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IN YOUR HANDWRITING, IF YOU CIRCLE THE I'S IT MEANS
THAT YOU ARE INSECURE AND WANT ATTENTION.
IF YOU SLANT BACKWARDS, IT MEANS THAT YOU ARE AN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 03-23-1968

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SINGING, DANCING AND CLAPPING GAME.

EENIE-MEENIE GYPSA-LEENIE, WHO SHOT AHMALEENIE? AHCHEE-KAHCHEE,
LIBERACE, I LOVE YOU. TOO-TOO. I SAW YOU WITH YOUR BOYFRIEND LAST
NIGHT. HOW DO YOU KNOW? I PEEKED THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, NOSY! WASH
THOSE DISHES, LAZY! JUMP OUT THE WINDOW, CRAZY! GIVE ME SOME CANDY
STINGEY! SO EENIE-MEENIE, GYPSA-LEENIE, WHO SHOT AHMALEENIE?
AHCHEE-KAHCHEE, LIBERACE, I LOVE YOU. TOO-TOO::

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS ; TELEVISION PERSONALITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS A YOUNG ROSE OF TRALEE
WHO LET HERSELF GO ON A SPREE.
NOW SHE WRITES TO THE PAPERS,
CONDEMING SUCH CAPERS,
AND SIGNS HERSELF MOTHER OF THREE.

Submitter comment: THESE LIMERICKS WERE LEARNED OF IN A SIXTH GRADE ENGLISH CLASS
AT SAINT HEDWIG GRADE SCHOOL. THE BOOK THEY WERE TAKED FROM
IS NOT KNOWN BY ME BECAUSE THEY WERE TOLD BY THE TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR: FLOWER (ROSE) FOR GIRL ; PERSONALITY CHANGE

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
DON AMECHE
DON AMECHE WHO?
I'LL BE DON AMECHE ( DOWN TO MEET YA ) IN THE CAB HONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MOVIE PERSONALITY ; SONG TITLE: DARKTOWN STRUTTERS BALL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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BEWARE OF BOYS WHOSE EYES ARE BLUE,
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.
BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF GREEN,
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND NEVER BE SEEN.
BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BLACK,
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND NEVER COME BACK.
YOU WILL KNOW ALL KINDS OF JOYS,
IF YOU WILL ONLY BEWARE OF BOYS.

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

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; COLOR OF EYES AS BASIS OF PERSONALITY TRAITS ; COUPLETS

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

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PROVERB

DUTCH: DE MAD MIT DIKA BOKO:
DUTCH: DE MAD MIT DIKA BOKA HEN HARTSA WE DO WOKA.
TRANSLATION: GIRLS WITH FAT CHEEKS:
TRANSLATION: GIRLS WITH FAT CHEEKS HAVE HEARTS LIKE FLINT.

Submitter comment: WILHELMI, LUCY M. SR.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

GIVE HIM THE ENTIRE EARTH, AND HE WILL ASK FOR PAPER IN WHICH TO
WRAP IT.

Where learned: WESTERN RUSSIA

Keyword(s): GREDDY PERSONALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V270

Date learned: 00001898-1905

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IF YOU SLEEP ON YOUR RIGHT SIDE THEN YOU'LL BE A
GRUMPY PERSON, BUT IF YOU SLEEP ON YOUR LEFT SIDE
YOU'LL BE NICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 02-00-1983

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MY MOTHER SAYS THAT THE COLOR YOU MOST FREQUENTLY
WEAR IS THE COLOR THAT SHOWS THE REAL YOU.
I WEAR EARTHY COLORS MOST FREQUENTLY, AND I AM
AN EARTHY TYPE PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY REVEALED BY COLOR CHOICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 08-00-1983

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People who suck on ice are sexually frustrated.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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Old Polish Belief

Children with red hair are cruel and mean, and have a bad
temper.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color

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Baby Belief

If a baby is born with open hands he/she will be generous.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-00-1992

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Baby Belief

If a baby has large ears, he will be a loving person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 03-00-1992

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IF DOGS DON'T LIKE YOU, YOU MUST BE A MEAN PERSON.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PEOPLE WITH RED HAIR HAVE FIERY TEMPERS

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color

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PEOPLE WITH BLUE EYES ARE TRUE, PEOPLE WITH BROWN ARE NOT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): HONESTY TRUTHFULNESS ; PERSONALITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 11-24-1977

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BELIEF

IF SOMEONE SWEATS ON THEIR NOSE IT MEANS THAT THEY ARE MEAN
OR EVIL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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PRAYFULNESS INSURES A PLEASANT AND UP-RIGHTEOUS
CHILD.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): ; BELIEF ; CHILD ; Child Rearing ; Demeanor ; Pleasant ; PRAYER ; Prayfulness ; PREGNANCY ; RELIGION ; Righteous

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- P800 P800.542

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THE MOTHER'S TEMPERAMENT DURING PREGNANCY WILL BE
REFLECTED IN THE CHILD'S PERSONALITY.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; CHILD ; Fetus ; Mom ; MOTHER ; PERSONALITY ; PREGNANCY ; Reflection ; Temperament ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-08-1973

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BITING FINGERNAILS WHEN PREGNANT CAUSES THE BABY TO BE
STUBBORN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FINGERNAILS ; PREGNANCY ; Stubborn

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONALITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-13-1973

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