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REMEDY

FOR NERVES, HEADACHES, ETC.- BRANDY,1 OR 2 JIGGERS PER HALF GALLON OF
CINNAMON TEA.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL
IN TEXAS. SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS,
PRIMARILY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT SPICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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GRAVES

IF YOU GET A COLD SHIVER, SOMEONE IS WALKING ON THE PLACE YOU
WILL BE BURIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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BELIEF

IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK, YOU BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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A CURE FOR BOILS

MY GRANDFATHER, FRANK PIAZZA, HAD A SMALL SISTER WHO HAD A VERY
LARGE BOIL ON HER CHEEK OF HER FACE WHEN SHE WAS TWO YEARS OLD. HER
PARENTS TOOK HER TO DOCTORS AND THE RESULTS WERE ALWAYS THE SAME, "WE
COULD OPERATE BUT THERE WOULD BE A LARGE VISIBLE SCAR."
MY GRANDFATHER'S PARENTS THOUGHT IT OVER, AND REMEMBERED A "BOIL
CURE" FROM THEIR OWN PARENTS.
THE CURE WAS TO ALWAYS KEEP GOOSE FAT ON THE BOIL, AND EVENTUALLY IT
WILL DISAPPEAR.
THE PARENTS DID THIS TO THEIR LITTLE GIRL, AND THE BOIL FINALLY WENT
AWAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A PIAZZA FAMILY CURE THAT HAS BEEN IN THE PIAZZA FAMILY FOR
MANY, MANY YEARS. THIS CURE HAS BEEN PUT TO USE THREE TIMES IN THAT
FAMILY, AND EACH TIME IT HAS WORKED.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; ITALY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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THE UGLY BIRD JOKE

MR.SMITH WAS VERY THIN AND PALE. ONE DAY HE WENT TO SEE A DOCTOR. THE
DOCTOR TOLD HIM TO SUNBATHE IN THE NUDE FOR A WEEK. THE FIRST DAY HE
WAS SUNBATHING AND READING THE PAPER WHEN SALLY, THE LITTLE GIRL NEXT
DOOR CAME IN THE YARD. "HI MR.SMITH" SAID SALLY. MR.SMITH IMMEDIATELY
DROPPED THE PAPER TO COVER HIMSELF. SALLY ASKED HIM WHAT HE HAD UNDER
THE PAPER. MR.SMITH REPLIED IT WAS HIS BIRD. "CAN I SEE YOUR BIRD MR.
SMITH?" ASKED SALLY. "MAYBE TOMORROW" SAID MR.SMITH. THE NEXT DAY MR.
SMITH WAS AGAIN SUNBATHING WHEN SALLY WALKED IN THE YARD. "HI MR.
SMITH" SAID SALLY. MR.SMITH AGAIN DROPPED THE PAPER TO COVER HIMSELF.
SALLY ASKED,"CAN I SEE YOUR BIRD TODAY MR.SMITH?" HE SAID "MAYBE
TOMORROW SALLY." THE NEXT DAY MR.SMITH WAS SUNBATHING AND DECIDED TO
TAKE A NAP. HE PUT THE PAPER DOWN TO COVER HIMSELF. NEXT THING HE
KNEW HE WAS IN TREMENDOUS PAIN. HE COULD NOT BELIEVE THE PAIN HE WAS
HAVING. ALSO THERE WERE DOCTORS AND NURSES AROUND. HE LOOKED AT THE
DOOR AND THERE WAS SALLY TALKING TO A POLICEMAN. SHE WAS SAYING,"MR.
SMITH TOLD ME HE HAD A BIRD UNDER THE PAPER AND I WANTED TO SEE IT.
I PICKED UP THE PAPER AND LOOKED. IT WAS THE UGLIEST BIRD I EVER SAW
SO I SMASHED ITS EGGS, WRUNG ITS NECK AND LIT ITS NEST ON FIRE."

