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SEEING IS BELIEVING AND FEELING IS THE NAKED TRUTH.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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GREEK LEGEND

FROM ANCIENT TIMES ONWARD, IT HAS BEEN WRITTEN THAT PIGS COULD BE
TRAINED TO BECOME HOUSEHOLD PETS. IT IS SAID ALSO THAT IF PIGS
WERE KEPT LEAN AND STRONG, THEY WOULD BE CAPABLE OF SWIMMING FAIRLY
LONG DISTANCES. HISTORY RECORDS THAT THE PIRATES WHO LIVED ALONG
THE SOUTHERN SHORE OF CILICIA IN ASIA MINOR AND IN PHOENICIA WOULD
RUTHLESSLY PLUNDER THE MANY SMALL ISLANDS IN THE AEGEAN SEA. ODDLY
ENOUGH, THESE PIRATES, ALTHOUGH CONSTANTLY AT SEA, RARELY LEARNED
TO SWIM. FROM THIS GREW A LEGEND IN GREECE ABOUT THREE BOYS WHO
LIVED ON AN ISLAND IN THE AEGEAN SEA.
THEY WERE SWINEHERDS WHO EARNED THEIR DAILY BREAD AND CHEESE BY
TENDING THE PIGS OF A WEALTHY PRINCE OF THE MAINLAND. THE YOUNG
BOYS LEARNED THEIR PIGS WERE VERY CLEVER AND COULD BE TAUGHT
TRICKS. DIFFERENT PIGS LEARNED DIFFERENT TRICKS, BUT ALL THE PIGS
LEARNED ONE PARTICULAR TRICK, TO ANSWER A CALL ON THE BOYS' PIPES.
IN RETURN, THEY RECEIVED A SPECIAL FOOD TREAT.
LIFE ON THE ISLAND WAS PEACEFUL AND HAPPY, UNTIL ONE DAY A WILD
STORM BLEW A STRANGE SHIP CLOSE TO SHORE. IT WAS A PIRATE SHIP.
THE BOYS TRIED TO HIDE THE PIGS, BUT THE PIRATES FOUND THEM ANYWAY.
THE BOYS WRE SAD UNTIL ONE OF THEM REALIZED MAYBE THE PIGS COULD BE
SAVED. THE BOYS TOOK OUT THEIR PIPES AND BLEW THE SAME THREE NOTES
THEY ALWAYS DID FOR THE SPECIAL TREAT. THE PIGS HEARD AND KNEW
JUST WHAT TO DO. THEY RAN TO THE SIDE OF THE SHIP CLOSEST THE
SHORE. THE SUDDEN SHIFT IN WEIGHT MADE THE SHIP TIP TO ONE SIDE,
FIRST, JUST A LITTLE, THEN MORE AND MORE. WATER STARTED TO RUSH
IN OVER THE SIDES. THE SHIP BGAN TO SINK. THE CREW COULDN'T SWIM:
THEY FLOUNDERED IN THE WATER FOR A FEW MINUTES, THEN ALL THAT WAS
LEFT WAS A BIG RING OF BUBBLES IN THE BLUE SEA. THE PIGS SWAM
SWIFTLY TO SHORE AND THE BOYS REWARDED THEM WITH A VERY SPECIAL
TREAT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT READ THIS IN "PIGS AND PIRATES" BY DAVID WHITE, NEW
YORK, 1969.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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RIDDLE

WHY IS TENNIS SUCH A NOISY SPORT?
BOTH PLAYERS ALWAYS RAISE A RACKET.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 05-00-1990

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RIDDLE

WHAT DO WEEDS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?
IF YOU GIVE THEM AN INCH THEY WILL TAKE A YARD.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): GREED ; MEASUREMENT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 05-00-1990

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RIDDLE

WHAT RELATION IS A DOOR TO A MAT?
A STEP-FATHER. A STEP FA(R)THER. A STEP FURTHER

Submitter comment: A STEP FARTHER
A STEP FURTHER

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): STEPFATHER

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 05-00-1990

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RIDDLE

IN WHAT WAY ARE THE LETTER A AND NOON THE SAME?
THEY BOTH ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF DAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): SPELLING ; WORD

