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JUMP ROPE

ONE GUM DROP, TWO GUM DROP,
THREE GUM DROP, FOUR.
ALL THOSE WHOSE NAME BEGINS
WITH (LETTER)GO OUT THE DOOR
IF YOU WISH TO RETURN
BRING US ALL BACK SOME MORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

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

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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A GESTURE FORMED BY EXTENDING THE LITTLE FINGER AND
THE FOREFINGER. IT MEANS LITERALLY "BULLSHIT" BUT
IT SIGNIFIES DISBELIEF IN SOMETHING.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

THE STREET O'CONNER, WHICH IS LOCATED IN ST. CLAIR SHORES,
MICHIGAN, IS SAID TO BE HAUNTED BY THE GHOST OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD
GIRL WHO WAS DRAGGED TO HER DEATH ON THE BUMPER OF A CAR.
THE DRIVER OF THE CAR HEARD A KNOCKING ON THE BACK OF THE
VEHICLE BUT WAS UNAWARE AT THE TIME WHAT IT WAS. THE GIRL'S
MOTHER CURSED THE STREET SO THAT EVERY TIME A CAR WENT PAST
THE STREET, THE PASSENGERS WOULD HEAR THE KNOCKING.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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FORD'S CURVE; DEAD MAN'S CURVE

ON LAKESHORE ROAD, BETWEEN 8 AND 9 MILE ROADS IN GROSSE POINTE
SHORES, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A CURVE IN THE ROAD KNOWN AS "FORD'S
CURVE." THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTED MANY ACCIDENTS FROM KIDS
DRAG RACING ON THIS STREET. BRIAN, AT 19, RECEIVED A 1966
CORVETTE STING RAY FOR HIS BIRTHDAY. ONE DAY, DRIVING DOWN
LAKESHORE, ANOTHER CORVETTE APPROACHED HIM; THEY DECIDED TO
"DRAG." THE BOY IN THE OTHER CAR DIDN'T MAKE IT AFTER REACHING
THE CURVE--HE DIED 3 HOURS LATER. BRIAN ALSO ENDED UP IN
CRITICAL CONDITION FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. AFTER THIS FATAL ACCIDENT
THE CURVE WAS NAMED "DEAD MAN'S CURVE."

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

THE STREET O'CONNER, WHICH IS LOCATED IN ST. CLAIR SHORES,
MICHIGAN, IS SAID TO BE HAUNTED BY THE GHOST OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD
GIRL WHO WAS DRAGGED TO HER DEATH ON THE BUMPER OF A CAR.
THE DRIVER OF THE CAR HEARD A KNOCKING ON THE BACK OF THE
VEHICLE BUT WAS UNAWARE AT THE TIME WHAT IT WAS. THE GIRL'S
MOTHER CURSED THE STREET SO THAT EVERY TIME A CAR WENT PAST
THE STREET, THE PASSENGERS WOULD HEAR THE KNOCKING.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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FORD'S CURVE; DEAD MAN'S CURVE

ON LAKESHORE ROAD, BETWEEN 8 AND 9 MILE ROADS IN GROSSE POINTE
SHORES, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A CURVE IN THE ROAD KNOWN AS "FORD'S
CURVE." THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTED MANY ACCIDENTS FROM KIDS
DRAG RACING ON THIS STREET. BRIAN, AT 19, RECEIVED A 1966
CORVETTE STING RAY FOR HIS BIRTHDAY. ONE DAY, DRIVING DOWN
LAKESHORE, ANOTHER CORVETTE APPROACHED HIM; THEY DECIDED TO
"DRAG." THE BOY IN THE OTHER CAR DIDN'T MAKE IT AFTER REACHING
THE CURVE--HE DIED 3 HOURS LATER. BRIAN ALSO ENDED UP IN
CRITICAL CONDITION FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. AFTER THIS FATAL ACCIDENT
THE CURVE WAS NAMED "DEAD MAN'S CURVE."

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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MOCK PRAYER

O LORD, GIVE ME THE STRENGTH TO
KEEP MY BIG MOUTH SHUT
WHEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT
THE HELL I'M TALKING ABOUT.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COLOR

FOR ALL OFFICIAL CEREMONIES (INDUCTION OF PLEDGES,
INITIATION OF NEW MEMBERS AND FOUNDER'S DAY)
THE MEMBERS OF SIGMA SIGMA SIGMA WEAR WHITE DRESSES.
THE WHITE IS TO SIGNIFY THEIR INNOCENCE AND PURITY.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

THE STREET O'CONNER, WHICH IS LOCATED IN ST. CLAIR SHORES,
MICHIGAN, IS SAID TO BE HAUNTED BY THE GHOST OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD
GIRL WHO WAS DRAGGED TO HER DEATH ON THE BUMPER OF A CAR.
THE DRIVER OF THE CAR HEARD A KNOCKING ON THE BACK OF THE
VEHICLE BUT WAS UNAWARE AT THE TIME WHAT IT WAS. THE GIRL'S
MOTHER CURSED THE STREET SO THAT EVERY TIME A CAR WENT PAST
THE STREET, THE PASSENGERS WOULD HEAR THE KNOCKING.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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FORD'S CURVE; DEAD MAN'S CURVE

ON LAKESHORE ROAD, BETWEEN 8 AND 9 MILE ROADS IN GROSSE POINTE
SHORES, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A CURVE IN THE ROAD KNOWN AS "FORD'S
CURVE." THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTED MANY ACCIDENTS FROM KIDS
DRAG RACING ON THIS STREET. BRIAN, AT 19, RECEIVED A 1966
CORVETTE STING RAY FOR HIS BIRTHDAY. ONE DAY, DRIVING DOWN
LAKESHORE, ANOTHER CORVETTE APPROACHED HIM; THEY DECIDED TO
"DRAG." THE BOY IN THE OTHER CAR DIDN'T MAKE IT AFTER REACHING
THE CURVE--HE DIED 3 HOURS LATER. BRIAN ALSO ENDED UP IN
CRITICAL CONDITION FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. AFTER THIS FATAL ACCIDENT
THE CURVE WAS NAMED "DEAD MAN'S CURVE."

