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PRACTICAL JOKE

TELL SOMEBODY THAT THEY CAN READ SIAMESE. THEN WRITE THIS OUT;
"O WA TAGU SIAM". THEN HAVE THEM READ IT OUT LOUD UNTIL THEY
REALIZE THAT THEY ARE SAYING, "OH WHAT A GOOSE I AM".

Where learned: MISSOURI ; AGENCY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: CA00001967

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PRACTICAL JOKE

WRITE THIS OUT: "POLISH IT IN THE CORNER". HAVE SOMEONE SAY IT
OUT LOUD THREE TIMES, THEN SAY: "SHAME ON POLLY"

Where learned: MISSOURI ; AGENCY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: CA00001967

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ALPHABET GAME

THIS GAME IS PLAYED WITH ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE. SOMEONE READS
A SENTENCE OR TWO, WHICH IS WRITTEN VERTICALLY DOWN A PAPER NEXT
TO THE ENGLISH ALPHABET. THUS YOU HAVE 26 PAIRS OF INITIALS.
A TIME LIMIT OF THREE MINUTES IS GIVEN TO THINK OF FAMOUS
PEOPLE WITH THOSE MADE UP WITH INITIALS. THE PERSON WITH THE MOST
WINS, HOWEVER, TWO LIKE NAMES WILL CANCEL OUT, IF SOMEONE ELSE
HAS A DIFFERENT NAME FOR THAT COMBINATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Memory
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 04-11-1979

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HUMAN MUSICAL CHAIRS

ANY NUMBER OF CHAIRS ARE SET UP IN A LINE. THE PLAYERS ARE ASKED A
SERIES OF QUESTIONS, FOR EACH QUESTION THE PLAYER CAN ANSWER YES TO
HE MAY MOVE TO THE NEXT CHAIR. IF HE CAN NOT ANSWER YES HE MUST
REMAIN WHERE HE IS. IF ANOTHER PLAYER CAN ANSWER YES AND YOU
CAN NOT BUT HE WILL BE SITTING ON THE SAME CHAIR, THEN HE SITS ON
YOUR LAP. ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE CAN BE ON ONE CHAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

Date learned: CA00001975

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THIS IS A TYPE OF MUSICAL CHAIRS. THE MUSIC IS PLAYED AND THE GIRLS
WALK AROUND THE "CHAIRS". THE CHAIRS ARE REALLY THE GUYS SITTING ON
THE FLOOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

Date learned: CA00001975

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"HI, BOB" DRINKING GAME

A DRINKING GAME CALLED "HI BOB" INVOLVES A GROUP WATCHING RE-RUNS
OF A BOB NEWHART SHOW. EVERY TIME SOMEONE SAYS "HI" ON THE SHOW,
EVERYONE MUST TAKE A SIP OF BEER. EVERY TIME SOMEONE SAYS "HI BOB",
THE ENTIRE CAN MUST BE FINISHED. THE PERSON LEFT STANDING AFTER
THE HALF-HOUR SHOW IS OVER IS DECLARED THE WINNER.

Submitter comment: "HI, BOB" WAS COLLECTED ON THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT CAMPUS, BUT
IT IS BELIEVED TO HAVE ORIGINATED ON CALIFORNIA CAMPUSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: CA00001970S

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DRINKING GAME "BOB"

EVERYONE WATCHES THE TELEVISION SHOW, "BOB NEWHART," WHILE HOLDING
THEIR BEERS. EVERY TIME SOMEONE ON THE SHOW SAYS "BOB" EVERYONE
TAKES A DRINK. IF THE NEIGHBOR COMES OVER TO BORROW SOMETHING,
THE PLAYERS MUST DRINK THEIR WHOLE BEER.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS HEARD ON A POPULAR DETROIT ROCK RADIO STATION BUT MY
INFORMANT DID NOT REMEMBER WHICH ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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LIMERICK ON A FAMILY TRIP

