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RUGBY PARTY GAME

OBJECT:
TAKE TEN PEOPLE AND ARRANGE THEM LIKE BOWLING PINS ON A BEER
SOAKED FLOOR. SLIDE A HUMAN BOWLING BALL TOWARDS THE PACK.
THE SCORE IS KEPT IN THE SAME WAY AS IN BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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St. Patrick's Day

Every St. Patrick's Day, my mother cooks corned beef and cabbage
for dinner. For dessert, she usually makes a cake with green
frosting.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 00001971ca

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UNWRITTEN RULE OF RUGBY

WHEN THE GAME IS OVER, IT IS OVER. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO BE
A RUGBY PLAYER THAN TO BE ON A WINNING TEAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS

THE CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS BEGINS ON
CHRISTMAS EVE. THE DINNER MUST BE MEATFREE BUT
FISH IS ALLOWED. OPLATKI IS ALSO EATEN. THIS
IS BLESSED BUT NOT CONSECRATED BREAD. THE PRESENTS
ARE OPENED ON CHRISTMAS EVE, NOT CHRISTMAS MORNING.
ON CHRISTMAS ONE USUALLY HAD HAM FOR DINNER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

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DANCES IN 1910

IF A FIGHT STARTED OUTSIDE THE MAIN DOOR OF THE DANCE
HALL, FIRST THE MOTHERS WOULD FAINT AND I WOULD PICK
THEM UP AND SET THEM ON THE BENCH (SOME WERE PRETTY
HEAVY), AND I WOULD MISS THE FUN. IT PAYED OFF,
THOUGH, SINCE IT'S BETTER TO KEEP ON THE GOOD SIDE
OF THE MOMMA. THAT MEANT A REAL MEAL SUNDAY NIGHT.

Where learned: MIDDLE STATE ILLINOIS ; BY LETTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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GOOD FRIDAYS

MY MOTHER, ON GOOD FRIDAY, USED TO TAKE HER BROOM
AND SWISH IT AROUND THE HOUSE TO RID IT OF EVIL SPIRITS.
SHE EVEN SHOOK THE BROOM IN THE CLOSETS. SHE USED TO MUTTER
SOMETHING IN SICILIAN AS SHE DID IT, A CURSE; THE LAST WORD
OF WHICH WAS A SWEAR WORD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS MOTHER IMMIGRATED FROM SICILY AS A YOUNG GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEWOOD MANOR ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

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A rhyme sung by African-American children

Lou Lou had an engine
The engine had a bell
Lou Lou went to heaven
The engine went to hello
Operator
Give me number nine
If you don't connect me
I beat your big
Behind
The refrigerator
There was a piece of glass
Lou Lou slipped upon it and
Cut her little
Ask
Me no more questions
I'll tell you no more lies
Lou Lou told me all of this
Just before she died.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; other children in the community

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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THREE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM, WENT TO SEA IN A BOWL; IF THE BO; HAD BEEN STRONGER,

Submitter comment: HEARD IN SCHOOL.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): ACCIDENT NONSENSE ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABCC ; RHYME: FEMININE, REPETITION ; SATIRE UNDERSTATEMENT EPITAPH LAMENT

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

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BLEZDINGELE (HOUSE MARTIN)

THIS IS A DANCE DANCED WITH A WHITE HANDKERCHIEF, BY 12
GIRLS. IT SYMBOLIZES THE ARRIVAL OF WINTER, WHEN THE
BIRDS ARE FLYING SOUTH. THE GIRLS REPRESENT THE BIRDS
OR THE SPRING, FOR THEY WAVE THEIR HANDKERCHIEFS IN A
FAREWELL FASHION. THE MUSIC IS SLOW BUT BEAUTIFUL, THE
STEPS ARE SMALL, SLOW AND GRACEFUL.

Submitter comment: THIS DANCE IS DANCED ONLY AT THE BEGINNING OF WINTER OR
DURING THE EARLY MONTHS OF WINTER.

James Callow comment: DANCED ONLY AT THE BEGINNING OF WINTER?

