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(BLANK) IS A FRIEND OF MINE.
HE RESEMBLES FRANKENSTEIN.
WHEN HE DOES THE IRISH JIG,
HE LOOKS JUST LIKE PORKY PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSULT DANCING ; PORKY PIG=WALT DISNEY CHARACTER IN MOVIES ; QUATRAIN RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE BOY STOOD ON THE BURNING DECK,
HIS TRUNK WAS PACKED FOR JERUSALEM.
THE WIND BLEW ALL AROUND HIS FACE,
HIS NAME WAS AL METHUSALEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PUN BIBLICAL CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

REMEMBER GRANT, REMEMBER LEE, THE HECK WITH THEM, REMEMBER ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HISTORICAL CHARACTERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

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RIDDLE

HOW DID KATY WINTERS DIE?
FROZEN ARMPITS

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ADVERTISEMENT FICTIONAL CHARACTER

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-10-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
BATMAN
BATMAN WHO?
SEE HOW EASILY THEY FORGET

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMIC STRIP CHARACTER TELEVISION CHARACTER

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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OLD

HE IS AS OLD AS JOB.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MOTHER

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL CHARACTER ; OLD AGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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THIN LIPS DENOTE CRUELTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER TRAITS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 01-29-1970

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SMALL MOUTH DENOTES STINGINESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER TRAITS ; MISERLY. ; STINGY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 01-29-1970

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LARGE EARS DENOTES A GENEROUS NATURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER TRAITS ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 01-29-1970

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IF YOU HAVE BIG EARLOBES YOU ARE GENEROUS.
IF YOU HAVE SMALL EARLOBES YOU ARE STINGY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER TRAITS ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear

Date learned: 11-07-1968

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I CAN READ YOU LIKE A BOOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER PERCEPTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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POLISH JOKE

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WHO WEARS A POLKA DOT TIE, AN OUTRAGEOUSLY STRIPED VEST
AND CHECKERED PANTS, AND SITS ON A WALL? HUMPTY DUMBROWSKI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME CHARACTER: HUMPTY DUMPTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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(sung to the tune of "Jingle Bells")
Jingle bells, Batman smells,
Robin laid an egg.
Batmobile lost a wheel,
And Joker got away. MM
Jingle bells, Batman smells,
Fifty miles away.
He blows his nose in cheerios,
And eats them right away!

Submitter comment: This is only one of many such "gross" songs that the
elementary school boys love to sing.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): Parody, Cartoon character, humor, Christmas

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00001987ca

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Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Robin laid an egg.
Batmobile lost its wheel, and the Joker got away!

Submitter comment: Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HEMLOCK

James Callow Keyword(s): Comic strip character

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: 00001970S

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Humorous "Jingle Bells"

Jingle Bells, Batman smells./ Robin laid an egg./ The
batmobile lost its wheel/ And the Joker got away. This song is
sung to the tune of "Jingle Bells."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): Comic book characters

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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IF YOU GO INTO A CLOSET AND SHUT THE DOOR AND SAY
"MARY WORTH" THIRTY-ONE TIMES WHILE CONCENTRATING
VERY HARD ON HER, YOU WILL FEEL LIKE YOUR ARM
OR YOUR LEG IS COMING OFF.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A PASTIME TRIED BY MYSELF WHEN I WAS YOUNGER,
AND ONE WHICH MORE CHILDREN TRY).

Where learned: ZX

James Callow Keyword(s): COMIC STRIP CHARACTER=MARY WORTH

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

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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ALABAMA BUSCHA, KING OF THE JEWS,
BOUGHT HIS WIFE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES.
WHEN THOSE SHOES BEGAN TO WEAR, ALABAMA BUSCHA BEGAN TO SWEAR, WIFE,
WIFE GO UPSTAIRS, WIFE, WIFE TOUCH THE FLOOR, RED HOT PEPPERS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTION RHYME, SPEED-JUMP ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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ALABAMA BUSKA, KING OF THE JEWS BOUGHT HIS WIFE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES.
WHEN THE SHOES BEGAN TO WEAR
ALABAMA BUSKA BEGAN TO SWEAR. WIFE, WIFE,
GO UP STAIRS, WIFE, WIFE COME DOWNSTAIRS.
WIFE TOUCH THE GROUND E

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ACTION-JUMP ; CHARACTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C70 C70.560

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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ALABAMA BUSKA, KING OF THE JEWS. BOUGHT HIS WIFE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES.
WHEN THE SHOES BEGAN TO WEAR, ALABAMA BUSKA BEGAN TO SWEAR- WIFE,WIFE
TURN AROUND, WIFE, WIFE TOUCH THE GROUND, WIFE, WIFE LEAVE TOWN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

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ALA BARA BUSKA KING OF THE JEWS.
BOUGHT HIS WIFE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES.
WHEN THE SHOES BEGAN TO WEAR, ALA BABA BUSKA BEGAN TO SWEAR. WIFE,
WIFE TURN AROUND, WIFE, WIFE.
TOUCH THE GROUND. WIFE, WIFE SHINE MY SHOES
SHINE MY SHOES. WIFE, WIFE YOU'D BETTER SKADOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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