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL NAMED CHER,
WHO WAS ALWAYS BRUSHING HER HAIR.
ONE DAY PEOPLE SAY
HER HAIR BLEW AWAY.
AND NOW POOR CHER'S HEAD IS BARE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A POEM THAT MY SISTER MADE UP WHILE WE WERE PLAYING
A GAME IN THE CAR ON A FAMILY TRIP. THE GAME CONSISTS
OF EVERYBODY MAKING UP A FIVE-LINE POEM WITH A PERSON'S
NAME IN IT. AT THE END THE PERSON WITH THE BEST LIMERICK
GETS A PRIZE OF SOME SORT. USUALLY THE PRIZE TURNED OUT TO
BE A MILKSHAKE AT MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPROMPTU COMPOSITION OF POETRY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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LIMERICK ON A FAMILY TRIP

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL NAMED JULIE.
HER HAIR WAS TANGLED AND UNRULY.
HER MOM HAD IT SHORN.
HOW JULIE DID MOURN.
FOR THE MICE HAD NO HOME WITHOUT JULIE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A LIMERICK MADE UP IN THE GAME PLAYED ON A
FAMILY TRIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPROMPTU OF POETRY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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LIMERICK ON A FAMILY TRIP

THERE ONCE WAS A BOY NAMED BILL
WHO SWALLOWED AN ATOMIC PILL.
HE STARTED TO COUGH.
THE BOMB WENT OFF.
THEY FOUND HIS HEAD IN BRAZIL.
THERE WAS ALSO A GIRL NAMED JANE
WHO ALWAYS HAD A VERY STRANGE PAIN.
SHE TOOK ONE OF BILL'S PILLS
NEVER KNOWING IT KILLS,
AND WAS NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN.
SO DON'T FOOL AROUND WITH A PILL,
UNLESS YOU ARE MENTALLY ILL.
FOR THE PILL THAT YOU TAKE
COULD BE THE MISTAKE
OF ENDING YOUR LIFE WITHOUT WILL.

Submitter comment: THIS LIMERICK WAS MADE UP IN A GAME PLAYED IN THE CAR ON
A FAMILY TRIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPROMPTU OF POETRY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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Hands up to Eighty-five

This is a singing and clapping game where the object is not to
hesitate. You pick a topic such as cars, colors, or names that
start with "R". It goes like this: Hands up to eighty-five going
to get names of cars.. no hesitation, no dimitration so let's go.
The first person says a car, then the second and so on, all the
time the clapping in rhythm. If you don't say a car in time you
are out, the game goes on until one person is left.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Knowledge

Date learned: 00001970S

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ON A PIECE OF PAPER, WRITE THE ALPHABET VERTICALLY,
ONE LETTER AT A TIME. THEN, HAVE SOMEONE SUGGEST A
SAYING OR PHRASE, AND WRITE THAT ALSO VERTICALLY,
EACH LETTER NEXT TO ONE OF THE ALPHABET LETTERS.
THEN WRITE AS MANY NAMES AS POSSIBLE WITHIN A GIVEN
TIME WITH THOSE INITIALS (NAMES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE,
THAT IS.) WHOEVER GETS THE MOST NAMES WITHIN THE
TIME WINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MACKINAC ISLAND ; GRAND HOTEL ; SNACK BAR

