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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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TULIPS IN THE GARDEN
TULIPS IN THE PARK
BUT THE TULIPS I LIKE BEST
ARE TULIPS IN THE DARK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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THE THREE MORALS

A SPARROW WAS FLYING IN THE THICK OF WINTER. HIS WINGS FROZE AND
HE FELL, COLD, ON A PATH. ALONG CAME A COW AND ACCIDENTALLY SHIT
ON HIM. THE SPARROW WAS WARM BUT DECIDED TO FLY ON. SO HE BEGAN
TO WORK HIS WAY OUT. A CAT CAME BY, GRABBED HIM, AND LATER ATE
HIM. AMEN.
THE THREE MORALS ARE:
(I) IT ISN'T ALWAYS YOUR ENEMY WHO SHITS ON YOU.
(II) IT ISN'T ALWAYS YOUR FRIEND WHO PULLS YOU OUT OF SHIT.
(III) WHERE YOU FEEL GOOD, STAY THERE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS AMUSING AND WITH A DEFINITE POINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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THE FOUNDING OF KRAKOW

ONCE THERE WAS A SETTLEMENT OF PEOPLE ON THE VISTULA RIVER NEAR
THE FOOT OF THE KARPATH MOUNTAINS. HOWEVER, THERE ALSO LIVED A
DRAGON IN A CAVE (CALLED THE JASKINIA). EVERY DAY HE WOULD COME
TO THE SETTLEMENT AND SWALLOW SOME SHEEP, AND THEN GO TO THE
VISTULA TO WASH HIS MEAL DOWN AND BACK TO HIS JASKINIA TO SLEEP.
THE PEOPLE WERE ANGRY--ESPECIALLY THE SHEPHERDS AND NOBLEMEN.
THE SHEPHERDS AND THE PEOPLE OFFERED REWARDS OF ALL SORTS TO
ANYONE WHO COULD KILL THE DRAGON. MANY GLORY-SEEKING NOBLEMEN
TRIED, BUT WERE CRUSHED. THEN A SHOEMAKER NAMED KRAKUS STEPPED
FORWARD. HE KILLED A SHEEP, GUTTED IT, AND STUFFED IT WITH
SULPHUR. THE FOLLOWING DAY KRAKUS WATCHED THE DRAGON COME FROM
HIS JASKINIA AND IN HIS PATH KRAKUS PLACED THE SHEEP.
THE DRAGON SWALLOWED THE SHEEP WITH ONE GULP AND CONTINUED AFTER
MORE SHEEP. HOWEVER, THE DRAGON FELT A BURNING THIRST AND RUSHED
TO THE VISTULA RIVER. THERE THE DRAGON DRANK AND DRANK, NOT BEING
ABLE TO QUENCH HIS THIRST. HE CONTINUED DRINKING. FINALLY, THE
DRAGON BURST AND DIED.
KRAKUS WAS HAILED BY THE PEOPLE AND MADE THE CHIEF OF THE SETTLE-
MENT. THEY TOOK HIS NAME AND DUBBED THE SETTLEMENT KRAKOW, OR THE
PEOPLE OF KRAKOW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERED BEING TOLD THIS STORY BY HIS FATHER AND FOUND
IT VERY INTERESTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT STAYS IN THE SAME CORNER ALL THE TIME, BUT TRAVELS AROUND
THE WORLD?
A: A POSTAGE STAMP.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER VARIANT IN U OF D FOLKLORE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CUCUMBER BELIEF

NEVER EAT THE END OF THE CUCUMBER WHERE THERE ARE NO SEEDS
BECAUSE IT IS POISONOUS.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER ACTUALLY BELIEVES THIS BECAUSE HER MOTHER BELIEVED
IT. IN OUR HOME WE NEVER EAT THAT END OF A CUCUMBER EVEN THOUGH
ALL OF A PICKLE IS REGARDED AS SAFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CAR BELIEF

IF A GIRL IS RIDING IN A CAR AND IT CROSSES OVER RAILROAD
TRACKS, SHE MUST LIFT UP HER FEET OR SHE WILL NOT GET MARRIED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS ATTITUDE WAS QUITE SKEPTICAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DIET

FIVE POUNDS CAN BE LOST IN THREE DAYS BY EATING HARD
BOILED EGGS AND DRINKING WATER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS ABSURD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Food

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TELEPHONE PRANK

CALLER: DO YOU HAVE SIR WALTER RALEUGH IN A CAN?
ANSWERER: (WHO CAN WORK IN A STORE) YES.
CALLER: WELL THEN LET HIM OUT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS DONE THIS WITH FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ; SLANG: "CAN" FOR TOILET."

