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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Q: HOW DOES A POLLACK SPELL FARM ?
A: E I E I O

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REFRAIN FROM "OLD MC DONALD HAD A FARM," A CHILDREN'S SONG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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THRASHING TIME

FARMERS WOULD JOIN IN A GROUP WHERE ONE OWNED A THRASHING MACHINE.
THEY WOULD GO FROM FARMER TO FARMER TO THRASH HIS GRAIN.
THIS WOULD TAKE TWO TO THREE WEEKS.
AT WHATEVER FARMER'S HOME THEY WERE WORKING AT MEAL TIME THEY WERE
FED. ON BENCHES OUTDOORS WERE PLACED BASINS, CLEAN TOWELS, SOAP
AND PAILS OF CLEAN WATER. THE MEN CAME IN FROM THE FIELD, WASHED
AND CAME IN TO EAT. THE TABLE WAS SET FOR ABOUT TWELVE AND WAS
LOADED WITH FOOD. THE TABLE WAS CLEARED AND SET AGAIN. THERE WERE
ABOUT 21 TO 25 MEN TO FEED.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): THRASHING FARMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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HAY GATHERINGS

ALL FARMERS OF THE COMMUNITY IN INDIANA WOULD STOP ALL THEIR WORK
AND ALL JOIN IN TO HELP EACH OTHER WITH THEIR HAY GATHERING.
THE GROUP OF MEN WOULD SPEND TWO DAYS AT EACH FARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIANA

Keyword(s): FARMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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IF YOU HAVEN'T SOWN, YOU WON'T HARVEST. TRANSLATION OF
NEPASEGAS, NEPJAUSI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FARMING BIBLE QUOTATION?

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION PREDICTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-23-1971

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CORN

IF YOU PLANT CORN IN THE OLD OF THE MOON, IT WILL EAR OUT BETTER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE FARMING NATURE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE IMPLIED ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-09-1968

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

HOW DO POLACKS SPELL FARM? "E YI E YI YO."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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TALK IS CHEAP

TALK IS CHEAP, BUT IT TAKES MONEY TO BUY A COW.

Submitter comment: CHILDHOOD

Keyword(s): {THIS IS WHY ALL FARMERS ARE MUTE.} {??!!}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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FORMULA SPEECH

ABOUT TWO IN A HILL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATES THAT WHEN PLANTING CORN, ONE PLACES THREE GRAINS IN
A "HILL", IN HOPES THAT AT LEAST ONE WILL GROW. SO WHEN A FARMER IS
ASKED HOW HE IS, HE ANSWERS "ABOUT TWO IN A HILL", INFERRING
THAT HE IS PRETTY GOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CORN ; FARMER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-24-1971

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RIDDLE

HOW DID THE BUCKWHEAT COME TO AMERICA?
-- IT CAME THREE-CORNERED. (THE GRAIN ITSELF)

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): FARMING AGRICULTURE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-25-1970

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RIDDLE

IF A FARMER CAN RAISE 50 BUSHELS OF CORN IN DRY WEATHER,
WHAT CAN HE RAISE IN WET WEATHER ?
-- AN UMBRELLA

Where learned: HOME ; OHIO ; Sylvania ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): FARMING AGRICULTURE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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House-Demons

By a clean river, there grew oak trees from centuries before. Not far from there lived a Samogitian of many years. Together with im lived his beautiful and larg efamily. Their barns were full of cattle, the corn overflowed into the storehouse. No farmer, happier or richer than him, was around.

The other farmers, jealous of his success, started talking about him, that a house demon brought him all his riches. Many said that they saw the demons flying around the house.

The people's council, hearing such talk from the neighbors, sent an inspector over to the farmer's house; they ordered him to forbid the farmer, to tell him to finally learn to live with the other people.

the inspector, showing up at the farmer's house, told him directly that yhe should be ashamed to keep a demon in his house and that he should do only what is good for his neighbors.

the Samogitian only laughed at him. Still laughung he told the inspector that not a single of his demons has yet done wrong to any of his neighbors. Then the inspector told him to show him his demons. With that,. the farmer led the inspector by hand to his barn where all his farming tools stood.

