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RUGBY PARTY GAME

OBJECT:
TAKE TEN PEOPLE AND ARRANGE THEM LIKE BOWLING PINS ON A BEER
SOAKED FLOOR. SLIDE A HUMAN BOWLING BALL TOWARDS THE PACK.
THE SCORE IS KEPT IN THE SAME WAY AS IN BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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UNWRITTEN RULE OF RUGBY

WHEN THE GAME IS OVER, IT IS OVER. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO BE
A RUGBY PLAYER THAN TO BE ON A WINNING TEAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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THERE IS A LILY PAD ON A POND. EVERY DAY IT DOUBLES IN SIZE
IN 30 DAYS IT WILL COVER THE WHOLE POND. HOW MANY DAYS BEFORE IT
COVERS HALF THE POND?
TWENTY-NINE DAYS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-00-1982

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BASKETBALL PLAYERS CONSIDER IT BAD LUCK TO STAND UNDER A HANGING
SCOREBOARD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

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EACH APRIL THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE SAINT FRANCIS CLUB MEETS ONE
LAST TIME BEFORE THE NEWLY-ELECTED BOARD TAKES OFFICE. THE SAINT
FRANCIS CLUB IS A UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT SOCIAL COOPERATIVE AND
STUDENT ORGANIZATION. FOR THE LAST MEETING OF THE OLD BOARD, ALL
FORMALITY IS DROPPED BECAUSE IT IS NOT REALLY MEANT TO BE A SERIOUS
MEETING. THE OFFICIAL REPORTS THAT ARE NORMALLY GIVEN ARE
DISCOURAGED, AND IT IS REALLY AN OCCASION FOR JOKING AND DRINKING AND
JUST HAVING A GOOD TIME IN THE TRADITONAL CLUB SPIRIT, WHILE THE
SECRETARY RECORDS THE MINUTES BACKWARDS (SO THAT THEY MUST BE READ
IN A MIRROR). THIS HAS BEEN AN ANNUAL TRADITION FOR SOME TIME NOW,
AND THE ENTIRE BOARD USUALLY SHOWS UP FOR THIS MEETING, AN OTHERWISE
RARE OCCURENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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TRADITION

"TAKING PEOPLE OUT" IS A LONG TRADITION AT THE SAINT FRANCIS CLUB,
AN ALL-MALE SOCIAL COOPERATIVE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT. TAKING
SOMEONE OUT REFERS TO TAKING A MEMBER OUT INTO THE COURTYARD AND
DUMPING COLD WATER ON HIM. THIS IS DONE ONLY TO MEMBERS FOR SUCH
OCCASIONS AS BIRTHDAYS OR WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING STUPID AT
DINNER. IT IS ALWAYS DONE IN WARM WEATHER AND IN FUN. AT TIMES
ALMOST EVERYONE AT DINNER WILL GO OUT, SUCH AS THE FIRST NICE DAY
IN THE SPRING. I DON'T KNOW HOW FAR BACK THIS GOES, BUT IT HAS BEEN
DONE FOR YEARS BEFORE I JOINED THE CLUB IN 1978.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

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BASKETBALL CHEER

IN THE AIR, OVER THE RIM,
COME ON (NAME OF PLAYER), PUT IT IN.

Submitter comment: THIS CHEER IS USED WHEN A PLAYER IS FOUL-SHOOTING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DRINKING GAME

A GAME PLAYED BY THREE OR MORE PLAYERS. A GLASS IS FILLED WITH BEER,
THE FIRST PERSON TRIES TO BOUNCE A QUARTER OFF THE TABLE OR OTHER
SURFACE AND INTO THE GLASS OF BEER. IF HE MISSES HE MAY PASS TO THE
NEXT PLAYER OR TRY AGAIN. IF HE MISSES THE SECOND TIME HE MUST
DRINK THE BEER. IF HE MAKES IT ON EITHER TURN HE CHOOSES THE PERSON
THAT DRINKS THE BEER.

Submitter comment: THERE IS NO WINNER, YOU EITHER TRY TO GET DRUNK YOURSELF OR GET
SOMEONE ELSE DRUNK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink

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FOOTBALL CHEER

REPEL THEM, REPEL THEM,
MAKE THEM RELINQUISH THE BALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLITICAL PARTIES BELIEF

MY DAD SAYS THAT WHEN THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN POWER, ALL LIQUOR CAN
BE BOUGHT ONLY IN PARTY STORES BUT WHEN REPUBLICANS ARE IN POWER,
ONLY DRUG STORES HAVE IT.

