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COUNTING OUT

DURING HIDE'N'SEEK THE PERSON WHO IS "IT" RECITES THIS
VERSE:
APPLE, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY, HOLLER "I."
IF A PLAYER IS NOT READY HE HOLLERS "I," AND TH ONE
WHO IS"IT" WILL WAIT A FEW MORE SECONDS, AND REPEAT
THE VERSE UNTIL EVERYONE IS READY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

MEMBERS OF A GROUP HOLD OUT BOTH HANDS, FISTS CLENCHED. A
LEADER, WITH FIST CLENCHED, TAPS EACH MEMBER'S HANDS WHILE
SINGING OR SAYING THE FOLLOWING DITTY. EACH HAND IS TAPPED
ONCE FOR EACH WORD, AS IN EENY, MEENY, MINNY, MO.
ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.
THE MEMBER WHO IS TAPPED ON THE WORD "OR" IS ELIMINATED.
HE HOLDS THE FIST THAT WAS TAPPED BEHIND HIS BACK. IF
BOTH FISTS ARE TAPPED HIS IS COMPLETELY ELIMINATED. THE
LAST PERSON WITH A FIST REMAINING IS THE LEADER. THE
PROCESS IS USUALLY USED TO CHOOSE A LEADER FOR A GAME,
A TEAM CAPTAIN, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

"GOOD AS GOLD."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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ROPE-JUMPING RHYME

DUMMI, DUMMI, DODO,
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN,
I CAN RUN FASTER,
THAN ANY ONECAN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE OPENING RHYME USED IN STARTING SOME SORT OF
JUMP ROPE GAME. PLAYER, WHILE JUMPING, WILL SAY THIS
RHYME AND THEN JUMP OUT, NEXT PLAYER WILL JUMP IN AND
JUMP OUT AND SO ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

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REFRAIN:
BOOM, BOOM, AIN'T IT GREAT TO BE CRAZY
BOOM, BOOM, AIN'T IT GREAT TO BE CRAZY
SILLY AND FOOLISH, ALL DAY LONG.
BOOM, BOOM, AIN'T IT GREAT TO BE CRAZY.

VERSES:
A HORSE AND A FLEA AND THREE BLIND MICE
SAT ON A CURBSTONE SHOOTING DICE
THE HORSEY SLIPPED AND IT FELL ON THE FLEA.
AND THE FLEA SAID, "OPPS, THERE'S A HORSEY ON ME."

A PENGUIN BY THE NAME OF JOE,
WAY UP NORTH WHERE THERE'S ICE AND SNOW,
GOT SO TIRED OF BLACK AND WHITE,
THAT HE WORE PINK PAJAMAS TO A PARTY ONE NIGHT.

Submitter comment: DONE TO A SYSTEM OF HAND CLAPPING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

I LIT A MATCH AND IT WENT OUT.
THIS IS TO DETERMINE WHO'S IT IN A GAME. EACH PLAYER
PUTS ONE FOOT IN. WITH EACH WORD SAID A DIFFERENT
FOOT IS TOUCHED. THE PLAYER'S FOOT THAT IS TOUCHED
ON THE WORD OUT IS NOT IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

BOY SCOUT, BOY SCOUT, WALK OUT
THIS IS USED TO DETERMINE WHO'S"IT" IN A GAME. EACH
PLAYER PUTS ONE FOOT IN. WITH EACH WORD SAID A DIFFERENT
FOOT IS TOUCHED. THE PLAYER'S FOOT THAT IS TOUCHED
ON THE WORD OUT IS NOT IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING OUT CLOTHES,
MY MOTHER SOCKED YOUR MOTHER RIGHT IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR BLOOD CAME OUT?
(SPELL COLOR CHOSEN) AND YOU ARE NOT IT.
THIS IS USED TO DETERMINE WHO'S "IT" IN A GAME. ALL THE
PLAYERS PUT ONE FOOT IN. WITH EACH SYLLABLE OR WORD
SAID A DIFFERENT FOOT IS TOUCHED. THE PLAYER WHO'S
FOOT IS TOUCHED ON THE WORD OUT GETS TO PICK THE COLOR
OF THE BLOOD. THE PERSON'S FOOT IS TOUCHED ON THE WORD
"IT" IS NOT IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

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Custom

Greetings:

Offering salt and bread and flowers is a way of greeting a person who has arrived from a long trip. This custom is one which was performed commonly in S.E. Poland and in Ukraine many years ago (prior to WWI) at that time it was used to greet any traveler regardless of his social position. Now recently it is used only in greeting people like priests, bishops, government officials, etc.

