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ROSEMARY

ONCE A GIRL IN PITTSBURGH NAMED ROSEMARY WAS KILLED WHILE BEING
ASSAULTED. HER PARENTS BUILT A STONE MONUMENT WITH HER IMAGE IN
STONE ON IT. IT IS NOW A PLACE OF TEENAGE VENERATION. ANYONE
WHO TOUCHES THE STONE AND THEIR HAND BLEEDS IS NOT A VIRGIN, OR
ANYONE WHO SEES ROSEMARY THERE IS NOT A VIRGIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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MONOLOGUE

THERE ONCE LIVED A YOUNG INDIAN GIRL CALLED NO ONE'S MAIDEN, FOR
SHE HAD NO PARENTS AND LIVED WITH THE WITCHDOCTOR AND HIS MEAN
WIFE. NO ONE'S MAIDEN WORKED TOO HARD TO PLAY OR DANCE AND NO
MAN WISHED HER FOR SHE HAD NO DOWRY. ONE NIGHT THE WITCH DOCTOR
TOLD HER TO GO FOR A WALK, SO SHE SAT BY THE LAKE AND GAZED AT
THE MOON. SHE SANG A SONG ABOUT HOW LONELY SHE WAS AND TOLD THE
MOON SHE WAS SORRY FOR HIM BECAUSE HE WAS LONELY TOO. THE INDIANS
CALLED THE MOON NANNY. SHE TOLD NANNY SHE WOULD LIKE TO VISIT
HIM AND CHEER HIM UP. THE MOON BEGAN TO SHINE AND A SILVER PATH
CAME DOWN FOR NO ONE'S MAIDEN TO VISIT ON. THE MOON CALLED HER
NANNY MAYEY, WHICH MEANS MOON PATH. FOR TWO NIGHTS SHE VISITED
THE MOON BUT ON THE SECOND NIGHT WAS SEEN BY HER PEOPLE. SHE
RETURNED TO THEM AS NANNY MAYEY AND WAS ADORED BY ALL. EVEN NOW,
HOWEVER, NANNY THROWS DOWN THE SILVER PATH TO REMIND PEOPLE OF
NANNY MAYEY.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Moon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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GIRL STOLEN BY THE FAIRIES

ONE NIGHT THIS MAN WAS WALKING ALONG IN THE FOREST AND HE SAW
THREE MEN COMING CARRYING A COFFIN. (THERE ARE USUALLY FOUR MEN
WHO CARRY A COFFIN ON THEIR SHOULDERS IN IRELAND.) SO HE WENT
UP AND PUT HIS SHOULDER TO THE PLACE WHERE THE FOURTH MAN SHOULD
HAVE BEEN. WELL, THEY STOPPED AND HE SAT DOWN TO REST AND FELL
ASLEEP. WHEN HE WOKE UP THE THREE MEN WERE GONE BUT THE COFFIN
WAS THERE, AND HE OPENED IT AND THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN
IT. SHE WAS STILL ALIVE SO HE TOOK HER HOME WITH HIM, BUT SHE
COULDN'T TALK. WELL, SOME TIME LATER HE WAS WALKING THROUGH THE
SAME WOODS AND HE HEARD THESE VOICES TALKING. "IT WAS RIGHT HERE.
HE TOOK HER AWAY FROM US," THEY SAID. "IT'S TOO BAD HE DOESN'T
KNOW THAT SHE HAS A PIN IN HER EAR AND IF HE TAKES IT OUT SHE'LL
BE ABLE TO HEAR AND TO TALK." SO HE RAN HOME, AND SURE ENOUGH,
THERE WAS A PIN IN HER EAR AND WHEN HE TOOK IT OUT SHE BEGAN TO
TALK.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLOSKEY HEARD THIS IN BELFAST, IRELAND, ABOUT 1915.

Where learned: IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001915 CA

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NAME

(WHERE) LAKES SUPERIOR AND HURON MEET IS A PLACE CALLED SIOUX
LOOK-OUT. ONCE THE SIOUX AND THE ALGONQUIN INDIANS WERE AT WAR.
THE ALGONQUINS MANAGED TO CAPTURE A SIOUX SQUAW. THEY TRIED TO
TORTURE HER INTO GIVING INFORMATION ABOUT THE SIOUX TRIBE. SHE
WAS VERY BRAVE (LIKE ALL WOMEN ARE) AND DECIDED TO SAVE HER TRIBE.
SHE LED THE ALGONQUINS DOWN A RIVER WHICH LED INTO A FORK. SHE
WAS IN THE HEAD CANOE AND TOOK THE RIGHT FORK, WHICH WAS DISAS-
TROUS FOR THE ALGONQUINS AND THE SQUAW. AS THEY TUMBLED OVER THE
FALLS, THE SQUAW TRIED TO FOREWARN HER TRIBE AND SHOUTED, "SIOUX,
LOOK-OUT!" A PLAQUE IS ERECTED IN HONOR OF THIS HEROIC DEED AND
RELATES HOW THIS AREA GOT ITS NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation War

