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SLEEPY HOLLOW STORY (THE HOOK)

ONE NIGHT A YOUNG COUPLE STOPPED AT SLEEPY HOLLOW TO MAKE OUT.
AFTER A FEW HOURS, THEY WENT HOME. WHEN THE BOY CAME BACK TO THE
CAR AFTER SEEING HIS GIRL TO THE DOOR, HE NOTICED AN IRON HOOK,
THE KIND AN ARMLESS MAN WOULD USE, ON THE DOOR HANDLE ON THE
PASSENGER'S SIDE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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SLEEPY HOLLOW

SLEEPY HOLLOW IS A MAKE-OUT AND DRINKING SPOT ABOUT 20 MILES
OUTSIDE LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. MANY STORIES ARE TOLD ABOUT
THIS PLACE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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SLEEPY HOLLOW STORY

ONE NIGHT A YOUNG COUPLE WENT TO SLEEPY HOLLOW TO MAKE OUT. WHEN
THEY WERE READY TO LEAVE, THE CAR WOULDN'T START. THE BOY WENT TO
GET HELP AND THE GIRL LOCKED ALL THE DOORS, CURLED UP, AND FELL
FAST ASLEEP. SOMETIME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT SHE WOKE UP TO
A SCRATCHING SOUND ON THE ROOF, LIKE A TREE BRANCH BRUSHING ACROSS
THE ROOF IN THE WIND. THE NEXT MORNING THE COPS CAME AND WOKE HER
UP. WHEN SHE GOT OUT OF THE CAR, SHE SAW HER BOYFRIEND HANGING
ABOVE THE CAR, SHOES GONE AND HIS TOENAILS SCRAPING THE ROOF.
VARIATION: THE SOUND WAS A THUMPING AND THE BOY'S HEELS WERE
BUMPING ON THE ROOF.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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SLEEPY HOLLOW STORY

AN OLD MAN LIVED ALONE BY SLEEPY HOLLOW AND HE OWNED THIS BIG DOG,
ALMOST A WOLF, REALLY. ONE NIGHT A CAR FULL OF DRINKERS STOPPED
IN THE HOLLOW AND SETTLED DOWN TO SOME HEAVY DRINKING. AFTER A
WHILE, ONE GUY GOT OUT OF THE CAR TO WALK AROUND. IN THE MORNING
THE OTHER GUYS FOUND HIM LYING A FEW FEET FROM THE CAR, HIS FACE
AND NECK TERRIBLY TORN UP. HE MUMBLED OUT A STORY ABOUT A GIANT
DOG ATTACKING HIM.

Submitter comment: THE PERSON WHO TOLD THIS STORY HAD SCARS ALL OVER HIS FACE AND
TOLD IT ABOUT HIMSELF.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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THE PRESERVED TONGUE

ONE OF HIS (FATHER PLANCK'S) FORMER STUDENTS WAS MAKING OUT WITH
HIS GIRL FRIEND AND THEY STARTED FRENCHING. THERE WAS A SUDDEN
NOISE AND WHEN THE GIRL JUMPED, SHE BIT HER BOY FRIEND'S TONGUE
OFF. FATHER PLAN; THEN PRODUCED THE TONGUE, OR WHAT LOOKED LIKE
THE TONGUE, IN A JAR OF ALCOHOL. "LET THIS BE A LESSON TO YOU
BOYS," HE WOULD THEN PROCLAIM.

Submitter comment: FATHER PLANCK OF ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL IN LOUISVILLE USED TO TELL
THIS STORY TO HIS BIOLOGY CLASSES.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE ; SAINT XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL

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

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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GOOD OLD DAYS

NOTHING IS MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS
THAN A BAD MEMORY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; REMENISENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PORK

IF YOU WERE SENT TO THE STORE FOR A YARD OF
PORK, WHAT WOULD YOU BRING HOME?
THREE PIGS FEET.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL MEASUREMENT MAMMAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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CANDLE TALK

WHAT DID ONE CANDLE SAY TO THE OTHER CANDLE?
ARE YOU GOING OUT TONIGHT?

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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HAT TRICK

WHAT DID THE TIE SAY TO THE HAT?
YOU GO ON AHEAD, I AM GOING TO HANG AROUND.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION CLOTHING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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WET MELONS

WHY IS THERE SO MUCH WATER IN A WATERMELON?
BECAUSE IT WAS PLANTED IN THE SPRING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; SEASON FRIUT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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CAIN AND ABLE

HOW LONG DID CAIN HATE HIS BROTHER?
AS LONG AS HE WAS ABLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IT FROM A PATIENT IN STS, MARY
AND ELIZABETH HOSPITAL IN LOUISVILLE, KY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): ABEL ; BIBLICAL ; NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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WHEN I'M HOME

AND THE CANDY STRIPE GIRLS
STAND OVER ME
AND MY FRIEND DANIEL
SLEEPS IN BED THREE
AND THE WAVES OF THE OCEAN ROLL OVER MY BONES
IN MY HOME
HOME WHERE MY THOUGHTS ARE FREE
I CAN BE
HIGH
AS THE BIRDS IN THE SKY CAN FLY
I WILL BE THERE WHEN MY FATHER RECKONS
I WILL BE THERE WHEN MY FATHER BECKONS
ME HOME.