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PENIS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 11-24-1973

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TOAST

THROUGH THE TEETH AND OVER THE GUMS,
LOOKOUT STOMACH, HERE IT COMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE ; MOCK GRACE BEFORE EATING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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SNEEZE

THE REASON PEOPLE SAY "GOD BLESS YOU!" WHEN YOU SNEEZE IS THAT YOU
SNEEZE OUT YOUR SOUL AND THE DEVIL HAS CHANCE TO BEAT YOUR
SOUL BACK INTO YOUR BODY

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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GARLIC AND HONEY

A RUSSIAN CUSTOM FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE IS TO DIP GARLIC IN HONEY AND
EAT IT. THE GARLIC TAKES THE SINS OF THE PAST YEAR AWAY. THE
HONEY SWEETENS THE BODY FOR THE NEW YEAR

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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GREETING GAME

HELLO CHEST! (PAT ON CHEST ) GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK (PAT ON BACK )
HAVEN'T SEEN YOU IN YEARS (PULL EAR), BUT STILL I NOSE YA!"
(PULL NOSE)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN (NOSE AND KNOWS)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1972

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RING THE BELL

RING THE BELL(PULL LOCK OF HAIR), KNOCK AT THE DOOR (TAP FOREHEAD)
PEEP IN (LOOK IN EARS), LIFT THE LATCH (TILT NOSE), WALK IN
(OPEN MOUTH), GO DOWN IN THE CELLAR AND EAT APPLES(TICKLE THROAT)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-26-1972

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WHAT GET'S LOST EVERY TIME YOU STAND UP? (YOUR LAP)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHAT DID THE RIGHT EYE SAY TO THE LEFT EYE? (THERE'S SOMETHING
BETWEEN US THAT SMELLS.)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): NOSE ; PUN ON SMELLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOUR EARS BURN SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU. IF YOUR EARS ITCH
YOU'LL HEAR GOOD NEWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES YOU'LL GIVE AWAY MONEY. IF YOUR RIGHT HAND
ITCHES YOU'LL RECEIVE MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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BELIEF

PEOPLE WITH LONG FINGERS ARE USUALLY GOOD PIANO PLAYERS.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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BELIEF

PEOPLE WITH THIN LIPS ARE CHEAP AND GREEDY.

Submitter comment: BELIEVING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, SOMEONE IS COMING WITH HOLES IN THEIR
BRITCHES.

Submitter comment: MRS. HAMPTON CAN'T REMEMBER WHERE SHE GOT IT FROM BUT SHE'S
KNOWN IT A LONG TIME. JUST SOMETHING SAID WHEN YOUR NOSE ITCHES.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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WAIT FOR THE FULL MOON TO CUT YOUR HAIR.

Submitter comment: A PHRASE HANDED DOWN TO MRS. SULLIVAN BY HER MOTHER BUT NOT
REALLY BELIEVED IN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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IF YOUR THUMB ITCHES, THIS MEANS YOU'LL HAVE COMPANY

Submitter comment: SAID OFTEN FOR MANY GENERATIONS BUT NOT NECESSARILY BELIEVED IN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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EXPECTANT MOTHERS

IT IS A SICILIAN CUSTOM THAT EXPECTANT MOTHERS MUST EAT EVERY
FOOD THEY
HAVE A CRAVING FOR WHILE THEY ARE PREGNANT. IF THEY DO NOT EAT
WHAT
T THEY DESIRE THEY SHOULD NOT TOUCH ANY PART OF THEIR BODY. TO DO SO
MEANS THAT THE BABY WILL BE BORN WITH A SCAR OR DISCOLORATION IN THE
PLACE WHERE THE MOTHER TOUCHED HER BODY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMT EXPERIENCED THIS WHEN SHE WAS HAVING HER FIRST CHILD AN
AND
D HER SICILIAN MOTHER IN LAW MADE HER EAT A BOWL OF STRAWBERRIES.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 09-08-1972

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