIMNEY.
PLACE HANDS BACK TO BACK ( LEFT HAND FACING DOWNWARD AND PALM OF
RIGHT HAND FACING UPWARD. CROSS FINGERS ONE BY ONE AND
TWIST ARMS AROUND BUT KEEP FINGERS INTERTWINED SO THAT THE
RIGHT THUMB IS STIRRING IN THE CENTER AND APPEARS TO BE THE
CHIMNEY SWEEPER WORKING.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM POLISH. THIS WAS LEARNED IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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FORMULA SPEECH

WHEN TWO PEOPLE SAY THE SAME WORD OR PHRASE AT THE SAME TIME, THE
FIRST ONE WHO PUNCHES THE OTHER ON THE ARM, AND SAYS "COKE," IS
SUPPOSED TO BE BOUGHT A COKE BY THE OTHER. (IN MY WORDS)

Submitter comment: OCCASIONALLY, BESIDES SAYING THE ORIGINAL WORD TWICE, WHEN BOTH
PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THE GAME USING "COKE," THEY MIGHT BOTH SAY THE
WORD "COKE," ITSELF AT THE SAME TIME, IN ATTEMPTING TO BEAT THEIR
OPPONENT AT SAYING IT. WHEN THIS HAPPENS, THE QUICK THINKER IMMEDI-
ATELY REPEATS "COKE" AGAIN, AND HE'S NOW THE WINNER. WHEN TWO ARE
BOTH VERY MUCH AWARE OF HOW THE GAME WORKS, THIS QUITE OFTEN HAP-
PENS. THE RESULT IS THAT THE TWO PEOPLE MAY SAY "COKE" TOGETHER
FOUR OR FIVE TIMES IN A ROW. THE QUICK PLAYER NOW OFTEN SAYS "COKE,
NO RETURNS, STOP," AND HE IS THE WINNER.
JUST LIKE ANY OTHER BET MADE IN FUN, THIS ONE IS RARELY PAID OFF, AND
IS NOT EVEN EXPECTED TO BE. THE FUN IS MERELY IN THE DOING OF IT.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

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

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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GREETING GAME

HELLO CHEST! (PAT ON CHEST ) GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK (PAT ON BACK )
HAVEN'T SEEN YOU IN YEARS (PULL EAR), BUT STILL I NOSE YA!"
(PULL NOSE)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN (NOSE AND KNOWS)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1972

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RING THE BELL

RING THE BELL(PULL LOCK OF HAIR), KNOCK AT THE DOOR (TAP FOREHEAD)
PEEP IN (LOOK IN EARS), LIFT THE LATCH (TILT NOSE), WALK IN
(OPEN MOUTH), GO DOWN IN THE CELLAR AND EAT APPLES(TICKLE THROAT)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1972

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HERE'S THE CHURCH

THIS RHYME IS RECITED WITH HAND GESTURES ACCOMPANYING THE RHYME.
THIS RHYME IS USUALLY RECITED BY CHILDREN AS A SORT OF GAME. HERE'S
THE CHURCH (HANDS ARE JOINED TOGETHER WITH FINGERS INTERLOCKED--
SIMILAR TO PRAYING), HERE'S THE STEEPLE (BOTH INDEX FINGERS ARE
RAISED STRAIGHT UP AND HELD TOGETHER KEEPING HANDS AND REST OF
FINGERS IN SAME POSITION PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED), OPEN THE DOOR AND
SEE ALL THE PEOPLE (TURN HANDS PALMS UP, INTERLOCK FINGERS WITH
FINGERS STICKING UP).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

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

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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