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THE BOYS I PLAYED BASEBALL WITH AND I, OFTEN DUPED
A NEW PLAYER INTO BELIEVING THAT THERE WERE LEFT-
HANDED AND RIGHT-HANDED BASEBALL BATS. I NOTED THE
SAME JOKE IN AAA PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL IN CHATANOOGA,
TENNESSEE IN 1958 PLAYED ON A MUCH OLDER FELLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BIRMINGHAM ; TENNESSEE ; CHATANOOGA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Foundation rite Laying of cornerstone

Date learned: 12-00-1971 ; 00-00-1958 ; 00001950S

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AT OLIVET COLLEGE, THE HAZING OF ADELPHIC FRATERNITY
PLEDGES WAS SUPPOSEDLY THE MIDWEST'S ROUGHEST. SOME
OF HELL NIGHT'S PRANKS:
BLINDFOLDED PLEDGE PICKS UP BANANA IN TOILET.
BLINDFOLDED PLEDGE HAS ENCASED SHAVER (ELECTRIC)
DRAWN OVER DIFFERENT HAIRY PARTS OF BODY AND HAIR IS
DROPPED TO SIMULATE ACTUAL SHAVING.
BLINDFOLDED, EATING ALLUM-STUFFED PICKLES, OLIVES, ETC.
FORCING REGURGITATION.
BLINDFOLDED, NUDE PLEDGE STANDING IN SIX INCHES OF ICE
WATER HAS HOT WAX DRIPPED ON HIM.
SINGING FRATERNITY AND SCHOOL SONGS IN UNDERPANTS AND
SHOES ONLY (SNOW ON GROUND) IN FRONT OF GIRL'S DORM.
HAVING TO RECITE PLEDGE RULES IN ORDER WHILE LAYING
NUDE IN SIX INCHES OF ICE WATER, WHILE FRAT MEMBERS
DROPPED RAW EGGS FROM BALCONY INTO MOUTH OF RECITER.
THERE ARE MORE, BUT THEY'RE SADISTIC, SOME CAUSING
THREE OUT OF APPROXIMATELY 30 TO QUIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BIRMINGHAM ; TENNESSEE ; CHATANOOGA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 12-00-1971 ; 00-00-1958 ; 00001950S

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