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I,VE GOT SOMETHING IN MY POCKET THAT BELONGS ACROSS MY FACE.
I KEEP IT VERY CLOSE TO ME IN A MOST CONVENIENT PLACE.
I,M SURE YOU,LL NEVER GUESS IT, IF YOU GUESS A LONG, LONG WHILE,
I'LL TAKE IT OUT AND PUT IT ON, IT'S A GREAT BIG BROWNIE SMILE.

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Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): BROWNIES-GIRL SCOUTS ; Campfire Music ; Lyrics ; RHYME ; RIDDLE IN SONG ; SMILE ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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VERSE

KISS ME CUTE,
KISS ME CUNNING,
KISS ME QUICK
MY DADDY'S COMING.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): COMMAND ; FEMININE RHYME ; HUMOR ; IMPERFECT RHYME ; INITIAL ITERATION ; MEDIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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VERSE

WHEN YOU GO FISHING,
TAKE A LINE.
WHEN YOU GO KISSING,
TAKE YOUR TIME.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; HUMOR ; IMPERFECT RHYMES ; INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABAB

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

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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VERSE

YOUR HEART IS NOT A PLAYTHING,
YOUR HEART IS NOT A TOY.
BUT IF YOU WANT IT BROKEN,
JUST GIVE IT TO A BOY.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; ADVICE: ABCB ; INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.320

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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LUCK BELIEF ABOUT SALT

IF YOU SPILL SALT, YOU MUST THROW SOME OF IT OVER YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER IN ORDER TO AVOID A FIGHT.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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VERSE

MINNIE MINNIE HA HA, WENT TO SEE HER PAPA,
PAPA DIED, MINNIE CRIED. MINNIE HAD A BABY,
CALLED HIM TINY TIM, PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB
TO TEACH HIM HOW TO SWIM.
DRANK A GALLON OF WATER, ATE A BAR OF SOAP,
MINNIE CALLED THE DOCTOR, MINNIE CALLED THE NURSE,
MINNIE CALLED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
OUT WENT THE DOCTOR, OUT WENT THE NURSE,
IN STAYED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Data entry tech comment: THERE CAN ALSO BE ADDED ANOTHER VERSE BETWEEN LINES 9 AND 10.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; BATHTUB VERSE MONOLOGUE ; JUMP ROPE RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; FRIENDSHIP (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

WHEN A FEATHER WEIGHS A POUND,/ WHEN A FOX SHALL CHOOSE A HOUND,/
WHEN THE WORLD WILL COME TO AN END,/ THEN WILL I CEASE TO BE
YOUR FRIEND?

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): RHETORICAL QUESTION ; RHYME ANIMAL ; RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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ZACHARAS, PAUL

FIGHTING FOR PEACE IS LIKE FORNICATING FOR CHASTITY.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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YOUR TEETH ARE LIKE STARS; THEY COME OUT AT NIGHT.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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BELIEF (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; BAD LUCK: GESTURES (CLASSIFIERHS TITLE)

THE THIRD PERSON ON A MATCH IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; WORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22

Date learned: 01-29-1968

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TOM SWIFTY

"LET ME SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE," SHE
SAID NEGLIGENTLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON NEGLIGEE, A WOMAN'S LOOSE DRESSING GOWN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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DUCKY

ONE BIG ROCK IS PLACED ON THE GROUND. EACH PLAYER HAS
ONE STONE TO THROW AT THE LARGE ROCK. THE PERSON
WHOSE STONE MISSES THE ROCK BY THE LARGEST DISTANCE
IS OUT OF THE GAME AND HAS TO PLACE HIS STONE ON
TOP OF THE LARGE ROCK. THE REST OF THE PLAYERS
COLLECT THEIR STONES AND THROW AGAIN TRYING TO KNOCK
THE STONE OFF THE ROCK. THE PLAYERS TAKE A PLACE BY
THEIR STONE. WHEN THE STONE IS KNOCKED OFF THE ROCK,
ALL PLAYERS MUST "FLY" (RUN) BACK TO THEIR ORIGINAL
POSITIONS BEFORE THE PLAYER WHO WAS OUT OF THE GAME
CAN PUT HIS STONE BACK UP ON THE ROCK. THE LAST ONE
BACK IS OUT OF THE GAME. THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL
ONLY ONE PERSON IS LEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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BELIEF

AFTER A SUMMER RAINSTORM, OR DURING IT, WHEN YOU SEE A PATCH OF
BLUE SKY "AS BIG AS A DUTCHMAN'S BRITCHES," YOU CAN BE SURE THE
STORM IS OVER.

Where learned: LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer

Date learned: 05-07-1969

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CURSE

INFORMANT WAS TOLD IN THE SECOND GRADE THAT
IF YOU RECEIVED HOLY COMMUNION WITH A MORTAL SIN
ON YOUR SOUL, YOUR FACE WOULD TURN BLACK AND YOUR
TONGUE WOULD TURN TO STONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 03-07-1970

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FOOT ITCHES

IF YOUR FOOT ITCHES YOU WILL TAKE A TRIP.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAD KNOWN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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A SIGN OF BAD LUCK

IT IS BAD LUCK IN THE JAPANESE CULTURE TO CLEAN THE HOUSE ON THE
FIRST DAY OF THE YEAR. THE HOUSE IS CLEANED THOROUGHLY THE DAY BEFORE
THE LAST DAY OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOUSECLEANING

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-11-1969

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WHAT FUN DOES A PRIEST HAVE?
NUN

Where learned: LIBRARY ; CARMICHAEL TOWERS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A HUNDRED PIGS STAMPEDE IN FRONT OF A TRAIN?
SEWEECIDE

Where learned: LIBRARY ; CARMICHAEL TOWERS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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WHEN YOU GROW OLD AND UGLY,
AS OLD FOLKS ALWAYS DO,
REMEMBER THAT YOU'LL HAVE A FRIEND
WHO IS OLD AND UGLY TOO!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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YOUR HEART IS NOT A PLAYTHING,
YOUR HEART IS NOT A TOY,
IF YOU WANT IT BROKEN,
GIVE IT TO A BOY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IT FROM CAROL ROGINSKI

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.320

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