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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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COUNTING OUT

EENIE MEENIE, MINIE, MO,
CATCH A DONKEY BY THE TOE,
IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO,
OUT GOES Y-O-U.

Where learned: JAPAN ; TOKYO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.
PROCEDURE: ONE PERSON DOES THE HAND HITTING. EACH
PLAYER PUTS BOTH HANDS IN FRONT OF HIM AND THE HAND
HITTER STARTS WITH THE PERSON ON HIS RIGHT, HITTING ONE
HAND FOR EACH COUNT. IF HE HITS ONE OF YOUR HANDS ON
"OR" THAT HAND IS PUT BEHIND YOUR BACK AND THE HITTER
BEGINS AGAIN WITH THE NEXT HAND. THE LAST PERSON TO
HAVE A HAND LEFT IN, IS "IT" FOR WHATEVER GAME THEY
PLAN TO PLAY.

Where learned: JAPAN ; TOKYO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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IF ALL THE BOYS WERE ACROSS THE SEA,
O, WHAT A GOOD SWIMMER MARSHA WOULD BE.

Where learned: JAPAN ; OSAKA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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IN THE JAIL THEY GIVE YOU COFFEE,
IN THE JAIL THEY GIVE YOU TEA.
IN THE JAIL THEY GIVE YOU ANYTHING,
BUT THE "DOGGONE KEY"!

Where learned: JAPAN ; TOKYO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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DON'T KISS HIM ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP,
DON'T KISS HIM ON THE LEVEL,
BUT WHEN YOU GET HIM IN THE DARK,
KISS HIM LIKE THE DEVIL.

Where learned: JAPAN ; TOKYO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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TRUE FRIENDS ARE LIKE DIAMONDS,
PRECIOUS AND RARE.
FALSE ONES LIKE AUTUMN LEAVES,
FOUND EVERYWHERE.
MAY YOU ALWAYS BE A DIAMOND,
A WILLING WORKER, AND A GOOD GIRL.

Where learned: JAPAN ; TOKYO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Exhortatory or homiletic, "to be a good girl"

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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THE PEOPLE ENDED THE GOLDEN SHIP
THE PEOPLE ENDED THE SILVER SHIP
THE PEOPLE ENDED THE RUBY SHIP
BUT DON'T LET THEM END OUR FRIENDSHIP

Where learned: JAPAN ; TOKYO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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WHEN YOU GROW UP AND GET OUT OF SHAPE,
REMEMBER THAT GIRDLES ARE $2.98.

Where learned: JAPAN ; TOKYO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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WHEN YOU GROW UP, AND THINK YOU'RE SWEET,
TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND SMELL YOUR FEET!!!

Where learned: JAPAN ; TOKYO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT SOMETIMES APPEARS WHEN EVERYTHING DISAPPEARS?
A: A (SOLD OUT) NOTICE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND (HE) LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT WHEN YOU TEAR OFF IT'S COVERINGS IT'S MADE BARE
AND YOU CAN CHEW IT?
A: CHEWING GUM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; METAPHORICAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle
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Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT IS HARD WHEN IT ENTERS A BATH,
BUT IMMEDIATELY BECOMES SOFT?
A: INSTANT JAPANESE NOODLES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND (HE) LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): PRETENDED OBSCENE?

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT WHEN YOU REMOVE IT, YOU DO NOT USE IT,
AND WHEN YOU REPLACE IT, YOU USE IT?
A: THE LID OF A JAPANESE BATH TUB.

Submitter comment: N.B. THE JAPANESE BATH TUB IS A WOODEN, DEEP TUB COVERED WITH A LID.
WHEN NOT IN USE, THE BATH IS COVERED WITH THE LID.
INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED THE ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; FURNITURE (A) ; PUZZLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT GROWS BIG WHEN IT IS FED WOOD, GROWS SMALL WHEN
IT IS FED WATER?
A: FIRE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT ONE THROWS AWAY AFTER CAREFULLY HOARDING IT?
A: GARBAGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT VEHICLE CARRIES PEOPLE BUT DOESN T HAVE ANY WHEELS?
A: A MAN'S SHOULDERS.

Submitter comment: N.B. IN JAPAN FATHERS RIDE THEIR CHILDREN ON THEIR SHOULDERS SO
THAT THE TERM KATA GURUMA (SHOULDER CAR) WAS COINED.
INFORMANT LIVES IN ASHIYA, JAPAN, AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS
CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): PART OF THE BODY (A) ; PRIVATIONAL ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT BREAD THAT IS BLACK AND HARD IS IT THAT YOU CAN T EAT?
A: FRYING PAN.

Submitter comment: N.B. THE ABOVE IS A PLAY ON WORDS. THE JAPANESE HAVE TAKEN THE
ENGLISH, FRYING PAN, INTO THEIR LANGUAGE BUT PRONOUNCE
IT "FURAIPAN.".
PAN IS ALSO THE JAPANESE WORD FROM THE FRENCH FOR BREAD. IN THIS
RIDDLE THE FRYING PAN (FURAIPAN) IS USED AS BREAD PAN.
INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): EATABLES (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q) COLOR ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS FULL OF EYES BUT HAS ONLY ONE MOUTH?
A: A ZARU. - A SPECIAL TYPE OF BAMBOO BASKET WHICH IS LOOSELY WOVEN
TO ALLOW WATER TO PASS THROUGH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): METAPHORICAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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PROVERB

THE DAY IS SETTING AND THE ROAD (WAY) IS STILL LONG.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN.

Where learned: JAPAN

James Callow Keyword(s): LIKE "THE DAY'S WORK NEVER ENDS"--FRANK M. ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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