Submitter comment: ROSS LIVES IN TOLEDO, OHIO.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM ROOM ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THE LONG LACY FINGERS OF THE SEAS WHITECAPS TOUCH EACH OTHER,
THE WIND IS BLOWING IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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WEATHER BELIEF

RED SKY AT MORNING, SAILOR TAKE WARNING
RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT

Submitter comment: THE MORNING RED SKY SIGNALS A BAD STORM, WHILE THE NIGHT SIGNALS A
A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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DUCKY

ONE BIG ROCK IS PLACED ON THE GROUND. EACH PLAYER HAS
ONE STONE TO THROW AT THE LARGE ROCK. THE PERSON
WHOSE STONE MISSES THE ROCK BY THE LARGEST DISTANCE
IS OUT OF THE GAME AND HAS TO PLACE HIS STONE ON
TOP OF THE LARGE ROCK. THE REST OF THE PLAYERS
COLLECT THEIR STONES AND THROW AGAIN TRYING TO KNOCK
THE STONE OFF THE ROCK. THE PLAYERS TAKE A PLACE BY
THEIR STONE. WHEN THE STONE IS KNOCKED OFF THE ROCK,
ALL PLAYERS MUST "FLY" (RUN) BACK TO THEIR ORIGINAL
POSITIONS BEFORE THE PLAYER WHO WAS OUT OF THE GAME
CAN PUT HIS STONE BACK UP ON THE ROCK. THE LAST ONE
BACK IS OUT OF THE GAME. THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL
ONLY ONE PERSON IS LEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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DRINKING THE DOLPHINS

CEREMONY WHERE A SUBMARINER RECEIVES HIS DOLPHIN PIN FOR COMPLETING
THREE CRUISES. THE PIN IS PLACED IN A PITCHER OF BEER AND THE
SUBMARINER MUST GUZZLE THE BEER DOWN, CATCHING THE DOLPHIN PIN IN
HIS TEETH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Irregular

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK

I LOVE YOU LITTLE
I LOVE YOU BIG.
I LOVE YOU LIKE
A LITTLE PIG.

Where learned: LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PLANTING CUSTOM

DURING HARVEST, THE FARMER WITH THE BEST HARVEST, GIVES A PARTY
TO WHICH ALL THE OTHER FARMERS ARE INVITED AND THEY CELEBRATE HIS
GOOD FORTUNES, GIVING HIM A TITLE FOR HIS ACHIEVEMENT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE IN NIGERIA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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SWAY TO THE LEFT
SWAY TO THE RIGHT
STAND UP, SIT DOWN
FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT

Submitter comment: CAN BE USED FOR BASKETBALL CONTESTS.
AS THE CHEER IS BEING SAID, THE SPECTATORS DO AS THEY ARE
SWAYING, I.E., THEY SWAY AND STAND, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GOOD LUCK

IF YOU ARE WORKING AND YOU STUMBLE ON A ROCK WITH YOUR RIGHT FOOT,
GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE. IF IT IS THE LEFT FOOT THEN THE FUTURE
HOLDS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN NIGERIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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BLUE NOSE

BLUE-NOSE: NAME GIVEN TO SUBMARINERS WHO PASS AN INITIATION CEREMONY
UPON CROSSING THE ARCTIC CIRCLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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GOOD LUCK

OLD SCOTTISH WOMEN WOULD APPROACH A U.S. NAVY SAILOR WHO WAS WEARING
THE "CRACKER JACK" UNIFORM, WHICH IS THE UNIFORM WITH THE BELL-BOTTOM
TROUSERS, AND RUB THE STARS ON THE BACK FLAP OF THE UNIFORM SHIRT
FOR GOOD LUCK. THIS TOOK PLACE IN 1976 IN HOLY LOCH SCOTLAND.

Submitter comment: THE GOOD LUCK FEELING ATTACHED TO THIS PRACTICE SEEMS TO HAVE COME
FROM WORLD WAR TWO WHEN THE AMERICANS ENTERED THE WAR TO HELP THE
BRITISH ISLES IN FIGHTING GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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