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IN DETROIT DURING THE PRE-TELEVISION YEARS, CHILDREN USED TO SIT
ON THEIR PORCHES IN THE EVENING AND COUNT CONVERTIBLE CARS AS THEY
WENT BY. THE FIRST CHILD TO COUNT FIFTY CARS WON AN ICE
CREAM CONE OR A PIECE OF BUBBLE GUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.50

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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WHEN GOING ON LONG FAMILY TRIPS IN THE CAR THERE'S A GAME TO
PLAY THAT HELPS TAKE UP A LOT OF TIME. THE FIRST PERSON TO SPOT A
LICENSE PLATE FROM ALL 50 STATES WINS.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT SAYS THAT USUALLY NO ONE GETS ALL 50 STATES. THE
WINNER IS THE ONE WITH THE MOST STATES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.50

Date learned: OOOO1960S

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TO CURE HICCUPS, BLOW IN A PAPER BAG FIFTY TIMES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.50
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-20-1973

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