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TALE

A CAMP COUNSELOR TOLD A STORY OF AN 8-FOOT MONSTER WHO LIVED IN A
NEARBY LAKE. HE ALWAYS CAME OUT ON RAINY NIGHTS AND COLLECTED
HEADS, WHICH HE WORE ON A BELT AROUND HIS WAIST. AT TIMES, IT WAS
SAID THAT HE EVEN ATTACKED THE CAMP AND KILLED CAMPERS.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD ON A RAINY NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Gaylord

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

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OLD IKE

OLK IKE WAS THE STORY OF A MAN WHO COULDN'T DIE. HE WAS A GIANT OF
A MAN, AND HE LIVED IN THE WOODS OF UPPER MICHIGAN. IKE WAS
ACCUSED OF MURDER AND WAS SENTENCED TO BE HUNG, BUT HE KEPT BREAK-
ING THE ROPE. FINALLY THEY FOUND A ROPE STRONG ENOUGH, BUT IKE
BROKE THE TREE LIMB AND ESCAPED, AND HE'S STILL LOOSE IN THE WOODS
LOOKING FOR REVENGE BECAUSE HE WAS ACTUALLY INNOCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST TAWAS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

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EL SALVADOR LEGEND

THERE IS A LEGEND IN EL SALVADOR ABOUT A MAN MIDGET. IT IS
CONNECTED WITH THE COWBOYS THERE. THIS MIDGET APPEARS ONLY AT
NIGHT. HE EATS ASHES. HE WEARS A HAT SO BIG THAT NO ONE HAS
EVER SEEN HIS FACE. HE EATS THE ASHES LEFT BY COWBOYS WHO BANK
THEIR FIRES. NO ONE SEES HIM, BUT THE ASHES ARE ALWAYS GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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JUMBO LYNCH

EVEN WHEN HE WAS A SMALL BOY, JUMBO WAS A POWERFUL MAN. AT THE AGE
O' TWELVE HE WAS DRIVIN' TEAM ON THE OLD WELLAND CANAL, PULLIN'
SCHOONERS FORRARDS AN' BACKARDS 'TWEEN PORT COLBORNE AN' PORT
DELHOUSIE.
ONE DAY HIS TEAM WAS PULLIN' A BIG SCHOONER INTO A HEAVY NOR' WIND.
THE TOW LINE PARTED UNDER THE STRAIN AN' THE TEAM PLUNGED FORRARD,
BREAKING THER FRONT LEGS ON THE HARD TOWPATH.
JUMBO PEELED THE HARNESS OFF THE HOSSES, GRABBED EACH ONE BY THE
EARS AN' WHIRLED 'EM AROUND HIS HEAD TILL HE HAD WRUNG THER NECKS,
JES LIKE YOU'D WRING THE NECK OF A CHICKEN. THEN WITH A NAG
THROWED OVER EACH SHOULDER, JUMBO TROTTED OFF DOWN THE TOWPATH TO
THA GLUE FACT'RY MOR'N FOUR MILES BACK AN' SOLD HIS HOSSES FOR A
DOLLAR A HEAD. THEN HE COME RUNNIN' BACK, GRABBED THE PARTED TOW
LINE, CAST A KNOB ONTO THE END OF IT AN' TOOK OFF UP THE CANAL
TOWIN' THE SCHOONER WITH ONE HAND.
THE CAPT'N TOLD EVERYBODY HOW JUMBO MADE THAT RUN IN TWO HOURS,
LESS TIME THEN ANY TEAM O' HOSSES!

Submitter comment: JUMBO LYNCH IS TO LAKES' SAILORS WHAT PAUL BUNYAN IS TO LUMBERJACKS

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE TEXAS RANGERS

TEXAS IS THE PLACE THAT GROWS BIGGER AND BETTER--AND THE TEXAS
RANGERS GROW BIG, TOO. SEEMS AS THOUGH THERE WAS A RIOT IN ONE OF
THE TOWNS AND THE MAYOR WIRED FOR A COMPANY OF RANGERS. THEY WERE
SUPPOSED TO DISPERSE THE MOB. PRETTY SOON, A LONE RANGER SHOWED
UP. "HEY," SAID THE MAYOR, "IT'S A TOUGH MOB--I WIRED FOR A
COMPANY OF RANGERS, NOT JUST ONE RANGER!"
"WELL," DRAWLED THE RANGER, "YOU AIN'T GOT BUT ONE MOB, AIN'T YOU?"

