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THE STORY IS ABOUT THE LITTLE BOY WHO DOES THE "LIFE" CEREAL
COMMERCIALS ON TELEVISION (LET'S GET MIKEY, HE HATES EVERYTHING).
THE RUMOR GOES THAT HE ATE A CASE OF POP-ROCKS CANDY AND THEN DRANK
A COKE AND EXPLODED.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS AT HER COLLEGE, COLUMBIA, IN NEW YORK
BUT IT WAS ALSO CONFIRMED BY A STUDENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF
GEORGIA.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; CAMBRIDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): INTEMPERANCE

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
Food Drink -- Kind of Drink and Its Preparation
BELIEF -- Human Being

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THE MATHEMATICAL BRIDGE

THE RIVER CAM RUNS BEHIND SOME OF THE COLLEGES AT CAMBRIDGE-
QUEENS' COLLEGE HAVING A WOODEN BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER. THE
LEGEND GOES THAT IT WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT BY SIR ISAAC NEWTON
WHO ATTENDED COLLEGE THERE. THE BRIDGE WAS SUPPOSEDLEY DESIGNED TO
STAND UP BY ITSELF WITHOUT NAILS, SCREWS, OR BOLTS. UPON CLOSER
EXAMINATION, IT DOES HAVE SCREWS AND BOLTS WHICH ARE EXPLAINED
BECAUSE THE BRIDGE WAS TAKEN APART SOME YEARS AGO TO BE REPAIRED
AND THEY COULDN'T GET IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN THE RIGHT WAY.

Submitter comment: THIS LEGEND HAS STUBBORNLY PERSISTED FOR OVER A HUNDRED YEARS
DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT SIR ISAAC NEWTON HAD
NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BRIDGE AND THE DETAILS ABOUT IT CONCERNING
THE ORIGINAL BUILDER CAN BE LOOKED UP IN ANY CAMBRIDGE HISTORY
BOOK. IT'S PROBABLY SAFE TO SAY THAT THE YOUNG MEN WHO RENT PUNTS
AND/OR CHAUFFEUR TOURISTS ALONG THE RIVER ARE CHIEFLY RESPONSIBLE
FOR MAINTAINING THE LEGEND.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; CAMBRIDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): ARCHITECT ; ARCHITECTURE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Bridge
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-00-1982

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BEER OR "BITTER" IS SOLD AT PUBS IN ENGLAND BY THE PINT AND BY
THE HALF-PINT. HOWEVER, MEN ARE NEVER SUPPOSED TO ORDER HALF-PINTS
AS IT'S A SIGN OF A LACK OF MASCULINITY. WOMEN BY THE SAME TOKEN
SHOULD NEVER ORDER FULL PINTS AS IT'S A SIGN OF A LACK OF FEMININITY.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; CAMBRIDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 07-00-1982

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DRINKING-BOB

THIS DRINKING GAME IS TO BE PLAYED WHILE WATCHING THE BOB NEWHART
SHOW. EVERY TIME SOMEONE SAYS "BOB," YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO TAKE
A DRINK OF BEER. FOR SOME REASON BOB'S NAME IS SAID A LOT AND YOU
CAN GET PRETTY DRUNK PLAYING IT.

Submitter comment: I HAPPENED TO PLAY IT ONCE AND THEY SAID "BOB" OVER FIFTY TIMES
IN ONE HALF-HOUR.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; CAMBRIDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): TELEVISION

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

Date learned: 07-00-1982

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It was a custom that during the wakes for the departed that
were always held at a house the women would sit in the living
room with the body and cry and pray while the men sat in the
kitchen. They (the men) would eat, drink and make merry.

Submitter comment: The informants' uncle learned to jig on the kitchen table at a
very young age at the wakes.
This is considered an Irish custom of that era.

Where learned: CAMBRIDGE ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): Dancing: Irish Jig

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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THE GHOST OF KILLARNEY

TIM, DIRECTOR OF CAMP KILLARNEY, AND OTHERS TELL
A REMARKABLY SIMILAR STORY ABOUT A SO-CALLED
"KILLARNEY GHOST."
MANY YEARS AGO, AN OLD GUY'S WIFE IS KILLED BY
WOLVES AND HER HAIR RIPPED FROM HER SKULL. OLD
GUY GOES BERSERK, DROWNS HIMSELF IN LAKE KILLARNEY.
NOW HIS BERSERK GHOST, EVERY NIGHT AT 12 COMES
EERILY FROM THE LAKE, LOOKING FOR HER HAIR TO PASTE
IT BACK ON. BUT HE'LL EVEN TRY TO PULL ANYBODY'S
HAIR OUT AS THEY SLEEP. SINCE YOUNGER GHOSTS ARE
RELATIVELY POWERLESS, HE CAN SO FAR ONLY MUSS HAIR
UP. THE AMAZING PROOF FOR THE VERITABILITY OF
THIS STORY IS THE FACT THAT PEOPLE IN THE AREA DO,
INDEED, FIND THEIR HAIR DISARRANGED IN THE
MORNINGS!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CAMBRIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 07-00-1969

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THE GHOST OF KILLARNEY

TIM, DIRECTOR OF CAMP KILLARNEY, AND OTHERS TELL
A REMARKABLY SIMILAR STORY ABOUT A SO-CALLED
"KILLARNEY GHOST."
MANY YEARS AGO, AN OLD GUY'S WIFE IS KILLED BY
WOLVES AND HER HAIR RIPPED FROM HER SKULL. OLD
GUY GOES BERSERK, DROWNS HIMSELF IN LAKE KILLARNEY.
NOW HIS BERSERK GHOST, EVERY NIGHT AT 12 COMES
EERILY FROM THE LAKE, LOOKING FOR HER HAIR TO PASTE
IT BACK ON. BUT HE'LL EVEN TRY TO PULL ANYBODY'S
HAIR OUT AS THEY SLEEP. SINCE YOUNGER GHOSTS ARE
RELATIVELY POWERLESS, HE CAN SO FAR ONLY MUSS HAIR
UP. THE AMAZING PROOF FOR THE VERITABILITY OF
THIS STORY IS THE FACT THAT PEOPLE IN THE AREA DO,
INDEED, FIND THEIR HAIR DISARRANGED IN THE
MORNINGS!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CAMBRIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 07-00-1969

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