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What do you call a nigger in Thailand?
A tycoon.

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Where learned: DETROIT ; OFFICE

Keyword(s): African American ; Black ; JOKE ; Offensive ; PUN ; RACISM ; Racist ; RIDDLE ; Tasteless ; THAILAND

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 01-00-1991

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GRAFFITI

HUNDRED NAKED WOMEN , UP AGAINST THE WALL,
AIN'T GONNA STOP TILL I SCREWED THEM ALL.
FUCKED 98, BALLS TURNED BLUE.
BACKED OFF JACKED OFF, FUCKED THE OTHER TWO.
WRITTEN ON MY TOMBSTONE, LETTERED IN GREEN;
HE AIN'T NO MAN, HE'S A FUCKIN' MACHINE.

Submitter comment: SEEN ON A DORM WALL AT UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
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Date learned: 12-00-1974

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DEAD BABY JOKE

WHAT'S RED WHITE AND BLUE AND FLIES THROUGH THE AIR? A DEAD BABY ON
A MEATHOOK!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 12-00-1974

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MILITARY CADENCE SONG

JESUS WAS AN AIRBORNE RANGER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JESUS WAS AN AIRBORNE RANGER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JESUS WAS AN AIRBORNE RANGER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
OEDIPUS WAS A MOTHER FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO OEDIPUS WAS A MOTHER FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO OEDIPUS WAS A MOTHER FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
SAMPSON HAD A RANGER HAIRCUT,
YOU'LL GET ONE TOO SAMPSON HAD A RANGER HAIRCUT,
YOU'LL GET ONE TOO SAMPSON HAD A RANGER HAIRCUT,
YOU'LL GET ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
DAVID WAS A SMALL ARMS EXPERT,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO DAVID WAS A SMALL ARMS EXPERT,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO DAVID WAS A SMALL ARMS EXPERT,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
HEROD WAS A BABY KILLER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO HEROD WAS A BABY KILLER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO HEROD WAS A BABY KILLER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
MOSES MADE A RIVER CROSSING,
YOU'LL MAKE ONE TOO MOSES MADE A RIVER CROSSING,
YOU'LL MAKE ONE TOO MOSES MADE A RIVER CROSSING,
YOU'LL MAKE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
MOSES LOW CRAWLED UP THAT MOUNTAIN,
YOU'LL LOW CRAWL TOO MOSES LOW CRAWLED UP THAT MOUNTAIN,
YOU'LL LOW CRAWL TOO MOSES LOW CRAWLED UP THAT MOUNTAIN,
YOU'LL LOW CRAWL TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
JUDAS WAS A BUDDY FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JUDAS WAS A BUDDY FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JUDAS WAS A BUDDY FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
JONAH WAS A SUBMARINER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JONAH WAS A SUBMARINER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JONAH WAS A SUBMARINER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPOUND VERB: LOW CRAWL ; INCEST INFANTICIDE BIBLICAL CHARACTERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce
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Date learned: 12-00-1974

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POLLACK JOKE

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NAACP REALLY STANDS FOR: NIGGERS ARE ACTUALLY COLORED POLLACKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- NEGR
BELIEF -- Poli
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Date learned: 12-00-1974

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

AKA BAKA CHEW TOBACCA;
AKA BAKA BOO.
IF YOUR FATHER CHEWS TOBACCO,
HE IS A DIRTY JEW.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED WHEN I SHOWED MY MOTHER ITEM #2.
SHE REMEMBERED A JUMP ROPE RHYME THAT SOUNDED JUST LIKE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
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Date learned: 10-16-1974

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VERSE

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LISTEN, LISTEN, THE CAT'S PISSING.
WHERE? WHERE?
UNDER THE CHAIR.
RUN, RUN, GET YOUR GUN.
AWH SHIT, SHE'S ALL DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATALOGICAL SLANG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
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Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT EATS ANTS? A: UNCLES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN AUNTS ANTS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 11-00-1973

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DRUNK JOKE

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A DRUNK IS WALKING DOWN THE STREET. HE IS HOLDING A CAR STEERING
WHEEL IN HIS HANDS AND HIS COCK IS HANGING OUT. A POLICEMAN ON THE
STREET SEES HIM AND SAYS, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THAT STEERING
WHEEL. THE DRUNK LOOKS AT IT AND SAYS, OH MY GOD, I LOST MY CAR.
THE COP THEN SAYS, WELL WHY IS YOUR COCK HANGING OUT? THE DRUNK
LOOKS DOWN AND SAYS, OH MY GOD I LOST MY WIFE, TOO.

