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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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IF YOU DROP A KNIFE, YOU WILL HAVE A MAN VISITOR.
IF YOU DROP A FORK, YOU WILL HAVE A WOMAN VISITOR.
AND IF YOU DROP A SPOON, YOU WILL HAVE A CHILD VISITOR..

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

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: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU COME IN THE FRONT DOOR AND LEAVE BY THE BACK
DOOR, YOU WILL HAVE COMPANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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UKRAINIAN CUSTOM

CHRISTMAS EVE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN CHRISTMAS. A SPECIAL DINNER
WOULD TAKE PLACE ON CHRISTMAS EVE CONSISTING OF SPECIAL FOODS
LIKE PANCAKES, MUCHROOMS (MUSHROOMS), POPPY SEEDS AND OTHER
REGIONAL FOODS. ONE CANDLE WAS LIT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TABLE.
THERE WAS NO MEAT OF ANY FORM SERVED ON THIS DAY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT IS AN UKRAINIAN-AMERICAN WHO PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM
DURING HER CHILDHOOD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Ukraine ; Vegetarian

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: I WON'T TELL MOM IF YOU HIT ME...BUT IF YOU POKE ME WITH A PIN,
I 'LL CALL POP. WHAT AM I?
A: A BALLOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ENTERTAINMENT AND ; NOTION ITEMS (Q) ; PERSON (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HAUNTED ROAD

THERE IS A BACK ROAD IN PONTIAC, MICHIGAN AND ON A WINDY, RAINY
NIGHT, A GIRL AND HER BOYFRIEND WERE DRIVING DOWN IT AND HIS CAR
BROKE DOWN. THERE WERE RUMORS OF MONSTERS IN THE AREA, SO THE
BOYFRIEND TOLD THE GIRL TO LAY ON THE FLOOR IN THE FRONT SEAT,
WHILE HE WENT AND GOT HELP. WHILE LAYING ON THE FLOOR, SHE HEARD
SCRATCHING, FOOTSTEPS, AND A THUMPING NOISE. AFTER A FEW MINUTES
LAYING ON THE FLOOR OF THE CONVERTIBLE, SHE FELT SOMETHING
DRIPPING ON HER ARM, BUT SHE WAS TOO SCARED TO MOVE IN ORDER TO SEE
WHAT IT WAS. AFTER A LONG, LONG TIME, SHE HEARD THE CARDOOR OPEN,
SOMEONE GRABBED HER, SHE SCREAMED, TURNED AROUND, AND A POLICEMAN
WAS THERE TRYING TO CALM HER DOWN. HE HELPED HER OUT OF THE CAR
AND TOLD HER NOT TO LOOK BACK AT THE CAR, BUT GO DIRECTLY TO THE
POLICE CAR. HOWEVER, SHE DID TURN AROUND AND SHE SAW THE BODY
OF HER BOYFRIEND, ALL CUT UP, LAYING ON TOP OF THE CAR ROOF, AND
HIS BLOOD WAS DRIPPING THROUGH A SLIT IN THE ROOF. SHE LOOKED
DOWN AT HER WRIST AND THERE WERE BLOOD DROPS ON HER ARM. NOW IF
YOU DRIVE DOWN THIS ROAD ON A RAINY, WINDY NIGHT, WHAT YOU THINK
IS RAIN IS REALLY BLOOD AND THE ROAD IS CALLED "BLOOD ROAD."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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THE SUN WORSHIPPER

WHAT'S BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
A SUNBURNED ZEBRA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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BLINDNESS

WHAT HAS FOUR EYES BUT CANNOT SEE?
MISSISSIPPI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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THE SPELLER

FIRST CHILD: HOW DO YOU SPELL MISSISSIPPI?
SECOND CHILD: (NORMAL SPELLING) MISSISSIPPI.
FIRST CHILD: THAT'S WRONG. IT'S M,I, CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER,
I, CROOKED LETTER CROOKED LETTER I, HUMP-BACK, HUMP-BACK I.

