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RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILORS DELIGHT.
RDED SKY AT DAWN, SAILORS FOREWARN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM SAILING INSTRUCTOR IN GRUADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

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MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING UP THE CLOTHES.
MY MOTHER PUNCHED YOUR MOTHER IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD?
(PICK AND SPELL OUT COLOR)
R-E-D SPELLS RED AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE IT.
CONTINUE TILL LAST ONE LEFT IS IT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT PLAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER NINE,
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE,
IF THE TRAIN SHOULD JUMP THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
(SPELL OUT YES OR NO)
Y-E-S SPELLS YES AND MY MOTHER TOLD ME TO PICK THE
VERY BEST ONE. (EITHER FIRST ONE OR LAST ONE OUT IS IT)

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

I STRUCK MATCH AND IT WENT OUT.
LAST PERSON IS IT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM IN A DISH
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?
(SPELL OUT NUMBER OF PIECES)
S-E-V-E-N SPELLS SEVEN AND YOU'RE NOT IT.
LAST PERSON IS IT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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COUNTING

1, 2 BUCKLE MY SHOE,
3, 4, SHUT THE DOOR.
5, 6, PICK UP STICKS,
7, 8, LAY THEM STRAIGHT.
9, 10, A BIG FAT HEN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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VERSE

THE GUYS WERE PLAYING FOOTBALL,
OUT IN THE YARD,
JESUS PLAYING QUARTERBACK,
MOSES PLAYING GUARD.
THE ANGELS GAVE A GREAT BIG YELL,
WHEN JESUS SCORED A TOUCHDOWN
AGAINST THE GUYS FROM HELL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHISM ; BIBLICAL ; Football ; God ; HELL ; JESUS ; METAPHOR ; Moses ; RELIGION ; RHYME: ABCDED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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SWIFTIES, TOM

"I HAVE VERY FEW IN MY GARDEN." HE SAID LACKADAISICALLY.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): LAZY DAISY

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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SHOE SHINE

PEDAL EXTREMITIES ARTISTICALLY BEAUTIFIED AND
RENOVATED FOR THE INFINITESIMALLY SMALL REMUNERATION
OF 10CENTS PER OPERATION--A SHOE SHINE FOR A DIME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS RED AND WHITE ON THE OUTSIDE AND GRAY
ON THE INSIDE? ANSWER: CAMPBELL'S CREAM OF
ELEPHANT SOUP.

Data entry tech comment: THE CAMPBELL SOUP LABEL IS RED AND WHITE.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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OVERWEIGHT TEST

TWICE AROUND THE WRIST EQUALS ONCE AROUND THE LOWER
PART OF THE NECK. TWICE AROUND THE NECK AT ITS LOWEST
PART EQUALS ONCE AROUND THE WAIST.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight Solid

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THERE IS A WHIRLWIND OF DUST THERE WON'T BE RAIN FOR SEVERAL
DAYS. WHEN SEVERAL WHIRLWINDS OF DUST OCCUR, THE WEATHER IS GOING
TO CHANGE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.1

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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WEATHER BELIEF

THERE WAS NO RAIN UNTIL THE FLOOD (NOAH AND THE FLOOD). PRIOR TO
THIS A MIST COVERED THE EARTH TO PROVIDE MOISTURE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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AXEL AND THE SKUNK

TEXT NOT KEYPUNCHED
ONE MIMEOGRAPHED STORY ABOUT TWO SCANDINAVIAN AMERICANS;
IN 10X13 ENVELOPE, SQ730849-20

Submitter comment: THE HUMOR IN THIS STORY AND THE FOLLOWING ONE BASICALLY IS ETHNICALLY
ORIENTED. THEY SHOW THE PROBLEMS AN IMMIGRANT HAS IN UNDERSTANDING
A NEW LANGUAGE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

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

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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THE SAW CHAINS

TEXT NOT KEYPUNCHED
ONE MIMEOGRAPHED STORY ABOUT TWO SCANDINAVIAN AMERICANS;
IN 10X13 ENVELOPE, SQ730849-21
SQ730849-21

Submitter comment: SEVERAL FAMILIAR MOTIFS APPEAR IN THIS STORY SUCH AS THE TWO FRIENDS
UNWITTINGLY TRYING TO THROW EACH OTHER OUT OF BED. THE BEAR GOING
AFTER THE PERSON WHO WAS "SUPPOSED TO BE ON HIS SIDE" IS ALSO A
COMMON IDEA. THE ENDING ALSO IS TYPICAL. MY PARENTS REMEMBER
HAVING HEARD ALMOST THE SAME ENDING ON OTHER STORIES BEFORE.
I THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT IT TOOK MANY OF THE PEOPLE
I TOLD THIS STORY TO SOME TIME TO CATCH ON THAT SAW CHAINS WAS
REALLY SUPPOSED TO BE CHAIN-SAWS.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE MOONSTONE CONTAINED THE
RAYS OF THE MOON, WHICH COULD RID THE WEARER
OF FEARS AND NIGHTMARES.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN THE SERVICE WHILE STATIONED IN INDIA.

Where learned: OHIO ; INDIA ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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A RUBY IS BELIEVED TO PROTECT THE WEARER FROM BAD
HEALTH, EVIL THOUGHT, AND LOSS OF WEALTH.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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THE SAPPHIRE IS A SYMBOL OF TRUTH AND SINCERITY
AND COULD PROTECT THE WEARER FROM POISONING.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE IN THE SERVICE IN INDIA.

Where learned: OHIO ; INDIA ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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Belief: Weather

Weather Proverb:

Rain before seven / Ends by eleven

Submitter comment:

Learned from his sister

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): NATURE ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; RHYME ; Sky ; TIME ; WEATHER

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

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Retort

You're as handy as a screen door in a submarine.

Submitter comment:

Learned from classmate at school

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Screen ; Submarine ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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