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IF YOU BREAK A WISHBONE AND GET THE LONGEST PART
YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK AND YOUR WISH, AS LONG AS
YOU DON'T TELL ANYBODY WHAT YOU WISHED FOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 04-03-1967

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STOP AND GO

ONE CHILD ACTS AS THE POLICEMAN. BEHIND THE STARTING
LINE ARE THE CHILDREN. WHEN THE POLICEMAN SAYS GO
HE TURNS IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF THE CHILDREN.
SUDDENLY, HE YELLS "STOP" AND TURNS AROUND. ANYONE
THAT HE SEES MOVING MUST START ALL OVER AGAIN. THE
FIRST ONE TO TAG THE POLICEMAN BECOMES THE NEXT
POLICEMAN.

Submitter comment: WHEN I WAS SMALL, I WOULD PLAY THIS WITH MY FRIENDS.
I LEARNED THIS IN EAST DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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EASTER SATURDAY, THE POLISH PEOPLE TAKE BASKETS OF
FOOD--BREADS, BUTTER IN THE FORM OF A LAMB (NO
REASON GIVEN FOR THIS), SAUSAGE, ETC. TO BE BLESSED.
THIS IS THEN TAKEN HOME AND EATEN AS THE EASTER
FEAST. ALL THE FOOD TAKEN HAS TO BE EATEN THAT NIGHT.
THIS WILL INSURE GOOD CROPS FOR THE YEAR AND A GOOD
LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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POLISH

THE DANCE OF THE ANGELS: A SPECIAL DANCE AT POLISH
WEDDINGS DURING WHICH THE BRIDESMAIDS DANCE
WEARING THE BRIDE'S VEIL. (THE MAID OF HONOR
FIRST, THEN THE OTHERS). THIS DANCE SYMBOLIZES
THE UNITY OF THE FRIENDS, ONE TO ANOTHER, AND
THEIR CONTINUING FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Activities

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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AT A POLISH WEDDING, WHEN THE BRIDE AND GROOM ENTER THE
RECEPTION ROOM; THEY BREAD BREAD AND TASTE SALT.

Submitter comment: SHE WAS NOT SURE WHY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bread and salt

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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SOMETHING OLD (FOR TRADITION)
SOMETHING NEW (FOR BEING MODERN)
SOMETHING BORROWED (FOR FRIENDS)
SOMETHING BLUE (FOR LUCK).

Submitter comment: DITTY RECITED BY INFORMANT, THEN EXPLAINED AS
WRITTEN HERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR THE GROOM TO SEE THE BRIDE BEFORE
THE CEREMONY ON THEIR WEDDING DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Separation before wedding

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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WHEN A BRIDE HAS A SHOWER, IF SHE BREAKS THE RIBBONS M ON HER GIFTS, SHE WILL HAVE AS MMANY CHILDREN AS THE
RIBBONS SHE BREAKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of

Date learned: 04-07-1967

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WEAR A PENNY IN YOUR SHOE AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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IF YOU FIND A PIN AND PICK IT UP, YOUR WHOLE
DAY WILL GO WELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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ITALIAN
PIZZA, PIZZA A TATA
A MAMMA LA FRETTATA
A PAPA UN CAPPONE
E A (NAME) UN SCHIAFFONE.

TRANSLATION
PIZZA, PIZZA FATHER
TO MOTHER ONE OMELETTE;
TO FATHER ONE CHICKEN;
AND TO (NAME) ONE PAT ON THE FACE.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THE INFORMANT SAYING THIS TO HER GRANDSON,
1-1/2 YEARS OLD, WHILE HE WAS IN HER LAP. SHE WAS CLAPPING
THE CHILD'S HANDS WHILE SAYING THE RHYME, ENDING UP WITH A
SLIGHT SLAP ON THE CHEEKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-06-1971

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ITALIAN:
MICI MICSE MISCELLA
LE GEITTO E LA BUCHELLO
QUENDO E COTTE MANGIATELLO
SPURSTE, SPURSTE.

TRANSLATION:
KITTY, KITTY CAT
THE CAT AND THE BEEF
WHEN IT'S COOKED YOU EAT IT.
SCAT, SCAT.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THE INFORMANT SAYING THIS WHILE HOLDING HER
GRANDSON, 1-1/2 YEARS OLD, IN HER LAP. SHE TOOK THE
CHILD'S HANDS AND STROKED HIS CHEEKS WHILE SAYING THIS
RHYME. TOWARDS THE LAST LINE OF THE RHYME THE STROKING
BECAME FASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-06-1971

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FONTANELLA, FONTANELLA,
A QUA CI BEVE LA PECORELLA
LA PECORELLA DI SAN GIOCCHINO
VA CANTANTO LA LITANIA
DEL VIVO E DEL MORTO
PER NOI PATRE NOSTRO
PER LA MORTE E PER LA VITA
PER NOI SAN ANTONINO

LITTLE FOUNTAIN, LITTLE FOUNTAIN
HERE THE LITTLE SHEEPS COMES TO DRINK
THE LITTLE LAMB OF SAN JACOM
GOES SINGING THE LITANY
OF THE LIVING AND OF THE DEAD
FOR US AN HOUR FATHER (OUR FATHER?)
FOR THE DEAD AND FOR THE LIVING
FOR US SAN ANTONINO.

Submitter comment: A CIRCLING MOTION IS MADE WITH THE INDEX FINGER IN THE PALM
OF THE BABY'S HAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SAN JACOB?

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

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UNLUCKY NUMBERS

THIRTEEN IS A UNLUCKY NUMBER BECAUSE IT STANDS FOR JUDAS, THE
APOSTLE WHO WAS REPLACED BECAUSE HE BETRAYED CHRIST.

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

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Language

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY/ COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY/ LITTLE JOHNNIE WANTS
TO PLAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD / Updated on 01-13-2011

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Language ; Play ; Rain ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND THE HOLY
GHOSTEST,
HE WHO EATS THE FASTEST GETS THE MOSTEST
RUB A DUB DUB
THANKS FOR THE GRUB
YEAH GOD!

Submitter comment: WE USED TO SAY THIS IN THE BOY SCOUTS WHEN WE WERE ABOUT
ELEVEN OR TWELVE YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Keyword(s): GRACE BEFORE MEALS ; PRAYER PARODY

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB GIRLS WITH CURVES ARE USUALLY SURROUNDED BY MEN

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHESIS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLOW
WENT UP STAIRS TO KISS A FELLOW,
BY MISTAKE SHE KISSED A SNAKE,
HOW MANY DOCTORS DID IT TAKE.

Submitter comment: THE ANSWER IS THEN SPELLED

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING OUT THE CLOTHES,
MY MOTHER PUNCHED YOUR MOTHER IN THE NOSE,
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD?

Submitter comment: THE ANSWER IS THEN SPELLED

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

ENGINE, ENGINE #9,
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE,
IF THE TRAIN SHOULD JUMP THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
YES OR NO OR MAYBE SO?

Submitter comment: THE ANSWER IS THEN SPELLED

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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