-These- said the farmer, -are my demons that do good for me and my neighbors.-

Submitter comment:

Translated from Lithuanian by Ramune Stonys

An asterisk denotes a message for the word Samogalia, and explains that: Lithuania is divided into different regions. Samogalia is one region, located in Northern Lithuania.

On tha back of the card is an address for the translator:

R. Stonys

17276 Milton

Southfield, MI 48075

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Grammatical correction: Leave to Live.

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Demon ; Demons ; DISCIPLINE ; FARMER ; FARMING ; HARD WORK ; House ; Moral ; Neighbors ; Parable ; Relationships ; SELF DISCIPLINE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

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Custom

Good Friday and Planting Custom:

Potatoe [sic] seeds should be planted, if at all possible, on Good Friday.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F663] has been crossed out and replaced with F535

Where learned: HOME ; NEW YORK ; LeRoy

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; CUSTOM ; FARMING ; Good Friday ; HARVEST ; PLANT VEGETABLE ; POTATO ; Religious Holiday ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

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Ethnic:Ugandan

Cocks and Misfortune:

If a family keeps poultry, and is a cock among them crows between sun-set and mid-night [sic], that particular bird must be strangled immediately to overt misfortune!

 

Submitter comment:

The superstition is proper to the Batooro tribe of about 100,000 poeple of Uganda.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P530, P880] crossed out/replaced with current classifications

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FARMING ; MISFORTUNE ; Omens ; Poultry ; SUPERSTITION ; Tribe ; Uganda

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird

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Play on Words

Traveling Salesman:

There was once a traveling salesman whose car broke down in the rain. He ran to the closest farmhouse and quickly knocked at the door. An old farmer answered and the salesman pleaded for a place to spend the night.

"I'll give you board," the farmer said, "but I ain't got no daughter for you to sleep with."

"Oh." said the salesman. "Then how far is the next house?"

Submitter comment:

I remember this from Awrey's Bakery, where I worked this summer.

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): Anti-feminist ; CUSTOMS ; DAUGHTER ; FARMER ; HOSPITALITY ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; Rain ; Salesman ; Stranded

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

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Toast

Are you making food for thrashers?

Submitter comment:

This question is usually directed toward the woman of the house who is preparing a large dinner.

Informant's Comment: An Indian custom at thrashing-time is for all the farmers to meet at one farm to help thrash the wheat. The women prepare the noon meal for the thrashers. In the same sense "making food for thrashers" implies a large amount or an overabundance.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V400] is crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; FARMING ; FOOD ; RETORT ; Thrashers ; Wheat

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Agricultural Proverb:

When the sun sets in the West - the lazy man works his best.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [V400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DIRECTION ; FARMING ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; Set ; Sun ; SUNSET ; VERSE ; West ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Proverb

You reap what you sow.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; FARMING ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Reap ; Sow ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Language: Rhyme

Mary had a little lamb

The doctor had a fix

'Til Old Macdonald had a farm

Then the doctor quit.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): DOCTOR ; Farm ; JOKE ; Lamb ; Language ; Mary ; Old MacDonald ; PLAY ON WORDS ; poem ; PUN ; RHYME ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

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

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Wheat Harvesting

In Kansas, we grow wheat in our section, and when it was tim eto cut and thrash the wheat, the neighbors would all help each _take turbns, first Mr. J's wheat. Then when finished, go the next day to Mr. H_then Mr. W_ etc._ All men in neighborhood would go and work with the other neighbors_and the wives of all of the men would meet at the home where the men were working, and help that housewife cook dinner for all, then next day to another house_this way everyone helped each other and had no wages to pay and the ladies loved being together.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: FLORIDA ; Plant City

Keyword(s): Agricultural ; Barter ; Community ; CUSTOM ; Domestic ; FARMING ; Harvesting ; LIFE ; Wheat

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

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Custom; Agriculture

Plant corn by the dark of the moon

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; CORN ; Crop ; CUSTOM ; FARMING ; HARVEST ; Lore ; MOON ; PLANT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time F574.82.242.5

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