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THUMP-DRAG

ABOUT THIRTY YEARS AGO WHEN WHAT IS NOW CYO CAMP FOR GIRLS IN
CARSONVILLE WAS JUST STARTED, IT WAS A BOYS CAMP. MANY OF THE
BUILDINGS THAT ARE THERE NOW WEREN'T EVEN BUILT YET. WHAT IS NOW THE
NATURE NOOK WAS IN THE STOREROOM. A YOUNG CHEMISTRY STUDENT WAS IN
CHARGE OF NATURE. ONCE HE WAS REACHING UP TO A HIGH SHELF TO GET SOME
CHEMICALS FOR AN EXPERIMENT. THE SHELF COLLAPSED AND A BOTTLE OF ACID
SPILLED ALL OVER HIM. HE JUMPED BACK SO QUICKLY THAT HE FELL AND
BROKE HIS LEG. HE LAY ON THE FLOOR WRITHING AND SCREAMING AS THE ACID
BURNED HIS FACE. SOMEONE HEARD HIM AND RAN FOR HELP. SOON A WHOLE
GROUP OF COUNSELORS CAME. WHEN THEY SAW THE ACID BURNING THEY
GRABBED HIM AND DRAGGED HIM TO THE LAKE. EVENTUALLY THEY WERE ABLE
TO STOP THE BURNING BUT BY THIS TIME MOST OF HIS FACE HAD BEEN EATEN
AWAY BY THE ACID, HIS BROKEN LEG WAS HOPELESSLY MANGLED AND THE
UNBEARABLE PAIN HAD MADE HIS MIND SNAP. HE WAS COMMITTED TO A MENTAL
INSTITUTION BUT HE ESCAPED SOON AFTER. PEOPLE IN THE CARSONVILLE
AREA REPORTED SEEING HIM, HIS FACE A REPULSIVE BLOB, LIMPING AROUND.
CHILDREN HEARD HIM WALKING--A THUMP FOLLOWED BY THE DRAG OF HIS
USELESS LEG. ONE NIGHT HE RETURNED TO THE CAMP. HE MET UP WITH A
CAMPER AT THE BIFFY. HE LUNGED TO GRAB THE CHILD BUT TRIPPED AND
FELL, KNOCKING THE CAMPER UNCONSCIOUS. AFTER THAT THE POLICE SET OUT
DRAGNETS TO TRY AND CATCH HIM. THE CAMP REQUIRED THAT ALL CAMPERS
TAKE A BUDDY WHEREVER THEY GO. STILL THUMP-DRAG GOES TO A DIFFERENT
CAVELL, YMCA AND YWCA. EVERY SEVENTH YEAR HE RETURNS TO THIS CAMP,
THE SCENE OF HIS ACCIDENT AND SEEKS REVENGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CYO CAMP ; CARSONVILLE

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL LEGEND

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

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SCHLAMIEL

YOU WALK IN STEP UNTIL THE COUNT OF TEN. AT TEN YOU
STOP AND SAY: "SCHLAMIEL, SCHLAMILE, SHA HOTSENFEFER,
HOOTCHIE, COOTCHIE." WHILE SAYING THE VERSE YOU
EXTEND FIRST YOUR RIGHT HEEL, THEN YOUR LEFT HEEL
WITH YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HIPS. BEND YOUR KNEES ON
"HOTSENFEFER" AND SWING YOUR HIPS ON "HOOTCHIE,
COOTCHIE." BEGIN WALKING AGAIN AND COUNTING TO TEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CYO CAMP ; CARSONVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 00001970 SUMMER

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TAY TARA TOOSSAY OR

EVERYONE SITS IN A CIRCLE. EACH PERSON HAS A SHOE, STICK
OR GLASS OR REASONABLE FACSIMILE. YOU SING THIS SONG:
TAY TARA TOSSAY OR,
TAY TARA TOSSAY OR,
TARA, TOSSA, TARA TOSSAY ORIUM,
KAY OGYZUM, KAY OGYZUM,
KAY ZIGGY, ZIGGY ZOOM.
ON EVERY SYLLABLE, YOU PASS THE OBJECT TO YOUR RIGHT
AND PICK UP THE ONE PASSED TO YOU ON YOUR LEFT.
WHEN YOU GET TO "ZIGGY, ZIGGY" INSTEAD OF PASSING,
YOU TOUCH IT TO THE RIGHT, THEN TO THE LEFT AND
FINALLY PASS IT ON THE WORD "ZOOM." IF YOU BREAK THE
RHYTHM, YOU ARE OUT. THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL THERE
IS ONLY THE WINNER LEFT. DONE PROPERLY, THIS TAKES
ON A RITUALISTIC EFFECT.

Submitter comment: MY SISTER LEARNED THIS AT CYO CAMP FOR GIRLS, CARSONVILLE,
MICHIGAN IN 1966.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; CYO CAMP ; CARSONVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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DAIRY FARMER HANDSHAKE

ONE PERSON INTERLOCKS THE FINGERS OF BOTH HANDS WITH HIS
THUMBS HANGING DOWN. THE OTHER PERSON GRABS THE THUMBS
AND PULLS THEM LIKE HE IS MILKING THEM.

Where learned: CYO CAMP

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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A.D.A. HANDSHAKE

YOU RHYTHMICALLY SQUEEZE SOMEONE'S HAND WHILE SHAKING IT
AND SAY "AMERICAN DAIRY ASSOCIATION, GLAD TO MEET YOU."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CYO CAMP ; CARSONVILLE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes

Date learned: 00001970 SUMMER

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LUMBERJACK HANDSHAKE

ONE PERSON STICKS OUT HIS FIST WITH HIS THUMB STICKING UP.
THE OTHER PERSON WRAPS HIS FIST AROUND THE THUMB AND
STICKS UP HIS THUMB. THEY EACH PUT THEIR OTHER HAND ON
IN THE SAME WAY. THEN THEY MOVE THEIR HANDS BACK AND FORTH
LIKE THEY'RE USING A SAW.

Where learned: CYO CAMP

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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