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NO GRASS ON THE GRAVE: TALE

THE GREAT-GRANDFATHER OF MY INFORMANT WAS ALLEGEDLY UNJUSTLY
ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE. HE SWORE HE WAS INNOCENT UP TILL
THE TIME OF HIS EXECUTION NEAR BOSTON.
UNTIL THIS DAY, NO GRASS GROWS ON THAT GRAVE, THOUGH IT HAS BEEN
RE-SODDED SEVERAL TIMES.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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MAN WITH A HOOK: TALE

JUST OUTSIDE BOSTON IS A PLACE WHERE COUPLES PARK TO TALK, AND
MANY COUPLES ARE USUALLY THERE IN THEIR CARS. ONE NIGHT ONLY ONE
CAR WAS THERE ON A MOONLESS NIGHT. THE COUPLE HAPPENED TO HEAR
ON THE RADIO THAT AN INMANTE OF AN ASYLUM HAD ESCAPED AND WAS IN
THE AREA. THE REPORT SAID THAT HE WAS MISSING A HAND AND HAD A
HOOK INSTEAD. JUST THEN THEY HEARD A NOISE OUTSIDE AND HURRIEDLY
LEFT THE SPOT. WHEN THEY REACHED THE GIRL'S HOUSE, THE BOY WENT
TO OPEN THE GIRL'S DOOR AND THERE WAS THE HOOK ON THE DOOR HANDLE
ON A BLOODY STUMP.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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LOOK FOR THE FASTBALL, AND YOU'LL HIT THE CURVE. LOOK FOR THE CURVE,
AND YOU WON'T HIT THE FASTBALL.
I HAD STRUCK OUT TWICE ON CURVE BALLS IN MY FIRST GAME IN THE PONY
LEAGUE. MISTER QUINN NOTICED MY FAULT AND CORRECTED ME. LOOK FOR THE
FASTBALL, AND YOU'LL HIT THE CURVE. LOOK FOR THE CURVE, AND YOU
WON'T HIT THE FASTBALL.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): BASEBALL

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Throw salt over your left shoulder when entering a new
dwelling.

Submitter comment: The older folks in the family always told us: When we buy a
new house or are invited to spend the night at a friend's house,
before we go in we should throw some salt over our shoulder to
scare away any evil spirits that may be in the house.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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Whenever you move into a new house you should always put a
loaf of bread and an envelope with some money on the window sill
before you move in. This is an offering to God for his blessing
on the home so you will never be hungry or without money.

Submitter comment: This was one of the folklores that were always followed
because all of my brothers, sister, mother, and father did it and
they always had what they needed. I cannot recall a day when I
was hungry or could not get some money if I needed it when I was
growing up.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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Ethnic Joke: Polish

HOW DID THE POLAK BREAK HIS ARM? HE FELL OUT OF THE TREE RAKING
LEAVES.

Data entry tech comment:

updated by TRD on 12-2010

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): DOING THINGS THE HARD WAY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Ethnic Joke: Polish

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A POLISH MAMA AND A HIPPOPOTAMUS?
ABOUT TWENTY POUNDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD on 12-2010

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): WEIGHT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Ethnic Joke: Polish

DID YOU HEAR WHO WON THE POLISH BEAUTY CONTEST? NOBODY.

Data entry tech comment:

updated by TRD on 12-2010

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): UGLY UGLINESS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Ethnic Joke: Polish

WHAT DO YOU CALL FOUR-HUNDRED POLISH PARACHUTISTS? AIR-POLLUTION.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD on 12-2010

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): SMELL BODY ODOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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BURIED IN THE SAND

SOME BOYS DECIDED TO PULL A JOKE ON A FRIEND AT THE
BEACH AND GAVE HIM SOME SLEEPING PILLS IN A DRINK TO
PUT HIM TO SLEEP. THEN THEY BURIED HIM IN THE SAND
AND PUT RAGS OVER HIS FACE SO THAT HE COULD BREATH.
LATER, THEY RETURNED AND THE WAVES HAD REARRANGED
THE SAND AND THEY COULDN'T FIND THEIR FRIEND. THEY
LOOKED AND LOOKED, BUT HE COULDN'T BE FOUND AND
THEY SAY HE'S STILL THERE SOMEWHERE.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): FATAL PRANK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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WAKE UP

IF YOU TALK NONSENSE, YOU WILL BE TOLD, "PUT OUT YOUR HAND
AND SEE IF YOU ARE IN."
TRANSLATION: YOU ARE DREAMING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS SOURCE IS BOSTON, BUT HAS NO DATE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; BOSTON ; Massachusetts ; WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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NO GRASS ON THE GRAVE: TALE

