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RHYME

A HAMMER HAS A HEAD, BUT NEVER WEARS A HAT,/
ALTHOUGH A SHIRT HAS A TAIL, IT'S NO RELATION TO A CAT.

Submitter comment:

A SIMPLE PLAY ON WORDS WHICH PERSONIFIES A HAMMER AND
GIVES LIFE TO A SHIRT.THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS RHYME
FROM HIS CHILDHOOD DAYS. IT'S SIMPLY A NICE LITTLE RHYME THAT
CAN BE INTERPRETED TO SUIT THE SITUATION.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CAT ; Contrary ; Hammer ; Hat ; HEAD ; Opposition ; PERSONIFICATION ; RHYME ; RIDDLE ; Shirt ; Tail

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 11-10-1971

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN OF AUSTRALIA,
WHO PAINTED HIS BUM LIKE A DAHLIA.
THE DRAWING WAS FINE,
THE COLOR DIVINE,
THE SCENT - AH}THAT WAS A FAILURE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BUTTOCKS ; IMPERFECT RHYME: DAHLIA/FAILURE ; RHYME: AABBA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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A SMART GIRL CAN PLAY POST OFFICE ALL NIGHT WITHOUT
GETTING ANY MAIL IN HER BOX.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; KISSING ; OBSERVATION ; PUN: MAIL FOR MALE ; SEX ; SLANG: BOX FOR VAGINA ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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ITALIAN WOMEN

WHAT DO THEY CALL A BATHTUB FULL OF ITALIAN WOMEN?
THE BAY OF PIGS.

Submitter comment: THE BAY OF PIGS HAS SIGNIFICANCE IN THIS JOKE, BECAUSE
THERE IS ACTUALLY A PLACE HAVING THAT NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW CUBA'S CASTRO. ; CUBA ; KENNEDY'S PRESIDENCY, ALLUDING TO FAILURE OF ; POLITICAL REFERENCE TO INCIDENT DURING JOHN F.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
ITAL

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A MAN WENT TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF A COMPANY AND TOLD
THE SECRETARY HE WANTED TO APPLY FOR A JOB. THE SECRETARY WAS
EXPLAINING THAT THE COMPANY WAS NOT HIRING WHEN THE BOSS CAME
WALKING IN.
"ANY MESSAGES?" HE ASKED.
"SIR," SAID THE MAN, "I WOULD LIKE A JOB WITH YOUR COMPANY."
"WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?" ASKED THE BOSS.
"YALE," SAID THE MAN.
"REALLY?" ASKED THE BOSS.
"YES, SIR," SAID THE MAN, "AND I LEARNED A LOT WHILE I WAS THERE."
"WELL, WE REALLY AREN'T HIRING JUST NOW, BUT WITH YOUR CREDENTIALS,
COME INTO MY OFFICE AND WE'LL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO."
THE MAN SAID, "I SURE APPRECIATE THIS, SIR."
"NOTHING TO APPRECIATE," SAID THE BOSS, "THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR
BRIGHT YOUNG MEN, BUT TELL ME MR. - UH - I DON'T BELIEVE I CAUGHT
YOUR NAME."
"YIM YONES, SIR," SAID THE MAN.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS JOKE IN 1981.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): JAIL ; JIM JONES

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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USE OLIVE OIL FOR AN EARACHE.

Submitter comment:

PUT THE OIL ON A COTTON BALL AND PLACE THE COTTON IN YOUR EAR.
IN ADDITION TO OLIVE OIL, CASTOR OIL AND COD LIVER OIL ARE
USED TO CURE MANY AILMENTS.
OILS ARE A "BIG" THING AMONG BLACKS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 11.10.13 by TRD

Keyword(s): REMEDY, Oil, Natural, Homeopathy, Earache, Ailment,

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 10-08-1984

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WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, MY FAMILY VISITED MY
COUSINS IN ILLINOIS ON A YEARLY BASIS.
EVERY TIME I STAYED WITH MY GRANDFATHER I ALWAYS
NOTICED THAT HE HAD A COPPER BRACLET ON.
AFTER YEARS OF QUESTIONING HIM AND GETTING NO
RESPONSE HE FINALLY TOLD ME IT WAS TO
KEEP THE ARTHRITIS DEVIL AWAY.

Submitter comment:

MY GRANDFATHER WORKED ON A FARM ALL OF HIS LIFE
AND TO THIS DAY HE DOES NOT HAVE ARTHRITIS.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: ILLINOIS ; TAYLOR

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Arthritis ; Bracelet ; Copper ; CURE ; Homeopathy ; PREVENTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001970CA

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MAKING A WISH

WHEN ELENA WAS YOUNG, SHE WAS TOLD BY HER OLDER SISTER
THAT WHEN SHE WAS RIDING IN A CAR AND IT CROSSED OVER A RAILROAD
TRACK THAT SHE SHOULD TOUCH SMETHING MADE OF METAL AND
LIFT HER FEET OFF THE FLOOR AND MAKE A WISH.

Submitter comment: FORMER ROOMMATE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): RAILROAD TRACK

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

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RIDDLE

WHAT LETTER IS NEVER IN THE ALPHABET?
THE ONE YOU PUT IN THE MAIL BOX.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

James Callow Keyword(s): MAILBOX

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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A Jew and a Czech were walking through the woods, and
they ran into two big bears: one male and one female.
Feeling brave, the Czech tried to fight them off, and
the male bear ate him up. The Jew ran back to town
for help. When he returned with the hunters, they asked
him which of the bears ate the Czech. The Jew said it
was the male bear. So they killed the male bear, cut
him open, and the Czech wasn't there.
Moral of the story: Never trust a Jew when he says:
"The check's in the mail!"

