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THAT WENT OVER LIKE A LEAD BALLOON.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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YOU MAKE ABOUT AS MUCH SENSE AS A SCREEN DOOR IN A SUBMARINE.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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YOU MAKE ABOUT AS MUCH SENSE AS A CIGARETTE MACHINE IN A
CANCER WARD.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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THAT WENT OVER JUST ABOUT AS WELL AS A PREGNANT POLEVAULTER.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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I REMEMBER THE ONE, THERE WAS A MAN WHO WENT TO COMMUNION AND
HE DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT IT WAS REALLY GOD. SO WHEN THE PRIEST
GAVE HIM THE HOST, HE HURRIED UP AND TOOK IT OUT OF HIS
MOUTH AND PUT IT IN A HANDKERCHIEF, WRAPPED IT UP AND PUT
IT IN HIS POCKET. AND WHEN HE GOT HOME, HE WENT IN HIS
ROOM AND CLOSED THE DOOR, TOOK A HAMMER AND A NAIL, AND HE
NAILED THE HOST TO THE WALL, AND IT BEGAN TO BLEED. HE
DROWN {DROWNED} IN THE BLOOD.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A WATER-SKIER WHO FELL WHILE SKIING
AND BECAME TANGLED IN THE SEAWEED. BY THE TIME THE BOAT
HAD TURNED AROUND AND REACHED THE SKIER, THE PERSON HAD
ALREADY DROWNED.
I HEARD THIS WHEN I WAS LITTLE AND DO NOT KNOW IF IT IS
TRUE OR NOT. I THINK IT SERVES AS A WARNING TO WATER-
SKIERS TO WATCH OUT FOR SEAWEEK. BEING A WATER-SKIER,
I KNOW THAT IT IS EASY TO BECOME TANGLED IN SEAWEED, BUT
IT IS EASY TO PULL IT OUT IF ONE IS BADLY TANGLED,
DROWNING WOULD NOT BE THAT EASY. BUT KNOWING THE STORY
EVERYTIME I HAVE FALLEN IN SEAWEED, IT SENDS CHILLS
THROUGH ME.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ACCIDENTAL DROWNING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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I REMEMBER THE ONE, THERE WAS A MAN WHO WENT TO COMMUNION AND
HE DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT IT WAS REALLY GOD. SO WHEN THE PRIEST
GAVE HIM THE HOST, HE HURRIED UP AND TOOK IT OUT OF HIS
MOUTH AND PUT IT IN A HANDKERCHIEF, WRAPPED IT UP AND PUT
IT IN HIS POCKET. AND WHEN HE GOT HOME, HE WENT IN HIS
ROOM AND CLOSED THE DOOR, TOOK A HAMMER AND A NAIL, AND HE
NAILED THE HOST TO THE WALL, AND IT BEGAN TO BLEED. HE
DROWN {DROWNED} IN THE BLOOD.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A WATER-SKIER WHO FELL WHILE SKIING
AND BECAME TANGLED IN THE SEAWEED. BY THE TIME THE BOAT
HAD TURNED AROUND AND REACHED THE SKIER, THE PERSON HAD
ALREADY DROWNED.
I HEARD THIS WHEN I WAS LITTLE AND DO NOT KNOW IF IT IS
TRUE OR NOT. I THINK IT SERVES AS A WARNING TO WATER-
SKIERS TO WATCH OUT FOR SEAWEEK. BEING A WATER-SKIER,
I KNOW THAT IT IS EASY TO BECOME TANGLED IN SEAWEED, BUT
IT IS EASY TO PULL IT OUT IF ONE IS BADLY TANGLED,
DROWNING WOULD NOT BE THAT EASY. BUT KNOWING THE STORY
EVERYTIME I HAVE FALLEN IN SEAWEED, IT SENDS CHILLS
THROUGH ME.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ACCIDENTAL DROWNING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN AN IRISH CHRISTMAS CAKE THERE IS ALWAYS PLACED
A GOLD RING SO THAT WHOEVER EATS THE PIECE OF CAKE
AND FINDS THE GOLD RING, WILL BE MARRIED WITHIN THE
NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM MY IRISH LANDLADY AT CHRISTMAS TIME
OF 1970. I DON'T THINK SHE REALLY BELIEVED IT WOULD
HAPPEN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK YOU'LL BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.
A GAME I PLAYED WHEN I WAS YOUNG, YOU WEREN'T ALLOWED
TO STEP ON A LINE ON THE SIDEWALK. WE USUALLY PLAYED
WHILE WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL, IT MADE THE WALK SEEM
SHORTER.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ALL THE RIBBONS FROM THE BRIDE-TO-BE'S SHOWER GIFTS
ARE SAVED AND MADE INTO A "RIBBON BOUQUET" TO USE
AT THE WEDDING REHEARSAL. THIS BRINGS HER GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bows