Where learned: KENTUCKY

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

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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FARMOUT

I LIVE HOME ON THE FARM
CARRY A CORD OF WOOD
UNDER EACH ARM
I MILK THE BIG BROWN COWS
FEED GRAIN TO THE YELLAR SOWS
IT'S NOT SO EASY HERE
YOU ONLY GET PAID ABOUT ONCE A YEAR
IT'S NOT AS EASY AS THEY SAY IN THE POEM
BUT I CHOOSE TO CALL IT HOME
EVERYBODY SAYS FARMOUT
EVERYBODY SAYS FARMOUT
EVERYBODY SAYS FARMOUT
FARMOUT
FARMOUT

Where learned: KENTUCKY

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

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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UNINFORMED

A GREAT MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOTHING WRONG WITH THEM, APPARENTLY,
FORGET TO LET THEIR FACES KNOW ABOUT IT.

Submitter comment: NO RECORD OF SOURCE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): PEOPLE WHO DON,T SMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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THERE'S AN ABANDONED HOUSE IN SALYERSVILLE, KENTUCKY
THAT GIVES OFF A WEIRD AND STRANGE "OOOOOOOOOOOO" WHENEVER
THERE'S A FULL MOON. SOME FOLKS SAY THAT THERE'S A GHOST
OR SOMETHING IN THERE BECAUSE THE OLD LADY THAT LIVED
THERE DIED OF POISON ON A NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON. I
DON'T BELIEVE OF SUCH THINGS, THOUGH. IT'S PROBABLY
JUST A BUNCH OF FOLK TALES.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS FORMERLY FROM SALYERSVILLE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; SALYERSVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROPOSITION

COUNTRY GIRL AT A DANCE WHERE LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WERE
TO BE SERVED.
BOY: PARDON ME, IS YOUR PROGRAM FILLED?
GIRL: NO SIR. IT WOULD TAKE MORE THAN TWO SKINNEY
SANDWICHES AND A GREEN OLIVE TO FILL MY PROGRAM.

Submitter comment: SISTER SENT THIS TO ME IN A LETTER AND NEGLECTED TO
INCLUDE WHERE SHE FIRST HEARD IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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RAIN PROOF

TWO MAIDEN LADIES WENT TO A LIVERY STABLE AND TOLD THE
ATTENDANT THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO GO FOR A RIDE AND
THAT THEY WOULD LIKE A TAME HORSE. THE ATTENDANT
HITCHED UP THE HORSE AND BUGGY AND ASSURED THEM THAT
THEY WOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE, BUT TOLD THEM, "BE SURE
AND KEEP THE REIN FROM UNDER THE TAIL." AFTER SOME
HOURS THEY RETURNED ALL SMILES, SAYING, "WE HAD A VERY
NICE RIDE, NO TROUBLE AND WE TOOK TURNS HOLDING
THE UMBRELLA OVER HIS TAIL."

Submitter comment: SISTER SAYS THAT SHE HEARD IT FIRST FROM A HOSPITAL
PATIENT IN 1963 SHE THINKS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON REIN RAIN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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THE OLD MIDWIFE

DOWN IN KENTUCKY A LONG TIME AGO, THEY USED TO HAVE
MIDWIVES AND MID-MEN TO HELP DELIVER BABIES. WELL, THIS
ONE WOMAN WAS HAVIN' TROUBLE, SO SHE NEEDED SOME HELP.
WHAT THESE MID-MEN AND WOMEN WOULD DO WAS, THE MAN
WOULD SIT ON A CHAIR, THE PREGNANT WOMAN WOULD LAY ON
HIS LAP, AND THE MIDWIFE WOULD HELP THE BABY COME OUT.
LIKE I SAID, THIS ONE PREGNANT WOMAN WAS HAVIN'
TROUBLE. THE BABY JUST WOULDN'T COME; SO SHE LAID ON
THE MAN'S LAP. THE MIDWIFE STARTED TO FEEL AROUND BETWEEN
THE WOMAN'S LEGS. PRETTY SOON, THE MAN STARTED YELLIN'
"WOMAN, YOU BETTER LET GO." THE OLD MIDWIFE SAID, "I
THINK IT'S COMIN', I CAN FEEL SOMETHING." THE OLD MAN
SAID AGAIN, "WOOOMAAN, YOU'D BETTER LEGGO." BUT SHE KEPT
RIGHT ON FEELING AROUND. ALL THIS TIME THE WOMAN HAVING
THE BABY WAS YELLIN' "OOOOOWWWW!" "FOR GOD'S SAKE,
WOMAN, LEGGO!" SAID THE MAN. THE MIDWIFE ALL OF A
SUDDEN SAYS, "I'VE GOT (IT) NOW, AND I THINK IT'S A BOY,
'CAUSE I CAN FEEL ITS HEAD!" THE OLD MAN SAID, "YOU'D
BETTER LEGGO RIGHT NOW, 'CAUSE THAT AIN'T NO HEAD OF NO
BABY YOU GOT. YOU'D BETTER LEGGO, CAUSE YOU GOT A
HOLD OF MY COCK!!"

