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Entertainment: Game

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR
GO UPSTAIRS/ TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR SAY YOUR PRAYERS/ TEDDY BEAR,
TEDDY BEAR TURN OFF THE LIGHT/ TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR SPELL
GOODNIGHT/ G-O-O-D-N-I-G-H-T/ ROPE IS SKIPPED ONCE FOR EACH LETTER
RECITED.

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Motifs added by TRD - 02-22-2011

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Keyword(s): Diversion ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; Play ; RHYME ; Stairs ; Teddy Bear ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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Urban Legend

THE INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT STUDENTS ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT THERE
WAS A PROFESSOR WHO USED TO THROW THE EXAMINATION PAPERS UP THE
STAIRS AS HIS METOD OF GRADING THEM. THOSE THAT LANDED ON THE
HIGHER LEVEL GOT "AS", THE NEXT STEP GOT "BS" AND SO ON DOWN
UNTIL THE BOTTOM STEP WERE THE STUDENTS WHOSE PAPERS LANDED THERE
RECEIVED "FS".

Submitter comment:

HE (THE INFORMANT) TOLD ME THAT THIS PRACTICE WAS ATTRIBUTED TO DR.
H. THEODORE HOFFMAN OF THE ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

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Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC ; Grade ; Legend ; MYTH ; Stairs ; Student ; TEACHER ; URBAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

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Saying

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying:

Throw papa down the stairs his hats

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Keyword(s): DUTCH ; Hat ; Papa ; PENNSYLVANIA ; REGIONAL ; Saying ; Stairs

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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WALKING DOWN STAIRS

WHEN WALKING UP OR DOWN STAIRS WITH ANOTHER PERSON THE TWO
PEOPLE MUST WALK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE STAIRS OR BAD LUCK
WILL FOLLOW THEM.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS AUNT TOLD HER THIS. INFORMANT HAS BEEN WITH HER
AUNT WHEN SHE HAS DONE THIS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; LUCK ; Relationship ; Stairs ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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