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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(FARTING)

IF A GIRL IS ON A DATE AND IS TRAVELING IN A CAR, AND HAS TO FART,
SHE ASKS HER DATE TO STOP THE CAR. SHE GETS OUT OF THE CAR. WHEN
SHE COMES BACK SHE SAYS SHE THOUGHT THE CAR HAD A FLAT TIRE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE HAD FRIENDS IN HIGH SCHOOL WHO DID THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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TWO IRISHMEN

TWO IRISHMEN, TWO IRISHMEN
SITTING IN A DITCH
ONE CALLED THE OTHER ONE
A DIRTY SON OF A
PETERS MURPHY COCKTAIL, GINGERALE
NINE CENTS A GLASS,
IF YOU DON,T BELIEVE ME
I,LL KICK YOU IN THE
TWO IRISHMEN, TWO IRISHMEN (REPEAT)

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FORND THE SONG ENJOYABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): IRISHMEN

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

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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TELEPHONE PRANK

CALLER: DO YOU HAVE SIR WALTER RALEIGH IN A CAN?
ANSWERER: (WHO WORKS IN A STORE) YES.
CALLER: WELL THEN LET HIM OUT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS DONE THIS WITH FRIENDS

Data entry tech comment: SIR WALTER RALEIGH IS A BRAND OF TOBACCO
SOLD IN CANS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-26-1971

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CAR BELIEF

IF A GIRL IS RIDING IN A CAR AND IT CROSSES OVER RAILROAD
TRACKS, SHE MUST LIFT UP HER FEET OR SHE WILL NOT GET MARRIED.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANTS ATTITUDE WAS QUITE SKEPTICAL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FEET ; OMEN ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; Tracks

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; DISBELIEF ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DIET

FIVE POUNDS CAN BE LOST IN THREE DAYS BY EATING HARD
BOILED EGGS AND DRINKING WATER.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT FOUND THIS ABSURD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; DIET ; HEALTH ; WEIGHT ; Weightloss

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-11-1971

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CUCUMBER BELIEF

NEVER EAT THE END OF THE CUCUMBER WHERE THERE ARE NO SEEDS
BECAUSE IT IS POISONOUS.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER ACTUALLY BELIEVES THIS BECAUSE HER MOTHER BELIEVED
IT. IN OUR HOME WE NEVER EAT THAT END OF A CUCUMBER EVEN THOUGH
ALL OF A PICKLE IS REGARDED AS SAFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CUSTOM

AN (ON) CHRISTMAS EAT WINE SOUP AND POPPYSEED STEW.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT STATED HIM (HIS) MOTHER'S PARENTS' PARENTS, ETC.,
(DON'T KNOW BEGINNING) STARTED THE CUSTOM.

Data entry tech comment:

COLLECTOR'S PUNCTUATION CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; FOOD CUSTOM ; Poppyseed ; Wine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.27

Date learned: 10-01-1970

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THE EGG TRICK

FOR THIS TRICK YOU ASK SOMEONE TO STAND BEHIND A DOOR
ON THE PRETENSE OF HELPING YOU FIX THE HINGE. YOU TELL
THE PERSON BEHIND THE DOOR TO PLACE HIS THUMB AND INDEX
FINGER THROUGH THE NARROW DOOR SPACE. THEN YOU HAND
HIM AN EGG AND LEAVE HIM THERE INDEFINITELY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS PRANK VERY FUNNY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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IN BRAZIL, DOGS ARE ALLOWED TO ROAM THROUGH CHURCHES
WITHOUT BEING BOTHERED EVEN WHILE MASS IS PERFORMED.
THIS IS BECAUSE IN A GOSPEL STORY, A DOG LICKED THE
SORES OF THE LEPER, LAZARUS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS ANNOYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN BRAZIL, DOGS ARE ALLOWED TO ROAM THROUGH
CHURCHES WITHOUT BEING BOTHERED, EVEN WHILE
MASS IS PERFORMED. THIS IS BECAUSE, IN A GOSPEL
STORY, A DOG LICKED THE SORES OF THE LEPER,
LAZARUS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS TO BE ANNOYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP,
A BAG OF PEANUTS AT MY FEET,
AND IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
I GIVE THE LORD A STOMACH ACHE.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER THIS AS A PARODY OF A SCHOOL PRAYER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: --

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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