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I'M GOING TO GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE AND I AM GOING TO TAKE A
----- (EACH PERSON ADDS AN ITEM, REPEATING ALL PRECEEDING
ITEMS UNTIL SOMEONE FORGETS, THEN THE STORY BEGINS AGAIN).

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): GAME ; Grandmother ; House ; Language ; MEMORY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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NOBODY LOVES ME,
EVERYBODY HATES ME.
THINK I'LL EAT SOME WORMS!
BIG, FAT, JUICY ONES
LITTLE, SLIMY, SKINNY ONES
ROUND AND HAIRY WORMS!

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; KIDS ; RHYME ; SONG ; WORMS

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

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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JUST PLANT A WATERMELON ON MY GRAVE
AND LET THE JUICE SLIP THROUGH.
JUST PLANT A WATERMELON ON MY GRAVE
THAT'S ALL I ASK OF YOU!

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Children's Song ; Grave ; Juice ; RHYME ; Watermelon

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

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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"I'M A NUT"

LITTLE ACORN FAT AND ROUND
LAYING ON THE COLD, COLD GROUND
EVERYBODY STEPS ON ME
THAT'S WHY I'M CRACKED YOU SEE!
I'M A NUT (CLAP, CLAP)
I'M A NUT (CLAP, CLAP)
I'M A GREAT (CLAP, CLAP)
BIG NUT (CLAP, CLAP).

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Acorn ; Children's Song ; NUT ; RHYME

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

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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"HANGMAN"

HANGMAN, HANGMAN SLACK YOUR ROPE.
HANGMAN, HANGMAN SLACK YOUR ROPE.
SLACK IT FOR A K-K-K-K- ( SOUND AS IF CHOKING).

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Children's Song ; Hangman ; RHYME ; Rope ; SONG

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

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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EDDIE-COOCHA-CACHA-GAMMA
TOASTA-NARA-TOASTA-NOVA.
SAMMY-WAMMY-WAAACKI BROWN
FELL INTO THE WELL AND DROWN(ED).

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Children's Song ; RHYME ; SONG ; Well

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

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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2 (TOO) SWEET
2 (TO) BE
________
4 (FORGOTTEN) GOTTEN

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; RHYME ; Signature

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
YOUR NOSE LOOKS LIKE A B-52.

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Autograph Rhyme ; B-52 ; Blue ; COLOR ; FLOWERS ; NOSE ; poem ; Red ; RHYME ; Roses ; Signature ; Violets

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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I LIKE COFFEE,
I LIKE TEA,
I WANT ------(NAME)
TO JUMP WITH ME!

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Coffee ; Jump Rope ; JUMP ROPE RHYME ; poem ; RHYME ; SONG ; TEA

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

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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STEP ON A CRACK AND YOU'LL BREAK THE DEVIL'S DISHES.
VARIATION: STEP ON A CRACK AND YOU'LL BREAK YOUR
MOTHER'S BACK.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Back ; CHILDREN ; Crack ; DEVIL ; Dishes ; GAME ; RHYME ; SUPERSTITION

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

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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YOU CAN TELL IF SOMEONE IS FIBBING BY FEELING HIS NOSE;
IF IT IS COLD, HE IS LYING.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Cold ; LYING ; NOSE ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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IF YOU PUT BOTH HANDS ON HEAD AND THINK OF YOUR BOYFRIEND/
GIRLFRIEND AND HE/SHE TRULY LOVES YOU, BY THEY TIME YOU
COUNT TO TEN YOU WILL BE RID OF YOUR HICCUPS.

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): CURE ; HICCUPS ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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YOU MUST WHEN RIDING IN A CAR, HOLD YOUR BREATH WHILE
PASSING A CEMETERY, OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE HAUNTED BY
THE DEAD.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): BREATH ; CEMETERY ; GRAVEYARD ; HAUNTED ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WHEN WALKING WITH ANOTHER, DO NOT WALK ON EITHER (SIDE)
OF AN OBSTACLE OR YOU WILL HAVE A FIGHT.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): FIGHT ; Obstacle ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; WALKING

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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ATTACH NEEDLE AND THREAD TO THE ERASER END OF PENCIL. HOLD
THREAD IN RIGHT HAND SO PENCIL DNGLES OVER LEFT WRIST(PALM
UP). IF THE PENCIL TRAVELS VERTICALLY IT INDICATES A BOY,
HORIZONTALLY, A GIRL.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Boy ; Dangle ; gender ; Girl ; Pencil ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY ; Swing

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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"GET THOSE FEET UP!"

WHEN RIDING IN A CAR ONE MUST LIFT HIS FEET WHILE GOING
OVER RAILROAD TRACKS OR HE WILL BE KILLED IN SOME SORT
OF TRAIN ACCIDENT THE NEXT DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Car ; DEATH ; FEET ; Railroad Tracks ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WHENEVER ONE FINDS AN EYELASH HE MAY PUT IT ON HIS THUMB,
MAKE A WISH, AND THEN BLOW IT OFF. IF THE EYELASH IS NOT
IN VIEW, THE WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Eyelash ; SUPERSTITION ; WISH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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DON'T LET YOUR BOOKS INTERFERE WITH YOUR EDUCATION.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Books ; EDUCATION ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; PROVERB ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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PROVERBS OF THE LOCKER ROOM

1-WHEN THE GOIN' GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOIN'.
2-THE BEST WAY TO LOSE IS NOT TO.
3-A GIRL BEFORE THE GAME WILL RUIN YOUR CHANCES OF FAME.
4-QUITTERS NEVER WIN AND WINNERS NEVER QUIT.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; L:ocker Room ; PROVERB ; Saying ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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Proverbial Speech

WHEN IT IS SPRINKLING RAIN GOD IS CHEWING TOBACCO AGAIN.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Chew ; EUPHEMISM ; God ; Language ; PROVERB ; Raining ; SPEECH ; TOBACCO ; WEATHER

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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