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LUCK AT CARDS BELIEF

TIE THE HEART OF A BAT WITH A RED SILKEN STRING TO THE RIGHT ARM
AND YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND WIN EVERY CARD GAME YOU PLAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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A BOWLER'S CRYING TOWEL WAS GIVEN TO ME ABOUT THREE
YEARS AGO. SINCE THIS TIME, I WILL NOT GO BOWLING
WITHOUT IT. IT HAS BROUGHT ME GOOD LUCK, I FEEL,
AND IN ORDER NOT TO LOSE THIS GOOD LUCK, THE TOWEL
HAS NEVER BEEN WASHED. I FEEL THAT IF I WASH IT,
THE GOOD LUCK ATTACHED TO THE TOWEL WOULD DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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IN POKER, IF YOU CUT THE DECK OF CARDS AND GET AN ACE
OF SPADES, THAT MEANS DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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GAME: CHINESE FIRE DRILL

WHEN STOPPED FOR A RED LIGHT, ALL OCCUPANTS OF THE CAR RUSH OUT
AND RUN AROUND THE CAR AS MANY TIMES AS THEY CAN BEFORE THE
LIGHT TURNS GREEN.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM IS CLASSIFIED AS A GAME BECAUSE IT IMPLIES COMPETITION
AGAINST THE LIGHT. THE KNOWN RECORD IS 3 TIMES AROUND THE CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: CA00001968

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BALL GAME (RAIN ON THE ROOF)

THIS GAME IS PLAYED WITH A BASKETBALL ON A GARAGE ROOF. PLAYERS LINE
UP AND THE FIRST ONE THROWS THE BALL UP ON THE ROOF AND EACH
SUCCESSIVE PLAYER MUST TIP IT BACK UP WITHOUT HOLDING IT OR LETTING
IT TOUCH THE GROUND. IT'S SORT OF A COMBINATION OF VOLLEYBALL
AND A BASKETBALL PRACTICE DRILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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BALL GAME

THIS GAME IS PLAYED WITH A LARGE AIR-FILLED BALL
(LIKE A BEACH BALL).
ONE PERSON IS CHOSEN TO BE IT. HE THROWS THE BALL UP IN THE AIR
WHILE THE OTHERS RUN. WHEN HE CATCHES THE BALL ALL THE OTHERS MUST
FREEZE. HE CAN THEN TAKE FIVE STEPS IN ANY DIRECTION, AND THROW
THE BALL AT ANY OF THE OTHERS. IF HE HITS THE PERSON HE CAN TAKE
FIVE MORE STEPS AND TRY FOR ANOTHER. IF HE HITS ALL OF THE OTHER
PLAYERS THEN THE FIRST ONE HIT BECOMES IT. IF NOT, HE MUST TRY THE
WHOLE THING AGAIN.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; WESTCHESTER

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

Date learned: CA00001960

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

CHINNY, CHINNY CHINAMAN SITTING ON A FENCE TRYING TO MAKE A
DOLLAR OUT OF EIGHTY-FIVE CENTS. KATHY.
THE JUMPROPE IS MADE OF CONNECTED RUBBERBANDS.
STANDING AT OPPOSITE ENDS WITH THIS, IN EFFECT, LARGE RUBBERBAND
MADE OF CONNECTED RUBBERBANDS AROUND THEIR ANKLES, THE TWO
PEOPLE STRETCH THE LARGE CIRCULAR RUBBERBAND UNTIL IT APPEARS TO
BE TWO PARALLEL LINES. IT IS PLAYED BY PUTTING ONE FOOT
UNDERNEATH THE FIRST BAND AND CROSSING IT OVER THE OTHER ONE.

