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FOLK ART: FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

MANY OLD RAILROAD DEPOTS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED FOR USE AS
RESTAURANTS, SHOPS AND OFFICES.

Submitter comment: A CLOSE-BY EXAMPLE IS THE FORMER MICHIGAN CENTRAL RAILROAD IN
ANN ARBOR. IT IS NOW THE GANDY DANCER RESTAURANT.

Where learned: UNITED STATES

James Callow Keyword(s): ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Public Building

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FOLK ART: FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

OLD RAILROAD LANTERNS ARE OFTEN COVERTED FOR USE AS TABLE LAMPS.

Where learned: UNITED STATES

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

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FOLK ART: FUNCTIONAL SHIFT

RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVE BUILDER'S PLATES ARE USED AS WALL
DECORATIONS BY RAILROAD LOVERS (RAILFANS) OR MODEL RAILROADERS.

Submitter comment: A BUILDER'S PLATE IS A CAST METAL PLATE FASTENED TO THE LOCOMOTIVE
WHICH LISTS ITS MANUFACTURER, SERIAL NUMBER AND DATE OF MANUFACTURE.

Where learned: UNITED STATES

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

Date learned: 00001960'S

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Hazing

Hazing is a common practice in the Seals, but the traditional
pre-marriage hazing is a practice worth mentioning. Before a member
of a Seal team is married, the other men in the team will kidnap him,
strip him, shave his body hair, tie him to a pier, throw him in the
ocean or bay, and let him "bob" for the remainder of the day.

Submitter comment: Being the fiance of a Seal, I am not particularly fond of this
tradition.

Where learned: United States Navy Seals

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 01-00-1990

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Seal Battle Cry

Throughout training, and through the course of their careers,
Navy Seals can commonly be heard screaming the traditional battle
cry. The cry itself consists of a low pitched, guttural, "HOO YAH,"
usually followed by answering cries of a similar nature

Where learned: United States Navy Seals

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

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Frogman Shot

This is a Seal tradition involving the consumption of alcohol.
The shot consists of tequila, rum, and whiskey. The men partaking of
the Frogman shot must first put the shot in their mouths, and hold it
for as long as they can. They then return the alcohol to the shot
glass and repeat the process. After the alcohol is returned to the
glass for a second time, the men must hold their breath for as long
as possible, exhale completely, and finally drink the shot.

Submitter comment: This disgusting tradition has caused many new Seals to feel a
bit "under the weather."

Where learned: United States Navy Seals

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Distilled
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption

Date learned: 06-00-1991

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Hungry Song

During a twenty-two week training period for the Navy Seals,
every time the men went to breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they were
forced to sing the "Hungry Song" before they were allowed to eat. The
song is to the tune of "Are You Sleeping, Brother John?," and the
words are as follows: "We are hungry, we are hungry, feed us now,
feed us now. Hungry little tadpoles, waiting for their dinner
(breakfast, lunch), feed us now, feed us now."

Where learned: United States Navy Seals

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

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Initiation

When a Seal becomes a member of a platoon, he goes through a
rather strange initiation. He receives a pin, known as the
"Trident," and is then tied and blindfolded. The other members of the
platoon then take turns making "attacks" on the new member. He must
defend himself from these attacks, or face the punishment decided on
by the group. Usually, the group decides that the new member has not
sufficiently defended himself, and designates a punishment. A common
punishment consists of allowing the entire platoon a "free shot" on
the new man. The new man is never seriously injured, but is often
uncomfortable after the ordeal.

Where learned: United States Navy Seals

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 09-00-1991

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I learned to fly in Amelia Earhart's day-- when women were not
supposed to fly. I took the airplane up into the air with no
problem. When I landed, the instructor kissed me-- he was so happy
I had landed safely.

Submitter comment: Lillian is 86 years old; she was a woman before her time as
she was growing up. I would have liked to know her when she still
remembered everything she had done in her life; now her memory has
faded badly. She only has 3 stories which she tells you over and
over again, and 4 or 5 phrases which she constantly says. This
story is one of the stories. Her husband told me she had lunch
with Amelia Earhart many, many years ago at a woman's club meeting.
I thought this fact would be appropriate for this little story.

Where learned: UNITED STATES

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

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