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TAUNT

I SEE LONDON,
I SEE FRANCE,
I SEE (NAME OF PERSON)'S UNDERPANTS.

Where learned: OLD NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): HUMOR TAUNT REPETITION ; PLACE NAMES IMPROPRIETY ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABB ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

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WHO STOLE THE COOKIES?

(A NUMBER--1, 2, 3, ETC.) STOLE THE COOKIES FROM THE COOKIE JAR.
ACCUSED: WHO, ME? ACCUSOR: YES, YOU! ACCUSED: COULDN'T BE!
ANOTHER PERSON: (NUMBER--SOME OTHER NUMBER THAN BEFORE)
STOLE THE COOKIES FROM THE COOKIE JAR.
ACCUSED: WHO, ME? (ETC.)

Submitter comment: ALL PERSONS HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED NUMBERS, AND THE GAME BEGINS
WITH SOMEONE ACCUSING ANYONE ELSE.

James Callow comment: TO DETERMINE WHO'S IT? COLLECTOR: NO

Where learned: OLD NEIGHBORHOOD

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

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SUPERSTITION

SING AT TABLE, YOU WILL MARRY A CRAZY MATE.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: NEIGHBORS HOME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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Butter

Someone picks a yellow dandelion flower and places it under
someone's chin. If their chin showed yellow, they liked butter; if
it did not, they did not like butter. After this was established,
the head of the dandelion was popped off into the person's face.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; Neighborhood children

James Callow Keyword(s): DIVINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00001950S

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ITCHY FEET

IF THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FEET ITCH YOU WILL SOON BE WALKING ON STRANGE
GROUND OR IN A STRANGE PLACE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT JUST MENTIONED THIS ONE DAY.

Where learned: NEIGHBORS HOME ; MINNESOTA ; GULLY

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CROSS BREAD BEFORE YOU CUT IT, THUS YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE
FOOD.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: NEIGHBORS

James Callow Keyword(s): SIGN OF THE CROSS?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 10-22-1967

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Marco Polo

Game. The game called "Marco Polo" may only be played in a
swimming pool or lake. There can be as few as two participants or
as many as you wish. There is one person designated as "it." This
person must turn and spin under water and emerge above water with
eyes closed. The purpose of this act is to disorient the "it"
person and allow the other participants to seek new spots in the
water. "It" begins shouting "Marco" with the participants
answering, "Polo." The "it" person listens for voices close by and
begins waving his/her arms and moving about trying to seek one of
the participants. All the time "it" is shouting "Marco" and
receiving answers of "Polo." This continues until "it" touches one
of the participants, who then becomes "it." Should one of the
participants ever leave the water, all other participants are to
report this by shouting, "Fish out of water." Should there be a
fish out of water, he/she automatically becomes "it."

Submitter comment: I inquired as to why anyone would leave the water to become a
"fish out of water" and was informed that it was generally because
the "it" person was very close to tagging them, or they had to go
to the bathroom.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; Neighborhood children

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 00001970S

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BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD WENT DOWNTOWN,/ BLONDIE BOUGHT AN EVENING GOWN,/
DAGWOOD BOUGHT A PAIR OF SHOES, / AND COOKIE BOUGHT THE DAILY NEWS/
AND THIS IS WHAT IT SAID- "CLOSE YOUR EYES AND COUNT TILL TEN,/
IF YOU MISS, YOU TAKE THE END."

Where learned: NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN SAT ON A FENCE
TRYING TO MAKE A DOLLAR OUT OF FIFTEEN
CENTS.

Where learned: NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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Jump Rope Rhymes

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLOW
WENT UPTOWN TO MEET HER FELLOW.
HOW MANY KISSES DID HE GIVE HER?
(COUNT UNTIL THERE IS A MISS)

 

Submitter comment:

Learned in neighborhood.

 

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Where learned: NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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IT IS A GOOD LUCK OMEN TO TAKE HOME A PIECE OF
WEDDING CAKE AND SLEEP ON IT, IT IS SUPPOSED TO
BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS..

Where learned: NEIGHBORS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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THROWING RICE AT WEDDINGS, BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: NEIGHBORS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Rice
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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CARRYING THE BRIDE OVER THE THRESHOLD, IT IS
SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK TO THE BRIDAL COUPLE.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: NEIGHBOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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BLACK CAT WALKS IN FRONT OF YOU, BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM MOTHER.

Where learned: NEIGHBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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TO REMOVE A WART, RUB THE WART WITH A GREEN ELDER STICK, THEN
BURY THE STICK TO ROT. WHEN THE STICK ROTS THE WART WILL
GO AWAY.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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MY MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER

MY MOTHER YOUR MOTHER LIVES ACROSS THE STREET
1819 BROADWAY STREET
EVERYNIGHT THEY HAVE A FIGHT AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY
ACKRA BACKRA SODA CRACKER, ACKRA, BACKRA BOO
ACKRA BACKRA SODA CRACKER OUT GOES YOU}

Submitter comment: I WOULD USE THIS JUMP ROPE RHYME WHEN I TOLLD JUMP ROPE IN THE
1950'S9

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN ; NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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Ethnic: Yugoslavian

Wedding:

In Yugoslavia, the bride must bring 40 different items with her to prove that she is versatile and can do all these things. If she fails to do this she can't get married.

Submitter comment:

Recounted from Mrs. Benestelli's mother, a neighbor, who just returned home from Yugoslavia.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F572] crossed out and replaced with current classification.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; NEIGHBORS HOME ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): Chores ; CUSTOMS ; Domestic ; MARRIAGE ; TEST ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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ROPE SKIPPING RHYME

MARGIE HAD A BABY, NAMED IT TINY TIM,
PUT IT IN THE BATHTUB TO TEACH IT HOW TO SWIM.
THE BABY DRANK A GALLON OF WATER, ATE A CAKE OF SOAP,
MARGIE CALLED THE DOCTOR, BEFORE THE BABY CHOKED.
IN CAME THE DOCTOR, IN CAME THE NURSE,
IN CAME THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
DEAD SAID THE DOCTOR, DEAD SAID THE NURSE,
DEAD SAID THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
OUT WENT THE DOCTOR, OUT WENT THE NURSE,
OUT WENT THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

 

Submitter comment:

LEARNED IN SUMMER OF 1964 FROM THE CHILDREN OF HER NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ; Neighborhood children

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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Rope Skipping Rhyme

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLOW
WENT UPSTAIRS TO KISS A FELLOW
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE?
(COUNT UNTIL PERSON MISSES)

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ; Neighborhood children

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: SUMMER 00001964

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Rope Skipping Rhyme

I had a little teddy bear, his name was Tiny Tim

I put him the the bathtub to teach him how to swim

He drank up all the water, he ate up the soap

Hed died last night with a bubble in his throat

I called the doctor, I called the nurse,

I called the up the laday with the alligator purse.

Pencillin called the doctor, penicillin said the nurse,

Pencillin said the lady with the alligator purse.

Out went the doctor, out went the nurse,

Out went the lady with the alligator purse.

Where learned: From the children of her neighborhood.

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; Jump ; Plain

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

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