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FLY LEAF PROSE

IN CASE OF FIRE, THROW IN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BOOK ; FLY-LEAF INSCRIPTION

Subject headings: Z220

Date learned: CA00001968

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ARABIAN SAYING

A PERSIAN (LIGHT-SKINNED) IS THE SAME AS AN ARABIAN (DARK-
SKINNED), JUDGE HIM ON WHAT HE DOES.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
BEN HUR
BEN HUR WHO ?
BEN HUR AN HOUR WAITING FOR YOU TO COME.

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Keyword(s): BOOK TITLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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BATMAN JOKE

WHY DID ROBIN RUN TO THE BATCAVE?
TO CHANGE HIS WONDERWEAR.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS BROTHER, JOE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FICTIONAL PERSON ; TELEVISION AND COMIC BOOK PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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BATMAN JOKE

WHY DID BATMAN HAVE WORMS?
TO FEED ROBIN.

Submitter comment: BROTHER MIKE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; FICTIONAL PERSON ; TELEVISION AND COMIC BOOK PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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BATMAN JOKE

WHY DID BATMAN GO TO THE BATCAVE?
TO GO TO THE BAT-ROOM.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS BROTHER, JOE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BATHROOM ; FICTIONAL PERSON ; TELEVISION AND COMIC BOOK PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S YELLOW AND LIES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN?
MOBY THE BANANA.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): COLOR ; LITERATURE BOOK TITLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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A CHANT

TARZAN THE MONKEY MAN
SWINGIN ON A RUBBER BAND
ALONG CAME SUPERMAN
AND KNOCKED HIM IN THE GARBAGE CAN.

Where learned: COLLECTED AT HOME

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; IMPERFECT RHYME ; MOVIE, TELEVISION, AND COMIC BOOK HEROES ; RHYME: AAAA ; RHYME: ABAA

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

Date learned: 10-13-1971

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GRAFFITI

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

YELLOW RIVER BY I PEE DAILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ; SCATOLOGICAL BOOK TITLE ; SLANG FOR URINATION

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

Date learned: CA00001977

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CLOSED BOOK

IF YOU KEEP YOUR BOOK CLOSED YOU'RE A DUMMY. TRANSLATION OF
LIBRO CERRADO NO SACA LETRADO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THROUGH HIS STUDY OF SPANISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LAZY STUDENT

James Callow Keyword(s): METONYMY: BOOK FOR BOOKS ; READING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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PROVERB

I LIKE HEMINGWAY VERY MUCH, SAID TOM EARNESTLY.

Keyword(s): SINCERITY

James Callow Keyword(s): LITERARY AUTHOR ; METONYMY: AUTHOR FOR HIS BOOKS ; PUN ON ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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Humorous "Jingle Bells"

Jingle Bells, Batman smells./ Robin laid an egg./ The
batmobile lost its wheel/ And the Joker got away. This song is
sung to the tune of "Jingle Bells."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): Comic book characters

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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Parody on a Proper Name

Sister Edith Kathleen was discussing current novels one day in our English class when she asked "Have you heard the latest book, 'Catch Her in the Raw? (A parody on the book Cathcher in the Rye)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S580] crossed out. Nothing written in place.

Submission card located in pile labeled To Be Classified.

Where learned: CLASS

Keyword(s): BOOK TITLE ; Classroom ; CLASSROOM HUMOR ; EDUCATION ; LITERATURE ; PARODY ; PUN ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing
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Superstition: Academics

Belief:

Don't shave from the time of studying for an exam until the student takes the exam.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out and F537 is written next to it.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Myself

Keyword(s): Academics ; BELIEF ; Books ; EDUCATION ; EDUCATION ADVICE ; GROOMING ; jinx ; Shaving ; Studying ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph Book Rhyme:

I pity the River/I pity the Brook/I pity the one /Who steals this book.

Submitter comment:

Submission is from informant's Junior High Autograph Book, dated 1929-1933

Data entry tech comment:

Motif and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C760] has been crossed out. The word FlyLeaf is written enxt to it.

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BOOK ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; BOOK ; FlyLeaf ; poem ; RHYME ; River ; Signature ; VERSE ; WATER

James Callow Keyword(s): FlyLeaf

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

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Retort

Person asks a question. You answer:

"What's it to you? You writing a book?"

If the person says "Yes," you say:

"Well, leave this chapter a mystery!"

Data entry tech comment:

 

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BOOK ; Chapter ; COMEBACK ; INSULT ; Mystery ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

You can't judge a book by its cover.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BOOK ; Cover ; Judge ; Judgment ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Superficial ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Language: Rhyme

WHEN I AM DEAD AND IN MY GRAVE
AND ALL MY BONES ARE ROTTING,
THIS LITTLE BOOK WILL TELL MY NAME
WHEN I AM QUITE FORGOTTEN.
(SIGNED) EMMA THORNDIKE

Submitter comment:

UNDATED ENTRY IN CAROLINE SLINEY'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT
IN FRANKLIN, MICHIGAN IN ABOUT 1890.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; BOOK ; Dead ; Forgotten ; Gone ; Language ; RHYME ; Signature

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

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Proverb

You can't judge a book by its cover.

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this in Norwalk, OH

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V880] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BOOK ; Cover ; Judge ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Superficial ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

You can't judge a book by its cover.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; APPEARANCES ; BOOK ; Cover ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Superficial ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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