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BAD LUCK

THREE ON A MATCH
SOLDIERS IN VIETNAM BELIEVED THAT THE TIME IT TOOK TO LIGHT THREE
CIGARETTES WITH ONE MATCH WAS LONG ENOUGH FOR THE ENEMY TO SPOT
THEIR POSITION. VETERANS STILL PRACTICE THIS BELIEF TODAY.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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FOOD NAMES

S.O.S. SHIT ON A SHINGLE NAME GIVEN TO CREAMED MEAT OVER TOAST.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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JOKE-MILITARY

WHY DO MARINE BOOTS HAVE T.G.I.F. LABELED ON THEM? TO REMIND THEM
THAT THEIR TOES GO IN FIRST.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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JOKE-MILITARY

WHY DOES THE ARMY HAVE THE CANINE CORPS AND THE NAVY HAVE THE
MARINE CORPS? BECAUSE THE ARMY HAD FIRST PICK.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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JOKE-MILITARY

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT MATTEL'S NEW TOY? IT IS A BOOT LIEUTENANT. YOU
WIND IT UP, IT TAKES TWO STEPS AND SCREWS UP.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

IF THE HEAD IS PALE, RAISE THE TAIL. IF THE HEAD IS RED, RAISE THE
HEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A REMINDER FOR SIMPLE FIRST AID. IF THE HEAD IS PALE, THIS
COULD SIGNAL SHOCK WHICH WOULD BE HELPED BY RAISING THE LEGS. IF THE
HEAD IS RED, THIS COULD SIGNAL A HEAD INJURY, SO YOU WOULD RAISE THE
HEAD TO DECREASE THE BLOOD FLOW TO THE HEAD.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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NAMING

SQUID-NAME GIVEN TO A SAILOR BY A MARINE.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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NAMING

GRUNT, JARHEAD, GYRINE,-- NAMES GIVEN TO A MARINE BY SAILORS.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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NAMING

SKUTTLEBUTT--TERM USED IN THE NAVY TO DESCRIBE LOOSE TALK AND
HEARSAY OR NAMING A DRINKING FOUNTAIN.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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JOKE-MILITARY

IRISH PENNANT
MILITARY NAME GIVEN TO ANY LOOSE THREAD ON ONE'S CLOTHING OR GEAR.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CAMP LEJEUNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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