Submitter comment: WHEN I WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL, WE USED TO SPELL MISSISSIPPI THE SAME WAY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): MONEMONIC

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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HAUNTED ROAD

THERE IS A BACK ROAD IN PONTIAC, MICHIGAN AND ON A WINDY, RAINY
NIGHT, A GIRL AND HER BOYFRIEND WERE DRIVING DOWN IT AND HIS CAR
BROKE DOWN. THERE WERE RUMORS OF MONSTERS IN THE AREA, SO THE
BOYFRIEND TOLD THE GIRL TO LAY ON THE FLOOR IN THE FRONT SEAT,
WHILE HE WENT AND GOT HELP. WHILE LAYING ON THE FLOOR, SHE HEARD
SCRATCHING, FOOTSTEPS, AND A THUMPING NOISE. AFTER A FEW MINUTES
LAYING ON THE FLOOR OF THE CONVERTIBLE, SHE FELT SOMETHING
DRIPPING ON HER ARM, BUT SHE WAS TOO SCARED TO MOVE IN ORDER TO SEE
WHAT IT WAS. AFTER A LONG, LONG TIME, SHE HEARD THE CARDOOR OPEN,
SOMEONE GRABBED HER, SHE SCREAMED, TURNED AROUND, AND A POLICEMAN
WAS THERE TRYING TO CALM HER DOWN. HE HELPED HER OUT OF THE CAR
AND TOLD HER NOT TO LOOK BACK AT THE CAR, BUT GO DIRECTLY TO THE
POLICE CAR. HOWEVER, SHE DID TURN AROUND AND SHE SAW THE BODY
OF HER BOYFRIEND, ALL CUT UP, LAYING ON TOP OF THE CAR ROOF, AND
HIS BLOOD WAS DRIPPING THROUGH A SLIT IN THE ROOF. SHE LOOKED
DOWN AT HER WRIST AND THERE WERE BLOOD DROPS ON HER ARM. NOW IF
YOU DRIVE DOWN THIS ROAD ON A RAINY, WINDY NIGHT, WHAT YOU THINK
IS RAIN IS REALLY BLOOD AND THE ROAD IS CALLED "BLOOD ROAD."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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HAUNTED ROAD

THERE IS A BACK ROAD IN PONTIAC, MICHIGAN AND ON A WINDY, RAINY
NIGHT, A GIRL AND HER BOYFRIEND WERE DRIVING DOWN IT AND HIS CAR
BROKE DOWN. THERE WERE RUMORS OF MONSTERS IN THE AREA, SO THE
BOYFRIEND TOLD THE GIRL TO LAY ON THE FLOOR IN THE FRONT SEAT,
WHILE HE WENT AND GOT HELP. WHILE LAYING ON THE FLOOR, SHE HEARD
SCRATCHING, FOOTSTEPS, AND A THUMPING NOISE. AFTER A FEW MINUTES
LAYING ON THE FLOOR OF THE CONVERTIBLE, SHE FELT SOMETHING
DRIPPING ON HER ARM, BUT SHE WAS TOO SCARED TO MOVE IN ORDER TO SEE
WHAT IT WAS. AFTER A LONG, LONG TIME, SHE HEARD THE CARDOOR OPEN,
SOMEONE GRABBED HER, SHE SCREAMED, TURNED AROUND, AND A POLICEMAN
WAS THERE TRYING TO CALM HER DOWN. HE HELPED HER OUT OF THE CAR
AND TOLD HER NOT TO LOOK BACK AT THE CAR, BUT GO DIRECTLY TO THE
POLICE CAR. HOWEVER, SHE DID TURN AROUND AND SHE SAW THE BODY
OF HER BOYFRIEND, ALL CUT UP, LAYING ON TOP OF THE CAR ROOF, AND
HIS BLOOD WAS DRIPPING THROUGH A SLIT IN THE ROOF. SHE LOOKED
DOWN AT HER WRIST AND THERE WERE BLOOD DROPS ON HER ARM. NOW IF
YOU DRIVE DOWN THIS ROAD ON A RAINY, WINDY NIGHT, WHAT YOU THINK
IS RAIN IS REALLY BLOOD AND THE ROAD IS CALLED "BLOOD ROAD."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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IF YOU USE THE SAME MATCH THREE TIMES (AS IN
LIGHTING THREE PERSONS' CIGARETTES) YOU WILL
RECEIVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: 00001950S

