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AUTOGRAPH BOOK

I LOVE YOU LITTLE
I LOVE YOU BIG.
I LOVE YOU LIKE
A LITTLE PIG.

Where learned: LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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TO MEAN EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT, EXTEND ERECT THUMB
AND CLENCHED FOUR FINGERS.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; CANADA, ASSUMED ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): THUMBS UP

Subject headings: SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHAT'S THAT ON THE ROAD--A HEAD?

James Callow comment: SAID, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN GOING OVER A BUMPTY ROAD,
CC[ THE COLLECTOR INFORMS ME.--J.T.C.
CK[ PUN AHEAD

Where learned: ONTARIO ; CANADA, ASSUMED ; OAKVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN AHEAD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S NAME RHYME

DICKY, DICKY DOUT,
YOUR SHIRT HANGS OUT,
FOUR YARDS IN AND FIVE YARDS OUT.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; CANADA, ASSUMED ; OAKVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): JUVENILE CORRECTIVE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.582

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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WHEN A PERSON ASKS HOW SOMETHING IS COMING ALONG AND
THE PERSON BEING ASKED DOESN'T WISH TO SPEAK AT THE
TIME THE PERSON BEING ASKED MAY PUT THE TIPS OF
HIS THUMB AND FOREFINGER TOGETHER AND FORM A CIRCLE
WITH THEM AND HOLD HIS OTHER 3 FINGERS TOGETHER AND
STRAIGHT UP, AND SHOW THIS SIGN TO THE PERSON WHO
ASKED AND HE WILL KNOW THAT ALL IS OK.

Where learned: PORT CHESTER ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GREETING-GESTURE

THERE IS A SPECIAL HANDSHAKE THAT IS USED IN THE
BOY SCOUTS WHERE THE MIDDLE FINGER AND THE FOREFINGER
ARE PLACED ON THE OTHER PERSON'S WRIST AND THE PALMS
ARE CLASPED AND THE THUMB IS PLACED ON TOP OF HIS
HAND AND THE RING FINGER AND PINKEY ARE PLACED ON THE
BOTTOM OF HIS HAND. THE HANDSHAKE IS GIVEN WITH THE
LEFT HAND.

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS IN THE SCOUTS IN 1961-1967.

Where learned: PORT CHESTER ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

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GREETING GESTURE

WHEN A PERSON MEETS A FRIEND AND THE OTHER PERSON
IS AT A DISTANCE, THE PERSON WAVES HIS ARM AND
HAND AND THIS IS A GREETING OF HELLO TO THE
OTHER PERSON.

Where learned: PORT CHESTER ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

RIN TIN TIN SAT ON A PIN.
HOW MANY INCHES DID IT GO IN?
1, 2, 3, ETC.
(UNTIL PERSON JUMPING MISSES.)

Where learned: LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.56

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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WHEN YOU STAND BEFORE THE TUB
THINK OF ME BEFORE YOU RUB
IF THE WATER IS TOO HOT
PUT IN A FORGET-ME-NOT

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; Norwalk

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Forget me not

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ALL THAT YOU DO,
DO WITH YOUR MIGHT,
THINGS DONE BY HALVES
ARE NEVER DONE RIGHT.
FORGET ME NOT
YOURS TILL WORMS WEAR GIRDLES.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; Norwalk

