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 7679 returned 41 results.

prev | items
| next

POLISH JOKE

WHAT'S FUNNIER THAN TWO POLACKS DIGGING A BASEMENT IN AN ICE
SHANTY?
TWO ITALIANS WAITING TO POUR THE CEMENT}

Submitter comment: THIS JOKE CAME TO ME FROM A HIGH SCHOOL WHERE I LIVE. THIS JOKE HAS
HAD MANY ETHNIC VARATIONS, FROM THE POLISH TO THE BLACKS. I FIND THIS
VERY INTERESTING THAT ONE JOKE CAN BE SO DIVERSIFIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: AFRO
ITAL
BELIEF -- Poli

View just this record

VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC, LYRICAL DEALS WITH EMOTIONS NOT STORY

SNEEZE ON MONDAY, SNEEZE FOR DANGER;
SNEEZE ON TUESDAY, KISS A STRANGER;
SNEEZE ON WEDNESDAY, SNEEZE FOR A LETTER;
SNEEZE ON THURSDAY, SOMETHING BETTER;
SNEEZE ON FRIDAY, SNEEZE FOR SORROW;
SNEEZE ON SATURDAY, SEE LOVE TOMORROW.

Submitter comment: I THINK THAT THIS IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL VERSE. IT IS A CHAIN TALE
BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT IS TOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 02-00-1979

View just this record

MARRIAGE CUSTOM

A BRIDE SHOULD NOT BE MARRIED IF HER FEET ARE AT RIGHT ANGLES TO THE
FLOOR BOARDS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A STRANGE BELIEF WHICH I DO NOT UNDERSTAND AT ALL. THE PERSON
THAT I GOT IT FROM DID NOT UNDERSTAND IT EITHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 12-00-1978

View just this record

DEATH CUSTOMS

ORIENTAL CUSTOMS OF NOT CRYING AT A DEATH, MEANS THAT THEY FEEL
THAT THE TEARS KEEP THE SOUL IN THE BODY.

Submitter comment: I FEEL THAT THIS IS NOT TRUE, BECAUSE PEORLE WHO DO NOT CRY MANY
TIMES ARE WORSE OFF THAN THOSE WHO DO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-00-1979

View just this record

PRAYER

COME LORD JESUS, BE OUR GUEST
LET THESE GIFTS TO US BE BLEST
BY HIS HANDS WE ARE FED
GIVE US LORD OUR DAILY BREAD. AMEN

Submitter comment: THIS IS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF BEFORE MEAL PRAYER, AND I THINK THAT I
LIKE IT BETTER THAN THE TRADITIONAL ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-00-1979

View just this record

GOOD LUCK

WHEN OPENING A NEW PACK OF CIGARETTES, TAKE THE FIRST ONE OUT, TURN
IT UPSIDEDOWN, AND THEN PUT IT BACK IN, AND SAVE IT FOR LAST. THE
LAST CIGARETTE SMOKED WILL BE UPSIDEDOWN. WHILE SMOKING THE LAST
CIGARETTE, WHILE TAKING THE LAST PUFF, MAKE A WISH } }

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

View just this record

CURSES

WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING DICE, MAKE AN "X" ON THE TABLE SO THAT YOUR
OPPONENT DOES NOT ROLL A PAIR, OR WHATEVER YOU ARE ROLLING.

Submitter comment: THE "X" IS SOMETHING SIMILAR TO A CROSS, SO IT MIGHT BE A TYPE OF
BLESSING, INSTEAD OF A HEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 03-00-1979

View just this record

WEATHER BELIEF

IF IT RAINS ON MONDAY, YOU'LL HAVE THREE DAYS OF RAIN THAT WEEK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-00-1979

View just this record

APOTHEGM

MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE. THIS IS THE GOLDEN RULE IN THE GLASS
BUSINESS.

Submitter comment: THIS HAS A VERY SIMPLE MEANING: BE CAREFUL }

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

View just this record

PRIESTLY ADVICE TO ME-- DON'T BECOME PART ITALIAN ON DATES-- ROMAN
HANDS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS PRIESTLY ADVICE TO ME IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; PUN: ROMAN AND ROAMIN' (ROAMING)

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1974

View just this record

ONE OF MY HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES HAD QUITE A SKILL WHEN IT CAME TO
BELCHING. HE COULD BELCH ENTIRE SENTENCES IN VERY LOUD AND GROSS
MANNER. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PRANKS WAS TO FILE INTO THE LIBRARY AND
HAVE OUR EXPERT BELCHER HIDE IN A SECLUDED PART OF THE LIBRARY. WHEN
THINGS BECAME STILL, THE BELCHER WOULD LET GO WITH "QUIET PLEASE"
AND THE ENTIRE LIBRARY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE NUN WOULD LAUGH.