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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NONE

A MAN HAD THREE SONS; ONE 16, ONE 17, AND ONE 18. ON THE
18 YEAR-OLDS' BIRTHDAY, THE MAN SENT HIS SON OUT TO FIND WORK.
THE SON FOUND WORK, BUT IN ORDER TO GET THERE, HE HAD TO GO UP
THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL AND UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL AND UP
THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL AND UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL.
ON HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB, THE YOUNG MAN DISCOVERED THAT HE HAD
FORGOTTEN HIS LUNCH. SO HE RETURNED HOME TO GET IT. IN ORDER TO
GET HOME, HE HAD TO GO UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL, (ETC.)
HE RETURNED HOME, GOT HIS LUNCH, AND RETURNED BACK TO WORK. IN
ORDER TO GET THERE, HE HAD TO GO UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL,(ETC)
WHEN HE GOT BACK TO WORK, HE DISCOVERED THAT HE FORGOT SOMETHING
TO DRINK. SO HE HAD TO GO TO THE GAS STATION. IN ORDER TO GET THERE
HE HAD TO GO UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL, (ETC.). WHEN HE GOT
THERE, HE BOUGHT A PEPSI. THEN HE RETURNED TO WORK. IN ORDER
TO GET THERE, H5 HAD TO GO UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL, (ETC.)
AFTER WORK WAS OVER, THE YOUNG MAN RETURNED HOME. IN ORDER TO
GET THERE, HE HAD TO GO UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL, (ETC.)
WHEN HE RETURNED HOME, HIS FATHER WANTED TO HEAR OF HIS SONS'
EXPERIENCES OF THE DAY.(THE SON TELLS ABOUT THE ENTIRE DAY.)
( THIS GOES ON FOR THREE SONS, EACH GOING TO THE PLACE OF WORK,
EACH FORGETTING THEIR LUNCHES, EACH HAVING TO RETURN HOME,
EACH GOING TO A GAS STATION AND GETTING A COKE, EACH RETURNING TO
WORK, EACH COMMING HOME AND TELLING THEIR FATHER OF THIER
EXPERIENCES, AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, EACH HAVING TO GO UP
THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL, ETC.). THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS
TWO OUT OF THREE DRINK COKE.

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Song

Date learned: CA03001974

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NONE

FINGER PICKING WAS ORIGINATED IN AFRICA BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN
THE BANJO WAS FIRST INVENTED. AT THAT TIME THE ONLY BANJO THAT
EXISTED WAS THE FOUR-STRING BANJO. THE PERSON PLAYING WOULD PICK
THE TWO STRINGS NEAREST HIM WITH HIS THUMB IN AN ALTERNATING
FASHION. ON THE OTHER TWO STRINGS, HE WOULD PICK THE MELODY OF
THE PARTICULAR SONG THAT HE WAS PLAYING.

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS

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

Date learned: CA03001974

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SHOUT

"WATERMAN"

Submitter comment: WATER DEPARTMENT PERSON YELLS THIS WORD AND THEN KNOCKS
ON THE DOOR. HE THEN ENTERS THE HOUSE TO CHECK THE
WATER METER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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HOW DRY I AM, HOW WET I'LL BE
IF I DON'T FIND THE BATHROOM KEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY
OF THE BURNING OF THE SCHOOL.
WE HAVE TORTURED ALL THE TEACHERS,
WE HAVE BROKEN ALL THE RULES.
BEATEN MOM AND DAD IN A DIRTY GAME OF POOL,
AND THE SAINTS GO MARCHING ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC PARODY

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

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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HICCUP CURE

HOLD BOTH EAR LOBES AND TAKE A DEEP SWALLOW
OF LIQUID AND BREATHE OUT HEAVILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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PRETENDED OBSCENE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT'S BROWN AND STICKS BETWEEN AN ELEPHANT'S TOES?
A: A SLOW RUNNING NATIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) COLOR ; ANIMALS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: HOW CAN A FARMER PLANT 5 STRAIGHT ROWS OF TREES WITH 4 TREES IN
EACH ROW IF HE HAS ONLY TEN TREES?
A: IN A FIVE POINTED (INSIDE AND OUTSIDE) STAR SHAPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; NUMBERS ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUGH

A GOOD REMEDY FOR A COUGH IS TO MIX A LITTLE WHISKEY WITH
HONEY AND TAKE AS NEEDED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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GLORY, GLORY, ALLELUIA
TEACHER HIT ME WITH A RULER,
SO I HID BEHIND THE DOOR
WITH A LOADED 44,
AND SHE WON'T BOTHER ME ANY MORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): VIOLENCE PARODY: GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH

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

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