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PROVERB

THE BORROWER IS A SLAVE TO THE LENDER, AND THE DEBTOR TO THE
CREDITOR.

Where learned: RENO HALL

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-21-1968

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HOLY SATURDAY

IS TO HAVE THORNS BLESSED WHICH ARE PUT ON THEIR CHIMNEYS IN ORDER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SWIECZONKA

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
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BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-03-1968

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A GERMAN MEAL

WITH KNOCKERS AND SAURKRAUT YOU ALWAYS HAVE KANIPTS-
(LIKE LITTLE DONUTS).

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Keyword(s): SAUERKRAUT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Night mealsSupper

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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IRISH COFFEE

IT IS THE CUSTOM OF THE IRISH TO PUT A SHOT OF WHISKEY IN A CUP
OF COFFEE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic cereal beverage N444.4

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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OLD IRISH CUSTOM

IRISH MOTHERS THROW HOLY WATER ON THEIR KIDS WHEN THEY ARE
FIGHTING IN ORDER TO DRIVE OUT THE DEVIL. THE THROWING OF HOLY WATER
WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXORCISM TO DRIVE THE RAGE(DEVIL) OUT OF
PEOPLE WHO WERE FIGHTING.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; DEVIL ; EVIL EYE ; Fighting ; Holy Water ; IRELAND ; Irish ; Relationship ; Sibling

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 09-29-1968

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SEWING SUPERSITION (COLLECTOR,S TITLE) ; CONVERSION: SEWING (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

"IF YOU SEW ANYTHING AND THE CLOTHING IS STILL ON YOU WHILE YOU ARE
SEWING, YOU HAVE TO HOLD PART OF THAT CLOTHING IN YOUR MOUTH.
IF YOU DON,T IT,S CONSIDERED BAD LUCK".

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HIS PENNSYLVANIA MOTHER IN HIS CHILDHOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.21

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NEW YEARS CUSTOM

THE POLISH WRITE THE NEW YEAR ON THE INSIDE OF THE DOOR OF
THEIR HOUSE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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CHRISTMAS DAY

IN POLISH FAMILIES BEFORE EVERYBODY STARTS EATING, THE HEAD OF
THE FAMILY PASSES BREAD AROUND TO EVERYBODY WHICH HAS BEEN BLESSED
BY THE PRIEST OF THEIR CHURCH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Oplatki
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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GERMAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS

GERMAN FAMILIES ALWAYS HAVE A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE WITH DIFFERENT
COLORED BULBS AND LIGHTS. THEY ALSO HAVE A CRIB SCENE AND VERY OFTEN
HANG THEIR CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS ON THE DOOR OR FIREPLACE OR SOME OTHER
APPROPRIATE PLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 10-03-1968

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

THE GERMANS HANG A WREATH OUTSIDE THE DOOR AND HANG MISTLETOE
OVER THE DOOR ON THE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE DURING THE CHRISTMAS
SEASON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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WHY A SHAMROCK HAS THREE LEAVES

ST. PATRICK WAS HAVING A HARD TIME CONVERTING THE PAGANS OF IRELAND
TO CATHOLICISM. NEXT HE WENT DIRECTLY TO THE KING, BUT HE FAILED
THERE TOO. ONE DAY HE WAS TELLING THEM ABOUT THE TRINITY BUT THE
PEOPLE COULDN'T CONCEIVE HOW THREE PERSONS COULD BE IN ONE. SO
ST. PATRICK TOOK A SHAMROCK AND POINTED OUT HOW THERE ARE THREE
LEAVES IN ONE ORGANISM. THE KING THOUGHT THIS A LOGICAL EXPLANATION
BECAUSE NO ONE COULD DENY IT. THUS HE WAS BAPTIZED AND HIS SUBJECTS
FOLLOWED HIM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Keyword(s): THREE AS HOLY NUMBER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 09-29-1968