Submitter comment: KATHY IS AN EXAMPLE NAME FOR THE PERSON CALLED IN TO JUMP.
I PLAYED THIS GAME, TOO.
THIS WAS LEARNED IN DETROIT IN AN AREA CLOSE TO HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Sterling Heights ; NEAR HAMTRAMCK

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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EVERY YEAR IN MASSILLON, OHIO, BEGINNING WITH THE FIRST FRIDAY
OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, AND CONTINUING FOR TEN WEEKS, THE FOOTBALL GAMES
OF THE CITY'S ONLY HIGH SCHOOL DOMINATE THE SOCIAL, ENTERTAINMENT
AND CONVERSATIONAL ASPECTS OF THE CITIZENS. THE SEASON TRADITION-
ALLY CLOSES WITH AN INTER-CITY RIVALRY WITH CANTON'S (MASSILLON'S
NEIGHBORING CITY--LESS THAN TEN MILES AWAY) LARGEST SCHOOL--MCKINLEY,
AND APPROPRIATELY, "BEAT MCKINLEY WEEK."
THE MASSILLON TIGER--MCKINLEY BULLDOG FESTIVITIES ARE NOT PAR-
TICIPATED IN JUST BY STUDENTS. PEOPLE OF ALL AGES GET EXCITED ABOUT
THE GAME. SOME OF THE MOST ARDENT SUPPORTERS ARE OLD-TIMERS WHO
LOOK FORWARD TO IT EVERY YEAR, AND MOST EVERY CHILD HAS SEEN ONE
TIGER GAME, AND PROBABLY SPORTS A TIGER JACKET, BY THE TIME HE ENTERS
FIRST GRADE.
EACH OF THE TEAM'S THREE BOOSTER CLUBS, THE TIGER BOOSTERS, THE
SIDELINERS (EACH OF WHOSE MEMBERS SPONSOR A FOOTBALL PLAYER) AND THE
BENCHWARMERS, HOLD A "BEAT MCKINLEY RALLY" SOMETIME DURING THE WEEK,
AND THE STUDENT BODY ITSELF ALSO HOLDS A FEW RALLIES DURING THE
COURSE OF THE WEEK.
ON FRIDAY NIGHT, THE BIGGEST PRE-GAME EVENT IS HELD. A PARADE
MARCHES THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN AREA. INCLUDED IS THE MASSILLON TIGER
SWING BAND, MAJORETTES, COACHES, PLAYERS, AND FLOATS (ALL BEARING
THE THEME"BEAT MCKINLEY.") "OBIE," THE MASCOT IN A TIGER SKIN
(AND SINCE 1970, A LIVE TIGER IN A CAGE ALSO) ARE THERE, AS WELL AS
THE TRADITIONAL CALLIOPE; PLAYED ONLY DURING BEAT MCKINLEY WEEK, IT
ALSO DRIVES AROUND THE CITY STREETS PLAYING FOR A FEW HOURS
EACH NIGHT. THE PARADE MARCHES TO THE STADIUM COMPLEX, WHERE A HUGE
BONFIRE IS HELD. (STARTING IN 1973, FIRE REGULATIONS REDUCED THE
SIZE OF THE FIRE. AT THE SAME TIME THE SITE WAS CHANGED TO A PLACE
CLOSER TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA. SEE SUPPLEMENTARY PICTURE, AND NOTE
ATTENDANCE.)
INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS ALSO DO A GREAT DEAL OF "CAMPAIGNING."
BESIDES THE TIGER JACKETS, RAINCOATS, RIBBONS, CUSHIONS, BUMPER
