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PROVERB: CAT

HAPPY AS A CAT IN A CREAMERY.

Submitter comment: USED TO DENOTE EXTREME HAPPINESS OF A PERSON OR ANIMAL IN A GIVEN
CIRCUMSTANCE.
INFORMANT USED THIS WHEN HE SAW HIS SECRETARY WAS VERY HAPPY. HE
LEARNED WHEN HE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE, GUM
IN A DISH
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?
THEN COUNT DOWN FROM THE NUMBER WISHED, AND "YOU ARE IT)

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED TO DETERMINE WHO WILL BE IT IN A GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

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

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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NEW YEAR

IF YOU OWE SOMEONE MONEY ONE YEAR AND YOU CARRY THE DEBT
OVER TO THE NEW YEAR, YOU WILL EXPERIENCE SOME TYPE OF FINANCIAL
DIFFICULTIES THE REST OF THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND ; informant's home

Subject headings: 870
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 02-08-1970

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Belief: Weather

Weather Wise:

Pink at night, sailors delight.

Pink in the morning, sailors take warning.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

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

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A FOLKTALE ABOUT A HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

WHEN I WAS JUST A LITTLE FELLOW, JUST ABOUT SO TALL, ME AND THESE
FRIENDS OF MINE WENT OUT ON DEVILS NIGHT AND DECIDED WE WAS GONNA
HAVE US SOME FUN. WELL WE TOOK US AN OLD TIRE, TIRES WAS HARD TO
GET IN THOSE DAYS, AND WE FILLED THAT OLD TIRE WITH COW MANURE.
THEN WE TIED A LONG ROPE TO IT AND PUT IT OUT IN THE ROAD. NOW
TIRES WAS HARD TO GET IN THOSE DAYS AND THERE WAS SURE TO BE
SOMEONE WHO WOULD STOP TO PICK IT UP. WELL WE HID IN THE BUSHES
AND WAITED AND SURE AS YOU MAKE HEAD CHEESE FROM PIGS A CAR STOPPED
TO PICK IT UP. AND WOULDN'T YOU KNOW IT TWO FELLAS, ALL DRESSED
UP 'CAUSE THEY WERE GOING TO TOWN, STOPPED THEIR CAR AND WAS
GANNA PICK UP THAT OLD TIRE WHEN WE GIVE IT A GOOD PULL. WELL
THEY WEREN'T GONNA LET US KIDS OUT SMART THEM SO THEY PICKED UP THAT
OLD TIRE AND GAVE IT A GOOD PULL AND WE LET IT GO AND THEY FELL
WITH THAT TIRE ON TOP OF THEM AND GOT ALL MESSED UP AND THAT OLD
TIRE WASN'T NO GOOD ANYWAY. (SIC)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): PRANKS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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COUGH

IF YOU HAVE A COUGH PUT SOME SALT ON THE END OF YOUR TONGUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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Verse

Telephone Answer:

"Ring...."

"City Morgue, you stab 'em, we slab 'em." (sic)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): Answer ; JOKE ; Language ; Morgue ; RHYME ; Slab ; Stab ; TELEPHONE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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IF YOU WEAR WHITE SOX AT ANY TIME, YOU ARE A "WEIRDO"
OR "QUEER."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): HOMOSEXUAL ; SOCKS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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A COLORED BARKEEP IN MISSISSIPPI WAS BEING ANNOYED BY AN
OBVIOUSLY RACIST DRUNK WHO KEPT SAYING, "GIVE ME ANOTHER
DRINK, NIGGER." AFTER MUCH PATIENCE THE BARTENDER SAID. "WHY DON'T
WE SWITCH PLACES, HONKEY?" THE DRUNK ACCEPTED AND THE BLACK ORDERED
"GIVE ME A DOUBLE, WHITEY ." THE DRUNK RETORTED,
"WE DON'T SERVE NIGGERS AT THIS BAR."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): BAR ; DIOLOGUE ; DRINKING ; HUMOR ; INSULT ; SLANG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 12-02-1971

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THIS GESTURE IS MADE BY RUBBING THE THUMB AND FOREFINGER
TOGETHER. IT IS USUALLY ACCOMPANIED BY THE LINE, "THIS
IS THE SMALLEST VIOLIN IN THE WORLD PLAYING MY HEART
CRIES FOR YOU." IT IS USED AS A FORM OF MOCKERY
AND WOULD APPLY TO A PERSON GIVING YOU A HARD LUCK
STORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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THUMB SUCKING

THIS GESTURE IS MADE BY PLACING THE THUMB IN OR NEAR
THE MOUTH. IT USUALLY DENOTES THAT A PERSON HAS DONE
SOMETHING FOOLISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SEW A BUTTON, HEM, OR ANYTHING,
WHILE A PERSON IS STILL WEARING THE ARTICLE.
IT SEWS THE BAD LUCK IN AND KEEPS THE GOOD LUCK OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO SWEEP IN FRONT OF A PERSON. WHEN
YOU DO, THE BROOM TAKES AWAY ALL THE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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ON THE MOUNTAIN

ON THE MOUNTAIN STANDS A LADY,
WHO SHE IS I DO NOT KNOW.
ALL SHE WEARS IS GOLD AND SILVER,
ALL SHE NEEDS IS A PRETTY YOUNG GIRL.

SO JUMP IN MY MARY BETH,
AND JUMP IN MY SUSIE,
'CAUSE ON THE MOUNTAIN STANDS A LADY (ETC)

Submitter comment: (VWRSE CONTINUES UNTIL EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE TO JUMP)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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FRUIT CAKE, CUPCAKE, MUFFIN IN A TIN./ WHEN I CALL YOUR BIRTHDAY,
PLEASE JUMP IN . JANUARY, FEBRUARY ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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CHING, CHANG CHINAMAN,/ SITTING ON A FENCE,/ TRIED TO MAKE A DOLLAR,/
OUT OF EIGHTY CENTS./ HE MISSED./ HE MISSED., HE MISSED LIKE THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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RED ROVER

RED ROVER IS A GAME PLAYED BY ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE AS
LONG AS THERE ARE MORE THAN SIX. THE PLAYERS DIVIDE
AND FORM TWO LINES. THE PLAYERS HOLD HANDS AND
PLAYERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE TRY TO BREAK THEIR HOLD.
THEY COME RUNNING ONE AT A TIME AS THEY ARE CALLED.
THE USUAL CALL IS: "RED ROVER, RED ROVER, SEND
JOHNNY RIGHT OVER." IF A PLAYER FAILS TO BREAK A HOLD
HE MUST REMAIN ON THAT SIDE. THE SIDES TAKE TURNS
CALLING OVER PLAYERS. THE GAME ENDS WHEN ALL PLAYERS
ARE ON ONE SIDE OR WHEN SOMEONE BREAKS AN ARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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CRACK THE WHIP

THIS IS A GAME PLAYED BY SEVERAL CHILDREN. THEY ALL
JOIN HANDS AND THE LEADER RUNS AROUND IN A SERIES
OF CIRCLES AND CURVES. THE PLAYERS ON THE END ARE
FLUNG THUS BEING THE "CRACK" AND THE LINE OF CHILDREN
THE "WHIP."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

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

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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FOOD TO BE EATEN ON EASTER SUNDAY IS TAKEN TO THE
CHURCH ON HOLY SATURDAY AND BLESSED BY THE PRIEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 03-16-1971

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Japan -- Creation

It is told in Japan that the "Goddess Above All Others" was having
intercourse with a cousin, and the cousin's sperm dropped into the
water and Japan was formed from this.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 01-00-1990

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