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STAGE FRIGHT

SARAH BERKARDT (BERNHARDT) MANAGED TO GET OVER HER STAGE
FRIGHT BY PEEKING THROUGH A TINY HOLE IN THE CURTAIN
SHORTLY BEFORE THE PLAY WAS TO BEGIN AND IMAGINE, SO
STRONGLY THAT SHE COULD REALLY PICTURE, EVERYONE IN
THE AUDIENCE WAS NAKED. SHE, HOWEVER, WOULD BE IN
COSTUME. IT WORKED EVERY TIME.

Where learned: DRAMA ; ENGLISH TEACHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STAGE FRIGHT

TO ALLEVIATE HER STAGE FRIGHT, HELEN HAYES WOULD LOOK
OUT AT THE AUDIENCE FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN AND
CALL THE AUDIENCE ALL SORTS OF CRUEL AND VULGAR NAMES.

Data entry tech comment: UNDER HER BREATH, WE ASSUME.

Where learned: DRAMA ; ENGLISH TEACHER

James Callow Keyword(s): ACTRESS=HELEN HAYES

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SNIPE HUNT

YOU TAKE THE PLEDGES OUT AT NIGHT, WAY OUT INTO A WOODED
AREA. YOU GIVE THEM A FLASHLIGHT AND TELL THEM TO
CATCH A SNIPE BY SHINING THE FLASHLIGHT IN THE FACE
OF THE ANIMAL (WHICH PARALYZES IT) AND SCOOP IT UP IN A
BURLAP SACK. MEANWHILE, THE MEMBERS OF THE GROUP LOSE
THEMSELVES IN THE WOODS, SNEAK UP ON THE PLEDGES AND
SCARE THE WITS OUT OF THEM!

Where learned: OHIO ; HIGH SCHOOL ; HISTORY CLASS ; HISTORY TEACHER ; LORAIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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Mnemonic Device

A mnemonic Device for remembering the names of the Great Lakes:

H.O.M.E.S.

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H.uron

O.ntario

M.ichigan

E.rie

S.uperior

Submitter comment:

It is rather vague where, when or who I learned this from, But I do remember it!

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card was located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: OHIO ; FOURTH GRADE CLASS ; Teacher ; Brownhelm School

Keyword(s): EDUCATION ; EDUCATION ADVICE ; GEOGRAPHY ; GREAT LAKES ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; Mnemonic Device

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

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HOLY COMMUNION

YOU SHOULD NEVER GO TO HOLY COMMUNION IF YOU FEEL SICK OR IF
YOU THINK YOU COULD BE SICK.
SHE REMEMBERS ONE OF HER STUDENTS RECEIVING
COMMUNION AT MASS, THEN LEAVING CHURCH BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO VOMIT.
SHE FOLLOWED HIM OUT TO THE BATHROOM AND FOUND HIM VOMITING UP THE
HOST. INSTANTLY THERE APPEARED THOUSANDS OF TINY MAGGOTS WHO ATE
UP THE VOMIT AND THEN ALL DISAPPEARED. SHE EXPLAINED THAT THEY HAD
BEEN SENT THERE MIRACULOUSLY SO THAT THE HOST WOULD NOT BE DEFILED BY
HAVING BEEN ON THE FLOOR.

Submitter comment:

THE "SHE" REFERS TO MY FIFTH GRADE TEACHER.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS ; 5th grade teacher

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT LARVA

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: NOT GIVEN (FIFTH GRADE)

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Modification of Historical Poem

Listen my children and you shall hear,
The midnight ride of the can of beer.
Down the alley and over the fence,
I've got the beer,
Who's got the ten cents?

 

Submitter comment:

Taught by Sister M. Eulalia in grade five. She learned this when she was a child which is easily seen by the price of the beer.


 

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA ; 5th grade teacher

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

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