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

Date learned: 07-00-1970

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OF COURSE YOU REMEMBER CLARA--NET! (CLARINET).
OF COURSE YOU REMEMBER PHIL-OSOPHY. (PHILOSOPHY).
OF COURSE, YOU REMEMBER CY COLOGY (PSYCHOLOGY).
OF COURSE, YOU REMEMBER TIM PANI (TYMPANI).
OF COURSE, YOU REMEMBER TEX ACO (TEXACO--BRAND NAME).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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OF COURSE, YOU REMEMBER CHARLES-TON (CHARLESTON).
OF COURSE, YOU REMEMBER PHIL ABUSTER (FILABUSTER).
OF COURSE, YOU REMEMBER MADGE IC (MAGIC).
OF COURSE, YOU REMEMBER HANK KERCHIEF (HANDKERCHIF).
INFORMANT GETS TOGETHER WITH OTHERS AND MAKES UP
THESE NAMES AS A PASTIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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A GAME INVOLVING TWO OR MORE PLAYERS. OBJECT IS TO TRY
TO GO ON THE TRIP WITH THE LEADER BY NAMING AN OBJECT
WITH (A) SAME FIRST LETTER, (B) DOUBLE CONSONANT WORDS,
(C) SAME LAST LETTER, ETC. WHATEVER THE LEADER
DECIDES. BEGIN: LEADER: "I AM GOING ON A TRIP AND I
AM GOING TO BRING 'BALOONS.' PLAYER: REPEATS SAME
PHRASE ADDING SOMETHING HE IS GOING TO BRING--AN
AIRPLANE. LEADER: "NO YOU CAN'T GO." NEXT PLAYER REPEATS
THE SAME PHRASE BUT SAYS "BRING BEER." LEADER: "YES
YOU MAY GO." THE GAME STARTS AGAIN AND CONTINUES UNTIL
ALL THE PLAYERS HAVE CAUGHT ON TO THE OBJECT OF THE GAME.
FOR EXAMPLE, IN THIS GAME YOU HAD TO FIGURE OUT THAT I
WAS BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER "B" AND YOU COULDN'T
GO ON THE TRIP UNTIL YOU SAID SOMETHING YOU WERE GOING
TO BRING THAT BEGAN WITH "B."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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OF COURSE, YOU REMEMBER BILL-DING (BUILDING).
INFORMANT GETS TOGETHER WITH OTHERS AND MAKES UP
THESE NAMES AS A PASTIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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CONTINUED STORIES: ONE PERSON STARTS A
STORY AND HAS ONE MINUTE TO GET TO A CLIMAX AND
THEN IT GOES ON TO THE NEXT PERSON AND SO ON AROUND
THE CAMP FIRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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PARIS IN THE THE SPRING (PRINTED IN A PYRAMID)

THE WORDS ARE ARRANGED IN THE PYRAMID THUS:
PARIS ON FIRST LINE, IN THE ON SECOND LINE, THE
SPRING ON THE LAST LINE.
MOST PEOPLE WILL READ THIS AS "PARIS IN THE SPRING,"
BUT ACTUALLY IT IS "PARIS IN THE THE SPRING." YOU ASK
THE PERSON WHO IS TO READ IT TO READ IT AS FAST AS
POSSIBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

James Callow Keyword(s): OPTICAL ILLUSION

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WORD GAME

THIS TRICK IS PLAYED ON AN UNSUSPECTING PERSON. HE
IS TOLD TO REACH EACH LINE IN THE FIRST COLUMN
AND SAY "TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN" AFTER EACH. THEN
HE IS TOLD TO READ THE FIRST COLUMN BACKWARDS AND
HE SAYS, "LOOK HOW MANY TIMES I MADE THIS SILLY
ASS SAY 'TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN.'"
TRAIN TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
SAY TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
ASS TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
SILLY TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
THIS TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
MADE TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
I TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
TIMES TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
MANY TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
HOW TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
LOOK TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REFRAIN

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

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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TRICK QUESTION

RON, A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER IN DETROIT, WAS
VISITING MY BROTHER IN THE HOSPITAL. SHORTLY AFTER
HE ENTERED HE ASKED MY BROTHER TO SPELL STOP FIVE
TIMES IN RAPID SUCCESSION. WHEREUPON MY BROTHER
DID SPELL STOP FIVE TIMES IN SUCCESSION WITHOUT ANY
TROUBLE. I BELIEVE MY BROTHER THOUGHT THE QUESTION
TO BE A TONGUE TWISTER AND HE WAS OBVIOUSLY PROUD
OF HIMSELF AFTER COMPLETING THE TASK. WHEREUPON, RON
SUDDENLY ASKED HIM, "WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU COME TO
A 'GREEN' LIGHT?" OF COURSE, MY BROTHER, CAUGHT
COMPLETELY OFF GUARD REPLIED, "STOP." WHICH PROVOKED
A GREAT DEAL OF LAUGHTER ALL AROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-24-1967

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