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Entertainment: Game

A method children use to select teams or "it" is for everyone to hold out both fists and someone counts off on each fist"one-potato, two-potato, three-potato, four. Five-potato, six-potato, seven-potato more." The first fist on which "more" lands must be put behind back. The winner (or loser) can either be the first or last person to have both fists behind his back.

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Keyword(s): Choose ; COUNTING ; Elimination ; Entertainment ; Fists ; GAME ; POTATO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Proverb

Beggars should not be choosers.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Beg ; Beggar ; CHARITY ; Choose ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Beggars can't be choosers.

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Heard it at home.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Beg ; Beggar ; Choose ; Chooser ; Grateful ; Maxim ; Picky ; PROVERB ; Spoiled ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Beggars can't be choosy.

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From - Uncertain

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Beg ; Beggar ; CHARITY ; Choose ; Grateful ; Humble ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Beggars cannot be choosers.

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Informant remembers her mother telling her this in Detroit in the early 1930's.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Beggar ; Chooser ; Greedy ; Maxim ; Picky ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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