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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TOUCH THE GROUND.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TURN AROUND.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, COMB YOUR HAIR.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, SIT ON A CHAIR.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TURN OUT THE LIGHT.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, SAY GOOD NIGHT.
THIS RHYME IS SUNG WHILE JUMPING ROPE. THERE
MUST BE TWO PLAYERS AT EITHER END SWINGING
THE ROPE. ANOTHER PLAYER ENTERS THE ROPE AND
MIMICS THE ACTIONS THAT ARE SUNG IN THE RHYME.
IF THAT PLAYER MISSES SHE MUST TAKE AN END OF
THE ROPE AND BE A SWINGER. IF SHE DOESN'T MISS
SHE EXITS THE ROPE ON THE LAST VERSE AND WAITS
FOR HER TURN IN LINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1942

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HIDE AND SEEK

SOMEONE IS CHOSEN AS "IT." ALL OF THE OTHER
PLAYERS HIDE WHILE "IT" SAYS, "LAST NIGHT,
THE NIGHT BEFORE, TWENTY-FIVE ROBBERS AT MY
DOOR. I GOT UP, LET THEM IN, HIT THEM OVER
THE HEAD WITH A ROLLING PIN." THE "IT" COUNTS
TO TWENTY-FIVE AND YELLS, "HERE I COME, READY OR
NOT." PRIOR TO HIDING, THE PLAYERS AGREE ON A
DESIGNATED SAFE BASE WHICH THEY MUST TOUCH
BEFORE "IT" TAGS THEM. IF "IT" TAGS SOMEONE
BEFORE THEY TOUCH BASE, THEY BECOME "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1941

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RED ROVER

THERE ARE TWO LINES OF PEOPLE WITH BETWEEN SIX AND TEN
PEOPLE ON EACH LINE (TEAM). ONE TEAM AGREES ON A PERSON
TO RUN OVER FROM THE OTHER TEAM AND TRY TO BREAK THROUGH
THEIR LINE. IF THAT PERSON SUCCEEDS HE GETS TO PICK
FROM THAT LINE AND TAKE HIM BACK TO BE ON HIS TEAM.
IF HE DOESN'T BREAK THROUGH HE HAS TO STAY WITH THAT
TEAM. THE TEAM WITH THE MOST PLAYERS AT THE END OF
THE GAME WINS. THE GAME ENDS EITHER WHEN THEY ARE
OUT OF TIME OR WHEN THEY GET TIRED OF PLAYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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KICK THE CAN

YOU PUT A CAN IN A DESIGNATED SPOT AGREED UPON BY ALL OF
THE PLAYERS. ONE PERSON IS CHOSEN TO BE "IT". ALL OF
THE OTHER PLAYERS HIDE. THE OBJECT IS FOR SOMEONE TO
KICK THE CAN BEFORE ANYONE IS FOUND. IF SOMEONE IS FOUND
BEFORE THE CAN IS KICKED THAT PERSON BECOMES "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

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

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PETE AND REPEAT WERE SITTING ON A FENCE. PETE FELL OFF,
WHO WAS LEFT?

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Keyword(s): CHAIN TALE ; Circle ; Endless ; Formula Tale ; JOKE ; Repeat ; RHYME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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RIDDLE

A MAN IS FOUND DEAD IN A CABIN ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN,
HOW DID HE DIE?
ANSWER: HE WAS IN THE CABIN OF AN AIRPLANE THAT CRASHED
ATOP THE MOUNTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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JOY TO THE WORLD THE SCHOOL BLEW UP,
AND ALL THE KIDS ARE FREE.
THEY FOUND THE PRINCIPLE DEAD,
WITH A PENCIL IN HIS HEAD.
LET HEAVEN AND NATURE SING, LET HEAVEN AND NATURE SING,
LET HEAVEN AND NATURE SING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1982

