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INCH ME STAYED UP AND WHO FELL DOWN?

Submitter comment: UPON THE APPROPRIATE ANSWER OF "PINCH ME," THE
QUESTIONER IMMEDIATELY COMPLIED WITH A SHARP PINCH.
MY BROTHER, MIKE, USED TO ASK ME THIS WHEN I WAS
ABOUT SIX OR SEVEN. I FELL FOR IT EVERY TIME.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700.536

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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HIDE AND GO SEEK

WHEN PLAYING HIDE AND GO SEEK, THE GOAL WAS CALLED THE
"GHOUL." AFTER COUNTING TO THE PREDETERMINED NUMBER,
"IT" YELLS:
PEACHES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT, READY HOLLER I.
ANYBODY AROUND MY GHOUL SHALL BE IT.
IF AN UNDISCOVERED PLAYER MANAGES TO TAG THE GOAL,
HE CRIES OUT:
ALLIE, ALLIE, IN FREE!

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport S555.524

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN
THERE LIES A ROCK
ON IT IS CARVED
"FORGET ME NOT."

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Forget me not

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE IN A TREE,
DON'T COME TO ME WITH YOUR *&%%$# MONKEYS.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND HAVE 25
DON'T CALL IT A FAMILY
CALL IT A TRIBE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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POOR INK,
POOR WRITING,
POOR PEN
AMEN.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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I WISH YOU LUCK,
I WISH YOU JOY,
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY,
AND WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL
I WISH YOU NEXT A BABY GIRL.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING,
AND YOUR FEET NO LONGER TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SINKING,
AND THE EARTH NO MORE BE TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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REMEMBER THE BOY FROM THE CITY,
REMEMBER THE BOY FROM THE TOWN,
REMEMBER THE BOY WHO SPOILED YOUR BOOK
BY WRITING UPSIDE DOWN.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
FACES LIKE YOURS SHOULD BE IN THE ZOO.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
IF YOU EAT WORMS, I WILL TOO.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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2 Y'S U R
2 Y'S U B
I C U R 2 Y'S 4 ME.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD WENT TO THE CUPBOARD,
TO GET HER POOR DAUGHTER A DRESS.
BUT WHEN SHE GOT THERE,
THE CUPBOARD WAS BARE,
AND SO WAS THE DAUGHTER, I GUESS!

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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I SEE YOU IN THE OCEAN,
I SEE YOU IN THE SEA,
I SEE YOU IN THE BATHTUB,
OH, EXCUSE ME!

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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WHEN I DIE AND GO ABOVE,
I WILL SEE THE BOYS YOU USED TO LOVE,
WHEN YOU DIE AND GO BELOW,
YOU WILL SHOVEL COAL FOR THE B & O.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): B & O IS (OR WAS) A RAILROAD, BALTIMORE & OHIO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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TALE

WHEN PAT'S PARENTS FIRST LIVED IN THEIR NEW HOUSE, THEY COULD
HEAR MOANS AND CRIES IN THEIR BEDROOM. THEY LATER FOUND OUT
THAT THE PREVIOUS OWNER HAD DIED AND REMAINED THERE FOR SEVERAL
DAYS UNTIL FOUND. THE MOANS CONTINUED UNTIL THE NAME OF THE
PREVIOUS OWNER WAS REMOVED FROM THE MAILBOX.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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LEGEND

THERE WAS A LEGEND AT MY HIGH SCHOOL IN CLEVELAND, NOTRE DAME
ACADEMY, THAT A NUN WAS BURIED UNDER A LOOSE SLAB OF MARBLE IN
THE MAIN HALLWAY, AND NOISE DISTURBED HER. THEREFORE, WE WERE
TO REMAIN QUIET IN THE HALLS.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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SUPERSTITION

ONE OF THE MOST COMMON KNOWLEDGE SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT BAD LUCK IS
THAT CONCERNING A BIRD THAT ENTERS THE HOUSE UNINVITED. SUCH A SIGN
MEANS ONLY ONE THING, SICKNESS, DEATH, DESPAIR. IT COULD BE ANY
SORT OF BIRD AND THERE IS NO WAY TO REMEDY THE EVIL. ONCE THE BIRD
HAS ENTERED IT DOESNT MATTER IF HE IS KILLED, CAUGHT, OR SET FREE.
EVIL WILL FOLLOW. IT COULD TAKE A FEW MINUTES, OR A FEW DAYS.
EITHER WAY, BAD LUCK WILL VISIT THE INHABITANTS OR THE BUILDING
ITSELF.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): UNINVITED GUEST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.32

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THE CLOUDS ARE PINK AT SUNSET, SANTA CLAUS IS MAKING CANDY.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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