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POINT INDEX FINGER IN AIR AND TWIRL IT. WRIST CAN
ALSO BE TURNED AT THE SAME TIME.
INFORMANT SAID THIS MEANS "KEEP THE CARNIVAL GOING."
ALSO SAID THAT HE LEARNED ABOUT IT IN A BOOK.

Data entry tech comment: ALSO MEANS "WHOOPEE" IN A MOST UNENTHUSIASTIC WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CHEMISTRY BUILDING

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: 10-27-1970

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Prank

Fletcher Tube:

The Fletcher Tube us a non-existent piece of equipment. When freshmen are having problems in lab, you tell them that a Fletcher Tube will do the trick. They go to the stockroom to check one out and are laughed at.

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Informant said that he pulled this gag while he was a graduate student.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CLASSROOM ; CHEMISTRY BUILDING

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC JOKES ; Chemistry ; COLLEGE ; COLLEGE PRANK ; COLLEGE PRANK ; Entertainment ; Freshman ; Hazing ; JOKE ; Laboratory ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; Prank

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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