STICKERS, AND TIGER TAILS, SOME FAMILIES DECORATE THEIR HOMES WITH
BOTH MASS-PRODUCED AND HOME-MADE SIGNS, AS WELL AS OCCASIONAL THREE-
DIMENSIONAL EXHIBITS, SUCH AS A STUFFED BULLDOG WITH A NOOSE TIED
AROUND HIS NECK.
THE SITE OF THE GAME ALTERNATES YEARLY BETWEEN MASSILLON TIGER
STADIUM AND CANTON FAWCETT STADIUM, AND IS ALWAYS PLAYED ON A SATUR-
DAY AFTERNOON AT TWO O'CLOCK. (WHEREAS ALL THE OTHER GAMES ARE
PLAYED ON FRIDAY NIGHTS.) IT NEVER DRAWS LESS THAN A SELLOUT CROWD
OF OVER TWENTY THOUSAND, EVEN THOUGH IT IS ALWAYS BROADCAST LIVE ON
THE LOCAL TELEVISION STATION.
THE FANS COME AS MUCH AS TWO HOURS BEFORE THE START OF THE GAME,
BECAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC JAMS. BEFORE THE START OF THE GAME, THE LIVE
TIGER MEETS MCKINLEY'S LIVE BULLDOG, AS DO THEIR COSTUMED COUNTER-
PARTS. LARGE CRATES OF HELIUM-FILLED BALLOONS (ORANGE AND BLACK BY
MASSILLON, AND RED AND BLACK BY CANTON) ARE ALWAYS RELEASED. THE
MAJORETTES RECEIVE CARNATIONS, AND THE SENIOR BAND MEMBERS ARE GIVEN
A FAREWELL CEREMONY. DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, AN AIRPLANE BEARING
A BANNER WITH THE "BEAT MCKINLEY" MESSAGE HAS FLOWN BACK AND FORTH
OVER THE STADIUM, ADDING ANOTHER TRADITION TO THE GAME. DURING
HALF-TIME, THE SWING BAND PLAYS "THE TIGER RAG," AND PERFORMS SOME
ROUTINES THEY HAVE DONE FOR DECADES.
THE NIGHT OF THE GAME IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST NIGHTS FOR CELEBRA-
TION IN STARK COUNTY. WIN OR LOSE, THE ADULTS AND TEENS ALL HAVE
THEIR RESPECTIVE GET-TOGETHERS. MANY CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS SPONSOR
DANCES, INDIVIDUAL HOMES HAVE PARTIES, AND IT IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE
TO GET A RESTAURANT RESERVATION LESS THAN THREE TO FOUR WEEKS IN
ADVANCE OF THE GAME.
IN ADDITION TO CALLING ATTENTION TO THE EVENTS OF "BEAT MCKINLEY
WEEK," THE TOWN NEWSPAPER, THE EVENING INDEPENDENT, ALSO CARRIES OUT
CERTAIN TRADITIONS OF ITS OWN. ON THE DAY BEFORE THE BIG GAME, THE
INDEPENDENT SUPERIMPOSES THE WORDS "BEAT MCKINLEY" (IN BIG BLOCK
LETTERS PRINTED IN ORANGE) OVER THE FRONT-PAGE STORIES. ON NEARLY
EVERY OTHER PAGE (AND ESPECIALLY ON THE SPORT PAGE) THE COL-
UMNS OF THE PAPER ARE BORDERED WITH THE WORDS "BEAT MCKINLEY." ALSO,
THE PAST SCORES OF THE MASSILLON-CANTON GAME, FROM ITS ORIGIN IN
1894, ARE TRADITIONALLY PRINTED YEARLY. SOMETIME DURING THE COURSE
OF THE WEEK, PICTURES OF THE SENIORS PLAYING THEIR LAST GAME ARE
PRINTED.

