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VERSE ABOUT FOOD

SHAKE AND SHAKE
THE KETCHUP BOTTLE.
NONE'LL COME AND
THEN A LOT'LL.

Submitter comment: I THINK OUR FAMILY ORIGINALLY GOT THIS VERSE FROM BENNET CERF'S
HOUSEFUL OF LAUGHTER BUT BY NOW ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY KNOW IT
THAT WHENEVER SOMEONE SEEMS TO BE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH GETTING THE
KETCHUP OUT SOMEONE ELSE IN THE FAMILY WILL START SAYING THIS VERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATSUP

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.248

Date learned: 00001960S

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SIGNATURES

YOURS TILL CATS KILL MOUNTAINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON CATSKILL MOUNTAINS

Subject headings: Z210

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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RIDDLE

WHAT DO YOU CALL A CAT THAT DRINKS LEMONADE?
A SOURPUSS}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS: CATS ; DEFINITION ; RIDDLING QUESTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Superstition: Animals

Cat Superstitions:

If a human touches kittens before their eyes are open the mother cat will let them starve.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Abandon ; ANIMALS ; BELIEF ; Cats ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Weather

It's raining cats and dogs.

Submitter comment:

The phrase refers to a hard rain. I don't know where the symbolism of animals comes in.

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Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cats ; Dogs ; METAPHOR ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; WEATHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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Urban Legend

Nashville Reservoir

The reservoir used to be a place for many people to sight-see. They could climb to the top of the wall and look in at our city's water supply. A locked gate was placed there becasue so many people were using the water supply to unload unwanted cats, dogs, babies, and trash.

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Keyword(s): Babies ; Cats ; Dogs ; Litter ; Nashville ; Reservoir ; TRASH ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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CATS AND DOGS SHOW AVERSION TO PREGNANT WOMEN.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; BELIEF ; Cats ; Dogs ; PREGNANCY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 08-18-1973

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CATS KILL INFANTS BY SUCKING THEIR BREATH.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Babies ; BREATH ; Cats ; Infants ; Kill

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

Date learned: 10-14-1973

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WHENEVER A GROUP OF CATS GATHER IN A GRAVEYARD ON THE
NIGHT OF THE NEW MOON, THEY ARE INHABITED FOR THAT NIGHT
BY THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD. THEY WILL CONVERSE (LOUDLY)
ALL NIGHT LONG, BUT IN THE MORNING THEY WILL BE "ONLY"
CATS AGAIN.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): Cats ; Dead ; GHOST ; GRAVEYARD ; Inhabit ; MOON ; New Moon ; SPIRIT ; Tale

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-14-1973

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HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS

THE TEST FAMILY OWNS MUCH DOWNTOWN REAL ESTATE IN INDIANAPOLIS,
AND HAS AN OLD HOUSE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE COUNTY, JUST OUTSIDE
OF TOWN. THE GRANDFATHER'S GHOST IS SAID TO INHABIT THE NOW EMPTY
HOUSE. THIS IS BECAUSE AT NIGHT, BLUE LIGHTS CAN BE SEEN
FROM THE ROAD, COMING FROM THE WINDOWS. THERE ALSO SEEMS TO BE
A GREAT POPULATION OF CATS INHABITING THE AREA. THE OLD MAN
IS SAID TO HAVE HAD MANY WHILE HE WAS ALIVE. IT IS A POPULAR
LOCAL LEGEND, AND THE HOUSE IS OFTEN VISITED BY THE CURIOUS.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT SAID HIS UNCLE USED TO GO THERE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: INDIANA ; INDIANAPOLIS

Keyword(s): Blue Lights ; Cats ; Haunting ; Legend ; Lore ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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