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LOCAL LEGEND - GREEN MAN

A MAN LIVES IN A NEARBY CITY (LIBRARY) WHO WAS INVOLVED IN AN
ELECTRICAL ACCIDENT. A HIGH VOLTAGE WIRE FELL ACROSS HIS FACE
CAUSING A YELLOW SCAR ACROSS HIS FACE AND THE REST OF HIS FACE TO
TURN GREEN. HE WILL GO OUT IN LOVERS' LANES., AND ROCK THE
CAR FROM SIDE TO SIDE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BETHEL PARK

Keyword(s): LIBRARY, PENNSYLVANIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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KICK THE CAN

WHEN I WAS A BOY IN BETHEL PARK, PENNSYLVANIA, WE
PLAYED A GAME CALLED "KICK THE CAN." SIMILAR TO
HIDE AND SEEK, THE PERSON WHO IS "IT" MUST IDENTIFY
THE HIDDEN PEOPLE AND WHERE THEY ARE. HE MAY ONLY DO
THIS WHILE HE HAS THE CAN. HOWEVER, THIS CAN MUST STAY
AT "HOME."
IF THE HIDERS CAN GET TO THE CAN AND THROW IT AWAY
FROM "HOME," THE CAUGHT ARE RELEASED. THUS
SOMETIMES WHEN "IT" SPOTS SOMEONE AND RACES FOR THE
CAN, THE PRISONERS MAY ALREADY HAVE BEEN FREED OR THE
PERSON IDENTIFIED MAY BEAT "IT" TO HOME AND THROW
THE CAN TO PREVENT HIS OWN "CAPTURE."

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BETHEL PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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I HAD A PENNY WITH A SMALL HOLE IN THE TOP THAT I
CARRIED TO TESTS. I WAS CONVINCED THAT THIS WAS AN
AID BECAUSE I USUALLY DID WELL, ESPECIALLY IN APTITUDE
TYPE TESTS. THIS WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL, BUT I STILL
HAVE THAT PENNY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BETHEL PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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HEX SIGNS

THE PENNSYLVANIA-DUTCH USE A HEXAGON-SHAPED AND BRIGHTLY
PAINTED SYMBOL ON THEIR HOUSES AND BARNS TO WARD OFF
EVIL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BETHEL PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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THERE IS A MAN (WHOM I HAVE SEEN) WHO WALKS UP AND
DOWN A CERTAIN STREET. HE WAS INJURED IN AN AUTOMOBILE
ACCIDENT. WHEN CARS SPEED UP THE ROAD, HE WILL THROW
ROCKS AT THEM. WHEN THEY DRIVE SLOWLY, HE WAVES
FRIENDILY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BETHEL PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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THERE IS A MAN (WHOM I HAVE SEEN) WHO WALKS UP AND
DOWN A CERTAIN STREET. HE WAS INJURED IN AN AUTOMOBILE
ACCIDENT. WHEN CARS SPEED UP THE ROAD, HE WILL THROW
ROCKS AT THEM. WHEN THEY DRIVE SLOWLY, HE WAVES
FRIENDILY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BETHEL PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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