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DURING RECESS TERRI HEARD A RUMOR THAT IF YOU KISSED
A MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE SEX, YOU WOULD GET KOOTIES.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THAT YOU WOULD GET KOOTIES FROM JUST
TOUCHING A MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): COOTIES

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

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THE BLACK LINE

A BLACK LINE IN THE CEMENT OF A SIDEWALK IS A LINE TO AVOID.
IF YOU SHOULD PURPOSELY STEP ON A BLACK LINE YOU WILL GET COOTIES.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; COOTIES ; CUSTOM ; SIGN ; SYMBOL

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

Date learned: 10-03-1968

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TO WARD OFF THE "COOTIES" SO COMMON TO ALL GRADE
SCHOOL CHILDREN, A GESTURE OF 2 FISTS TOGETHER WITH THE
THUMBS EXTENDED IS MADE.

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DIAGRAM IS ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Updated By TRD for BN. Card Info Update is Forthcoming.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Classroom ; COOTIES ; CUSTOM ; Fists ; GAME ; GESTURE ; Grade School ; SLANG ; Thumb

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- P670 P670.88
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 10-10-1969

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