THE GREAT-GRANDFATHER OF MY INFORMANT WAS ALLEGEDLY UNJUSTLY
ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE. HE SWORE HE WAS INNOCENT UP TILL
THE TIME OF HIS EXECUTION NEAR BOSTON.
UNTIL THIS DAY, NO GRASS GROWS ON THAT GRAVE, THOUGH IT HAS BEEN
RE-SODDED SEVERAL TIMES.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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MAN WITH A HOOK: TALE

JUST OUTSIDE BOSTON IS A PLACE WHERE COUPLES PARK TO TALK, AND
MANY COUPLES ARE USUALLY THERE IN THEIR CARS. ONE NIGHT ONLY ONE
CAR WAS THERE ON A MOONLESS NIGHT. THE COUPLE HAPPENED TO HEAR
ON THE RADIO THAT AN INMANTE OF AN ASYLUM HAD ESCAPED AND WAS IN
THE AREA. THE REPORT SAID THAT HE WAS MISSING A HAND AND HAD A
HOOK INSTEAD. JUST THEN THEY HEARD A NOISE OUTSIDE AND HURRIEDLY
LEFT THE SPOT. WHEN THEY REACHED THE GIRL'S HOUSE, THE BOY WENT
TO OPEN THE GIRL'S DOOR AND THERE WAS THE HOOK ON THE DOOR HANDLE
ON A BLOODY STUMP.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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BURIED IN THE SAND

SOME BOYS DECIDED TO PULL A JOKE ON A FRIEND AT THE
BEACH AND GAVE HIM SOME SLEEPING PILLS IN A DRINK TO
PUT HIM TO SLEEP. THEN THEY BURIED HIM IN THE SAND
AND PUT RAGS OVER HIS FACE SO THAT HE COULD BREATH.
LATER, THEY RETURNED AND THE WAVES HAD REARRANGED
THE SAND AND THEY COULDN'T FIND THEIR FRIEND. THEY
LOOKED AND LOOKED, BUT HE COULDN'T BE FOUND AND
THEY SAY HE'S STILL THERE SOMEWHERE.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): FATAL PRANK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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WAKE UP

IF YOU TALK NONSENSE, YOU WILL BE TOLD, "PUT OUT YOUR HAND
AND SEE IF YOU ARE IN."
TRANSLATION: YOU ARE DREAMING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS SOURCE IS BOSTON, BUT HAS NO DATE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; BOSTON ; Massachusetts ; WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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NO GRASS ON THE GRAVE: TALE

THE GREAT-GRANDFATHER OF MY INFORMANT WAS ALLEGEDLY UNJUSTLY
ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE. HE SWORE HE WAS INNOCENT UP TILL
THE TIME OF HIS EXECUTION NEAR BOSTON.
UNTIL THIS DAY, NO GRASS GROWS ON THAT GRAVE, THOUGH IT HAS BEEN
RE-SODDED SEVERAL TIMES.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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MAN WITH A HOOK: TALE

JUST OUTSIDE BOSTON IS A PLACE WHERE COUPLES PARK TO TALK, AND
MANY COUPLES ARE USUALLY THERE IN THEIR CARS. ONE NIGHT ONLY ONE
CAR WAS THERE ON A MOONLESS NIGHT. THE COUPLE HAPPENED TO HEAR
ON THE RADIO THAT AN INMANTE OF AN ASYLUM HAD ESCAPED AND WAS IN
THE AREA. THE REPORT SAID THAT HE WAS MISSING A HAND AND HAD A
HOOK INSTEAD. JUST THEN THEY HEARD A NOISE OUTSIDE AND HURRIEDLY
LEFT THE SPOT. WHEN THEY REACHED THE GIRL'S HOUSE, THE BOY WENT
TO OPEN THE GIRL'S DOOR AND THERE WAS THE HOOK ON THE DOOR HANDLE
ON A BLOODY STUMP.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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MR. QUINN WAS MY LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL MANAGER. HE WAS QUITE
A STUDENT OF THE GAME. YOU CAN MAKE AN INFIELDER INTO AN OUT-
FIELDER, BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE AN OUTFIELDER INTO AN INFIELDER.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS AN ANSWER TO A QUESTION ASKED HIM ON ME PLAYING BOTH
INFIELD AND OUTFIELD.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): VERSATILITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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THIS IS AN OLD CONFUCIUS SAYING PETER HEARD FROM
AN OLD CHINESE PROFESSOR.
RIGHT IS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT AND
WRONG IS NOT ALWAYS WRONG.
GOOD IS ALWAYS GOOD AND
EVIL IS ALWAYS EVIL.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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THIS WAS HIS WAY OF TELLING A YOUNG BOY HOW TO PLAY
THE OUTFIELD. HE WAS INDEED A FINE LITTLE LEAGUE MANAGER.
IT IS EASIER FOR AN OUTFIELDER TO RUN IN FOR A FLY BALL,
THAN IT IS FOR HIM TO RUN OUT. THEREFORE, PLAY THE OUTFIELD
DEEP.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): BASEBALL SPORTS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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