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WHEN I WAS LITTLE THERE WAS A RUMOUR GOING AROUND ON A OUR BLOCK THAT THE JERSEY DEVIL WAS BACK. THE JERSEY DEVIL WAS WEELL KNOWN
IN NEW JERSEY. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE A MAN WITH THE FACE OF
A WOLF, FEET OF A PIG AND HORNS. HE STOOD ON TWO LEGS. HE WAS
SUPPOSED TO PREY ON LITTLE CHILDREN, AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT THE
OLDER KIDS TOLD US. VERY ELABORATE MEANS WERE USED TO SCARE THE
LITTLE KIDS OUT OF THEIR WITS. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DRESSED IN
RED CAPES AND HORNS AND RAN THROUGH THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND
SOMEONE EVEN MADE A COPY OF A PICTURE OF THE BEAST, WHICH WAS
SUPPOSED TO BE AUTHENTIC. NEEDLESS TO SAY I EVENTUALLY GREW OUT OF
MY FRIGHT OF THE JERSEY DEVIL BUT RECENTLY I HEARD SOMEONE ON TELEVIS
TALKING ABOUT THE JERSEY DEVIL. EVIDENTLY HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A
TYPE OF BIGFOOT CREATURE. IT MAKES ME WONDER ABOUT ALL THE
THAT THERE REALLY WAS SOMETHING TO BE SCARED OF.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 00001970S

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ENGLAND GOT HUNGRY,
ATE TURKEY,
SLIPPED ON GREECE
AND BROKE CHINA.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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COUNTING OUT

THIS VERSE WAS USED TO ELIMINATE PEOPLE IN ORDER TO FIND
OUT WHO WOULD BE "IT" FOR SOME GAME:
ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER NINE,
RIDING DOWN CHICAGO LINE.
IF THE TRAIN GOES OFF THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
PERSON WHO IS POINTED TO ON THE WORD "BACK" SAYS EITHER
YES OR NO.
Y-E-S SPELLS YES, AND OUT YOU DO GO.
(N-O SPELLS NO AND OUT YOU DO GO)

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

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

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COUNTING OUT

EENY MEENY ITCHY GEEMY OU AH
UMBELLEENY I-O-WAKE I-O-WAKE-YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED IN DETERMINING WHO IS "IT" IN A PARTICULAR
GAME.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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GAME

COLORED EGGS. ONE PLAYER IS WOLF, ONE IS MOTHER HEN, OTHERS ARE
EGGS. MOTHER NAMES THEM EACH COLORS. WOLF COMES TO THE DOOR..
KNOCK, KNOCK. WHOS THERE? THE WOLF. WHAT DO YOU WANT?
COLORED EGGS. WHAT COLOR? WOLF NAMES COLOR. IF THE MOTHER HAS ONE
THE EGG MUST RUN WHILE WOLF CHASES UNTIL HE GETS BACK. IF HE
GETS CAUGHT HE BECOMES THE WOLF.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

Date learned: 00001970S

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CHILDRENS SONG

MISS MARY MACK, MACK, MACK
ALL DRESSED IN BLACK, BLACK,BLACK
WITH SILVER BUTTONS, BUTTONS, BUTTONS
ALL DOWN HER BACK, BACK, BACK
SHE ASKED HER MOTHER, MOTHER, MOTHER
FOR FIFTY CENTS, CENTS CENTS
TO SEE THE ELEPHANT, ELEPHANT, ELEPHANT
JUMP THE FENCE, FENCE, FENCE
HE JUMPED SO HIGH, HIGH, HIGH
HE REACHED THE SKY,SKY,SKY
AND NEVER CAME BACK, BACK, BACK
TIL THE FOURTH OF JULY, LY, LY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A HAND CLAPPING SONG IN WHICH TO PLAYERS FACED EACH OTHER
AND CLAPPED HANDS PATTYCAKE STYLE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

NOT LAST NIGHT BUT THE NIGHT BEFORE,
TWENTY FOUR ROBBERS CAMR KNOCKING AT MY DOOR.
AS I RAN OUT AND THEY RAN IN,
I ASKED THEM WHAT THEY WANTED ,
AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID:
SPANISH DANCER DO THE SPLITS-JUMPER DOES SPLIT IN AIR.
SPANISH DANCER DO THE TWIST-JUMPER SPINS AROUND.
SPANISH DANCER TOUCH THE FLOOR-JMPER TOUCHES GROUND.
SPANISH DANCER SHUT THE DOOR-JUMPER THROWS ARM OUT THREE TIMES.
SPANISH DANCER JUMP SO HIGH-JUMPER JUMPS HIGH.
SPANISH DANCER TOUCH THE SKY-JUMPER RUNS OUT OF ROPE.

Submitter comment: ALL OF THIS IS DONE AS THE ROPE IS TURNING.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

ONE POTATO,
TWO POTATO,
THREE POTATO,
FOUR,
FIVE POTATO,
SIX POTATO,
SEVEN POTATO MORE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE WHILE COUNTING FEET OR FISTS. WHOEVER IS LEFT WITH A
POTATO AT THE END IS IT.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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SIMON

SIMON. THERE WAS A MAN WHO WENT FISHING. AS HE SAT NEAR THE
WATER HE HEARD A LOW MOANING: PLEASE DONT CATCH ME SIMON, PLEASE.
THE MAN PAID NO ATTENTION AND SOON CAUGHT A FISH
HE WENT HOME AND PREPARED TO COOK THE FISH AND AGAIN HEARD A MOAN
WHICH WAS A LITTLE LOUDER.: PLEASE DONT COOK ME SIMON, PLEASE.
AGAIN HE PAID NO ATTENTION, COOKED THE FISH AND BEGAN TO EAT.
THEN HE HEARD ANOTHER LOW MOAN: PLEASE DONT EAT ME SIMON, PLEASE.
THE MAN WENT ON AND ATE THE FISH AND SOON WENT TO BED. THEN HE HEARD
ANOTHER MOAN THAT KEPT GETTING LOUDER AND CLOSER: SIMON I TOLD
YOU NOT TO CATCH ME AND COOK ME AND EAT ME. SUDDENLY A SHOUT:
SIMON.

