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BELLING

IT IS A CUSTOM IN PLYMOUTH, INDIANA TO INTRUDE ON A
NEWLYWED COUPLE AND MAKE THEM TREAT YOU TO AN ICE
CREAM AT SCHLOSSER'S PARLOR. YOU BRING ALL YOUR
FRIENDS WITH YOU AND (ILLEGIBLE WORD) QUITE LOUDLY
WITH WHISTLES AND HORNS UNTIL THEY LET YOU IN.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER THOUGHT THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST
ENJOYABLE THINGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIANA ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): SHIVAREE CHIVAREE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.1341

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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Jump Rope Rhyme

CINDERELLA ALL DRESSED IN YELLOW,
WENT UPSTAIRS TO MEET A FELLOW,
ON HER WAY HER GIRDLE BUSTED
HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE DISGUSTED?
1-2-3. . .

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-01-1969

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

"MRS. LUCY HAD A BABY,
SHE CALLED IT TINY TEARS.
SHE PUT IT IN THE BATHTUB
TO SEE IF IT COULD SWIM.
INSTEAD THE BABY DRANK THE WATER
AND ATE UP ALL THE SOAP}
MRS. LUCY CALLED THE DOCTOR AND THE NURSE:
MRS. LUCY CALLED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
MEASLES SAID THE DOCTOR
MEASLES SAID THE NURSE;
MEASLES SAID THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-01-1969

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Kim's family used to wax their cars, but every time they did,
whoever drove it after the waxing got into an auto accident.
This happened quite a few times. Kim's parents quit waxing
the cars and have not been in an accident since.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

James Callow Keyword(s): Post hoc reasoning

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

REMEMBER ME WHEN THIS YOU SEE
AND COUNT ME AS A FRIEND,
AND I WILL TRUE REMEMBER YOU
UNTIL MY LIFE SHALL END.

Submitter comment: VERSE IN AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF INFORMANT; 1932, NIKOMA, NORTH DAKOTA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): FRIENDLY ; FRIENDSHIP ; INTERNAL RHYME ; INVERSION ; METER: IAMBS ; PROMISE OF REMEMBRANCE ; QUATRAIN ; REQUEST FOR REMEMBRANCE ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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FRATERNITY RITUAL

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRACTICE SOME FRATERNITIES HAVE.
IT IS KNOWN AS A "CIRCLE JERK." IT CONSISTS, USUALLY,
OF A BUNCH OF GUYS GATHERED AROUND IN A CIRCLE,
DRINKING BEER, SOMETIMES WITH A FIRE IN THE CENTER.
THEN ONE FELLOW JERKS OFF AND THE FELLOW NEXT TO HIM
DOES THE SAME THING, WHEN THE FIRST IS FINISHED,
UNTIL THE CIRCLE IS COMPLETED.

Data entry tech comment: IF THIS MEANS WHAT I THINK IT MEANS, MARK WITH XX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FRATERNITY TELEPHONE PRANK

TELL A PLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE THE TELEPHONE NUMBER OF AN
EXTREMELY WELL BUILT GIRL, WHO GOES BY THE NAME OF
"THE BODY." GIVE THE NUMBER TO THE PLEDGE AND TELL HIM
TO CALL THE NUMBER AND ASK TO SPEAK TO "THE BODY"
AND MAKE A DATE WITH HER. WELL, THE NUMBER GIVEN IS THE
NUMBER OF A FUNERAL HOME--USUALLY A BLACK FUNERAL HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PREDICTION

VISITORS TO HAWAII CAST THEIR LEIS
UPON THE WATER AS THEY LEAVE BY
SHIP. IF THE LEIS FLOAT BACK TO SHORE,
THE VISITOR WILL RETURN.

Submitter comment: KATHY PROBABLY HEARD THIS IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF ABOUT DROPPING SILVERWARE

DROP A KNIFE - A FIGHT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM AN IRISH COMPANION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF ABOUT DROPPING SILVERWARE

DROP A FORK - A MAN IS COMING TO VISIT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF ABOUT DROPPING SILVERWARE

DROP A TABLESPOON - AN OLD LADY
IS COMING TO VISIT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF ABOUT DROPPING SILVERWARE

DROP A SPOON - COMPANY IS COMING.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM AN IRISH COMPANION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF

SEW A GARMENT WHILE YOU ARE
WEARING IT, YOU'LL DO SOMETHING STUPID.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT OBTAINED THIS FROM A FELLOW WORKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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PREDICTION

A CRYING OR HOWLING DOG AT NIGHT MEANS DEATH.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS (AND PROBABLY STILL IS) A COMMON
BELIEF IN NORTH DAKOTA 1930'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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IRISH BELIEF (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; DOMESTIC PURSUITS (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

SEW ON SUNDAYS IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT BELIEVES IT IS IRISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF

GET UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF BED, YOU WILL HAVE A BAD DAY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT OBTAINED FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): ATTITUDE ; Awaken ; Bed ; BELIEF ; Mood ; Rise ; Side ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF

GET UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF BED, YOU WILL HAVE A BAD DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT OBTAINED FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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I AUTO SING, I AUTO SIGH
I AUTO CRY, I AUTO LAUGH
I AUTO SIGN YOUR AUTOGRAPH!

Submitter comment: IN PLACE OF EACH "AUTO" IS A PICTURE OF A CAR
DRAWN FOR EFFECT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 10-30-1969

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WHEN ON THE EARTH YOUR DAYS ARE ENDED,
AND NO MORE THIS PATH YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; NEKOMA ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

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LIFE IS LONG AND BOYS ARE PLENTY
DON'T GET MARRIED TIL YOUR TWENTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; PLYMOUTH

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

Date learned: 10-00-1965 ; 00-00-1932

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