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS STORY IN A "BEER GARDEN" IN
SALYERSVILLE, KENTUCKY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; SALYERSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PENIS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 04-19-1965

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C-130

C-130 ROLLING DOWN THE STRIP.
AIRBORNE DADDY'S GONNA TAKE A LITTLE TRIP.
STAND-UP, HOOK-UP, SHUFFLE TO THE DOOR.
JUMP RIGHT OUT AND COUNT TO FOUR.
BUT IF MY MAIN DON'T OPEN WIDE.
I'VE GOT ANOTHER ONE BY MY SIDE.
AND IF THAT ONE SHOULD FAIL ME TOO.
LOOK OUT GROUND, I'M COMING THROUGH. MM
RUCKSACK, JUMP BOOTS, AND MY M-16.
THAT'S ALL THAT'S GOING ON THE JUMP WITH ME.
GONNA SLIP TO THE RIGHT, AND SLIP TO THE LEFT,
SLIP RIGHT ON DOWN TO THE PLF.
AND IF I DIE ON THE OLD DROP ZONE,
BOX ME UP AND SHIP ME HOME.
THEN TELL MY GIRL I DID MY BEST,
AND BURY ME IN THE LEANING REST. MM
DRESS ME UP IN MY DRESS BLUES,
SPIT-SHINED JUMP BOOTS, NO STRAIGHT LEG SHOES.
PIN MY WINGS UPON MY CHEST,
TELL MY MOM I DID MY BEST.
C-130 ROLLING DOWN THE STRIP.
SIXTY-FOUR RANGERS ON A ONE-WAY TRIP.
MISSION'S A SECRET, DESTINATION UNKNOWN.
THEY DON'T KNOW IF THEY'LL EVER COME HOME. MM
I'VE GOT 700 ROUNDS FOR MY M-16,
BAYONET SHARP, DISPOSITION MEAN.
RUSSIANS ARE WOOSIES, GONNA GET ME SOME.
SO LOOK OUT RUSSIA 'CAUSE HERE I COME.
COON SKIN AND AN ALLIGATOR HIDE,
MAKE A PAIR OF JUMP BOOTS, JUST MY SIZE.
TAKE 'EM OUTTA THE BOX, AND SLIP 'EM ON MY FEET.
A NEW PAIR OF JUMP BOOTS CAN'T BE BEAT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A MARCHING CADENCE WHICH IS EXTREMELY
POPULAR AT ARMY TRAINING CAMPS. "C-130" IS A
LARGE, FOUR-ENGINED, PROPELLOR-DRIVEN CARGO
AIRCRAFT WHICH IS ALSO USED TO DROP A MAXIMUM OF
SIXTY-FOUR COMBAT-EQUIPPED PARACHUTISTS. "HOOK-
UP" MEANS ATTACHING THE STATIC LINE (WHICH PULLS
THE PARACHUTE OPEN AUTOMATICALLY UPON EXITING
THE AIRCRAFT) TO A CABLE RUNNING THE LENGTH OF
THE AIRCRAFT INTERIOR. "SHUFFLE TO THE DOOR"
REFERS TO A METHOD BY WHICH PARACHUTISTS MOVE
ABOUT INSIDE AN AIRCRAFT IN FLIGHT. IT INVOLVES
LIFTING ONE KNEE VERY HIGH AND ALTERNATELY
BRINGING THE OTHER LEG ALONGSIDE WHILE MOVING
TOWARD THE DOOR IN A STOMPING MOTION. THIS
WALKING ACTION MINIMIZES THE CHANCE OF STUMBLING
ON ANY PROTRUSION ALONG THE FLOOR OF THE AIRCRAFT.
"MAIN" INDICATES THE MAIN PARACHUTE WHICH IS
LOCATED ON THE JUMPER'S BACK. IN CASE OF
MALFUNCTION, THE PARACHUTIST HAS A RESERVE
CHUTE AT STOMACH LEVEL. "M-16" IS THE STANDARD-
ISSUE INFANTRY RIFLE. "SLIP" REFERS TO A METHOD
OF CONTROLLING THE LATERAL MOVEMENT OF THE
PARACHUTE DURING DESCENT. THE "PLF" IS THE
PARACHUTE LANDING FALL, I.E., A DRILLED METHOD OF
LANDING SAFELY BY MAKING FIVE POINTS OF BODY
CONTACT WITH THE GROUND IN SUCCESSION. "LEANING
REST" IS THE STARTING POSITION FOR THE FOUR
COUNT PUSHUP; A POPULAR EXERCISE DURING PARACHUTE
TRAINING. "STRAIGHT LEG SHOES" -- AIRBORNE
QUALIFIED PERSONNEL REFER TO NON-JUMPERS AS
"STRAIGHT LEGS." THE NAME IS CONSIDERED
DEROGATORY. IT REFERS TO THE STRAIGHT LINE
OF THEIR TROUSERS, AS AIRBORNE PERSONNEL WEAR
THEIR TROUSERS BLOUSED INSIDE THEIR BOOTS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FORT KNOX

