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ON HALLOWEEN, THE BOYS WOULD MAKE A TOY
OUT OF A RING OF HEAVY THREAD PUT THROUGH A
BUTTON. HOLDING BOTH ENDS BY BOTH INDEX FINGERS,
THEY WOULD SPIN IT SO THAT IT WOULD TWIST THE
BUTTON IN THE CENTER. BY PULLING THE INDEX
FINGERS BACK AND FORTH SIDEWAYS, IT WOULD MAKE
THE BUTTON SPIN VERY FAST. THEN THEY WOULD
SNEAK UP ON THE FRONT PORCH OF THE HOUSE
TO THE LIVINGROOM WINDOW AND IF THEY
GOT IT SPINNING AND TOUCHED THE WINDOW IT WOULD MAKE
A BUZZING SOUND AND SCARE ANYONE WHO WAS SITTING
NEAR THE WINDOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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