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

THE STREET O'CONNER, WHICH IS LOCATED IN ST. CLAIR SHORES,
MICHIGAN, IS SAID TO BE HAUNTED BY THE GHOST OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD
GIRL WHO WAS DRAGGED TO HER DEATH ON THE BUMPER OF A CAR.
THE DRIVER OF THE CAR HEARD A KNOCKING ON THE BACK OF THE
VEHICLE BUT WAS UNAWARE AT THE TIME WHAT IT WAS. THE GIRL'S
MOTHER CURSED THE STREET SO THAT EVERY TIME A CAR WENT PAST
THE STREET, THE PASSENGERS WOULD HEAR THE KNOCKING.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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YOU MAKE ABOUT AS MUCH SENSE AS A CIGARETTE MACHINE IN A
CANCER WARD.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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THAT WENT OVER JUST ABOUT AS WELL AS A PREGNANT POLEVAULTER.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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I REMEMBER THE ONE, THERE WAS A MAN WHO WENT TO COMMUNION AND
HE DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT IT WAS REALLY GOD. SO WHEN THE PRIEST
GAVE HIM THE HOST, HE HURRIED UP AND TOOK IT OUT OF HIS
MOUTH AND PUT IT IN A HANDKERCHIEF, WRAPPED IT UP AND PUT
IT IN HIS POCKET. AND WHEN HE GOT HOME, HE WENT IN HIS
ROOM AND CLOSED THE DOOR, TOOK A HAMMER AND A NAIL, AND HE
NAILED THE HOST TO THE WALL, AND IT BEGAN TO BLEED. HE
DROWN {DROWNED} IN THE BLOOD.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A WATER-SKIER WHO FELL WHILE SKIING
AND BECAME TANGLED IN THE SEAWEED. BY THE TIME THE BOAT
HAD TURNED AROUND AND REACHED THE SKIER, THE PERSON HAD
ALREADY DROWNED.
I HEARD THIS WHEN I WAS LITTLE AND DO NOT KNOW IF IT IS
TRUE OR NOT. I THINK IT SERVES AS A WARNING TO WATER-
SKIERS TO WATCH OUT FOR SEAWEEK. BEING A WATER-SKIER,
I KNOW THAT IT IS EASY TO BECOME TANGLED IN SEAWEED, BUT
IT IS EASY TO PULL IT OUT IF ONE IS BADLY TANGLED,
DROWNING WOULD NOT BE THAT EASY. BUT KNOWING THE STORY
EVERYTIME I HAVE FALLEN IN SEAWEED, IT SENDS CHILLS
THROUGH ME.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ACCIDENTAL DROWNING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AQUONELE (POPPY SEEDS)

THE CHILDREN STAND IN A CIRCLE AND HOLDING HANDS.
THEY SING THE FIRST VERSE. SINGING ZODZIUS: "SEJA
SITAIP, VA IR VA KAIP"--THE CHILDREN DO SOWING MOTIONS
FIRST WITH THEIR RIGHT HAND, THEN THEIR LEFT. SINGING
ON, "TAIP, TAIP AQUONELES SEJA"--EVERYONE CLAPS TWICE
AND TURNS AROUND SLOWLY, IN A FULL CIRCLE, TO THE RIGHT.
THEY REPEAT AGAIN TO THE LEFT.
SINGING THAT THE POPPY SEEDS ARE COMING UP--THE CHILDREN
STOOP DOWN, SHOWING WITH THEIR FINGERS HOW THE POPPY
SEEDS ARE BREAKING THROUGH. THEY AGAIN CLAP 2 AND TURN
TO THE RIGHT, CLAP 2 AGAIN AND TURN TO THE LEFT.

Submitter comment: SEJA SITAIP VA IR VA KAIP--SHOWING HOW THEY PLANT THE
POPPY SEEDS. SECOND QUOTE: THIS IS HOW, THIS IS HOW
THE POPPIES ARE PLANTED. SINGING OF HOW THEY ARE GROWING (THE POPPY SEEDS), THE CHILDREN STOOP DOWN AND SLOWLY RISE UP, SHOWING HOW HIGH THEY GROW. SINGING OF HOW THE POPPIES BLOOM, THE CHILDREN SLOWLY RAISE THEIR HANDS, HOLDING THEM TOGETHER, AND LEANING BACK JUST A LITTLE. SINGING OF HOW THE POPPIES RIPEN--THE CHILDREN, WITH HANDS RAISED, IMITATE WITH THEIR PALMS THE ROUND HEAD OF A POPPY. SINGING OF HOW THE POPPIES ARE SHAKEN DOWN, THE CHILDREN TURN ROWARDS EACH OTHER, PLACE THEIR HANDS ON EACH OTHERS ARMS ABOVE THE ELBOWS AND SHAKE. SINGING OF HOW THE POPPIES ARE BEING GRINDED--THE CHILDREN STOOP DOWN AND EVERYONE WITH THEIR RIGHT HAND MAKE A CIRCLE, IMITATING GRINDING. SINGING OF HOW TO EAT POPPIES--THE CHILDREN STAND AND THROW HANDFULS INTO THEIR MOUTHS. "POPPY SEEDS" IS A VERY POPULAR SONG AMONG THE LITTLE KIDS. NO ONE KNOWS WHERE IT ORIGINATED FROM OR WHO WROTE (IT), SO IT IS TRUE FOLKLORE. MY MOTHER'S STEP-MOTHER TOLD ME THAT SHE LEARNED THAT WHEN SHE WAS ONLY SEVEN YEARS OLD. SO IT'S PRETTY OLD. ALL OF THESE GAME-VERSES ARE OLD, BUT THE KIDS LOVE THEM.
A COMBINATION OF BOTH DANCE AND GAME.