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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A TALL TALE

THEN THERE WAS THE TIME THAT PAUL BUNYAN WENT HUNTING. HE WAS
THE SUREST SHOT AND THE FASTEST RUNNER THAT EVER WADED ACROSS
THE MISSISSIPPI. THEY STILL TALK OF IT OUT IN THE NORTHWEST.
WELL, PAUL SIGHTED A BIG BUCK A MILE AWAY; IT WAS STANDING ON
THE EDGE OF A CLIFF. PAUL KNEW THAT IF HE SHOT HIM HE WOULD FALL
OFF THE CLIFF. SO PAUL PULLED THE TRIGGER--AND AS SOON AS THE
BULLET LEFT THE GUN HE RAN TO WHERE THE BUCK WAS STANDING. HE
RAN SO FAST THAT HE GOT THERE AHEAD OF THE SHOT AND HAD TO DUCK
HIS HEAD TO LET THE BULLET GO BY. WELL SIR, THAT BUCK WAS KILLED
ALL RIGHT. BUT NOT BY THE BULLET. WHEN HE SAW PAUL STANDING
THERE, HE WAS JUST SCARED TO DEATH. IT DIED WITHOUT THE SHOT
EVER REACHING IT.
YOU KNOW THAT'S HOW THINGS HAPPEN IN THE PAUL BUNYAN COUNTRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Angel

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A TALL TALE

DID YOU EVER HEAR OF THE HOUSE THAT PAUL BUNYAN BUILT IN THE
NORTH WOODS?
IT WAS SO HIGH THAT HE HAD TO PUT THE LAST FIVE STORIES ON
HINGES TO LET THE MOON GO BY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Moon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 06-00-1964

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TINY TOM

TINY TOM WAS SENT TO A CHILDLESS COUPLE WHO LIVED IN A SMALL TOWN
IN ITALY. THE CHILD WAS SENT BECAUSE THE MAMA PRAYED TO THE
VIRGIN FOR A CHILD. HE CAME IN A PEA POD.
TOM NEVER GREW BIGGER THAN A THUMBNAIL, EVEN AFTER HE WAS SEVEN
YEARS OLD. ONE DAY HIS MAMA WAS BAKING AND TOM WAS SITTING ON
THE WINDOW SILL. HIS FATHER'S COW WAS SITTING OUTSIDE THE WINDOW.
HIS MAMA SNEEZED AND BLEW TOM OUT THE WINDOW AND HE FELL ON THE
COW'S TONGUE. TINY TOM SLIPPED DOWN THE TONGUE AND INTO THE COW'S
STOMACH.
IT WAS DARK INSIDE AND TOM WAS FRIGHTENED. HE CALLED OUT TO HIS
MAMA BUT SHE DID NOT HEAR HIM. WHEN HIS PAPA CAME HOME FOR DINNER
FROM THE FIELDS, TOM'S MAMA DISCOVERED THAT TOM WAS NOWHERE TO BE
FOUND. THEY FRANTICALLY SEARCHED EVERYWHERE, BUT TOM COULD NOT BE
FOUND ANYWHERE.
FOR TWO DAYS TOM'S PAPA AND MAMA LOOKED EVERYWHERE. THEY WERE
JUST TOO WORRIED OVER TOM TO WORK. THEY HAD NOT EVEN MILKED THEIR
COW WHO GROANED IN PAIN. BUT AFTER THAT MUCH TIME, PAPA AND MAMA
WERE READY TO GIVE UP.
THE COW KEPT MAKING SO MUCH NOISE THAT MAMA REALIZED SHE HAD NOT
BEEN MILKED. SO PAPA MILKED THE COW. WHILE HE WAS MILKING THE
COW, PAPA HEARD, "HELP! MAMA, PAPA! HELP!"
PAPA, HEARING THIS, LOOKED DOWN AND BY GOLLY, THERE WAS TOM
FLOATING ON A LEAF THAT HAD FALLEN INTO THE BUCKET OF MILK.
TOM'S PAPA SWOOPED HIM UP AND CARRIED HIM LOVINGLY TO THE HOUSE.
WHEN MAMA SAW TOM, SHE ALMOST CRIED.
ALL THREE HAD A PARTY THAT NIGHT AND FROM THEN ON, WHENEVER TOM
SAT ON THE WINDOW SILL, HIS MAMA TIED A THREAD AROUND HIM AND
ANCHORED HIM DOWN SO THAT IF HE FELL HE COULD CLIMB BACK UP THE
THREAD. FROM THEN ON TINY TOM, HIS MAMA, AND PAPA LIVED HAPPILY
EVER AFTER.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AND SHE LEARNED THE STORY FROM
ITALY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

