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MRS. GREBE KNOCKS ON WOOD AFTER SHE SAYS SOMETHING LIKE
"WE'VE BEEN LUCKY IN OUR FAMILY BECAUSE WE'VE NEVER HAD
AN ACCIDENT DOING SUCH AND SUCH..." IT IS AN ACTION
WHICH SHE FEELS WILL PREVENT THE OCCURRENCE OF THE BAD
LUCK FOREVER.

Where learned: TEXAS ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 07-05-1973

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MISS STOUDT, WHILE EMPLOYED ON THE NURSING STAFF AT HERMAN
HOSPITAL IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, OBSERVED PATIENTS WHO WORE DIMES
ON A CHAIN AROUND THEIR ANKLES TO WARD OFF EVIL SPIRITS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TEXAS ; NASHVILLE ; HOUSTON

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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THE OLD SHACK GAME.

ON THE WAY TO OUR FAMILY REUNIONS IN TEXAS AND
SOUTH CAROLINA MY SISTER WOULD SEE THE UGLIEST
SHACK AND SAY THAT I LIVED IN THAT SHACK. EVENTUALLY
I WOULD SEE AN UGLY SHACK AND SAY SHE LIVED IN IT.
THE GAME WOULD GO BACK AND FORTH LIKE THAT.

Where learned: ON THE WAY TO TEXAS IN A CAR

James Callow Keyword(s): TRADING INSULTS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001980S

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JOKE

BOSS: YOU CAN'T JUST WALK IN HERE AND ASK FOR A RAISE.
YOU MUST WORK YOURSELF UP FIRST.
EMPLOYEE: I DID, SIR. LOOK---I'M TREMBLING ALL OVER.

Where learned: TEXAS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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A custom that prevailed through military basic training was
when you had a recruit who was throwing the entire squadron behind
in all aspects of training to the point where the Drill Instructor
would take the person's faults out on the rest of the unit, during
quiet hours members of the unit would surprise the recruit by
throwing a blanket over him and holding him down while others
would beat him to inspire him towards motivation during drills the
next day.

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO ; Lackland Air Force Base

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

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PROVERB

THE MORE THEY HAVE THE LESS THEY ARE WORTH.

Submitter comment: PEOPLE WITH A GREAT NUMBER OF MATERIAL THINGS OR WEALTH
ARE SUPPOSED TO BE RATHER SHALLOW, NOT SO WORTHWHILE
INDIVIDUALS, BECAUSE THEY PUT SUCH AN EMPHASIS ON
MATERIAL THINGS.

Where learned: TEXAS ; AUSTIN

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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JOKE

A WEALTHY TEXAN SAUNTERED INTO AN ART GALLERY DURING A
TRIP TO EUROPE, SELECTED SEVERAL PAINTINGS BY VAN GOGH AND
REMBRANDT, AND PAID FOR THEM ON THE SPOT. THE ART DEALER
WAS QUITE OVERWHELMED. "WHERE SHALL I HAVE THESE
DELIVERED?" HE ASKED. "OH, WELL I'M JUST GO TAKE 'EM WIT
ME," SAID THE TEXAN. "I PROMISED THE FOLKS BACK HOME I'D
SEND 'EM SOME POSTCARDS."

Where learned: TEXAS ; AUSTIN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 04-00-1990

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JOKE

"THERE IS THE ALAMO," SAID THE PROUD TEXAN TO HIS FRIEND
FROM BOSTON. "THAT RUIN IS WHERE ONLY 136 TEXANS HELD OFF
15,000 OF SANTA ANA'S ARMY FOR FOUR DAYS. DID YOU EVER
HAVE ANY HEROES LIKE THAT IN MASSACHUSETTS?" "WELL, I
SHOULD SAY WE DID!" ANSWERED THE BOSTONIAN. "WE HAD PAUL
REVERE, FOR EXAMPLE." "PAUL REVERE!" SNORTED THE TEXAN.
"DO YOU MEAN THAT FELLOW WHO HAD TO RIDE TO GET HELP?"

Where learned: TEXAS ; AUSTIN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 05-00-1990

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What can speak in every language but never went to school?
Answer: An echo.

Where learned: TEXAS ; DALLAS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-02-1992

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What do ghosts eat for breakfast?
Answer: Ghoast Toasties.

Where learned: TEXAS ; DALLAS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS FOUR LEGS AND ONE FOOT?
A: A BED.

Data entry tech comment: 4 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: TEXAS ; EDINBUROUGH

Keyword(s): FURNITURE (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL OPPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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THE JEWELER ... TOLD ME OPALS AR CONSIDERED BAD LUCK BECAUSE THEY
ARE VERY APT TO CRACK WHEN THEY ARE BEING CUT.

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

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IF YOU SNEEZE THREE TIMES IN A ROW, YOU'RE A GOOD
CATHOLIC.

Submitter comment: PROBABLY CAME FROM MRS. DRAMBERGER'S PARENTS, WHO WERE
FROM GERMANY.

Where learned: GERMANY ; TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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G.I. SHOES,
G.I. HAT,
G.I. THIS AND
G.I. THAT.
G.I. LIKE YOU
G.I. DO.
G.I. HOPE YOU LIKE ME, TOO.

Submitter comment: AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1963

Data entry tech comment: ADDED COMMAS WHERE NEEDED

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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WHEN WE ARE GONE, IF WE SHOULD MEET,
HAND IN HAND WE'LL FACE THE HEAT!!
REMEMBER: IF IT SHOULD GET TOO HOT!
PEPSI COLA HITS THE SPOT!!!

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

James Callow Keyword(s): SODA POP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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TOMATOES ARE RED,
LETTUCE IS GREEN,
YOU'RE PRETTY FUNNY,
BUT YOUR FACE IS A SCREAM!!

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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REMEMBER GRANT, REMEMBER LEE,
FORGET THEM BOTH, REMEMBER ME!

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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REMEMBER THE GIRL IN THE CITY,
REMEMBER THE GIRL IN THE TOWN,
REMEMBER THE GIRL WHO RUINED THIS BOOK,
BY WRITING UPSIDE DOWN (WRITTEN UPSIDE DOWN)

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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WHEN YOUR DAYS ON EARTH HAVE ENDED,
AND LIFE'S PATH YOU NO LONGER TROD,
MAY YOUR GOLDEN NAME BE WRITTEN,
IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF GOD.

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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SOME RANCHERS IN WEST TEXAS STILL PAY RAINMAKERS TO BRING
RAIN TO THIS DRY REGION DURING A DROUGHT.

Where learned: TEXAS ; SHERMAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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