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ETHNIC JOKE

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POLISH PEOPLE SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL TO LEARN WHERE TO PUT
TREES. THEY GO BETWEEN TWOS AND FOURS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ETHNIC PRONUNCIATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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ITALIAN JOKE

WHAT DOES AN ITALIAN CALL A HEAVY FOG? BIGAMIST

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): ETHNIC PRONUNCIATION

Subject headings: ITAL

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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POLISH PROVERB

AN ACHING FINGER AND A HEADACHE ARE TYPICAL EXCUSES FOR
MISSING SCHOOL.
PALUSZEK I GLOWKA TO SZKOLNA WYMOWKA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN (POLISH)

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSENTEEISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ACT IN SUCH A MANNER IN WHICH YOU WOULDN'T MIND TO BE SEEN BY OTHERS.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN (LITHUANIAN)

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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AFTER THE RAIN

AFTER THE DAYS OF UNPLEASANT WEATHER AND RAIN THE LORD BRINGS FORTH
DAYS OF SUNSHINE AND CHEER AGAIN. (ETTER REGN OCHOVADER, LATER
GUDATERIGEN SOLEN SKINA.)
SWEDISH

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS OLD SWEDISH PROVERB FROM OVER SIXTY
YEARS AGO. IT REFLECTS A BASIC RELIGIOUS FAITH IN GOD.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN: SWEDISH ; RELIGIOUS ; WEATHER SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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Ethnic:Hawaiian

WHEN TRAVELERS LEAVE HAWAII, THEY THROW THEIR LEIS
OVER THE SIDE OF THE SHIP. IF IT FLOATS TO SHORE THEY WILL
RETURN, IF IT FLOATS TO SEA, THEY WILL NEVER
RETURN.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; Float ; FLOWERS ; Garland ; Hawaii ; Hawaiian ; Lei ; Lore ; Ocean ; SEA ; Ship

James Callow Keyword(s): FLOWERS ; Garland ; Lei ; NECK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 03-19-1968

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HOLLANDER JOKE

HEAR ABOUT THE MAN IN FLORIDA WHO WANTED FLAMINGOES
IN FRONT OF HIS HOTEL?
HE PAINTED SOME HOLLANDERS PINK AND PLANTED
THEM IN HIS FRONT YARD.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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HOLLANDER JOKE

HOW DO YOU GET THE HOLLANDERS OUT OF YOUR FRONT LAWN?
THROW YOUR GARBAGE IN THE BACK YARD.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): DUTCH ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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NEGRO JOKE

WHY ARE TAR ROADS IN DETROIT SO BUMPY?
EVERYTIME A PERSON HITS A JIG THE ROADS
GET BLACK TOPPED SOME MORE.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON THROW THE CLOCK OUT THE WINDOW?
HE WANTED TO SEE TIME FLY.

Submitter comment:

HE LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; PROVERB: TIME FLIES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-11-1967

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HOLLANDER JOKE

WHY DO HOLLANDERS' CASKETS HAVE TWO HANDLES?
IT'S EASIER TO DUMP IT IN THE GARBAGE TRUCK THAT WAY.

Submitter comment:

HE LEARNED IT FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): DUTCH ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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ITALIAN JOKE

WHY DOES TIME GO BY SO FAST IN ITALY?
EVERY TIME YOU LOOK UP A DAY-GOES BY.

Submitter comment:

HE LEARNED IT FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): DAGO SLANG ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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ITALIAN JOKE

HOW DO ITALIAN CARS SOUND?
DEY GO AND DEY-GO...WHEN THEY GET A FLAT THEY GO WOP-WOP-WOP

Submitter comment:

HEARD THIS IN DORMITORY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; SLANG NAME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT'S BLACK OUTSIDE AND WHITE INSIDE?
DEARBORN

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM CLASSMATE AT ST. ALPHONOUS
HIGH SCHOOL IN DEARBORN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; EXCLUSION OF BLACKS FROM DEARBORN, MICHIGAN HOUSING ; RACE SEGREGATION ; SATIRE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 09-27-1967

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON TAKE A RULER TO BED WITH HIM?
HE WANTED TO SEE HOW LONG HE SLEPT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON TAKE HIS CLOCK TO BED WITH HIM?
HE WANTED TO SLEEP THE TIME AWAY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON PUT ICE IN HIS FATHER'S BED?
HE LIKED COLD POP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON BURY BEER BOTTLES IN HIS BACKYARD?
HE WANTED TO HAVE A BEER GARDEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-01-1969

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IF YOU EAT BREAD CRUSTS YOU WILL HAVE BLACK CURLY HAIR.

Submitter comment: IN AN ATTEMPT TO CURE MY BLOND HAIR,
MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD TELL ME THIS AS A CHILD.
BLACK HAIR IS CONSIDERED THE LOVELIEST FEATURE
A ROMANIAN WOMAN CAN HAVE AND HAS BEEN CONSIDERED SO FOR GENERATIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BREAD ; ETHNIC SUPERSTITION ; HAIR COLOR ; ROMANIAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 11-26-1971

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LEGEND

ST. PATRICK ORIGINALLY CAME FROM THE AREA OF LEBANON, THEN
KNOWN AS A WHOLE AS PHOENICIA. AFTER CONVERTING IRELAND, HE
STARTED HOME AGAIN. BUT A HUGE STORM BLEW UP AND THEY BECAME
LOST. WHEN THE STORM FINALLY SETTLED, THEY FOUND THEMSELVES OFF
THE COAST OF IRELAND AGAIN SO THEY DECIDED TO SETTLE THERE. AND SO
IRISHMEN ARE JUST DUMB LEBANESE WHO COULDN'T FIND THEIR WAY HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC JOKE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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