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SONG

FROM THE HALLS OF BLESSED SACRAMENT
TO THE SHORES OF BUBBLE GUM BAY.
WE WILL FIGHT OUR COUNTRY'S TEACHERS
WITH SPIT BALLS, GUM, AND CLAY.
FIRST TO FIGHT FOR LUNCH AND RECESS,
THEN TO KEEP OUR DESKS A MESS.
WE ARE PROUD TO CLAIM THE TITLES
OF THE PESTS FROM B.S.S.

Submitter comment: ( SUNG TO "FROM THE HALLS OF MONTEZUMA" )
MARY BETH IS A STUDENT AT BLESSED SACRAMENT SCHOOL IN GRAND
RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. SHE TOLD ME THAT HER FRIENDS AT OTHER SCHOOLS
ALSO KNOW AND SING THIS SONG SUBSTITUTING THE NAME OF THEIR SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): ANTI-TEACHER ; SCHOOL SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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PARODY, SONG

MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF THE BURNING OF THE SCHOOL.
WE HAVE HUNG ALL THE TEACHERS AND BROKEN ALL THE RULES.
NOW WE'RE MARCHING DOWN THE CORRIDOR TO GET THE PRINCIPAL.
THE SCHOOL IS BURNING DOWN.

GLORY, GLORY HALLELUIAH.
THE TEACHER HIT ME WITH THE RULER.
SO I SLAMMED HER ON THE BEAN WITH A ROTTEN TANGERINE,
AND THE WHOLE CLASS STARTED TO SCREAM.

Submitter comment: SUNG TO THE TUNE OF THE "BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC".

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ANTI-SCHOOL SONG ; ANTI-TEACHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

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MODERN SAYING

"FLUNK NOW, AND AVOID THE JUNE RUSH."

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Keyword(s): SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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TO LEARN HOW TO SPELL "ARITHMETIC", THE NUNS USED TO SAY THINK OF
THIS SAYING- A RAT IN THE HOUSE MAY EAT THE ICE CREAM. TAKE THE
FIRST LETTER FROM EACH WORD AND YOU HAVE "ARITHMETIC".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): SCHOOL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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USED FOR REMEMBERING EARTH'S PLANETS IN ORDER- MARY'S VIOLET
EYES MAKE JOHN STAY UP NIGHTS PERHAPS. (MERCURY, VENUS, EARTH
MARS, JUPITER, SATURN, URANUS, NEPTUNE, PLUTO)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SCHOOL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TO REMEMBER THE NAMES OF THE GREAT LAKES, REMEMBER THE WORD HOMES.
H-HURON, 0-ONTARIO, M-MICHIGAN, E-ERIE, S-SUPERIOR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS HOW I REMEMBERED MY GREAT LAKES' NAMES IN 4TH GRADE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): SCHOOL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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IN ALGEBRA, TO SOLVE AN EQUATION YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE CONSECUTIVE
STEPS: MULTIPLY, DIVIDE, ADD, SUBTRACT. REMEMBERED BY THE
SENTENCE: MY DOG ATE SOUP.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BATAVIA

Keyword(s): SCHOOL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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TO REMEMBER THE ELEMENTS IN MAKEUP OF THE HUMAN BODY- HOPKINS CAFE.
HYDROGEN , OXYGEN, PHOSPHORUS, POTASSIUM, IODINE, NITROGEN, SULPHUR,
CALCIUM, IRON. ALL ARE THE CHEMICAL SYMBOLS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BATAVIA

Keyword(s): SCHOOL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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HOMES- TO REMEMBER GREAT LAKES NAMES. H-HERON, O-ONTARIO,
M-MICHIGAN, E-ERIE, S-SUPERIOR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LeRoy

Keyword(s): SCHOOL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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WHY IS A TEACHER DIFFERENT FROM A TRAIN? A TRAIN PULLS AND A
TEACHER PUSHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SCHOOL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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Mnemonic Device

When one is having problems spelling the word arithmetic, just remember the sentence: "A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream."

Submitter comment:

Informant's teacher told this to him when he was in third grade in 1956 at St. Francis D'Assisi School in Detroit, MI.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

BN V300 used due to previous entries/classifications using the same mnemonic device.

James Callow comment:

Mnemonic Device; Spelling

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Arithmetic ; MATHEMATICS ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; SCHOOL ; SPELLING

James Callow Keyword(s): Mnemonic Device ; SPELLING

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Mnemonic Device

The following sentence has been used in grade schools in aiding the memory of spelling arithmetic: A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream.

Submitter comment:

During the informant's grade school years (1961-3) at Beard School in Detroit this mnemonic device was used.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

BN V300 was chosen because of previous entries and classifications with this exact mnemonic device.

James Callow comment:

The original BN [C534] is crossed out and the word Mnemonic is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Arithmetic ; MATHEMATICS ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; Mnemonic Device ; SCHOOL ; SPELLING

James Callow Keyword(s): Mnemonic Device ; SPELLING

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Mnemonic Device

ARITHMETIC = A Rat In The House Might Eat The Ice Cream.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [C890] crossed out.

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Arithmetic ; MATHEMATICS ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; Mnemonic Device ; SCHOOL ; SPELLING

James Callow Keyword(s): Mnemonic Device ; SPELLING

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Trick

Cooties:

You used to put an "X" on your hand or something. That was your cootie shot. One girl was designated as having cooties and if she touched you, you passed it on to somebody else. Or else if you didn't have the "X" you'd get it."

Submitter comment:

Informant recalls this as being practices often while attending grade school.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): GAME ; gender ; Prank ; SCHOOL ; Tease ; TRICK ; TRICKSTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Custom/Belief

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

School Custom Concerning Dress:

Anyone who wore green and yellow to school on Thursday was considered to be "queer."

Submitter comment:

I can recall this as being practiced while I was in grade school.

Data entry tech comment:

motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): COLOR ; DRESS ; Green ; Homophobia ; HOMOSEXUALITY ; Presentation ; SCHOOL ; SLANG ; Thursday ; YELLOW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Custom

Graduation Custom:

When the seniors graduated they turned their rings so that the writing faced out toward other people and was upside down to the person wearing it.

Submitter comment:

This was a common custom at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Farmington, MI. The informant performed this ceremony in 1968 when she graduated. I also did this when I graduated in 1968.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Commencement ; CUSTOM ; Graduation ; JEWELRY ; RING ; SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Custom

Slate:

When the informant was of grade-school age, it was mandatory to come to school with a slate and a sponge wet enough to last for the whole day.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [M243] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; EDUCATION ; Learning ; Objects ; SCHOOL ; TOOLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Ethnic: Belgium

Homework Law:

In Belgium, where 51/2 days of school per week is the rule, there is a law which limits the amount of homework to 2 hours per day for any student.

Data entry tech comment:

Motif added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F574.5, F574.82] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): Belgium ; EDUCATION ; ETHNIC ; Homework ; Law ; SCHOOL ; Student

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Proverb

Who cares if school keeps or not?

Submitter comment:

Who Cares?

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Care ; Concern ; EDUCATION ; SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Retort

You look like you have to study to qualify as a dropout.

Submitter comment:

From his brother, Joe.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; Dropout ; Graduate ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; SCHOOL ; Study ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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