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POLISH JOKE

DID YOU HEAR THEY HAD TO CLOSE THE HAMTRAMCK HOSPITAL?
THE HEAD SURGEON WAS CALLED BACK TO THE ASSEMBLY LINE AT
GENERAL MOTORS MAIN PLANT.

Submitter comment: MENTIONED BY INFORMANT AS SHE PASSED BY, AS I WAS
TYPING POLISH JOKES IN THE VARSITY NEWS OFFICE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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POLISH JOKE

WHAT'S THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF HAMTRAMCK?
AN EMPTY BUS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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POLISH JOKE

WHY DON'T THEY HAVE DOGS IN HAMTRAMCK? BECAUSE THEY
PISS ON THE POLES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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POLISH JOKE

WHY DID THEY CLOSE THE HAMTRAMCK LIBRARY? SOMEBODY
STOLE THE BOOK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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POLISH JOKE

WHO WAS THE GREATEST POLACK? STASHU OF LIBERTY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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POLISH JOKE

HOW DO THEY TAKE A CENSUS IN HAMTRAMCK? BY THROWING
A DIME IN THE MIDDLE OF JOS. CAMPAU (AVENUE).

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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POLISH JOKE

HOW DO THEY MAKE A WOP? WITH A HANDFUL OF SHIT AND A
HANDFUL OF POLACK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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POLISH JOKE

WHY IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH GARBAGE COLLECTION IN HAMTRAMCK?
BECAUSE THE DIRECTOR OF SANITATION GOT CALLED BACK TO
FORD'S.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, IT WAS A CUSTOM IN OUR FAMILY TO GATHER
AT THE HOME OF OUR GRANDPARENTS FOR A MEAL AND CELEBRATION.
AT MIDNIGHT EVERYONE TOOK A PIECE OF WHITE WAFER,
CALLED OPLATKI, AND WENT AROUND TO ALL THE OTHERS,
WISHING THEM A MERRY CHRISTMAS. THE RECIPIENT OF THESE
GREETINGS WOULD BREAK OFF A BIT OF THE OTHER PERSON'S
WAFER AND THEN OFFER HIM HIS OWN, RETURNING THE GOOD
WISHES.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAYS THE CUSTOMS STOPPED ABOUT EIGHT YEARS
AGO WHEN THE GRANDFATHER DIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Oplatki

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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DERISIVE GESTURE

WHEN SOMEONE MAKES A REMARK INTENDED TO BE SARCASTIC OR
FUNNY, BUT YOU DON'T THINK IT WAS, YOU TURN TO THEM
AND SAY, "DO YOU KNOW HOW FUNNY THAT WAS? THIS FUNNY."
YOU THEN HOLD UP ONE HAND INDICATING A SPACE (VERY
SMALL) BETWEEN YOUR THUMB AND FOREFINGER INDICATING
AN AMOUNT OF FUNNY (OR FUNNINESS I GUESS YOU SAY).

Submitter comment: EXPLAINED BY INFORMANT AFTER HAVING USED IT ON
COLLECTOR. INFORMANT SAYS SEVERAL OF HER FRIENDS
USE THIS GESTURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn

Date learned: 10-00-1966

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