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PAJAMA PARTY STORY

ONCE THERE WERE TWO GIRLS WHO DECIDED TO SPEND A WEEKEND AT A
COTTAGE WHICH BELONGED TO THE PARENTS OF ONE OF THE GIRLS. THIS
COTTAGE WAS NEAR AN INSANE ASYLUM. THE FIRST NIGHT THEY WERE
THERE, ONE OF THE GIRLS WENT TO BED EARLY, BUT THE OTHER DECIDED
TO STAY UP AND SIT IN THE ROCKING CHAIR.
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, THE FIRST GIRL WOKE UP AND THOUGHT SHE
HEARD COUNTING: FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO, FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE.
SHE WAS TOO SLEEPY TO THINK MUCH OF IT, SO SHE FELL BACK TO SLEEP
AGAIN SHE WOKE TO HEAR: EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY-SIX, EIGHT HUNDRED
NINETY-SEVEN. BUT AGAIN SHE FELL ASLEEP.
IN THE MORNING SHE WOKE UP AND THE COUNTING WAS STILL GOING ON.
SHE GOT OUT OF BED AND WENT IN THE OTHER ROOM TO FIND A MAN SITTING
IN THE ROCKING CHAIR, WITH THE OTHER GIRL'S HEAD IN HIS LAP. HE WAS
PULLING OUT HER HAIR AND COUNTING EACH STRAND. WHEN HE SAW THE FIRS
GIRL HE STARTED CHASING HER, CALLING HOW MANY HAIRS DO YOU HAVE ON
YOUR HEAD?
HOW MANY HAIRS DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR HEAD?

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): MURDER, FEAR

James Callow Keyword(s): DECAPITATION ASSUMED

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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I KNOW HOW MUCH I PAID FOR MY GRANDMOTHER BEFORE SHE WAS SOLD.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MY MOTHER THIS SUMMER INTERPRETATION, (I CAN GIVE YOU MORE
ADVICE BECAUSE I'VE LIVED LONGER.)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): ADVISING

James Callow Keyword(s): WISDOM ASSUMED TO RESULT FROM AGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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AFRICAN PROVERB

I KNOW HOW MUCH YOUR GRANDMOTHER WAS BOUGHT FOR.

Submitter comment: I'VE BEEN LIVING LONGER THAN YOU HAVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVISING

James Callow Keyword(s): WISDOM ASSUMED TO RESULT FROM AGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001967 (FALL)

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

YOURS 'TILL THE OCEAN RUNS DRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; PROMISE

James Callow Keyword(s): ASSUMED IMPOSSIBILITY

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

Date learned: 04-18-1971

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AUTOGRAPH ON FRIENDSHIP

IN CENTRAL PARK THERE IS A ROCK
AND ON IT SAYS FORGET-ME-NOT.
AND FARTHER ON THERE IS A TREE
AND ON IT'S CARVED REMEMBER ME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT NOT AWARE OF NAME OR RESIDENCE OF MESSAGE WRITER.

Data entry tech comment: "ITS" CHANGED TO "IT'S"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CAMP METAMORA ; METAMORA

Keyword(s): "INDIRECTION" ; CENTRAL PARK ; CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK ASSUMED ; COMMENT ON REMEMBRANCE ; INFORMATIVE ; METER: IAMBS ; QUATRAIN ; REMEMBRANCE ; RHYME: AABB ; RHYME: SLANT

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

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EATING BATTER GIVES YOU BIGGER BOOBS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY GRANDMOTHER WHEN I WAS MAKING PANCAKES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BUFFALO

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; BOOBS = BREASTS (ASSUMED)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1981 ; 10-14-1987

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Superstition: Animals

Don't count your chickens before they hatch

Submitter comment:

From Friends

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): assume ; assumption ; Chickens ; Eggs ; Hatch

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

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Proverb

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V400] crossed out. Replaced with current classfication.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): assume ; assumption ; Chicken ; Choices ; Egg ; Hatch

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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