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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE. WORK LIKE HELL AND ADVERTISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): BUSINESS WORK ETHIC

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

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE. WORK LIKE HELL AND ADVERTISE.

Data entry tech comment: PARODY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): BUSINESS ; INDUSTRY ; INITIAL ITERATION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY

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

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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TANGLE TALK

NEVER TROUBLE TROUBLE
UNTIL TROUBLE TROUBLES YOU
FOR IF YOU TROUBLE TROUBLE
YOU'LL DOUBLE TROUBLE
AND TROUBLE OTHERS TOO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; INVOLVEMENT ; MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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CUSTOM

IF A THAI ARRIVES AS A GUEST IN THE HOME, HE FIRST ASKS THE SPIRIT
FOR PERMISSION AND PROTECTION BEFORE HE CAN SLEEP IN THE HOME. IF
HE DOES NOT FOLLOW THIS TRADITION IT IS BELIEVED THAT HIS SLEEP WILL
BE DISTURBED WITH NIGHTMARES, WHILE THE SPIRIT SITS ON HIS CHEST AND
MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR THE SLEEPER TO BREATHE. IN THE MORNING
THE GUEST VISITS THE SPIRIT HOUSE TO ASK FOR A SAFE JOURNEY.

Where learned: THAILAND

Keyword(s): HOST GUEST ; INCUBUS

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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CUSTOM

PLACES OF BUSINESS USUALLY SAVE THE FIRST DOLLAR THEY HAVE MADE AS A
BUSINESS. THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK. THIS PRACTICE IS DONE IN
MANY STORES

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): BUSINESS MONEY GOOD LUCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

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MARKET DAY IN KERRY

AT THE MARKET IN KERRY, WHEN TWO FARMERS EXCHANGE BUSINESS
THEY BARGAIN A LOT. THE FARMER WHO IS BUYING THE CATTLE TENDS
TO FIND ALL KINDS OF FAULTS WITH THE CATTLE. THE GAME IS TO FIND
WEAKNESSES IN THE OTHER MAN'S CRAFT IN RAISING CATTLE.
THE MORE "BITING" THE FARMER IS THE BETTER CATTLE_MAN HE IS.
WHEN ALL THE INSULTS ARE OVER AND THE OWNER OF THE CATTLE KNOWS
THAT "HIS MAN" IS INTERESTED,
HE GETS REALLY TOUGH AS REGARDS PRICES.
HE NEVER LOOKS AT THE BUYER IN THE FACE, BUT AWAY FROM HIM AND
SOME OTHER INTERESTING THINGS THAT HE IMAGINES HE SEES.
THE LESS HE LOOKS AT THE BUYER, THE MORE ANXIOUS HE IS TO SELL, AND
THE BUYER KNOWS THIS. BARGAINING CAN GO ON FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.
WHEN THE DEAL IS CLOSED AND THE MONEY IS PAID, THE SELLER ALWAYS
GIVES BACK A LITTLE PER CENT OF THE PRICE FOR GOOD LUCK AND
FRIENDSHIP. THEN BOTH MEN GO INTO A PUB FOR A COUPLE OF DRINKS AND
A MAN_TO_MAN CHAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK, FRIENDSHIP BUSINESS ; IRELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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DEVIL'S GORGE

BY NIAGARA FALLS THERE IS A LARGE GORGE NEAR THE WHIRLPOOL IN WHICH
A REGIMENT OF BRITISH WERE SUPPOSEDLY WIPED OUT BY AN INDIAN AND
FRENCH AMBUSH. THIS IS HOW IT GOT ITS NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WAR- AMBUSH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 11-15-1968

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT A ZEBRA IS?
IT'S ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE SIZES LARGER THAN AN A-BRA.

Submitter comment: LARRY HEARD IT AT THE TOWN AND GOWN SERIES, FROM A
GROUP CALLED THE ARBORS. (THEATER GROUP)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; CAR

James Callow Keyword(s): BOSOM ; BREAST ; BUST

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

LET'S GET DOWN TO WHERE THE WATER HITS THE WHEEL.

Submitter comment: LET'S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS!

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BUSINESS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THREE IS A CROWD

Keyword(s): BUS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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Ethnic Joke: The Height of Ingratitude

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

A poor decrepit Irishman, with a large family, was out of work and broke. He needed $50 very badly. He applied to his priest who advised him to search for work and pray, and he would find it. A week went by without results so the Irishman decided to appeal to the Lord directly. He wrote a stirring tearful letter asking for $50. he addresses the letter to the Lord God in care of Heaven, and mailed it, but did not put a stamp on it.