James Callow Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE TO THE GROUND (STANZA 1). ; BURIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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MILITARY CADENCE

AROUND HER HAIR SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON.
(TROOPS ECHO)
SHE WORE IT IN THE SPRINGTIME, IN THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY.
(ECHO)
AND IF YOU ASKED HER WHY THE HELL SHE WORE IT.
(ECHO)
SHE WORE IT FOR HER SOLDIER, WHO WAS FAR, FAR AWAY.
(ECHO) MM
(CHORUS) FAR AWAY.
(ECHO)
FAR AWAY.
(ECHO)
(SUNG BY ALL) SHE WORE IT FOR HER SOLDIER WHO WAS FAR, FAR
AWAY. MM
AROUND THE PARK SHE PUSHED A BABY CARRIAGE.
(ECHO)
SHE PUSHED IT IN THE SPRINGTIME, IN THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY.
(ECHO)
AND IF YOU ASKED HER WHY THE HELL SHE PUSHED IT.
(ECHO)
SHE PUSHED IT FOR HER SOLDIER, WHO WAS FAR, FAR AWAY.
(ECHO) MM
(CHORUS) FAR AWAY.
(ECHO)
FAR AWAY.
(ECHO)
(SUNG BY ALL) SHE PUSHED IT FOR HER SOLDIER, WHO WAS FAR,
FAR AWAY. MM
BEHIND THE DOOR HER FATHER KEPT A SHOTGUN.
(ECHO)
HE KEPT IT IN THE SPRINGTIME, IN THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY.
(ECHO)
AND IF YOU ASKED HIM WHY THE HELL HE KEPT IT.
(ECHO)
HE KEPT IT FOR THAT SOLDIER, WHO WAS FAR, FAR AWAY.
(ECHO) MM
(CHORUS) FAR AWAY.
(ECHO)
FAR AWAY.
(ECHO)
(SUNG BY ALL) HE KEPT IT FOR THAT SOLDIER, WHO WAS FAR,
FAR AWAY. MM
DOWN AT KNOX THERE LIVES A PROUD SOLDIER.
(ECHO)
HE LIVES THERE IN THE SPRINGTIME, IN THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY.
(ECHO)
AND IF YOU ASK HIM WHY THE HELL HE LIVES THERE.
(ECHO)
HE LIVES THERE 'CAUSE THAT SHOTGUN IS SO FAR, FAR AWAY.
(ECHO) MM
(CHORUS) FAR AWAY.
(ECHO)
FAR AWAY.
(ECHO)
(SUNG BY ALL) HE LIVES THERE 'CAUSE THAT SHOTGUN IS SO FAR,
FAR AWAY.
(ECHO)

Submitter comment: THIS IS A MARCHING CADENCE THAT I HEARD OFTEN DURING BASIC
TRAINING AT FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY IN 1980. THE CADENCE
IS, OF COURSE, INITIATED BY THE DRILL SERGEANT, AND ECHOED
BY THE TROOPS. THE TRADITIONAL IDEA IS THAT A RECRUIT IS
IN THE SERVICE IN ORDER TO ESCAPE FROM TROUBLE "BACK HOME."
THUS, ONE HAS BEEN FORCED INTO THE ARMY BY A STERN JUDGE,
OR BY WOMAN TROUBLES, OR IN THIS CASE BY THE NOT-TOO-
UNDERSTANDING FATHER OF A TOO-TRUSTING DAUGHTER. AND WHILE
CADENCES DECLARING SUCH MACHISMO STILL EXIST IN THE MILITARY,
ENLIGHTENED ATTITUDES TOWARD WOMEN SEEM TO BE HASTENING THE
DEMISE OF SUCH SONGS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FORT KNOX

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 08-00-1980

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