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RED SKIES AT NIGHT,
SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
RED SKIES IN MORNING,
SAILORS TAKE WARNING!

Submitter comment: AS A CHILD FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- PC88 PC88.800

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FIRST GRADE BABIES,
SECOND GRADE TOTS,
THIRD GRADE ANGELS,
FOURTH GRADE SNOTS,
FIFTH GRADE PEACHES,
SIXTH GRADE PLUMS,
AND ALL THE REST ARE GREAT BIG BUMS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG ; ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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HANDLE WITH CARE WOMEN AND GLASS

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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HICCUPS

DRINK A GLASS OF WATER WITHOUT BREATHING TO CURE HICCUPS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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MORON

DID YOU HEAR OF THE MORON WHO SLEPT ON THE CHANDELIER
BECAUSE HE WAS A LIGHT SLEEPER?

Submitter comment: (HEARD) AT BOSTON COLLEGE

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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MORON

DID YOU HEAR OF THE LITTLE MORON WHO CUT HIS ARMS OFF?
HE WANTED TO WEAR A SLEEVELESS SWEATER!

Submitter comment: I DON'T KNOW (ORIGIN)

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NEITHER THE TREE NOR THE MODEL MANGER IS TAKEN
DOWN UNTIL AFTER THE EPIPHANY.

Submitter comment: FROM OUR FAMILY CUSTOM.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A STOCKING IS HUNG ON THE FIREPLACE MANTLE. IT CAN BE
FILLED WITH CANDY, ETC. IF THE PERSON WAS GOOD DURING
THE YEAR OR COAL IF THE PERSON WAS BAD.

Submitter comment: FAMILY CUSTOM

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LENTEN CUSTOMS--ST. PATRICK'S DAY

GIVE UP SOMETHING ENJOYABLE AS A SACRIFICE DURING
LENT, EXCEPT ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY.

Submitter comment: FAMILY CUSTOM.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: 663 Lent
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

MAKE A WISH ON YOUR BIRTHDAY CANDLES. THEN TRY TO BLOW
THEM OUT (ALL AT ONCE). IF ALL THE CANDLES ARE BLOWN
OUT, THE WISH WILL COME TRUE THAT YEAR. THE NUMBER
OF CANDLES LEFT BURNING REPRESENTS THE NUMBER OF
YEARS FOR THE WISH TO COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: FAMILY CUSTOM.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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EASTER CELEBRATION: HIDING EASTER EGGS AND EASTER
BASKETS FOR THE CHILDREN TO FIND IN THE MORNING.

Submitter comment: FAMILY CUSTOM.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter baskets
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SIMPLE DODGE BALL

THE PLAYERS ARE ARRANGED WITH ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF
THE PLAYERS IN A CIRCLE AND THE REMAINING ONE THIRD
INSIDE THE CIRCLE. THOSE IN THE CIRCLE HAVE A SOFT
BALL WITH WHICH THEY TRY AND HIT THOSE INSIDE
THE CIRCLE. A HIT MUST BE BELOW THE WAIST. WHEN
HE IS HIT, A PLAYER JOINS THE CIRCLE. THE LAST ONE
IN THE CIRCLE WINS THE GAME.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED IN GYM CLASS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

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

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LEAP FROG

CHILDREN LINE UP IN DOUBLED UP POSITION. THE ONE
AT THE REAR OF THE LINE LEAPS OVER THOSE IN FRONT
OF HIM. THE LAST ONE IN LINE IS THEREFORE
CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING AND THE LINE MOVES FORWARD.

Submitter comment: I PROBABLY LEARNED THIS IN KINDERGARTEN.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

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

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POLISH SOCCER

THIS DEVIATES FROM NORMAL SOCCER IN THAT IT IS
CONTINUOUS PLAY AND ALL ROUGHHOUSE TACTICS ARE
LEGAL. IT IS USUALLY PLAYED WITH A GREAT MANY
PEOPLE IN A SMALL AREA. THREE MEN ARE ALLOWED TO
PROTECT YOUR GOAL WHILE EVERYONE ELSE REPRESENTS
THE OFFENSE. THEY FORM A WALL AND LITERALLY PUSH
THE BALL THROUGH THE OPPOSING TEAM'S GOAL RESTRIC-
TIONS. THE MORE KICKS, ELBOWS AND PUNCHES THE
BETTER.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS IN HIGY SCHOOL GHM CLASS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

