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WITCH

ONE NIGHT I HAPPENED TO WAKE UP. LIGHT FROM THE MOON WAS SHINING
IN THE WINDOW ACROSS THE ROOM. I LOOKED OVER TO THE BED MY TWO
BROTHERS WERE SLEEPING IN. IN BETWEEN MY BROTHERS WAS A WITCH. I
RUBBED MY EYES TO SEE IF I WAS DREAMING, BUT THE WITCH WAS STILL
THERE. THE WITCH TURNED HER HEAD COMPLETELY AROUND WITHOUT MOVING
HER BODY. THEN SHE MOVED TOWARD THE FIREPLACE TO GET OUT OF THE
MOONLIGHT. THEN SHE DISAPPEARED. THE NEXT DAY I TOLD OTHER PEOPLE
ABOUT IT AND THEY SAID THAT IT WAS AN OLD WOMAN THAT LIVED IN THE
SETTLEMENT. I KNEW THE OLD WOMAN. EVERY TIME I MET HER ON THE
ROAD AFTER THAT, I'D SAY TO MYSELF, "THERE'S THAT OLD WITCH," AND
SHE WOULD PASS AND NEVER LOOK OR SPEAK A WORD TO ME. BUT EVERY
TIME I WOULD MEET HER ON THE ROAD ON THE WAY BACK FROM TOWN AND NOT
THINK THAT TO MYSELF, SHE WOULD STOP AND TALK AND BE AS FRIENDLY AS
CAN BE. THIS HAPPENED A NUMBER OF TIMES. EVERY TIME I WOULD SAY
TO MYSELF, "THERE'S THAT OLD WITCH," SHE WOULDN'T EVEN LOOK AT ME,
BUT IF I DIDN'T SAY THAT TO MYSELF, SHE WOULD STOP AND TALK TO ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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CAMPSONG SWINGING ALONG

SWINGING ALONG AN OPEN ROAD UNDER A SKY THAT IS CLEAR,
SWINGING ALONG THE OPEN ROAD IN THE FALL OF THE YEAR,
SWINGING ALONG, SWINGING ALONG, SWINGING ALONG THE OPEN ROAD,
ALL IN THE FALL OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG SWIMMING

SWIMMING, SWIMMING, IN A SWIMMIMG HOLE, WHEN DAYS ARE HOT,
WHEN DAYS ARE COLD, IN A SWIMMING HOLE,
BREAST STROKE, SIDE STROKE, AND FANCY DIVING TOO,
OH DON'T YOU WISH YOU NEVER HAD ANYTHING ELSE TO DO.
FOR CAMP WATHANA, YOU'RE THE CAMP FOR ME,
YOU'RE THE CAMP THAT I LOVE BEST,
NO OTHER PLACE I'D BE,
CAMP WATHANA FOR YOUR'S IS A MERRY WORLD.
I SING TO YOU THIS JOYOUS SONG FOR I AM A CAMPFIRE GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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FLY RIDDLE

THERE ARE THREE FLIES ON THE WINDOW. WHICH ONE IS THE MOVIE STAR?
THE ONE ON THE SCREEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): FLIES ; PUN ON SCREEN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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FLY RIDDLE

THERE ARE THREE FLIES IN THE KITCHEN. WHICH ONE IS THE FOOTBALL
PLAYER? THE ONE IN THE SUGAR BOWL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): FLIES ; PUN ON SUGAR BOWL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF

IF YOU DON'T LEAVE BY THE SAME DOOR THAT YOU CAME IN THEN YOU WON'T
BE INVITED BACK AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF

IF THERE ARE THIRTEEN PEOPLE SITTING AT THE TABLE THEN SOMEONE AT
THAT TABLE WILL DIE WITHIN THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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SUPERSTITOUS BELIEF

IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO PASS SOMEONE ON THE STAIRS. YOU HAVE
TO WAIT UNTIL THE OTHER PERSON IS UP OR DOWN THE STAIRS BEFORE YOU
CAN USE THEM.

Submitter comment: LAURA LEARNED THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER, AGNUS SYLVAIN, WHO IS 83
YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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THE ETERNAL WATCH

EMPEROR FREDERICK BARBARROSA'S SPIRIT KEEPS WATCH OVER THE
GERMAN PEOPLE FROM HIS SUPPOSED RESTING PLACE IN THE
KHYFFHAUSER CASTLE IN THURINGA. A FLOCK OF RAVENS KEEP A
CONSTANT VIGIL OVER HIS GRAVE. WHEN THEY ARE GONE, THIS MEANS
THAT BARBARROSA'S SPIRIT HAS LEFT THE GRAVE, AND IS ROAMING
GERMANY TRYING TO LEAD THE PEOPLE IN TIMES OF PERIL. IT IS SAID
THAT THE RAVENS WERE GONE DURING THE TIME OF THE WELT KRIEGS
THIS MEANS THAT THE HEMLICHEKAISSER WAS GONE FROM HIS TOMB.

Submitter comment: MR. STOERKEL IS GERMAN, HEARD THROUGH TRADITIONAL SOURCES.

