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GRAFFITO

"A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD STILL TEAR UP YOUR HAND IF YOU
GRABBED IT BY THE STEM."

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESTROOM WALL ; MEDIA CENTER

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

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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GRAFFITO

"SAVE SOVIET JEWS, WIN VALUABLE PRIZES."

Where learned: LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; CARREL ON 3RD FLOOR MEZZANINE

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

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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GRAFFITO

"SUPPOSE THEY HELD A WAR AND NOBODY CAME?"

Where learned: SOUTH VIETNAM ; Vietnam ; ARMY LATRINE ; AHN KHE

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

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GRAFFITO

"THE U.S. ARMY CONSISTS OF THE UNEDUCATED LEADING THE UNWILLING
IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE UNNECESSARY."

Where learned: SOUTH VIETNAM ; Vietnam ; ARMY LATRINE ; AHN KHE

James Callow Keyword(s): PARAMOION: REPETITION AT THE BEGINNINGS OF WORDS ; SATIRE

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

Date learned: CA00001969

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GRAFFITTI

STOP THE RAILROAD OF BOB AVAKAIN
FREE THE DEFENDENTS OF MOA TSUNG

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAW THIS ON THE CLAIRMONT OVERPASS ON
NORTH BOUND LODGE; ALSO FOUND ON THE 12TH STREET EXIT FROM I-75

Where learned: DETROIT

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

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GRAFITTO

KILROY WAS HERE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: CA00001957

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GRAFITTO

LOVE IS LIKE FILM,
IT HAS TO BE DEVELOPED IN THE DARK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: CA00001962

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GRAFFITO

RICK-RACK,
SPUNK AND TACKLE
AND PEPPEMIN + SASS.
ZIPPER, SPARK, AND CRACKLE,
ELASTIC DASH.
CRASH AND RAZZLE-DAZZLE
NEVER-SAY-DIE
KANGAROO
TO YOU, TOO.

Submitter comment: FROM COMMERCE AND FINANCE BUILDING DESKTOP, WRITTEN IN RED INK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: 11-14-1979

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GRAFFITI

I.P. DAILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GRAFFITI

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG FOR URINATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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GRAFFITI

GIRLS SHOULD BE OBSCENE, AND NOT HEARD.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): GRAFFITI

James Callow Keyword(s): SEEN

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE OUTHOUSE "SONG"

SOME COME HERE TO SIT AND THINK,
I COME HERE TO SHIT AND STINK.

Submitter comment: GRAFFITI ON FARM OUTHOUSE

Where learned: FARM OUTHOUSE

Keyword(s): COUPLET

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
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TO ERR IS HUMAN BUT TO REALLY SCREW THINGS UP REQUIRES A COMPUTER.

Data entry tech comment: I'M SUPRISED THAT THE COMPUTER DIDN'T REJECT THIS CARD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Keyword(s): HUMOR

James Callow Keyword(s): MODERN FOLKLORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-07-1970

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CONFUCIUS SAY:
MAN WHO FALL INTO MIMEOGRAPH MACHINE EASILY IMPRESSED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Keyword(s): HUMOR

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

Date learned: 11-07-1970

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CONFUCIUS SAY:
MAN WHO SCREW GIRL IN STRAWBERRY PATCH FIND HIMSELF IN JAM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Keyword(s): HUMOR SATIRE OBSCENE SEX

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

GOD DIDN'T CREATE THE WORLD IN SEVEN DAYS.
HE GOOFED AROUND FOR SIX AND THEN
PULLED AN ALL-NIGHTER.

Data entry tech comment: A SIMILAR VERSE WAS USED IN THE MOVIE "OH GOD}"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; BASEMENT CARVEL 2

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL: GENESIS PARODY HUMOR TIME

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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GRAFFITI

ANGELS WHO GUARD YOU WHILE YOU DRIVE
USUALLY RETIRE AT 65.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; BASEMENT CARVEL 2

Keyword(s): AGES RHYME: AA

James Callow Keyword(s): GUARDIAN ANGELS ; HUMOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.422
BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POLICE--PAY YOUR PARKING FINES.

Submitter comment: GRAFFITI FROM A BUMPER STICKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): HUMOR MONEY

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

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GRAFFITI

LOVE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD.

Data entry tech comment: INFORMANT ASSUMED TO BE THE COLLECTOR.
FOUR-LETTER WORDS WERE KNOWN AS SWEAR WORDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED IN LAVATORY

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM RETORT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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GOD IS ALIVE JOKE

GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL IN MEXICO CITY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ON A BATHROOM WALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHISM

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

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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GRAFFITI

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF COEDS WHO SMOKE? MM
ANSWER: I AM A U OF D COED AND I SMOKE. I FEEL THAT THE FEMALE
STUDENT HAS EVERY BIT AS MUCH A RIGHT TO SMOKE AS THE MALE STUDENT.
I SMOKE 2 AND A HALF PACKS A DAY AND I ASSURE YOU I DO NOT SMOKE THE
BECAUSE THEY ARE A PHALLIC SYMBOL. I SMOKE, LIKE MANY OTHER STUDENT
TO RELIEVE THE TENSION OF EXAMS, TERM PAPERS, ETC. CONSIDERING THAT
OVER 60% OF THE FEMALE POPULATION HERE ON CAMPUS SMOKE (AS SHOWN IN
RECENT SURVEY) THE PERSON WHO ANSWERED "NOT MUCH" ABOVE IS OBVIOUSLY
A WOMAN HATER AND HE HAS AS WELL OBVIOUSLY NOT REALIZED HOW ENJOYABL
A CIGARETTE IS TO A COED WHO IS IMMERSED IN THE STRUGGLE OF STIFF
COLLEGE COMPETITION. HE HAS PROBABLY NEVER SMOKED A CIGARETTE IN HI
LIFE. I PERSONALLY BEGAN SMOKING AT THE AGE OF 14. MY PARENTS BOTH
SMOKE AND...GOOD LORD} I'M IN THE WRONG JOHN}

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS COPIED EXACTLY (PUNCTUATION INCLUDED) FROM A WALL IN A
MEN'S LAVATORY.

Data entry tech comment:

'AND A HALF' WAS ADDED INSTEAD OF THE SYMBOLS. KW[ RHETORICAL QUESTION SURPRISE ENDING TOBAC

Where learned: MENS LAVATORY

Keyword(s): RHETORICAL QUESTION SURPRISE ENDING TOBAC

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

Date learned: NO DATE RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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