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NAME GAME

FOR THE NAME GAME YOU GET TOGETHER A GROUP OF KIDS
AND PUT THEM IN A CIRCLE AND YOU TAKE THE NAME OF A KID,
REPLACE THE FIRST LETTER SOUND OF THE NAME WITH A B
SOUND, THEN REPLACE THE FIRST LETTER SOUND OF THE NAME
WITH AN F SOUND. LAST REPLACE THE FIRST LETTER SOUND OF
THE FIRST NAME WITH AN M SOUND. AND THERE IS A SONG TO HELP
YOU REMEMBER. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE USING THE NAME TOM:
TOM TOM BO (BOM) BANANA FANANA FOM (FOM) FE FI MO (MOM) TOM.
THIS METHOD CAN BE USED FOR ANY NAME.

Submitter comment: ON A NOTE OF WARNING YOU MUST BE CAREFUL AS TO THE NAMES
THAT YOU CHOOSE, FOR SOME COME OUT LEWD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

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

Date learned: 00001970CA

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THERE ARE SEVERAL VARIATIONS OF A GAME USING THE ALPHABET.
IN EACH YOU MUST GO THROUGH EACH LETTER AND THINK OF
SOMETHING IN THE CATEGORY THAT STARTS WITH THE LETTER. "A,"
"THE" AND "AN" DON'T COUNT. THE CATEGORIES ARE MOVIES, BOOKS,
ANIMALS AND SONGS, TO NAME A FEW.
FOR EXAMPLE IF THE CATEGORY WERE ANIMALS AND THROUGH TAKING
TURNS YOU HAD REACHED THE LETTER "K" YOU COULD USE KANGAROO.
YOU NEED AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE, THOUGH MORE IS MORE FUN. FOR
A MORE CHALLENGING GAME, GO THROUGH THE ALPHABET AGAIN WITH
THE SAME CATEGORY, BUT YOU CAN'T USE THE SAME WORDS AS THE
LAST GAME.
A VARIATION OF THIS IS LOOKING FOR LETTERS, IN ALPHABETICAL
ORDER, ON SIGNS AND LICENSE PLATES WHILE TRAVELING ON ROADS.
THIS IS MORE COMPETITIVE, BECAUSE NO ONE TAKES TURNS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

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

Date learned: 06-00-1980

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My parents took the family camping every summer. While driving
we kids would get very restless so my mother would get us
playing games. One of them was to have a contest between the
kids to see how many different license plates we could collect.
This was a game that she played when she was young while
traveling to California by car.

Submitter comment: Collect means to write down the different state license plates.
On one trip we collected every state except Hawaii and New
Hampshire.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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THIS IS A GAME WHICH CAN BE PLAYED AT A PARTY OR ANYWHERE
WHERE THERE IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE. TWO PEOPLE, WHO ARE
IN ON THE JOKE, CLAIM TO HAVE PSYCHIC POWERS AND HAVE
THE ABILITY TO READ EACH OTHER'S MIND. ONE OF THEM
LEAVES THE ROOM AND THE OTHER POINTS TO ANY PERSON
STILL IN THE ROOM. HE THEN CLAIMS THAT WITHOUT
SPEAKING, HE'LL BE ABLE TO TRANSMIT TO THE OTHER PERSON
WHOM HE HAS POINTED TO. THE PERSON WHO LEFT THE ROOM
RETURNS. THE TWO PEOPLE WITH THE SUPPOSED PSYCHIC
POWER STAND FACING EACH OTHER, EACH HOLDING THE END OF
A PENCIL (OPPOSITE ENDS). THEY KEEP TURNING THE PENCIL
BETWEEN THEM. MEANWHILE, THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE ROOM
USUALLY MAKE COMMENTS AND TALK. AS SOON AS THE PERSON
WHO WAS POINTED TO SPEAKS, THE ONE WHO REMAINED IN THE
ROOM ASKS THE OTHER, "ARE YOU GETTING ANY VIBRATIONS?"
IF THE ONE WHO LEFT DISTINCTLY HEARD THE VOICE AND KNOWS
WHO IT IS, HE'LL SAY "YES" AND SAY THE NAME. IF THERE
WERE SEVERAL PEOPLE TALKING, AND HE'S NOT SURE WHOSE
VOICE IT WAS, HE'LL JUST SAY "NO" AND WAIT UNTIL HE
(THE PERSON POINTED TO) SPEAKS AGAIN AND HE "GETS A
GOOD VIBRATION."

Where learned: Massachusetts

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

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THIS IS A WORD GAME IN WHICH THE PEOPLE PLAYING TRY TO
FIGURE OUT WHAT CERTAIN WORDS HAVE IN COMMON. THE GAME
CAN BEST BE EXPLAINED BY ACTUALLY GIVING EXAMPLES.
THE PERSON WHO KNOWS THE GAME COULD SAY:
IT COULD BE GREEN BUT NOT BLUE.
IT COULD BE LOOSE BUT NOT TIGHT.
IT COULD BE SUZANNE BUT NOT SUE.
IT COULD BE STREET BUT NOT ROAD
IT COULD BE TALL BUT NOT HIGH.
THE KEY IS THAT ALL THE WORDS HAVE A DOUBLE LETTER
SOMEWHERE IN THE WORD (GREEN, LOOSE, SUZANNE, STREET,
TALL).

