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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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WHEN I'M DEAD AND IN MY GRAVE,
NO MORE WHISKEY SHALL I CRAVE,
FOR ON MY TOMBSTONE SHALL BE WROTE,
MANY A QUART'S WENT DOWN MY THROAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): DRINKING ; METER: ANAPESTIC DIMETER ; MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN EPITAPH EUPHEMISM ; POOR GRAMMAR ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, GO SO SLOW,
MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, GO SO FAST,
MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, SLIP ON THE GRASS.

Submitter comment: GAME: GO AROUND IN A CIRCLE, HOLDING HANDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

2 GOOD, 2, 4 FORGET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

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

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ME ALL FACE

ON A COLD WINTER DAY AN INDIAN AND A WHITE MAN WERE WALKING ALONG
TOGETHER. THE INDIAN HAD ONLY A BLANKET ON WHILE THE WHITE MAN
WAS ALL BUNDLED UP WITH CLOTHES. THE WHITE MAN COMPLAINING SAID
TO THE INDIAN, "I AM COLD WITH ALL MY CLOTHES AND YOU, WITH ONLY
A THIN BLANKET, DO NOT SEEM TO BE COLD AT ALL."
"IS YOUR FACE COLD?" THE INDIAN ASKED.
"MY FACE IS NOT COLD, BUT EVERYTHING ELSE IS FREEZING."
"ME ALL FACE," SAID THE INDIAN.

Submitter comment: SEE JAF LXXVI(1963), 340-342 AND LXXVII(1964),258.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOT GIVEN

FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT OF THE GERMAN ARMIES, THE ALLIES AIRDROPPED
SOME FOOD PARCELS MARKED "GIFT" TO THE STARVING CIVILIANS. THE
PEOPLE DID NOT TOUCH IT, FOR "GIFT" IN GERMAN MEANS "POISON."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS WHILE IN FRANCE, 1945.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation War

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'A SPINNERIN AM MORGEN BRINGT SORGEN'. A SPIDER SPINNING A WEB IN
THE MORNING BRINGS SORROW.. AUSTRIAN SAYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

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PROVERB

THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

CHILDREN LIKE WATCHES MUST NOT BE CONSTANTLY WOUND UP- YOU
MUST LET THEM RUN.

Where learned: GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): FUNCTION (EXPLICIT)

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-25-1971

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

A PERFECT WIFE IS ONE WHO DOESN'T EXPECT A PERFECT HUSBAND

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS IN A RESTAURANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; TOLERANCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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SOME CATHOLIC FAMILIES, MAINLY THOSE OF EASTERN-EUROPEAN BACKGROUNDS,
COVER THE FAMILY CRUCIFIX WITH A BLACK CLOTH ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 11-21-1971

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EASTER CUSTOM (POLISH)

DIFFERENT FOODS: BREAD, CAKE, COLORED EGGS, HAM, SALT, PEPPER, ETC.
ARE PLACED IN A BASKET AND TAKEN TO THE CHURCH ON THE SATURDAY BEFORE
EASTER WHERE THEY ARE BLESSED BY A PRIEST. THEY ARE THEN PLACED ON
THE TABLE ON EASTER WITH THE OTHER FOOD. ( THIS ) CUSTOM ORIGINATED
IN SMALL VILLAGES WHERE THE PRIEST USED TO VISIT THE HOUSES OF THE
PARISHIONERS ON EASTER TO BLESS THE TABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SWIECZONKA

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IF YOU DROP A PIECE OF YOUR BREAD IN THE FONDUE DISH WHILE
VISITING SWITZERLAND, YOU WILL RETURN ONE DAY TO THE SAME SPOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Observation

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EGG WHITE RAW IN MILK IS GOOD FOR CHEST PAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-22-1971

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES IT MEANS COMPANY IS COMING.
IF BOTH YOUR NOSE AND YOUR EAR ITCH, THEY WILL BE IN A BAD MOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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I DON'T GO OUT WITH GIRLS ANY MORE.
I DON'T INTENT TO MARRY.
I JUST GO OUT WITH THE BOYS I ADORE
WHEE, I'M A FAIRY

Submitter comment: SUNG TO "POP GOES THE WEASEL."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIME

IVORY SOAP,
SEE IT FLOAT
DOWN THE RIVER
LIKE A BOAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): BATHTUB VERSE ; RHYME: ABA

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

THIN WAFERS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD AND DIVIDED BETWEEN THE GUEST AT
A CHRISTMAS EVE GATHERING. THE PEOPLE WISH EACH OTHER
TRADITIONAL GREETINGS.

Submitter comment: THE WAFER IS MEANT TO SYMBOLIZE THE EUCHARIST AND BASICALLY THE
COMING OF CHRIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Oplatki

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ONE EMPTY CHAIR IS PLACED AT THE TABLE DURING CHRISTMAS
SUPPER FOR ANY POOR BEGGAR OR SUCH WHO MIGHT WANDER
IN. SUCH A PERSON IS ALWAYS INVITED IN AND FED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): POLISH CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Table setting and clearing

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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PLAYS CARDS WITH DEVIL

ABOUT FIVE OR SIX GENERATIONS AGO IN IRELAND, A GREAT GRANDFATHER
OF THE ROBINSON CLAN, WAS MOST KNOWN FOR HIS LOVE OF GAMBLING
WITH CARDS. ONE DAY ON SOME BACK IRISH ROAD, OUR GREAT-GREAT
(SEVERAL MORE GREATS) GRANDFATHER MET A STRANGER SITTING ON THE
STILE. IMMEDIATELY GRANDFATHER INVITED THE STRANGER TO A GAME OF
CARDS. THE STRANGER ACCEPTED AND THE TWO BEGAN TO PLAY. THE
STRANGER REPEATEDLY WON HAND AFTER HAND UNTIL OUR ANCESTOR WAS
OUT OF MONEY. THE STRANGER SEEING THIS OFFERED TO MAKE ONE FINAL
WAGER; ALL THE MONEY AGAINST GRANDFATHER'S SOUL. THE WAGER SO
SHOOK HIM THAT HE DROPPED HIS CARDS TO THE GROUND. UPON BENDING TO
PICK THEM UP HE SAW THAT THE STRANGER HAD CLOVEN HOOVES. NOW, I'M
SURE YE ARE THE DEVIL, HE SAID, AND WITH THAT HE MADE A SOLEMN OATH
NEVER TO GAMBLE AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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