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GRACE BEFORE MEALS

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MEAT,
GOOD GOD, LET'S EAT.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Keyword(s): BLESSING

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JIMMY'S IT,
CAUGHT A FIT,
AND CAN'T GET OVER IT.

Submitter comment: CHILDREN USED THIS VERSE TO TAUNT THE ONE WHO'S IT.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ENY, MENY, MINY, MO
CATCH A NIGER BY THE TOE
IF HE HOWLERS LET HIM GO
ENY, MENY, MINY, MO,
OUT GOES Y-O-U

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATOES, THREE POTATOES, FOUR,
FIVE POTATOES, SIX POTATOES, SEVEN POTATOES, MORE.
CHILDREN PUT FISTS FORWARD, AND ONE PLAYER COUNTS OFF
ALSO USING HIS HANDS. ON THE WORD "MORE" PLAYER PUTS HIS FIST
BEHIND HIS BACK. THE FIST THAT IS LEFT IS "IT" FOR THE GAME.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

APPLES, PEACHES, PEARS, AND PLUMS;
TELL ME WHEN YOUR BIRTHAY COMES,
D-E-C-E-M-B-E-R (OR ANY MONTH BY THE ONE ON WHOM
"COMES" FALLS).

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEGEND

IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA THERE IS A LAKE CALLED "MC LAC," IN THE
MIDDLE OF WHICH IS A GLASS HILL THAT SHINES BRILLIANTLY IN THE
SUN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE INDIANS BUILT THIS HILL TO HONOR
THE SUN GOD. FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS THEY CARRIED THESE CRYSTAL
ROCKS OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE BY MEANS OF CANOES. A ROCK
WAS OFFERRED BY THE ENTIRE TRIBE WHENEVER A FAVOR WAS GRANTED
BY THE SUN GOD. THEY CONTINUED THIS RITUAL UNTIL THE HILL WAS
FAR ENOUGH OUT OF THE WATER TO REFLECT THE SUN'S GOODNESS BY
GIVING BACK ITS LIGHT.

Submitter comment: SISTER KATERI'S FATHER TOLD THIS STORY TO HER WHEN SISTER WAS A
YOUNGSTER:

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS ; SOUTH SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Sun
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mineral

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RHYME

GOOD FOOD GOOD MEAT,
GOOD GOD LET'S EAT.

Data entry tech comment: OFTEN HEARD THIS AS A CHILD.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: AA ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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RHYME

JIMMY'S IT, / CAUGHT A FIT, / AND CAN'T GET OVER IT.

Submitter comment: CHILDREN USE THIS VERSE TO TAUNT THE ONE WHO'S IT.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Keyword(s): RHYME: AAA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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BE REASONABLE--DO IT MY WAY.

Submitter comment: SIGN ON A STORE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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RIDDLE

WHAT DID THE BEATLES SING WHEN THEY WERE IN
QUICKSAND? ANSWER: I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND.

Data entry tech comment: THE BEATLES ARE AN ENGLISH ROCK MUSIC GROUP ; AND I "WANT TO

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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LEGEND

IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA THERE IS A LAKE CALLED "MC LAC," IN THE
MIDDLE OF WHICH IS A GLASS HILL THAT SHINES BRILLIANTLY IN THE
SUN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE INDIANS BUILT THIS HILL TO HONOR
THE SUN GOD. FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS THEY CARRIED THESE CRYSTAL
ROCKS OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE BY MEANS OF CANOES. A ROCK
WAS OFFERRED BY THE ENTIRE TRIBE WHENEVER A FAVOR WAS GRANTED
BY THE SUN GOD. THEY CONTINUED THIS RITUAL UNTIL THE HILL WAS
FAR ENOUGH OUT OF THE WATER TO REFLECT THE SUN'S GOODNESS BY
GIVING BACK ITS LIGHT.

Submitter comment: SISTER KATERI'S FATHER TOLD THIS STORY TO HER WHEN SISTER WAS A
YOUNGSTER:

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS ; SOUTH SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Sun
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mineral

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEGEND

IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA THERE IS A LAKE CALLED "MC LAC," IN THE
MIDDLE OF WHICH IS A GLASS HILL THAT SHINES BRILLIANTLY IN THE
SUN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE INDIANS BUILT THIS HILL TO HONOR
THE SUN GOD. FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS THEY CARRIED THESE CRYSTAL
ROCKS OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE BY MEANS OF CANOES. A ROCK
WAS OFFERRED BY THE ENTIRE TRIBE WHENEVER A FAVOR WAS GRANTED
BY THE SUN GOD. THEY CONTINUED THIS RITUAL UNTIL THE HILL WAS
FAR ENOUGH OUT OF THE WATER TO REFLECT THE SUN'S GOODNESS BY
GIVING BACK ITS LIGHT.

Submitter comment: SISTER KATERI'S FATHER TOLD THIS STORY TO HER WHEN SISTER WAS A
YOUNGSTER:

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS ; SOUTH SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Sun
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mineral

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ANIMAL RIDDLE

WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU COMBINE A MINK AND A KANGAROO?
A MINK WITH A POCKET.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; JOKE ; PUZZLE ; RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

WHAT CAN A PERSON WEAR THAT IS NEVER OUT OF STYLE?
-- A SMILE.

Where learned: HOME ; MINNESOTA ; TOLD AT ; MINNEAPOLIS

Keyword(s): TRANSITIVE AND INTRANSATIVE VERB "TO SMILE."

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHY DO DUCKS FLY SOUTH?
ANSWER: IT'S TOO FAR TO WALK.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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