The postman, thinking it was only a child's letter, opened it and after reading same [sic] was deeply touched by the appeal. That night he took the letter with him to the Masonic Lodge meeting and brought it to the attention of the lodge in session. They promptly voted him $25, and they sent it to the Irishman.

A few days later the postman found another letter similar to the one addressed without a stamp. He opened it and read: Dear God, Thanks for the money, but please - next time send it by way of the Knights of Columbus because the goddamned Masons stole half of it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The word IRISH is written in the top left corner of the submission.

Submission card located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARITY ; GIFT MONEY ; HUMOR ; INGRATITUDE ; Irish ; IRISHMEN ; Knights of Columbus ; Masons ; MONEY ; POVERTY ; Stereotype ; STUPIDITY

James Callow Keyword(s): Irish

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

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Business Abbreviations

A few business abbreviations no found many places:

S.A.P. = As Soon As Possible

S/B = Should Be

Prox. = Approximately

W/E = Week Ending

EST = Estimate

P.A. = Purchasing Agent

G.M. = Genreal Manager

P.C. = Production Control

Q.C. = Quality Control

A&S = Administration & Sales

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission Card located in pile labeled To Be Classified

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; Cadillac Production Inc

Keyword(s): ABBREVIATION ; BUSINESS ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Maxim

Christopher Columbus set an example the Government's never forgotten. He didn't know where he was going, he didn't know where he was when he got there, and he did it all on borrowed money.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B660] crossed out. Nothing replaces it.

Submission card located in pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Christopher Columbus ; Government ; Jest, Anecdote, Pun, Joke, Irony ; JOKE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Custom

Chimney Sweep:

In Belgium, or Europe for that matter, each house usually had two or more chimneys. Since they needed cleaning periodically, chimney sweeps were common. Some of these were employed by the cities for the purpose. But, in each case, it was good practice to give the sweeper a good tip, for if you didn't he would play tricks on you. For instance, he might come back to clean your chimney at a future date, but not tell you. Then you would be unprepared and the soot would come into the house because you didn't close the soot door in time.

Submitter comment:

Recorded on Tape

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [M848] crossed out and replaced with F534

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): BUSINESS ; Chimney Sweep ; CUSTOM ; Gratuity ; OCCUPATIONS: CHIMNEY SWEEPING ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; TIPPING ; WORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

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Ethnic Joke: Misc.

One fellow advising another to buy Fisher Price Toy MFG.Co. stock, because they were planning to marker a new item that was expected to go great. It was a boxed jigsaw puzzle made expressly for (Poles, or Italians, or Irish, etc.) with instructions which would eliminate any confusion by saying "open either end."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; Collection

Keyword(s): BUSINESS ; Entertainments ; ETHNIC ; GAMES ; Investment ; Italian ; Jewish ; Mockery ; POLISH ; RIDICULE ; Stereotype ; Stock

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

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Mnemonic Device

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [ C750.534] is crossed out. Replaced with the words Mnemonic Device.

Keyword(s): Christopher Columbus ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; RHYME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

DIRTY OLD MAN: "THE WHIP THE WHIP"
YOUNG LADY: "NO, ANYTHING BUT THE WHIP"
DIRTY OLD MAN: "ANYTHING?"
YOUNG LADY: "THE WHIP, THE WHIP"

Data entry tech comment:

updated on 12-2010 by TRD

Where learned: Massachusetts ; Framingham

Keyword(s): Abuse ; Masochism ; SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): DIALOGUE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

DIRTY OLD MAN: "TO THE WOODS, TO THE WOODS"
YOUNG LADY: "NO, I'LL SCREAM"
DIRTY OLD MAN: "HOW LOUD CAN YOU SCREAM?"
YOUNG LADY: "HELP:" (VERY FAINTLY)
DIRTY OLD MAN: "TO THE WOODS, TO THE WOODS"

Data entry tech comment:

updated on 12-2010 by TRD

Where learned: Massachusetts ; Framingham

Keyword(s): Abuse ; Rape ; SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): DIALOGUE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

DIRTY OLD MAN: "TO THE WOODS, TO THE WOODS"
YOUNG LADY: "NO, MY MOTHER WOULDN'T LIKE IT
DIRTY OLD MAN: "YOUR MOTHER LOVED IT"

Data entry tech comment:

updated by TRD on 12-2010

James Callow comment:

KEYPUNCH CARDS ARE MISSING HERE
 

Where learned: Massachusetts ; Framingham

Keyword(s): Abuse ; Rape ; SEX

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

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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Proverb

Bird in the Hand:

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Submitter comment:

Heard this in grade school

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup of WPP

Keyword(s): BIRD ; Bush ; Hand ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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