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MARRIAGES ARE MADE IN HEAVEN. MEN ARE LIKE WATERMELONS --
YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THEY ARE LIKE UNTIL YOU LIVE WITH THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT HOME ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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BLASON POPULAIRE (RIDDLE).

WHY CAN'T ARABS SWIM?
AMS: CAUSE OIL AND WATER DON'T MIX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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Proverb

Never start a new project on Friday, because you will never finish it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Friday ; Maxim ; Project ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Belief: Weather

Weather:

If it rains before seven, it stops before eleven.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B462] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): NATURE ; Predicting ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Rain ; RHYME ; Sky ; TIME ; WEATHER

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

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HALLOWEEN

HELP THE POOR.
MY PANTS ARE TORE.
GIVE ME SOME MONEY
AND I'LL BUY SOME MORE.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS A LONG TIME AGO FOR HALLOWEEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): BEGGING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.1031
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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NAMING CUSTOM

IT IS AN OLD MEXICAN CUSTOM TO GIVE A CHILD HIS MOTHER'S
MAIDEN NAME AS HIS MIDDLE NAME. RICK KALOSKI WOULD BE RICK
SMITH KALOSKI AND HIS KIDS WOULD BE RICK SMITH JONES KALOSKI.
NAMES GET VERY LONG AND THIS IS HOW ONE TRACES THEIR FAMILY
TREE. RICK ACTUALLY OBSERVED THIS IN SOME PARTS OF MEXICO
CITY, 1960.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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DENI GRAS, LEGENDARY CHARACTER OF BREESE, ILLINOIS

THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO LIVED IN AN OLD HOUSE, NEVER TOOK BATHS,
WORE RAGS, (AND) CARRIED TWO POWDER KEGS AS BUCKETS FROM COAL
MINE. (A) SCAVENGER, (SHE) LIVED OFF ANYTHING SHE COULD FIND.
(SHE) ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HER FACE. (SHE WAS) PROMINENT BY
HER SILENCE AND ANTI-SOCIALNESS.
(SHE WAS) FOUND IN BED WITH A PARALYTIC STROKE. (SHE) DIED IN
A HOSPITAL SEVERAL YEARS LATER WITHOUT UTTERING A WORD.
THIS DENI GRAS WAS MORE OR LESS FEARED BY THE CHILDREN. SORT OF
TRAGIC IN A WAY. THE WAY IT WAS RELAYED TO ME, SHE MUST HAVE
REALLY BEEN A CHARACTER FITTING FOR DAMON RUNYON NICHE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; ILLINOIS ; BREESE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-02-1968

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GREEK FOOD CUSTOM

GREEKS USE ONLY RED (DYED) EGGS AT EASTER TIME. THIS IS TO
SYMBOLIZE THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. THEY ARE CALLED MIMIKOS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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WHEN YOU GROW OLD AND YOUR BALLS GROW COLD AND THE HEAD OF YOUR
DICK TURNS BLUE, AND WHEN YOU TRY TO DIDDLE AND IT BENDS IN THE
MIDDLE, THEN YOU KNOW GODDAMIT YOU,RE THROUGH.

Submitter comment: THIS LITTLE SAYING WAS TOLD TO ME BY A MAN WHO HAD LIVED FOR
MANY YEARS IN THE THUMB AREA. HE HAD HEARD THIS WHEN HE WORKED FOR
A LUMBER COMPANY IN THAT AREA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): AGING ; SLANG: DICK FOR PENIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND IN MY PRIME I USED TO GET IT ALL THE TIME,
NOW THAT I AM OLD AND GETTING GRAY I ONLY GET IT ONCE A DAY.

Submitter comment: THIS LITTLE VERSE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A MAN WHO HAD LIVED FOR
MANY YEARS IN THE THUMB AREA. HE HAD HEARD THIS WHEN HE WORKED FOR
A LUMBER COMPANY IN THAT AREA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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IN BUSINESS, WHEN OPENING A NEW STORE, YOU MUST SAVE THE FIRST
DOLLAR BILL AND FRAME IT. THIS IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK AND
YOUR DOLLARS WILL MULTIPLY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

I HAVE A LITTLE FINGER,
I HAVE A LITTLE TOE,
AND WHEN I GET BIGGER,
I'LL HAVE A LITTLE BEAU.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS WRITTEN IN THE INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK WHEN SHE WAS
IN SIXTH GRADE AT ST. ANTHONY'S SCHOOL IN DAYTON, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

CAN'T THINK
BRAIN DUMB
INSPIRATION WON'T COME
POOR INK
BUM PEN
BEST WISHES
AMEN

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN THE INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK WHEN SHE GRADUATED
FROM EIGHTH GRADE AT ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL IN SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

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

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DUTCH GIRL

A HAND-CLAPPING GAME THAT IS PLAYED TO THIS RHYME:
I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL,
AS PRETTY AS CAN BE.
AND ALL THE BOYS AROUND MY BLOCK,
GO CRAZY OVER ME.

SOME WILL GIVE ME PEACHES.
SOME WILL GIVE ME PEARS.
SOME WILL GIVE ME FIFTY CENTS,
AND KICK ME DOWN THE STAIRS.

I DON'T WANT THEIR PEACHES,
I DON'T WANT THEIR PEARS,
ALL I'LL TAKE IS THE FIFTY CENTS,
AND KICK THEM DOWN THE STAIRS.