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I GOT THIS IN HIGH'SCHOOL (ST. JOSEPH S IN WESTCHESTER) FROM ANOTHER
STUDENT. TELLER USUALLY USES ARM MOTION TO INDICATE HOLDING
STEERING WHEEL IN DRIVING POSITION.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; WESTCHESTER

James Callow Keyword(s): PENIS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
SPEECH -- Gesture
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Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THE GORDON NAGEL TRAIL

THERE WAS A GIRL AND A GUY PARKING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD ALONG THE
GORDON NAGEL TRAIL. THE GUY GOT PISSED BECAUSE THE GIRL WOULDN'T PUT
OUT SO HE KICKED HER OUT OF THE CAR AND TOOK OFF. SHE WAS NEVER HEARD
FROM AGAIN. IT IS SAID THAT SHE DIED IN THE WOODS BY THE ROAD AND NOW
HER GHOST LIVES THERE. AT MIDNIGHT EACH NIGHT SHE COMES BACK TO THE
PLACE HER BOYFRIEND LEFT HER AND SEARCHES FOR HIM. IT IS SAID THAT IF
YOU DRIVE BY THAT PLACE AT MIDNIGHT YOUR CAR WILL STALL AND WILL NOT
START UNTIL SHE HAS SEARCHED YOUR CAR FOR HER BOYFRIEND.

Submitter comment: THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL REPORTS OF CARS STALLING ON THIS ROAD LATE AT
NIGHT. IT IS AN ISOLATED ROAD BETWEEN TWO TOWNS. IT HAS BEEN SAID
THAT THE HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES THAT RUN ALONG THE ROAD CAUSE THE
CARS TO STALL BUT THIS HAS NEVER BEEN PROVEN.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; POTTSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PARKING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
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Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THE RIFLE SONG

THIS IS MY RIFLE.
THIS IS MY GUN.
THIS IS FOR SHOOTING.
THIS IS FOR FUN.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME IS USED BY SOLDIERS IN BOOT CAMP WHEN THEY ARE ASSEMBLED.
THE GUN MENTIONED REFERS TO THE MALE SEX ORGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334
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Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IN THE SHADE OF MY OLD MODEL T.

IN THE SHADE OF MY OLD MODEL T,
WHERE BETSY FIRST SHOWED IT TO ME.
IT WAS LONG AND WAS BLACK;
SHE CALLED IT HER CRACK,
BUT IT LOOKED LIKE A MAN HOLE TO ME.
SO I WHIPPED OUT MY FORTY FOOT POLE
AND RAMMED IT DOWN BETSY'S MANHOLE.
AS I TURNED ON THE STEAM
SHE LET OUT A SCREAM
IN THE SHADE OF MY OLD MODEL T.

Submitter comment: SUNG TO THE TUNE OF "IN THE SHADE OF THE OLD APPLE TREE".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
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Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TOAST

HERE IS TO THE BREEZES THAT BLOW THROUGH THE TREESES, LIFTS LITTLE
GIRLS' DRESSES OVER THEIR KNEESES, LITTLE BOY SEESES, DOES AS HE
PLEASES, GETS SOCIAL DISEASES.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
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Date learned: 11-25-1973

