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LE PETIT POUCET

LE PETIT POUCET UN JOUR
AU BOIS VOULET FAIRE UN TOUR
IL ECOUTAIT LES VISEAUX
CHANTER AU GORD DU RUISSEAU IL FAISAIT AVEC DES FLEURS
UN BOUQUET DE TROIS COULEURS
QUANT LE JOUR ALLAIT FINIR
IL NE SAVAIT PLUS OU REVENIR
UN GRAND LOUP LE LENDEMAIN
VOULUT LUI MONTRER LE CHEMIN
NON, NON, MONSIEUR, MAMAN HA DIT
NE SOYEZ PAS UN ETOURDIT A LECOLE ON NOUS APPREND
QUE LE LOUP EST IGNORANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

James Callow Keyword(s): FRENCH?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.360

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THE FOX AND THE ROOSTER

ONCE THERE LIVED IN ARMENIA AN OLD ROOSTER, WHO ONE DAY WAS CHASED
BY A FOX. THE ROOSTER FLEW UP INTO THE BELFRY OF A NEARBY CHURCH.
THE SLY FOX WAITED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BELFRY WATCHING FOR THE
OLD ROOSTER TO FLY DOWN. JUST THEN THE OLD ROOSTER LET GO WITH
A LOAD OF HIS MANURE AND IT HIT THE FOX RIGHT IN THE EYES. THEN
THE ROOSTER FLEW PAST THE FOX AND SAID, "HA! YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO
BE THE SMART ONE, BUT I OUT FOXED YOU!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

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KNOCK-KNOCK ROAD

THERE'S A CERTAIN ROAD AT BELLE ISLE CALLED KNOCK-KNOCK ROAD.
IT'S BEEN SAID THAT AN OLD WOMAN IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE LOST HER
DAUGHTER THERE. LATE AT NIGHT YOU CAN HEAR HER LOOKING FOR HER
DAUGHTER. AS CARS GO BY OVER A CERTAIN ROAD, YOU CAN HEAR HER
KNOCK ON THE WINDOW AS SHE LOOKS FOR HER DAUGHTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

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THE LEGEND OF STRASBURG STREET OR "KNOCK-KNOCK" STREET

SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME A STORY ABOUT AN INCIDENT WHICH SUPPOSEDLY
OCCURRED ON STRASBURG STREET IN DETROIT. THERE WAS A TERRIBLE
ACCIDENT ON THIS STREET ONE NIGHT IN WHICH A LITTLE THREE-YEAR-
OLD GIRL WAS KILLED AND HER BODY BADLY DISMEMBERED. THE POLICE
SEARCHED THE AREA FOR HER REMAINS BUT FAILED TO LOCATE ONE OF
HER ARMS. NOW THE STORY HAS IT THAT WHEN YOU DRIVE DOWN STRASBURG
STREET AT NIGHT, IF YOU ARE VERY QUIET, YOU CAN HEAR A KNOCKING ON
THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR. FOR THIS REASON STRASBURG STREET IS KNOWN
AS KNOCK-KNOCK STREET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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EASTER EGG FIGHTS

" A CUSTOM THE ARMENIANS HAVE AND AS FAR AS I KNOW ARE THE ONLY ONES
THAT DO IS THE EASTER EGG FIGHTS. WE BOIL AND COLOR OUR EGGS JUST
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, BUT WE ALSO SEE WHO HAS THE STRONGEST EGG BY
HITTING THE POINTED ENDS OF THE EGGS TOGETHER. THE ONE WHOSE EGG
BREAKS IS THE LOSER. I AM ALSO TOLD THAT WHEN I WAS YOUNG OLDER
MEN LIKE MY GRANDFATHER WOULD MEET ON EASTER AND WAGER DOZENS AND
CASES OF EGGS ON A SINGLE MATCH."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE ; CAMPUS

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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PROVERB

"A FULL PURSE NEVER LACKS FRIENDS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Keyword(s): METONYMY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

A GOOD NAME KEEPS ITS LUSTER IN THE DARK.