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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THE CHOCTAWSOF THE MISSISSIPPI STILL DANCE THE COMPLICATED
STEPS OF SUCH TRADITIONALCHOCTAW TURNS AS OK-FOCHUSH-ME-THA,
THE DUCK DANCE, ANDE-E-LE-HO-THA, THE FAST WAR DANCE. THEIR
MOVEMENTS ARE IN SNAKELIKE PATTERNS. DRUMMERS HUDDLEOVER
AN OVERSIZE TOM-TOM TO SET THE RHYTHM WHILE THE DANCERS
SHUFFLE AND STEP IN A WAVERING LINE AROUND A FIRE.

Where learned: HOME

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

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THERE IS A LILY PAD ON A POND. EVERY DAY IT DOUBLES IN SIZE
IN 30 DAYS IT WILL COVER THE WHOLE POND. HOW MANY DAYS BEFORE IT
COVERS HALF THE POND?
TWENTY-NINE DAYS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-00-1982

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BASKETBALL PLAYERS CONSIDER IT BAD LUCK TO STAND UNDER A HANGING
SCOREBOARD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

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THE LIMBO

TWO PEOPLE LOWER A POLE, WHILE YOU SLITHER UNDERNEATH,
BENDING YOUR KNEES AND LEANING FAR BACKWARDS. THIS
DANCE IS LIKE A GAME. YOU LOSE IF YOU TOUCH THE POLE
OR IF YOU FALL.

Where learned: TRINIDAD ; MICHIGAN ; Lansing

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

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African-American Children's hand clapping game

This game is played with a hand clap. The words to the game
must keep the beat of the clap. Rhythm is a very important
part in keeping the game going.
Hands up to eighty-five (clap clap)
gonna get (clap clap)
names of (clap clap)
(any fruit, color, city, state, people, anything selected.)
No hesitation (clap clap)
No demonstration (clap clap)
so let's go (clap clap)
starting with (say person's name). (clap clap)
ending with (say person's name) (clap clap)
So lets go! (clap clap)

Submitter comment: The children are in a circle when playing this game and the
chosen topic is shouted out by each child as their turn comes
in the circle. I've watched my daughter and her friends play
games for hours. The children often add foot movement and hip
movements as they keep time with the rhythm of the game. Any
person causing a break in the timing is out of the game.
Players cannot duplicate objects or subject matters already
called by any other player in the game. If there is a
hesitation or pause by a players, loss for words or a wrong
topic called, that player is eliminated from the game. The
winner is the last person left in the circle. Each time a
person is out the caller of the game has the option to select
a new topic or keep the old one. Children most often use
fruit, colors and cities as the topic for this game.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; other children in the community

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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THE DANCE TO THE DEVIL

WHEN MY FRIEND AND I WERE IN CALIFORNIA LAST CHRISTMAS
WE HAD THESE SILVER BEADS, CALLED THE BEADS OF DEATH.
WE PUT THEM IN THE SHAPE OF A D FOR DEVIL, AND PROCEEDED
TO DO A DANCE. WE REALLY GOT INTO IT, BECAUSE WE STARTED
TO LOSE COMPLETE CONTROL OF OURSELVES AND WERE ROLLING
ALL OVER THE FLOOR AND DOING WILD DANCES AND YELLING. IT
WAS LIKE SOME FORCE HAD TAKEN US BOTH OVER AND WAS CONTROL-
LING OUR MOVEMENTS. I DID THIS ONE OTHER TIME WITH ANOTHER
FRIEND, AND SOMEWHAT OF THE SAME THING HAPPENED BUT NOT AS
VIOLENT. OH YES, AFTER WE DID THIS WE HAD BAD LUCK FOR
ABOUT ONE WEEK.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C425
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: HOW CAN YOU CATCH A RABBIT?
ANSWER: STAND BEHIND A TREE AND MAKE NOISE LIKE A CARROT.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (Q) ; TREE (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RABBIT RIDDLE

QUESTION: HOW CAN YOU CATCH A RABBIT?

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (Q) ; TREE (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE JOB?
I HAVE A HIGH EYE Q.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): ANATOMY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WHY DID THE MORON TAKE A LADDER TO CHURCH?
HE WANTED TO HEAR A HIGH MASS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): CHURCH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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