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SHIT DRINKING GAME

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EVERYBODY IS A TYPE OF ANIMAL SHIT, WHICH IS DETERMINED BEFORE THE
GAME. EVERYONE KNOWS WHO IS WHAT ANIMAL. SOMEONE STARTS BY SAYING
"SOMEBODY SHIT ON THE FLOOR, I THINK IT WAS...SAYING ANIMAL'S SHIT."
THE PERSON WHO IS THAT ANIMAL SAYS "BULLSHIT", THE FIRST PERSON SAYS,
"THEN WHO SHIT?" THE SECOND PERSON SAYS "I THINK IT WAS..THEN HE SAYS
ANOTHER ANIMAL'S SHIT." THE GAME CONTINUES LIKE THIS. ANY ERROR OR
DELAY IN ANSWERING CAUSES THAT PERSON TO DRINK.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATOLOGICAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Memory
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Date learned: 11-24-1973

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"ABC"

A STANDS FOR ADAMS, HEAD OF OUR NATION
B STANDS FOR BAILEY, HELL AND DAMNATION
C STANDS FOR CASEY--THEY CALL HIM HAWKEYE
D STANDS FOR DAVID, WHO SELLS THE BOSS OLD RYE
E STANDS FOR EVERHARDT, WHO'S ALWAYS IN FULL BLOOM
F STANDS FOR FLEMING, WHO RUNS THE SALOON
G STANDS FOR GRABER, WHO CUTS UP THE MEAT
H STANDS FOR HEALY, WHO TAKES IT IN TO EAT
I STANDS FOR ICKES, WHO DRINKS MIGHTY SLOW
J STANDS FOR JESSEP, WHERE POOR PEOPLE GO
K STANDS FOR KILLINGER, THE BOSS IRON-MAN
L STANDS FOR LEPPLER, WHO CHEATS YOU IF HE CAN
M STANDS FOR MATTHEWS, WHO DRIVES THE EXPRESS
N STANDS FOR NOTHING, WHO GIVES US A REST
O STANDS FOR OLRICH, YOU KNOW HIM QUITE WELL
P STANDS FOR PAUL, WHO CUTS QUITE A SWELL
Q STANDS FOR QUINCY, WHOSE BARGAINS ARE RARE
R STANDS FOR RICKHEIMER, WHO KEEPS US ALL SQUARE
S STANDS FOR SIBILA, WHO KEEPS US NEAR HIS FEET
T STANDS FOR TAYLOR, WHO GRINDS UP THE WHEAT
U STANDS FOR ULLUM, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW
V STANDS FOR VOGT, I PRESUME YOU ALL SAW
W STANDS FOR WATKINS, WHO GIVES THEM A DRINK
X STANDS FOR XILLION, THE POLICEMAN ALL HATE
Y STANDS FOR YOUNG, WHO DRIVES THE BAY MARE, AND
Z STANDS FOR ZENDER, WHO DRINKS LAGER BEER

Submitter comment: 1941 ON A HOME RECORD-MAKER, AND THE TONE QUALITY IS NOT PERFECT.
THIS WAS A FAVORITE OF MY LATE GRANDFATHER'S. SOME OF THE LAST
NAMES IN THE VERSE ARE NAMES VERY COMMON IN MASSILLON, OHIO,
WHERE HE LIVED HIS ENTIRE LIFE, AND HE PROBABLY SUBSTITUTED THEM AS
HE FOUND FIT. FOR EXAMPLE, THE "H IS FOR HEALY" LINE IS "H IS FOR
HACKETT" IN ANOTHER OF THE RECORDED VERSIONS. HEALY IS THE INFOR-
MANT'S SON-IN-LAW (AND MY UNCLE) WHO MADE ALL THE HOME RECORDS.
IN ANOTHER VERSION I HEARD, ALSO RECORDED BY MY LATE GRANDFATHER
THE ENTIRE SONG WAS THE SAME, EXCEPT FOR THE LAST
{FIRST?} TWO LINES, WHICH WERE CHANGED TO:
A STANDS FOR AUGUSTINE, WHO MAKES THE MALT SPIRITS
B STANDS FOR BAILEY, WHO'S STILL ON THE TURF
POSSIBLY THESE LINES WERE REPLACEMENTS FOR THE FIRST TWO LINES IN
THE TAPED VERSION, BUT OCCASIONALLY MY GRANDFATHER WOULD REMEMBER THE
OLDER LINES, AND SING THEM, INSTEAD.
SOME OF THE EXPRESSIONS USED ARE OUTMODED. FOR EXAMPLE, KILL-
INGER, THE BOSS IRON-MAN, IS PROBABLY A FOREMAN AT A STEEL MILL, OR
MAYBE EVEN A BLACKSMITH. PAUL, WHO CUTS QUITE A SWELL, IS A FLASHY
DRESSER.
IN EVERY VERSION, THE LETTERS A TO Y ARE CONSISTENTLY SPOKEN,
AND THE LETTER Z SUNG. THE "ATTENTION PUPILS" AND "THAT'S ALL" FORM-
ING THE START AND CLOSE OF THE VERSE, WERE PROBABLY NOT A PART OF THE
TRUE SONG, BECAUSE THEY APPEAR ONLY IN THIS VERSION.
NOTE THAT ON THE CASSETTE IS AN INTRODUCTION AND A CLOSING.
THIS IS NOT A PART OF THE ORIGINAL SONG, BUT IN ITS OWN RESPECT IS A
TRADITION--HEALY, THE ANNOUNCER, ALWAYS LIKED TO PROVIDE COMMENTARY
FOR THE SONGS RECORDED ON HIS MACHINE.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
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Date learned: 09-00-1941