Where learned: Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NATIONALISM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Secular hero

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CAMPSONG SUGAR BUSH

SUGARBUSH I LOVE YOU SO, I WILL NEVER LET YOU GO,
DON'T LET YOUR MOTHER KNOW, SUGARBUSH I LOVE YOU SO.
CHOCOLATE YOU ARE SO SWEET, YOU YES YOU I'D LOVE TO EAT,
WHEN I EAT YOU WHAT A TREAT, CHOCOLATE YOU ARE SO SWEET.
SUGAR BUSH I LOVE YOU SO, LET THE OTHER FELLOWS GO,
DON'T YOU LET YOUR MOTHER KNOW, SUGARBUSH I LOVE YOU SO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT KNOW WHAT SUGARBUSH IS.
SHE GUESSES SUGARBUSH IS SOME MAGICAL EDIBLE PLANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG SLAP BANG

SLAP BANG, HERE WE GO AGAIN, HERE WE GO AGAIN, HERE WE GO AGAIN,
SLAP BANG, HERE WE GO AGAIN, JOLLY CAMPFIRE GIRLS, WE LAUGH, WE SING,
WE LAUGH HA HA WE SING TRA LA, SLAP BAMG, HERE WE GO AGAIN,
JOLLY CAMPFIRE GIRLS.

Submitter comment: SING TWO MORE TIMES, ONCE SLOW AND ONCE REAL FAST.
SONG IS SUNG WHILE STANDING.
THERE IS BOTH CLAPPING AND SLAPPING OF THE THIGHS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Joy Happiness
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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HICCUPS

MY FATHER TOLD ME THE CAUSE OF HICCUPS ACCORDING TO HEARSAY. GREASY
FOOD CAUSES AIR TO BE TAKEN IN THROUGH THE NAVEL
WHICH CAUSES THE RUSH OF AIR UPWARD
WHICH CAUSES THE GASP OR HICCUP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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CAMPSONG SARASPONDA

SARASPONDA, SARASPONDA, SARASPONDA, RET-SET-SET(REPEAT),
AH-DO-RAY-OH, AH-DO-RAY-OH, AH-DO-RAY-BOOM-DAY-RET-SET-SET,
AW-SAY-PAW-SAY-OH. BOOMDA,BOOMDA,BOOMDA, (REPEAT).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG SARAH THE WHALE

IN FRISCO BAY THERE WAS A WHALE, THEY FED HER OYSTERS BY THE PAIL,
BY BATHTUB, BY TEACUP, BY THIMBLE AND BY SCHOONER.
HER NAME WAS SARAH AND WHEN SHE SMILED,
SHE SHOWED HER TEETH FOR MILES AND MILES,
AND TONSILS, AND SPARE RIBS AND THINGS TOO FIERCE TO MENTION.
OH, WHAT YOU DO WITH A WHALE LIKE THAT? OH, WHAT WOULD YOU DO
IF SHE SAT ON YOUR HAT? OR YOUR TOOTHBRUSH, OR YOUR COUNSELOR,
OR ANYTHING'S THAT'S USEFUL LIKE THAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF CAMP COUNSELOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMP SONG YOU AND ME

YOU AND ME WE 'RE GONNA BE PARTNERS, YOU AND ME WE'RE GONNA BE PALS,
YOU AND ME WE'RE GONNA BE PARTNERS, BUDDIES AND PALS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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PROSE ROUND

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WERE THREE BUMS SETTING BY THE FIRE, AND ONE
BUM SAID TO THE OTHER BUM, "TELL ME A STORY." AND THE OTHER BUM
SAID, "OOOOOK," AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID. "ONCE UPON A TIME THERE
WERE THREE BUMS SETTING BY THE FIRE, AND ONE BUM SAID TO THE OTHER
BUM, "TELL ME A STORY." AND THE OTHER BUM SAID,"OOOOK," AND THIS
IS WHAT HE SAID..............

Submitter comment: LAURA LEARNED THIS STORY FROM HER FATHER, GEORGE SYLVAIN. BOTH
HE AND HIS BROTHER TOLD THIS STORY TO THEIR CHILDREN FOR AS LONG
AS THEY CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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IF THE BABY IS CARRIED UP FRONT IN THE WOMAN, IT
WILL BE A BOY; IF CARRIED DOWN LOWER, A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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CUSTOM OF KEEPING A RECORD OF TEACHER'S ECCENTRIC

DURING AN E 325 STATICS CLASS, TERM I, 1967-68, BEFORE
I TRANSFERRED FROM ENGINEERING TO ACCOUNTING, 5 OF MY
FRIENDS AND I NOTICED THE ECCENTRIC PRONUNCIATIONS
WHICH OUR TEACHER, DR. ALBERT B. KU, USED WHILE
TEACHING. THE HARDER WE LISTENED, THE MORE INTERESTING
THE DEFORMATIONS OF THE WORDS BECAME SO WE DECIDED
TO WRITE THE WORDS DOWN IN A JOURNAL AS WE HEARD
THEM. WE ENTITLED THE JOURNAL "A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING
EXACTLY WHAT KU IS SAYING." AFTER THAT SEMESTER, WE
COPIED THE JOURNAL AND SPLIT UP DUE TO TRANSFERS. NOW
WE COLLECT OTHER TEACHERS' ECCENTRIC PRONUNCIATIONS,
AND WHEN WE'RE TOGETHER, WE SWAP ENTRIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEDDING TOAST

AT A WEDDING RECEPTION, IT IS CUSTOMARY IN GREEK WEDDINGS
TO DRINK A TOAST TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM. IT IS GIVEN
BY THE BEST MAN, WHO WISHES THE NEWLYWEDS A LONG
HAPPY, AND HEALTHY LIFE TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: THE TOAST IS ALWAYS WITH CHAMPAIGN. ALL PRESENT AT THE
RECEPTION TOAST THE NEWLYWEDS WITH THE BEST MAN LEADING
THE TOAST.
THIS IS A GREEK-AMERICAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
SPEECH -- Formula

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SANTA CLAUS

IF YOU DID NOT GO TO SLEEP BEFORE SANTA CLAUS CAME YOU GOT SAND IN
YOUR EYES.

Submitter comment: HE BELIEVED THIS UNTIL HE TURNED 10.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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