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Butter

Someone picks a yellow dandelion flower and places it under
someone's chin. If their chin showed yellow, they liked butter; if
it did not, they did not like butter. After this was established,
the head of the dandelion was popped off into the person's face.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; Neighborhood children

James Callow Keyword(s): DIVINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00001950S

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Marco Polo

Game. The game called "Marco Polo" may only be played in a
swimming pool or lake. There can be as few as two participants or
as many as you wish. There is one person designated as "it." This
person must turn and spin under water and emerge above water with
eyes closed. The purpose of this act is to disorient the "it"
person and allow the other participants to seek new spots in the
water. "It" begins shouting "Marco" with the participants
answering, "Polo." The "it" person listens for voices close by and
begins waving his/her arms and moving about trying to seek one of
the participants. All the time "it" is shouting "Marco" and
receiving answers of "Polo." This continues until "it" touches one
of the participants, who then becomes "it." Should one of the
participants ever leave the water, all other participants are to
report this by shouting, "Fish out of water." Should there be a
fish out of water, he/she automatically becomes "it."

Submitter comment: I inquired as to why anyone would leave the water to become a
"fish out of water" and was informed that it was generally because
the "it" person was very close to tagging them, or they had to go
to the bathroom.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; Neighborhood children

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 00001970S

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ROPE SKIPPING RHYME

MARGIE HAD A BABY, NAMED IT TINY TIM,
PUT IT IN THE BATHTUB TO TEACH IT HOW TO SWIM.
THE BABY DRANK A GALLON OF WATER, ATE A CAKE OF SOAP,
MARGIE CALLED THE DOCTOR, BEFORE THE BABY CHOKED.
IN CAME THE DOCTOR, IN CAME THE NURSE,
IN CAME THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
DEAD SAID THE DOCTOR, DEAD SAID THE NURSE,
DEAD SAID THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
OUT WENT THE DOCTOR, OUT WENT THE NURSE,
OUT WENT THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

 

Submitter comment:

LEARNED IN SUMMER OF 1964 FROM THE CHILDREN OF HER NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ; Neighborhood children

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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Rope Skipping Rhyme

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLOW
WENT UPSTAIRS TO KISS A FELLOW
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE?
(COUNT UNTIL PERSON MISSES)

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ; Neighborhood children

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: SUMMER 00001964

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