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GHOST IN WHITE

A WOMAN IN WHITE ROAMS THE WOODS OF BELLE ISLE PARK NEAR DOWNTOWN
DETROIT WITH A HOOK-HANDED FRIEND. THIS STORY HAS BEEN AROUND
FOR YEARS.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; NEWSPAPER ; DETROIT FREE PRESS

Keyword(s): Belle Isle ; GHOST ; Haunting ; Legend ; SUPERSTITION ; Tale ; Undead

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 08-27-1968

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MAGIC

TELLING THE TEMPERTATURE BY COUNTING CRICKET CHIRPS. IF YOU COUNT
THE CHIRPS FOR A MINUTE, MULTIPLY BY THE SQUARE ROOT OF A COW'S HORN,
SUBTRACT YOUR AGE AND TOSS IN THE PRICE OF A HAM SANDWICH,
YOU COME UP WITH THE TEMPERATURE IN DEGREES OF FARENHEIT.

Submitter comment: HUMOR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; NEWSPAPER ; THE DETROIT NEWS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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RIDDLE

THE QUESTION IS ASKED: HOW MUCH DOES THIS FIFTY POUND BAG OF
COFFEE WEIGH?

Submitter comment: THE ARTICLE IN THE FREE PRESS STATED THAT AT THE VAN SHOW AT THE
SILVERDOME, THERE WAS A BOOTH WITH A BIG BAG OF COFFE AND A BIG
SIGN WHICH ASKED THE QUESTION. THE QUESTION HAD ANSWERS RANGING
FROM 20 TO
300 POUNDS. THE ARTICLE WENT ON TO SAY THAT MANY PEOPLE INSISTED
ON LIFTING THE BAG.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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MARRIAGE JOKE

A FLIRT IS A WOMAN WHO BELIEVES THAT IT'S EVERY MAN FOR
HERSELF.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; THE DETROIT NEWS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

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MARRIAGE JOKE

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SINGLE MAN AND A MARRIED MAN IS
THAT A SINGLE MAN HAS NO BUTTONS ON HIS SHIRT AND A
MARRIED MAN HAS NO SHIRT.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; THE DETROIT NEWS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 02-15-1967

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MARRIAGE JOKE

ALL MEN MAKE MISTAKES. HUSBANDS FIND OUT ABOUT THEM
SOONER.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; THE DETROIT NEWS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 02-15-1967

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MARRIAGE JOKE

THE AVERAGE MAN HAS PROBABLY THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT RUNNING
AWAY FROM HOME--ONCE AS A CHILD, AGAIN AS A HUSBAND.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; THE DETROIT NEWS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 02-15-1967

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MARRIAGE JOKE

"YOU CAN'T SAY WHAT ADAM SAID TO EVE IN THE GARDEN OF
EDEN," WACHS ADDED, SLYLY. WHAT WAS THAT, THE STRAIGHT
WOMAN REPORTER ASKED? "MAYBE WE BETTER TURN OVER A
NEW LEAF."

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; THE DETROIT NEWS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 02-15-1967

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MARRIAGE JOKE

SOME WOMEN NEVER KNOW WHAT THEY WANT UNTIL THEY FIND
OUT WHAT THEIR HUSBANDS CAN'T AFFORD.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; THE DETROIT NEWS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 02-15-1967

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MARRIAGE JOKE

THEIR MARRIAGE WAS A 50-50 ARRANGEMENT. EVERY TIME
SHE BOUGHT A $50 DRESS, HE BOUGHT A 50 CENT TIE.

Submitter comment: READ THEM IN THE FREE PRESS, BUT DOESN'T REMEMBER ISSUE
DATE OR ARTICLE TITLE. COLLECTED 3/19/67.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; DETROIT FREE PRESS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

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MARRIAGE JOKE

MARRIAGE IS LIKE TAKING A BATH. AFTER YOU GET USED TO
IT, IT ISN'T SO HOT.

Submitter comment: READ THEM IN THE FREE PRESS, BUT DOESN'T REMEMBER ISSUE
DATE OR ARTICLE TITLE. COLLECTED 3/19/67.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; DETROIT FREE PRESS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 03-19-1967

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MARRIAGE JOKE

FIFTY PERCENT OF MARRIED PEOPLE ARE WOMEN--THE OTHER 50
PERCENT ARE JUST OUT OF LUCK.

Submitter comment: READ THEM IN THE FREE PRESS, BUT DOESN'T REMEMBER ISSUE
DATE OR ARTICLE TITLE. COLLECTED 3/19/67.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; DETROIT FREE PRESS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 03-19-1967

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MARRIAGE JOKE

THERE ARE THREE RINGS THAT MAKE A MARRIAGE: ENGAGEMENT,
RING, MARRIAGE RING, AND SUFFER-RING.

Submitter comment: READ THEM IN THE FREE PRESS, BUT DOESN'T REMEMBER ISSUE
DATE OR ARTICLE TITLE. COLLECTED 3/19/67.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; DETROIT FREE PRESS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 03-19-1967

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IF YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
YOU'LL BE BROKE THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; THE MACOMB DAILY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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IF A BUTTERFLY FLIES INTO YOUR HOUSE, THAT'S A SIGN OF
AN IMPENDING MARRIAGE.

Where learned: NEWSPAPER ; THE MACOMB DAILY

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 01-30-1968

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"NATURE'S ODITY--H. L. POUNDS FOUND THIS MATURE COCKLEBUR ON A
FARM NEAR HIS HOME AT BRADFORD RECENTLY AND IT MAKES HIM
WONDER IF NATURE IS PULLING SOME STRANGE TRICKS ON US. MR.
POUNDS SAID THAT HE HAD ALWAYS (BEEN) TOLD IT WAS TIME FOR FROST
WHEN COCKLEBURS RIPENED."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NEWSPAPER ; MILAN MIRROR ; MILAN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 06-24-1970

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