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RED ROVER

PLAYED BY TWO TEAMS OF ANY NUMBER. THE TEAMS LINE UP
ABOUT 30-50 FEET APART AND FORM TWO CHAINS BY
HOLDING HANDS. THEN ONE TEAM WILL CALL FOR A MEMBER
OF THE OTHER TEAM TO CROSS OVER AND TRY TO BREAK THE
CHAIN. IF HE BREAKS IT, HE TAKES ONE OF THAT TEAM
BACK TO HIS TEAM. IF HE FAILS, HE JOINS THAT TEAM.
"RED ROVER, RED ROVER, SEND (NAME) ON OVER."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GERMAN CUSTOM

JUST AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, A
GERMAN AMERICAN MAY EAT A PIECE OF MARINATED HERRING.
THIS IS SUPPOSED TO ENSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE COMING
YEAR.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 03-07-1971

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AS A CLEVER WEDDING GIFT, A SET OF WHITE TOWELS
CAN BE MADE INTO A SIMULATED WEDDING CAKE. THREE
TOWELS OF DIFFERENT SIZES ARE WRAPPED IN SPIRALS
AND PLACED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER WITH THE LARGEST
ON THE BOTTOM. THE RESULT CLOSELY RESEMBLES A
WEDDING CAKE AND AN APPROPRIATE DECORATION MAY
BE ADDED ON THE TOP.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Gifts

Date learned: 06-00-1966

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MY THREE GREAT AUNTS, WHO HAVE NEVER MARRIED, ARE OF
GERMAN ORIGIN, AND WHO LIVE TOGETHER IN A BIG HOUSE IN
BUFFALO, NEW YORK, WILL FAST, ABSTAIN FROM T. V.
STAY AT HOME AND PRAY FOR ONE MONTH AFTER A DEATH IN
THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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My grandmother always made us eat herring at midnight on
New Year's Eve to bring us luck for the year.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck

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RIDDLE

DID YOU HEAR WHAT THE FELLOW GOT FOR HIS
5000 RALEIGH COUPONS? ANSWER: LUNG CANCER.

Data entry tech comment: RALEIGH IS A BRAND NAME OF A CIGARETTE. ; AT ONE TIME THEY GAVE

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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MEDICINE BELIEF

STY, STY, LEAVE MY EYE.
GO TO THE NEXT ONE PASSING BY.

Submitter comment: WHEN RETURNING FROM THE STORE, MISS MEADOWS CALLED ME OVER TO
HER PORCH WHERE SHE WAS SITTING. SHE INFORMED ME THAT SHE
HAD NOTICED MY STY AND THEN PROCEEDED TO GIVE ME A REMEDY
THAT WAS SURE TO WORK. OF COURSE, I DIDN'T TAKE HER SERIOUSLY.
BUT I DECIDED TO TRY IT ANYWAY. THE OUTCOME: MY STY WAS
STILL THERE THREE DAYS LATER.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.760

Date learned: 07-00-1969

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TITLE NOT SUPPLIED BY COLLECTOR

A SMART GIRL CAN PLAY POST OFFICE ALL NIGHT WITHOUT
GETTING ANY MAIL IN HER BOX.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; KISSING ; OBSERVATION ; PUN: MAIL FOR MALE ; SEX ; SLANG: BOX FOR VAGINA ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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SPEECH

1-4-3 IS A SHORTENED EXPRESSION FOR SAYING OR WRITING I LOVE YOU.
IT IS DERIVED FROM THE NUMBER OF LETTERS IN EACH WORD. I-1 LOVE-4
YOU-3. IT IS OFTEN USED ON BACKS OF ENVELOPES.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL CODE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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PROVERB

GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

FLY PLEASURES AND THEY,LL FOLLOW YOU.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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DRESS BELIEF

A BABY GIRL IS DRESSED IN PINK, A LWAYS, BECAUSE SHE WAS BORN
INSIDE A PINK ROSE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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WEDDING TOAST BELIEF

WHEN A BRIDE AND GROOM DRINK THEIR WEDDING TOAST, WHOEVER FINISHES
FIRST WILL RULE THE FAMILY.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): FIRST WEDDING TOAST

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: COLLECTOR'S CHILDHOOD

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DRESS BELIEF

A BABY GIRL IS DRESSED IN PINK, ALWAYS, BECAUSE SHE WAS BORN
INSIDE A PINK ROSE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

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

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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IRISH SAYING

CAN'T THE CAT LOOK AT THE QUEEN?

Submitter comment: MEANING: HAVE I NO RIGHTS AT ALL?

