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Childern (Children's) Game (River Rat)
Lay a small rug in the middle of the room for a river. Or draw two
chalk lines on the floor to mark the sides of the river. Choose
one person to be the watcher. Have everyone line up on one side of
the river. Start the music and have everyone march across the
river. Stop the music. Anyone standing in the river is the river
rat. He steps out of the line and watches for other river rats who
get caught in the river. Boys and girls can play this game,
preferably ages 5 to 10.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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From others we can hide some things
We've thought and said and done;
We cannot hide them from the lord
He known them, everyone.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

Keyword(s): poem

James Callow Keyword(s): knows

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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After having a baby take a couple drops of milk from your
breast, place it on a brick and stick it in the oven and it will
help dry up the milk in a woman's breast.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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If your nose itches on the left side it means a strange man is
coming to your house, but if your nose itches on the right side it
means a strange woman is coming to your house.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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Throw salt over your left shoulder to keep the jinks away.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

James Callow Keyword(s): jinx

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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Joke

One time a man went before the judge for sentencing and the
judge gave the man ten years for the {crime?} that he had committed
and the man started laughing and told the judge, "Oh! Your Honor,
I can do that standing on my head," so the judge said "Oh! Well,
here is ten more years to get you back on your feet again."

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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