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IT'S BAD LUCK TO OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Objects

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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CONFUCIOUS SAY GIRL WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSE SHOULD DRESS IN BASEMENT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO REST
I PRAY I PASS TOMORROW'S TEST
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE
THAT'S ONE LESS TEST I HAVE TO TAKE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Keyword(s): RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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ONCE A KING ALWAYS A KING, BUT ONCE A NIGHT IS ENOUGH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; INTERCOURSE ; PUN ON KNIGHT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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WHEN YOU GET OLD AND THINK YOU'RE SWEET,
TAKE OFF YOUR SOCKS AND SMELL YOUR FEET.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
GOD BLESS THE MAN WHO MARRIES YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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PROVERB

REMEMBER, GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CONFU
CONFUSCIOUS SAY:
MAN WHO WALK THROUGH SCREEN DOOR LIKELY TO STRAIN HIMSELF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THIS IS A SCENE DURING WORLD WAR I AND THIS IS WHEN
THEY'RE HAVING THE TRENCH WARS, AND THIS ONE FRENCH
SOLDIER GETS A REAL BRIGHT IDEA, GOES UP TO HIS
COMMANDANT AND HE SAYS IT'S OKAY.
SO THAT NIGHT HE GOES AND HE CRAWLS ACROSS NO MAN'S
LAND AND HE GETS OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE AND HE GOES:
"HEY HANS!"
AND THE GUY STICKS HIS HEAD UP AND GOES:
AND THE GUY (FRENCHMAN) SHOOTS HIS HEAD AND HE DIES AND
HE GOES BACK.
THE NEXT NIGHT, HE TRIES IT AGAIN AND HE GOES OVER
AND HE GOES:
UP AND HE SHOOTS HIM. AND THEN HE DOES IT A THIRD
TIME.
SO FINALLY ONE OF THE GERMANS REALIZES WHAT'S GOING ON
AND HE ASKS HIS COMMANDANT IF HE CAN DO IT AND THE GUY
SAYS OKAY AND HE CRAWLS OUT THAT NIGHT ACROSS NO MAN'S
LAND AND HE GOES: "HEY, PIERRE!" AND THIS VOICE
COMES OUT AND IT SAYS:
"YEA." FRENCHMAN GOES UP AND SHOOTS HIM."

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO HIM BY A BRITISHER LIVING IN CANADA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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THIS IS SET IN A LOGGING CAMP OF FRENCH-CANADIAN
LOGGERS. ALL THE LOGGERS IN THE CAMP ARE HUGE,
MUSCULAR, SIX AND A HALF FEET TALL AND
TREMENDOUSLY STRONG.
ONE DAY THE LOGGERS ARE SITTING AROUND THEIR CAMP
WHEN A LITTLE IRISHMAN COMES OUT OF THE WOODS AND
SAYS:
FOR FRENCH-CANADIANS). SO HE RUNS OFF INTO THE WOODS.
ONE BIG, MUSCULAR LOGGER GETS UP AND RUNS AFTER THE
IRISHMAN. A LITTLE WHILE LATER THERE'S THE SOUND
OF A STRUGGLE GOING ON IN THE TREES AND THE LOGGER
COMES FLYING INTO THE CAMP, ALL BROKEN AND BLOODY.
THEN THE LITTLE IRISHMAN COMES OUT OF THE TREES AND
SAYS: "HEY, FROGY." AND RUNS OFF INTO THE WOODS.
THREE HUGE, STRONG, TOUGH LOGGERS GET UP AND GO
AFTER THE IRISHMAN. PRETTY SOON, THERE'S THIS LOUD
RUMBLE IN THE WOODS AND SOUNDS OF BUSHES BEING BROKEN.
HALF THE LOGGING CAMP GOES OUT AND FINDS THE LOGGERS
SCATTERED ALL OVER THE GROUND. ALL BROKEN UP WITH
LEGS AND ARMS, ALL STRATCHED UP AND HALF DEAD.
THE LOGGERS ARE REAL MAD AND THEY GO OUT AFTER THE
IRISHMAN. BACK IN THE CAMP, THE OTHER HALF OF THE
MEN HEAR THIS TERRIBLE THUNDER NOISE AND THEY HEAR
WHOLE TREES FALLING AND BLOOD-CURDLING SCREAMS.
THEN IT'S QUIET. THEY'RE JUST ABOUT TO GO OUT AND
HELP THEIR PALS WHEN ONE LIMPING, BLACK-EYED,
BROKEN-ARMED, BLEEDING, BRUISED LOGGER CRAWLED
BACK INTO CAMP AND GASPS: "DON'T GO OUT THERE.
HE TRICKED US; THERE'S TWO OF THEM!"

Submitter comment:

HE WAS TOLD THIS BY A BRITISHER LIVING IN CANADA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

James Callow Keyword(s): FROGGY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S A
HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.
WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, FIX IT.
WITH WHAT SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW.
WITH SHALL I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT SHALL
I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A KNIFE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A KNIFE, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A KNIFE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A STONE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A STONE,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A STONE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH WATER, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH WATER, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WATER
WITH WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH
WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A BUCKET, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A BUCKET,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A BUCKET.
THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S
A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS SONG IN THE DAY CAMPS IN THE CHICAGO AREA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS

Keyword(s): CHAIN SONG ; PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

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PRANK

WHEN MY FAMILY WOULD GO UP NORTH, I WOULD STEAL ALL THE
TOILET PAPER OUT OF THE OUTHOUSES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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BASEBALL CUSTOM

IT IS TRADITIONAL TO EAT HOT DOGS AT BASEBALL GAMES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ELDER ARMENIANS FINGER A STRING OF BEADS SIMILAR TO A
ROSARY TO PASS THE TIME. IN THE UNITED STATES,
ARMENIAN PEOPLE FINGER BEADS SO THAT THEY CAN STOP
SMOKING.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

James Callow Keyword(s): WORRY BEADS.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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"B" ON YOUR BACK

MARK: (DRAWS LETTER "B" ON DAN'S BACK) HEY, DAN, WHAT
IS THAT?
DAN: IT'S A "B", MARK.
MARK: THEN KILL IT!! (SWATS MARK'S BACK HARD)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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HURTS, DON'T IT?

BETTY: HEY, SALLY, WOULD YOU LIKE A HURTS 'DONUT?'
SALLY: SURE, BETTY.
BETTY: HURTS, DON'T IT?
(BETTY SOCKS SALLY)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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MILITARY TRADITIONS -NAVAL

IF A GIRL GETS KISSED UNDER THE SITTING INDIAN AT
ANNAPOLIS, SHE WILL MARRY THE GUY SHE KISSED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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CUSTOM

AT ST. MARY'S ACADEMY, A HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS ONLY, IN
MONROE, MICHIGAN, IT IS A TRADITION THAT YOU ARE NEVER
TO WALK DOWN THE STEPS OF MARBLE IN FRONT OF THE
SCHOOL UNTIL YOU ARE GRADUATING. IF YOU DO WALK DOWN,
THEN BEFORE YOU ARE GRADUATING, SOME SORT OF AWFUL
BAD LUCK IS SUPPOSED TO FALL UPON YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 03-27-1971

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SCHOOL CUSTOMS

IT IS TRADITIONAL AT HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAMES FOR THE
CAPTAIN OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM TO KISS THE HOMECOMING
QUEEN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 11-17-1969

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THE IRISH KNIGHT: TRADITIONAL STATUE FOR WINNER OF
CENTRAL-ST. FRANCIS DE SALES FOOTBALL GAME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS WHEN I WAS A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL
IN TOLEDO, OHIO.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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