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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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Superstition: Baseball

IF YOU'RE PLAYING BASEBALL AND YOUR PITCHER IS PITCHING
A NO-HITTER, IT'S BAD LUCK TO TALK ABOUT IT AND SAY
ANYTHING ABOUT IT TO HIM. JUST PRETEND LIKE YOU
KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS AN OLD CUSTOM IN BASEBALL THAT I LEARNED FROM
PLAYING IT VERY EARLY IN LIFE.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS ; ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BASEBALL ; BASEBALL STADIUM ; CHANCE ; CUSTOM ; Fan ; FATE ; jinx ; LUCK ; No-Hitter ; Shutout ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Superstition: Baseball

NEVER MENTION A NO-HITTER TO A PITCHER DURING THE GAME.

Submitter comment:

HEARD IT ON T.V.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BASEBALL ; BASEBALL STADIUM ; CHANCE ; CUSTOM ; Fan ; FATE ; jinx ; LUCK ; No-Hitter ; Shutout ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN THE DORMS, IT IS TRADITIONAL TO GET THROWN IN THE
SHOWERS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ILLINOIS ; GLENVIEW ; ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 11-15-1970

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KICK THE CAN

THIS GAME CAN BE PLAYED BY ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE. ALL
THAT IS NEEDED IS A LARGE FIELD. TO START THE GAME,
ONE PERSON IS MADE 'IT,' AND IT IS HIS RESPONSIBILITY
TO CATCH THE OTHERS. THE FIRST PERSON HE CATCHES WILL
BE IT AT THE START OF THE NEXT GAME. THERE ARE TWO
GOAL LINES WHICH REPRESENT FREE ZONES AND THE OBJECT
IS TO GET FROM ONE ZONE TO THE OTHER WITHOUT GETTING
CAUGHT. THE ONE WHO IS IT CALLS ONE PERSON ACROSS
OR HE CAN SAY "KICK THE CAN" IN WHICH CASE, EVERYONE
TRIES TO GET ACROSS AT THE SAME TIME.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; ASSUMED

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

Date learned: MANY YEARS AGO

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DUCK-DUCK-GOOSE

THE GAME BEGINS WITH THE PLAYERS SITTING DOWN IN A
CIRCLE. ONE PERSON IS CHOSEN AS "IT." "IT" WALKS
AROUND THE CIRCLE TAPPING THE PLAYERS ON THE HEAD AND
HE SAYS "DUCK, DUCK" UNTIL HE DECIDES TO TAP A PLAYER
AND SAY "GOOSE." THIS PLAYER THEN HAS TO TRY TO
CATCH "IT." IF "IT" RUNS AROUND THE CIRCLE TWICE
AND IS ABLE TO SIT DOWN IN THE EMPTY SPACE, THEN
THE PLAYER THAT HE CHOSE IS "IT." IF "IT" GETS
TAGGED, THEN HE REMAINS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ILLINOIS ; GLENVIEW ; ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 12-02-1970

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Belief: Children's Song

STEP ON A CRACK (AS IN A SIDEWALK) (SIC) BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; ASSUMED

Keyword(s): Back ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Crack ; GAME ; MOTHER ; RHYME ; SONG ; Spine ; SUPERSTITION ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.533
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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THIS GESTURE IS MUCH MORE POPULAR UP NORTH THAN DOWN
SOUTH. IT ALSO HAS TWO DIFFERENT MEANINGS. THE MOST
WIDELY KNOWN USE IN THE MIDWEST IS TO TELL SOMEONE
THAT YOU THINK WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS A LOT OF
BULLSHIT. THE SECOND MEANING COMES FROM THE EAST
COAST WHERE IT MEANS "FUCK YOU" TO THE INTENDED PERSON.
THE GESTURE IS GIVEN BY CLOSING THE FIST AND EXTENDING
THE INDEX AND LITTLE FINGERS {UPWARDS}. I HAVE SEEN
THIS GESTURE BEING USED FOR AT LEAST 15 YEARS ALL OVER
THE UPPER UNITED STATES.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; ASSUMED

Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
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Date learned: KNOWN FOR MANY YEARS

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THIS GESTURE IS POPULAR ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES.
IT HAS THE SAME MEANING AND IS GIVEN THE SAME ALL
OVER. IT IS GIVEN BY CLOSING THE FINGERS AS IF
THEY WERE WRAPPED AROUND A STICK, EXTENDING THE
ARM, AND SHAKING THE FIST UP AND DOWN FROM THE
WRIST. THE GESTURE IS ALWAYS GIVEN TO ANOTHER
PERSON AND IT MEANS THAT THE PERSON IS A
JAG-OFF. I HAVE SEEN THIS GESTURE GOING AROUND
FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; ASSUMED

Keyword(s): MASTURBATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
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Date learned: KNOWN FOR MANY YEARS

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I HAVE OBSERVED THIS GESTURE USED IN EVERY PART OF THE
COUNTRY AND IN EACH INSTANCE THE MANNER IN WHICH IT
WAS GIVEN AND THE INTENDED MEANING WERE THE SAME.
THE GESTURE IS CALLED EITHER SHOOTING THE BIRD
OR GIVING THE FINGER. THE GESTURE IS GIVEN BY
CLOSING THE FIST AND EXTENDING THE MIDDLE FINGER.
WITHOUT EXCEPTION, THE GESTURE MEANS "FUCK YOU"
TO THE PERSON IT IS GIVEN TO. I MYSELF KNOW THAT
THIS GESTURE HAS BEEN AROUND POPULARLY FOR AT
LEAST FIFTEEN YEARS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; ASSUMED

Keyword(s): INSULT ; SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
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Date learned: KNOWN FOR MANY YEARS

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