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MARIJUANA, MARIJUANA, LSD, LSD
SCIENTISTS ARE MAKING IT.
TEACHERS ARE TAKING IT.
WHY CAN'T WE?

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT THIS WAS A COMMON VERSE USED BY
THE STUDENTS OF THE HULL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LIVONIA,
MICHIGAN DURING THE 1969-1970 SCHOOL YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Keyword(s): DRUGS

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

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WINSTON TASTES GOOD
LIKE A CIGARETTE SHOULD.
NO FILTER, NO FLAVOR
JUST PLAIN OLD TOILET PAPER.

Submitter comment: FIRST TWO LINES ARE SUNG; AS IN CIGARETTE COMMERCIAL AD
INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT THIS IS A COMMON VERSE AMONG
STUDENTS NOW ATTENDING THE HULL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN
LIVONIA, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

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

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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FINGER GAME

BEGIN COUNTING FROM YOUR BABY FINGER AND SAY THE FOLLOWING
VERSE:
TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY--WHOOPS TOMMY
TOMMY--WHOOPS--TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

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

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WHEN YOUR ROSEY CHEEKS HAVE FADED
AND YOUR HAIR IS SILVERY GREY
MAY YOU BE AS SWEET A WOMAN
AS YOU ARE A GIRL TODAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN ENTRY IN MY COUSIN'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK
WHICH SHE KEPT WHILE ATTENDING LIVONIA SCHOOLS IN
1957 AND 1958.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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REMEMBER THE CIRCUS?
REMEMBER THE CLOWN?
REMEMBER THE BOY WHO WROTE IN YOUR BOOK
UPSIDE DOWN?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

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YOU KISSED HIM IN THE GARDEN,
YOUR MOTHER HEARD THE SMACK.
SHE SAID YOU WERE A NAUGHTY GIRL
AND MADE YOU GIVE IT BACK.

Submitter comment: SIXTH AND SEVENTH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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IF IN HEAVEN WE DON'T MEET,
HAND IN HAND, WE'LL SHARE THE HEAT.
IF IT GETS INTENSELY HOT,
PEPSI COLA HITS THE SPOT. HA-HA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 06-06-1963

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PREDICTION OR BELIEF

WHENEVER A BLACK HEN COMES INTO A HOUSE, IT IS SAID TO BE GOOD LUCK.
THE PEOPLE TRY TO KEEP IT IN THE HOUSE FOR A TIME AND MAKE WISHES
THAT THE MERE PRESENCE OF THE HEN WILL FULFILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.32

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BIRTH BELIEF

AFTER A BABY IS BORN THERE IS A PIECE OF THE UMBILICAL CORD
WHICH IS STILL ATTACHED TO THE CHILD
EVENTUALLY FALL OFF. IF YOU THROW THIS PIECE AWAY, THE CHILD
WILL BE A RUN AROUND. IF YOU IMPLANT IT SOMEWHERE IN THE
HOME, THE CHILD WILL GROW UP AND NEVER LEAVE HOME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER DID THIS TO HER SON, HE IS 40 AND STILL LIVING AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-11-1972

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WEDDING SHOWER CUSTOM

AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS BROKEN FROM THE PRESENTS
THE BRIDE RECEIVES INDICATES THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.
SEVEN BROKEN RIBBONS MEAN SEVEN CHILDREN.

Submitter comment: EVERYONE LAUGHS AT THIS CUSTOM, BUT AT EVERY BRIDAL SHOWER I HAVE
ATTENDED THE FUTURE BRIDE HAS BEEN VERY CAREFUL. I HAVE NEVER
SEEN A BROKEN RIBBON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; SYMBOLS

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CA00001970

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GOOD FRIDAY CUSTOM

PRUNING ROSEBUSHES ON GOOD FRIDAY WILL RESULT IN BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLS THIS AS A REGULAR PRACTICE OF ONE OF HER POLISH
NEIGHBORS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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A MEMBER OF THE SOPHOMORE CLASS ALWAYS DROPS HIS LUNCH TRAY ON THE
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. IN THIS CUSTOM, ONE SOPHOMORE ALWAYS DROPS HIS
LUNCH TRAY ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. HE RECEIVES A STANDING
OVATION. IF NO MEMBER OF THE SOPHOMORE CLASS DROPS HIS TRAY
ACCIDENTALLY, AN UPPERCLASSMEN (SIC) HELPS HIM. THIS HAS HAPPENED
EVERY YEAR SINCE 1962.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAW A FELLOW STUDENT DO IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:

Date learned: FALL 1967

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SILVERWARE BELIEFS

WHENEVER ONE DROPS A FORK, A WOMWN IS COMING TO THE HOME; WHEN A
KNIFE IS DROPPED A MAN IS COMING; IF A SPOON IS DROPPED A CHILD IS
COMING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 09-24-1969

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PROVERB

HE WHO HESITATES IS LOST.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

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

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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INDICATOR OF MORE THAN ONE MARRIAGE

IF A MAN HAS A DIMPLE IN HIS CHIN,
THIS SHOWS THAT HE WILL BE MARRIED MORE THAN ONCE IN HIS LIFETIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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BIRTHDAY CAKE

EATING THE FIRST SLICE OF YOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE WILL BRING
YOU GOOD LUCK AND MAKE YOUR WISH COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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SLEEPING ON WEDDING CAKE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

IF YOU SLEEP ON A PIECE OF WEDDING CAKE,
ON THE THIRD NIGHT YOU WILL DREAM OF YOUR HUSBAND.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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OMEN FOR ILL FATE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

BEING THE LAST CAR IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION DENOTES ILL FATE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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WEATHER BELIEF (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

THE WEATHER ON THE LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH WILL DECIDE
THE WEATHER FOR THE APPROACHING MONTH.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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COUNTING CARS OF A PASSING TPAIN (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

NEVER COUNT THE CARS OF A PASSING TRAIN
THIS WILL BRING YOU BAD LUCK IN ALL YOU ATTEMPT DURING THAT DAY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA ; ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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