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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RELIGIOUS

THERE IS A CHURCH ON A HIGH HILL IN MALTA. THERE IS A CAVE UNDER-
NEATH THIS CHURCH. ONE DAY A GIRL WENT DOWN (INTO) THE CAVE AND
NEVER RETURNED. HER SISTER WENT TO FIND HER AND SHE NEVER
RETURNED. ALTOGETHER SEVEN SISTERS WERE LOST. THE CAVE WAS
THEN BOARDED UP BUT PEOPLE STILL VISIT THERE. NO ONE KNOWS
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GIRLS BUT MANY FEEL THEY HAVE DROWNED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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ANECDOTE

MY NIECE WAS SHOPPING FOR A NEW CAR. SHE INVITED ME ALONG ON HER TRIP
AND I GLADLY ACCEPTED. I KNEW VERY LITTLE ABOUT CARS BUT LOOKED ON
ATTENTIVELY AS EACH SALESMAN TRIED TO SELL US ON THEIR CAR. I AM HARD
OF HEARING SO I COULDN'T REALLY HEAR WHAT THEY WERE SAYING BUT I WAS
GETTING THE GENERAL IDEA. AFTER SEVERAL STOPS, WE ARRIVED AT A
CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP. THE SALESMAN WAS SHOWING US A CORVAIR, POINTING
OUT THE IMPORTANT FEATURES. HE THEN PROCEEDED TO LIFT THE HOOD AND I
STARED UNDER IN AMAZEMENT AND EXCLAIMED "THERE SURE AIN'T MUCH
WORKING PARTS IN THAT ENGINE IS THERE". AT THAT STATEMENT BOTH MY
NIECE AND THE SALESMAN BURST INTO LAUGHTER. MY NIECE LATER EXPLAINED
THAT THE ENGINE WAS IN THE REAR.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD OF MANY STORIES SIMILAR TO THIS INVOLVING PEOPLE WHO ARE
UNFAMILIAR WITH CARS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WEATHERLY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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WOMAN IN DRUG STORE ORDERS ONE DOZEN RUBBERS.
SIZE? "MIX THEM UP--I'M GOING TO A PICNIC."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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SCHOOLTEACHER JOKE

THERE WAS THIS YOUNG AND VERY PRETTY SCHOOLTEACHER, WHO
TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAIL TO EUROPE
ON BOARD THE QUEEN ELIZABETH. SHE KEPT A DIARY OF HER
TRIP AND I HAPPENED TO COME ACROSS IT. THE SECTION
DEALING WITH HER WEEK-LONG CRUISE TO EUROPE WAS VERY
INTERESTING. IT READS AS FOLLOWS:
FIRST DAY, I MET THE CAPTAIN. HE IS VERY CHARMING.
SECOND DAY, THE CAPTAIN ASKED ME TO TAKE A STROLL
AROUND THE DECK WITH HIM. I ACCEPTED.
THIRD DAY. THE CAPTAIN ASKED ME TO HAVE DINNER WITH
HIM. I ACCEPTED.
FOURTH DAY. THE CAPTAIN ASKED ME TO HIS ROOM, I REFUSED.
FIFTH DAY. THE CAPTAIN ASKED ME TO GO TO BED WITH HIM.
I REFUSED. SIXTH DAY. THE CAPTAIN SAID THAT IF I
DID NOT GO TO BED WITH HIM, HE WOULD SINK THE SHIP
AND ALL SEVEN HUNDRED PEOPLE ON BOARD WOULD DIE.
SEVENTH DAY. I SAVED SEVEN HUNDRED LIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A GIRL CONFIDED IN HER ROOMMATE THAT LATELY SHE HAD
BEEN GETTING A VIOLENT SEXUAL FEELING EVERYTIME SHE
SNEEZED. THE ROOMMATE SAYS, "WHAT ARE YOU TAKING FOR
IT?" THE FIRST GIRL SAYS, "BLACK PEPPER."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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TALE

