Cootie catcher

Rudolph C Troike rtroike at U.ARIZONA.EDU
Mon Aug 7 05:42:22 UTC 2000

Just to contribute to the regional distribution of "cootie catcher", I can
verify that the term was used in Brownsville, Texas schools in the early
to mid 1940s. Mostly cooties were assumed to reside, presumably like lice,
in the hair, so the head was the main target of the device, which had
small circles and squiggles drawn in it for evidence that the effort had
been successful.


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