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STRETCHING THE LOG

BACK IN POLAND, MANY YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A FARMER WHO WAS
BUILDING A BARN. HAVING CUT ONE OF THE LOGS TOO SHORT, THE
FARMER CALLED TO HIS NEIGHBOR TO BRING HIS OXEN. THE TWO
FARMERS HITCHED BOTH OF THEIR ANIMALS TO THE SHORT LOG AND
PULLED IT UNTIL IT WAS THE RIGHT SIZE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS 81 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen

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OLD POLISH STORY: TIRED TRAVELER

A CERTAIN TRAVELER HAD STOPPED AT MANY INNS TO FIND SHELTER FOR
THE NIGHT BUT HAD NO SUCCESS IN FINDING A ROOM. FINALLY, HE
AGREED TO AN INNKEEPER'S BARN. WHEN HE ENTERED, HE SAW THERE
WAS NO PLACE FOR HIM TO RECLINE. HE SAW ONLY SOME HOOKS WHERE
THE TOOLS WERE HUNG. HE PROMPTLY DISASSEMBLED HIMSELF AND PUT
AN ARM ON ONE HOOK, A LEG ON ANOTHER, AND SO ON.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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A TALL TALE

IN IOWA THEY TELL A STORY ABOUT THE IOWA CORN. THEY SAY THAT IN
THE STATE WHERE THE BLACK LOAM IS TWENTY FEET DEEP, THE CORN
GROWS SO HIGH THAT THEY HAVE TO CLIMB LADDERS TO GET DOWN THE
EARS.
THEY ALSO SAY THAT ONCE A YOUNG BOY FROM AMES CLIMBED ONE OF THE
STALKS AND BEFORE HE COULD YELL THE STALK HAD GROWN HIGHER THAN
THE SILO. THE FOLKS AROUND THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY FED THE BOY
BY SHOOTING BISCUITS UP TO HIM. FINALLY, THE STALK GREW OUT OF
GUN RANGE. THE BOY WAS NEVER HEARD FROM OR SEEN AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen

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Why are barns red?

When driving through farm country, we notice that many barns are
painted red. Why red? Wouldn't any other color be just as effective?
The answer stems from one of the original ingredients of paint - iron
oxide.

Late in the 1700's, farmers in New England, Wisconsin, and Minnesota
began using a mixture of iron oxide (readily available from the soil),
lime, linseed oil, and skim milk to produce a superior paint that
quickly hardened into a bright red, plastic-like coating. The paint
adhered well and lasted for years. Iron oxide, a rust-related
compound, gave red paint its distinctive pigment, one more durable
than any other natural pigment. As an added benefit, red paint
absorbed the sun's rays in winter, keeping the barn warm. Red paint
became the traditional color for barns.

Recently, though, with the advent of prepainted metal structures,
farmers have begun to use color to fine-tune internal temperature. In
cold regions, dark colors besides red, such as brown, green, and blue,
are common now. In warmer regions, white, cream, yellow, and other
light hues are more prevalent.

The following 1835 recipe (from a farmer's periodical) makes about a
gallon of iron-oxide paint. A medium-sized barn will require about 10
gallons:

4 lbs. skim milk
8 oz. lime
6 oz. linseed oil
1.5 lbs. iron oxide (available in solution at
most paint stores
2 oz turpentine

James Callow comment: cf. Puckett, Ohio, no. 1029: "A pregnant woman should never look
at a red barn, or the baby will be born with strawberry marks."

cf. Puckett, Ohio, no. 33147: "Paint the barn red to frighten away
evil spirits."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen
BELIEF -- Color

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STRETCHING THE LOG

BACK IN POLAND, MANY YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A FARMER WHO WAS
BUILDING A BARN. HAVING CUT ONE OF THE LOGS TOO SHORT, THE
FARMER CALLED TO HIS NEIGHBOR TO BRING HIS OXEN. THE TWO
FARMERS HITCHED BOTH OF THEIR ANIMALS TO THE SHORT LOG AND
PULLED IT UNTIL IT WAS THE RIGHT SIZE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS 81 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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OLD POLISH STORY: TIRED TRAVELER

A CERTAIN TRAVELER HAD STOPPED AT MANY INNS TO FIND SHELTER FOR
THE NIGHT BUT HAD NO SUCCESS IN FINDING A ROOM. FINALLY, HE
AGREED TO AN INNKEEPER'S BARN. WHEN HE ENTERED, HE SAW THERE
WAS NO PLACE FOR HIM TO RECLINE. HE SAW ONLY SOME HOOKS WHERE
THE TOOLS WERE HUNG. HE PROMPTLY DISASSEMBLED HIMSELF AND PUT
AN ARM ON ONE HOOK, A LEG ON ANOTHER, AND SO ON.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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A TALL TALE

IN IOWA THEY TELL A STORY ABOUT THE IOWA CORN. THEY SAY THAT IN
THE STATE WHERE THE BLACK LOAM IS TWENTY FEET DEEP, THE CORN
GROWS SO HIGH THAT THEY HAVE TO CLIMB LADDERS TO GET DOWN THE
EARS.
THEY ALSO SAY THAT ONCE A YOUNG BOY FROM AMES CLIMBED ONE OF THE
STALKS AND BEFORE HE COULD YELL THE STALK HAD GROWN HIGHER THAN
THE SILO. THE FOLKS AROUND THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY FED THE BOY
BY SHOOTING BISCUITS UP TO HIM. FINALLY, THE STALK GREW OUT OF
GUN RANGE. THE BOY WAS NEVER HEARD FROM OR SEEN AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen

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STRETCHING THE LOG

BACK IN POLAND, MANY YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A FARMER WHO WAS
BUILDING A BARN. HAVING CUT ONE OF THE LOGS TOO SHORT, THE
FARMER CALLED TO HIS NEIGHBOR TO BRING HIS OXEN. THE TWO
FARMERS HITCHED BOTH OF THEIR ANIMALS TO THE SHORT LOG AND
PULLED IT UNTIL IT WAS THE RIGHT SIZE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS 81 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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OLD POLISH STORY: TIRED TRAVELER

A CERTAIN TRAVELER HAD STOPPED AT MANY INNS TO FIND SHELTER FOR
THE NIGHT BUT HAD NO SUCCESS IN FINDING A ROOM. FINALLY, HE
AGREED TO AN INNKEEPER'S BARN. WHEN HE ENTERED, HE SAW THERE
WAS NO PLACE FOR HIM TO RECLINE. HE SAW ONLY SOME HOOKS WHERE
THE TOOLS WERE HUNG. HE PROMPTLY DISASSEMBLED HIMSELF AND PUT
AN ARM ON ONE HOOK, A LEG ON ANOTHER, AND SO ON.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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A TALL TALE

IN IOWA THEY TELL A STORY ABOUT THE IOWA CORN. THEY SAY THAT IN
THE STATE WHERE THE BLACK LOAM IS TWENTY FEET DEEP, THE CORN
GROWS SO HIGH THAT THEY HAVE TO CLIMB LADDERS TO GET DOWN THE
EARS.
THEY ALSO SAY THAT ONCE A YOUNG BOY FROM AMES CLIMBED ONE OF THE
STALKS AND BEFORE HE COULD YELL THE STALK HAD GROWN HIGHER THAN
THE SILO. THE FOLKS AROUND THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY FED THE BOY
BY SHOOTING BISCUITS UP TO HIM. FINALLY, THE STALK GREW OUT OF
GUN RANGE. THE BOY WAS NEVER HEARD FROM OR SEEN AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen

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To Keep Away Rats

A black snake in the corn crib will keep away rats.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen

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