ONE MORNING A WOMAN WENT DOWN THE BASEMENT TO DO THE
LAUNDRY, WITH ONLY HER NIGHTGOWN ON. REALIZING THAT THIS
ALSO NEEDED WASHING, SHE TOOK IT OFF AND PUT IT IN WITH
THE LOAD OF CLOTHES. WHILE WORKING OVER THE MACHINE
IN HER "BIRTHDAY SUIT" A PIPE STARTED TO LEAK, SO SHE
PUT ON HER SON'S FOOTBALL HELMET WHICH WAS SITTING
RIGHT NEXT TO THE MACHINE. AT THAT MOMENT THE GAS-MAN
ENTERED THE HOUSE AND STARTED DOWN THE STEPS. THE
WOMAN, HEARING HIM, HID BEHIND THE FURNACE. AFTER HE
HAD LEFT, SHE FELT THE COAST WAS CLEAR AND CAME OUT,
ONLY TO HEAR FROM THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, "I HOPE
YOUR TEAM WINS, LADY."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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JOKE

IN THE OLD DAYS, IF AN ELDERLY LADY BOARDED A TRAIN
AROUND MIDNIGHT, SOME MAN WOULD ALWAYS GIVE BERTH
TO AN OLD LADY.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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THE LADY WITH THREE HUSBANDS

THERE IS A STORY ABOUT ONE WOMAN SEVERAL YEARS AGO,
WHO ABOUT TWENTY YEARS OLD AND SHE FOUND A NICE MAN
AND MARRIED HIM. THEN AFTER ABOUT THREE MONTHS,
HER HUSBAND GOT SICK AND DIED. SHE LOVED HER
HUSBAND SO MUCH, THAT SHE COULDN'T SEE HIM BEING
PLACED IN THE GROUND, SO SHE HAD HIM CREMATED.
SEVERAL YEARS PASSED AND SHE FOUND ANOTHER MAN WHO SHE
LIKED AND AFTER SOME TIME, THEY TOO GOT MARRIED.
THEY LIVED HAPPILY FOR SEVERAL MONTHS AND THEN THE
HUSBAND SUDDENLY DIED. LOVING HIM VERY MUCH, ALSO,
SHE COULDN'T SEE HIM IN A GRAVE, SO SHE ALSO HAD HIM
CREMATED. SEVERAL MONTHS PASSED AND SOON SHE BECAME
ACQUAINTED WITH A THIRD MAN, AND AFTER A SHORT TIME,
SHE GOT MARRIED, AND AGAIN AFTER A SHORT TIME, THIS
HUSBAND DIED AND SHE HAD HIM CREMATED, TOO. AT THE
FUNERAL OF THIS LADY'S THIRD HUSBAND, A FRIEND OF
HERS, A SPINSTER, CAME TO HER AND SAID "HERE, I'VE
BEEN LOOKING FOR A MAN FOR YEARS AND YOU HAVE MEN ENOUGH
TO BURN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 10-10-1970

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THE WESTERN UNION MAN

A LADY ANSWERED THE KNOCK ON HER DOOR AND FOUND A
WESTERN UNION MAN AT THE DOOR. HE HANDED HER A TELEGRAM
BUT SHE REFUSED TO TAKE IT. "THIS IS MY FIRST TELEGRAM
I'VE EVER RECEIVED," SHE SAID, "AND I WANT YOU TO SING
IT." "BUT, MA'M," THE DELIVERY BOY RESPONDED, "IT'S
NOT A SINGING TELEGRAM." BUT THE LADY INSISTED THAT IT
BE SUNG. "OK, MA'M," SAID THE DELIVERY BOY, WHO WAS
TOO TIRED TO FIGHT ANY LONGER," "DUM, DEE, DUM, YOUR
SON IS DEAD."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A TALE ABOUT A WOMAN

"DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED FOUR TIMES?
HER FIRST HUSBAND WAS A MILLIONAIRE; HER SECOND WAS
A FAMOUS ACTOR; HER THIRD WAS A WELL-KNOWN MINISTER.
AND HER LAST WAS AN UNDERTAKER."
"I SEE. ONE FOR THE MONEY, TWO FOR THE SHOW, THREE
TO GET READY, AND FOUR TO GO."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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BRIDE PRESSES PANTS DOWN THE SEAM

MRS. CROWLEY SAID THAT SHE HEARD THE STORY OF THE
NEWLY-WED SOLDIER WHO SHOWS UP FOR INSPECTION WITH
HIS TROUSERS PRESSED DOWN THE SEAM, AT SEVERAL ARMY
BASES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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LEGS IN PARENTHESES

A LADY HAD A LITTLE GIRL, WHOM SHE WAS WORRIED ABOUT,
BECAUSE THE GIRL WAS ALWAYS INSULTING PEOPLE,
ESPECIALLY BOWLEGGED MEN. IN AN EFFORT TO CORRECT THE
PROBLEM, SHE SENT HER AWAY TO A SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY
KNOWN FOR TEACHING MANNERS. ONE DAY, AFTER THE GIRL
RETURNED, HER MOTHER AND SHE WERE OUT TOGETHER, WHEN
THEY SAW A BOWLEGGED MAN. NOW, THOUGHT HER MOTHER,
WILL COME THE TEST. THE GIRL SIMPLY SAID:
"OH ME, OH MY, WHAT MEN ARE THESE
WHO WEAR THEIR LEGS IN PARENTHESES?"