Where learned: SOUTHFIELD ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 03-27-1972

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I REMEMBER THE ONE, THERE WAS A MAN WHO WENT TO COMMUNION AND
HE DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT IT WAS REALLY GOD. SO WHEN THE PRIEST
GAVE HIM THE HOST, HE HURRIED UP AND TOOK IT OUT OF HIS
MOUTH AND PUT IT IN A HANDKERCHIEF, WRAPPED IT UP AND PUT
IT IN HIS POCKET. AND WHEN HE GOT HOME, HE WENT IN HIS
ROOM AND CLOSED THE DOOR, TOOK A HAMMER AND A NAIL, AND HE
NAILED THE HOST TO THE WALL, AND IT BEGAN TO BLEED. HE
DROWN {DROWNED} IN THE BLOOD.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A WATER-SKIER WHO FELL WHILE SKIING
AND BECAME TANGLED IN THE SEAWEED. BY THE TIME THE BOAT
HAD TURNED AROUND AND REACHED THE SKIER, THE PERSON HAD
ALREADY DROWNED.
I HEARD THIS WHEN I WAS LITTLE AND DO NOT KNOW IF IT IS
TRUE OR NOT. I THINK IT SERVES AS A WARNING TO WATER-
SKIERS TO WATCH OUT FOR SEAWEEK. BEING A WATER-SKIER,
I KNOW THAT IT IS EASY TO BECOME TANGLED IN SEAWEED, BUT
IT IS EASY TO PULL IT OUT IF ONE IS BADLY TANGLED,
DROWNING WOULD NOT BE THAT EASY. BUT KNOWING THE STORY
EVERYTIME I HAVE FALLEN IN SEAWEED, IT SENDS CHILLS
THROUGH ME.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ACCIDENTAL DROWNING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN AN IRISH CHRISTMAS CAKE THERE IS ALWAYS PLACED
A GOLD RING SO THAT WHOEVER EATS THE PIECE OF CAKE
AND FINDS THE GOLD RING, WILL BE MARRIED WITHIN THE
NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM MY IRISH LANDLADY AT CHRISTMAS TIME
OF 1970. I DON'T THINK SHE REALLY BELIEVED IT WOULD
HAPPEN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FORD'S CURVE; DEAD MAN'S CURVE

ON LAKESHORE ROAD, BETWEEN 8 AND 9 MILE ROADS IN GROSSE POINTE
SHORES, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A CURVE IN THE ROAD KNOWN AS "FORD'S
CURVE." THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTED MANY ACCIDENTS FROM KIDS
DRAG RACING ON THIS STREET. BRIAN, AT 19, RECEIVED A 1966
CORVETTE STING RAY FOR HIS BIRTHDAY. ONE DAY, DRIVING DOWN
LAKESHORE, ANOTHER CORVETTE APPROACHED HIM; THEY DECIDED TO
"DRAG." THE BOY IN THE OTHER CAR DIDN'T MAKE IT AFTER REACHING
THE CURVE--HE DIED 3 HOURS LATER. BRIAN ALSO ENDED UP IN
CRITICAL CONDITION FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. AFTER THIS FATAL ACCIDENT
THE CURVE WAS NAMED "DEAD MAN'S CURVE."

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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