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 05-00-1990

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3 MAN

NEED 3-10 PEOPLE, 2 DICE AND A DRINK, PREFERABLY BEER, FOR
ALL THE PLAYERS. EVERYONE TAKES A TURN ROLLING A DIE. THE
FIRST TO ROLL A 3 IS "3 MAN." GOING CLOCKWISE AROUND THE
GROUP EVERYONE TAKES A TURN ROLLING. PERSON TO LEFT OF THE
"3 MAN" ROLLS FIRST, USING BOTH DICE. IF HE ROLLS A 7, THE
PERSON TO HIS RIGHT TAKES A DRINK. IF IT'S AN 11 THE PERSON
ON THE LEFT DRINKS. A 9 ROLLED IS A SOCIAL (EVERYONE DRINKS).
WHENEVER A 3 IS ROLLED, WHETHER ON THE DIE OR ADDED UP
(1+2) THE "3 MAN" MUST DRINK. IF A PLAYER ROLLS DOUBLES
HE GIVES ONE DIE EACH TO TWO PLAYERS. THEY ROLL THEIR DIE.
THE PERSON WITH THE HIGHER NUMBER TAKES THE NUMBER OF DRINKS
ON THE LOW ROLLED DIE (OR VICE VERSA). IF THE TWO DICE ROLLED
ARE THE SAME (DOUBLES) THEN ONE DIE IS GIVEN BACK TO THE
PERSON WHO ROLLED DOUBLES FIRST AND HE MUST DRINK DOUBLE THE
NUMBER HE ROLLS ON THE DIE (2-12 SIPS).
IF DICE ARE ROLLED AND NO ONE MUST DRINK THE ROLL IS REFERRED
TO AS "SHIT" OR A "SHITTY ROLL." THE DICE ARE THEN HANDED
TO THE NEXT PLAYER. IF DICE ARE ROLLED AND SOMEONE MUST DRINK
THE SAME PLAYER ROLLS AGAIN.
WHEN THE "3 MAN" ROLLS, IF HE ROLLS A 3 IN ANY FORM HE CAN
GIVE AWAY THE "3 MAN" STATUS TO ANYONE ELSE PLAYING.
VARIATIONS ARE:
FOR 9-10 PEOPLE THERE CAN BE TWO "3 MEN".
TO GET SOMEONE DRUNK FASTER THERE CAN BE AN "OH SHIT" PLAYER
(SIMILAR TO THE "3 MAN") WHO MUST DRINK WHEN A ROLL IS "SHIT"
(OTHER THAN A 3,7,9 OR 11). ONE PERSON MAY BE BOTH "3 MAN" AND
"OH SHIT" AT THE SAME TIME. HE WILL ALSO GET VERY DRUNK VERY
QUICKLY.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK ; BAR

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

Date learned: 07-00-1989

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YOURS TILL COWS GIVE BEER.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SIGNED IN THE COLLECTOR'S EIGHTH GRADE
SIGNATURE BOOK.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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IN NEW YORK CITY WHEN YOU ASK YOUR DOORMAN TO GET A
CAB, HE GOES OUT NEAR A BUSY STREET AND WAVES A
FLASHLIGHT UP AND DOWN. IN SOME PLACES THE DOORMAN
TURNS ON A RED LIGHT ON THE CORNER OF THE BUILDING
WHICH BRINGS A CAB.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Instructions Directions
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Song for Jump Rope

On a mountain stands a lady
Who she is I do not know
All she wants is gold and silver
All she needs is a nice young man
So jump in my _____(name)_____
And jump in my _____(name)_____

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

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

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Children's Joke Verse or Mocking Verse

The child makes a companion look at something that isn't there; when the companion looks the jokester says:

I made you look
I made you look
I made you buy
A penny book.

 

Submitter comment:

Sometimes sung.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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Autograph Saying

2 young
2 drink
4 Roses

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING

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

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Autograph Saying in Verse

Roses are red
Violets are black
You'd look better
With a knife in your back.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

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

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Children's Game

Form of hide-and-go-seek in which the person who is it "hides his eyes" while everyone hides. He then looks for those hiding and tags them if he finds them. In the meantime others have a chance to run to the tree and top it. If this happens and the person who is it has not tagged anyone out the person touching the tree yells "Home Free All" and the person who was it has to be it again.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C5

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Children's Game

Played alone with a rubber ball.
The ball is bounced. Each time an item is named the leg goes over the ball.

Example:
The child says:
A my name is Alice (or some name beginning with A)
And my husband's name is Alfred
We come from Alabama
And we eat Apples

The child does this through the whole alphabet.


 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

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

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Children's Game: Three Steps Over Germany

Someone is designated "it." This "it" stands at a designated spot a certain distance from the other children. He calls out the number of steps these children may take. The last child to get to the other side is "it." This game usually requires that the child is tall or that he is a good jumper.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C5

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Children's Jumprope Game

The child jumps rope and the other girls playing say "Down the Mississippi where the boats go push!" When they say push another girl jumps in with the girl jumping and pushes her out. If while someone is jumping in the rope gets tangled the cause of the tangle must turn the rope.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

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

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Entry filtered.

To someone who is wishing for something:
Wish in one hand and s____ in the other one, and see which one gets full first.


 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form
SPEECH -- Formula

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Verse
Here is the church, here is the steeple.
Open the doors and see all the people.

Dramatization
Using hand and fingers for church, steeple and people.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C5
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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Superstition

Catholic school children learn to make the sign of the cross when an ambulance goes by.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture

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