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Your Time is Now
What you do with your time
And how you use it are important.
You can help shape your own time and time to come.
You can make it better.

Submitter comment: Jewish children are taught this poem as soon as
they are able to read.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Ambition, Organization

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

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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SOORACKS

"SOORACKS" WAS A WORKING MAN OF VERY CLEAN HABITS WHO
LIVED IN THE EAST END OF DUNDEE, SCOTLAND, ABOUT 100
YEARS AGO. HE WOULD COME INTO TOWN EVERY TUESDAY AND
FRIDAY WITH A BASKET SUSPENDED FROM HIS NECK WITH A
SUPPLY OF WATER AND "SOORACKS." WHEN HE HAD GATHERED
AN AUDIENCE, HE GAVE A SHORT LECTURE ON THE HARMFUL
CONSUMPTION OF RED MEAT AND THEN DISTRIBUTED HIS
VEGETABLES AMONG THE BOYS AND GIRLS. NO PAYMENT WAS
ASKED FOR. "SOORACKS" WAS AN EARLY PIONEER OF
VEGETARIANISM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SCOTLAND ; DUNDEE

Keyword(s): EATING HABITS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 01-28-1971

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(STORY WITH A PUN ON AN ADVERTIZING SLOGAN)

THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT WAS GETTING ALL THE ROYALTIES FOR
HIS COMMERCIALS AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE, CALLED TRIDS,
WEREN'T GETTING ANYTHING FOR THEIR PART IN THE COMMER-
CIALS. THIS MADE THE TRIDS VERY ANGRY AND SO THEY
DECIDED TO GET RID OF THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT. SO, 150
TRIDS CLIMBED UP HIS LEG AND TRIED TO PULL HIM OVER A
CLIFF, BUT THE GIANT JUST KICKED THEM OFF HIS LEG.
SO, 1500 TRIDS CLIMBED UP HIS LEG, BUT THE GIANT ONLY
KICKED THEM OFF, TOO. FINALLY, 15,000,000,000 TRIDS
AND ONE RABBI CLIMBED UP THE GIANT'S LEG, BUT HE KICKED
ALL THE TRIDS OFF HIS LEG, BUT LET THE RABBI STAY.
WHEN THE RABBI ASKED WHY HE WAS SAVED, THE JOLLY GREEN
GIANT ANSWERED, "SILLY RABBI, KICKS ARE FOR TRIDS."

Data entry tech comment: SEE B667.1-120 FOR FURTHER EXPLANATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ARRIVING ; NEW BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): SILLY RABBIT, KIX ARE FOR KIDS.

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-30-1969

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SOORACKS

"SOORACKS" WAS A WORKING MAN OF VERY CLEAN HABITS WHO
LIVED IN THE EAST END OF DUNDEE, SCOTLAND, ABOUT 100
YEARS AGO. HE WOULD COME INTO TOWN EVERY TUESDAY AND
FRIDAY WITH A BASKET SUSPENDED FROM HIS NECK WITH A
SUPPLY OF WATER AND "SOORACKS." WHEN HE HAD GATHERED
AN AUDIENCE, HE GAVE A SHORT LECTURE ON THE HARMFUL
CONSUMPTION OF RED MEAT AND THEN DISTRIBUTED HIS
VEGETABLES AMONG THE BOYS AND GIRLS. NO PAYMENT WAS
ASKED FOR. "SOORACKS" WAS AN EARLY PIONEER OF
VEGETARIANISM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SCOTLAND ; DUNDEE

Keyword(s): EATING HABITS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 01-28-1971 ; 00-00-1871

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PROVERB

THE TRIDS OF TRIDVILLE WERE CONSTANTLY BEING PLAGUED
BY A MEAN OGRE WHO KICKED THEM VICIOUSLY. ONE DAY,
A RABBI CAME TO THE OGRE AND SAID, "OGRE, PLEASE DON'T
KICK THE TRIDS ANYMORE, KICK ME." THE OGRE REPLIED,
"SILLY RABBI, KICKS ARE FOR TRIDS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY OF TELEVISION COMMERCIAL FOR KIX CEREAL ADVERTISE- MENT, WHICH ENDED WITH THE WORDS "SILLY RABBIT, KIX ARE FOR KIDS."

