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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

MY INK IS PALE,
MY PEN IS POOR,
WHEN I COME TO WRITE,
I THINK OF YOU MORE AND MORE.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB ; SLANT RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

CHOOSE NOT YOUR FRIENDS
FROM OUTER SHOW --
FOR FEATHERS FLOW
AND PEARLS LIE LOW.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; RHYME: ABBB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND YOUR OLD MAN GETS CROSS,
PICK UP THE BROOM
AND SAY I'M BOSS.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSTRUCTIONS ; RHYME: ABCB ; SLANG OLD MAN FOR HUSBAND.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SHINING,
AND YOUR MIND FROM CARE IS FREE,
WHEN OF OTHERS YOU ARE THINKING,
WON'T YOU SOMETIMES THINK OF ME.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): REQUEST ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK PROSE

MAY YOUR LIFE BE LIKE ARITHMETIC
JOY ADDED, SORROW SUBTRACTED,
AND TIMES MULTIPLIED.

ACCEPT THESE FEW LINES FROM ME.
IT SHOWS THAT I'LL REMEMBER THEE
UNTIL YOU AND I SHALL MEET AGAIN.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): FUTURE ; WISH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHATEVER SKIES MAY FIND ABOVE YOU,
WHEN XMAS COMES IT'S NICE TO KNOW
THAT THERE ARE FRIENDS WHO FONDLY LOVE YOU,
HOWEVER FAR AWAY YOU GO.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; FEMININE RHYME ; OBSERVATION

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

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HUMOR

THAT WENT OVER LIKE A PREGNANT POLE VAULTER.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WICHITA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Q. WHY DO FARTS SMELL? A. FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE DEAF.

Where learned: KANSAS ; TOPEKA

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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WHEN A COUPLE IS MARRIED, THEIR FRIENDS MESS UP THEIR
CAR. THEY PUT WATERMELONS UNDER THE WHEELS AND PUT
WHIP(PED)CREAM AND EGGS ON THE CAR. THEY ALSO
FILL THE INSIDE OF THE CAR WITH RICE AND NEWSPAPER.
THIS IS TO TEASE THEM BECAUSE THE COUPLE "FINALLY
GOT CAUGHT."

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE IN KANSAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; KANSAS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.082

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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FRIENDS OF A NEWLYWED COUPLE BREAK INTO THE COUPLE'S
ROOM THE NIGHT AFTER THEY ARE MARRIED; THEY PUT THE
GIRL IN A WHEELBARROW AND THE BOY HAS TO PUSH HER DOWN
THE MAIN STREET. THEY ARE TAKEN IN WHATEVER THEY ARE
WEARING.

Submitter comment: THIS IS STILL DONE IN THE SMALLER TOWNS IN KANSAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; KANSAS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Disturbing bride and groom Charivari Shivaree Belling

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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MRS. MOOR SAYS THAT WHEN YOU GIVE A PURSE TO
SOMEONE OR PUT ONE IN STORAGE YOU SHOULD LEAVE
A PENNY IN IT; OTHERWISE THE PURSE WILL NEVER
HOLD MONEY.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WHITE CITY

Keyword(s): GIFTS, PRESENTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001975CA

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WHEN WEARING A NECKLACE, THE CLASP SOMETIMES WORKS ITS
WAY TO THE FRONT. GRAB THE CLASP AND TURN IT AROUND WHILE
MAKING A WISH. IF YOU DO NOT TELL WHAT THE WISH WAS,
IT WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: THIS SUPERSTITION IS WIDESPREAD. WHEN THE INFORMANT MOVED
TO DETROIT, SHE LEARNED THAT KIDS IN DETROIT BELIEVE THIS
TOO.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WHITE CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

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IF A SINGLE GIRL DOESN'T HOLD HER BREATH WHEN PASSING A
CEMETARY, HER BOYFRIEND WILL DIE BEFORE THEY MARRY.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WICHITA

James Callow Keyword(s): CEMETERY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR THE COUPLE, IF THE BRIDE SEES HER
HUSBAND-TO-BE BEFORE THE CEREMONY ON THE DAY OF THE
WEDDING.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WICHITA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Separation before wedding
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 09-28-1973

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HUMOR

THAT'S AS FUNNY AS A PAY TOILET IN A DIARRHEA WARD.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WICHITA

Keyword(s): BLACK HUMOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HUMOR

THAT WENT OVER LIKE A LEAD BALLOON.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WICHITA

Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN OPENING WEDDING OR BRIDAL SHOWER GIFTS, EVERY RIBBON
OR STRING YOU BREAK IS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT A FUTURE CHILD
FROM YOUR MARRIAGE.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WICHITA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Breaking of

Date learned: CAN'T REMEMBER

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IF YOU PULL ONE WHITE HAIR OUT OF YOUR HEAD, TWO WILL GROW
BACK.

Where learned: KANSAS ; WICHITA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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PLACE

JUNK CITY IS A TERM APPLIED TO JUNCTION CITY, KANSAS; BY
THE SOLDIERS OF FORT RILEY, KANSAS.

Where learned: KANSAS ; FORT RILEY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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MILITARY NICKNAME

OLD MAN - USED IN REFERENCE TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER REGARDLESS OF
AGE.

Where learned: KANSAS ; FORT RILEY

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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