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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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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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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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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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ST. NICHOLAS' DAY

ON DEC. 6 A MAN WEARING A WHITE SHEET AND CARRYING A BIG CHAIN WOULD
VISIT ALL THE HOUSES AND ASK THE CHILDREN IF THEY HAD BEEN GOOD AND
IF THEY KNEW THEIR PRAYERS. IF NOT THEY WERE TOLD SANTA CLAUS
WOULDN'T VISIT THEM ON CHRISTMAS. IT WAS VERY EFFECTIVE, EVERYONE
WAS GOOD FROM THEN TILL CHRISTMAS BECAUSE THEY WERE FRIGHTENED
OF HIM.

Submitter comment: PRACTICED IN STEELTON, PA. ABOUT 00001920

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ST. NICHOLAS' DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas

Date learned: 01-12-1964

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EACH APRIL THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE SAINT FRANCIS CLUB MEETS ONE
LAST TIME BEFORE THE NEWLY-ELECTED BOARD TAKES OFFICE. THE SAINT
FRANCIS CLUB IS A UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT SOCIAL COOPERATIVE AND
STUDENT ORGANIZATION. FOR THE LAST MEETING OF THE OLD BOARD, ALL
FORMALITY IS DROPPED BECAUSE IT IS NOT REALLY MEANT TO BE A SERIOUS
MEETING. THE OFFICIAL REPORTS THAT ARE NORMALLY GIVEN ARE
DISCOURAGED, AND IT IS REALLY AN OCCASION FOR JOKING AND DRINKING AND
JUST HAVING A GOOD TIME IN THE TRADITONAL CLUB SPIRIT, WHILE THE
SECRETARY RECORDS THE MINUTES BACKWARDS (SO THAT THEY MUST BE READ
IN A MIRROR). THIS HAS BEEN AN ANNUAL TRADITION FOR SOME TIME NOW,
AND THE ENTIRE BOARD USUALLY SHOWS UP FOR THIS MEETING, AN OTHERWISE
RARE OCCURENCE.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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TRADITION

"TAKING PEOPLE OUT" IS A LONG TRADITION AT THE SAINT FRANCIS CLUB,
AN ALL-MALE SOCIAL COOPERATIVE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT. TAKING
SOMEONE OUT REFERS TO TAKING A MEMBER OUT INTO THE COURTYARD AND
DUMPING COLD WATER ON HIM. THIS IS DONE ONLY TO MEMBERS FOR SUCH
OCCASIONS AS BIRTHDAYS OR WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING STUPID AT
DINNER. IT IS ALWAYS DONE IN WARM WEATHER AND IN FUN. AT TIMES
ALMOST EVERYONE AT DINNER WILL GO OUT, SUCH AS THE FIRST NICE DAY
IN THE SPRING. I DON'T KNOW HOW FAR BACK THIS GOES, BUT IT HAS BEEN
DONE FOR YEARS BEFORE I JOINED THE CLUB IN 1978.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

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BASKETBALL CHEER

IN THE AIR, OVER THE RIM,
COME ON (NAME OF PLAYER), PUT IT IN.

Submitter comment: THIS CHEER IS USED WHEN A PLAYER IS FOUL-SHOOTING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DRINKING GAME

A GAME PLAYED BY THREE OR MORE PLAYERS. A GLASS IS FILLED WITH BEER,
THE FIRST PERSON TRIES TO BOUNCE A QUARTER OFF THE TABLE OR OTHER
SURFACE AND INTO THE GLASS OF BEER. IF HE MISSES HE MAY PASS TO THE
NEXT PLAYER OR TRY AGAIN. IF HE MISSES THE SECOND TIME HE MUST
DRINK THE BEER. IF HE MAKES IT ON EITHER TURN HE CHOOSES THE PERSON
THAT DRINKS THE BEER.

Submitter comment: THERE IS NO WINNER, YOU EITHER TRY TO GET DRUNK YOURSELF OR GET
SOMEONE ELSE DRUNK.

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

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink

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FOOTBALL CHEER

REPEL THEM, REPEL THEM,
MAKE THEM RELINQUISH THE BALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLITICAL PARTIES BELIEF

MY DAD SAYS THAT WHEN THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN POWER, ALL LIQUOR CAN
BE BOUGHT ONLY IN PARTY STORES BUT WHEN REPUBLICANS ARE IN POWER,
ONLY DRUG STORES HAVE IT.

Submitter comment: ROSS LIVES IN TOLEDO, OHIO.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM ROOM ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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A PERSON WHO HAS A HIGH HAIR LINE, A WIDE FOREHEAD,
HAS AN OPEN MIND AND SEES CLEARLY.

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS BY THE MOTHER OF MY IRANIAN FRIEND WHEN
SHE NOTICED I HAD A WIDE FOREHEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Forehead

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THE LONG LACY FINGERS OF THE SEAS WHITECAPS TOUCH EACH OTHER,
THE WIND IS BLOWING IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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DUCKY

ONE BIG ROCK IS PLACED ON THE GROUND. EACH PLAYER HAS
ONE STONE TO THROW AT THE LARGE ROCK. THE PERSON
WHOSE STONE MISSES THE ROCK BY THE LARGEST DISTANCE
IS OUT OF THE GAME AND HAS TO PLACE HIS STONE ON
TOP OF THE LARGE ROCK. THE REST OF THE PLAYERS
COLLECT THEIR STONES AND THROW AGAIN TRYING TO KNOCK
THE STONE OFF THE ROCK. THE PLAYERS TAKE A PLACE BY
THEIR STONE. WHEN THE STONE IS KNOCKED OFF THE ROCK,
ALL PLAYERS MUST "FLY" (RUN) BACK TO THEIR ORIGINAL
POSITIONS BEFORE THE PLAYER WHO WAS OUT OF THE GAME
CAN PUT HIS STONE BACK UP ON THE ROCK. THE LAST ONE
BACK IS OUT OF THE GAME. THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL
ONLY ONE PERSON IS LEFT.

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

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

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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WEATHER BELIEF

RED SKY AT MORNING, SAILOR TAKE WARNING
RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT

Submitter comment: THE MORNING RED SKY SIGNALS A BAD STORM, WHILE THE NIGHT SIGNALS A
A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO COME.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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DRINKING THE DOLPHINS

CEREMONY WHERE A SUBMARINER RECEIVES HIS DOLPHIN PIN FOR COMPLETING
THREE CRUISES. THE PIN IS PLACED IN A PITCHER OF BEER AND THE
SUBMARINER MUST GUZZLE THE BEER DOWN, CATCHING THE DOLPHIN PIN IN
HIS TEETH.

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

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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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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PLANTING CUSTOM

DURING HARVEST, THE FARMER WITH THE BEST HARVEST, GIVES A PARTY
TO WHICH ALL THE OTHER FARMERS ARE INVITED AND THEY CELEBRATE HIS
GOOD FORTUNES, GIVING HIM A TITLE FOR HIS ACHIEVEMENT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE IN NIGERIA

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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SWAY TO THE LEFT
SWAY TO THE RIGHT
STAND UP, SIT DOWN
FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT

Submitter comment: CAN BE USED FOR BASKETBALL CONTESTS.
AS THE CHEER IS BEING SAID, THE SPECTATORS DO AS THEY ARE
SWAYING, I.E., THEY SWAY AND STAND, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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