Submitter comment: MY SENIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS QUITE CRAZY. WE MORE OR LESS
THRIVED ON PRANKS AND PRACTICAL JOKES. DAVE'S BELCHING EXPERTISE WAS
ONE OF THE FUNNIEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1975

View just this record

ONE OF THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS ON MY TEAM THOUGHT IT WAS BAD LUCK TO
WASH HIS PRACTICE UNIFORM AFTER A WIN. THUS AFTER 5 WINS IN A ROW
HIS UNIFORM BECAME SO DIRTY AND SMELLY WE SORT OF HOPED WE'D LOSE.

Submitter comment: FOOTBALL TEAMS TEND TO BE VERY SUPERSTITIOUS, THERE ARE MANY ODDITIES
THAT SOME PLAYERS HELD, BUT THIS ONE WAS ONE OF THE STRANGEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1975

View just this record

Every year in March at Gabriel Richard High School in
Riverview, Michigan the Junior class receives their class rings.
It is traditional (since 1964) for the entire class to attend a
special mass in order to bless each student's ring and celebrate
the coming of their Senior year.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1983

View just this record

This is a tradition that has been handed down from my mother
and which I have in turn handed down to my children. The
tradition is that if a certain vegetable is being served to eat
and a certain person does not like that vegetable he or she has
to eat as many of the vegetables as he or she is old. For
example, if I hated peas and I am 11 years old, I would have to
eat 11 peas. This only applies to kids until they are 18 years
old. It was a good way of getting children to eat their
vegetables.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 00-00-1966

View just this record

ELEPHANT JOKE

WHAT IS THAT BLACK STUFF BETWEEN AN ELEPHANT'S TOES? ANSWER: SLOW
MOVING NATIVES.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT UPON HEARING THE CATEGORY ELEPHANT JOKE SEEMED TO
LIGHT UP AND PROCEED TO OFFER THEM ONE AFTER ANOTHER. THIS PARTICULAR
ONE WAS HER FAVORITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 01-00-1974

View just this record

MALE FLYLEAF

IF FOUND BY A PERSON, RETURN BY MAIL,
IF FOUND BY MALE, RETURN IN PERSON.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT GAVE THIS ITEM RELUCTANTLY, AS IF TO SAY IT'S NOT TOO
GOOD BUT HERE IT IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: Z220

Date learned: 01-00-1974

View just this record

BATHROOM WALL WRITING

SOME COME HERE TO SIT AND THINK, .
OTHERS COME TO RAISE A STINK.

Submitter comment: EVEN WITH HER VAST KNOWLEDGE OF GRAFFITI, THE INFORMANT
WAS NOT OVER-ANXIOUS TO GIVE ME THESE ITEMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: 01-00-1974

View just this record

CRYING KNOCK-KNOCK

KNOCK-KNOCK - WHO'S THERE? - BOO - BOO WHO? - AW, DON'T CRY.

Submitter comment: AGAIN UPON HEARING THE CATEGORY KNOCK-KNOCK JOKES THE INFORMANT
RIFLED THEM OFF ONE AFTER ANOTHER, HARDLY GIVING ME A CHANCE TO GUESS
THE ANSWERS BEFORE GOING ON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: Favorites
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

View just this record

AMOS KNOCK-KNOCK

KNOCK-KNOCK - WHO'S THERE? - AMOS - AMOS WHO? - A MOSQUITO BIT ME.
ANDY KNOCK-KNOCK KNOCK-KNOCK - WHO'S THERE? - ANDY - ANDY WHO? - AND HE BIT ME AGAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE WAS FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT ITEM LISTED.
THIS NEXT ITEM WAS SAID BEFORE THE LAUGHTER OF THE FIRST DIED DOWN.
THIS IS THE SECOND HALF OF THE PREVIOUS ITEM. IT WAS SAID IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FIRST PART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: Favorites
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

View just this record

SANTA KNOCK-KNOCK

KNOCK-KNOCK - WHO'S THERE? - SANTA - SANTA WHO? - I DON'T CARE WHO
YOU ARE, FAT MAN, BUT GET THOSE REINDEER OFF MY ROOF.

Submitter comment: THIS KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE IS HER CHILDREN'S FAVORITE, HOWEVER SHE DID NOT
CARE FOR IT THAT MUCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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.