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MAGIC

IF YOU BITE THE CONSECRATED HOST IT WILL BLEED FOR IT IS THE
BODY OF CHRIST.

Submitter comment: THREE OTHERS SIMILAR TO THIS IN THE ARCHIVE FILES OF LINED CARDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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LUCK

THE THIRD PERSON TO LIGHT A CIGARETTE FROM THE
SAME MATCH WILL DIE IN A WHORE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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BLEEDING HOST

IF YOU BITE THE CONSECRATED HOST, IT WILL BLEED, FOR IT IS CHRIST.

Submitter comment: THREE OTHERS SIMILAR TO THIS IN THE ARCHIVE FILES OF LINED CARDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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MY MOTHER WAS A BAKER, A BAKER, A BAKER.
MY MOTHER WAS A BAKER AND THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID UMM, UMM.
MY FATHER WAS A GARBAGE MAN, A GARBAGE MAN, A GARBAGE MAN.
MY FATHER WAS A GARBAGE MAN AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID UMM, UMM,
P-U.
MY SISTER WAS A MOVIE STAR, A MOVIE STAR, A MOVIE STAR.
MY SISTER WAS A MOVIE STAR AND THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID UMM, UMM,
P-U, CURLY WHIRLY, WHOOP-D-DO.
MY BROTHER WAS A COWBOY, A COWBOY, A COWBOY.
MY BROTHER WAS A COWBOY AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID UMM, UMM, P-U,
CURLY WHIRLY, WHOOP-D-DO, BANG, BANG, YOU'RE DEAD FIFTY BULLETS
IN THE HEAD.
MY GRANDFATHER WAS A TAILOR, A TAILOR, A TAILOR.
MY GRANDFATHER WAS A TAILOR AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID UMM, UMM, P-U,
CURLY WHIRLY, WHOOP-D-DO, BANG, BANG, YOU'RE DEAD FIFTY BULLETS IN
THE HEAD, OUCH.

Submitter comment: YOU PINCH THE PERSON YOU ARE TELLING THIS TO WHEN YOU SAY OUCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

James Callow Keyword(s): CUMULATIVE ; INCREMENTAL REPETITION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1978 ; 11-00-1987

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BLOODY MURDER

"IT" GOES AND HIDES WHILE THE CHILDREN SITTING ON
"HOME" SING THE FOLLOWING SONG:
ONE O'CLOCK, TWO O'CLOCK, THREE O'CLOCK ROCK
FOUR O'CLOCK, FIVE O'CLOCK, SIX O'CLOCK ROCK
SEVEN O'CLOCK, EIGHT O'CLOCK, NINE O'CLOCK ROCK
TEN O'CLOCK, ELEVEN O'CLOCK, TWELVE O'CLOCK
MIDNIGHT!
"MIDNIGHT" IS YELLED AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE SO THAT "IT" MAY
KNOW THAT THE CHILDREN ARE COMING. THE CHILDREN SEPARATE
AND LOOK FOR "IT". IF A CHILD SEES "IT" AND HASN'T YET BEEN
TOUCHED BY "IT", THAT CHILD WILL SCREAM "BLOODY MURDER" AND
RUN TO HOME. THE OTHER CHILDREN ALSO SCREAM "BLOODY MURDER"
AND RUN TO HOME. IT IS UNWISE TO BE LAST FOR BY THEN "IT" HAS
GOTTEN TO THE AREA OF HOME BASE AND GUARDS HOME SO THAT THE
PLAYERS CAN'T GET THROUGH. THE PLAYERS TOUCHING HOME BASE THEN
FORM A HUMAN CHAIN, LINKING HANDS, AND TRY TO REACH THE
TRAPPED PLAYERS. IF THEY CAN REACH THE CHAIN THEY ARE "SAFE".
IF SOMEONE IS TOUCHED BY "IT" THEY BECOME "IT" FOR THE NEXT
GAME. OTHERWISE THE ORIGINAL "IT" IS "IT" AGAIN AND THE GAME
BEGINS AGAIN. THIS GAME WAS ALWAYS PLAYED AT NIGHT. "IT"
COULD HIDE BETTER AND THE DARKNESS ADDED TO THE FEAR AND
EXCITEMENT. THE BOUNDARIES WERE ALWAYS SETTLED BEFORE HAND AS
WELL AS A TIME LIMIT FOR FINDING "IT".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: 05-00-1978

