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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

REMEMBER M., REMEMBER E., PUT 'EM TOGETHER AND REMEMBER ME.

Submitter comment: 'EM IS ME SPELLED BACKWARDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

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

Date learned: CA00001970

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TO SPILL YOUR COFFEE

AS A CHILD, I LEARNED TO DRINK COFFEE WITH MY
ELDERS. IT IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE IN GREECE, IT IS A SIGN
OF MATURITY. I WAS GIVEN A CUP OF EXPRESSO, WHEN TRYING
TO PLACE IT GENTLY ON MY LAP, I ACCIDENTALLY SPILLED SOME.
I BEGAN TO CRY, FOR I NOW THOUGHT THAT I WOULD NO
LONGER BE ABLE TO DRINK COFFEE WITH MY PARENTS. MY
MOTHER EXPLAINED TO ME THAT TO SPILL COFFEE IS A
SIGN OF GOOD FORTUNE. IT MEANS THAT MONEY WOULD COME MY
WAY. SURE ENOUGH, I RECEIVED A CHECK FROM MY GRANDMOTHER
FOR A JOB THAT I HAD DONE FOR HER. TO THIS DAY I STILL
BELIEVE THIS.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER HAS MANY SUCH STORIES AND BELIEFS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED THIS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1955 ; 00-00-1974

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME

I WISH YOU SUCCESS
I WISH YOU ALMIGHTY
I WISH YOUR PAJAMAS
NEXT TO MY NIGHTIE
NOW DON'T GET EXCITED
NOW DON'T GET RED
I MEAN ON THE CLOTHESLINE
NOT IN BED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

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CHOCOLATE CAKE

WELL, I ALWAYS HAVE BAKED A CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR YOUR DAD ON HIS BIRTHDAY, WITH
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS LIKE FRESH CHOCOLATE AND BUTTERMILK.  I MADE IT
FROM SCRATCH. MY MOTHER USED TO DO THAT FOR MY FATHER ON HIS BIRTHDAY
TOO.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant is collector's mother.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 11-15-1972

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PLACE

AMONG THE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, A NICKNAME
FOR ANN ARBOR, WHERE THE SCHOOL IS SITUATED, IS "A" RAISED
TO THE POWER OF 2 (ESPECIALLY USED ON LETTERS).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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PLACE

AMONG THE STUDENTS AT WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, A NICK-
NAME FOR THE CITY IN WHICH THE TOWN IS SITUATED (KALAMAZOO)
IS KAZOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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TOM SWIFTY

THE ELECTRONIC MEMORY BANK IS MALFUNCTIONING, SAID TOM
THOUGHTLESSLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; STERLING HEIGHTS, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: IF YOU HAVE A DUCK BEFORE 2 DUCKS AND A DUCK BEHIND 2 DUCKS,
AND A DUCK IN THE MIDDLE , HOW MANY DUCKS DO YOU HAVE?
A: 3 DUCKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; ANIMAL (Q) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; PUZZLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN THE FACTORY WHERE I WORKED THIS SUMMER, IT WAS
A WELL KNOWN GESTURE TO POINT ONE'S INDEX FINGER
UP IN THE AIR AND ROTATE IT TO INDICATE STARTING
THE MACHINE BACK UP AFTER A JAM-UP OR BREAKDOWN.

Where learned: Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BREAKFAST MEAL

COMMON BREAKFAST MEAL IN WEST VIRGINIA IS SALT FISH (WHICH ARE FRESH
WATER FISH KEPT IN SALT WATER) AND TOMATOES WITH BISCUITS WITH
CREAM GRAVY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; STERLING

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Morning mealsBreakfast

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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ONE DOLLAR DANCE

MALE MEMBERS OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM PAY ONE DOLLAR IN A HAT TO
DANCE WITH BRIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Monetary system Money Wealth

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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Jump Rope Rhyme

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLA
WENT UPSTAIRS TO KISS A FELLA
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE GET?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; STERLING

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE 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

JOHNNY LIES OVER THE OCEAN
JOHNNY LIES OVER THE SEA
JOHNNY BROKE THE SUGAR BOWL
AND BLAMED IT ON ME
JOHNNY GOT A LICKIN HA, HA, HA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; STERLING

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

POLIANNA POLIEE DO YOUR DUTY
HERE COMES (BLANK) THE AMERICAN BEAUTY
SHE CAN DO THE RUMBA (RHUMBA)
SHE CAN DO THE SPLITS
SHE CAN WEAR HER DRESS HIGH ABOVE HER HIPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; STERLING

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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FUDGE FUDGE CALL THE JUDGE/ MA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BABY/ IT'S NOT A
BOY/ IT'S NOT A GIRL/ IT'S JUST AN ORDINARY BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; STERLING

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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HAM AND COOKED CABBAGE ARE TRADITIONAL FOR A NEW YEAR'S
MEAL.

Submitter comment: ORIGINATES FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST VIRGINIA ; STERLING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY.
COME AGAIN SOME OTHER DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; STERLING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.646

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TOM SWIFTY

'BOY, I WISH I HADN'T TAKEN THOSE PEP PILLS,' SAID TOM ENERGETICALLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CUSTOM FOR BRIDE AND GROOM TO OBEY.

BRIDE AND GROOM ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO SEE EACH OTHER FROM SIX O'CLOCK
THE EVENING BEFORE THE WEDDING UP UNTIL THE CEREMONY. WIVES TALE-- TO
HAVE A LONG AND PROSPEROUS MARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Separation before wedding

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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EVERY YEAR ON THE FIRST OF THE NEW YEAR, WE GIVE PRESENTS
TO EACH MEMBER OF MY FAMILY. THIS IS DONE BECAUSE IN GREECE, IT
IS SAINT BASIL'S DAY. SAINT BASIL IS THE GREEK SAINT OF
CHILDREN. HE BRINGS PRESENTS TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN GOOD THE
PREVIOUS YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED THIS

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-00-1972

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