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COUNTING OUT

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
ALL GOOD CHILDREN GO TO HEAVEN;
SOME GO UP AND SOME GO DOWN,
AND SOME GO ALL AROUND THE TOWN.

Submitter comment: A COUNTING RHYME TOLD BY THIS WOMAN'S GRANDMOTHER
ABOUT 1937, IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

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

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COUNTING OUT

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
THESE LITTLE CHILDREN WENT TO HEAVEN.
ONE FLEW EAST AND ONE FLEW WEST,
AND ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEXT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A COUNTING RHYME, TOLD BY THIS WOMAN'S
GRANDMOTHER IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ABOUT 1937.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: OHIO ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; LIMA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1937

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GOOD LUCK

IF YOU PUT A PENNY IN A PURSE AND GIVE THE PURSE AS A GIFT,
THE PERSON RECEIVING THE GIFT WILL BECOME RICH.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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GIFT SUPERSTITION

WHEN GIVING A GIFT WITH A SHARP EDGE, ALWAYS INCLUDE A COIN
SO THE FRIENDSHIP WON'T BE CUT.

Submitter comment: THAT SAME DAY I RECEIVED A PURSE WITH A PENNY IN IT.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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GOOD LUCK

WHEN GIVING A PURSE OR WALLET AS A GIFT, ALWAYS INCLUDE A PENNY
SO THE PERSON WON'T GO BROKE.

WHEN GIVING A GIFT WITH A SHARP EDGE, SUCH AS A KNIFE OR A LETTER-OPENER, ALWAYS INCLUDE A COIN SO THE FRIENDSHIP WON'T BE CUT.

Submitter comment:

These customs were telated with skepticism, but I receivedf a purse as a gift (with a penny included!) on the very same day.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

Re: Collector Comment: [I am glad you are including this kind of information.]

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; COIN ; Cut ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; MONEY ; Relationship ; Sharp ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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GIFT SUPERSTITION

WHEN GIVING A GIFT WITH A SHARP EDGE, SUCH AS A KNIFE OR
LETTER-OPENER, ALWAYS INCLUDE A COIN
SO THE FRIENDSHIP WON'T BE CUT.

Submitter comment: THESE CUSTOMS WERE RELATED WITH SKEPTICISM, BUT I RECEIVED A
PURSE AS A GIFT (WITH PENNY INCLUDED}) ON THE SAME DAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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IF YOU EAT NO BEANS ON CHRISTMAS DAY, YOU WILL BECOME AN ASS.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A NEGRO COOK WORKING FOR THEM DURING THE HOLIDAYS.
THE COOK'S MOTHER ALWAYS MADE EACH MEMBER EAT A HELPING OF BEANS ON
CHRISTMAS TO PRESERVE THEM FROM THIS FATE.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Single dishes

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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IF A CHILD CRIES CONSTANTLY, ITS MOTHER WAS HUNGRY DURING PREGNANCY
FOR SOMETHING SHE NEVER GOT.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Keyword(s): FOOD EATING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 03-03-1968

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THE WAYS YOUR SHOES WEAR OUT INDICATE YOUR SPENDING HABITS:
WEAR AT THE TOE, SPEND AS YOU GO.
WEAR AT THE HEEL, SPEND A GOOD DEAL.
WEAR AT THE BALL, SPEND ALL.
WEAR AT THE SIDE, A RICH MAN'S BRIDE.

Submitter comment: A SAYING FROM HER MOTHER, REMEMBERED FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.860

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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ACCA, BACCA, SODA CRACKER. ACCA, BACCA, BOO, MY FATHER CHEWS TOBACKER
OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A JUMP ROPE RHYME USED BY 6 YEAR OLDS IN LEMA, OHIO.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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ONE, TWO, THREE,
MOTHER CAUGHT A FLEA;
FLEA DIED
AND MOTHER CRIED.
ONE, TWO, THREE

Submitter comment: ANOTHER JUMP-ROPE RHYME OF 6 YEAR OLDS.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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WHEN MOVING, THE BREAKING OF GLASSWARE, EVEN JUST A
SINGLE PIECE, IS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: ALSO TOLD BY THIS PERSON'S GRANDMOTHER, WHO WAS OF
POLISH-GERMAN DESCENT, THE SAYING WAS BELIEVED.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Eating utensils

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE ON WEDNESDAY OR FRIDAY WILL
BRING BAD LUCK OR MUCH SICKNESS.

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS WHEN MOVING TO DETROIT; THE TELLER
WAS ALSO CAUTIONED LIKE THIS BY HER GRANDMOTHER
WHO REALLY BELIEVED IT.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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IF A NEAR RELATIVE IS LATE AT A FUNERAL, IT IS A SIGN
THAT THERE WILL SOON BE ANOTHER DEATH.

Submitter comment: BELIEVED BY THIS PERSON'S MOTHER, WHO WAS GENUINELY
WORRIED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A SECOND DEATH IN
THE FAMILY WHEN HER BROTHER WAS LATE TO HIS UNCLE'S
FUNERAL.

Where learned: OHIO ; LIMA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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