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IF YOU ROCK A ROCKING CHAIR WITHOUT SOMEONE IN
IT, YOU WILL SURELY HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A RUMANIAN WEDDING CUSTOM

ONE OF THE WEDDING GUESTS, A CLOSE WOMAN FRIEND OF THE
FAMILY, HOLDS ABOVE HER HEAD WITH ONE HAND, A PLATTER
ON WHICH A STUFFED CHICKEN IS SURROUNDED WITH FRUITS
AND FLOWERS, AND A LIT CIGARETTE HAS BEEN PLACED IN
THE CHICKEN'S BEAK.
SHE DANCES TO TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND APPROACHES THE TABLE
OF THE NASHA AND NASHU (SOMEWHAT COMPARABLE TO A MATRON
OF HONOR AND A BEST MAN). THEY TEMPT HER TO DRAW NEAR
THEM BY OUTSTRETCHING SOME DOLLAR BILLS. THE DANCING
WOMAN TRIES TO SNATCH THE MONEY FROM THE NASHA AND
NASHU WITHOUT LETTING THEM GRAB THE PLATTER OF CHICKEN
FROM HER.
THE CUSTOM IS VERY COLORFUL AND GAY AND USUALLY CULMIN-
ATES WITH THE CIGARETTE SMOKING CHICKEN SAILING TO
THE FLOOR ONLY AFTER THE NASHA AND NASHU HAVE TEMPTED
THE DANCING WOMAN WITH A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MY SISTER IN LAW, WHO IS A NURSE AT PONTIAC OSTEOPATHIC
HOSPITAL, TOLD ME THIS STORY. SHE HEARD IT FROM A DOCTOR OR
NURSE WHO WORKS IN THE OBSTETRICS FLOOR AT THE HOSPITAL.
THE DOCTOR OR NURSE TOLD MY SISTER IN LAW ABOUT A PAIR OF
TWIN GIRLS THAT WERE BORN NOT TOO LONG AGO. WHEN THE NURSE
WENT TO THE MOTHER'S ROOM TO ASK THE PARENTS WHAT THEY WERE
GOING TO NAME THEIR DAUGHTERS, THE MOTHER REPLIED THAT SHE
PICKED OUT TWO BEAUTIFUL NAMES, (SAID PHONETICALLY)
SA-PHILLY-US AND GO-NORE-REA. THE NURSE ASKED THE WOMAN HOW
TO SPELL THE NAMES AND SHE REPLIED, S-Y-P-H-I-L-I-S AND
G-O-N-O-R-R-H-E-A

Submitter comment: MY SISTER IN LAW SWEARS THAT THIS IS TRUE AND IT DID HAPPEN
AT PONTIAC OSTEOPATHIC HOSPITAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): GONORRHEA ; HUMOR ; SYPHILIS

Subject headings: Favorites
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 00001980S

