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ARTS AND CRAFTS

NO CAMP COUNSELOR IS TRULY A COUNSELOR WITHOUT HIS LANYARD AND
WHISTLE, FOR THIS IS HIS SYMBOL OF AUTHORITY AND IS EVEN USED AS
SUCH BY THE CAMPERS WHEN THEY PUT ON SKITS ABOUT THEIR COUNSELORS.
THE LANYARDS ARE MADE BY THE COUNSELOR HIMSELF IN HIS FIRST ENCOUNTE
WITH ARTS AND CRAFTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MEMPHIS ; SAINT MARYS CAMPUS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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TAJOR

LEGEND OF AN ANIMAL HALF TIGER AND HALF JAGUAR THAT ROAMS CAMP
GROUNDS AT NIGHT. PROTECTOR OF THE GOOD AND NEMESIS OF EVIL. OFTEN
USED IN CONVINCING LITTLE BOYS TO GO TO SLEEP--FOR THE TAJOR IS ONLY
HARMFUL TO THOSE WHO ARE BAD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE COUNSELOR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MEMPHIS ; SAINT MARYS CAMP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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NUTTY JOKE

THERE IS A GUY WHO WANTS TO GO MOOSE HUNTING, SO HE
TELLS HIS FRIEND, "HEY, LET'S GO MOOSE-HUNTING THIS
WEEKEND." THE OTHER GUY AGREES. WELL, THE WEEDEND
COMES AROUND AND THEY GET ALL THEIR GEAR TOETHER AND GO
OUT TO THE WOODS. THE FIRST GUY TELLS HIS BUDDY,
"OK, YOU STAY HERE BY THIS OLD HOLLOW TREE STUMP AND
DON'T FIRE TILL YOU SEE A MOOSE. I'LL GO IN THERE AND
TRY TO FLUSH ONE OUT." SO, THE GUY GOES IN THE WOODS
AND ABOUT A HALF-HOUR LATER HE HEARS GUN SHOTS. HE RUNS
OUT AND SAYS TO HIS FRIEND, "I TOLD YOU NOT TO SHOOT
TILL YOU SAW A MOOSE." THE GUY SAYS, "I DIDN'T SHOOT
WHEN A SNAKE CRAWLED OVER ME. I DIDN'T SHOOT WHEN A
WOODPECKER STARTED PECKING ON MY HEAD. BUT WHEN
THOSE TWO CHIPMUNKS CRAWLED UP MY PANT LEG AND SAID,
"WE'LL EAT ONE NOW AND SAVE ONE FOR LATER......"

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MEMPHIS ; NAVAL AIR STATION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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BUGLING

NO SUMMER CAMP WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT A BUGLER TO
WAKE THE CAMP. THIS CHORE FELL UPON ME TO SALUTE THE
COLORS IN THE MORNING AND RETIRE THEM AT EVENING.
WHEN OUR BOYS WOULD PLAY A NEIGHBORING CAMP IN A
BASEBALL GAME, THE BUGLE WOULD SERVE AS AN INCENTIVE
AND A FIRE FOR GREATER EFFORTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MEMPHIS ; CAMP SAINT MARY

James Callow Keyword(s): FLAG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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WHAT CAN YOU CHEW, BUT SHOULDN'T SWALLOW?
GUM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MEMPHIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C367

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO STEP ON CRACKS IN THE SIDE WALK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A COMMON SUPERSTITION. I CANNOT REMEMBER WHERE I

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; MEMPHIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 07-29-1968

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IF A COLD SHIVER RUNS DOWN YOUR SPINE, A CAT HAS RUN ACROSS
YOUR GRAVE.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; MEMPHIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 07-29-1968

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IF YOUR EARS BURN, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM MY MOTHER WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; MEMPHIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching ear

Date learned: 07-29-1968

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BUBBLES IN COFFEE MEAN MONEY.

Submitter comment: I DO NOT KNOW WHERE I FIRST HEARD THIS SUPERSTITION.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; MEMPHIS

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee

Date learned: 07-29-1968

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(PROSE NARRATIVE: REPETITIOUS HOAX)

TALE THAT IS BEGUN EVERY OTHER SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE
CAMPFIRE. IT USUALLY STARTS OUT WITH THE CAMP
DIRECTOR LEAVING HIS CABIN AT ABOUT 1:00 A.M. TO
INVESTIGATE A STRANGE NOISE, FROM THERE IT GOES ON
TO ANYONE WHO FEELS LIKE ADDING TO IT.
EVENTUALLY ALL THE COUNSELORS GET INTO IT. IT
HELPS TIRE THE BOYS OUT SO THAT THEY WILL BE
EASIER TO GET TO SLEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MEMPHIS ; SAINT MARYS CAMP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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(PROSE NARRATIVE: REPETITIOUS HOAX)

TALE THAT IS BEGUN EVERY OTHER SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE
CAMPFIRE. IT USUALLY STARTS OUT WITH THE CAMP
DIRECTOR LEAVING HIS CABIN AT ABOUT 1:00 A.M. TO
INVESTIGATE A STRANGE NOISE, FROM THERE IT GOES ON
TO ANYONE WHO FEELS LIKE ADDING TO IT.
EVENTUALLY ALL THE COUNSELORS GET INTO IT. IT
HELPS TIRE THE BOYS OUT SO THAT THEY WILL BE
EASIER TO GET TO SLEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MEMPHIS ; SAINT MARYS CAMP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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