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I HAD A LITTLE TURTLE, HE LIVED IN A BOX,
HE SWAM IN THE RIVER AND CLIMBED ON A ROCK.
HE SNAPPED AT A MINNOW, HE SNAPPED AT A FLEA,
HE SNAPPED AT A MOSQUITO, AND HE SNAPPED AT ME.
HE CAUGHT THE MINNOW, AND HE CAUGHT THE FLEA,
HE CAUGHT THE MOSQUITO, BUT HE DIDN'T CATCH ME.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; JOHNSTOWN

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

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GERMAN NEW YEARS EVE CUSTOM

IN OUER FAMILY IT IS CUSTOMARY TI INCLUDE SAURKRAUT IN THE NEW YEAR'S
EVE MEAL. EATING THIS VEGETABLE WILL MAKE ONE WEALTHY THE WHOLE
NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER ALWAYS THOUGHT THE NEW YEARS EVE MEAL SHOULD INCLUDE
SAUERKRAUT. SHE LEARNED THIS CUSTOM FROM HER PARENTS WNEN SHE WAS 4.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; JOHNSTOWN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 00-00-1962 ; 00-00-1905

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WHEN THE DECEASED IS LAID OUT IN THE COFFIN, BEFORE
THE COFFIN LID IS CLOSED, A THIN SCARF IS PLACED
OVER THE FACE SO THE DAMPNESS OF THE ATMOSPHERE
AS THE PERSON "TRAVELS" TO HEAVEN WON'T BE TOO
HARSH ON HIM.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; JOHNSTOWN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER NINE / RUNNING DOWN CHICAGO LINE,/ IF THE TRAIN
SHOULD JUMP THE TRACK/ DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK? YES, Y-E-S SPELLS
YES. (NO, N-O SPELLS NO) AND YOU ARE NOW OUT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; ON A PLAYGROUND ; JOHNSTOWN ; WORKING

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-06-1967

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WENT UP THE FIRST STAIR--JUST LIKE ME.
ARROW DRAWN FROM 1ST TO
WENT UP THE 10TH STAIR--JUST LIKE ME.
WALKED INTO THE ROOM--JUST LIKE ME.
LOOKED INTO THE MIRROR--JUST LIKE ME.
SAW A MONKEY--JUST LIKE ME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; JOHNSTOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 10-06-1964

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WENT UP THE FIRST STAIR--JUST LIKE ME.
ARROW DRAWN FROM 1ST TO
WENT UP THE 10TH STAIR--JUST LIKE ME.
WALKED INTO THE ROOM--JUST LIKE ME.
LOOKED INTO THE MIRROR--JUST LIKE ME.
SAW A MONKEY--JUST LIKE ME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; JOHNSTOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 10-06-1964

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