Where learned: WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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THE BEGGAR WHO WAS JESUS

LONG AGO IN ARMENIA A BEGGAR WAS SEEN GOING FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE
TRYING TO GET SOME FOOD. WITH MOST OF HIS HOPE GONE, HE CAME TO THE
HOUSE OF AN ARMENIAN PRIEST AND HIS WIFE. THE WOMAN OPENED THE DOOR
AND GAVE THE BEGGAR SOME FRESH BREAD WHICH SHE WAS BAKING AT THE
HEARTH. HE THANKED HER AND ASKED HER FOR ONE MORE FAVOR. THE FAVOR
WAS THAT HE COULD GIVE HER A KISS. SHE OBLIGED. THE BEGGAR WAS
THOUGHT TO BE JESUS. WHEN HER HUSBAND CAME HOME SHE TOLD HIM WHAT
HAPPENED. HE ANSWERED HER, "FOR GOD'S SAKE, WOULD YOU JUMP IN THE
FIRE? SHE ANSWERED YES AND THREW HERSELF INTO THE HEARTH. WITHOUT
HER HE FELT THERE WAS NO REASON TO LIVE AND SO HE THREW HIMSELF INTO
THE FIRE. IT IS SAID AT THIS SPOT A SHRINE HAS BEEN ERECTED AND A
SPRING FLOWS WHICH HEALS THE SICK."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE ; CAMPUS ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): IRONY GOOD VS. EVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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THE WHITE INDIAN

ONE DAY AN INDIAN CAME INTO THE SALOON BACK IN
THE OLD WEST. HE WAS CARRYING A SHOTGUN, A PAIL OF
MANURE, AND A CAT. HE ORDERED, DRANK, TOOK THE
SHOTGUN AND SHOT THE PAIL, AND CHASED THE CAT OUT
OF THE SALOON. THIS WENT ON FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS,
UNTIL THE BARTENDER ASKED HIM WHAT HE WAS DOING.
HE SAID, "ME WANT TO BE LIKE WHITE MAN, GO TO
SALOON, DRINK, SHOOT THE SHIT, AND CHASE PUSSY."

Where learned: WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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HOJAH

HOJAH, THE STUPID ARMENIAN, WAS RIDING A DONKEY
BACKWARDS AND HE PASSED A GROUP OF HIS FRIENDS.
THEY CALLED TO HIM, ASKING HIM WHY HE WAS SITTING
IN SUCH A FASHION. HE TOLD THEM IT WAS SIMPLE, THE
DONKEY WAS GOING TO THE VILLAGE AND HE WAS GOING
HOME!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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TO SHOW RESPECT FOR A PERSON THAT JUST DIED, IN OUR
FAMILY, WE WOULD UNPLUG OR STOP ALL THE CLOCKS IN OUR
HOUSE AT THE TIME OF DEATH. THEY WOULD REMAIN
STOPPED UNTIL THE TIME OF BURIAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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EATING A PIECE OF HERRING ON NEW YEAR'S EVE BRINGS GOOD
LUCK ALL YEAR LONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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CINDERELLA, DRESSED IN CUSTARD/ WENT DOWNTOWN TO BUY SOME MUSTARD/
ON HER WAY HER GIRDLE BUSTED,/ HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE DISGUSTED? 1,2,3,

Where learned: DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE ; CAMPUS ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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A BOWLER'S CRYING TOWEL WAS GIVEN TO ME ABOUT THREE
YEARS AGO. SINCE THIS TIME, I WILL NOT GO BOWLING
WITHOUT IT. IT HAS BROUGHT ME GOOD LUCK, I FEEL,
AND IN ORDER NOT TO LOSE THIS GOOD LUCK, THE TOWEL
HAS NEVER BEEN WASHED. I FEEL THAT IF I WASH IT,
THE GOOD LUCK ATTACHED TO THE TOWEL WOULD DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: 881 Games / Pastimes / Sports
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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IF YOU SEE A NEW MOON THROUGH GLASS, IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