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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(STORY WITH A PUN ON AN ADVERTIZING SLOGAN)

THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT WAS GETTING ALL THE ROYALTIES FOR
HIS COMMERCIALS AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE, CALLED TRIDS,
WEREN'T GETTING ANYTHING FOR THEIR PART IN THE COMMER-
CIALS. THIS MADE THE TRIDS VERY ANGRY AND SO THEY
DECIDED TO GET RID OF THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT. SO, 150
TRIDS CLIMBED UP HIS LEG AND TRIED TO PULL HIM OVER A
CLIFF, BUT THE GIANT JUST KICKED THEM OFF HIS LEG.
SO, 1500 TRIDS CLIMBED UP HIS LEG, BUT THE GIANT ONLY
KICKED THEM OFF, TOO. FINALLY, 15,000,000,000 TRIDS
AND ONE RABBI CLIMBED UP THE GIANT'S LEG, BUT HE KICKED
ALL THE TRIDS OFF HIS LEG, BUT LET THE RABBI STAY.
WHEN THE RABBI ASKED WHY HE WAS SAVED, THE JOLLY GREEN
GIANT ANSWERED, "SILLY RABBI, KICKS ARE FOR TRIDS."

Data entry tech comment: SEE B667.1-120 FOR FURTHER EXPLANATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ARRIVING ; NEW BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): SILLY RABBIT, KIX ARE FOR KIDS.

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-30-1969

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YOU CAN'T SWIM IN A POOLROOM.

James Callow comment: LIKE YOU CAN'T BOUNCE A MEATBALL, SAYS COLLECTOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

James Callow Keyword(s): AMBITION? ; JOKE? ; WORK?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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Little Rabbit Foo Foo/Hopping through the forest/picking up the field mice and bopping them on the head.
 Then down came the good fairy and she said/Little rabbit Foo Foo I don't want to see you picking up those field mice and bopping them on the head/I'm going to give you three more chances and if you continue I'm going to turn you into a GOON.

Same except for 2 then 1 then no more chances [sic].

Now I'm going to turn you into a GOON..."poof!"

Moral: Hare today, Goon tomorrow.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission Card was located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; animal fable ; Fable ; Fairy ; Moral ; Rabbit ; THE RABBIT THAT WAS CHANGED INTO A GOON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

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Superstition: Pregnancy

IF A HARE PASSES IN FRONT OF A PREGNANT WOMAN, HER CHILD WILL BE BORN
WITH A HARELIP UNLESS SHE MAKES A TEAR IN HER SLIP.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added and information updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; informant's home

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; CURSE ; Deformity ; Hare ; Offspring ; PREGNANCY ; Rabbit ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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Belief: Luck

Belief/Luck:

If a rabbit crosses your way from right to left, it will be lucky for you, but it will be unlucky of he crosses from left to right.

Submitter comment:

Informant and I work together

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; NATIONAL MANUFACTURING COMPANY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; CHANCE ; DIRECTION ; FATE ; Hare ; LUCK ; Rabbit ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Myth

Easter Bunny:

The Easter Bunny - A big rabbit with a white tail who hides eggs around your house.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P429] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Bunny ; CUSTOM ; Easter ; Eggs ; Hare ; holiday ; MYTH ; Rabbit

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Animal

Bite-Cure:

In Haiti, there is a small lizard-type animal, resembling a chameleon, because right before it bites you, it changes colors so that you can't see it. When it does bite, its jaws lock and it dangles on your body. The only way you can get it off is to find a donkey and make it bray - there by forcing the animal to open its jaws.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P750] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Bite ; BLEND ; Camouflage ; Chameleon ; DONKEY ; ETHNIC ; Haiti ; Haitian ; Lizard

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Superstition: Animals

Turtles:

A belief in N.E. [New England?] states that if a snapping turtle bites you, it will hang on to you till the full moon and it will then let go.

Submitter comment:

I learned this from an old Fisherman.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P600, P752] crossed out. Replaced with Current Classification

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Bite ; Full Moon ; New England ; Region ; Snap ; SUPERSTITION ; Turtle

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Superstition: Animals

Turtle:

If a turtle clamp your toe or your finger, it won't let it go until it thunder.

Submitter comment:

Informant learned from childhood

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Bite ; BODY PART ; Finger ; SUPERSTITION ; Thunder ; TOE ; Turtle ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Proverb

Barking dogs never bite.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup of WPP

The B in Barking is underlined in red.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Bark ; Bite ; Dogs ; Maxim ; Misdirection ; PROVERB ; SIGN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Proverbial Metaphor:

Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Submitter comment:

Don't be antagonistic to those who help you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ATTITUDE ; Bite ; GREED ; Hand ; METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Don't bite the hand that feeds you

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): ATTITUDE ; Bite ; GREED ; Hand ; METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ;

Keyword(s): ATTITUDE ; Bite ; GREED ; Hand ; METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Toast

A toast to all your fine ambition, about which we all rant;

Because it makes you do the things that everyone says you can't.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): Ability ; AMBITION ; DRINKING ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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