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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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BATMAN JOKE

WHY DID ROBIN RUN TO THE BATCAVE?
TO CHANGE HIS WONDERWEAR.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS BROTHER, JOE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FICTIONAL PERSON ; TELEVISION AND COMIC BOOK PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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BATMAN JOKE

WHY DID BATMAN HAVE WORMS?
TO FEED ROBIN.

Submitter comment: BROTHER MIKE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; FICTIONAL PERSON ; TELEVISION AND COMIC BOOK PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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BATMAN JOKE

WHY DID BATMAN GO TO THE BATCAVE?
TO GO TO THE BAT-ROOM.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS BROTHER, JOE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BATHROOM ; FICTIONAL PERSON ; TELEVISION AND COMIC BOOK PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE TWO HOUR BEN CASY SPECIAL?
THEY ARE GOING TO CIRCUMCISE THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): BRAND-NAME TELEVISION ; FICTIONAL PERSON

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
BATMAN
BATMAN WHO?
SEE HOW EASILY THEY FORGET

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMIC STRIP CHARACTER TELEVISION CHARACTER

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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A CHANT

TARZAN THE MONKEY MAN
SWINGIN ON A RUBBER BAND
ALONG CAME SUPERMAN
AND KNOCKED HIM IN THE GARBAGE CAN.

Where learned: COLLECTED AT HOME

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; IMPERFECT RHYME ; MOVIE, TELEVISION, AND COMIC BOOK HEROES ; RHYME: AAAA ; RHYME: ABAA

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

Date learned: 10-13-1971

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GRAFFITI

SMILE: YOU'RE ON CANDID CAMERA

Data entry tech comment: THIS SAYING THRIVES FROM A TV SHOW PRODUCED BY ALAN FUNT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): TELEVISION SHOWS RETORT

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

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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SAYING.

IF I'VE ONLY ONE LIFE TO LIVE, LET ME LIVE IT AS A BLONDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVERTISING ; HAIR COLORING, BLEACHING ; HUMOR. ; TELEVISION COMMERCIAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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DUMMY STORY

MY FATHER RETURNED FROM A BOWLING TRIP TO BUFFALO, NEW
YORK AND, WHILE AT THE SUPPER TABLE, RELATED THIS
INCIDENT, WHICH I BELIEVED COMPLETELY.
MY FATHER, HAVING TIME ON HIS HANDS, TOOK A STROLL
THROUGH THE STREETS OF BUFFALO. HE OBSERVED A
SIGNPOST WHICH INDICATED THAT A DANCE WAS BEING HELD
TO BENEFIT THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING. ENTERING THE
DANCE HALL, HE PURCHASED A FEW TICKETS AND SOUGHT OUT
A LIKELY PARTNER. HE APPROACHED A YOUNG GIRL AND AFTER
A SERIES OF GESTURES (WHICH HE DEMONSTRATED FOR US),
MANAGED TO COMMUNICATE HIS DESIRE TO DANCE WITH HER. SHE
ACCEPTED BY THE SAME PRIMITIVE MEANS OF COMMUNICATION.
AFTER SEVERAL DANCES IN COMPLETE SILENCE, A YOUNG MAN
CAME UP TO THEM AND ASKED THE GIRL WHEN SHE WAS
GOING TO LEAVE. SHE TURNED HER FACE FROM MY FATHER
AND REMARKED BITTERLY, "AS SOON AS I GET RID OF THIS
DAMN DUMMY."

Submitter comment: THIS SAME STORY WAS TOLD ON JACKIE GLEASON'S T.V.
SHOW IN 1967 WITH GLEASON AS THE "DARN DUMMY."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TELEVISION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B637

Date learned: 00-00-1947

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A POLITICAL JOKE

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE AJAX WHITE KNIGHT RODE THROUGH
TEXAS?
THEY ELECTED HIM GOVERNOR.

Submitter comment:

HEARD ON U. OF D.'S CAMPUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REFERENCE TO AJAX CLEANING PRODUCTS TELEVISION COMMERCIAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

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DRINKING-BOB

THIS DRINKING GAME IS TO BE PLAYED WHILE WATCHING THE BOB NEWHART
SHOW. EVERY TIME SOMEONE SAYS "BOB," YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO TAKE
A DRINK OF BEER. FOR SOME REASON BOB'S NAME IS SAID A LOT AND YOU
CAN GET PRETTY DRUNK PLAYING IT.