Submitter comment: CANTON CELEBRATES "BEAT MASSILLON WEEK" IN MUCH THE SAME WAY AS
MASSILLON CELEBRATES "BEAT MCKINLEY WEEK." THERE IS ALWAYS A LITTLE
"RIBBING" (SOMETIMES FRIENDLY, SOMETIMES NOT) BETWEEN MASSILLONIANS
AND CANTONIANS. I MYSELF ATTENDED THE NEAREST CATHOLIC SCHOOL, WHICH
IS LOCATED BETWEEN CANTON AND MASSILLON. EVEN THERE, THOUGH WE HAD
FOOTBALL GAMES OF OUR OWN THE SAME WEEK, STUDENTS WOULD WEAR "BEAT
MASSILLON" AND "BEAT MCKINLEY" RIBBONS, DEPENDING ON THEIR ALLEGIANCE
AND IT WAS A SIMILAR SITUATION IN ALL THE SUBURBAN AND COUNTY
SCHOOLS.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): SPORTS FOOTBALL

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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FIVE-WAY TIC-TAC-TOE

TO PLAY FIVE-WAY TIC-TAC-TOE, A SHEET OF GRAPH PAPER IS USED BY
TWO PLAYERS, WHO TRY TO BUILD ROWS OF FIVE "X" OR "O", DEPENDING
ON THE PLAYER'S RESPECTIVE SYMBOL. UNLIKE CONVENTIONAL TIC-TAC-TOE,
IN WHICH A NEW GRID IS DRAWN AFTER A PLAYER (OR CAT) WINS A GAME,
FIVE-WAY KEEPS THE GAME GOING CONSTANTLY: SINCE THERE ARE SO MANY
SPACES, AS SOON AS ONE ROW OF FIVE IS COMPLETED, THE GAME DOES NOT
STOP, BUT CONTINUES, WITH PLAYERS TRYING TO COMPILE AS MANY ROWS AS
POSSIBLE. THE WINNER IS THE ONE WHO BUILDS THE MOST ROWS IN A PRE-
DETERMINED AMOUNT OF TIME, OR WITHIN A GIVEN AMOUNT OF SPACE.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME WAS POPULAR TO PLAY BETWEEN (AND DURING) CLASSES AT MY
HIGH-SCHOOL (CEETRAL CATHOLIC IN CANTON, OHIO),
ESPECIALLY DURING A
"FIVE-WAY FAD" IN 1970.
A FEW SIMPLE VARIATIONS OF THE GAME WERE PLAYED, ONE WHICH
ALLOWED ANY NUMBER OF PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE, BY USING ANOTHER SYM-
BOL, SUCH AS A LETTER; SOMETIMES INITIALS WOULD BE USED FOR EASE IN
IDENTIFICATION, AND RARELY, ROWS WOULD BE DETERMINED BY COLORING IN
BLOCKS WITH A COLORED PEN AT YOUR TURN.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C350
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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A SUPERSTITION IN OUR FAMILY WHILE PLAYING CARDS IS THAT IF YOU SIT
WITH YOUR PARTNER THE SAME DIRECTION THE BATHTUB SITS, THEN YOU
WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.6

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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WHEN YOU CUT A DECK OF CARDS AND THE ACE OF SPADES SHOWS UP, THIS
SIGNIFIES DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-29-1972

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CAPTURE THE FLAG

THIS IS A TRADITIONAL Y.M.C.A. SUMMER CAMP GAME, I LEARNED AT "Y"
CAMP WHEN I WAS NINE YEARS OLD. TEN OR MORE CHILDREN ARE DIVIDED
INTO TWO GROUPS. THEY PLAY ON A FIELD APPROXIMATELY FIFTY YARDS
LONG AND TWENTY-FIVE YARDS WIDE. THE FIELD CAN BE BIGGER OR SMALLER
DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN PLAYING. BOUNDARIES ARE USUALLY
MARKED BY A CHALK LINE. THE RECTANGULAR FIELD IS DIVIDED IN HALF.
TWO CIRCLES APPROXIMATELY TEN FEET IN DIAMETER ARE DRAWN AT EACH END.
ONE CIRCLE HOUSES CAPTURED PRISONERS. THE OTHER CONTAINS THE FLAG
(A STICK OR POLE STUCK IN THE GROUND, ITS HEIGHT IS USUALLY ABOUT
FOUR FEET). THE OBJECT IS FOR EACH TEAM TO GO OVER TO THE OTHER
TEAM'S SIDE, TRY TO GRAB THE FLAG FROM THE CIRCLE AND BRING IT
BACK TO THEIR OWN SIDE. IF TOUCHED THEY MUST GO TO THE OTHER TEAM'S
CIRCLE FOR PRISONERS AND REMAIN THERE UNTIL FREED BY BEING TOUCHED
BY A TEAM MATE, OR UNTIL ONE SIDE HAS CAPTURED THE OTHER SIDE'S
FLAG. EACH TEAM THEN, NOT ONLY TRIES TO CAPTURE THE OTHER TEAM'S
FLAG, BUT KEEP THEIR OWN FLAG FROM BEING CAPTURED. AN OPPOSING
TEAM MATE CAN ONLY BE CAPTURED WHEN IN ENEMY TERRITORY (THE ENEMY'S
HALF OF THE FIELD). THE GAME IS OVER WHEN A FLAG IS CAPTURED AND
BROUGHT BACK BY THE OPPOSING TEAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