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THE BILLBOARD SONG

ONE DAY AS I WAS WALKING
ONE DARK AND DREARY DAY
I CAME UPON A BILLBOARD
AND MUCH TO MY DISMAY
THE SIGN WAS TORN AND TATTERED
FROM THE STORM THE NIGHT BEFORE
THE WIND AND RAIN HAD DONE ITS WORK
AND THIS IS WHAT I SORE. MM
DRINK COCA-COLA CIGARETTES
CHEW WRIGLEY'S SPEARMINT BEER
KENNELRATION DOGFOOD
MAKES YOUR COMPLEXION CLEAR
SIMONIZE YOUR BABY
WITH A HERSHEY'S CANDY BAR,
AND PEPSI-COLA BEAUTY CREAM
IS USED BY ALL THE STARS. MM
SO TAKE YOUR NEXT VACATION
IN A BRAND NEW FRIDGIDARE
LEARN TO PLAY PIANO
IN YOUR WINTER UNDERWEAR.
DOCTORS SAY THAT BABIES,
SHOULD SMOKE UNTIL THEY'RE THREE,
AND PEOPLE OVER SIXTY-FIVE
SHOULD BATHE IN LIPTON TEA, HEY!

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM MIDDLE SISTER'S BEST FRIEND, MARTH BAKER
WHO LIVED DOWN THE STREET AND WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH
MY SISTER IN FLINT, MICHIGAN. BOTH OF THEM LIKED WORD GAMES
AND HAD BACKGROUND IN THE PERFORMING ARTS. THEY WENT TO
HIGH SCHOOL AT FLINT OPEN SCHOOL IN THE EARLY 1970'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

James Callow Keyword(s): TANGLETALK

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

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THE FIRST PERSON STARTS THE GAME BY SAYING THE FIRST LINE.
WHO EVER ELSE IS PLAYING REPEATS THE LINE AFTER THEM.
THEN THE 1ST PERSON SAYS THE 1ST AND SECOND LINE, THE OTHERS
REPEAT IT AND SO ON UNTIL THE WHOLE IS SAID IN ONE GO. IF
YOU'RE REAL GOOD YOU CAN SAY IT ALL IN ONE BREATH.
A BIG FAT HEN
A COUPLE OF DUCKS
THREE SLIPPERY SLIDERS
FOUR BROWN BEARS
FIVE FAT FEMALES
SIX SILLY SIMPLETONS SITTING ON A STUMP
SEVEN SICILIAN SAILORS SAILING THE SEVEN SEAS SIDEWAYS
EIGHT EGOTISTICAL ECHOISTS EGOTISTICALLY ECHOING
EGOTISTICAL ECHOES
NINE NIBBLOUS GNAT NIBBLES, NIBBLING ON GNATS' NESTS AND
CIGARETTE BUTTS
TEN TREMENDOUS TEA TOADS TELLING TALES OF TRIGONOMETRY
AND TERROR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A FAVORITE OF MY SISTER MICHELLE AND ME. WE STILL
PLAY EVEN THOUGH SHE'S NOW 31 AND I'M 20 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 12-00-1977

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IF WE CANTELOPE, LETTUCE MARRY.

Submitter comment: ONE OF MY DAD'S FAVORITE LINES.
HE USED IT TO TEASE US, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE
WERE TOO SERIOUS ABOUT SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

James Callow Keyword(s): CANTALOUPE ; PUN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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THIS IS SAID WHILE TOUCHING THE INFERRED PARTS OF THE
BODY (IN PARENTHESES) OF THE PERSON.
HI OLD TOP (PATS HEAD), GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK (TOUCHES BACK)
FROM THE FRONT (TOUCHES FRONT). IT'S BEEN TWO LONG 'EARS
(GENTLY PULLS EARS) SINCE I SEEN YA, BUT I STILL 'NOSES YA
(TOUCHES NOSE).

