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GOOD MORNING BY DONNA SMITH, AGE: 8

THE SUN WAS SHINING BRIGHTLY
AND I COULD HARDLY WAIT,
TO PONDER AT MY WINDOW
AND GAZE AT MY ESTATE.
THE BREEZE WAS BLOWING BRISKLY,
IT MADE THE FLOWERS SWAY,
THE GARDEN WAS ENCHANTING
ON THIS INSPIRING DAY.
MY EYES FELL ON A LITTLE BIRD
WITH A BEAUTIFUL YELLOW BILL.
I BECKONED HIM TO COME AND
LIGHT UPON MY WINDOW SILL.
I SMILED AT HIM CHEERFULLY
AND GAVE HIM A CRUST OF BREAD,
THEN I QUICKLY CLOSED THE WINDOW
AND SMASHED HIS FUCKING HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX ; CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ; FIRST-PERSON NARRATIVE ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
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Date learned: CA00001977

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BABY JOKE

WHY DID THE BABY CROSS THE ROAD?
IT WAS STAPLED TO THE CHICKEN; OR
BECAUSE HIS FATHER NAILED HIM TO THE CHICKEN.
THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED WITH MANY SIMILAR ITEMS THROUGH
NUMEROUS MEETINGS AT VARIOUS BARS IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00001970S ; 03-00-1980

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"MAMA, MAMA" JOKE

CHILD: MAMA, MAMA, I DON'T WANT TO RUN IN CIRCLES.
MOTHER: SHUT UP, OR I'LL NAIL YOUR OTHER FOOT TO THE FLOOR.
THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED WITH MANY SIMILAR ITEMS THROUGH
NUMEROUS MEETINGS AT VARIOUS BARS IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUEL MOTHER ; CRUELTY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001970S ; 03-00-1980

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"MAMA, MAMA" JOKE

CHILD: MAMA, MAMA, I DON'T WANT TO GO TO FRANCE.
MOTHER: SHUT UP AND KEEP SWIMMING.
THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED WITH MANY SIMILAR ITEMS THROUGH
NUMEROUS MEETINGS AT VARIOUS BARS IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUEL MOTHER ; CRUELTY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 00001970S ; 03-00-1980

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LUCK AND BAD LUCK

SEEING A PREYING (PRAYING) MANTIS ON A WINDOW SILL IS GOOD LUCK.
KILLING ONE IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT ; TOLD AT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: KILLING A PRAYING MANTIS ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.33
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.33

Date learned: 09-18-1969

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ALBATROSS

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR AN ALBATROSS TO FOLLOW A SHIP. IF SHE DOES,
SHE MUST BE SHOT WITH A GUN ARMED WITH SILVER BULLETS.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): BIRDS: ALBATROSS ; CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: SHIPS

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: KILLING AN ALBATROSS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P 88 P 88.33
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.33

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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WHATEVER YOU DO YOU SHOULD NEVER HARM ANOTHER
PERSONS ANIMAL. PEOPLE HAVE STRONG BONDS WITH
THEIR ANIMALS, SOME PEOPLE WILL EVEN KILL YOU
ABOUT THEIR ANIMALS. I KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE
BECAUSE MY MOTHER TOLD ME ABOUT A WOMAN AND THE
LOVE SHE HAD FOR HER HORSE. WELL, THIS WOMAN HAD
HER HORSE TEN YEARS BEFORE SHE TOOK A HUSBAND. THAT
OLE HORSE WAS REALLY MEAN. TIME CAME WHEN THAT HORSE
KICKED THAT WOMAN'S HUSBAND, SO THE HUSBAND SHOT THE
HORSE. WELL, THAT WOMAN DIDN'T TAKE THE DEATH OF HER
HORSE EASY. AFTER SHE FOUND OUT WHAT HER HUSBAND DID
SHE TOOK A PIECE OF LOG AND CRACKED HER HUSBAND'S SKULL
AND HE DIED. THERE IS A LESSON TO BE LEARNED, NEVER
HARM ANYONE'S ANIMAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TOWARD ANIMALS ; THERIONICIDE HOMICIDE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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Putting tabasco sauce on bread and feeding it to ducks can
put a curse on you. And soon something degrading will
happen to you.

Submitter comment: I learned of this story back in grade school when the
teacher scolded some of my friends for going to the pond
and feeding the ducks with bread soaked in tabasco sauce.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): tabasco, hot, spicy.

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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NOT GIVEN

ANYBODY WHO'D DO THAT WOULD PUSH LITTLE CHICKENS IN
THE CREEK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): CRUELTY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 06-27-1973

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IF YOU KICK A CAT YOU'LL GET RHEUMATISM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: Arkansas ; RUSSELLVILLE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Animal Cruelty ; CAT ; CRUELTY ; ILLNESS ; Kick ; OMEN ; PUNISHMENT ; Rheumatism

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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