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GAMBLING

AMBROSE GIBBS, A GAMBLER DOWN HOME, WOULD BET ON
ANYTHING. IF HE SAW TWO SPARROWS ON THE STREET, HE
WOULD BET ANYBODY WHICH ONE WOULD FLY FIRST. THE MALE
SPARROW WOULD FLY FIRST AND HE COULD RECOGNIZE
THE MALE, SO WOULD ALWAYS BET RIGHT.

Submitter comment: OCCURRED IN HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: OHIO ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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YOU ALWAYS BURY SOMEONE YOU DON'T LIKE UPSIDE DOWN, I.E.,
FACE DOWN, SO THAT IF HE DUG, HE WILL GO DEEPER AND
WOULDN'T COME BACK HERE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN HOME TOWN OF HOLLISTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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WE WOULD TAKE A WAGON APART--ONE OF THOSE TWO-HORSE
ONES THAT WEIGHED ABOUT A TON AND PUT IT ON A ROOF
WHERE WE WOULD PUT IT TOGETHER AGAIN. SO, THE
FARMER HAD TO TAKE IT APART AGAIN TO GET IT DOWN.

Submitter comment: PRANK PLAYED IN HOLLISTER, OHIO, ESPECIALLY AT
HALLOWEEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; HOLLISTER

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

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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HALLOWEEN PRANK

WE WOULD SHELL ALL FALL THE EARS OFF CORN AND THROW
THEM AGAINST THE WINDOWS. IT WAS A BIG THING FOR US
AT HALLOWEEN.
MR. YOUNT ADDED THAT THEY ALSO PUT CABBAGE STALKS ON
PORCHES, TOO.

Submitter comment: PRACTICES IN GLOUCESTER AND HOLLISTER, OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

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

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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SHINNEY

SHINNEY WAS JUST LIKE DONKEY ON THE ROCK. EVERYBODY
CARRIED A BIG STICK. THEY WOULD TAKE IT AND BEAT
UP A CAN; THEY BEAT IT TIL IT WAS FLAT. (SIMILAR
TO HOCKEY.) THEN THEY WOULD PLAY WITH IT JUST LIKE
HOCKEY. THEY CALLED IT SHINNEY BECAUSE YOUR SHINS
ALWAYS PEELED FROM YOUR ANKLES TO YOUR KNEES AND
HIGHER.

Submitter comment: PLAYED WHEN HE WAS A BOY IN HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; HOLLISTER

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

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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DONKEY ON THE ROCK

IT IS A VARIATION OF HIDE 'N' SEEK. YOU PUT A TIN
CAN ON A BRICK. THE ONE WHO IS "IT" MUST FIND THE
OTHER PLAYERS AND WHILE HE IS SEARCHING, SOMEONE CAN
COME AND KNOCK THE CAN OFF AND FREE THE ONES WHO ARE
CAUGHT.
EVERYONE MUST BE IN (I.E., CAUGHT) BEFORE THE GAME
IS OVER. THEN THE ONE WHO WAS "IT" KNOCKS THE CAN
OFF AND CALLS ANOTHER NAME OF THE NEXT ONE TO BE
"IT."

Submitter comment: PLAYED AS A BOY IN HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; HOLLISTER

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

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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PINKIE

YOU PUT A LINE OF MARBLES IN A PIE-SHAPED FORMATION
ON THE GROUND. YOU'D SHOOT FROM ABOUT TWENTY FEET.
THE ONE WHO GOT THE NEAREST ON THIS FIRST SHOT
FROM TWENTY FEET GOT THE FIRST SHOT AT THE PIE.
HE USUALLY CLEANED UP BEFORE ANYONE ELSE GOT ANOTHER
SHOT.

Submitter comment: PLAYED IN HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement C560.12

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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POISON

IT WAS LIKE A MARBLE GAME ON A GOLF COURSE. YOU
WOULD SHOOT THE MARBLE WITH YOUR THUMB INTO EACH HOLE.
THE LAST HOLE WAS THE HARDEST, BUT THE FIRST TO GET
IN WAS ABLE TO COME BACK AND KNOCK THE OTHERS OFF
THE COURSE.

Submitter comment: PLAYED IN HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement C560.12

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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ROOSTERS CROWING--WEATHER CHANGES

IF YOU HEAR ROOSTERS CROWING AT NIGHT, IT MEANS A CHANGE
IN THE WEATHER--A STORM APPROACHING.
AND THUNDER AND LIGHTNING IN THE WINTER MEANS AN ICE
STORM OR FREEZING RAIN.
WHEN YOU HEARD A FROG CROAK, IT MEANT SPRING. BUT AFTER
THE FIRST CROAK, THERE WERE 3 MORE FREEZES BEFORE
SPRING ARRIVED FOR GOOD. BOTH HAD BELIEVED THIS IN
POPULAR TRADITION IN THEIR HOMES IN GLOUCESTER AND
HOLLISTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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WE ALWAYS USED TO KILL SNAKES DOWN HOME AND HANG THEM
ON THE FENCE. WELL, THEY ALWAYS TOLD US IF YOU HANG
A SNAKE ON THE FENCE, IT WILL RAIN. I DON'T KNOW
WHY, BUT THAT'S WHAT THEY TOLD US.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; SOUTHFIELD ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 05-19-1965

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THE FIRST THUNDER MEANT THE SNAKES WERE AWAKE. SO
YOU WATCHED FOR SNAKES AFTER THE FIRST THUNDER IN
THE SPRING.

Submitter comment: BOTH HELD THIS IN POPULAR TRADITION IN THEIR HOMES
IN GLOUCESTER AND HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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THE FIRST THUNDER MEANT THE SNAKES WERE AWAKE. SO
YOU WATCHED FOR SNAKES AFTER THE FIRST THUNDER IN
THE SPRING.

Submitter comment: BOTH HELD THIS IN POPULAR TRADITION IN THEIR HOMES
IN GLOUCESTER AND HOLLISTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER ; HOLLISTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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