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THE VERGER

A CERTAIN MAN WAS A SEXTANT (JANITOR) IN A SYNAGOGUE.
THE SYNAGOGUE GOT A NEW RABBI AND, BECAUSE THE SEXTANT
COULDN'T READ OR WRITE, THE RABBI ASKED HIM TO LEAVE.
AS HE WALKED HOME DOWN A LONG STREET, HE HAD A
CRAVING TO BUY SOME TOBACCO, BUT HE WASN'T ABLE TO
FIND A TOBACCO SHOP. WELL, THIS MAN HAD A LITTLE
MONEY SAVED UP, SO HE OPENED UP A TOBACCO SHOP.
IT SO HAPPENED THAT EVERY TIME THIS MAN WENT DOWN
A LONG STREET HE OPENED UP ANOTHER TOBACCO SHOP.
AFTER BECOMING QUITE RICH, HE FINALLY DECIDED TO GO
TO THE BANK. WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE BANK, HE FOUND
OUT HE HAD TO SIGN A FORM IN ORDER TO DEPOSIT HIS
MONEY. AFTER TELLING THE CASHIER THAT HE COULDN'T
READ OR WRITE, THE CASHIER SAID, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN,
YOU CAN'T READ OR WRITE? HOW COULD YOU HAVE MADE
ALL THAT MONEY? JUST IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD HAVE
BENN IF YOU COULD READ OR WRITE!" "YES, I COULD
HAVE BEEN THE SEXTANT OF THE CHURCH!"

Submitter comment: DAVE TOLD ME THAT THIS IS AN OLD JEWISH WIVES
WHICH DOESN'T HAVE ANY REAL MEANING IN IT, AS FAR
AS HE IS CONCERNED. HE SAID THAT MOST OF THESE
OLD WIVES TALES ARE CORNY AND MEANINGLESS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 09-29-1968

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS SMOKEY THE BEAR'S MIDDLE NAME? ANSWER: THE.

Data entry tech comment: SMOKEY THE BEAR IS A TELEVISION COMMERCIAL CHARACTER USED ;

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-28-1972

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RIDDLE

HOW COME SMOKEY THE BEAR'S WIFE CAN NOT GET PREGNANT?
ANSWER: EVERY TIME SHE GETS HOT, HE HITS HER WITH A SHOVEL.

Data entry tech comment: SMOKEY THE BEAR IS A TELEVISION COMMERCIAL CHARACTER USED ;

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-28-1972

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GO, GO, GO, FOR SALLY,/ HERE COMES JANIE AT THE DOOR,/ SALLY IS A
LOSER AND CAN'T KEEP A MOVIN' SO WE DON'T NEED SALLY ANYMORE. GO, GO,
GO, FOR JANIE, HERE COMES MARY AT THE DOOR...(FORGOT THE REST)

Submitter comment: THE RHYME I REMEMBERED FROM MY GRADESCHOOL DAYS AT BLESSED SACRAMENT
IN DENVER, COLORADO. THE SECOND PART OF THE RHYME
I'M NOT SURE ABOUT, BUT IT'S APPROXIMATELY THAT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 10-15-1968

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SPACE SUIT PROVERB

THAT'S ABOUT AS FUNNY AS A FART IN A SPACE SUIT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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SCREEN DOOR PROVERB

THAT'S ABOUT AS FUNNY AS A SCREEN DOOR IN A SUBMARINE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-27-1972

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PAY TOILET PROVERB

THAT'S ABOUT AS FUNNY AS A PAY TOILET IN A DIARRHEA WARD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-27-1972

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REMEDY FOR FRECKLES

TO GET RID OF FRECKLES, YOU CUT A LEMON IN HALF AND RUB IT ALL OVER
YOUR FACE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-28-1972

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CURE FOR COLDS

TO GET RID OF A COLD, YOU FRY ONIONS AND SMELL THE
FUMES. THEN YOU STRAIN THE JUICE OF THE BOILED ONIONS
INTO A CUP. AFTER THAT YOU MIX THE ONION JUICE WITH
VINEGAR AND YOU ADD A SHOT OF WHISKEY AND A TABLESPOON
OF HONEY AND THEN GO TO BED AND SLEEP IT OFF.
THE ONION JUICE WITH VINEGAR AND YOU ADD A SHOT OF WHISKEY AND A
TABLESPOON OF HONEY AND THEN GO TO BED AND SLEEP IT OFF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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