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): JUSTICE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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(KIND AND UNKIND STORY) ST. PETER STORY

ONCE UPON A TIME IN A SMALL TOWN IN SICILY, THERE LIVED A MEAN
STEPMOTHER WITH TWO DAUGHTERS, ONE OF WHOM WAS HER NATURAL DAUGHTER
AND THE OTHER WAS HER STEPDAUGHTER. HOWEVER, HER STEPDAUGHTER, BEING
THE PRETTIER OF THE TWO GIRLS, WAS ALWAYS IN THE KITCHEN SCRUBBING
THE POTS AND PANS AND DOING ALL THE DIRTY WORK THAT HAD TO BE DONE,
WHILE THE NATURAL DAUGHTER WAS JUST LAYING AROUND DOING NOTHING AND
GETTING SELFISH AND MORE SELF-CENTERED EVERY DAY. WELL, THIS
STEPMOTHER MADE THE BREAD FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN AND DELIVERY WAS
MADE DAILY BY HER TWO DAUGHTERS. ONE DAY AS THE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER
WAS WALKING DOWN THE ROAD, SHE MET AN OLD, BEARDED MAN SITTING ALONG
THE ROADSIDE. HE ASKED HER FOR A SMALL PIECE OF BREAD BECAUSE HE HAD
NOT EATEN FOR TWO DAYS. THE YOUNG GIRL TOOK PITY ON HIM AND GAVE HIM
THE WHOLE LOAF OF BREAD. HE THANKED HER AND TOLD HER IF SHE HEARD THE
ROOSTER CROW ONCE ON THE WAY HOME, SHE WAS NOT TO TURN AROUND. BUT,
IF THE ROOSTER CROWED TWICE, SHE WAS TO TURN AROUND QUICKLY. BEING AN
OBEDIENT GIRL, WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWED ONCE SHE KEPT RIGHT ON
WALKING, BUT WHEN SHE HEARD HIM CROW TWICE, SHE QUICKLY TURNED
AROUND AND AS SHE DID SO, A DIAMOND APPEARED IN THE MIDDLE OF HER
FOREHEAD MAKING HER MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN EVER. UPON RETURNING HOME
AND EXPLAINING WHAT HAPPENED TO HER STEPMOTHER, THE NATURAL DAUGHTER
WANTED TO GO THE SAME ROAD HER SISTER FOLLOWED THE DAY BEFORE.
HOWEVER, BEING SELFISH AND MEAN, WHEN THE POOR OLD MAN APPROACHED HER
AND ASKED FOR A MORSEL OF BREAD, SHE SPAT UPON HIM AND TRIED TO RUN
AWAY. THEREFORE, ANGERED BY HER ACTIONS, HE TOLD HER TO TURN AROUND
IF SHE HEARD THE ROOSTER CROW ONCE, AND TO WALK STRAIGHT AHEAD IF SHE
HEARD HIM CROW TWICE. UPON DOING THIS, AS SHE TURNED AROUND WHEN THE
ROOSTER CROWED ONCE, A BIG HORN GREW IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD,
MAKING HER UGLIER THAN SHE WAS BEFORE.

Submitter comment: FROM ITALY IN THE EARLY 1900'S
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS AND HAVE PITY ON
THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN YOU, FOR THE LITTLE OLD MAN WAS REALLY ST.
PETER IN DISGUISE, SAID MY GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ITALY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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MYTHWOODPECKER

ANOTHER STORY ABOUT ST. PETER IS THE ONE ABOUT THE LADY WHO WAS
BAKING LITTLE BREADS ONE DAY AND A LITTLE OLD MAN CAME TO HER WINDOW
STARVING AFTER TRAVELLING SO FAR PREACHING AND ASKED HER FOR A SMALL
LOAF OF BREAD. HOWEVER, WHEN THE WOMAN LOOKED AT EACH BREAD AS SHE
ROLLED IT, IT LOOKED TOO BIG TO GIVE AWAY. SO SHE KEPT ROLLING AND
ROLLING TRYING TO MAKE HIM A VERY SMALL ONE, UNTIL SHE GAVE UP AND
KEPT THEM ALL TO HERSELF. SO ST. PETER, ANGERED BY HER ACTIONS, TOLD
HER FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE SHE WOULD HAVE TO SCROUNGE AROUND FOR
FOOD AND SO HE CHANGED HER INTO A BIRD EXCEPT FOR HER KERCHIEF, AND
SENT HER UP THE SOOTY CHIMNEY. THIS IS WHY YOU ALWAYS SEE THE
WOODPECKER PECKING AWAY AT THE BARK ON THE TREES AND ITS BODY IS
BLACK FROM THE SOOT IN THE CHIMNEY, AND ITS HEAD IS RED LIKE THE
LADY'S KERCHIEF.
(SHARE WHATEVER YOU HAVE AND NEVER THINK YOU ARE GIVING TOO MUCH,
FOR THE TIME MAY COME WHEN YOU NEED SOMETHING AND YOU MAY HAVE TO
ASK FOR HELP FROM SOMEONE).