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GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJIAH HIT THE TEACHER WITH A RULER
HID BEHIND THE DOOR WITH A LOADED FORTY-FOUR
AND THE TEACHER DIDN'T TEACH NO MORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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MISS SUZY

MISS SUZY HAD A BABY, SHE NAMED HIM TINY TIM.
SHE PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB TO SEE IF HE COULD SWIM.
HE DRANK UP ALL THE WATER, HE ATE UP ALL THE SOAP.
HE TRIED TO EAT THE BATHTUB
BUT IT WOULDN'T GO DOWN HIS THROAT.
MISS SUZY CALLED THE DOCTOR, THE DOCTOR CALLED THE NURSE,
THE NURSE CALLED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
IN COMES THE DOCTOR, IN COMES THE NURSE,
IN COMES THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
OUT GOES THE DOCTOR, OUT GOES THE NURSE,
IN STAYS THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
HE DIDN'T LIKE THE DOCTOR, HE HATED THE NURSE,
BUT HE LOVED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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ONE BRIGHT DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT,
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER,
DREW THEIR GUNS AND FOUGHT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE
AND CAME AND SHOT THE TWO DEAD BOYS.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS LIE IS TRUE
ASK THE BLIND MAN; HE SAW IT TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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I WAS TOLD BY AN ACQUAINTANCE THAT THE INITIALS O.K. CAME
FROM A SARGEANT DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHO APPROVED
GOVERNMENT ISSUE ITEMS. HIS INITIALS WERE O.K. IF THE
ITEM WAS APPROVED HE WOULD STAMP HIS INITIALS ON IT.
HENCE, WE GET OUR SAYING "IS IT O.K.?"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- S266

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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HOOK STORY

A COUPLE WERE PARKED AND HEARD ON THE RADIO ABOUT AN ESCAPEE FROM
THE INSANE ASYLUM WITH A HOOK HAND. THE GIRL WAS WORRIED ABOUT HER
PARENTS AND SHE DIDN'T (KNOW?) WHERE THEY WERE. SO THEY FINALLY LEFT
ON HER THIRD REQUEST. HER DATE WAS MAD AND TOOK OFF FAST. AND SHE
FOUND THE HOOK ON HER DOOR WHEN THEY GOT HOME.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS STORY WHEN HE WAS YOUNG. S

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE THREE MORE HOOK STORIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 05-10-1965

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP,
I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP.
WHEN IN THE MORNING LIGHT I WAKE,
HELP ME A PATH OF LOVE TO TAKE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS PRAYER WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL,
IN MARYLAND. SHE IS 22 YEARS OLD IN 1970.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

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

Date learned: 00001958 CA.

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A RIDDLE TALE

WHAT IS YOUR SISTER DOING? (ANSWER): SHE IS
MOURNING LAST YEAR'S LAUGHTER.

Submitter comment: THE SISTER IS NURSING THE BABY OF LAST YEAR'S LOVE
AFFAIR.
INFORMANT WAS SIMPLY COMMENTING AFTER HEARING OF
SOMEONE WHO WAS GOING TO HAVE A BABY.
SAID WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE EXPECTING A BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FRECKLES ARE ANGEL KISSES.

Submitter comment: 1 SHE HAS FRECKLES, AND HER MOTHER USED TO TELL HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA00001969

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PUTTING WINTERGREEN LEAVES ON YOUR SKIN WILL TAKE AWAY THE PAIN OF
A SUNBURN.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS WHILE IN FLORIDA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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TO GET RID OF THE HICCUPS, COUNT TO TEN, HOLD YOUR BREATH AND THINK
OF TEN BALD MEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.10
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE SAY THE SAME WORD AT THE SAME TIME, ONE OF THEM WILL
SAY "JINX, PINCH POKE, OWE ME A COKE. THE OTHER PERSON WILL HAVE TO
BUY THE FIRST A COKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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WHEN A CLASP ON A NECKLACE SHOWS IN FRONT OF YOUR NECK, MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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