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SOME PEOPLE CAN BE FUNNY;
I NEVER COULD BE SO,
SO I'LL JUST WRITE HERE MY NAME--
THAT'S THE FUNNIEST THING I KNOW.
(SIGNED) THERESA P. FELSTOW, RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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I LOVE YOU GREAT, I LOVE YOU MIGHTY;
I WISH MY PAJAMAS WERE NEXT TO YOUR NIGHTY.
NOW DON'T GET EXCITED AND DON'T GET MISLED;
I MEAN ON THE CLOTHESLINE AND NOT IN THE BED.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN MY DAD'S SISTER'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK BY
SOMEONE, BUT THE BOOK HAS BEEN LOST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RICHMOND

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

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LOVE IS BLIND,
AND LOVERS CANNOT SEE,
THEN WHY IN THE DICKEN'S (SIC)
DON'T SOME-ONE LOVE ME?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

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I HAD A GOOD JOB AND I QUIT

HIP HIP, HIP HIP
I HAD A GOOD JOB AND I QUIT
FIRST THEY FIRED ME,
THEN THEY FIRED ME,
THEN I GOT MAD AND I QUIT.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD IT IN HIGH SCHOOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RICHMOND

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; ITERATION ; NARRATIVE VERSE ; RHYME: ABBA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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THE BOY EATING APPLES

THE BOY STOOD ON THE BURNING DECK/EATING APPLES BY THE PECK/
THE FLAMES CAME WAY UP TO HIS CHIN,/
AND STILL HE STUFFED THE APPLES IN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RICHMOND

Keyword(s): RHYME:AABB

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

Date learned: CA00001920

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CLIMBING

WHEN CLIMBING THE LADDER TO SUCCESS,/ DON'T LET THE BOYS LOOK
UNDER YOUR DRESS.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER BY HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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LIFE

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME BECAUSE THIS IS THE BASIC ELEMENT OF
LIFE, AS YOU KNOW LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT, IF YOU
WASTE ALL YOUR TIME, THINK...WHAT YOU HAVE GAINED IN LIFE.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
THIS IS A SAYING CONCERNING THE IMPORTANCE OF TIME.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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SPEED PLUS ACCURACY

QUESTION: WHAT CAN KILL YOU FASTER THAN A TRAVELING
BULLET?
ANSWER: YOUR HEART.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
THIS ITEM IS A QUESTIONING RIDDLE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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GOOD LUCK

IF YOU STUMPLE ON YOUR FOOT, OR IT MAY ITCH, THAT'S A
SIGN FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
THIS IS A SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

James Callow Keyword(s): STUMBLE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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RABBIT'S FOOT---RETORT

WHEN SOMEONE COMES UP TO YOU AND SAY "HERE IS A RABBIT
FOOT, TAKE IT FOR GOOD LUCK," YOU TELL THEM "HOW IT COULD
BE FOR GOOD LUCK, WHEN THE RABBIT HAS LOST HIS FOOT."

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.16
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.16
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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MOTHER AND DAD HAVE TOLD ME MANY TIMES ABOUT THE JULY 4TH IN THE
1930'S, WHEN A FLEET (LITERALLY SCORES) OF UFO'S CROSSED THE
SKIES ABOUT NOONTIME IN RICHMOND, MISSOURI. I HAVE HEARD,
SINCE THE TIME MY PARENTS TOLD ME, THE SAME STORY FROM OTHER
RICHMOND DWELLERS OF THE 1930'S. THEY BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00001930'S ; 00001950'S

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES THE ROAD IN FRONT OF YOU WHEN YOU ARE
TRAVELING, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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IF A SCREECH OWL HOLLOWS (HOLLERS) NEAR YOUR HOUSE, THERE
WILL BE A DEATH IN YOUR FAMILY SOON.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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IF YOUR RIGHT EYE ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO CRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching eye
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO COME IN THE FRONT DOOR AND GO OUT THE BACK...
OR VICE VERSA.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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IF YOU WASH ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, YOU WILL BE WASHING FOR SOME
DEAD MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY BEFORE THE YEAR'S GONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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IF YUR LEFT EYE ITCHES, YOU WILL BE PLEASED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching eye

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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IF YOU FIND A PIN WITH POINT TOWARDS YOU, IT'S GOOD LUCK.
IF THE HEAD IS TURNED TOWARD YOU, IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RICHMOND

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

YOU CAN CATCH MORE FLIES WITH HONEY THAN YOU CAN WITH VINEGAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HER MOTHER AND TWO AUNTS SAID THIS TO HER
WHEN SHE WAS GROWING UP IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY DURING THE 1940S.
THEY MEANT THAT SHE WOULD GET WHAT SHE WANTED BY BEING PLEASANT,
RATHER THAN BEING MEAN. THEY ALSO MEANT THAT SHE COULD GET PEOPLE
TO DO WHAT SHE WANTED TO BY TREATING THEM IN A NICE WAY. THE
INFORMANT ALSO SAID THAT SHE HEARD THIS FROM A DISTANT COUSIN,
MRS. MINERVA REED, "COUSIN MINERVA," WHO WAS FROM RICHMOND,
KENTUCKY, IN 1968.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001940 CA ; 00-00-1968

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