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LENT

HOT CROSS BUNS ARE A BIG PART OF LENT AND ARE EATEN ALOT AT THIS
TIME.

Submitter comment: HIS MOTHER TOLD HIM THIS.
( THIS IS NOT ONLY OBSERVED AMONG SCOTCH-AMERICANS. )

Data entry tech comment: THESE BUNS CAME FROM THE CUSTOM OF MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS OVER
BREAD BEFORE EATING IT. IN THEIR NEXT STAGE, BUNS WERE MADE WITH
A CROSS IMPRINTED ON THEM. AND FINALLY, THEY EVOLVED INTO THE HOT
CROSS BUNS OF TODAY--SPICED DOUGH, SOMETIMES WITH RAISINS, AND WITH
CROSSES OF FROSTING ON TOP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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MARBLES

IT'S CUSTOMARY TO SHOOT MARBLES ON GOOD FRIDAY. ( IT IS ) FOLLOWED
QUITE RIGOROUSLY BY YOUNGER BOYS.

Submitter comment: ( THIS IS A CUSTOM IN THE ) BAHAMAS.

Data entry tech comment: MARBLES ARE ALSO PLAYED IN SUSSEX, ENGLAND ON GOOD FRIDAY. IT HAS
BEEN SUGGESTED THAT IT SIGNIFIES THE THROWING OF DICE DURING THE
CRUCIFIXION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 02-04-1972

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HABIT IS EVERYTHING-----EVEN IN LOVE.

Where learned: HOME ; DORM ROOM ; Massachusetts ; TOLD IN ; SPRINGFIELD

Keyword(s): ASSONANCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-23-1971

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LEGEND OF WARDING OFF A BEATING

WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG
AND YOU DON'T WANT TO BE BEATEN BY YOUR MOTHER
PULL OUT ONE OF YOUR EYELASHES AND PUT IT UNDER A ROCK.
IT MUST BE A ROCK OR IT IS NO GOOD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HE TRIED IT UNDER A CONCK SHELL AND IT DID'NT WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): CONCH SHELL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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BELIEF

IF THE SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN THE FIRST TOE, THE FATHER WILL LIVE
LONGER THAN THE MOTHER WILL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THAILAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-03-1971

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FATAL HAIRDOES

SUICIDE BLONDE: DYED BY OWN HANDS
THAT IS A GIRL COULD RUIN HER HAIR BY COLORING IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 11-10-1969

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BELIEF CONCERNING BIRTH

IF A GIRL IS BORN WITH A WIDOW'S PEAK,
IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SIGN OF ROYALTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): HAIRLINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Birth

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CRUCIAL MOMENT OF LIFE CUSTOM

"WHEN A FRATERNITY BROTHER OF MY FRATERNITY GETS MARRIED,
GRADUATES, OR GETS PINNED, WE TOAST HIM BY INTERLOCKING OUR ARMS
WITH THE DRINKS IN OUR HANDS, WE CLINK THE GLASSES BACKWARDS AND
CHUG THE DRINK."

Submitter comment: HE COMMENTS THAT THIS PROBABLY SOUNDS STUPID BUT THEY ALWAYS DO IT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT IS TRADITIONAL IN THE SUZIO FAMILY, THAT DURING ADVENT, ALL GOOD
DEEDS ARE REWARDED WITH A LITTLE STAR DRAWN ON A SHEET OF PAPER
HANGING ON A DOOR. EACH CHILD TRIES TO GET AS MANY OF THESE STARS,
AND THUS BE AS GOOD AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN BECAUSE ON CHRISTMAS EVE
LITTLE SCROLLS, TIED WITH RIBBONS, CONTAINING ALL THE STARS THEY
MERITED, ARE CARRIED IN A PROCESSION TO THE CRIB UNDER THE CHRISTMAS
TREE. EACH CHILD WANTS TO HAVE THE BEST GIFT POSSIBLE, SO THEY WORK
AS HARD AS THEY CAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: 645 September 23 Equinox to December 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT IS TRADITIONAL TO LEAVE COOKIES AND MILK
FOR SANTA CLAUS, AND CARROTS FOR THE EASTER BUNNY.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 11-17-1967

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CHRISTMAS EVE CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THEY PLACE AN AX UNDER THE TABLE, AND EVERY
MEMBER OF THE FAMILY MUST HAVE ONE FOOT ON IT.

Submitter comment:

JO'S BOYFRIEND IS SLAVIK (SLAVIC) AND (THEY PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM) IN
THEIR HOME.

Data entry tech comment:

ITEM REWORDED TO FIT FORMAT.

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; Slavic ; Table Setting ; tradition

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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POLITICAL PARTIES BELIEF

MY DAD SAYS THAT WHEN THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN POWER, ALL LIQUOR CAN
BE BOUGHT ONLY IN PARTY STORES BUT WHEN REPUBLICANS ARE IN POWER,
ONLY DRUG STORES HAVE IT.