Submitter comment: THE CLAPPING SEQUENCE IS:
BOTH HANDS ON LAP, CLAP TOGETHER, HIT EACH OTHER'S RIGHT
HAND (PALM TO PALM) -- CLAP TOGETHER.
HIT EACH OTHER'S LEFT HAND (PALM TO PALM), CLAP TOGETHER
HIT EACH OTHER'S TWO HANDS (PALM TO PALM), BOTH HANDS
ON LAP TOGETHER TWICE, CLAP, START AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

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

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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READY OR NOT

APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY, HOLLER I.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND OF MINE, AND HE REMEMBERS THIS FROM
HIS CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SOUTHFIELD

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

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TAUNT

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN
TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR PLANET.

Submitter comment: THE TIME IS NOW FOR MEN TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE WHAT
HAS TO BE DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): ANAPESTS ; GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY. ; PARODY: ON TYPING EXERCISE: NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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AQUONELE (POPPY SEEDS)

THE CHILDREN STAND IN A CIRCLE AND HOLDING HANDS.
THEY SING THE FIRST VERSE. SINGING ZODZIUS: "SEJA
SITAIP, VA IR VA KAIP"--THE CHILDREN DO SOWING MOTIONS
FIRST WITH THEIR RIGHT HAND, THEN THEIR LEFT. SINGING
ON, "TAIP, TAIP AQUONELES SEJA"--EVERYONE CLAPS TWICE
AND TURNS AROUND SLOWLY, IN A FULL CIRCLE, TO THE RIGHT.
THEY REPEAT AGAIN TO THE LEFT.
SINGING THAT THE POPPY SEEDS ARE COMING UP--THE CHILDREN
STOOP DOWN, SHOWING WITH THEIR FINGERS HOW THE POPPY
SEEDS ARE BREAKING THROUGH. THEY AGAIN CLAP 2 AND TURN
TO THE RIGHT, CLAP 2 AGAIN AND TURN TO THE LEFT.

Submitter comment: SEJA SITAIP VA IR VA KAIP--SHOWING HOW THEY PLANT THE
POPPY SEEDS. SECOND QUOTE: THIS IS HOW, THIS IS HOW
THE POPPIES ARE PLANTED. SINGING OF HOW THEY ARE GROWING (THE POPPY SEEDS), THE CHILDREN STOOP DOWN AND SLOWLY RISE UP, SHOWING HOW HIGH THEY GROW. SINGING OF HOW THE POPPIES BLOOM, THE CHILDREN SLOWLY RAISE THEIR HANDS, HOLDING THEM TOGETHER, AND LEANING BACK JUST A LITTLE. SINGING OF HOW THE POPPIES RIPEN--THE CHILDREN, WITH HANDS RAISED, IMITATE WITH THEIR PALMS THE ROUND HEAD OF A POPPY. SINGING OF HOW THE POPPIES ARE SHAKEN DOWN, THE CHILDREN TURN ROWARDS EACH OTHER, PLACE THEIR HANDS ON EACH OTHERS ARMS ABOVE THE ELBOWS AND SHAKE. SINGING OF HOW THE POPPIES ARE BEING GRINDED--THE CHILDREN STOOP DOWN AND EVERYONE WITH THEIR RIGHT HAND MAKE A CIRCLE, IMITATING GRINDING. SINGING OF HOW TO EAT POPPIES--THE CHILDREN STAND AND THROW HANDFULS INTO THEIR MOUTHS. "POPPY SEEDS" IS A VERY POPULAR SONG AMONG THE LITTLE KIDS. NO ONE KNOWS WHERE IT ORIGINATED FROM OR WHO WROTE (IT), SO IT IS TRUE FOLKLORE. MY MOTHER'S STEP-MOTHER TOLD ME THAT SHE LEARNED THAT WHEN SHE WAS ONLY SEVEN YEARS OLD. SO IT'S PRETTY OLD. ALL OF THESE GAME-VERSES ARE OLD, BUT THE KIDS LOVE THEM.
A COMBINATION OF BOTH DANCE AND GAME.

Where learned: SOUTHFIELD ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 03-27-1972

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COMMON WORD

MASHUGANAH

Submitter comment: IT IS A YIDDISH TERM FOR A CRAZY PERSON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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HANGMAN'S CROSSING

SEYMOUR IS THE TOWN WHERE THE FIRST TRAIN ROBBERY
HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY OR IN THE WHOLE WORLD. WHEN
THEY CAUGHT THE ROBBERS-THERE WERE 3 OR 4 OF THEM-
THEY TOOK THEM OUT TO HANGMAN'S CROSSING AND HUNG THEM.
AND IT IS STILL CALLED HANGMAN'S CROSSING TODAY. I
THINK THEY WERE CALLED THE RENO BROTHERS. IT WAS
BEFORE JESSE JAMES OR THE DALTON BROTHERS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN HOME TOWN OF SEYMOUR, INDIANA.

Where learned: SOUTHFIELD DOWNS TRAILER CAMP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 05-19-1965

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BIRTH

ON THE NINTH DAY AFTER A BABY WAS BORN, THE MOTHER
HAD TO LIE PERFECTLY STILL. THEY WOULDN'T EVEN LET
HER HAVE A PILLOW UNDER HER HEAD. BECAUSE THAT WAS
SUPPOSED TO BE THE DAY WHEN ALL HER FEMALE ORGANS
GO BACK INTO PLACE. BUT NOT (NOW) THEY GET A
MOTHER UP RIGHT AWAY!

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS AT HOME IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO, BUT
DOESN'T BELIEVE IN IT TODAY.

Where learned: SOUTHFIELD DOWNS TRAILER CAMP

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 05-19-1965

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