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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
GRETTA
GRETTA WHO?
GRETTA LONG LITTLE DOGGIE-GRETTA LONG

Submitter comment: GEORGETOWN U. FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): COWBOY SONG ; NAME ; TITLE OR LINE FROM SONG: GET ALONG LITTLE DOGGIES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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COLLEGE FOLKLORE

WHEN THE CLOCK-TOWER STRIKES 10 P.M.-A LIVE STAGE SHOW CAN BE SEEN
PERFORMING IN THE WINDOWS OF THE HOLDEN HALL'S RESIDENCE FACING THE
MEN'S RESIDENCE WINDOWS AT RENO HALL.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOR COLLEGE FUN

James Callow Keyword(s): I ASKED COLLECTOR ABOUT THIS. HE SAID THE GIRLS PUT THIS ON FOR ; THE BOYS' BENEFIT.

Subject headings: --

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE BLOODY STOPSIGN

ONE NIGHT A LONG TIME AGO THERE WAS A LITTLE BOY
WHO WANTED TO GO OUT TRICK-O-TREATING
BUT HIS MOTHER WOULD NOT LET HIM BECAUSE
THERE WAS A MANIAC ON THE LOOSE.
BUT THE BOY DECIDED TO GO OUT ANYWAY.
AFTER A WHILE THE MOTHER HAD NOT HEARD THE BOY AND
DECIDED TO GO AND CHECK ON HIM.
HE WAS NOT IN HIS ROOM AND NEITHER WAS HIS COSTUME.
THE MOTHER THEN CALLED THE POLICE AND TOLD THEM THAT
HER SON HAD GONE OUT TRICK-O-TREATING BY HIMSELF AND THAT
SHE WAS VERY WORRIED SINCE THERE WAS A MANIAC ON THE LOOSE.
THE POLICE WENT AND LOOKED FOR HIM AND WHEN THEY WERE TURNING
THE BEND, THEY SAW THE BOY'S HEAD ON THE STOPSIGN AND
BLOOD WAS DRIPPING DOWN.
THE MANIAC HAD GOTTEN THE BOY.
THE STOPSIGN IS STILL THERE AND THERE IS ALWAYS
RED STUFF THAT LOOKS AS IF WERE BLOOD THAT HAD DRIPPED.
NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THE VILLAGE CHANGES THE SIGN,
THE RED ALWAYS REAPPEARS IN THE SAME SPOT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS MY BEST FRIEND.
WE HAD GROWN UP TOGETHER IN RIVERSIDE.

Where learned: SISTER

Keyword(s): BOY SCOUT CABIN

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

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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THE SHANTY BOY

"AS I WALKED OUT ONE EVENING, JUST AS THE SUN WENT DOWN.
I CARELESSLY DID RAMBLE TILL I CAME TO SAGINAW TOWN.
I HEARD TWO GIRLS CONVERSING, AS SLOWLY I PASSED THEM BY;
ONE SAID SHE LOVED A FARMER'S SON, AND THE OTHER A SHANTY
BOY.
"THE ONE THAT LOVED THE FARMER'S SON, THESE WORDS I HEARD
HER SAY,
'THE REASON WHY I LOVE HIM IS AT HOME WITH ME HE'LL STAY;
HE'LL STAY AT HOME ALL WINTER, TO THE WOODS HE WILL NOT GO,
AND WHEN THE SPRINGTIME COMES AGAIN, HIS LANDS HE'LL
PLOW AND SOW.'
'I SHALL ALWAYS PRAISE MY SHANTY BOY WHO GOES TO THE
WOODS IN THE FALL,
HE IS BOTH STOUT AND HEARTY AND FIT TO STAND A SQUALL;
WITH PLEASURE I WILL GREET HIM IN THE SPRING WHEN
HE COMES DOWN.
HIS MONEY ON ME HE'LL SPEND IT FREE WHEN YOUR MOSSBACK
HE HAS NONE.'
HOW CAN YOU PRAISE YOUR SHANTY BOY WHO TO THE WOODS
DOES GO?
HE'S ORDERED OUT BEFORE DAYLIGHT TO FACE THE FROST AND SNOW,
WHILE HAPPY AND CONTENTED MY FARMER'S SON WILL LIE,
SOFT TALES OF LOVE HE'LL TELL TO ME WHILE THE STORMS
ARE BLOWING BY.'
'I NEVER CAN STAND THAT SOFT TALK,' THE OTHER GIRL DID SAY,
'THE MOST OF THEM THEY ARE SO GREEN THE COWS COULD EAT
THEM FOR HAY;
HOW EASY IT IS TO KNOW THEM WHEN THEY COME INTO TOWN,
THE SMALL BOY SHOUTING AFTER THEM, "MOSSBACK, HOW COME
YOU DOWN?'
'WHAT I'VE SAID UNKIND OF YOUR SHANTY BOY, I DO NOT
MEAN IT SO,
AND IF EVER I MEET WITH ONE OF THEM ALONG WITH HIM
I'LL GO,
AND LEAVE MY MOSSBACK FARMERS' SON TO PLOUGH AND PLANT
HIS FARM.
WHILE MY SHANTY BOY SO BOLD AND FREE WILL SAVE ME FROM
ALL HARM.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG COMES FROM NOT AN EDUCATED PERSON BUT FROM
THE HEART OF A LUMBERING CREW. IT FITS THE MENTALITY
OF THE AVERAGE LOGGING CREW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): LOGGING SONGS ; SHANTY BOY

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRASTED OCCUPATIONS

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

Date learned: 03-04-1990

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Legend

I used to babysit on a dark deserted road in the 1970's.
Across from the house was a huge oak tree.
This was the scene of a great tragedy.
It is known in New Baltimore that two young lovers
ran out of gas while they were parked in front of the tree.
The boyfriend went to get gas. While he was gone, she fell
asleep. She heard a banging sound but thought nothing of it.
The next morning the police woke her up and asked her to
step out of the car. She saw her boyfriend hanging from the
tree. His legs hit the car while the wind was blowing, thus
making a thumping noise.

