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OLD KING COLE WAS A MERRY OLD SOUL,
A MERRY OLD SOUL WAS HE;
HE CALLED FOR HIS PIPE, AND HIS OPIUM BOWL,
AS WELL AS SOME L.S.D.

Where learned: COLORADO ; FORT LYON

Keyword(s): DRUGS ; PARODY, NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABAB CHIASMUS ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

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MARIJUANA, MARIJUANA, LSD, LSD
SCIENTISTS ARE MAKING IT.
TEACHERS ARE TAKING IT.
WHY CAN'T WE?

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT THIS WAS A COMMON VERSE USED BY
THE STUDENTS OF THE HULL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LIVONIA,
MICHIGAN DURING THE 1969-1970 SCHOOL YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Keyword(s): DRUGS

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

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WATER

DON'T THROW OUT THE DIRTY WATER UNTIL YOU GET SOME CLEAN.

Submitter comment: SAID PRIMARILY IN REFERENCE TO DISH WATER AND SAVING IN TIME OF
POVERTY. SHE SAYS IT ALSO APPLIES TO RADICALS AND HIPPIES TODAY.

Where learned: GIVEN BY LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FRUGALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-06-1970

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PROVERB

DUCK GOT WATER TO PLAY IN, FOWL WISH HE HAD IT TO DRINK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ANOTHER SAYING: IT MEANS A LOT WHEN YOU STOP AND THINK.
NOT EVERY SOUL IN LIFE IS ENDOWED WITH WEALTH AND BEAUTIFUL FORTUNE
SO MAKE THE BEST USE OF WHAT YOU HAVE -- AND DO SO WITH CAUTION.

Where learned: WRITTEN DOWN BY INFORMANT

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUGALITY ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-01-1972

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PROVERB

THE BEST WAY TO DOUBLE YOUR MONEY IS TO FOLD IT IN HALF AND PUT
IT BACK IN YOUR WALLET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FRUGALITY ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NOT HOW LITTLE FOR HOW MUCH BUT HOW MUCH FOR HOW LITTLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUGALITY ; QUANTITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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WELLERISM

ONLY A FOOL WOULD USE LSD, SAID TOM ACIDLY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DRUG: L.S.D., REFERRED TO AS ACID

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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OLD KING COLE WAS A MERRY OLD SOUL
A MERRY OLD SOUL WAS HE;
HE CALLED FOR HIS PIPE AND HIS OPIUM BOWL,
AS WELL AS SOME LSD.

Where learned: COLORADO ; FORT LYON

Keyword(s): PARODY--NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN DRUGS--OPIUM, LSD CHIASMUS ; RHYME: ABAB ; SUPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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GRAFFITI

LSD MELTS IN YOUR MIND, NOT IN YOUR HAND.

Data entry tech comment: THIS IS A PARODY OF THE M&M CANDY COMMERCIAL.

Where learned: DETROIT ; PLUM ST

Keyword(s): DRUGS PARODY OF TV COMMERCIAL ADVICE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: 10-31-1967

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MAXIM

USE IT UP OR WEAR IT OUT;
MAKE IT DO, OR DO WITHOUT.

Submitter comment: NEW ENGLAND MAXIM

Where learned: NONE GIVEN

Keyword(s): FRUGALITY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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COLLEGE STUDENT ON PILLS

THERE WAS AN AVERAGE STUDENT WHO CAME FROM A VERY
WEALTHY FAMILY. HIS PARENTS SENT HIM TO ONE OF THE IVY
LEAGUE SCHOOLS IN THE EAST. THE BOY COULD NOT MAKE
HIS GRADES BY DOING AN AVERAGE AMOUNT OF STUDYING, SO HE
STARTED TAKING DEXEDRINE PILLS. EVERY OTHER NIGHT FOR
AN ENTIRE YEAR HE DIDN'T GO TO BED. AT THE END OF THE
SCHOOL YEAR HE WENT HOME AND WENT TO SLEEP. HIS
PARENTS LET HIM SLEEP FOR TWENTY FOUR HOURS, THEN
TRIED TO AWAKEN HIM. HE WAS DEAD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): DRUG OVERDOSE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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PROVERB

A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

Keyword(s): THRIFT FRUGALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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PROVEB

A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA

Keyword(s): THRIFT FRUGALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 06-16-1970

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CRUEL BABYSITTER

IN HARPER WOODS {MICHIGAN} THIS GIRL WENT TO BABYSIT FOR
A FAMILY WITH A SMALL BABY. BEFORE THE PARENTS OF THE CHILD
WERE TO COME HOME, THE SITTER THOUGHT SHE WOULD SURPRISE
THE PARENTS WITH A MIDNIGHT SNACK. SO SHE SET THE TABLE
AND TOOK THE BABY AND BAKED IT AS THE MEAL SHE WOULD
SET FOR THE PARENTS. WHEN THE PARENTS CAME HOME THEY
WERE GREETED WITH A MEAL WHICH THEY DID NOT KNOW WAS
THEIR CHILD. IT WAS LATER FOUND OUT THAT THIS GIRL
WAS TAKING LSD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HALUCINOGENIC DRUG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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Custom

Custom About Buying Beer:

In the olden days, when you had saloons, and you had draft beer, you would go to the saloon with a bucket to carry home the beer that you bought. One of the old tricks was to gease the inside of the bucket so that the beer wouldn't foam, and you'd get more beer that way.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F500] crossed out. Replaced with F530.

Submission Card located in pile labeled F500's that can be filed.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): BAR ; BEER ; CUSTOM ; FRUGALITY ; THRIFT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life

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Proverb

Snug as a bug in a rug

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

KW: ALX, RRM

Keyword(s): Bug ; Comfort ; Rug ; SIMILE ; Snug

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Proverb

Watch your pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves.

Submitter comment:

I was having trouble making ends meet financially a few years ago, this advice helped a bit.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): COINS ; Dollars ; Finances ; Frugal ; MONEY ; Pennies ; THRIFT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Waste not, want not.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Frugal ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Waste

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Pinch Your Pennies:

Take care of the pennies, and the dollars take care of themselves.

Submitter comment:

From her Mother

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Dollars ; Frugal ; Maxim ; MONEY ; Pennies ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Proverbial Phrase:

A fool and his money are soon parted.

Submitter comment:

Used as advice to small children or to other people ignorant of the proper use of money. Informant used this when spealing to his children and learned it from his own parents. It can be used as a retort.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aothegm ; Aphorism ; Fool ; Frugal ; Maxim ; MONEY ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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