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THE SANDMAN

IF YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG, HER PARENTS WOULD SAY: "THE SANDMAN
WAS PEEK'N."

Submitter comment: HER PARENTS SAID THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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THE SANDMAN

IF THE SANDMAN SEES YOU WITH YOUR EYES OPEN, HE PUTS SAND IN THEM.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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SANDMAN AND BOOGIE MAN

IN HER FAMILY, THE SANDMAN WAS EQUIVALENT TO THE BOOGIE MAN AND
NEITHER WERE REGARDED AS BAD FIGURES.

Submitter comment: HER PARENTS TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD WENT TO TOWN/ BLONDIE BOUGHT AN EVENING GOWN/
DAGWOOD BOUGHT THE EVENING NEWS/ THIS IS WHAT IT SAID: CLOSE YOUR
EYES AND COUNT TO TEN/ IF YOU MISS TAKE AN END.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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WHAT SHOULD A MAN KNOW BEFORE TRYING TO TEACH A
DOG TRICKS?
MORE THAN THE DOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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WHAT PART OF THE FISH WEIGHS THE MOST?
THE SCALES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1942

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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HORSES AND MULES. I COME
BEFORE YOU, TO STAND BEHIND YOU, TO TELL YOU
SOMETHING I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. SO PULL UP A
CHAIR AND SIT ON THE FLOOR. THIS THURSDAY,
WHICH IS LAST FRIDAY, THERE WILL BE A MOMS
CLUB MEETING ONLY FOR DADS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT COULDN'T REMEMBER THE REST OF
THIS REDUNDANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; MONOLOGUE ; TANGLETALK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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CAPTURE THE FLAG

OBJECT: TO CAPTURE THE OTHER TEAM'S FLAG BEFORE
THEY CAPTURE YOUR FLAG.
ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE CAN PLAY THIS GAME. THEY
ARE DIVIDED EVENLY INTO TEAMS. A BOUNDARY IS
SET UP FOR THE GAME TO BE PLAYED IN. EACH
TEAM HAS A FLAG WHICH THEY HIDE SOMEWHERE ON
THEIR SIDE OF THE LAND (THE LAND IS DIVIDED INTO
THREE SECTIONS). THERE IS A SIDE FOR EACH TEAM
AND A NO MAN'S LAND SEPARATING THE TWO. EACH
OPPOSING TEAM IS TO LOCATE THE OTHER TEAM'S FLAG
AND BRING IT TO NO MAN'S LAND. THE FIRST TEAM
TO DO THIS WINS. IF A PERSON IS CAUGHT IN THE
OPPOSING TEAM'S LAND, THEY MAY BE CAPTURED AND
PLACED IN JAIL. NO ONE MAY BE CAPTURED IN NO
MAN'S LAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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E,A,D,G,B,E,
EVERY ATHLETE DOES GOOD BODY EXCERCISES.
I USED THIS MNEMONIC DEVICE TO MEMORIZE
THE STRINGS OF THE GUITAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS, ROBIN LAID AN EGG.
THE BATMOBILE LOST ITS WHEEL AND THE JOKER GOT AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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JINGLE BELLS, SANTA SMELLS IN BETWEEN HIS TOES.
OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO WATCH HIM BLOW HIS NOSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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WHEN MAILING A LETTER, IF THE STAMP IS PLACED ON
UPSIDE DOWN, IT MEANS THAT THE PERSON WHO WROTE
THE LETTER LOVES THE PERSON HE OR SHE IS SENDING
IT TO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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ON THE EVE OF THE YEARLY HUNTING OR FISHING
TRIP, A CELEBRATION TAKES PLACE TO RENEW
NEGLECTED FRIENDSHIPS. ALSO, IT IS TO RAISE
THE INTENSITY FOR THE TRIP. THIS IS THE ONLY
TIME OF THE TRIP THAT THE SPORTSMEN "INDULGE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY IS A BIG DAY IN OUR HOUSE.
THE CELEBRATION BEGINS WITH MORNING MASS AT
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH IN DETROIT. AFTER MASS
WE ATTEND A RECEPTION (OR PARTY) FOR BRUNCH.
THERE IS ALWAYS MUSIC AND DANCE WITH PLENTY
OF SINGING. BAGPIPES AND DRUMS CAN BE HEARD
FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. AFTER THE RECEPTION
WE PREPARE FOR THE REST OF THE DAY AND NIGHT.
THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE TAKES
PLACE ON THE PRECEDING WEEKEND. I USUALLY
ATTEND THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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IT IS CUSTOMARY IN OUR FAMILY THAT THE YOUNGEST
MEMBER OF THE FAMILY PLACES THE ANGEL ON TOP OF
THE CHRISTMAS TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TWO BOUNCE SHOT

SHOOTER TAKES SHOT. IF A BASKET IS MADE
HE RECEIVES TWO POINTS. IF A BASKET IS
NOT MADE THE PLAYERS MUST LET THE BALL
BOUNCE TWICE BEFORE IT CAN COME BACK
INTO PLAY. FIFTEEN POINTS WIN THE GAME.
THERE IS ARE NO LIMITS ON THE NUMBER OF
PLAYERS. IT IS "EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1982

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SAY, "SALLY SELLS SEA SHELLS DOWN BY THE SEA SHORE,"
AS FAST AS YOU CAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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LUMINARIES

ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE STREET LIGHTS IN MY SUBDIVISION
ARE NOT LIT. ALL OF THE RESIDENTS PLACE A LUMINARY
CANDLE IN A PAPER BAG AND SET THE BAG, WITH THE
CANDLE LIT, ALONGSIDE THE CURB.

Submitter comment: WE HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING IN THIS RITUAL FOR
AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

James Callow Keyword(s): LUMENS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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CANDY CANES AND ORANGES

1 HOLLOW CANDY CANE
POKE A HOLE IN THE ORANGE AND INSERT THE CANDY CANE.
BREAK OFF THE CURVE ON THE CANE.
SIP THE JUICE OF THE ORANGE THROUGH THE CANE
LIKE YOU DRINK A MILK SHAKE.

Submitter comment: THIS HOLIDAY TREAT IS A VERY DELICIOUS ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Citrus

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IN A CATHOLIC HOME, HOLY WATER IS USED TO BLESS THE BEDS. THIS IS TO
ASSURE A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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