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HAUNTED COTTAGE

THERE IS A HAUNTED COTTAGE ALONG LAKE ERIE JUST EAST OF ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA.
AN OLD GIANT OF A MAN SUPPOSEDLY LIVED THERE SOME TIME AGO. THIS MAN KILLED A
TRESPASSER AT HIS COTTAGE (THERE ARE RED STAINS ON THE FLOOR AND WALLS OF THE
MAIN ROOM). HE DUMPED THE BODY IN ERIE AT 32 AND GREENGARDEN AVENUE, AND THAT
STREET SIGN STANDS IN FRONT OF THE COTTAGE. THE OLD MAN'S SPIRIT PROTECTS THE
PLACE FROM TRESPASSERS.

Submitter comment: ALTHOUGH THE SURROUNDING AREA IS VERY BEAUTIFUL, PEOPLE REFUSE TO BUILD THERE,
AND THE PROPERTY OWNER REFUSES TO SELL THE LAND.
COWELL, VIRGINIA THIS LADY OWNS THE PROPERTY OF THE HAUNTED COTTAGE AND BELIEVES IN THE STORY.
DUGAN FAMILY THIS FAMILY OWNS A COTTAGE AT THE SITE OF THE HAUNTED COTTAGE AND
BELIEVE ITS STORY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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ORIGINS

THERE WAS A BIG FLOOD IN PAUL BUNYAN'S CAMP IN THE NORTH WOODS.
TO GET RID OF THE WATER, HE DUG A LONG DITCH, WHICH BECAME THE
MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THE DIRT HE THREW OVER HIS SHOULDER BECAME
THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ANIMAL LEGEND

OFF THE DOWNRIVER END OF BELLE ISLE, THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE
LURKING A GIANT MUSKELLUNGE, WHICH IS ALLEGEDLY RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE UNTIMELY DEMISE OF SEVERAL SMALL CHILDREN AND EQUALLY
SMALL DOGS AND CATS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fish
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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KEEWEENAU PENINSULA

AN INDIAN LEGEND EXISTS THAT STATES THAT THE GREAT BEAVER CUT THE
CHANNEL BETWEEN THE MAINLAND AND THE ISLAND THAT EXISTED THERE.

Submitter comment: MIKE LEARNED THIS WHILE ON VACATION THERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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THE GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

THERE WAS AN IRISHMAN NAMED FINN MC COUL--HE WAS A GIANT OF A
MAN--WHO USED TO SHOUT ACROSS THE IRISH SEA TO A SCOTSMAN, DARING
HIM TO FIGHT. ONE DAY HE TOLD THE SCOTSMAN TO COME ACROSS AND
HE'D REALLY GIVE HIM A GOOD FIGHT. THE SCOTSMAN SAID HE WOULD,
BUT HE COULDN'T SWIM. SO FINN MADE A STONE CAUSEWAY ACROSS THE
IRISH SEA AND THE SCOTSMAN CAME OVER. FINN BEAT HIM, OF COURSE.

Submitter comment: THIS CAUSEWAY REALLY EXISTS. THERE IS A PATH OF HUGE STONES
JUTTING OUT INTO THE IRISH SEA, BUT NOT COMPLETELY CROSSING IT
AND IT IS CALLED "GIANT'S CAUSEWAY."
MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS STORY IN BELFAST, IRELAND ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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BELIEF ABOUT PEANUTS

EATING LARGE AMOUNTS OF PEANUTS MAKES A MAN VIRILE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED BELIEF IN MEXI
AND CLAIMS THAT THE BELIEF
COMES FROM A STORY ABOUT A KING WHO FED HIS SLAVES PEANUTS SO
THAT THEY WOULD BE STRONG AND BEAR MANY CHILDREN. HOWEVER
I COULD FIND NO SUCH STORY OR MOTIF IN LIBRARY RESEARCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-27-1974

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JOE SHORTY A LEGEND IN HIS OWN TIME.

