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PROVERB

OH WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE
WHEN AT FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; DISHONESTY ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL

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

Date learned: 10-31-1969

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THE FOLLOWING IS A FLIM-FLAM TECHNIQUE ONE STUDENT USES TO GET INTO
SOLD OUT EVENTS SUCH AS CONCERTS OR ATHLETIC CONTESTS: THE CORNER OF
A TWENTY DOLLAR BILL IS CUT OFF AND CAREFULLY ATTACHED BY SOME SORT
OF GLUE TO THE CORNER OF A ONE DOLLAR BILL. THE CURENCY IS THEN
FOLDED FOUR OR FIVE TIMES SO THAT JUST THE CORNER SHOWING THE $20
IS EXPOSED. THIS "TWENTY" IS OFFERED TO THE TICKET TAKER WHO-BECAUSE
HE DOES NOT WANT TO CALL ATTENTION TO HIMSELF-USUALLY POCKETS THE
BILL QUICKLY WITHOUT CAREFUL EXAMINATION. THE STUDENT THEN SCAMPERS
INTO THE STADIUM OR ARENA TO SEE THE SCHEDULED EVENT AT BARGAIN
PRICES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DISHONESTY ; EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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