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MY SISTER IN LAW, WHO IS A NURSE AT PONTIAC OSTEOPATHIC
HOSPITAL, TOLD ME THAT A NURSE WHO WORKS ON THE OBSTETRICS
FLOOR TOLD HER ABOUT THIS STORY. SHE SAID THAT A
WOMAN (SHE CALLED HER MS. BROWN BECAUSE SHE COULDN'T
REMEMBER WHAT THE WOMAN'S NAME WAS) CAME IN TO THE HOSPITAL
TO HAVE HER BABY. LATER, WHEN THE NURSE BROUGHT THE BABY
INTO THE MOTHER'S ROOM SHE ASKED MS. BROWN WHAT SHE WAS
GOING TO NAME HER LITTLE GIRL. MS. BROWN REPLIED THAT THE
BABY'S NAME WAS F-MOLLY (SAID
PHONETICALLY). THE NURSE
ASKED MS. BROWN HOW SHE SPELLED THE NAME; MS. BROWN SAID
JUST LIKE ON THE CARD IN THE CRIB, FEMALE. SHE THOUGHT THAT
THE HOSPITAL ASSIGNED NAMES TO THE BABIES. SHE KEPT THE NAME
FEMALE, PRONOUNCED F-MOLLY BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT IT SOUNDED
BEAUTIFUL.

Submitter comment: MY SISTER IN LAW SWEARS THAT THIS HAPPENED AT PONTIAC
OSTEOPATHIC HOSPITAL. SHE SAID THERE ARE SO MANY POOR,
ILLITERATE PEOPLE THAT COME IN FOR TREATMENT AT THE HOSPITAL
THAT THINGS LIKE THAT HAPPEN ALL THE TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 00001980S

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PRACTICAL JOKE

THIS JOKE CONSISTS OF BOTH SPEECH AND GESTURES. THE
SPEECH IS FORMULARIZED AND THE GESTURES PLAY A VERY
IMPORTANT PART FOR THE EFFECT OF THIS GAME. TWO
PEOPLE PLAY THE JOKE--ACTUALLY ONE PERSON PLAYS THE
JOKE ON A NAIVE PLAYER.
ALL RIGHT, NOW WE SHALL TAKE OUT THE BRAIN. (SAID IN A
"MATTER-OF-FACT" TONE). FIRST, MAKE AN INCISION DOWN
THE MIDDLE OF THE HEAD. (AS THE PERSON SAYS THIS, HE DRAWS
A LINE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE OTHER PERSON'S HEAD WITH
HIS FINGER). THEN ONE ACROSS THE FRONT. (DRAWS A LINE
ACROSS THE FOREHEAD WITH HIS FINGER). ONE ACROSS THE
BACK. (DRAWS A LINE ACROSS THE BACK OF THE HEAD.)
THEN WE PULL THE SKIN APART. (USING BOTH HANDS, HE
SMOOTHS DOWN THE PARTICIPANT'S HAIR ON EACH SIDE.)
REACH DOWN. (THE ABOVE PHRASES WERE SAID IN A WHISPERING
TONE; THIS ONE IS SAID WITH REAL EXCITEMENT. AS IT IS
BEING SAID, THE PERSON SPREADS HIS FINGERS ACROSS THE
SIDES OF THE HEAD TIGHTLY). TAKE OUT THE BRAIN (THE
PLAYER SUDDENLY PULLS HIS HANDS UP AND THEN YELLS
MADLY PRETENDING THAT HE THROWS THE BRAIN ON THE
FLOOR AND STOMPS ON IT).

Submitter comment: THE PARTICIPANT ACTUALLY SAID THAT SHE FELT THAT HER
BRAIN WAS OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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THE MISSING TUB

TOM, DID YOU TAKE A BATH?
NO, IS THERE ONE MISSING?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE BUS TRAP

A MAN WENT TO A HARDWARE STORE AND SAID, "I WANT TO
BUY A MOUSE TRAP, AND HURRY, I WANT TO CATCH A
BUS!"
THE HARDWARE MAN ANSWERED, "I'M SORRY, BUT WE DON'T
MAKE THEM THAT BIG."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE BEAVER FAMILY

PAPA BEAVER WAS SAYING GRACE BEFORE SUPPER:
"GOD BLESS MAMA DAM, PAPA DAM, BROTHER DAM, SISTER DAM..."
BABY DAM INTERRUPTED HIM--
"GOD BLESS THE WHOLE DAM FAMILY!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; DAMN ; HUMOR ; PRAYERS ; TALKING ANIMALS ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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