Submitter comment: FROM ITALY IN THE EARLY 1900S

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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THE MONK

IN A SMALL NORTHERN TOWN IN ITALY, HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS LIVED THE
MONKS. THE MONKS WERE VERY RICH AND ALWAYS SAVED THEIR MONEY IN A
SMALL SACK, AND CONTINUOUSLY PRAYED THAT SOMEDAY THEY WOULD BE ABLE
TO GO TO HEAVEN.
THE ROBBERS OF ITALY WERE ALWAYS TRYING
TO STEAL THE MONK'S MONEY. ONE
DAY, A ROBBER GOT A TERRIFIC IDEA ON HOW HE WOULD STEAL ONE OF THE
MONK'S MONEY. THE MONK'S NAME WAS FATHER FRANCO.
THIS ROBBER PLAYED A GUITAR AND HE WAS ALSO A SINGER. ONE DAY HE SAW
A MONK PRAYING IN HIS ROOM. THE ROBBER CLIMBED ON THE ROOF ABOVE THE
MONK'S ROOM AND BEGAN TO SING, "FATHER FRANCO, FATHER FRANCO, COME UP
TO HEAVEN."
FATHER FRANCO HEARING THIS, THOUGHT IT WAS GOD CALLING, AND PREPARED TO GO TO HEAVEN. FATHER FRAN
ANSWERED, "LORD, LORD, I AM READY." THE ROBBER HEARING THIS SAID, "FATHER FRANCO, FIRST YOU MUST GIVE UP YOUR SMALL SACK OF MONEY." FATHER FRAN
ANSWERED, "I'LL DO ANYTHING TO GO TO HEAVEN." SO THE ROBBER PUT A HOLE IN THE ROOF AND LOWERED A ROPE DOWN. HE THEN SAID, "FATHER FRAN
PUT THE SACK OF MONEY ON THE BOTTOM OF THE ROPE, AND I'LL PULL IT UP TO HEAVEN FOR YOU." FATHER FRAN
DID AS HE WAS INSTRUCTED, AND NOW PREPARED HIMSELF FOR ENTRY INTO HEAVEN. FINALLY, THE ROBBER LOWERED THE ROPE DOWN AGAIN AND SAID, "FATHER FRANCO,
TIE THE ROPE AROUND YOUR NECK AND I'LL PULL YOU UP INTO HEAVEN." FATHER FRANCO, AS HOLY AS HE WAS, PUT THE ROPE AROUND HIS NECK AND ANSWERED, "LORD, I
AM READY, TAKE ME." WHEN THE ROBBER HEARD THIS HE PULLED ON THE ROPE AND HUNG FATHER FRANCO.

Submitter comment: FROM ITALY IN THE EARLY 1900S

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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THE NEW ENGLAND DUCK

IN AN OLD ITALIAN TOWN, A LITTLE OLD LADY WALKED INTO A BUTCHER SHOP
AND ASKED FOR A NEW ENGLAND DUCK.
THE OWNER, WHO WAS A VERY FAMILIAR WITH ALL KINDS OF DUCKS, WAS VERY
PUZZLED. SO TO TRY TO HELP OUT THE LITTLE OLD LADY, HE HELD UP JUST
ANY OLD DUCK.
THE LADY TOOK HER THUMB AND STUCK IT IN THE "COOLOO" OF THE DUCK. SHE
PULLED IT OUT AND SAID, "NO, THIS ISN'T A NEW ENGLAND DUCK".
THE OWNER AGAIN GOT ANOTHER DUCK AND GAVE IT TO THE LITTLE OLD LADY.
SHE AGAIN TOOK HER THUMB AND INSERTED IT INTO THE DUCK'S "COOLOO" AND
SAID, "AH: THIS IS A NEW ENGLAND DUCK."
AS HE WRAPPED THE CHICKEN FOR THE LITTLE OLD LADY, HE ASKED HER IF
SHE WAS AN ITALIAN. SHE REPLIED, "VERY MUCH SO."
THE LITTLE OLD LADY, STILL PUZZLED AS TO HOW COME THE BUTCHER DIDN'T
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NEW ENGLAND DUCK AND THE OTHERS, ASKED
HIM WHERE HE CAME FROM.
THE BUTCHER PULLED DOWN HIS PANTS, BENT OVER AND SAID, "HERE- YOU
TELL ME!"

Submitter comment: FROM ITALY IN THE EARLY 1900'S

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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