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CHILDREN'S CHANT

POLICEMAN, POLICEMAN, DO YOUR DUTY,
HERE COMES (GIRL'S NAME) THE AMERICAN BEAUTY.
SHE CAN DO THE RHUMBA,
SHE CAN DO THE SPLITS,
SHE CAN WEAR DRESSES,
ABOVE HER HIPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Keyword(s): FASHION--DRESS LENGTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
DRAMA -- Secular

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Beads can be used as a door. String beads length wide from
top of door opening to the floor.

Submitter comment: I asked my sister why she was buying so many strings of
beads. She said, "Because I going to used them as a door to my
laundry room." She said many people used beads for door
decoration.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): lengthwise?

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Seed Bead Shell Tooth
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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IF THE CORD IS CUT CLOSER THAN THREE INCHES TO THE NAVEL,
THE BABY WILL BLEED TO DEATH.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Bleed ; CHILDBIRTH ; Cut ; DEATH ; Delivery ; Die ; Inches ; infant ; Labor ; Length ; Newborn ; PREGNANCY ; THREE ; UMBILICAL CORD

James Callow Keyword(s): UMBILICAL CORD

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

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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IF ONE'S SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN THE "BIG" TOE, YOU
WILL BE THE DOMINANT PARTNER OF THE MARRIAGE.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Dominance ; Length ; MARRIAGE ; SUPERSTITION ; TOE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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