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

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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BEAVER

CHILDREN'S GAME PLAYED WHILE RIDING IN A CAR. A BEAVER IS A STATION
WAGON AND ALL THE PLAYERS COUNT BEAVERS. THE ONE WITH THE MOST
BEAVERS AT THE END OF THE TRIP WINS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00001960S

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LOST CHILDREN

THIS WAS A GAME WHICH INVOLVED USING THE PORCH ON THEIR
HOUSE WHICH WENT ALL AROUND IT, THEY WOULD USE A ROCK ATTACHED
TO A LENGTH OF ROPE, WHICH WOULD SERVE AS THEIR ANCHOR,
THEY WOULD THEN PRETEND THEY WERE SHIPWRECKED, THE PORCH
SERVING AS THE SHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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SCHOOL

THIS IS PLAYED BY STARTING OUT IN KINDERGARTEN, SIMPLY
RUNNING THROUGH THE ROPE, WITHOUT JUMPING. THEN THE JUMPING
BEGINS. FIRST GRADE IS ONE JUMP, SECOND GRADE IS TWO JUMPS,
ETC. UNTIL YOU REACH TWELFTH GRADE. THEN THE ROPE IS TURNED
BACKWARDS, AWAY FROM THE
JUMPER AND HE GOES THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS AGAIN, THIS
TIME STARTING FROM TWELFTH GRADE AND FINISHING WITH
KINDERGARTEN.
AT ANY POINT IN THE GAME, A MISS MEANS THE JUMPER MUST START
ALL OVER FROM THE BEGINNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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PASTIME

THIS IS A PASTIME IN WHICH THE PERSON CRUSHES A CAN WITH HIS
FOOT, SORT OF "MOLDING" THE CAN TO THE SHAPE OF THE SHOE.
YOU THEN TRY TO SEE HOW LONG YOU CAN WALK ON IT, WITHOUT IT
FALLING OFF YOUR SHOE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): CAN CONTAINER

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

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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CHINESE JUMPROPE

SWISS CHILDREN HOOK PIECE OF ELASTIC OVER THREE POSTS AND THEN
DO JUMPING TRICKS BY HOOKING LEG IN AND OUT OF IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 11-04-1972

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EASTER

EASTER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT GREEK DAY IN THE YEAR. AFTER
CHURCH EVERYONE GOES HOME AND CRACKS HARD BOILED RED EGGS
TOGETHER. EACH HOLDS AN EGG AND HITS IT AGAINST SOMEONE
ELSE'S. THE ONE WHOSE EGG BREAKS FIRST WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

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

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4

Date learned: 11-28-1972

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GAME

TWO OR MORE PEOPLE PLAY DREDEL. THE DREDLE IS SHAPED LIKE A TOP BUT
WITH FIVE SIDES. EACH SIDE A HEBREW LETTER ON IT, EACH LETTER MEANS A
GOOD OR BAD PRIZE. ONE PERSON SPINS AND WHATEVER HE LANDS
ON THAT'S
WHAT HE WINS. EACH PERSON ONLY SPINS ONCE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

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

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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