Where learned: FOURTH GRADE CLASS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

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QUEENIE

A MAN ENTERING A HOUSE OF ILL REPUTE, TOLD THE MATRON
THAT HE DESIRED A GIRL WHO "COULD REALLY TAKE IT."
SHE REPLIED, "QUEENIE IS JUST THE GIRL YOU WANT; UP THE
STAIRS AND FIRST DOOR ON THE RIGHT." THE MAN WENT
INTO THE ROOM AND FOUND THE GIRL LYING ON THE BED,
STARING AT THE CEILING, WITH CHALK COMING OUT OF
HER NOSE AND EARS. HE WENT DOWN AND TOLD THE MATRON,
WHO SUMMONED HER SERVANTS AND COMMANDED THEM, "TAKE
QUEENIE BACK TO THE MORGUE, SHE'S FULL AGAIN."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE RIBBON

THERE WERE TWO LITTLE CHILDREN, A LITTLE GIRL AND A
LITTLE BOY. AROUND THE GIRL'S NECK WAS A RIBBON. ONE
DAY THE LITTLE BOY ASKED THE LITTLE GIRL WHY SHE ALWAYS
WORE THE RIBBON. SHE SAID SHE WOULD TELL HIM IN THE
FIRST GRADE. BUT SHE NEVER TOLD HIM. THIS CONTINUED
FOR MANY YEARS. THE LITTLE GIRL NEVER TOLD THE
LITTLE BOY. ONE DAY, THEY GOT MARRIED AND HE ASKED
HER ON THEIR WEDDING DAY AND SHE STILL WOULDN'T
TELL HIM. ONE DAY, WHEN THEY WERE IN WHEELCHAIRS, THEY
WERE VISITING A CEMETERY, WHERE ONE OF THEIR FRIENDS
WAS BURIED. HE FINALLY COULDN'T WAIT ANY LONGER, SO
THE HUSBAND LEANED OVER THE PULLED THE RIBBON AND HER
HEAD CAME OFF AND ROLLED DOWN THE HILL.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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OH NO!

"HELLO, THIS IS THE GARAGE," AN EXCITED VOICE PROCLAIMED
TO A MAN OVER THE PHONE. "YOUR WIFE JUST DROVE YOUR
CAR IN HERE TO BE REPAIRED, AND I WANT TO KNOW WHO
IS GOING TO----"
"OKAY, OKAY," INTERRUPTED THE MAN WEARILY. "I'LL
PAY FOR THE CAR."
"WHO'S WORRYING ABOUT THAT?" THE VOICE CONTINUED. "WHAT
I WANT TO KNOW IS WHO'S GOING TO PAY TO FIX MY GARAGE?"

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS IN THE OFFICE THAT HE WORKED IN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 10-31-1967

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A NUN DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN. WHEN SHE ARRIVED, ST.
PETER TOLD HER THAT SHE COULD HAVE ANY WISH THAT SHE
WANTED. SHE SAID THAT SHE WANTED TO GO BACK TO EARTH.
ST. PETER SAID THAT IT WAS OK, BUT SHE WOULD HAVE TO
CALL BACK THREE TIMES. THIS WAS AGREEABLE TO HER, SO
SHE RETURNED TO EARTH. THE FIRST DAY BACK, SHE CALLED
HEAVEN AND SAID, "ST. PETER? THIS IS SISTER PATRICIA."
ST. PETER SAID, "WELL, SISTER, WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY?"
SHE REPLIED, "OH, I HAD THREE HIGHBALLS." THE SECOND
DAY SHE CALLED AND SAID, "ST. PETER? THIS IS SISTER
PATRICIA." ST. PETER ASKED HER WHAT SHE HAD DONE
THAT DAY AND SHE SAID, "OH, I SMOKED THREE CIGARETTES."
THE THIRD DAY SHE CALLED, IT WAS "HELLO PETE? THIS IS
PAT. I'M NOT COMING BACK. TELL GOD, OK?"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 05-10-1965

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