RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME KNOWLEDGE [BLACKBOARD] TITAN CONNECT QUICK LINKS
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for 6958 returned 101 results.

prev | items
| next

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

View just this record

YOUR MOTHER, MY MOTHER LIVE ACROSS THE WAY
EVERY NIGHT THEY HAVE A FIGHT
AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY,
YOUR OLD MAN IS A DIRTY OLD MAN
CAUSE HE WASHES HIS FACE WITH THE FRYING PAN
HE COMBS HIS HAIR WITH THE LEG OF THE CHAIR.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

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

View just this record

TALL TALE: JOHN MUSKOVICH (PRONOUNCED MUS-KOH'-VICH)

DID I EVER TELL YOU THE STORY OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN--JOHN
MUSKOVICH? ONE DAY JOHN WAS SITTING AT THE LOCAL BAR IN MINOOKA,
PENNSYLVANIA WHEN THE GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA, MILTON SCHAPP, WAS
ON TELEVISION. JOHN TURNED TO HIS BUDDY AND SAYS, "HEY, THERE'S
MY BUDDY MILTY; ME AND MILT HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR A LONG TIME."
HIS BUDDY RESPONDS, "ARE YOU TELLING ME YOU ARE FRIENDS WITH THE
GOVERNOR OF OUR ILLUSTRIOUS STATE?" TO WHICH JOHN REPLIES,
"YEAH." HIS BUDDY SAYS, "WELL, I'LL BET YOU TEN DOLLARS THAT YOU
DON'T REALLY KNOW THE GOVERNOR." SO THAT AFTERNOON THE TWO GUYS
GOT INTO THE CAR AND WENT OFF TO HARRISBURG. SOON AFTER THEY
WALKED INTO THE CAPITAL BUILDING, NONE OTHER THAN MILTON SCHAPP
CAME WALKING DOWN THE HALL. AS SOON AS SCHAPP SAW JOHN HE SAYS,
"JOHN MUSKOVICH, HOW YA DOIN'. LONG TIME . . . ." SO JOHN WON
THE TEN DOLLARS.
THE NEXT DAY JOHN AND HIS BUDDY WRE BACK IN MINOOKA WATCHING THE
TELEVISION WHEN PRESIDENT NIXON CAME ON. JOHN IMMEDIATELY SAYS,
"HEY, THERE'S MY BUDDY TRICKY DICK." HIS BUDDY SAYS, "WAIT A
MINUTE. YESTERDAY YOU SAID YOU KNEW THE GOVERNOR, NOW YOU SAY
YOU KNOW THE PRESIDENT. I'LL BET YOU $100 THAT YOU DON'T KNOW
THE PRESIDENT." AND THE NEXT MORNING THE TWO WERE OFF TO WASHING-
TON, D.C. THEY WERE WALKING OUTSIDE OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND PAT
NIXON JUST HAPPENED TO BE OUT ON THE LAWNS AND SHE IMMEDIATELY
SPOTS JOHN AND SAYS, "JOHN MUSKOVICH! HOW ARE YOU? IT'S BEEN A
LONG TIME. DICK WILL BE SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU." AND JOHN WON THE
$100.
ABOUT A WEEK LATER BACK AT THE MINOOKA BAR, THE TWO MEN WERE TALK-
ING AND JOHN'S BUDDY SAID, "LAST WEEK YOU SAID YOU KNEW THE GOVER-
NOR AND THEN THE PRESIDENT; I BET THE NEXT THING YOU'LL SAY IS
THAT YOU KNOW THE POPE!" TO WHICH JOHN REPLIES, "HEY, ME AND PAUL
BEEN FRIENDS FOR A LONG TIME." HIS BUDDY SAYS, "OKAY, I'LL BET
YOU $1,000 YOU DON'T KNOW THE POPE." AND THE NEXT DAY THE TWO ARE
ON A PLANE HEADED FOR THE VATICAN. WHEN THEY GET THERE IT JUST
HAPPENED THAT THE POPE WAS HAVING AN AUDIENCE WITH THE PUBLIC THAT
AFTERNOON. JOHN DECIDED TO LEAVE HIS BUDDY IN THE CROWD AND
HEADED IN TO SEE THE POPE HIMSELF. JUST AFTER JOHN WALKS OUT ON
THE BALCONY WITH THE POPE, THERE'S A BIG COMMOTION IN THE CROWD AND
JOHN SEES THAT HIS BUDDY HAD PASSED OUT. JOHN COMES RUNNING DOWN
AND GETS OVER TO HIS BUDDY AND SAYS, "HEY, WHAT HAPPENED?" HIS
BUDDY REPLIES,"THERE WERE THESE TWO NUNS NEXT TO ME AND ONE SAID
TO THE OTHER, 'WHO'S THAT UP THERE WITH JOHN MUSKOVICH?'"