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

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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ARMENIAN CUSTOM

IT IS AN ARMENIAN CUSTOM THAT WHEN A CHILD IS BORN, NO
MATTER WHAT THE SEX OF THE CHILD IS, IT IS NECESSARY
TO PLACE ANY KIND OF BLUE OBJECT ON THE BABY OR NEAR
THE BABY. THIS OBJECT, FOR AN EXAMPLE, COULD BE A
BEAD OR A BUTTON. IT IS THEN BELIEVED THAT THIS OBJECT
WILL KEEP ALL EVIL, SUCH AS SICKNESS, AWAY FROM THE BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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KNOCK-KNOCK ROAD

THERE'S A CERTAIN ROAD AT BELLE ISLE CALLED KNOCK-KNOCK ROAD.
IT'S BEEN SAID THAT AN OLD WOMAN IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE LOST HER
DAUGHTER THERE. LATE AT NIGHT YOU CAN HEAR HER LOOKING FOR HER
DAUGHTER. AS CARS GO BY OVER A CERTAIN ROAD, YOU CAN HEAR HER
KNOCK ON THE WINDOW AS SHE LOOKS FOR HER DAUGHTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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THE LEGEND OF STRASBURG STREET OR "KNOCK-KNOCK" STREET

SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME A STORY ABOUT AN INCIDENT WHICH SUPPOSEDLY
OCCURRED ON STRASBURG STREET IN DETROIT. THERE WAS A TERRIBLE
ACCIDENT ON THIS STREET ONE NIGHT IN WHICH A LITTLE THREE-YEAR-
OLD GIRL WAS KILLED AND HER BODY BADLY DISMEMBERED. THE POLICE
SEARCHED THE AREA FOR HER REMAINS BUT FAILED TO LOCATE ONE OF
HER ARMS. NOW THE STORY HAS IT THAT WHEN YOU DRIVE DOWN STRASBURG
STREET AT NIGHT, IF YOU ARE VERY QUIET, YOU CAN HEAR A KNOCKING ON
THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR. FOR THIS REASON STRASBURG STREET IS KNOWN
AS KNOCK-KNOCK STREET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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KNOCK-KNOCK ROAD

THERE'S A CERTAIN ROAD AT BELLE ISLE CALLED KNOCK-KNOCK ROAD.
IT'S BEEN SAID THAT AN OLD WOMAN IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE LOST HER
DAUGHTER THERE. LATE AT NIGHT YOU CAN HEAR HER LOOKING FOR HER
DAUGHTER. AS CARS GO BY OVER A CERTAIN ROAD, YOU CAN HEAR HER
KNOCK ON THE WINDOW AS SHE LOOKS FOR HER DAUGHTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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THE LEGEND OF STRASBURG STREET OR "KNOCK-KNOCK" STREET

SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME A STORY ABOUT AN INCIDENT WHICH SUPPOSEDLY
OCCURRED ON STRASBURG STREET IN DETROIT. THERE WAS A TERRIBLE
ACCIDENT ON THIS STREET ONE NIGHT IN WHICH A LITTLE THREE-YEAR-
OLD GIRL WAS KILLED AND HER BODY BADLY DISMEMBERED. THE POLICE
SEARCHED THE AREA FOR HER REMAINS BUT FAILED TO LOCATE ONE OF
HER ARMS. NOW THE STORY HAS IT THAT WHEN YOU DRIVE DOWN STRASBURG
STREET AT NIGHT, IF YOU ARE VERY QUIET, YOU CAN HEAR A KNOCKING ON
THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR. FOR THIS REASON STRASBURG STREET IS KNOWN
AS KNOCK-KNOCK STREET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALSH COLLEGE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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