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CHILDREN,S RHYME

I LIKE COFFEE, I LIKE TEA, I LIKE THE GIRLS, AND THEY LIKE ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

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

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IN AUSTRIA, PEOPLE WEAR SCARY MASKS AT FASCHING OR CARNIVAL
TIME. THEY DANCE IN THE STREETS, LAUGH AND SING, RING BELLS
AND MAKE AS MUCH NOISE AS THEY CAN. PEOPLE SAY THAT ALL THE NOISE
WILL SCARY ( SCARE ) WINTER SO THAT SPRING CAN COME.
FASCHING IS LENT.

Data entry tech comment: FASCHING IS BEFORE LENT, I.E., ON THE TUESDAY BEFORE ASH
WEDNESDAY.
IN PRE-CHRISTIAN TIMES, SPRING RITES WERE HELD MAINLY TO SYMBOLIZE A
FIGHT BETWEEN WINTER AND SPRING. THE PEOPLE FOUGHT AGAINST OR
SCARED WINTER BY WEARING MASKS AND COSTUMES AND MAKING LOUD NOISES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pre Lent

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IN IRELAND, THERE IS THE BELIEF OF FAERY, WHICH IS ON A DIFFERENT
PLANE THAN THIS UNIVERSE. ON HALLOWEEN THE DOOR BETWEEN THESE TWO IS
OPEN AND ANYONE FROM THIS UNIVERSE CAN FALL INTO FAERY, AND ANYONE
FROM FAERY CAN FALL INTO THIS UNIVERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU WERE BORN AT NIGHT, YOU CAN SEE FAIRIES AND GOBLINS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN IRISH BELIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: Observation

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN YOU SEE A DARK HORSEBACK RIDER FLOAT BY, IT MEANS THAT THERE
WILL BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: THIS HAPPENED TO INFORMANT'S GREAT_GRANDMOTHER. SHE WAS SITTING ON
THE PORCH AND BOTH HER DATE WHO WAS WITH HER AND HER SAW THIS DARK
RIDER. THE NEXT MORNING, THEY GOT WORD THAT HER FATHER, WHO WAS ON
A TRIP, WAS KILLED BY A TRAIN HITTING HIS CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 12-00-1970

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CHILDREN,S RHYME

I LIKE COFFEE, I LIKE TEA, I LIKE THE GIRLS, AND THEY LIKE ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

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

Date learned: CA00001980

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PUTTING AN ONION SLICE ON A BEE STING WILL TAKE THE PAIN AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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ON LITTLE CHRISTMAS (JANUARY 7) WE HAVE A NICE DINNER WITH THE WHOLE
FAMILY AND RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS THE DAY THE THREE KINGS WENT TO THE
MANGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 7

Date learned: CA00001963

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WHEN A CLASP ON A NECKLACE SHOWS IN FRONT OF YOUR NECK, MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE SAY THE SAME WORD AT THE SAME TIME, ONE OF THEM WILL
SAY "JINX, PINCH POKE, OWE ME A COKE. THE OTHER PERSON WILL HAVE TO
BUY THE FIRST A COKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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TO GET RID OF THE HICCUPS, COUNT TO TEN, HOLD YOUR BREATH AND THINK
OF TEN BALD MEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.10
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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PUTTING WINTERGREEN LEAVES ON YOUR SKIN WILL TAKE AWAY THE PAIN OF
A SUNBURN.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS WHILE IN FLORIDA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FRECKLES ARE ANGEL KISSES.

Submitter comment: 1 SHE HAS FRECKLES, AND HER MOTHER USED TO TELL HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA00001969

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A RIDDLE TALE

WHAT IS YOUR SISTER DOING? (ANSWER): SHE IS
MOURNING LAST YEAR'S LAUGHTER.

Submitter comment: THE SISTER IS NURSING THE BABY OF LAST YEAR'S LOVE
AFFAIR.
INFORMANT WAS SIMPLY COMMENTING AFTER HEARING OF
SOMEONE WHO WAS GOING TO HAVE A BABY.
SAID WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE EXPECTING A BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP,
I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP.
WHEN IN THE MORNING LIGHT I WAKE,
HELP ME A PATH OF LOVE TO TAKE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS PRAYER WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL,
IN MARYLAND. SHE IS 22 YEARS OLD IN 1970.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

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

Date learned: 00001958 CA.

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HOOK STORY

A COUPLE WERE PARKED AND HEARD ON THE RADIO ABOUT AN ESCAPEE FROM
THE INSANE ASYLUM WITH A HOOK HAND. THE GIRL WAS WORRIED ABOUT HER
PARENTS AND SHE DIDN'T (KNOW?) WHERE THEY WERE. SO THEY FINALLY LEFT
ON HER THIRD REQUEST. HER DATE WAS MAD AND TOOK OFF FAST. AND SHE
FOUND THE HOOK ON HER DOOR WHEN THEY GOT HOME.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS STORY WHEN HE WAS YOUNG. S

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE THREE MORE HOOK STORIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 05-10-1965

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I WAS TOLD BY AN ACQUAINTANCE THAT THE INITIALS O.K. CAME
FROM A SARGEANT DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHO APPROVED
GOVERNMENT ISSUE ITEMS. HIS INITIALS WERE O.K. IF THE
ITEM WAS APPROVED HE WOULD STAMP HIS INITIALS ON IT.
HENCE, WE GET OUR SAYING "IS IT O.K.?"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- S266

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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ONE BRIGHT DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT,
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER,
DREW THEIR GUNS AND FOUGHT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE
AND CAME AND SHOT THE TWO DEAD BOYS.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS LIE IS TRUE
ASK THE BLIND MAN; HE SAW IT TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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MISS SUZY

MISS SUZY HAD A BABY, SHE NAMED HIM TINY TIM.
SHE PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB TO SEE IF HE COULD SWIM.
HE DRANK UP ALL THE WATER, HE ATE UP ALL THE SOAP.
HE TRIED TO EAT THE BATHTUB
BUT IT WOULDN'T GO DOWN HIS THROAT.
MISS SUZY CALLED THE DOCTOR, THE DOCTOR CALLED THE NURSE,
THE NURSE CALLED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
IN COMES THE DOCTOR, IN COMES THE NURSE,
IN COMES THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
OUT GOES THE DOCTOR, OUT GOES THE NURSE,
IN STAYS THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
HE DIDN'T LIKE THE DOCTOR, HE HATED THE NURSE,
BUT HE LOVED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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