Where learned: Massachusetts

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

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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PARIS IN THE THE SPRING (PRINTED INSIDE A DIAMOND OR PYRAMID

INFORMANT SAYS THAT WHEN ASKED TO READ THE WORDS ABOVE,
MOST PEOPLE WILL SAY IT READS, "PARIS IN THE SPRING"
NOT "PARIS IN THE SPRING."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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CATEGORIES

A GAME PLAYED WITH THE RHYTHM OF HAND-CLAPPING. IT IS
OFTEN PLAYED AT COLLEGE PARTIES. THE OBJECT IS AFTER A
CATEGORY HAS BEEN NAMED, EACH PERSON AROUND A CIRCLE
NAMES AN OBJECT IN THE CATEGORY. WHEN A PERSON MISSES,
HE MUST SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHUGGING HIS GLASS
OF BEER, AND THE GAME BEGINS ANEW, USUALLY WITH A
NEW CATEGORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): CHUGGING=DRINKING ALL AT ONCE.

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

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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THIS IS THE GAME OF TIC-TAC-TOE. THE GAME IS PLAYED ON
A SET OF LINES (SEE DIAGRAM) BY TWO PEOPLE, ONE WHO
DRAWS X'S IN THE SQUARES, AND THE OTHER PERSON DRAWS
O'S. THEY ALTERNATE, EACH PERSON PUTTING HIS MARK
(ONE PER TURN) IN ONE OF THE NINE SQUARES. WHICHEVER
PERSON GETS THREE OF HIS MARKS IN A STRAIGHT LINE,
EITHER HORIZONTALLY, VERTICALLY, OR DIAGONALLY, WINS
THE GAME. IF HOWEVER, ALL NINE SQUARES ARE FILLED
AND NO ONE HAS WON, THE GAME IS SAID TO GO TO THE
"CATS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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PERDIDDLE

THE INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT SHE USED TO PLAY THIS FAMILIAR
KISSING GAME WHEN SHE WAS A TEENAGER. HOWEVER, SHE
PRONOUNCED THE WORD "PADIDDLE." WHEN A BOY AND GIRL
ARE RIDING IN A CAR, THEY SHOULD SAY THIS WORD AS SOON
AS THEY SEE ANOTHER CAR WITH ONLY ONE HEADLIGHT ON.
IF THE BOY SAYS IT FIRST, HE CAN KISS THE GIRL, BUT IF
THE GIRL SAYS IT FIRST, SHE CAN HIT THE BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 01-31-1971

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KILL

EACH PERSON IS DEALT A CARD. ONE PERSON HAS THE ACE
OF SPADES AND IS THE KILLER, BUT IS UNKNOWN TO
EVERYONE ELSE. HE MUST TRY TO WINK AT SOMEONE
WITHOUT BEING CAUGHT AND ACCUSED BY ANOTHER. WHEN
A PERSON REALIZES HE HAS BEEN WINKED AT BY THE KILLER,
HE IS OUT OF THE GAME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS AN AMUSING PARTY GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

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

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CATEGORIES

THIS IS A GAME. THE PARTICIPANTS GATHER AROUND THE
TABLE AND CLAP THEIR HANDS TWICE, THEN SLAP THE
TABLE TWICE, AND THEN SLAP THEIR HANDS TWICE AND
CONTINUE THIS IN RHYTHM. THE PERSON WHO STARTS
DESIGNATES A CERTAIN CATEGORY FROM WHICH THE NAMES MUST
COME, E.G., CIGARETTES, NAMES OF CARS, NAMES OF
LIQUORS, ETC. AND ON THE CLAP OF THE HAND THE PERSON
TO THE LEFT MUST NAME SOME MEMBER OF THE CATEGORY.
HE MUST NAME THE THING IN RHYTHM TO THE CLAP OF THE HAND
AND THE FOLLOWING PERSON MUST GIVE HIS MEMBER OF THE
CATEGORY AT THE NEXT CLAP OF THE HAND, ETC., UNTIL
SOMEONE EITHER CANNOT GIVE AN ADEQUATE NAME OR GIVES
IT OUT OF TIME WITH THE RHYTHM. THE LOSER MUST CHUG
HIS BEER, OR SIT OUT OF THE GAME, OR BUY THE NEXT
ROUND, OR DO WHATEVER THE CONSEQUENCES, WHICH HAVE
BEEN AGREED UPON.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS GAME BY PLAYING IT AND NO ONE SEEMS
TO KNOW WHO STARTED IT OR WHEN IT WAS STARTED.

Where learned: DETROIT ; GOLDEN 20S ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 00001961 FALL

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GAME PLAYED WHILE TRAVELING BY CAR

PERONS IN THE CAR TRY TO FIND WORDS ON SIGNS, BUILD-
INGS, ETC. BEGINNING WITH EACH LETTER OF THE
ALPHABET. FOR EXAMPLE, A WORD BEGINNING WITH A
HAS TO BE FOUND FIRST, THEN A WORD BEGINNING WITH
B. THE WORDS MUST BE FOUND IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
THE FIRST ONE TO FIND A SIGN BEGINNING WITH Z WINS.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED IT EITHER FROM MY FAMILY OR FROM SCHOOL
FRIENDS WHEN I WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GAME TO BE PLAYED WHILE TRAVELING

COUNT 99 NEGROES, 24 WHITE HORSES, AND 3 RED-HEADED
PEOPLE.
AFTER THIS IS DONE, THE NEXT PERSON OF OPPOSITE
SEX WHOM YOU SHAKE HANDS WITH WILL BE THE PERSON
YOU MARRY.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER COUSINS WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL.

Where learned: ON A TRIP BY CAR

Subject headings: Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Mental Activity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.24
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.3
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.99
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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UNDER THE SHEETS

A PERSON IS ASKED TO NAME HIS FAVORITE SONGS, BUT
TO ADD TO THEM THE PHRASE "UNDER THE SHEETS,"
THUS CREATING A DIFFERENT MEANING TO THE TITLE,
AND THEREFORE PROVIDING HUMOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): NAMING GAME ; TITLES

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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