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STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES,
BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME.

Submitter comment:

REPLY TO A TAUNT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): BONES ; Defense ; poem ; Reverse Taunt ; RHYME ; SONG ; Sticks ; STONES ; TAUNT ; WORDS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- P870 P870.570

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LOVE YOU LITTLE, LOVE YOU BIG,
LOVE YOU LIKE A GREAT BIG PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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I THOUGHT AND THOUGHT
AND THOUGHT IN VAIN--
AND THEN I THOUGHT
I'D SIGN MY NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; GRADE SCHOOL ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 06-00-1961

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THE THING THAT GOES THE FARTHEST,
THE THING THAT'S MOST WORTHWHILE,
THE THING THAT COSTS THE LEAST AND DOES THE MOST,
IS JUST A PLEASANT SMILE.
(SIGNED) RICKY HOFFMAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; GRADE SCHOOL ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 06-00-1961

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SWEET-PEA SUPERSTITION

ALL SWEET-PEA PLANTS MUST BE PLANTED ON GOOD FRIDAY IN ORDER FOR THEM
TO GROW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT NEGLECTED TO DO SO ONE YEAR AND PLANTED THEM ONE WEEK LATE,
AND THEY DID NOT GROW THAT YEAR.

Where learned: SAINT MARYS AND GRAND ; GRADE SCHOOL ; REDFORD ; SAINT MARYS

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

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THE WORMS CRAWL IN

YOU SHOULD NEVER LAUGH AS THE HEARSE GOES BY
'CAUSE YOU MIGHT BE THE NEXT TO DIE.
THEY'LL PUT YOU IN A WOODEN BOX
AND COVER YOU UP WITH DIRT AND ROCKS.

ALL GOES FINE FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK
AND THEN THE COFFIN BEGINS TO LEAK.
THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT,
THE WORMS PLAY PEANUCKLE ON YOUR SNOUT.
YOUR INSIDES TURN A SLIMY GREEN
AND PUSS FLOWS OUT JUST LIKE WHIPPED CREAM.
THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT,
THE WORMS PLAY PEANUCKLE ON YOUR SNOUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRADE SCHOOL ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): DECAY OF BODY AFTER DEATH ; GORE, GOTHIC HORROR ; PINOCHLE, A CARD GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Death
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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HICCUPS

TO CURE THE HICCUPS, BREATHE TWENTY TIMES INTO A BROWN PAPER BAG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.20
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-13-1965

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RHYME

STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES,/ BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME.

Submitter comment: SAID THIS DURING GRADE SCHOOL DAYS.

Where learned: GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME ; RHYME: AABC

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

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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ADVENT CUSTOM

THE GERMANS CELEBRATE ADVENT WITH A WREATH BEARING FOUR CANDLES, ONE
OF WHICH IS LIT EACH SUNDAY OF THE SEASON.

Where learned: GRADE SCHOOL

Subject headings: 645 September 23 Equinox to December 20

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A CHILDHOOD SAYING GOES:
TWO'S A COUPLE,
THREE'S A CROWD,
FOUR ON THE SIDEWALK
IS NEVER ALLOWED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECITED THIS TO ME AS A TRAFFIC RULE.

Where learned: GRADE SCHOOL ; ON THE WAY HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.539

Date learned: 00001957 CA.

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CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLA/ WENT UPSTAIRS TO KISS HER FELLA/ HOW
MANY KISSES DID SHE GIVE HIM? (COUNT)

Where learned: GRADE SCHOOL ; PARKING LOT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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IF THE NUMBER OF CARS IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION ARE
COUNTED, THE PEOPLE IN THE LAST CAR WILL BE NEXT
TO DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL ; SAINT STEPHEN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 11-19-1969

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WHEN YOU ACCIDENTALLY SPILL SALT, INFORMANT TAKES
A FEW GRAINS OF SALT AND THROWS IT OVER EACH
SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL ; REDFORD ; SAINT MARYS

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-12-1970

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IF A GIRL WEARS BLUE ON THURSDAYS, IT MEANS SHE IS
PREGNANT.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A POPULAR BELIEF IN 8TH GRADE, 1962.

Where learned: GRADE SCHOOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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TAKE AN APPLE, GRAB HOLD OF THE STEM, AND BEGIN TURNING
IT IN ONE DIRECTION, SAYING ONE LETTER OF THE ALPHABET
WITH EACH SUCCESSIVE TURN OF THE STEM. WHENEVER THE
STEM BREAKS OFF, THE LETTER THAT YOU ARE ON IS THE
INITIAL OF THE FIRST NAME OF SOMEONE (BOY'S NAME FOR
A GIRL AND A GIRL'S NAME FOR A BOY) WHO LIKES YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS ; GRADE SCHOOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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THE PERSON RECEIVING THE MOST VALENTINES WILL BE
THE FIRST ONE TO MARRY FROM THAT CLASS.

Where learned: GRADE SCHOOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse P862.9

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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