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COLLEGE FOLKLORE

WHEN THE CLOCK-TOWER STRIKES 10 P.M.-A LIVE STAGE SHOW CAN BE SEEN
PERFORMING IN THE WINDOWS OF THE HOLDEN HALL'S RESIDENCE FACING THE
MEN'S RESIDENCE WINDOWS AT RENO HALL.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOR COLLEGE FUN

James Callow Keyword(s): I ASKED COLLECTOR ABOUT THIS. HE SAID THE GIRLS PUT THIS ON FOR ; THE BOYS' BENEFIT.

Subject headings: --

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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HOW DO YOU KEEP A GROUP OF NIGGERS FROM RAPING A WHITE
GIRL? THROW THEM A BASKETBALL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): African American ; Basketball ; Black ; Female ; Male ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; Rape ; SEXISM ; Stereotype ; White

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00001970S

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Miss Susie had a steamboat. The steamboat had a bell.
Miss Susie went to heaven. The steamboat went to hell(o)
Operator connect me number nine, and if you disconnect me,
I'll kick you right behind the fridgerator, there laid a
piece of glass. Miss Susie fell upon it and broke her
little ass(k) me no more questions. Tell me no more lies.
Miss Susie told me all of this the day before she died
her hair all purple. She died her hair all pink. She died
her hair all polka dots, and washed it down the sink me
in the ocean, sink me in the sea, sink me in the toilet,
but please don't pee on me.

Submitter comment: Sometimes this song is sung just by school aged children,
and at other times two girls will do an alternating, hand
clapping rhythm with each other.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HEMLOCK

James Callow Keyword(s): Hello Hell Ass Ask Dyed ; PEE=URINATE

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

Date learned: 00001980S

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WHAT TIME IS IT?

WHAT TIME IS IT? HALF-PAST KISSIN' TIME, TIME TO KISS AGAIN
MAUREEN'S GRANDFATHER JOE LANNEN AN 87 YEAR OLD WIDOWER WAS HER
INFORMANT. HE IS OF IRISH DESCENT AND RESIDES AT 14545 WOODMONT
IN DETROIT

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ASKING TIME OF DAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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WHAT TIME IS IT?

WHAT TIME IS IT? TIME TO GET A NEW WATCH. THIS REBUKE CAME
FROM MAUREEN'S HIGH SCHOOL DAYS AT MERCY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ASKING TIME OF DAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS, THE FATHER SNEAKS OUTSIDE AND PROCEEDS TO KNOCK ON
THE DOORS AND WINDOWS. THE MOTHER WARNS THE CHILDREN THAT THE WOLF
IS COMING. THE FATHER ENTERS THE HOUSE THROUGH THE BACK DOOR. HE
HAS A BLANKET OVER HIS HEAD AND A "TURON" IN HIS HANDS. A "TURON"
IS THE HEAD OF A WOLF ON A STICK WITH FLAPPING JAWS CONTROLLED BY
A ROPE. THE FATHER CHASES THE KIDS AROUND THE ROOM THEN SNEAKS
BACK OUTSIDE.

Submitter comment: MOST OFTEN THE "TURON" IS HOMEMADE AND PASSED ON FROM FATHER TO
ELDEST SON. THIS WAS DONE BY MY GRANDFATHER IN DETROIT BUT MY
FATHER DOES NOT OBSERVE THE CUSTOM ANYMORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MASK

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Mask

Date learned: 10-10-1974

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CATCH THE WIND

IF YOU HAVE LOST A LOVE, IF YOU CAN CATCH THE WIND
AND HOLD IT, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO "CATCH" YOUR LOVE
BACK AND HOLD IT FOREVER.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): IMPOSSIBLE TASK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TALE OF KISSING ONES ELBOW

IF YOU KISS YOUR ELBOW, YOU'LL TURN INTO THE
OPPOSITE SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IMPOSSIBLE TASK

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFORMATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Word Letter
SPEECH -- Magical

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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BEFORE A BASKETBALL GAME ALL THE PLAYERS ON SACRED
HEART SEMINARY'S TEAM WOULD GATHER AROUND THE COACH
AND PLACE THEIR HANDS ON TOP OF HIS AND PRAY A
HAIL MARY, AND THEN "QUEEN OF VICTORY, PRAY FOR
US." THIS WAS DONE FOR LUCK IN WINNING THE GAME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Basketball ; BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GAME ; hail Mary ; LUCK ; Pray ; PRAYER ; Sacred Heart ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION ; Victory

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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Ways to Kill a Vampire

Preventing a vampire from returning to his casket before sunrise by hiding or burning his casket or separating it from its "native soil" will kill him.

Data entry tech comment:

Collector stamped a home address stamp onto the card in the place of "collector data."

Original Stamp: Mrs. W.E. Givens, Jr.

They then crossed out the Prefix and first initials [Mrs. W.E.] and scrawled over the suffix [Jr.]. Indecipherable writing over suffix, but may be Rev. or Esq.

 

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs number [P408] is crossed out and replaced with P427.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): Casket ; FIRE ; Undead ; Vampire ; Vanquish

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

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Custom: Death

Funeral:

During a funeral, at the Mass at the Offertory, any of the people who wished to show their respects and show everyone else present of their sympathy, would walk down the aisle around the casket, leave a token and leave. Many people would leave the ceremonies immediately afterward to return to their businesses. But everyone had known that he had take time to pay his respects to the deceased.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S600] crossed out and replaced with current classification

Written in bottom left corner: [Belgian?]

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; Casket ; DEATH ; Funeral ; Offering ; RESPECT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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Proverb

Ask me no Questions:

Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.

Submitter comment:

Heard this in High School.

Data entry tech comment:

Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The A in Ask  is underlined in red.

Dup. of WPP

Keyword(s): Ask ; Lie ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; QUESTION ; RIDDLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Polish Proverb:

Narva miotta dobrze zamiata

Translation: A new broom sweeps clean

Submitter comment:

I know this from my parents.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): BROOM ; ETHNIC ; JOB ; METAPHOR ; New ; POLISH ; Task ; YOUTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Submitter comment:

Learned in School

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Basket ; Eggs ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Basket ; Eggs ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Submitter comment:

Don't concentrate all your wealth in one area.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; assumption ; Basket ; Egg ; Eggs ; Gamble ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Don't keep all your eggs in one basket.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

 

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Basket ; Eggs ; Gamble ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Anticipate ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Basket ; Eggs ; Gamble ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Red Hots

Hot Dog vendors often yell this phrase at baseball, football, basketball, etc, any sports activity, when trying to sell their weiner: "get your red-hots right here!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Anonymous

Keyword(s): BASEBALL ; Basketball ; Football ; Hot ; Hot Dog ; Red ; SALE ; Sell ; SPORTS ; Vendor

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cries of street vendor

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