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"SHINEYMAN"

THE SHINEYMAN WAS A JUNKMAN, NO, CAN'T SAY THAT CAUSE THEY'RE NOT THE SAME. HE WAS MORE OF A CELEBRITY. HE ALWAYS WORE A FUNNY OLD HAT. HE HAD LARGE TRINKETS AND USED BROOMS HANGING FROM HIS WAGON. HE ALWAYS TOOTED A FUNNY HORN. I THOUGHT HE WAS A KIDNAPPER BECAUSE HE WAS UGLY, DIRTY, AND SMELLY. HE WAS A REGULAR AND HAD HIS OWN ROUTE. EVERYDAY HE WOULD COME UP AND DOWN GRANDMA'S ALLEY AND PICK UP OLD CARPETS, AND OTHER USED OBJECTS WHICH PEOPLE HAD DISCARDED I DON'T KNOW HOW HE GOT HIS TITLE BUT WE JUST CALLED HIM THE SHINEYMAN, AND NEVER ASKED WHY.
APPARENTLY, EACH NEIGHBORHOOD HAD ITS OWN SHINEYMAN.

Submitter comment: PRONOUNCED "SHEE-NEE"

Where learned: DETROIT ; MOTHERS GRANDMOTHERS HOME

Keyword(s): GARBAGE ; TRASH

James Callow Keyword(s): SHEENY MAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 00001940S

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PRODUCT OR ACTIVITY OF MAN

DON'T WALK OVER SOMEONE OR THEY WON'T GROW

Submitter comment: THIS IS A STUPID BELIEF. WE WOULD HAVE TO WALK BACK OVER THAT PERSOM.
THIS WAY THE PERSON WOULD STILL BE ABLE TO GROW.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN ; GRANDMOTHERS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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PRODUCT OR ACTIVITY OF MAN

DON'T CROSS YOUR EYES OR THEY WILL STAY THAT WAY

Submitter comment: SHE WOULD TELL MY BROTHERS AND I THIS TO DISCOURAGE US FROM DOING IT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN ; GRANDMOTHERS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 07-00-1965

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DUMMY DUMMY DO DO / DUMMY DUMMY DEE/ I CHOOSE ---- TO CHASE AFTER ME.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT DOES PRATICE IT NOW AT HULL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
IN LIVONIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT GRANDMOTHERS HOME

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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