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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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HI HO, HI HO,
I KICKED MY TEACHER'S TOE,
SHE KICKED ME BACK,
O, WHAT A CAT,
HI HO, HI HO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): PARODY ON SONG FROM "SNOW WHITE." ; TUNE OF "HI HO, HI HO, IT'S OFF TO WORK WE GO"

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HI HO, HI, HO,
IT'S OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO,
TO STUDY JUNK,
THEN TO FLUNK,
HI HO, HI HO, HI HO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): PARODY ON SONG FROM "SNOW WHITE." ; TUNE OF "HI HO, HI HO, IT'S OFF TO WORK WE GO"

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FATTY, FATTY, TWO BY FOUR,
CAN'T GET THROUGH THE KITCHEN DOOR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF THE MOCKERY RHYMES THAT MY GRANDMOTHER CAN
REMEMBER THAT WAS THE MOST PREVALENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

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GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

OF ALL THE GIFTS I'VE GIVEN MYSELF,/ MOST COMFORTING, TRIED AND TRUE.
THE ONE I OFTENEST THINK ABOUT,/ IS THE GIFT TO MYSELF OF YOU.

Submitter comment: A CLASSMATE HAD WRITTEN THIS IN INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Data entry tech comment: COMMA ADDED IN THE PLACE OF A PERIOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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2 YS U R
2 YS U B
I C U R
2 YS 4 ME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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2 YOUNG
2 GO
4 BOYS

James Callow comment: WRITTEN AS AN ADDITION PROBLEM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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PROVERB

BRAG IS A GOOD DOG BUT HOLDFAST IS BETTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; PERSONIFICATION

James Callow Keyword(s): BRAGGING ; OBSERVATION ; PERSISTENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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SHE TOLD ME THAT WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH A FOREST YOU SHOULD CARRY
A PIECE OF BREAD IN YOUR HAND IN ORDER TO SCARE ALL THE GHOSTS.

Where learned: FARMINGTON

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-21-1969

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GAME, POPE PUFF

WHILE HOLDING A DRINK WITH ONE FINGER AND THUMB THE PLAYER MUST
RECITE: HERE'S TO POPE PUFF WHO IS WITH US FOR THE FIRST TIME
TONIGHT.AFTER SAYING THIS THE PLAYER MUST TAKE ONE DRINK FROM THE
GLASS.HE MUST THEN TAP THE GLASS ONCE ON THE TABLE.THE PLAYER MUST DO
A SERIES OF TAPS WHICH GOES AS FOLLOWS.WITH ONE FINGER OF EACH HAND
HE MUST TAP THE TOP OF THE TABLE, THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE AND ONCE ON
EACH THIGH.HE MUST THEN TAP EACH FOOT ONCE ON THE FLOOR FOLLOWED BY
STANDING UP AND SITTING BACK DOWN IN HIS CHAIR.THE PLAYER MUST THEN
PICK UP THE GLASS WITH TWO FINGERS AND THUMB AND RECITE:HERE'S TO
POPE PUFF PUFF WHO IS WITH US FOR THE SECOND TIME TONIGHT.UPON
COMPLETION THE PLAYER TAKES TWO DRINKS AND TAPS THE GLASS TWICE ON
THE TABLE.THE FINGER TAPPING IS REPEATED BUT TWO FINGERS WITH TWO
TAPS FROM EACH IS REQUIRED.EACH FOOT IS TAPPED TWICE AND THE PLAYER
STANDS UP AND SITS BACK DOWN TWICE.UPON COMPLETION THE PLAYER PICKS
UP HIS GLASS WITH THREE FINGERS AND THUMB AND RECITES:HERE'S TO POPE
PUFF PUFF PUFF WHO IS WITH US FOR THE THIRD AND FINAL TIME THIS
EVENING
THE PLAYER MUST NOW TAKE THREE DRINKS FROM THE GLASS MAKING SURE TO
COMPLETLY FINISH THE REMAINING CONTENTS.HE MUST NOW TAP THE GLASS
THREE TIMES ON THE TABLE AND FOLLOW WITH THE FINGER TAPS USING THREE
FINGERS ON EACH HAND.THREE TAPS WITH EACH FOOT IS GIVEN FOLLOWED BY
STANDING UP AND SITTING DOWN THREE TIMES.AFTER COMPLETING ALL THIS,
THE PLAYER MUST TURN HIS GLASS UP-SIDE-DOWN ON THE TABLE AND THEN
BACK TO THE NORMAL POSITION WHILE SAYING, ONCE A POPE ALWAYS A POPE
AM I A POPE?ALL THE PLAYERS IN THE GAME NOW INSPECT THE TABLE FOR
LIQUID THAT MAY HAVE BEEN LEFT IN THE GLASS.IF ANY IS FOUND THE
PLAYER MUST REPEAT THE ENTIRE CHANT.ALSO IF A MISTAKE IS MADE
ANYWHERE ALONG THE WAY, THE PLAYER MUST REFILL HIS GLASS AND START
AGAIN FROM THE BEGINNING.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS USUALLY PLAYED WITH A NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHOOSE GLASSES
ARE FILLED WITH AN ALCHOLIC BEVERAGE. COMPLETING THE CHANT THE FIRST
TIME
IS VERY RARE AND THE PLAYERS USUALLY ALL END UP INTOXICATED.IF YOU
THINK PLAYING THE GAME IS DIFFICULT, YOU SHOULD TRY KEYPUNCHING IT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

