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TAP YA ON THE ICEBOX

ONE PERSON CLOSES HIS EYES. ANOTHER IS THE NARRATOR
AND DESCRIBES TO THE PERSON WITH HIS EYES CLOSED
WHAT IS BEING DRAWN ON HIS BACK. AN OLD MAN'S FACE
IS DRAWN. ONE PERSON WILL PUT IN THE OUTLINE, AND
THE SAME OR ANOTHER PERSON THE EARS, EYES, ETC.
THE NOSE IS LEFT FOR LAST. AS SOON AS THE NARRATOR
SAYS "AND HERE IS HIS NOSE," SOMEONE STRIKES THE
PERSON'S BACK TO INDICATE A NOSE. AT THIS THE PERSON
QUICKLY TURNS AROUND AND OPENS HIS EYES, TRYING TO
SEE OR GUESS WHO DREW THE NOSE ON HIS BACK. IF HE
GUESSES CORRECTLY, THEN THAT PERSON MUST BLINDFOLD
THEIR EYES. IF NOT, THEN EVERYONE RUNS AWAY WHILE
THE PERSON WHO INCORRECTLY GUESSED MUST TURN AROUND
AGAIN, COUNT TO ONE HUNDRED, AND TRY TO FIND WHERE
THE OTHERS ARE HIDING, JUST AS IN HIDE AND SEEK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT PLAYED THIS GAME WHEN HE WAS A YOUNGSTER
BUT IS AT A LOSS TO EXPLAIN THE TITLE OR ITS CONNEC-
TION WITH THE GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C535
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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ROMAN BOYS TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO JUMPED ON FRIENDS'
BACKS AND SHOUTED, BUCCA, BUCCA, QUOT SUNT HIC?--'BUCCA,
BUCCA, HOW MANY ARE HERE?' IF THE WOBBLING 'MOUNTS'
COULD GUESS THE NUMBER OF FINGERS THEIR 'RIDERS' HELD UP,
IT WOULD BE THEIR TURN TO JUMP. TODAY, BOYS IN ENGLAND
SHOUT, "BUCK, BUCK, HOW MANY HORNS DO I HOLD UP?" THE
RULES ARE THE SAME.

Where learned: PLAY WORLD SPANS TIME AND SPACE ; NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SCHOOL BULLETIN ; VOLUME 42 ; NUMBER 15

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C535
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

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