Submitter comment:

THIS STORY IS BEST TOLD TO LITTLE KIDS IN THE DARK. THE TELLER
MUST AT FIRST MOAN SLOW AND VERY LOW AND GET LOUDER AS THE STORY
GOES ON. AT THE SHOUT, THE TELLER SHOULD JUMP AND GRAB ONE OF THE
CHILDREN.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Keyword(s): CATCH TALE ; Circle ; Endless ; Endless ; FISH ; Fisherman ; ROUND ; Scare ; Simon ; Tale ; Tale

James Callow Keyword(s): JUMP TALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001970S

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IF YOU DROP A KNIFE, IT MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE
COMPANY.

Submitter comment: JUDY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD IN NEW JERSEY.
HER MOTHER USED TO SAY IT ALL THE TIME. SHE HONESTLY
BELIEVES IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW JERSEY ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: CHILDHOOD ; 11-27-1965

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JEST ANECDOTE

A MAN CONDUCTED THE FOLLOWING EXPERIMENT: HE TOOK
A GLASS OF WATER AND A GLASS OF ALCOHOL AND
PLACED A LIVE WORM IN EACH. HE OBSERVED THAT IN
THE WATER, THE WORM SWAM ABOUT WHILE IN THE
ALCOHOL THE WORM CURLED UP AND DIED. HE DREW THE
CONCLUSION THAT IF YOU DRINK, YOU'LL NEVER GET
WORMS.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; NEWARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 00001971 EARLY

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FOOD-VEGETABLE

IN THE OLD WEST A MAN ORDERED FRIED POTATOES CUT VERY THIN. WHEN
THE COOK BROUGHT OUT THE POTATOES, THE MAN COMPLAINED THAT THEY
WERE NOT THIN ENOUGH. THE COOK GOT SO MAD THAT HE RETURNED TO THE
KITCHEN AND CUT UP THE POTATOES RAZOR THIN AND FRIED THEM UP.
THE MAN THOUGHT THEY WERE DELICIOUS. THUS THE POTATO CHIP.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; NEWARK

Keyword(s): ORIGIN OF A FOOD ; ORIGIN OF A SNACK: THE POTATO CHIP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

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PROVERB

CANT HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO...UNLESS YOU HAVE TWO CAKES.'

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Keyword(s): VARIANT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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ENTERTAINMENT BELIEF

A NERVOUS STOMACH ALWAYS PRECEDES A GREAT PERFORMANCE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THERE WAS A LADY WHO WAS TO BE MARRIED. HER FIANCE ASKED HER:
WHY DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR THAT CHOKER AROUND YOUR NECK? SHE REPLIED
I WILL TELL YOU ON OUR HONEYMOON.
HER HONEYMOON NIGHT CAME AND HER HUSBAND ASKED: WHY DO YOU WEAR
THAT CHOKER AROUND YOUR NECK? SHE REPLIED: I WILL TELL YOU IN ONE
YEAR. A YEAR PASSED AND AGAIN HE ASKED THE QUESTION. SHE SAID I
WILL TELL YOU WHEN OUR CHILD IS BORN. THE CHILD WAS BORN AND HE
ASKED THE QUESTION. SHE WOULD NOT GIVE HIM AN ANSWER. THAT NIGHT
AS SHE WAS SLEEPING HE REMOVED THE CHOKER FROM HER NECK. HER HEAD
FELL OFF THE BED, ROLLED ACROSS THE FLOOR AND OUT THE DOOR.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001970S

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IF YOU FEEL A CHILL SOMEONE IS WALKING ON THE SITE OF YOUR GRAVE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 00001970S

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BIRTH BELIEF

IT IS A RUSSIAN BELIEF THAT YOU SHOULD CRY AT BIRTH, SINCE
THE BORN IS ENTERING THIS HELL WHILE YOU SHOULD REJOICE
AT DEATH SINCE THE DECEASED IS HEADING FOR A BETTER LIFE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001950S

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"THREE CHURCHES"

ON GOOD FRIDAY, IT IS AN ITALIAN TRADITION TO VISIT THREE (3)
DIFFERENT CHURCHES AS A GESTURE OF REVERENCE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 11-15-1969

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BIRTH--DEATH BELIEF

IT IS A RUSSIAN BELIEF THAT YOU SHOULD CRY AT A BIRTH SINCE
THE BORN IS ENTERING THIS HELL WHILE YOU SHOULD REJOICE
AT DEATH SINCE THE DECEASED IS HEADING FOR A BETTER LIFE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001950S

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An Irish bride should carry an Irish linen handkerchief in her
wedding bouquet down the aisle. When she tosses her bouquet
(inclusive of her handkerchief) the girl who catches it will have
good luck. The young lady who caught it should then place it in her
wedding bouquet, and the next girl to catch it will have good luck.
The same tradition will be carried on from bride to bride.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; Woman in an Irish import store ; Stone Harbor

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bouquet
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 08-00-1990

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