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THERE WAS A GIRL YOU COULD TICKLE,
BY POKING HER RIBS WITH A PICKLE.
AT A CHURCH FAIR ONE DAY,
THEY MADE THE BOYS PAY,
BY CHARGING A NICKEL A TICKLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER UNCLE, WHO WAS A MINISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; HUMOR CHILDREN MONEY ; METER: TROCHAIC ; METONYMY ; RHYME: FEMININE, INTERNAL, AABBA

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

WHEN YOU GROW UP AND LIVE IN A HUT SEND ME A PICTURE OF
YOUR FIRST-BORN NUT!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): CHILD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE IN A FLAT, SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOUR
LITTLE BRAT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE SLANG FOR CHILD

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND HAVE A TOT,
SEND ME A LETTER FOR A PE-PE POT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM: PE-PE POT FOR CHILD'S TOILET BABY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP
A BAG OF CANDY AT MY FEET.
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
YOU'LL KNOW I DIED OF A STOMACH ACHE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY ON A CHILDREN'S PRAYER

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE IN A FLAT, SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOUR
LITTLE BRAT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE ; SLANG FOR CHILD

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

Date learned: 09-09-1972

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

WHEN YOU GROW UP AND LIVE IN A HUT SEND ME A PICTURE OF
YOUR FIRST-BORN NUT!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): CHILD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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POLISH JOKE

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Q: HOW DOES A POLLACK SPELL FARM ?
A: E I E I O

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REFRAIN FROM "OLD MC DONALD HAD A FARM," A CHILDREN'S SONG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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MISTER PUMPKIN EATER

IF YOU ARE NOT IN BED AT THE TIME YOU ARE TOLD, A GIGANTIC
PUMPKIN HEAD WILL COME IN YOUR ROOM AND EAT YOU

Submitter comment: I USED TO TELL MY SISTER THIS WHEN I BABYSAT AND SHE
WOULDN'T GO TO BED. YOU CAN IMPROVE ON IT BY ADDING SCARY
SOUNDS AND GESTURES. I'M NOT SURE WHERE I LEARNED IT, BUT SINCE
THEN WE TELL IT TO CHILDREN WE BABYSIT FOR.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CARNIVEROUS PLANT ; FUNCTION: TO SCARE CHILD INTO GOING TO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Plant

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ENGLISH COMMEMORATION DAY

CHILDERMAS DAY IN ENGLAND PARALLELS HOLY INNOCENTS' DAY IN AMERICA.
IT IS A COMMEMORATIO'N OF HEROD'S SLAUGHTER OF THE CHILDREN;
OBSERVED ON DECEMBER 28. THE DAY IS CONSIDERED UNLUCKY.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): CHILDERMAS DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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BETTER THAN SPANKING

IN THAILAND, MANY PARENTS FEEL THAT INSTEAD OF SPANKING THEIR
CHILDREN, A MORE EFFECTIVE PUNISHMENT FOR A SERIOUS MATTER IS TO
MAKE THE CHILD LIE UNDER THE BED FOR A WHILE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARENTS CHILDREN PUNISHMENT

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

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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PLASTER FOR A CHEST COLD

MAKE A HOT MIXTURE OF FLAXSEED AND LARD AND SPREAD IT ON THE CHEST.
THEN COVER THE BODY WITH A LINEN TOWEL OR WRAP.
ADDITIONAL BLANKETS SHOULD BE USED TO FURTHER INDUCE SWEATING.
THIS PLASTER WAS USED ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN
BECAUSE IT DID NOT BURN THEIR SKIN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER USED THIS WITH HER CHILDREN. (1900-1930).

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): CHILDHOOD REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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BELIEF

A MOTHER LOSES A TOOTH FOR EVERY CHILD THAT SHE BEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILDBEARING ; PREGNANCY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-04-1970

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BIRTH: TREATMENT OF EXPECTANT MOTHERS

FOR EVERY BABY YOU HAVE YOU WILL LOSE A TOOTH.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): CHILDBIRTH ; LOSS OF TEETH ; PREGNANCY

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

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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CROUP

IF A BABY HAS THE CROUP FRY SOME ONIONS AND PUT THEM IN YOUR
HUSBAND'S SOCK. THEN PIN IT AROUND THE BABY'S NECK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON THE PHONE(A WET BATTERY 30 PARTY UNIT
INSTALLATION) WHILE A CHILD AND LIVING ON THE FARM IN CENTRAL
ILLINOIS. AN OLD LADY WAS SUGGESTING IT TO HER DAUGHTER
FOR A GRANDCHILD.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): CHILD'S CROUP ; HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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FEVER

AN EGG POURED FROM ONE GLASS TO ANOTHER OVER THE HEAD OF A FEVERY
CHILD WILL BREAK THE TEMPERATURE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): CHILD'S FEVER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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FEVER

GENERALLY USED IN THE CASE OF AN INFANT:
TAKE THE LEAF OF A CACTUS PLANT, CUT IT IN HALF,
AND PLACE ON THE BABY'S STOMACH.
THIS WILL GRADUALLY DRAW THE FEVER OUT.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CHILD'S FEVER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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Language

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY/ COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY/ LITTLE JOHNNIE WANTS
TO PLAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD / Updated on 01-13-2011

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Language ; Play ; Rain ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLOCK WHO:
THOUGHT "NO KIDDING" MEANT A FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL?

Where learned: DETROIT ; REGINA HIGH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON KID ; SLANG: KID FOR CHILD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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HAUNTED HOUSE.

I WAS HOME WITH THE BABY. THE BABY WAS ASLEEP AND I HEARD THIS
CHILD RUNNING AND IT SOUNDED LIKE THE CHILD BUMPED INTO THE WALL.
SO WHEN I CHECKED ON THE BABY HE WAS STILL ASLEEP.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL

Keyword(s): GHOST- CHILD.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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