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THERE IS A CEMETERY ON GRAND RIVER AVE. IN FARMINGTON,
MICHIGAN WHERE YOUR CAR WILL ROLL UP A HILL. YOU GO
IN THE ENTRANCE AND DRIVE ALONG THE ROAD UNTIL YOU
DRIVE DOWN A HILL. AT THE BOTTOM, PUT YOUR CAR IN
NEUTRAL AND LOOK IN YOUR REAR-VIEW MIRROR. YOUR CAR IS
ROLLING UP THE HILL YOU JUST CAME DOWN.

Submitter comment: IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME TRY IT YOURSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

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OMEN

IF A BIRD COMES INTO YOUR HOME AND FLIES AROUND, THAT MEANS SOMEONE
IN YOUR HOME IS GOING TO DIE.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME IN MY HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 11-28-1969

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PREDICTIONS

IF YOU DROP A FORK WHILE SETTING THE TABLE, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE
COMPANY FOR DINNER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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THE WIGGLE

I WIGGLE MY FINGERS; I WIGGLE MY TOES,
I WIGGLE MY NOSE. SO NOW NO MORE WIGGLES
ARE LEFT IN ME. SO I WILL BE AS STILL AS
STILL AS CAN BE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

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BELIEF

IF YOU HOLD A BIBLE, WHILE TAKING A TRIP BY AIRPLANE,
IT WILL KEEP YOU SAFE UNTIL YOU LAND.

Submitter comment: SINCE MY GRANDMOTHER IS AFRAID OF AIR TRAVEL HERSELF
AND SEES MANY OF HER FAMILY DEPART ON AIRPLANE TRIPS.
SHE ALWAYS TELLS US THIS AND USUALLY BRINGS A BIBLE FOR US.

Where learned: HOME ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 02-26-1970

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VOCABULARY

HOP, SKIP AND A JUMP.

Submitter comment: THESE ARE SAYIGS THAT DENOTE DISTANCES BY THE SOUTHERN PEOPLE.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): UNDERSTATEMENT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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SUPERSTIYIOUS BELIEF

I HAVE A BIRTHMARK ON MY CHEEK.
WHICH MY MOTHER ATTRIBUTED TO HAVING EATEN STRAWBERRIES
BEFORE SHE KNEW SHE WAS PREGNANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): BIRTHMARKS ; CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; FOOD ; PREGNANCY

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

Date learned: 11-29-1969

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IRISH KITCHEN CUSTOM

COVERING THE TEA POT WITH A SPECIAL "TEA COZY", USUALLY KNITTED OUT
OF HEAVY YARN TO RETAIN THE HEAT IN THE TEA POT.
USUALLY MADE TO FIT VERY TIGHT AND "COZY" AROUND THE POT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): DRINK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Kind of heatCooking equipment

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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LUCK BELIEF

IF YOU SEE THE FIRST STAR OUT AT NIGHT, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER WAS TOLD THIS BY HIS MOTHER WHEN HE WAS A BOY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD BY ; FATHER

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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BELIEF

THE PEOPLE OF LIBYA BELIEVE THE WHITE SPIRIT APPEARS AT NIGHT IN
SOME FORM OF LIGHT, SO WHENEVER THEY SEE ANY LIGHT AT NIGHT
THEY SHUDDER IN FEAR OF THE WHITE SPIRIT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): COLOR ; GHOST ; Haunt ; Libya ; Libyan ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHT ; SPIRIT ; White

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-29-1969

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