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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

IF IN HEAVEN WE DON'T MEET,
HAND IN HAND WE'll BEAR THE HEAT.
IF IT GETS INTENSELY HOT,
COCA-COLA HITS THE SPOT!

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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COLORED EGGS

THIS GAME WAS PLAYED ON A SWING SET. THE PLAYERS NUMBERED
ANYWHERE FROM 4 TO MORE. ONE PERSON WAS THE WOLF--THE
REST OF THE PLAYERS WERE EASTER BUNNIES. THERE WAS A
MOTHER BUNNY AND HER BABIES. EACH OF THE BUNNIES SAT
ON THE SWINGS. THE BUNNIES WOULD EACH HAVE AN
EASTER EGG AND WOULD SECRETLY DECIDE A COLOR FOR IT . THE
WOLF WOULD TRY TO GUESS THE COLORS OF THE EASTER EGGS.
IF HE GUESSED RIGHT, HE WOULD CHASE THE LITTLE BUNNY
WHOSE COLOR HE HAD GUESSED UNTIL HE CAUGHT THE BUNNY
OR THE BUNNY REACHED THE SAFETY OF THE SWING SET. IF
HE DID NOT CATCH THE BUNNY HE WOULD PLAY WOLF UNTIL HE DID.
IF THE BUNNY WAS CAUGHT, HE WOULD PLAY WOLF AND THE WOLF
WOULD PLAY THE BUNNY.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME WAS PLAYED IN ARKANSAS AROUND EASTER TIME.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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On the first day of May, go to the well with a mirror.
Hold the mirror up over your head and look in. You would
either see your future husband or a coffin.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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Right eye jumping, you will be glad about something.
Left eye jumps, you will be sorry or crying about something.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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See a shooting star in the sky, someone is going to die.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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If you wash your hair in the first May rainwater, it will grow.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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On Easter Sunday morning, the old folks would say the sun would
shout.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Sun

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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Old folks would wear rabbit's foot around their neck for good
luck.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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Old folks would say when you comb your hair, any excess should
be thrown in running water (stream, brook, etc.) This would
make your hair grow. but if you throw it on the ground, the
birds would get it and use it to build their nest which would
cause you to have a ear ache.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Running water
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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Never put your purse on the floor; if you do you'll always be
broke.

Submitter comment: Ruth says she learned this from her mother, Mary Edmonson, who
was born in Arkansas in 1899.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Keyword(s): POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00001940S

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