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MONK'S CASTLE

THERE IS A CASTLE LOCATED BY MY HOUSE IN ILLINOIS
WHERE MONKS USED TO LIVE.
THE CASTLE WAS BIG AND DARK AND SET IN A REMOTE AREA.
MANY KIDS LIKED TO GO THERE LATE AT NIGHT AND LOOK
IN THE WINDOWS. IT WAS SAID THAT IF ANYONE GOT CAUGHT
LOOKING IN THE WINDOWS OR TRESPASSING ON THE PREMISES
THE MONKS WOULD MAKE THEM STAY THE NIGHT AND PRAY
TO A MONK WHO WAS BURIED IN A GLASS TOMB.
THEN THE NEXT MORNING THEIR PARENTS WOULD HAVE
TO GO AND PICK THEM UP.

Submitter comment: HE WAS A SCHOOL MATE OF MINE.
HE HEARD THE STORY FROM HIS 2 OLDER BROTHERS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; RIVERSIDE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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MAKING A WISH

WHEN WE WERE KIDS, WE BELIEVED THAT IF WE SAW A CAR
THAT HAD A BURNT OUT HEADLIGHT, YOU COULD WISH ON IT
AND THE WISH WOULD COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: STUDENT

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; RIVERSIDE

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1970 ; 00-00-1970

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BABY BUMBLEBEE

I'M BRING HOME MY BABY BUMBLEBEE, WON'T MY MOMMY BE
SO PROUD OF ME. I'M BRINGING HOME MY BABY BUMBLEBEE,

OW, IT STUNG ME. I SMUSHING UP MY BABY BUMBLEBEE,
WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO PROUD OF ME, I'M SMUSHING UP MY
BABY BUMBLEBEE, UGH WHAT A MESS! I'M LICKING UP MY
BABY BUMBLEBEE, WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO PROUD OF ME.
I'M SMUSHING UP MY BABY BUMBLEBEE, OH, TUMMY ACHE!
I'M BARFING UP MY BABY BUMBLEBEE, WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO
SO PROUD OF ME. I'M BARFING UP BABY BUMBLEBEE,
ALL BETTER!

Submitter comment: WHEN SMUSHING THE BEE PUT HANDS TOGETHER AND PRETEND TO SMUSH.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; RIVERSIDE

Keyword(s): HUMOR

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

Date learned: 00001970S ; 00001970S

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THE PAPER FORTUNE TELLER

WHEN WE WERE KIDS WE MADE FORTUNE TELLERS BY FOLDING
A PIECE OF PAPER A CERTAIN WAY. ONCE IT WAS COMPLETE
THE PERSON WHO WANTED THEIR FORTUNE TOLD WOULD
PICK A NUMBER ON ONE OF THE TELLER'S FLAPS. THE PERSON
OPERATING THE FORTUNE TELLER WOULD THEN COUNT
THAT MANY NUMBERS. THEN THE PERSON WAS TOLD TO PICK
A COLOR. THEN THEY WOULD SPELL OUT THE COLOR. THEN
THEY WOULD PICK A FLAP AND THEIR FORTUNE WOULD
BE WRITTEN UNDER IT.

Submitter comment: I CAN'T THINK OF A SPECIFIC INFORMANT

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; RIVERSIDE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-00-1987

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