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VERSE

KEEP YOUR ZIPPER UP
AND YOUR HAMMER DOWN,
AND WHEN YOU GET HOME,
YOU CAN TURN THEM AROUND.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS VERSE RECITED BY A TRUCKER IN A CONVERSATION WITH SOME
OTHER TRUCKERS ON A CB RADIO. I TOOK IT TO BE ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING
HE WANTED TO HURRY UP AND GET HOME TO MAKE LOVE TO HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; CAR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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DID YOU EVER SMELL A MOTHBALL?
YES.
HOW DO YOU GET ITS TINY LITTLE LEGS APART?

Submitter comment: DIANE HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND, MICKEY MRAZEK, WHO
LIVES IN MT. CLEMENS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; CAR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT A ZEBRA IS?
IT'S ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE SIZES LARGER THAN AN A-BRA.

Submitter comment: LARRY HEARD IT AT THE TOWN AND GOWN SERIES, FROM A
GROUP CALLED THE ARBORS. (THEATER GROUP)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; CAR

James Callow Keyword(s): BOSOM ; BREAST ; BUST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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"MY GALS"

MY GALS OF CORKER
SHE'S A NEW YORKER
I BUY HER EVERYTHING JUST TO KEEP HER IN STYLE
SHE'S GOT A PAIR OF HIPS
JUST LIKE TWO BATTLESHIPS,
THAT'S WHERE ALL MY MONEY GO-HO-HOES.
REFRAIN
SHE'S GOT A PAIR OF FEET
JUST LIKE THE U.S. FLEET
REFRAIN
SHE'S GOT A PAIR OF LIPS
JUST LIKE POTATO CHIPS
REFRAIN
THERE ARE MORE VERSES BUT I'M GETTING OLD AND CAN'T
REMEMBER THEM ALL.

Submitter comment: ANY VERSES CAN BE ADDED IF THEY RHYME.

Where learned: CAR ; TRIP

James Callow Keyword(s): MY GAL'S A CORKER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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A FOUR LEAF CLOVER IS CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: CAR

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Good luck Plants

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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DON'T EVER MOVE INTO A HOME ON A FRIDAY BECAUSE
IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: DIANE LEARNED THIS FROM HER GIRLFRIEND, SANDY
DITTRICH.

Where learned: CAR

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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DON'T LET A BLACK CAT CROSS YOUR PATH.

Where learned: CAR

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU WILL KISS A FOOL.
IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES YOU WILL GET IN A FIGHT.

Where learned: CAR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about friends and lovers

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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WHEN YOU DROP A FORK, COMPANY IS COMING.
IF A KNIFE DROPS, A BOY OR A MAN WILL CALL.
IF A FORK FALLS TO THE GROUND, A WOMAN OR A GIRL
WILL CALL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAD KNOWN THIS.
FROM MOTHER

Where learned: CAR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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ANIMAL RIDDLE

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU CROSS A PARROT WITH A MOUNTIAN
LION?
I DON'T KNOW, BUT WHEN IT TALKS YOU BETTER LISTEN.

Submitter comment:

LARRY HEARD IT FROM HERMAN CARDUCCI VTR EDITOR, U OF D TELEVISION
STATION.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; CAR

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; JOKE ; PUZZLE ; RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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