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BLUE BELLS
COCKLE SHELLS
EWY, IVY OVER.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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H-O-T SPELLS "HOT PEPPER", HOT!

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IN LITHUANIA IN THE 1890's, DONNA'S GRANDFATHER WALKED MILES AND
MILES TO CHURCH. THE PEOPLE TENDED TO FALL ASLEEP DURING THE LONG
SERVICES, SO A "DEVIL" WAS THERE TO WAKE THEM UP; HE WAS DRESSED
ALL IN BLACK. WHEN HER GRANDFATHER CAME TO AMERICA, THE FIRST THING
HE SAW UPON LEAVING THE SHIP WAS A BLACK MAN WHOM HE TOOK TO BE THE
DEVIL.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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HOW CAN YOU TELL A HAPPY MOTORCYLIST?
(BY THE BUGS IN HIS TEETH)

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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THIRTY WHITE HORSES
UPON A RED HILL.
NOW THEY STAMP,
NOW THEY CHAMP,
NOW THEY STAND STILL.
(TEETH)

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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LITTLE NANCY ETTICOAT
WITH A WHITE PETTICOAT
AND A RED ROSE.
SHE HAS NO FEET OR HANDS;
THE LONGER SHE STANDS
THE SHORTER SHE GROWS.
(A CANDLE)

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle
RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE
MAKES A MAN HEALTHY, WEALTHY, AND WISE.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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DONNA'S NICKNAME IS "DONNA BANNANA" FOR HER "UP AND BANANA."

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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DONNA'S SPEECH TEACHER WAS CALLED THE "PEANUT MAN" BECAUSE
HIS FACE LOOKED LIKE A PEANUT.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IN DONNA'S FAMILY, THEY CALL A CABOOSE A CABBAGE BECAUSE OF
ONE OF HER SISTER'S MISPRONUNCIATIONS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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ICE CREAM IS CALLED FREAM, FREAM.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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MR. RAWOT CALLS HIS KNIFE A SAW AND THIS HAS BEEN PASSED
THROUGHOUT THEIR FAMILY.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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MR. RAWOT CALLS HIS SPOON A SHOVEL AND THIS HAS BEEN PASSED
THROUGHOUT THE FAMILY.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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DONNA'S PARENTS USED TO SAY "UP AND AT 'EM" TO GET THEIR
CHILDREN UP IN THE MORNING, UNTIL DONNA MISUNDERSTOOD AND
SAID "UP AND BANANA" INSTEAD. HER FAMILY STILL SAYS "UP AND
BANANA."

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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YOU MUST WEAR ORANGE TO THE POLO GAMES THAT STEVE BUNN'S
FAMILY PLAYS IN OR IT'S BAD LUCK FOR THEM.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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"FAH"
THIS IS THE TERM DONNA'S GRANDFATHER APPLIES TO ANYTHING
(FOOD) THAT HAS NO SUBSTANCE OR TASTE; IT'S LIKE HAVING A
MOUTHFUL OF NOTHING (WHIPPED CREAM, EGG WHITES AFTER
HAVING BEEN BEATEN, ETC.).

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU SLEEP ON A PIECE OF WEDDING CAKE, IN YOUR DREAMS YOU
WILL SEE YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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"CHAIR UP" WAS A TRADITION AT NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE. THE
FRESHMAN BOYS WOULD TAKE ALL OF THE CHAIRS OUT OF OLD
MAIN, PUT THEM INTO THE STAIRWELL OF THE TOWER (A CLASSROOM
BUILDING) AND WIRE THEM TOGETHER. PURPOSE WAS TO GET AWAY
WITH IT AND DELAY CLASSES.

James Callow comment: NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE IS IN ILLINOIS, SAYS INFORMANT IN
ANOTHER ENTRY.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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AT NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE IN ILLINOIS, THERE IS A ROCK THAT
IT IS TRADITIONAL FOR EVERY CLASS TO PAINT. EACH CLASS TRIES
TO "OUT-DO" THE OTHERS.

Submitter comment: "OUT-DO" MEANS TO DO BETTER THAN.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): COLLEGE PRANK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHEN A TEACHER IS LATE FOR A CLASS, YOU MUST WAIT
TEN MINUTES FOR A PROFESSOR AND TWENTY MINUTES FOR A DOCTOR.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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