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ARMY VERSE

G. I. BEANS
G. I. GRAVY,
GEE, I WISH I'D JOINED THE NAVY.

Where learned: WEST GERMANY

Keyword(s): G. I. = GOVERNMENT ISSUE ; REFERS TO THE ARMY IN GENERAL..

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

JEREMIAH, PUFF THE FIRE,
PUFF, PUFF, PUFF.
FIRST, HE BLOWS IT GENTLY,
AND THEN HE BLOWS IT ROUGH.
JEREMIAH, PUFF THE FIRE.
PUFF, PUFF, PUFF.

Submitter comment: NO INFORMATION AS TO WHEN THIS WAS USUALLY RECITED.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): INCLUSION, SEXTET, CONTRAST ; INDIRECTION, CHARM, ADVICE ; METER: ROCHEE RHYME: ABCBAB ; ONOMATOPOEIA, REPETITION, REFRAIN ALLITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 11-06-1970

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING
AND THE EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD;
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF
COLETTE BY A SCHOOLMATE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; CHARM ; PIOUS ; PREPARATION FOR DEATH ; RHYME ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Q: HOW DOES A POLLACK SPELL FARM ?
A: E I E I O

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REFRAIN FROM "OLD MC DONALD HAD A FARM," A CHILDREN'S SONG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IF YOU PUT A GARNET ON THE WRONG SIDE, HAVE SOME ELSE TO TAKE IT
OFF. IT WOULD BE BAD LUCK FOR YOU TO DO SO.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GARMENT? ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 09-08-1972

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GOOD FRIDAY

ON GOOD FRIDAY, SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY WOULD BRING HOLY WATER AND A
PIECE OF THORN BRANCH FROM CHURCH AND OPEN THE DOOR TO THE HOUSE AND
THEN TURN AROUND 3 TIMES AND SAY, "HOLY WATER AND THORNS COME INTO
THE HOUSE; BUGS GO OUT OF THE HOUSE."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DID THIS AS A CHILD AT HER FATHER'S REQUEST.
( THE PURPOSE ) CHANGES, DEPENDING ON CURRENT NEEDS. ONE TIME IT
MAY BE TO TAKE OUT EVIL, ANOTHER TIME DUST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EXTERMINATION CHARM

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
663 Good Friday
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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THRASHING TIME

FARMERS WOULD JOIN IN A GROUP WHERE ONE OWNED A THRASHING MACHINE.
THEY WOULD GO FROM FARMER TO FARMER TO THRASH HIS GRAIN.
THIS WOULD TAKE TWO TO THREE WEEKS.
AT WHATEVER FARMER'S HOME THEY WERE WORKING AT MEAL TIME THEY WERE
FED. ON BENCHES OUTDOORS WERE PLACED BASINS, CLEAN TOWELS, SOAP
AND PAILS OF CLEAN WATER. THE MEN CAME IN FROM THE FIELD, WASHED
AND CAME IN TO EAT. THE TABLE WAS SET FOR ABOUT TWELVE AND WAS
LOADED WITH FOOD. THE TABLE WAS CLEARED AND SET AGAIN. THERE WERE
ABOUT 21 TO 25 MEN TO FEED.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): THRASHING FARMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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HAY GATHERINGS

ALL FARMERS OF THE COMMUNITY IN INDIANA WOULD STOP ALL THEIR WORK
AND ALL JOIN IN TO HELP EACH OTHER WITH THEIR HAY GATHERING.
THE GROUP OF MEN WOULD SPEND TWO DAYS AT EACH FARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIANA

Keyword(s): FARMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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OUT SOMEWHERE IN MICHIGAN IS A DESERTED FIELD, A BOY AND A GIRL
WERE PARKED. THEY BOTH HEARD A GIRL SCREAM AND THE BOY TOLD THE
GIRL TO LOCK HERSELF IN THE CAR AND HE WOULD GO AND SEE
WHAT HAPPENED.
HE LOOKED FOR A FEW MINUTES AND FOUND NOTHING, THEN HE HEARD
HIS GIRLFRIEND SCREAMING AND HE RAN BACK. HE SAW A FLASH OF A
GLOWING FORMLESS MASS DISAPPEAR INTO THE WOODS BEFORE HE COULD
GET ANYWHERE NEAR IT. HIS GIRLFRIEND WAS HYSTERICAL AND HAS NOT
AS YET SPOKEN OR BEEN COMPLETELY SANE.

