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HE LIT A MATCH,
TO CHECK HIS TANK.
THAT'S WHY THEY CALL HIM
SKINLESS FRANK.
BURMA SHAVE!

Data entry tech comment:

THESE SMALL, ONE LINE SIGNS, USED TO BE DISPLAYED AT INTERVALS
ALONG THE ROAD, SO THAT ONE COULD EASILY READ THEM WHILE
DRIVING ALONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Keyword(s): ADVERTISING FOR MEN'S SHAVING PRODUCT ; ADVICE ; HUMOR, SATIRE ; METER: TROCHAIC ; QUATRAIN ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCAD ; ROADSIDE ADVERTISING

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

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NEVER KISS AT THE GARDEN GATE,
FOR LOVE IS BLIND,
BUT THE NEIGHBORS AIN'T.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LITTLE DABS OF POWDER,
LITTLE DABS OF PAINT,
MAKE A LITTLE LADY
WHICH YOU REALLY AIN'T!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF, GHOST OF TECUMSEH ROAD

IN WINDSOR, ONTARIO, THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GHOST THAT
ROAMS TECUMSEH ROAD, IT HAD NO HEAD, AND CARRIES A SICKLE
FROM WHICH BLOOD IS DRIPPING. ONE WITNESS SAYS THAT EVERYTIME
HE SEES THE GHOST, SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY DIES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD ON RADIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): CANADA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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IF YOU KISS AN IRISH PERSON ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY, IT IS GOOD LUCK
FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Data entry tech comment: ST. PATRICK'S DAY: MARCH 17

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 F642.9

Date learned: 03-29-1971

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EVERY YEAR FOR HALLOWEEN ALL THE CHILDREN PUT THEIR COSTUMES
ON AT THE SAME TIME. THE ONE VOTED BY THE PARENTS TO HAVE THE
BEST COSTUME GETS THE HALLOWEEN SURPRISE MEAL AND GIFT.

Submitter comment: THIS TRADITION HAS BEEN DONE IN JASON'S FAMILY FOR 50 YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 00001940S

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ON YOUR BIRTHDAY FOR HOW MANY YEARS OLD YOU ARE YOU ARE TO BE
SMACKED LIGHTLY ON THE BACKSIDE. THIS MAY SOUND CRUEL BUT IT IS
SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD FORTUNE IN THE YEAR TO COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): SPANKING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

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AT A JEWISH WEDDING, WHEN BOTH BRIDE AND GROOM DRINK
FROM THE SAME WINE GLASS, THEY THROW IT ON THE
FLOOR, STEP ON IT, AND GRIND IT INTO THE FLOOR TO
MAKE THEIR MARRIAGE SUCCESSFUL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Stepping on wine glass

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, WHY SHE PUT THE LETTER "U" IN THE WORD UGLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, IN A POLAROID PICTURE, SHE'S THE PART YOU TEAR OFF
AND THROW AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT ; PHOTOGRAPHIC

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE GOT BEAT WITH AN UGLY STICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE WALKED INTO AN UGLY FOREST AND
RAN INTO EVERY TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE IS SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE WAS IN A BRICK FIGHT AND SHE WAS
THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN'T HAVE A BRICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE A GOALIE FOR A DART TEAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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SHE'S SO UGLY

SHE'S SO UGLY, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE'S BEEN KISSING AN AIR HAMMER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-30-1972

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THINGAMAJIG

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT, WHEN THE NAME OF A TOOL OR SOME OTHER PIECE
OF EQUIPMENT IS NOT KNOWN, THEN IT IS REFERRED TO AS A THINGAMAJIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INDEFINITE NOUN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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AWHATZIT

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT, WHEN THE NAME OF A TOOL OR SOME OTHER PIECE
OF EQUIPMENT IS NOT KNOWN, THEN IT IS REFERRED TO AS AWHATZIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): INDEFINITE NOUN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

THE FOLLOWING WAS GIVEN TO INFORMANT EACH SPRING BY HER FATHER TO
PREVENT ILLNESS. EQUAL PARTS OF SULPHUR, EPSOM SALTS, AND CREAM OF
TARTAR ARE MIXED, GIVEN BY THE TEASPOON AND TAKEN ORALLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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HERE'S THE CHURCH

THIS RHYME IS RECITED WITH HAND GESTURES ACCOMPANYING THE RHYME.
THIS RHYME IS USUALLY RECITED BY CHILDREN AS A SORT OF GAME. HERE'S
THE CHURCH (HANDS ARE JOINED TOGETHER WITH FINGERS INTERLOCKED--
SIMILAR TO PRAYING), HERE'S THE STEEPLE (BOTH INDEX FINGERS ARE
RAISED STRAIGHT UP AND HELD TOGETHER KEEPING HANDS AND REST OF
FINGERS IN SAME POSITION PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED), OPEN THE DOOR AND
SEE ALL THE PEOPLE (TURN HANDS PALMS UP, INTERLOCK FINGERS WITH
FINGERS STICKING UP).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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IF SOMEONE IS SUSPECTED OF LYING

THIS WAS COMMONLY SAID BY INFORMER AS A RETORT TO SOMEONE SUSPECTED
OF LYING.OH, YOU'VE GOT A PIMPLE ON YOUR TONGUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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