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GRAFFITO

WHY CHANGE DICKS
IN THE MIDDLE OF A SCREW? RE-ELECT NIXON IN '72.

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THE FOLLOWING WAS FOUND ON THE WALL OF A MEN'S ROOM
IN THE LIFE-SCIENCE
BUILDING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT. IT PERTAINS TO THE
RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON IN 1972.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LIFE SCIENCE BUILDING ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
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Date learned: 10-30-1972

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SNAKES IN A DEPARTMENT STORE

LATE ONE SUMMER NIGHT IN 1971, A WOMAN WAS TRYING ON A COAT AT THE
K-MART STORE IN PORT HURON. WHEN SHE STUCK HER ARM IN ONE OF THE
SLEEVES, SHE EXPERIENCD WHAT FELT LIKE A HUNDRED PIN PRICKS. UPON
EXAMINATION SHE DISCOVERED A SCORE OF BABY SNAKES AND THEIR MOTHER
NESTING IN THE LINING OF THE SLEEVE. THE WOMAN WAS RUSHED TO THE
HOSPITAL AND GIVEN A POISON ANTIDOTE. THE COAT HAD BEEN MADE IN
AND SHIPPED DIRECTLY FROM A FAR EAST COUNTRY. THAT IS WHERE THE
SNAKES HAD COME FROM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL REPTILES

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
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Date learned: 10-30-1972

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RIDDLE

Q: HOW DID THE BLACK IN NEW YORK CITY COMMIT SUICIDE?
A: HE CALLED A CAB, HAD IT DRIVEN ON THE FREEWAY AT 100 MILES PER
HOUR, ROLLED DOWN THE WINDOW, STUCK HIS HEAD OUT AND HAD HIS LIPS
BEAT HIM TO DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: AFRO
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Date learned: 10-15-1972

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VERSE

OF ALL THE BIRDS ON BELLE ISLE, I'D RATHER BE A DUCK,
SO I COULD SWIM UP AND DOWN AND WATCH THE PEOPLE PICNIC.

Submitter comment: SIGNED "YOUR DREAM BOY, RONNIE" IN THE INFORMANT'S 1944 AUTOGRAPH
BOOK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; LOCALIZATION ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
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Date learned: 06-09-1944

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"SPADED"

"LOOK AT THAT SPADED CAR."

Submitter comment: SPADED REFERS TO THE SLANG NAME FOR THE BLACK RACE WHO IN THE INFORM
ANT'S JUDGEMENT OVERDID THE DECORATIONS OF THAT CAR. "SPADED" WAS
USED TO DESCRIBE A CAR WHICH WAS DECORATED WITH A LOT OF CHROME AND
HOOD ORNAMENTS AND PINSTRIPPING.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
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Date learned: 11-01-1972

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