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SINGING, DANCING, AND CLAPPING GAME

PEPSI COLA, COCA COLA, ROYAL CROWN, YOU GOT TO HYPNOTIZE THEM,
BOOMERIZE THEM, KNOCK THEM DOWN. YOU KNOW THAT PEPSI COLA SHOT 'EM
DOWN. DR. PEPPER PICKED THEM UP AND NOW WE'RE DRINKING SEVEN-UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CARBONATED BEVERAGES POP SOFT DRINKS ; NEOLOGISM: BOOMERIZE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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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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SUPERSTITIONS SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

NO GRAVES ARE DUG OR FIELDS PLOWED ON GOOD FRIDAY. THERE IS SOME
TABOO AGAINST THE USE OF IRON ON THIS DAY.

Data entry tech comment: THE TABOO AGAINST THE USE OF IRON STEMS FROM THE FACT THAT NAILS WERE
USED TO CRUCIFY CHRIST.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): IRON ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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SUPERSTITION

IT'S A GRAVE SIN TO POUND NAILS ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER ALWAYS SAID THIS TO INFORMANT AROUND EASTER TIME.

Data entry tech comment: THIS APPEARS TO RELATE TO THE SCOTTISH SUPERSTITION REGARDING THE
USE OF IRON ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; IRON ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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GOOD FRIDAY BELIEF

IT IS A SIN TO USE A NEEDLE ON GOOD FRIDAY, OR TO USE ANY KIND OF
ANIMAL FATS ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THESE BELIEFS FROM HER MOTHER AS A CHILD, BUT DOES NOT
BELIEVE IN THEM OR PRACTICE THEM NOW. (1920'S)

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; IRON ; SEWING ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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GOOD FRIDAY

"ON GOOD FRIDAY, YOU MUST NEVER SWEEP THE FLOOR BECAUSE GOD IS DEAD
AND YOU MIGHT SWEEP HIM OUT."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT GOT THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHO BELIEVES IN THIS FERVENTLY.
THIS WAS GOTTEN ( WRITTEN ) DOWN VERBATIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): BROOMS ; WORK TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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POLISH GOOD FRIDAY CUSTOM

IF THE PEOPLE CAN'T BE IN CHURCH FOR THE TRE ORE SERVICES, THEY DO
NOT SPEAK AT ALL FOR THE 3 HOURS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): SILENCE ; SPEECH TABOO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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EASTER CUSTOM

NO WORK WAS DONE ON EASTER SUNDAY. EVEN THE MEALS WERE PREPARED
THE DAY BEFORE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A CUSTOM THAT WAS PRACTICED WHEN INFORMANT WAS LIVING AT
HOME. SHE HEARD IT FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Keyword(s): WORK TABOO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-27-1970

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AT THE STATE QUARRIES IN BETHESDA, MARYLAND, THE MINERS REFUSED TO
WORK ON ASCENSION DAY. THE MANAGERS TRIED TO BREAK THEM OF THIS
CUSTOM AND SUCEEDED FOR TWO YEARS. HOWEVER, THE MEN AGAIN REFUSED,
AS THERE HAD BEEN FATAL ACCIDENTS BOTH YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK TABOO

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Ascension Day

Date learned: 02-12-1968

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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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RIDDLE

WHAT IS PURPLE AND LIVES IN PHONEBOOTHS?
ANSWER: SUPERGRAPE

Data entry tech comment: SUPERMAN, A CARTOON CHARACTER, CHANGED INTO HIS ; SUPERMAN

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

James Callow Keyword(s): PHONEBOOTH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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