Data entry tech comment: THE KEYPUNCHER HAS CORRECTED THE COLLECTOR'S SPELLING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): HARMFULL LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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POSTCARD FOR LUCK

GOOD LUCK
I PATIENTLY TUMBLED OVER
THE POSTCARDS OLD AND NEW,
TO FIND THIS FOUR LEAF CLOVER
TO SEND FOR LUCK TO YOU.
THE FIRST LEAF STANDS FOR PATIENCE
THE SECOND FOR PLUCK
THE THIRD FOR PERSEVERANCE
THAT'S WHY THE FOURTH BRINGS LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE VERSE IS PRINTED ON THE FRONT CARD, WITH A PICTURE OF A
CLOVER.

Where learned: OHIO ; VERSE ON POSTCARD ; PAINESVILLE

Keyword(s): CHARM ; RHYME: ABABCDED

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.11

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING
AND THE EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD;
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF
COLETTE BY A SCHOOLMATE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; CHARM ; PIOUS ; PREPARATION FOR DEATH ; RHYME ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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JAPANESE SEA-HORSE

PREGNANT JAPANESE WOMEN WILL WEAR A DRIED SEA HORSE.
IT IS A CHARM FOR SAFE CHILD BIRTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK CHARM ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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CUSTOM

WHEN A BABY IS JUST BORN, CUT A SMALL PIECE OF THE UMBILICAL CORD
AND SAVE THIS, THIS WILL BRING THE BABY GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE A GREAT DEAL IN LEBANON.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TV STUDIO ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CHARMS

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

Date learned: 09-24-1970

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RELIGIOUS BELIEF

THE WEARING, OR THE PLACING OF RELIGIOUS MEDALS TO WARD OFF DIRE
HAPPENINGS.

Submitter comment: PREDOMINANT IN THE CATHOLIC AND JEWISH RELIGIONS. ONE GOOD EXAMPLE
IS THE ST. CHRISTOPHER MEDAL.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR OBSERVED THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): CHARM EVIL

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 10-15-1968

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IF YOU HAVEN'T SOWN, YOU WON'T HARVEST. TRANSLATION OF
NEPASEGAS, NEPJAUSI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FARMING BIBLE QUOTATION?

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION PREDICTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-23-1971

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CORN

IF YOU PLANT CORN IN THE OLD OF THE MOON, IT WILL EAR OUT BETTER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE FARMING NATURE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE IMPLIED ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-09-1968

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

HOW DO POLACKS SPELL FARM? "E YI E YI YO."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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ARMY LAUGHS

THERE WAS A BLACK MAN, A WHITE MAN AND A CHINESE MAN AND A SARGEANT
SO THEY ALL HAD TO USE THE BATHROOM. SO THE SEARGANT SAID "IF ANY OF
YOU GRUNT WHEN YOU USE THE BATHROOM, I WILL CUT YOUR HEAD OFF".
THEN THE SARGEANT SAID "IF ANY OF YOU SEE AN AIRPLANE LET ME KNOW".
SO THE CHINESE MAN YARNED AND USED THE BATHROOM. SO HE WENT "GRRUUNNT
AND THE SARGEANT CUT HIS HEAD OFF. SO THE WHITE MAN USED THE BATHROOM
AND HE WENT "GRRUUNNT" SO THE SARGEANT CUT HIS HEAD OFF. THEN THE
BLACK MAN USED THE BATHROOM AND HE WENT "SARGEANT THERE GOES A
PLANE WAAYY OVER THERE".

Submitter comment:

EMERSON LOVES TO TELL ARMY JOKES BUT HE HAS NEVER BEEN TO THE ARMY

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Army ; Black ; Chinese ; DECAPITATION ; Ethnicity ; HEAD ; Loo ; Misdirection ; Sargent ; White

James Callow Keyword(s): YARNED = YAWNED? YEARNED?

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B661

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