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ELEPHANT JOKE

WHAT IS BLACK AND STICKS BETWEEN AN ELEPHANTS TOES?
SLOW NATIVES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMONT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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PRANKS

STICK SOMEONES HEAD DOWN THE PRIVY.

Submitter comment: ACTUALLY DONE AT CAMP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMONT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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GEOGRAPHY JOKE--DRUNKS

A DRUNK MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR BEING DRUNK AND DISORDERLY
OUTSIDE A BAR IN THE SMALL TOWN OF ALMONT. LATER WHEN
ASKED AT THE POLICE STATION WHY HE WAS ARRESTED, HE
ANSWERED THAT HE DIDN'T KNOW. THE OFFICER TOLD HIM
HE WAS CHARGED WITH BEING DRUNK AND DISORDERLY IN
A PUBLIC PLACE. TO THIS HE REPLIED, "I DIDN'T
KNOW ALMONT WAS PUBLIC."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMONT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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__________, __________,(INSERT ANY NAME)
IF YOU ARE ABLE
GET YOUR ELBOWS OFF THE TABLE.
THIS IS NOT A HORSE'S STABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMONT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1976 ; 10-00-1987

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SLUG BUG

SLUG BUG IS A GAME PLAYED IN THE CAR ON LONG TRIPS. WHEN
SOMEONE SPOTS A VOLKSWAGON HE/SHE HITS THE PERSON NEXT TO
HIM/HER. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO SPOT THE VOLKSWAGON
FIRST SO THAT YOU WILL NOT BE THE ONE TO BE HIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMONT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979 ; 11-00-1987

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WHEN TRAVELING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS IN A CAR OR BUS, PICK YOUR
FEET OFF THE FLOOR AND PUT YOUR FINGER ON A SCREW.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER THE REASON FOR DOING THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMONT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1979 ; 11-00-1987

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YOU CAN MAKE A WISH WHEN THE CLASP OF YOUR NECKLACE IS IN THE FRONT
NEXT TO THE PENDANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMONT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1976 ; 11-00-1987

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WHEN YOU SEE A HEARSE GO BY
YOU WILL BE THE NEXT TO DIE.
THEY WRAP YOU UP IN A CLEAN WHITE SHEET
AND THROW YOU IN A HOLE ABOUT SIX FEET DEEP.
THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT.
THE ANTS PLAY PINOCHLE ON YOUR SNOUT.
YOUR STOMACH TURNS A MOLDY GREEN
AND PUS COMES OUT LIKE A DAIRY QUEEN.
YOUR EYES POP OUT. YOUR TEETH DECAY.
AND THAT'S THE END OF A WONDERFUL DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMONT

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 00-00-1978 ; 11-00-1987

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PROVERB

WOMAN'S VIRTUE IS A MAN'S GREATEST INVENTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMONT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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