Submitter comment: ROSS LIVES IN TOLEDO, OHIO.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM ROOM ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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SILVERWARE BELIEF

IF A PIECE OF SILVERWARE IS DROPPED, A VISITOR WILL COME FROM THE
DIRECTION IT POINTS. THE VISITOR'S GENDER MAY BE DETERMINED FROM
THE FOLLOWING LIST:
KNIFE - INANIMATE OBJECT (LETTER OR GIFT)
SPOON- MAN
FORK- FEMININE

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM ROOM ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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CHILDREN'S RIME

OND DARK NIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY,
TWO DEAD BOYS WENT OUT TO PLAY.
BACK TO BACK THEY FACED EACH OTHER,
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE SHOT,
AND CAME AND GOT THEM TWO DEAD BOYS.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS STORY THAT'S TRUE,
ASK ANY BLIND MAN, HE SAW IT TOO.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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CONFUSCIOUS SAY

CONFUSCIOUS SAY:
HE WHO LAY GIRL ON GROUND FIND PEACE ON EARTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): HUMOR SEX METONYMY

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 12-00-1968

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PROVERB

IF YOU EAT ALL YOUR FOOD,
IT WILL BE A FAIR DAY TOMORROW.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A ROUGH TRANSLATION OF A GERMAN PROVERB.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

James Callow Keyword(s): PREDICTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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NAVAL CUSTOM

AT THE NAVAL ACADEMY IN ANNAPOLIS, A GIRL WHO PUTS
THE HAT OF A MIDSHIPMAN ON HER HEAD AGAINST HIS WILL
OR TO HIS SURPRISE, IS ENTITLED TO A KISS FROM HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 09-08-1969

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THE HITCHHIKER

A TRAVELING SALESMAN WHOSE ROUTE WAS FROM NEW YORK CITY
TO DETROIT {MICHIGAN} TO DAYTON {OHIO}, WAS TRAVELING
DOWN A DIRT ROAD, WHEN HIS HEADLIGHTS PICKED UP THE
FORM OF A MAN IN A LONG COAT, HAT PULLED OVER HIS
EYES, AND WITH VERY SHINY TEETH, HITCHHIKING. OF
COURSE THE SALESMAN DID NOT PICK THIS MAN UP, BECAUSE
HE WAS AFRAID OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. THE MAN STOPPED
IN THE FIRST CITY HE GOT TO, AND SPENT THE NIGHT
THERE. THE NEXT DAY, UPON LEAVING THE CITY, HE RAN
INTO THIS SAME HITCHHIKER AGAIN, THESE OCCURANCES
HAPPENED TIME AFTER TIME AND THE SALESMAN WAS STARTING
TO GET WORRIED. AFTER SPENDING THE NIGHT IN ONE CITY,
HE NOTICED THAT HE HADN'T SEEN THE HITCHHIKER UPON
LEAVING THE CITY. THE SALESMAN FELT THAT THE HITCH-
HIKER'S OCCURANCES WERE JUST A COINCIDENCE, WHEN
ALL OF A SUDDEN, HE HEARD A NOISE FROM THE BACK
SEAT, HE TURNED AND THERE SAT THE HITCHHIKER WITH
THOSE PEARL WHITE TEETH GIVING OFF A BIG GRIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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THE HITCHHIKER

A TRAVELING SALESMAN WHOSE ROUTE WAS FROM NEW YORK CITY
TO DETROIT {MICHIGAN} TO DAYTON {OHIO}, WAS TRAVELING
DOWN A DIRT ROAD, WHEN HIS HEADLIGHTS PICKED UP THE
FORM OF A MAN IN A LONG COAT, HAT PULLED OVER HIS
EYES, AND WITH VERY SHINY TEETH, HITCHHIKING. OF
COURSE THE SALESMAN DID NOT PICK THIS MAN UP, BECAUSE
HE WAS AFRAID OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. THE MAN STOPPED
IN THE FIRST CITY HE GOT TO, AND SPENT THE NIGHT
THERE. THE NEXT DAY, UPON LEAVING THE CITY, HE RAN
INTO THIS SAME HITCHHIKER AGAIN, THESE OCCURANCES
HAPPENED TIME AFTER TIME AND THE SALESMAN WAS STARTING
TO GET WORRIED. AFTER SPENDING THE NIGHT IN ONE CITY,
HE NOTICED THAT HE HADN'T SEEN THE HITCHHIKER UPON
LEAVING THE CITY. THE SALESMAN FELT THAT THE HITCH-
HIKER'S OCCURANCES WERE JUST A COINCIDENCE, WHEN
ALL OF A SUDDEN, HE HEARD A NOISE FROM THE BACK
SEAT, HE TURNED AND THERE SAT THE HITCHHIKER WITH
THOSE PEARL WHITE TEETH GIVING OFF A BIG GRIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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A SHARP TONGUE IS THE ONLY EDGED TOOL THAT GROWS
CONSTANT USE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-22-1971

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