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 00-00-1970

View just this record

IF YOU BRUSH YOUR HAIR ONE HUNDRED TIMES EVERY DAY, YOU WILL ALWAYS
HAVE SHINY HAIR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FIRMLY BELIEVES THIS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.100
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-05-1972

View just this record

PREDICTION DIVINATION

AN ITCHY NOSE MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A QUARREL OR FIGHT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 01-00-1970

View just this record

BELIEF ABOUT FOOD

EATING THE CRUST OF THE BREAD WILL GIVE YOU CURLY HAIR.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

View just this record

DEVIL BELIEF

WHISTLING IN THE HOUSE BRINGS OUT THE DEVIL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.8

View just this record

PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

A PARTNERSHIP IS A POOR SHIP TO SAIL ON

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; REVERSAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

View just this record

ON ASH WEDNESDAY YOU WOULD KNOCK ON PEOPLES DOORS AND WHEN THEY
WOULD COME OUT, YOU WOULD THROW ASHES ON THEM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS MOTHER PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM WHEN SHE WAS IN POLAND.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Monday

Date learned: 03-05-1972

View just this record

WEAVE A CROSS

ON PALM SUNDAY, SOME PEOPLE WEAVE A CROSS OUT OF THE PALM RECEIVED
AT CHURCH AND PLACE IT ON A TOMBSTONE OF A LOVED ONE IN THE CEMETERY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DID NOT PRACTICE THIS BUT SAW MANY PEOPLE DO IT IN THE
CEMETERY SHE VISITS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

Date learned: 03-17-1972

View just this record

HOLY WEEK CUSTOM

ON HOLY THURSDAY NIGHT YOU SHOULD VISIT SEVEN CHURCHES TO GAIN
SPECIAL BLESSINGS AND INDULGENCES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.32

View just this record

EASTER CUSTOM

CHEESE PIES MUST BE EATEN AT EASTER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.1!2

Date learned: 04-00-1972

View just this record

"DINGUS"

ON EASTER MONDAY, YOU WOULD KNOCK AT PEOPLE'S DOORS AND POUR WATER
ON THEIR HANDS. THEN YOU WOULD SAY A POLISH SAYING AND THEY WOULD
GIVE YOU COOKIES OR SOMETHING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM WHEN SHE WAS IN POLAND.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 03-05-1972

View just this record

AT EASTER ( , ) THE GREEK PEOPLE DECORATE EGGS WITH PAINTINGS AND
SEQUINS. MANY CONTAIN TRIANGLES WHICH IS THE SIGN OF THE TRINITY.
IT IS CONSIDERED A PRIVILEGE TO GET ONE AND IT IS KEPT IN THE
FAMILY AND HANDED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.

Submitter comment: THESE EGGS ARE CALLED RESURRECTION EGGS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms

Date learned: 03-01-1972

View just this record

HOLY WEEK CUSTOM

ON EASTER SUNDAY EACH PERSON TAKES AN EASTER EGG THAT HE PARTICULARLY
LIKES. THEN HE AND ANOTHER PERSON MAKE A WISH. THEY THEN HIT THE
EGGS TOGETHER AND THE EGG THAT IS NOT CRACKED WILL GRANT THE WISH
OF THE HOLDER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

View just this record

PREDICTION DIVINATION

IF A HOLY PICTURE FALLS OFF THE WALL AND THE GLASS DOESN T BREAK,
IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY, NOT NECESSARILY IMMEDIATE
FAMILY, IS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-01-1972

View just this record

PREDICTION DIVINATION

IF THE COWS ARE STANDING UP, THE FISHING WILL BE GOOD. IF THE COWS
ARE LYING DOWN, THE FISHING WILL BE BAD.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 00-00-1950

View just this record

PREDICTION DIVINATION

CROOKED PICTURE IS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: IRISH.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-00-1972

View just this record

PREDICTION DIVINATION

A HOWLING DOG MEANS DEATH.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-00-1972

View just this record

PREDICTION DIVINATION

WHEN THE APPLE BLOSSOMS ARE ON THE TREES,
THE BULLHEADS WILL BE BITING.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-00-1972

View just this record

prev | items
| next

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.