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ONE OF DAD'S JOKES, ALL OF HIS CHILDREN HAD TO ENDURE
IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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THIS IS A TELEPHONE PRANK. CALL SOMEONE AND ASK THEM, "IS YOUR
REFRIGERATOR RUNNING?" WHEN THEY ANSWER"YES," SAY,"WELL YOU'D
BETTER CATCH IT BEFORE IT RUNS AWAY!" AND HANG UP THE PHONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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A "DWEEB" OR A "NERD" IS A TYPE OF TEENAGER. IT USUALLY
REFERS TO MALES, BUT THEY CAN ALSO BE FEMALES. THIS TYPE OF
PERSON IS KNOWN FOR SOCIAL INEPTNESS. THEY ARE INTROVERTS
AND USUALLY VERY GOOD IN ACADEMICS. THEY READ CONSTANTLY. THEY
DON'T MESH WELL WITH THE MAIN SOCIAL STREAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: 00-00-1982

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THERE ARE SEVERAL VARIATIONS OF A GAME USING THE ALPHABET.
IN EACH YOU MUST GO THROUGH EACH LETTER AND THINK OF
SOMETHING IN THE CATEGORY THAT STARTS WITH THE LETTER. "A,"
"THE" AND "AN" DON'T COUNT. THE CATEGORIES ARE MOVIES, BOOKS,
ANIMALS AND SONGS, TO NAME A FEW.
FOR EXAMPLE IF THE CATEGORY WERE ANIMALS AND THROUGH TAKING
TURNS YOU HAD REACHED THE LETTER "K" YOU COULD USE KANGAROO.
YOU NEED AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE, THOUGH MORE IS MORE FUN. FOR
A MORE CHALLENGING GAME, GO THROUGH THE ALPHABET AGAIN WITH
THE SAME CATEGORY, BUT YOU CAN'T USE THE SAME WORDS AS THE
LAST GAME.
A VARIATION OF THIS IS LOOKING FOR LETTERS, IN ALPHABETICAL
ORDER, ON SIGNS AND LICENSE PLATES WHILE TRAVELING ON ROADS.
THIS IS MORE COMPETITIVE, BECAUSE NO ONE TAKES TURNS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

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

Date learned: 06-00-1980

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DON'T PUT YOUR SHOES ON THE TABLE OR YOU WILL HAVE A
FIGHT WITH SOMEONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.19

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF A PICTURE FALLS OFF THE WALL THREE TIMES, SOMEONE
YOU LOVE WILL DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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HER GRANDMOTHER (WHOSE NAME I DON'T KNOW) WARNED HER
NEVER TO KEEP GOLDFISH IN THE HOUSE BECAUSE THEY
ARE ALWAYS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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DEATH CAR

DURING THE SUMMER VACATION, WORD TRAVELLED AROUND TOWN
THAT A 1958 THUNDERBIRD {AUTOMOBILE} WAS UP FOR SALE
AT FLINT FOR ONLY $100. THE CAR WAS IN PERFECT
CONDITION, BUT TWO PEOPLE HAD DIED IN IT, AND THEIR
CORPSES CAUSED THE INTERIOR AND EVEN THE METAL OF
THE CAR ITSELF TO TAKE ON A PUNGANT ODOR. NOTHING
COULD REMOVE THE STENCH. THE USED CAR MAN TRIED
EVERYTHING TO SELL THE CAR, BUT NO ONE WOULD BUY IT.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR. THIS FACT
WAS TRANSMITTED TO ME ORALLY.

Submitter comment: CORPSE'S SMELL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Flint

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

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DEATH CAR

DURING THE SUMMER VACATION, WORD TRAVELLED AROUND TOWN
THAT A 1958 THUNDERBIRD {AUTOMOBILE} WAS UP FOR SALE
AT FLINT FOR ONLY $100. THE CAR WAS IN PERFECT
CONDITION, BUT TWO PEOPLE HAD DIED IN IT, AND THEIR
CORPSES CAUSED THE INTERIOR AND EVEN THE METAL OF
THE CAR ITSELF TO TAKE ON A PUNGANT ODOR. NOTHING
COULD REMOVE THE STENCH. THE USED CAR MAN TRIED
EVERYTHING TO SELL THE CAR, BUT NO ONE WOULD BUY IT.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR. THIS FACT
WAS TRANSMITTED TO ME ORALLY.

Submitter comment: CORPSE'S SMELL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Flint

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

Date learned: 00001958 SUMMER

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Belief: Weather

Weather Proverb:

Red at night - a sailor's delight, but red in the morning - a sailor's warning.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

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

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