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S RIME

EENIE, MEENIE, MINEE, ME, CATCH A NIGGER BY THE TEE.
IF HE HOLLERS LET HIM GO.
EENIE, MEENIE, MINEE, ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORD ; TOE

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

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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WHEN A PERSON PICTURE FALLS OFF THE WALL THAT PERSON WILL DIE
WITHIN THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHO FOUND THIS TO HAPPEN IN
SOME INSTANCES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-16-1971

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ENGLISH FOLK SONG

DOWN BY THE FERRY DWELLS ROSIE LEE,
SHE IS VERY FOND OF ME.
WE'LL ROW TOGETHER WHEN SHE'S MY WIFE,
WE WILL FLOAT IN OUR OWN LITTLE BOAT,
DOWN THE STREAM OF LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

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

Date learned: 03-09-1971

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GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD AND FEELIN' BAD

GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD AND FEELIN' BAD,
GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD AND FEELIN' BAD, GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD AND
FEELIN' BAD LORDY LORDY, DON'T WANT TO BE TREATED THIS OLD WAY.
GOIN' WHERE THE CLIMATE SUITS MY CLOTHES, (2 TIMES) GOIN' WHERE
THE CLIMATE SUITS MY CLOTHES, LORDY, LORDY, DON'T WANT TO BE
TREATED THIS OLD WAY. (REFRAIN) GOIN' WHERE THE WATER TASTES LIKE
WINE, (2 TIMES) DETROIT WATER TASTES LIKE TURPENTINE, LORDY, LORDY,
DON'T WANT TO BE TREATED THIS OLD WAY. REFRAIN) FIVE DOLLAR SHOES
HURTS MY FEET, (2 TIMES) FIVE DOLLAR SHOES HURTS MY FEET, LORDY,
LORDY, DON'T WANT TO BE TREATED THIS OLD WAY. TWENTY DOLLAR SHOES
FITS ME FINE, THIRTY DOLLAR SHOES FITS ME FINE, FIFTY DOLLAR SHOES
FITS ME BETTER, LORDY, LORDY, DON'T WANT TO BE TREATED THIS OLD
WAY. (REFRAIN)

Submitter comment: JEF MUST HAVE LEARNED THE VERSE ABOUT DETROIT WATER SOMEWHERE
IN AND ABOUT DETROIT.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS

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

Date learned: CA03001974

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TABLES ARE ROUND, CHAIRS ARE SQUARE.
YOU AND (NAME) MAKE A GOOD PAIR.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF
COLETTE BY A SCHOOLMATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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WEATHER PROVERB

ONION S SKIN VERY THIN
MILD WINTER COMING IN
ONION S SKIN THICK AND TOUGH
COMING WINTER COLD AND ROUGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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BRIDAL SHOWER SUPERSTITION

AS THE BRIDE TO BE IS OPENING HER SHOWER GIFTS, ANY RIBBONS
THAT SHE BREAKS ACCOUNT FOR HOW MANY CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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INSULTS AND WISECRACKS

RAY: HE REMINDS ME OF WHISTLER'S MOTHER
STANDING UP.
KAY: HE DOES, WHY?
RAY: HE'S OFF HIS ROCKER.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AUTOGRAPH RHYME

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE, I KISSED THE BEDPOST AND THOUGHT IT
WAS YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

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

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