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THE BROLGA

THE BROLGA OR AUSTRALIAN CRANE
HOLDS DANCING ORGIES ON THE PLAIN;
AND STUDENTS OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET
HAVE CREPT IN CROWDS ACROSS THE MALLEE
FAR BEYOND THE DESERT GRASSES
TO WHERE THE BROLGA HOLDS ITS CLASSES;
AND MANY A MOTIF FOR THE LEG
HAS EMANATED FROM AN EGG.
BUT CERTAIN PURISTS DO NOT CARE
FOR SUCH TECHNIQUE AND PRUDES DECLARE
SPECIFIC MOVEMENTS OF THE BROLGA
UNACADEMIC, IF NOT VOLGA.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ASSONANCE ; DANCE ; HUMOR ; MONOLOGUE ; PRONUNCIATION ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.444

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POT BELLY SANTA

SANTA CLAUS, WHEN HE CAME TO OUR HOUSE,
ALWAYS HAD MILK AND COOKIES. WE (THE
KIDS) WOULD PUT THEM OUT ON CHRISTMAS
EVE, AND THEY WOULD BE GONE CHRISTMAS
MORNING. WE WERE TOLD THAT THIS IS
WHY SANTA WAS SO FAT, FROM EATING
COOKIES ALL NIGHT LONG.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus

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BAD BOY'S CHRISTMAS

THIS IDEA HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN THROUGH
THE FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS. IF YOU AREN'T
A GOOD PERSON ALL YEAR LONG, THEN INSTEAD
OF GETTING PRESENTS AT CHRISTMAS FROM SANTA,
HE WILL LEAVE SWITCHING STICKS, FOR THE
PARENTS, IN YOUR STOCKING.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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TWO SANTAS

WE WERE TOLD THAT WE MUST OPEN OUR PRESENTS
BELOW THE TREE BEFORE SANTA CAME, SO THAT
HE COULD BE SURE NOT TO GIVE US DOUBLES. (TWO OF THE SAME PRESENT.)
THIS WAS TOLD TO BOTH MY PARENTS TOO.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus

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TOMBSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
MY DEAR WIFE, MARTHA.
THIS STONE WAS ERECTED
IN RESPECT OF
A GOOD WOMAN,
AND ALSO AS A
SPECIMEN OF MY WORK,
THESE MODELS (POUND SIGN) 15.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; VICTORIA ; MELBOURNE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700.334
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700.346

Date learned: DON'T KNOW

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STUPID EASTERNER

"DUST-BOWL! WHY, WHEN WE GROW CELERY WE HAVE TO USE CONCRETE
PIPING NINE FEET HIGH AND TWO FEET WIDE. WE COULDN'T HANDLE OUR
CELERY BY THE BUNCH. WE CUT IT INTO LENGTHS AND SELL IT BY THE
SUPERFICIAL FOOT!"

Submitter comment: TOLD BY A WESTERN AUSTRALIAN TO AN EASTERNER.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; VICTORIA ; MELBOURNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

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WHEN AN OLD BUSHMAN DIED, AND NO CLERGYMAN COULD BE
FOUND, AN AMERICAN STEPPED FORWARD TO GIVE THE LAST
PRAYER. HE RECITED THE "DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE"
AND NOONE KNEW. EVERYONE AGREED THAT "OLD HARRY
COULDN'T HAVE BEEN BURIED DECENTER."

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; VICTORIA ; MELBOURNE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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STUPID EASTERNER

"DUST-BOWL! WHY, WHEN WE GROW CELERY WE HAVE TO USE CONCRETE
PIPING NINE FEET HIGH AND TWO FEET WIDE. WE COULDN'T HANDLE OUR
CELERY BY THE BUNCH. WE CUT IT INTO LENGTHS AND SELL IT BY THE
SUPERFICIAL FOOT!"

Submitter comment: TOLD BY A WESTERN AUSTRALIAN TO AN EASTERNER.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; VICTORIA ; MELBOURNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

Date learned: 06-00-1960

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STUPID EASTERNER

"DUST-BOWL! WHY, WHEN WE GROW CELERY WE HAVE TO USE CONCRETE
PIPING NINE FEET HIGH AND TWO FEET WIDE. WE COULDN'T HANDLE OUR
CELERY BY THE BUNCH. WE CUT IT INTO LENGTHS AND SELL IT BY THE
SUPERFICIAL FOOT!"

Submitter comment: TOLD BY A WESTERN AUSTRALIAN TO AN EASTERNER.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; VICTORIA ; MELBOURNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

Date learned: 06-00-1960

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