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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME

I WISH YOU SUCCESS
I WISH YOU ALMIGHTY
I WISH YOUR PAJAMAS
NEXT TO MY NIGHTIE
NOW DON'T GET EXCITED
NOW DON'T GET RED
I MEAN ON THE CLOTHESLINE
NOT IN BED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

REMEMBER M., REMEMBER E., PUT 'EM TOGETHER AND REMEMBER ME.

Submitter comment: 'EM IS ME SPELLED BACKWARDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

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

Date learned: CA00001970

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

BUY A FORD, THEY'RE THE BEST. THEN RIDE A MILE AND WALK THE REST.

Submitter comment: THE WORD FORD IS AN ABBREVIATION FOR A COMMON RETORT WHICH
MEANS "FIX OR REPAIR DAILY."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

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

Date learned: CA00001970

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A CASE OF CRUELTY

INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT HIS GRANDFATHER WOULD PUNISH HIS AUNT WHEN
SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL (ABOUT 1930) BY CHAINING HER TO THE WALL
WHENEVER SHE WAS DISOBEDIENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CERAMIC PRESENTS FOR GRANDMA

WHEN MY GRANDPARENTS LIVED IN TOLEDO, OUR FAMILY USED TO MAKE
ABOUT FIVE TO TEN TRIPS DOWN THERE EVERY YEAR FROM DETROIT,
AND IT WAS SORT OF AN "UNWRITTEN LAW" THAT WE WOULD STOP AT THE
OHIO CHINA COMPANY NEAR THE TOLEDO CITY LIMITS AND BUY SOME SMALL
CERAMIC FIGURE FOR MY GRANDMOTHER. SHE COLLECTED THESE FIGURES,
SUCH AS ANIMALS AND STATUES, AS A HOBBY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TREE SURGEON JOKE

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE SUCCESSFUL TREE SURGEON WHO HAD
SEVERAL BRANCH OFFICES?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOVELIST JOKE

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE NOVELIST WHO THOUGHT AND THOUGHT
UNTIL HE CAME UP WITH SOME NOVEL IDEAS?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: IF YOU HAVE A DUCK BEFORE 2 DUCKS AND A DUCK BEHIND 2 DUCKS,
AND A DUCK IN THE MIDDLE , HOW MANY DUCKS DO YOU HAVE?
A: 3 DUCKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; ANIMAL (Q) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; PUZZLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TOM SWIFTY

'BOY, I WISH I HADN'T TAKEN THOSE PEP PILLS,' SAID TOM ENERGETICALLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HAIR ON CHEST

WHEN I WAS SSMAL, MY FATHER TRIED TO CONVINCE
ME TO EAT SOME DISTASTEFUL VEGETABLE BY TELLING ME IT WOULD
PUT HAIR ON MY CHEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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QUEER PARADE

ALL HOMOSEXUALS CONGREGATE IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT
FOR A PARADE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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BELIEF

IF A MAN S SHOES SQUEAK, IT MEANS HE S A PENNY PINCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOU DROP A KNIFE, IT MEANS A MAN IS COMING TO VISIT. THE
DIRECTION IT IS POINTING IS THE DIRECTION THE MAN WILL COME FROM.
IF YOU DROP A SPOON, IT MEANS A LADY IS COMING TO VISIT. THE
DIRECTION IT IS POINTING IS THE DIRECTION THE WOMAN WILL COME
FROM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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BELIEF

IF A BIRD HITS THE WINDOW, IT MEANS SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU HAS DIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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REALIZATION OF DEATH

INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT WHEN HIS LITTLE BROTHER WAS IN MT. CARMEL
HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM CYSTIC FIBROSIS, HE WAS IN AN OXYGEN TENT.
A DAY OR TWO BEFORE HE DIED HE SUDDENLY THREW HIS OXYGEN MASK AWAY
WHEN HIS MOTHER ASKED HIM WHY, HE REPLIED, "MOMMY, I'M ALL DONE", AND
AND THEN WENT INTO A COMA. HE DIED IN 1968 AT THE AGE OF NINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Observation

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BELIEF

IF YOU GIVE SOMEBODY A PIN (A PIECE OF JEWELRY) FOR A GIFT, ALSO
GIVE A PENNY OR YOU'LL BREAK UP THE FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): GIFT PENNY FRIENDSHIP

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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HAIR ON CHEST

WHEN I WAS SMALL, MY FATHER TRIED TO CONVINCE
ME TO EAT SOME DISTASTEFUL VEGETABLE BY TELLING ME THAT IT WOULD
PUT HAIR ON MY CHEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FEET

DON'T EVER PUT YOUR SHOES ON THE TABLE OR YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SORE
FEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): CAUSE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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PATRON SAINT FOR FOGLIZZO, PIEMONTE, ITALY IS SANTA MADALENA WHICH
TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH IS MARY MAGDALEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

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