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IN FRONT OF THE SOCIAL HALL AT THE USAFA THERE IS A STATUE
OF THE WINGED HORSE PEGASUS. THE LEGEND IS THAT IF A VIRGIN WALKS
IN FRONT OF IT, THAT IT WILL COME TO LIFE AND FLY AWAY.

Submitter comment: HOWEVER, IT'S STILL THERE.

Where learned: COLORADO SPRINGS ; US AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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A custom that prevailed through military basic training was
when you had a recruit who was throwing the entire squadron behind
in all aspects of training to the point where the Drill Instructor
would take the person's faults out on the rest of the unit, during
quiet hours members of the unit would surprise the recruit by
throwing a blanket over him and holding him down while others
would beat him to inspire him towards motivation during drills the
next day.

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO ; Lackland Air Force Base

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

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AIR FORCE CADENCE

OVER THE HILL
AROUND THE HILL
THROUGH THE HILL
CAN'T STOP
GOTTA GO
AIRBORNE
ALL THE WAY

Submitter comment: EACH LINE HAS "ECHO" IN PARENTHESES AFTER IT
CHANTED AT A FAST JOG

Where learned: NEVADA ; STEAD AIR FORCE BASE ; RENO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.349

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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TALL TALE

IT WAS FESTIVAL TIME IN A SMALL VILLAGE IN PANAMA WHERE THERE WAS
DANCING AROUND THE FIRE UNTIL THE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING.
WHEN EACH FAMILY STARTED HOME IT WAS FOUND THAT ONE GIRL AND ONE BOY
WERE MISSING FROM THE VILLAGE. A SEARCH WAS COMMENCED AND THE MEN
OF THE VILLAGE BEGAN SETTING OUT FOR THE JUNGLES WHEN ALL OF A
SUDDEN A BOA WITH ITS BODY SWOLLEN APPEARED IN THE VILLAGE SQUARE.
THE FATHER OF THE GIRL, THINKING THE BOA HAD EATEN HIS DAUGHTER
SLICED OFF THE HEAD OF THE SNAKE WITH HIS MACHETE. JUST AT THAT
MOMENT THE TWO CHILDREN APPEARED MYSTERIOUSLY IN THE CROWD OF MEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: PANAMA AIR FORCE BASE

Keyword(s): Fable ; FESTIVAL ; Jungle ; Snake ; TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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AIR FORCE CADENCE

CAN'T STOP, GOTTA GO (ECHO)
AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY (ECHO)
D. I.: HOW FAR
T: ALL THE WAY
D.I.: WHICH WAY
T: AIRBORNE

Submitter comment: CHANTED AT A FAST JOG

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHANUTE AIR FORCE BASE ; RANTOUL ; NEVADA ; STEAD AIR FORCE BASE ; RENO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.349

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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AIR FORCE CADENCE

WE WORK ALL DAY (ECHO)
WE STUDY ALL NIGHT (ECHO)
CAN'T STOP, GOTTA GO (ECHO)
AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY (ECHO)

Submitter comment: CHANTED AT A FAST JOG

Where learned: NEVADA ; STEAD AIR FORCE BASE ; RENO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.349

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AIR FORCE CADENCE

D. I. : DELAYED CADENCE COUNT CADENCE COUNT.
T.: ONE
D. I.: GET YOUR HEAD UP (OR) A LITTLE LOUDER
T.: TWO
D. I.: GET YOUR SHOULDERS BACK (OR) A LITTLE LOUDER
T.: THREE
D. I.: GET YOUR CHEST OUT (OR) A LITTLE LOUDER
T.: FOUR
D. I.: GET YOUR STOMACH IN (OR A LITTLE LOUDER)
T.: ONE
D. I.: HEAD UP ETC.
T.: TWO
D. I.: CHEST OUT, ETC.
T.: THREE
D. I.: STOMACH IN, ETC., ETC.

Submitter comment: THE FORMAT ON THIS ISN'T VERY CLEAR.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHANUTE AIR FORCE BASE ; RANTOUL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.349

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AIR FORCE CADENCE

I DON'T KNOW, BUT I'VE BEEN TOLD (ECHO)
THAT C. A. P. IS A FLYING CORP (ECHO)
SO WHAT THE HELL WE MARCHING FOR (ECHO)

Submitter comment: C. A. P. (CIVIL AIR PATROL) WHICH IS AN AUXILIARY OF THE
AIR FORCE THAT PERFORMS SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
FOR THE AIR FORCE AND THE F. A. A. INSIDE THE UNITED
STATES.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHANUTE AIR FORCE BASE ; RANTOUL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.349

Date learned: 08-00-1966

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AIR FORCE CADENCE

PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW-OH
WHO-O WE AR-RE
SO-O WE TELL THEM
WE'RE MIGHTY MIGHTY DEL-TA
WE'RE MIGHTY MIGHTY DEL-TA
EACH LINE HAS "(ECHO)" WRITTEN AFTER IT

Submitter comment: THIS CADENCE WAS CHANTED AS SQUADRON "D" CAME TO THE CHOW
LINE OR WERE RETURNING TO THE BARRACKS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHANUTE AIR FORCE BASE ; RANTOUL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.349

Date learned: 08-00-1966

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IT'S A TRADITION AT THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY FOR EACH
GRADUATING CLASS TO STEAL A HIGHWAY EXIT SIGN WHICH HAS THAT CLASS'
YEAR OF GRADUATION AS THE EXIT NUMBER, AND TO SET IT UP IN A
PROMINENT LOCATION, USUALLY THE STADIUM.

Where learned: COLORADO SPRINGS ; US AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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What's the most confusing day in Harlem?
Father's Day!
What do you get when you cross a gay Eskimo and a Black?
A snowblower that doesn't work!

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Air Force

Keyword(s): African American ; Bigot ; Black ; JOKE ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; RIDDLE ; Stereotype ; Tasteless

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 01-00-1991

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MILITARY CHANT

SQUADRON "C" AND SQUADRON "A" (ECHO)
GOING HAND IN HAND ALL THE WAY. (ECHO)
SQUADRON "A" WAS A WOMEN'S AIR FORCE SQUADRON.

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHANUTE AIR FORCE BASE ; RANTOUL

Keyword(s): CHANT ; March ; MILITARY ; RHYME ; TAUNT

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

Date learned: 08-00-1966

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SOUTH KOREAN MILITARY CADENCE

KO-LING-GAY, KO-LING-GAY, KO-LING-GAY TOMMY WA.
(TROOPS ECHO)
OO-OO, AA-AH (LIKE WHEN TAKES A TOUGH SHIT).
(ECHO)
CHOP CHOP O-LING-GAY.
(ECHO)
KO-LING-GAY TOMMY WA.
(ECHO)
O-O A-AH.

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: NEVADA ; STEAD AIR FORCE BASE ; RENO

Keyword(s): CHANT ; March ; MILITARY ; RHYME ; SONG ; South Korea

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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