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NEW YEAR CUSTOM

THERE IS A GREEK TRADITION WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BRING
GOOD LUCK. THERE IS A PASTRY CALLED PETA WHICH IS BAKED
IN A SQUARE PAN. BEFORE IT IS BAKED THE COOK PUTS
MONEY RANGING FROM A NICKEL TO FIFTY CENTS. IT USED TO BE
A FIFTY CENT PIECE BUT NOW THAT MONEY IS PRECIOUS IT'S GETTING
SMALLER AND SMALLER. ANYWAYS, THEY PUT THIS COIN IN THE DOUGH
AND BAKE IT. THE PERSON WHO GETS THE PIECE WITH THE COIN
WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK THAT WHOLE YEAR. THE CEREMONY HAPPENS ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DOUGH CALLED "FILO" ; GIFTGIVING ; GREEK CHEESE IS CALLED "FETA"

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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"MAUMEE RIVER LEGEND"

"ONCE UPON A TIME, A LONG, LONG TIME AGO, AN INDIAN FAMILY
WAS TRAVELING DOWN THE RIVER. ONE NIGHT, THERE WAS A TERRIBLE
STORM AND THE LITTLE INDIAN BOY BECAME LOST. THE MOTHER AND
FATHER LOOKED HIGH AND LOW FOR HIM BUT COULDN'T FIND HIM. ALL THEY
HEARD WAS A FAINT CRY " MOMEE " EVEN TO THIS DAY, YOU CAN STILL
HEAR HIM CALL " MOMEE." "

Where learned: OHIO ; PEMBERVILLE

Keyword(s): CALLING GHOST.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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FIRST, HAVE THE PREGNANT WOMAN LIE DOWN. NEXT YOU GET A
SEWING NEEDLE, TIE A PIECE OF STRING THROUGH THE "EYE" OF
THE NEEDLE. NOW YOU ARE TO HOLD THE STRING AT THE
END ALLOWING THE NEEDLE TO SWING FREE. YOU HOLD THE
NEEDLE OVER THE ABDOMEN OF THE PREGNANT WOMAN AND WATCH
THE ROTATION OF THE NEEDLE. IF THE NEEDLE SWINGS
VERTICALLY, THE CHILD WILL BE A BOY. IF THE NEEDLE SWINGS
HORIZONTALLY, THE CHILD WILL BE A GIRL. YOU SHOULD BE
STANDING AT HER FEET TO WATCH THE DIRECTION OF THE SWING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIAGRAMS OF HORIZONTALLY AND VERTICALLY ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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WHAT DOES A JEWISH WOMAN MAKE FOR DINNER? SHE MAKES
RESERVATIONS!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): THE SO-CALLED JEWISH-AMERICAN PRINCESS WOULD AVOID WORK,

Subject headings: JEWI

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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SHAGGY DOG STORY

A MAD SCIENTIST WAS TRYING TO GET RID OF A FOUL-MOUTHED
CLONE HE HAD CREATED BY SHOVING THE CLONE OUT OF A WINDOW.
THUS THE SCIENTIST WAS MAKING AN OBSCENE CLONE FALL.

Submitter comment: READ THIS SOMEWHERE IN THE DETROIT FREE PRESS NEWSPAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRANKLIN VILLAGE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON OBSCENE PHONE CALL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 07-00-1983

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Emergency Phone Calls

When I was a child, I always wore Penny Loafers. My mother would
put dimes in the penny slots of my shoes, just so that I would always
have twenty cents to make a phone call in case of an emergency.

