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Urban Legend

THE INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT STUDENTS ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT THERE
WAS A PROFESSOR WHO USED TO THROW THE EXAMINATION PAPERS UP THE
STAIRS AS HIS METOD OF GRADING THEM. THOSE THAT LANDED ON THE
HIGHER LEVEL GOT "AS", THE NEXT STEP GOT "BS" AND SO ON DOWN
UNTIL THE BOTTOM STEP WERE THE STUDENTS WHOSE PAPERS LANDED THERE
RECEIVED "FS".

Submitter comment:

HE (THE INFORMANT) TOLD ME THAT THIS PRACTICE WAS ATTRIBUTED TO DR.
H. THEODORE HOFFMAN OF THE ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC ; Grade ; Legend ; MYTH ; Stairs ; Student ; TEACHER ; URBAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

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Wedding Custom

If the bride wears a garter at her wedding she usually removes it and tosses it to a group of single males. The man who catches it will marry next.

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Keyword(s): Bachelor ; Bride ; CUSTOM ; Garter ; MARRIAGE ; Men ; Reception ; Single ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

He'd lose his head if it wasn't attached.

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Keyword(s): Apothegm ; Attached ; HEAD ; Lose ; Man ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Language: Rhyme

School's out! School's out!
Teacher wore her paddle out!

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Entertainment ; Paddle ; RHYME ; SCHOOL ; TEACHER ; Vacation

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Jump Rope Rhyme

First grade babies
Second grade tots
Third grade angles
Fourth grade snots
Fifth grade peaches
Sixth grade plums
All the rest are dirty bums.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ANGELS ; Babies ; Bums ; COUNTING ; Entertainment ; Fifth ; First ; Fourth ; FRUIT ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; Language ; Peaches ; Plums ; RHYME ; Second ; Sixth ; Snots ; Third ; Tots

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

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Retort

A Teacher's Remarks:

If I want any crap outta you I'll squeeze your head.

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Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Retort? S570? Taste?

Original Bn [S520] crossed out. replaced with current classification.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Crap ; EUPHEMISM ; HEAD ; Remark ; RETORT ; Saying ; SLANG ; TEACHER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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TO CURE A TOOTHACHE PICK THE TOOTH WITH A COFFIN NAIL,
MIDDLE TOE OF AN OWL, A SPLINTER FROM A TREE STRUCK BY
LIGHTNING OR APPLY THE JUICE OF A PRICKLY ASH.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Claw ; Coffin ; Juice ; LIGHTNING ; Nail ; Owl ; Prickly Ash ; REMEDY ; Splinter ; TOOTHACHE ; Tree

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-30-1973

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TOOTHACHE REMEDY:
CHEW ON SEVERAL LEAVES OF CATNIP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Catnip ; Chew ; CURE ; Herb ; Herbal ; ILLNESS ; Leaves ; REMEDY ; TOOTHACHE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-29-1973

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EARACHE CURE:
TOBACCO SMOKE PUFFED INTO THE EAR

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CURE ; Earache ; REMEDY ; Smoke ; TOBACCO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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EARACHE CURE:
TAKE A BIT OF COTTON BATTING, PUT ON IT A PINCH OF
BLACK PEPPER, GATHER IT UP AND TIE IT, DIP IT IN SWEET
OIL AND INSERT IT IN THE EAR. PUT A FLANNEL BANDAGE
OVER THE HEAD TO KEEP IT WARM; IT OFTEN GIVES
IMMEDIATE RELIEF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Cotton ; CURE ; Earache ; Fabric ; Flannel ; Pepper ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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HEADACHE CURE:
A LITTLE SODA WATER WILL RELIEVE SICK HEADACHE CAUSED
BY INDIGESTION.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CURE ; HEADACHE ; INDIGESTION ; REMEDY ; Soda Water

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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RUMOR ABOUT TEACHER

IT WAS RUMORED THAT OUR ALGEBRA TEACHER , MR. JOHNSON, PICKED
HIS NOSE AND PUT THE MUCUS BEHIND HIS TIE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Picking Nose ; Rumor ; TEACHER ; Tie

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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