Submitter comment:

That is a phrase used frequently by people who owe
someone money.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): pun: Czech check ; pun: male mail

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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To her knowledge, when a child of Greek descent is born, he or
she is given a charm (a golden eye) to protect him or her from what
is called a "matiasma." Roughly translated it means "given the eye"
or "eyed." This happens when someone admires someone out of jealousy
out loud. For example, "His voice is so incredible. I wish I had it."
Once one is eyed, if he or she is not wearing the charm or if one
doesn't say "ftousou" which is a Greek word that means "to spray
saliva," he or she is condemned to sickness. (When said, ftousou
literally sprays saliva in the person's face.)

Submitter comment: This particular superstition is feared by my informant because,
as a child, she was "eyed" and became seriously ill. All was tried to
lower my informant's fever but nothing worked. Finally, with
hesitation, a witch doctor was summoned and the fever disappeared
within a single day. To this day she has believed in the curse and
gave me and her other son the golden eye. However, both have been
misplaced and to this date have not been found.

Where learned: GREECE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; SICKNESS ; unexplained

James Callow Keyword(s): amulet, talisman

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00001943CA

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YEARS AGO ONE TEACHER TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF THEY DIDN'T BRING
SOMETHING TO WRITE WITH TO HER CLASS, SHE'S CUT THEIR GRADE
DOWN A POINT EACH TIME THEY CAME IN WITHOUT ANYTHING. EVEN
AFTER A NEW TEACHER TOOK HER PLACE, EVERY DAY, EVERYONE TOOK
A BRAILLER WHICH IS BIG AND CUMBERSOME TO ENGLISH CLASS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; TSB ; TALKING WITH HIM THERE

Keyword(s): BRAILE WRITER BRAILE WRITING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HOMELY TALE

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, OUR COW WOULDN'T LET A MAN
MILK IT. SO, MY GRANDFATHER SPENCE DRESSED UP IN A
SUNBONNET AND A MOTHER HUBBARD DRESS WHICH WAS A
LONG DRESS THAT TOUCHES THE FLOOR. BUT AS SOON AS
HE SAT TO MILK IT, THE COW KICKED THE BUCKET AND OFF
WENT THE COW. YOU COULDN'T FOOL THAT COW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): DISGUISE FAILS TO FOOL COW ; TRANSVESTISM

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

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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I ONCE SAW THIS THING IN 1964, LIKE A JET VAPOR TRAIN
AND IT WOULD GO ACROSS THE SKY WITHOUT SPREADING OUT.
SO ALL OF US KIDS WHO SAW IT ON THE PLAYGROUND AT
ROSEBANK STARTED GETTING REAL EXCITED THINKING WE
WERE BEING VISITED BY OTHER PLANETS AND EVERYTHING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ALIENS ; UFO U. F. O. UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT ; VAPOR TRAIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial Body

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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PROVERB

THE PIGS WERE SO SKINNY THEY HAD TO TIE KNOTS IN THEIR
TALES TO KEEP FROM BLOWING THROUGH THE RAIL FENCE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): TAILS THIN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 08-07-1968

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NOT GIVEN

THIRD TIME'S A CHARM.

Submitter comment: THIS STATES A BELIEF THAT WHEN SOMETHING IS DONE FOR THE
THIRD TIME, IF IT HAS FAILED THE FIRST TWO TIMES, THE
THIRD TIME WILL SUCCEED. IF SUCCESSFUL THE FIRST TWO
TIMES, THE THIRD TIME WILL FAIL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): SUCCESS FAILURE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CURE FOR FELON:
TAKE ONE TABLESPOON OF RED LEAD AND ONE TABLESPOON OF
CASTILE SOAP, MIX THEM WITH AS MUCH WOOL LYE AS WILL
MAKE IT SOFT ENOUGH TO SPREAD LIDE (SIC) A SALVE, AND APPLY
IT ON FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE FELON AND IT WILL CURE IT
IN TWELVE HOURS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): FELON: AN INFECTION OF THE FINGER AROUND THE BONE OR FINGERNAIL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-10-1973

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THE WATER SPRITES' BOAT

THE CHILDREN IN NORWAY ARE TAUGHT NEVER TO LEAVE A TINY NAIL
SLIVER ANYWHERE FOR THE WATER SPRITES TO FIND. THE LITTLE
SPRITES COLLECT ALL THE CUTTINGS THEY CAN FIND, BECAUSE THEY ARE
BUILDING A GREAT BOAT OUT OF THEM. WHEN THE BOAT IS FINISHED
THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO SAIL IT INTO A FJORD, AND ON REACHING THE
END, THE BOAT WILL EXPLODE AND CAUSE SUCH AN EARTHQUAKE
THAT THE WORLD WILL COME TO AN END.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): FINGERNAILS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE WATER SPRITES' BOAT

THE CHILDREN IN NORWAY ARE TAUGHT NEVER TO LEAVE A TINY NAIL
SLIVER ANYWHERE FOR THE WATER SPRITES TO FIND. THE LITTLE
SPRITES COLLECT ALL THE CUTTINGS THEY CAN FIND, BECAUSE THEY ARE
BUILDING A GREAT BOAT OUT OF THEM. WHEN THE BOAT IS FINISHED
THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO SAIL IT INTO A FJORD, AND ON REACHING THE
END, THE BOAT WILL EXPLODE AND CAUSE SUCH AN EARTHQUAKE
THAT THE WORLD WILL COME TO AN END.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): FINGERNAILS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT'S AN ILL WIND THAT BLOWS NO GOOD.

Keyword(s): WEATHER SAILING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: ANYTIME {???}

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