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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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RIDDLE

IT'S NOT ON LAND,
IT'S NOT ON SEA,
I'LL BET MY OLD HAT
IT'S (A) NOT (KNOT) ON A TREE.
WHAT IS IT?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

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

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LOCAL LEGEND: THE THREE BEARS (THE MOTHER AND HER TWO CUBS)

AN ENORMOUS FOREST FIRE BROKE OUT ON THE WISCONSIN SIDE OF LAKE
MICHIGAN. A MOTHER BEAR AND HER TWO CUBS WERE FORCED TO SWIM
TOWARD THE MICHIGAN SIDE TO ESCAPE THE FLAMES. SHORTLY BEFORE
THE TWIN CUBS REACHED THE MICHIGAN COAST NEAR LELAND, THEY GREW
EXHAUSTED AND DROWNED. THE MOTHER BEAR, A STRONGER SWIMMER,
REACHED LAND FIRST AND, UNAWARE OF HER CUBS' FATE, FELL INTO A
DEEP SLUMBER TO AWAIT THEIR ARRIVAL. THE CUBS NEVER ARRIVED,
BUT CAN BE SEEN FROM THE SHORELINE AS NORTH AND SOUTH MANITOU
ISLANDS. THE BEAR STILL SLEEPS; THE ENORMOUS SANDY BLUFFS TO
THIS DAY ARE KNOWN AS SLEEPING BEAR DUNES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: I WENT TO THE WOODS AND FOUND IT. I SAT ME DOWN TO LOOK FOR IT.
I BROUGHT IT HOME WITH ME BECAUSE I COULDN'T FIND IT. WHAT WAS IT?
A: A THORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; BUILDINGS (Q) ; NATURAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

CRAZY LIKE A FOX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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PROVERB

EYES LIKE TWO BURNT HOLES IN A BLANKET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

IN EXPRESSING EXTRAORDINARY DIFFERENCE ONE SAYS THE
TWO ARE POLES APART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): NORTH AND SOUTH POLES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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CURE

FOR BOILS: HEAT A BOTTLE BY POURING SCALDING WATER IN IT UNTIL
THE GLASS IS VERY HOT. POUR WATER FROM BOTTLE AND APPLY THE HOT
NECK TO THE BOIL. AS THE BOTTLE COOLS IT WILL SUCK OUT THE PUSS.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 2 SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF ARCHIVE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): BOILS ; HEAT REMEDY ; INFECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-29-1970

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CURE

TO KEEP AWAY THE FLU
WEAR A BAG OF ASAFOETIDA ABOUT THE NECK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

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

Date learned: 03-29-1970

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

...FIT TO KILL... (THAT IS TO BE SMARTLY DRESSED.).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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PROVERBIAL

...I FEEL AS IF I'D BEEN DRAWN THROUGH A KNOTHOLE...

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): FATIGUE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 03-29-1970

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PROVERB

LAUGH AND THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU, CRY AND YOU CRY ALONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; OBSERVATION ; SYMPATHY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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TAUNT

AN INSULT: WHERE DO YOU GO ?--YUBA U.?
OR WHERE ARE YOU GOING AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, YUBA U.?

Submitter comment: YUBA IS A HICK TOWN TRADING POST IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN.
ASKING SOMEONE IF THEY ARE GOING TO YUBA UNIVERSITY
IS MEANT AS AN INSULT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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PROVERBIAL

MY STOMACH FEELS AS IF MY THROAT WAS CUT....

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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If you tip a cow when it is asleep the milk from that cow
will become sour.

Submitter comment: A farmer told our family this story when we stopped to
buy some fresh fruits and vegetables from his farm on our
way to Traverse City.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): drink, sour.

James Callow Keyword(s): cow tipping

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

LITTLE BOY BLUE
COME BLOW YOUR HORN.
THE SHEEP IN THE MEADOW
THE COWS IN THE CORN.
OH WHERE'S THE LITTLE BOY
WHO'S ALWAYS ASLEEP?
HE'S UNDER THE HAYSTACK
EATING THE SHEEP.

Submitter comment: SOME OF THESE ITEMS ARE FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION FOLKLORE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TRAVERSE CITY ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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SONG

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS,
JINGLE ALL THE WAY,
OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE,
IN A CRACKED UP CHEVROLET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TRAVERSE CITY ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; PARODY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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SONG

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS,
JINGLE ALL THE WAY,
OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE,
IN A HORSE DRAWN CHEVROLET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TRAVERSE CITY ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; PARODY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

LAST HALLOWEEN, THE THINGS I SEEN,
I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES.
A BOOGIE MAN FROM ZOMBIE LAND,
HE CAME TO HAUNT THE TOWN.
SO HE WENT UP TO THE HAUNTED HOUSE,
WHERE THE GHOSTS WERE ALL AROUND.
THEY SHOUTED AROUND AS THEY SAW HIM COME,
TO HELP THEM HAUNT THE TOWN.
BUT THE WITCH CAME IN UPON HER BROOM,
AND SHE RODE AROUND THE ROOM.
AND SHE SAID TO THEM,
THIS WILL BRING YOUR DOOM.
AND THE RAFTERS CRACKED,
AND THE PLASTER SNAPPED,
AND THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN.
AND THAT WAS THE END,
OF THE BOOGIE MAN,
WHO CAME TO HAUNT THE TOWN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ORIGINAL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TRAVERSE CITY ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse C720.429
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse C720.435
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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CUSTOM

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, IT IS A TRADITION OF MY FAMILY TO PUT ONE HERRING
FISH ALONG WITH FIVE PENNIES ON EVERY WINDOWSILL OF EVERY WINDOW IN
THE HOUSE. THIS WILL KEEP UNPLEASANT OCCURENCES FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TRAVERSE CITY ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Fifths
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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