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OOEY GOOEY WAS A WORM,
OOEY GOOEY LIKED TO SQUIRM,
OOEY GOOEY CROSSED THE RAILROAD TRACK.
O-O-EY, G-O-O-EY!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOR, FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; METER: IAMBIC ; MONOLOGUE UNDERSTATEMENT ; RAILROAD DEATH ; RHYME: IMPERFECT, MASCULINE, AABC

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

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WHEN I DIE AND GO ABOVE,
I WILL SEE THE BOYS YOU USED TO LOVE,
WHEN YOU DIE AND GO BELOW,
YOU WILL SHOVEL COAL FOR THE B & O.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): B & O IS (OR WAS) A RAILROAD, BALTIMORE & OHIO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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IF YOUR NAIL BREAKS ON THE HOUR, IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FINGERNAIL?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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IF ST. ELMO'S FIRE APPEARS AROUND A SHIP IT IS A
SURE SIGN OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: I SAW THIS ON TELEVISION IN "MOBY DICK."

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): MARITIME ; ST. ELMO, PATRON OF SAILORS.

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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WASSELING

THEY DON'T HAVE HALLOWEEN IN ENGLAND. THEY HAVE WASSELING NEAR
CHRISTMAS.IT'S A DAY IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON SET ASIDE FOR KIDS TO
GO AND COLLECT CANDY, PRESENTS, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): BEGGING GIFT-GIVING ; WASSAIL WASSAILING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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HELEN KELLER JOKE

HOW DID HELEN KELLER BURN HER FINGERS?
SHE WAS READING THE WAFFLE IRON.

James Callow comment:

HELEN KELLER WAS DEAF AND BLIND

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): BRAILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001972 (SUMMER)

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RIDDLE VERSE

Q: OLD MOTHER TWITCHETT HAD BUT ONE EYE, / AND A LONG TAIL WHICH
SHE LET FLY;/ AND EVERY TIME SHE WENT THROUGH A GAP,/ A BIT OF HER
TAIL SHE LEFT IN A TRAP.
A: A NEEDLE

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): LONG TAIL= THREAD

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

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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WELLERISM

'"ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL,"' SAID THE PEACOCK WHEN HE LOOKED AT
HIS TAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD ; COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; PARODY ; PUN: PLAY ON "END" "TAIL"

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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PROVERB

CAN'T SEE THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): IRONY ; PLANTS ; SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): MINUTE DETAILS OBSCURE GOAL ; SHORTSIGHTEDNESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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CUSTOM

THE MOST HONORED AND RESPECTED PERSON IN THAILAND IS THE KING.
HE IS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE PEOPLE, THE TEMPORAL HEAD OF
THE COUNTRY AND THE SYMBOL OF THAILAND'S CULTURE. HIS PICTURE
AND THAT OF THE ROYAL FAMILY IS DISPLAYED IN THE SHOPS, HOMES AND
OFFICES. AT THE END OF LARGE GATHERINGS,
MOVIES, PLAYS, OR RECEPTIONS
THE KING'S ANTHEM IS PLAYED AND EVERYONE STANDS AT ATTENTION.
IN THE MOVIES, HIS PICTURE IS SHOWN ON THE SCREEN AND EVERYONE IS
EXPECTED TO RISE. CRIMES OF DISRESPECT AGAINST THE KING ARE
PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SOCIAL CLASS RANK THAILAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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CUSTOM

PROTOCOL IS IMPORTANT IN THAILAND. ONE STANDARD PRACTICE IS MEN
FIRST AND LADIES LAST.

Where learned: WHILE STATIONED IN THAILAND

Keyword(s): THAILAND PROTOCOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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GOOD LUCK

IF YOU LIFT UP YOUR FEET FROM THE FLOOR AND TOUCH YOUR HANDS TO
THE CEILING WHILE GOING OVER A RAILROAD TRACK IN YOUR CAR, YOU
WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RAILROAD TRACK, LUCK

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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HELEN KELLER JOKE

HOW DID HELEN KELLER BURN HER FINGERS?
TRYING TO READ THE WAFFLE IRON.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): BRAILLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-11-1967

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PROVERB

THE HIGHER THEY GO THE FARTHER THEY DROP.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): SUCCESS AND FAILURE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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PROVERB

THE HIGHER YOU FLY, THE HARDER YOU FALL.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): SUCCESS AND FAILURE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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MY FRIEND AS A CHILD, BIT HER NAILS
UNTIL HER FATHER TOLD HER THAT THE NAILS
WOULD MAKE BUMPS ON HER STOMACH THAT WOULD SHOW
FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; NAILBITING ; STOMACH AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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IF YOU WAKE WITH VOMITING AND DIARRHEA,
YOU SHOULD DRINK APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND WATER
THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
IT USUALLY STRAIGHTENS OUT YOUR STOMACH, AND DIARRHEA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CURE FOR GASTRIC AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-10-1971

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VERSE

ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER NINE,
COMING DOWN THE CHICAGO LINE.
IF THE TRAIN SHOULD JUMP THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL LOBBY

Keyword(s): RAILROAD ; RHETORICAL QUESTION ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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VOMITING

THE VICTIM IS KNEELING BY THE TOILET,
TRYING TO VOMIT,
WHEN HE STARTS TO HEAVE,
PUT YOUR KNEE IN THE CENTER OF HIS BACK
AND LOCK YOUR HANDS AROUND HIS STOMACH AND PULL.
THIS RELIEVES STOMACH PAINS
AND HELPS TO GET MORE OUT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): STOMACH AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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VOMITING

WHEN YOU HAVE FOOD POISONING AND VOMIT,
DRINK A GLASS OF WATER WITH A TEASPOONFUL
OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD POISONING ; STOMACH AILMENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-10-1971

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