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POLISH CUSTOM -- SHROVE TUESDAY

ON THE TUESDAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY, IT IS A CUSTOM IN MISS GALL'S
FAMILY (POLISH) TO MAKE A LARGE BATCH OF DONUTS AND TO EAT
THEM ALL BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY. THIS DAY IS CALLED PONCHKI DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): DOUGHNUT ; PACZKI ; RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 02-27-1968

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POLISH EASTER CELEBRATIONS

ON EASTER DAY, IT IS A CUSTOM IN POLISH FAMILIES TO BREAK A BREAD
WAFER (LIKE A COMMUNION WAFER) AND PASS THIS WAFER THROUGH THE WHOLE
FAMILY SO THAT EACH MEMBER TRULY COMMEMORATES THE CELEBRATION OF MASS
ON THAT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): FAMILY UNITY ; FOOD CUSTOM ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 02-27-1968

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HOLLANDER JOKE

HEAR ABOUT THE MAN IN FLORIDA WHO WANTED FLAMINGOES
IN FRONT OF HIS HOTEL?
HE PAINTED SOME HOLLANDERS PINK AND PLANTED
THEM IN HIS FRONT YARD.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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HOLLANDER JOKE

HOW DO YOU GET THE HOLLANDERS OUT OF YOUR FRONT LAWN?
THROW YOUR GARBAGE IN THE BACK YARD.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): DUTCH ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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NEGRO JOKE

WHY ARE TAR ROADS IN DETROIT SO BUMPY?
EVERYTIME A PERSON HITS A JIG THE ROADS
GET BLACK TOPPED SOME MORE.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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LUCKY PENNY

MEL FARR OF THE DETROIT LIONS WEARS A PENNY IN HIS LEFT SHOE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT GOT IT FROM NEWSPAPERS.

Where learned: RATHSKELLER

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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PARTY POOPER

EVERY PARTY HAS A POOPER,
THAT'S WHY I INVITED YOU
PARTY POOPER.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS SOMETIMES SUNG.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; Music' ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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STEELBALL IS A RACE HORSE,
I WISH HE WAS MINE,
HE NEVER DRANK WATER,
HE ONLY DRANK WINE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; PUN ; RHYME ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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THIRD GUY

THIRD GUY TO TAKE A LIGHT OFF A MATCH DIES IN A WHORE HOUSE.

Where learned: RATHSKELLER

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 09-20-1968

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EASTERN UNIVERSITY TOWER

AT EASTERN UNIVERSITY IF THE WATER TOWER DOESN'T CRUMBLE WHEN A
FRESHMAN WALKS BY THAT FRESHMAN WILL NOT GRADUATE A VIRGIN. LEGEND
HAS IT THAT WHEN IT DOES CRUMBLE IT WILL BE A MALE FRESHMAN WALKING
BY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Still water Man made container. Well, pool....
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 11-13-1968

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MIDGET

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MIDGET WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE
KU KLUX KLAN? HE WORE A PILLOWCASE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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POLISH JOKE

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE NEGRO THAT WAS SEEN READING A
POLISH NEWSPAPER ON A BUS? SOMEONE ASKED HIM IF HE
WAS A POLACK. "ISN'T IT BAD ENOUGH THAT I'M A NIGGER?

Submitter comment:

FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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POLISH JOKE

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLACK THAT THOUGHT ASPHALT WAS
A RECTAL DISORDER?

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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POLISH JOKE

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLACK THAT WAS FEELING LOW,
UNTIL HE GOT HIS FACE SLAPPED.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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POLISH JOKE

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLISH GIRL THAT DRANK FIVE
BOTTLES OF HAND LOTION TO STOP A LITTLE CHAP INSIDE.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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POLISH JOKE

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLACK THAT TOOK A ROLL OF TOILET
PAPER TO A CRAP GAME.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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TAUNT IN PROSE

THIS IS A SARCASTIC RETORT USED WHEN A PERSON HAS HAD
A SARCASTIC REMARK DIRECTED TOWARD THEM:
YOUR HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL. I NEVER KNEW STEEL WOOL
COULD LOOK SO GOOD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSEQUITER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-19-1968

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JUMP ROPE SONG

LIAR, LIAR,
PANTS ON FIRE,
HANG 'EM ON A
TELEPHONE WIRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 02-27-1968

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO PUT A HAT ON A BED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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