Submitter comment: I HAPPENED TO PLAY IT ONCE AND THEY SAID "BOB" OVER FIFTY TIMES
IN ONE HALF-HOUR.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; CAMBRIDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): TELEVISION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 07-00-1982

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A STAR IS BORN BY THE URGINGS OF A FRIEND

IN 1939 THE ONLY PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN A SMALL TOWN OF WEST
VIRGINIA WAS HAVING AN AMATEUR TALENT CONTEST. CHUBBY LITTLE
RICHARD BEGGED, PLEADED AND FINALLY URGED HIS SHY, SKINNY FRIEND
TO JOIN WITH HIM. AFTER MUCH CAJOLING LITTLE DON FINALLY
ACQUIESCED. THE BOYS WORKED UP A SONG AND PATTER ROUTINE WITH
GUITAR AND BANJO. THEY WERE THE DECISIVE WINNERS. THOUGH THEY'RE
SEPARATED THEY HAVE KEPT IN CLOSE CONTACT THROUGH THE YEARS.
GROSSE POINTE DOCTOR RICHARD FERRARA FREQUENTLY SEES HIS GOOD
FRIEND DON KNOTTS AND THEY STILL SING THE OLD SONGS TOGETHER.

James Callow Keyword(s): TELEVISION STAR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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PROVERB

THE TRIDS OF TRIDVILLE WERE CONSTANTLY BEING PLAGUED
BY A MEAN OGRE WHO KICKED THEM VICIOUSLY. ONE DAY,
A RABBI CAME TO THE OGRE AND SAID, "OGRE, PLEASE DON'T
KICK THE TRIDS ANYMORE, KICK ME." THE OGRE REPLIED,
"SILLY RABBI, KICKS ARE FOR TRIDS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY OF TELEVISION COMMERCIAL FOR KIX CEREAL ADVERTISE-

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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YELLOW FINGER

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A CASTLE THAT WAS GUARDED BY
A HUGE YELLOW FINGER, WHO WOULDN'T LET ANYONE PASS
THE KING FROM A RIVALING CASTLE SENT ONE OF HIS BRAVEST
KNIGHTS TO GET BY THE FINGER, BUT THE FINGER KILLED HIM.
SO THE KING SENT A DUKE, BUT HE, TOO, WAS KILLED. THEN
THE KING SENT ONE OF HIS PAGES. HE JUST WALKED RIGHT
THROUGH.
MORAL: LET YOUR PAGES DO THE WALKING THROUGH THE YELLOW
FINGER.

Submitter comment: IT SEEMS TO ME THERE WAS SLIGHTLY MORE BUILD-UP ON THIS
STORY, BUT I CAN'T REMEMBER IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PUN ON TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENT: LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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PROVERB

THE TRIDS OF TRIDVILLE WERE CONSTANTLY BEING PLAGUED
BY A MEAN OGRE WHO KICKED THEM VICIOUSLY. ONE DAY,
A RABBI CAME TO THE OGRE AND SAID, "OGRE, PLEASE DON'T
KICK THE TRIDS ANYMORE, KICK ME." THE OGRE REPLIED,
"SILLY RABBI, KICKS ARE FOR TRIDS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY OF TELEVISION COMMERCIAL FOR KIX CEREAL ADVERTISE- MENT, WHICH ENDED WITH THE WORDS "SILLY RABBIT, KIX ARE FOR KIDS."

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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YELLOW FINGER

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A CASTLE THAT WAS GUARDED BY
A HUGE YELLOW FINGER, WHO WOULDN'T LET ANYONE PASS
THE KING FROM A RIVALING CASTLE SENT ONE OF HIS BRAVEST
KNIGHTS TO GET BY THE FINGER, BUT THE FINGER KILLED HIM.
SO THE KING SENT A DUKE, BUT HE, TOO, WAS KILLED. THEN
THE KING SENT ONE OF HIS PAGES. HE JUST WALKED RIGHT
THROUGH.
MORAL: LET YOUR PAGES DO THE WALKING THROUGH THE YELLOW
FINGER.

Submitter comment: IT SEEMS TO ME THERE WAS SLIGHTLY MORE BUILD-UP ON THIS
STORY, BUT I CAN'T REMEMBER IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PUN ON TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENT: LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING THROUGH THE YELLOW PAGES. COMMERCIAL FOR THE BELL TELEPHONE CO., REGARDING SAVING TIME AND ENERGY BY PRE-SHOPPING THROUGH MAKING CAL

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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Retort

This is a sarcastic retort used when a person has had a sarcastic remark directed towards them:

I wish you were on TV, then I could turn you off.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Taunt in Prose

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; TELEVISION ; TV ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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