EVERY YEAR OUR WHOLE FAMILY GOES FOR A RIDE ON THE BOB-LO BOATS
FOR A DAY OF EXCITEMENT.
I REMEMBER EVERY TIME WE WENT WE WOULD BE MET BY A MIDGET BY
THE NAME OF JOE SHORTY. HE WAS A HUMOROUS LITTLE FELLOW THAT
NEVER FAILED TO MAKE US LAUGH. JOE SHORTY BEGAN BY PLAYING
VAUDEVILLE LATER A CIRCUS AND FINALLY WORKING AS A CLOWN FOR BOB-LO,
HE DIED IN 1971 AT THE AGE OF 94 A LEGEND IN HIS OWN TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOB-LO BOAT DOCKS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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RED MAN

I REMEMBER AT OUR FAMILY PICNIC IN DEARBORN IN 1974,
MY UNCLE TOLD ME THE STORY ABOUT NAIN ROUGE. NAIN ROUGE WAS
A LITTLE RED FACED MIDGET WHO PATROLED THE BANKS OF THE ROUGE
RIVER FOR HUMANS. IF HE FOUND ANY HE WOULD CUT OFF THEIR HEADS
AND POUR THEIR BLOOD INTO THE RIVER. THAT IS WHY TO THIS DAY
THE ROUGE RIVER IS RED IN COLOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Running water Large current.

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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A MARRIED WOMAN GOT PREGNANT BUT DIDN'T WANT THE CHILD. SHE
HATED THE FACT THAT SHE WAS PREGNANT AND HATED HER UNBORN CHILD.
WHEN THE CHILD WAS BORN IT JUMPED OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE DOCTOR.
IT WAS RED AND LOOKED LIKE A REAL LITTLE DEVIL.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD BY A JESUIT PRIEST, FATHER BOSCO, FROM A
SMALL TOWN IN LOUISIANA. FATHER BOSCO SAID THE MOTHER OF THE
CHILD WAS A MEMBER OF HIS PARISH AND THAT THIS REALLY HAPPENED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 02-17-1979 ; 00001940'S

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HOKEY DOKEY
DAISY TELLS THE STORY OF HOW ONE WOMAN PUT A SPELL ON ANOTHER
WOMAN'S DAUGHTER BECAUSE EACH WOMAN WANTED HER DAUGHTER TO MARRY
ONE PARTICULAR FELLOW. ONE WOMAN PUT A PACKAGE IN THE MAILBOX FOR
THE OTHER'S DAUGHTER. IN THIS PACKAGE WAS SOMETHING IN THE FORM OF
A MAN. WHEN THE GIRL OPENED THE PACKAGE, THERE WAS A SPELL CAST ON
HER. THE LITTLE MAN STARTED TALKING TO HER. HE SAID HE CAME IN AND
OUT OF THE KEY HOLE, AND HIS NAME WAS HOKEY DOKEY.
HE WOULD COME IN THROUGH THE KEY HOLE WHISTLING LIKE A MAN. IF
PEOPLE ASKED WHERE HE WAS, HE SAID, IN THE BEDSPRINGS AND ON THE
CEILING. PEOPLE FROM FAR AWAY WOULD COME AND WHEN THE HOUSE GOT
FULL OF PEOPLE, HE WOULD SAY HE WASN'T GOING TO GO UNLESS HE WANTED.
HE STAYED WITH THE GIRL UNTIL SHE FINALLY LOST HER MIND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): MAGIC

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 07-23-1964

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MIDGET

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MIDGET WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE
KU KLUX KLAN? HE WORE A PILLOWCASE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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LOVER'S LEAP LEGEND THE HOOK

THERE IS A STORY ABOUT A GIRL AND BOY WHO WENT TO LOVER'S LEAP
ONE NIGHT. THE RADIO WAS PLAYING IN THE CAR, AND WHILE THEY
LISTENED, THE PROGRAM TO WHICH THEY HAD BEEN LISTENING WAS
INTERRUPTED FOR A SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN. IT SEEMS THAT A MAN HAD
ESCAPED FROM A NEARBY INSANE ASYLUM AND WAS BELIEVED TO BE IN THE
GENERAL VICINITY. THE DESCRIPTION OF THE MAN WAS THAT HE HAD A
METAL HOOK IN THE PLACE OF HIS RIGHT HAND. ALL PEOPLE WERE
WARNED TO STAY AT HOME AND KEEP THEIR DOORS LOCKED. WHEN THE
COUPLE HEARD THIS, THEY DECIDED TO LEAVE AT ONCE, AND DID. THEY
ARRIVED AT THE GIRL'S HOUSE, AND AS SHE OPENED HER DOOR, SHE
SAW A METAL HOOK FALL FROM THE DOOR HANDLE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS STORY ABOUT TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO, BUT CANNOT
REMEMBER WHO TOLD IT TO ME.

Data entry tech comment: LOVER'S LEAP IS APPARENTLY MISTAKEN FOR LOVER'S LANE HERE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

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