Submitter comment:

Although informant mentioned that this custom is carried out in Europe, I myself have observed this several months ago when people in a Ukrainian church greeted a bishop which had just been released from prison by the Russians.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; FLOWERS ; GREETING ; POLAND ; Salt, Bread ; Social Class ; Ukraine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEN AND BOYS IS THE PRICE OF THEIR TOYS

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT IN 1969 BY A MARRIED MAN
ABOUT 21 YEARS OF AGE. THE MAN SAW IT AS A TRUE PROVERB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Maturity
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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SURPRISE SONG

SONG:
GREAT BIG GOBS OF GREASY, GRIMY GOPHER GUTS
IMITATION MONKEY MEAT, LITTLE PIGGIES HAIRY FEET,
ME WITHOUT A SPOON.

Submitter comment: THE LAST LINE IS MEANT TO SURPRISE AND SHOCK THE
LISTENER, THAT ONE WOULD THINK TO EAT THE THINGS MENTIONED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): GORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

SHARING ANGEL BREAD (OPLATEK) AMONG MEMBERS
OF A FAMILY IS A MEANS OF SAYING "WE HOPE THAT WE ARE ALL
TOGETHER HERE NEXT YEAR".

Submitter comment:

IT IS A CUSTOM THAT MY FAMILY PARTICIPATES IN EVERY CHRISTMAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Oplatki

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COUGH

HONEY, WHISKEY, AND LEMON IS BEST FOR A COUGH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: IF YOU HAD 1,000 MEN AND I HAD 1,000 MEN AND WE
WERE AT WAR, WHO WOULD WIN?
LISTENER: I GIVE UP.
ANSWER: I WIN. YOU JUST GAVE UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): MEN (Q) ; UP (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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UP AND DOWN THE RIVER (DRINKING GAME)

UP AND DOWN THE RIVER. THIS IS PLAYED WITH AN UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF
PLAYERS AND A DECK OF CARDS. FOUR CARDS ARE DEALT FACE UP TO
EVERYONE.
THE DEALER FLIPS OVER THE TOP CARD AND IF YOU HAVE THAT CARD
YOU DRINK ONCE. THE DEALER FLIPS OVER THE SECOND CARD AND IF YOU
HAVE THAT CARD, PLUS THE FIRST CARD, YOU DRINK TWICE. THIS GOES ON
TO FIVE. THAT'S GOING UP THE RIVER, NOW GOING DOWN THE RIVER,
YOU GIVE YOUR DRINKS AWAY. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE DEALER FLIPS A CARD
AND YOU HAVE IT, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DRINK 5 TIMES, BUT NOW YOU GIVE
YOUR DRINKS AWAY TO SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAS THE SAME CARD. THE OBJECT?
TO GET DRUNK AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 00-01-979

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Proverb

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Submitter comment:

Proverb remembered by the informant - real source unknown

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): Ail ; CURE ; Ill ; MEDICINE ; PREVENTION ; Remedies ; REMEDY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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NOT GIVEN

WHEN WE VISITED SOMEONE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE FIRST OF THE
YEAR, WE HAD TO TAKE SOMETHING TO THEM. IF THE FAMILY WAS NOT
TAKEN SOMETHING, THEY WOULD BE IN NEED THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NICKNAMES

NICKNAMES FOR POLICEMEN: COPS, FUZZ, PIG, DIRTY - COPPER,
FLAT FEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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MARK TOLD ME ABOUT THE BELIEF THAT IF YOU DRIVE DOWN
PARKLAND STREET IN DEARBORN HEIGHTS AT A CERTAIN SPEED
WITH YOUR WINDOWS ROLLED DOWN, YOU WILL HEAR THE SCREAMS
AND POUNDING OF SOMEONE WHO WAS ONCE RUN OVER ON THAT STREET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS SOUNDS, NOISES

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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Superstition: Pregnancy

When you're pregnant is you see a fire there will be a mark on your child.

Data entry tech comment:

motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Reference

Original BN [P870] crossed out. Replaced with P542

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): Birthmark ; CHILD ; CURSE ; FIRE ; Mark ; Offspring ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): Reference

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

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