Submitter comment: The dimes I was forced to wear helped me out of a difficult
situation more than once.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): Telephone call, price of

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Monetary system Money Wealth
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.20

Date learned: 00001980CA

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ACCA, BACCA, SODA CRACKER. ACCA, BACCA, BOO, MY FATHER CHEWS TOBACKER
OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A JUMP ROPE RHYME USED BY 6 YEAR OLDS IN LEMA, OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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ALL IN TOGETHER GIRLS, NEVER MIND THE WEATHER, BOYS
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL ETC.
YOU JUMP OUT WHEN THE MONTH OF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS
CALLED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD FROM
NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYMATES IN PARMA, OHIO.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FOLEY HALL

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

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ALL IN TOGETHER GIRLS. NEVER MIND THE WEATHER GIRLS. JANUARY, ETC.
JUMP OUT ON YOUR BIRTHDAY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: FALL 00001967

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ALL JUMP IN TOGETHER GIRLS, JUST LIKE THE WEATHER GIRLS, JANUARY,
FEBRUARY ETC. ONE JUMP ON EACH MONTH.

Where learned: SAINT HILARYS GRADE SCHOOL ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

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ALL TOGETHER GIRLS JUST LIKE THE WEATHER GIRLS,
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, ETC.
YOU JUMP OUT ON THE MONTHS OF YOUR BOYFRIEND'S BIRTHDAY. THEN GO
BACK IN.
ONE, TWO, THREE, ETC.
(JUMP OUT ON THE DATE OF HIS BIRTHDAY.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 11-06-1967

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BLUEBELLS, COCKLESHELLS, I CALL (--). ( USED TO START THE JUMPING
QUICKLY.)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 12-02-1971

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BLUEBERRY MUFFINS/ AND COOKIES IN A TIN,/ WHEN I CALL YOUR BIRTHDAY/
PLEASE JUMP IN JAN., FEB.,(THOSE WAITING IN LINE JOIN THOSE
JUMPING WHEN THE MONTH OF THEIR BIRTHDAY IS CALLED.
A LONG ROPE IS USED.)

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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CHANGING BEDROOMS NUMBER 1,/ CHANGING BEDROOMS NUMBER 2, ETC. TO 10.
(TWO PEOPLE ARE JUMPING AND CHANGING PLACES IN THE ROPE AS THE CHANGE
IS CALLED FOR, ALL THE TIME NOT MISSING THE ROPE)

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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CHANGING BEDROOMS NUMBER 1,
CHANGING BEDROOMS NUMBER 2, ETC. UP TO 10.
(TWO PEOPLE ARE JUMPING AND CHANGING PLACES IN THE ROPE AS THE CHANGE
IS CALLED FOR, ALL THE TIME NOT MISSING THE ROPE. (SAGINAW, MICH.)

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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DUMMY DUMMY DOE DOE/ CATCH ME IF YOU CAN/ I CAN JUMP FASTER THAN
(NAME) CAN.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 03-14-1971

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DUMB, DUMB, DO, DO CATCH ME IF YOU CAN,
I CAN RUN FASTER THAN---CAN.
A GAME OF TAG IS PLAYED. THE PERSON BEING CHASED MAY DO A VARIETY OF
JUMPS AND THE CHASER MUST DO THEM ALSO. IF THE PERSON IS CAUGHT SHE
MUST TAKE AN END, LEAVING THE WINNER TO CALL SOMEONE TO CHASE HER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

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DUMMY, DUMMY DOO, DOO, / CATCH ME IF YOU CAN,/ I CAN RUN FASTER THAN
(NAME) CAN. (A GAME OF TAG TAKES PLACE.
THE ONE BEING CHASED CAN JUMP
AS MANY TIMES AS HE LIKES AND THE SECOND ONE MUST DO THE SAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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DUMB, DUMB, DODO/ CATCH ME IF YOU CAN/ I CAN RUN FASTER THAN --- CAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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DUMB, DUMB, DO-DO/CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.
I CAN RUN FASTER THAN---CAN.
( THIS IS A CHASE GAME FOR JUMP ROPE. THE PERSON WHO SAYS THE RHYME
WILL JUMP SO MANY TIMES AND JUMP OUT. THE SECOND PERSON WILL JUMP IN
AND JUMP THE SAME NUMBER OF TIMES. CONTINUES UNTIL THE FIRST PERSON
IS CAUGHT OR SOMEONE MISSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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