Submitter comment: Old New Baltimore legend

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

James Callow Keyword(s): The Boyfriend's Death

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001970CA

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MURDERED BOYFRIEND

A GIRL AND BOY ON A DATE RAN OUT OF GAS ON A DARK,
LONELY ROAD. THE BOY TOLD HER TO STAY IN THE LOCKED
CAR AND NOT LOOK BACK, WHILE HE WENT FOR HELP. SHE
STAYED ALL NIGHT, AND IN THE MORNING, SHE TURNED AND
LOOKED OUT THE BACK WINDOW. HER BOYFRIEND'S HEAD WAS
ON THE TRUNK, LOOKING IN AT HER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): HORROR ; The Boyfriend's Death

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 00001960 CA

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Ethnic: German

Superstition:

In German villages it is believed that if a boy has a dog and the dog runs away, then the boy must follow the dog in search of his fortune. If the dog returns without his master, then the boy is dead. If the dog does not return, the boy has found his fortune.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Boy ; DIVINATION ; DOG ; ETHNIC ; FATE ; fortune ; GERMAN ; Ordaining ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Play on Words

It's no fun to kiss a girl over the phone unless you happen to be in the same booth.

Submitter comment:

He heard this at work

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): Booth ; Boy ; DATING ; Girl ; KISS ; Phone

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Toast

Here's to the ones who say they will,

Here's to the ones who say they won't

And here's to the ones who say they will but

When you get them alone they don't.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): Boys ; DATING ; DRINKING ; Girls ; Innuendo ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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TWO DEAD BOYS

ONE AFTERNOON, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS STARTED TO FIGHT.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE;
AND BEAT THE LIFE OUT OF THE TWO DEAD BOYS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Keyword(s): Abuse ; Afternoon ; Boys ; Dead ; DEAF ; DEATH ; FIGHT ; LIFE ; Night ; Opposite ; PARADOX ; POLICE ; RHYME ; RHYME ; Story ; Tale

James Callow Keyword(s): TANGLETALK

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

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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CUSTOM

ON THE DAY AFTER EASTER, THE FIRST GIRL A BOY SAW, HE WOULD SPRINKLE
HER WITH WATER. HOWEVER BOYS ARE BOYS WHEREVER YOU GO AND THEY
USUALLY USED A WHOLE BUCKET OF WATER ON EVERY GIRL THEY MET. THEIR
GIRL FRIENDS THEY SPRINKLED WITH PERFUME OR COLOGNE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs Added / 02-28-2011 / TRD
Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: TAYLOR ; Michigan Consolidated Gas Company ; informant's home

Keyword(s): Boy ; Cologne ; COURTSHIP ; CUSTOM ; DYNGUS DAY ; Female ; Flirt ; Flirtation ; Girl ; holiday ; Male ; Perfume ; RITUAL ; Scent ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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Autograph Rhyme

I wish you luck, I wish you joy, I wish you first a baby boy.

And when his hair begins to curl, I wish you then a baby girl.

And when her hair is straight and thin, I wish you next a set of twins.

And when they're crawling on the floor, for heanev's sake, don't have any more!

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; BABY ; Boy ; Crawl ; Curl ; Floor ; Girl ; HAIR ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Straight ; THIN ; TWINS ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Language: Rhyme

 I wish you luck

I wish you joy.

I wish you first a baby boy

And when his hair begins to curl

I wish you then a baby girl.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; BABY ; Boy ; Curl ; Girl ; HAIR ; Language ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE ; WISH

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

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IF THE STOMACH IS POINTED DURING PREGNANCY, THE CHILD WILL
BE A BOY; IF ROUNDED, A GIRL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Boy ; Fetus ; gender ; Girl ; Pointed ; PREGNANCY ; Rounded ; SHAPE ; STOMACH

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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IF THE UNBORN CHILD IS CARRIED HIGH, IT WILL BE A GIRL;
IF CARRIED LOW, IT WILL BE A BOY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Boy ; Carriage ; CARRY ; CHILD ; Fetus ; gender ; Girl ; High ; Low ; PREGNANCY ; STOMACH ; Unborn

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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A CHILD CARRIED TO THE LEFT SIDE IS A BOY; TO THE
RIGHT SIDE, A GIRL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Boy ; CARRY ; gender ; Girl ; LEFT ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY ; RIGHT ; Side ; STOMACH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN'S FEMALE CHILD IS ATTRACTED TO A
MALE SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY DISLIKED, HER CHILD WILL BE A BOY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Attraction ; BELIEF ; Boy ; gender ; Girl ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-23-1973

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IF THE BABY BEFORE BIRTH IS ACTIVE, IT WILL BE A BOY;
IF INACTIVE, A GIRL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Boy ; gender ; Girl ; Movement ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-13-1973

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A CHILD CONCEIVED ON THE QUARTER MOON WILL BE A BOY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Boy ; Conceived ; gender ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY

James Callow Keyword(s): FRACTION ; SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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IF A LITTLE BOY IS ATTRACTED TO A PREGNANT WOMAN, HER
CHILD WILL BE A GIRL. IF A GIRL IS ATTRACTED TO THE
WOMAN, HER CHILD WILL BE A BOY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Attraction ; BELIEF ; Boy ; CHILD ; gender ; Girl ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-23-1973

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