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RUSSIAN BASKETBALL

THIS DEVIATES FROM NORMAL BASKETBALL IN THAT YOU MUST
PASS THE BALL CONTINUOUSLY BUT MAY OCCASIONALLY
CARRY IT WITH YOU, BUT ARE ALLOWED NEVER TO DRIBBLE
IT. AS IN POLISH SOCCER, IT IS PLAYED IN A SMALL
AREA WITH MANY PLAYERS. ALL ROUGHHOUSE TACTICS ARE
LEGAL. EACH TEAM IS AN OFFENSIVE TEAM CONVERTED
TO A DEFENSE WHEN NEEDED TO ALLAY THE OPPOSING
FORCE. AS IS THE OBJECT IN REGULAR BASKETBALL, YOU
HAVE TO SCORE POINTS WHICH ARE RECORDED AS ONE POINT
FOR EVERY FIELD GOAL WHICH YOU GET ANY WAY YOU CAN.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS IN HIGH SCHOOL GYM CLASS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: HIGH SCHOOL

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HIDE AND SEEK

ONE PLAYER IS IT AND HE STANDS AT THE GOAL (TREE,
POST, ETC.) AND THE OTHER PLAYERS HIDE. WHILE THE
OTHERS RUN AND HIDE, HE COUNTS TWENTY-FIVE. HE THEN
CALLS THAT HE IS COMING AND GOES TO LOOK FOR THEM.
THE FIRST ONE WHOM HE FINDS IS IT NEXT TIME THE GAME
IS PLAYED. HE CONTINUES TO SEARCH UNTIL ALL ARE
FOUND. A HIDER MAY SAVE HIMSELF BY REACHING AND
TAGGING THE GOAL BEFORE THE "IT" DOES.

Submitter comment: I DON'T REMEMBER WHERE I LEARNED IT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: HIGH SCHOOL

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MIDNIGHT

ONE PLAYER IS THE FOX AND THE OTHER PLAYERS ARE THE
CHICKENS. THE FOX IS IN HIS DEN, A SMALL AREA
MARKED OFF AT ONE END OF THE PLAY SPACE. THE CHICKENS
APPROACH HIS DEN ASKING, "WHAT TIME IS IT?" THE FOX
MAY ANSWER ANY CLOCK TIME. WHEN HE ANSWERS "MIDNIGHT!"
THAT IS HIS SIGNAL THAT HE IS GOING TO CHASE THE
CHICKENS. AT THE SIGNAL, THE CHICKENS RUN FOR SAFETY.
THEY ARE SAFE WHEN THEY REACH A SPECIFIED AREA. ANY
WHO ARE CAUGHT BY THE FOX BEFORE REACHING SAFETY ARE
TAKEN TO HIS DEN AND ASSIST IN CATCHING THE CHICKENS
WHEN THE FOX SIGNALS. THE CHICKENS APPROACH THE FOX'S
DEN AND THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL ALL THE PLAYERS ARE
TAGGED.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED FROM KIDS IN NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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LAGOON MAN

ONE PLAYER IS SELECTED AS THE LAGOON MAN. HE IS BLIND
FOLDED, THEN ORDERED TO TWIRL AROUND. WHEN HE
STOPS, THOSE OTHER PLAYERS WHO HAVE TAKEN LEAVE
FROM HIM MUST ALSO STOP AND NOT MOVE. THE LAGOON MAN
PROCEEDS TO STEP FORWARD AND THE FIRST PLAYER HE
CORRALS IS THE NEW LAGOON MAN.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS WHEN I WAS SMALL. I DON'T KNOW FROM WHO.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELT GAME

ONE PERSON IS GIVEN A LEATHER BELT. THE REST OF THE
PLAYERS, WHO ARE IN SHORTS, FORM A CIRCLE. THE PLAYER
WHO HAS THE BELT GOES AROUND THE CIRCLE UNTIL HE COMES
TO A PLAYER HE DISLIKES. HE TAPS THIS PERSON ON THE
SHOULDER. THIS IS THE SIGNAL FOR THE PERSON IN THE
CIRCLE TO RUN. THE PLAYER WITH THE BELT CHASES THE
PLAYER HE DISLIKES AROUND THE CIRCLE ONCE, HITTING
HIM WITH THE BELT AS MUCH AS HE CAN. AFTER GOING
AROUND ONCE THE PLAYER BEING BEATEN IS SAFE. THE
PLAYER HAVING THE BELT HAS TO PASS IT SOMEONE ELSE.
THE GAME CONTINUES.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS IN HIGH SCHOOL GYM CLASS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

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

Date learned: HIGH SCHOOL

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THE NUMBERS 7 AND 11 ARE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: WHERE LEARNED: DON'T REMEMBER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HAMBURG

Keyword(s): DICE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.11

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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