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CUSTOMS

CIGARS: IF YOU ARE EITHER NEWLY PROMOTED OR A NEW FATHER, YOU
DISTRIBUTE CIGARS TO ALL OFFICERS.

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): MILITARY ; PROMOTION, NEW FATHER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number

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LOVE MAKING

IT WAS MIDNIGHT ON THE BACK PORCH
TWO LIPS WERE TIGHTLY PRESSED
THE OLD_MAN GAVE THE SIGNAL
THE BULL DOG DID THE REST.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; KISSING ; RHYME: ABCB ; SLANG FOR FATHER

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

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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GHOST STORY

"ONE NIGHT WHEN MY BOYFRIEND WAS LITTLE, HE WAS LYING IN BED AND
HE SAW HIS CLOSET DOOR OPEN. IN HIS CLOSET STOOD HIS GRANDFATHER
(WHO LIVED IN ANOTHER STATE). HIS GRANDFATHER SAID, 'I'VE COME TO
SAY GOODBYE' AND DISAPPEARED. HE LOOKED AT HIS CLOCK AND DIS-
COVERED IN THE MORNING THAT HE HAD SAW HIS GRANDFATHER'S IMAGE
ONE MINUTE BEFORE HE HAD DIED."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT TO THIS DAY HER BOYFRIEND IS AFRAID OF
CLOSETS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): DEAD GRANDFATHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00001979CA

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RIDDLE

WHAT RELATION IS A DOOR TO A MAT?
A STEP-FATHER. A STEP FA(R)THER. A STEP FURTHER

Submitter comment: A STEP FARTHER
A STEP FURTHER

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): STEPFATHER

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 05-00-1990

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WHEN ST. NICHOLAS WAS A YOUNG BOY, HIS PARENTS DIED.
THEY WERE QUITE RICH AND HE INHERITED THIS WEALTH.
ALSO AT THIS TIME, A DOWRY WAS NECESSARY IN ORDER FOR A
GIRL TO MARRY. ONE NIGHT, WHILE HE WAS WALKING HOME,
HE HEARD A GIRL CRYING BECAUSE SHE HAD NO DOWRY.
THE FATHER OF THIS GIRL HAD TWO OTHER DAUGHTERS. A
FEW NIGHTS LATER, NICHOLAS LEFT A SACK OF GOLD ON THE
FAMILY'S DOORSTEP. HE DID THIS FOR TWO MORE NIGHTS.
THUS, THERE WAS A DOWRY FOR EACH OF THE DAUGHTERS.
ON THE THIRD NIGHT, THE GIRLS' FATHER WAS AWAKE AND
SAW NICHOLAS LEAVE THE SACKS. UPON QUESTIONING,
NICHOLAS SAID THAT HE HAD NO USE FOR THE GOLD. NICHOLAS
WANTED THE WHOLE THING KEPT A SECRET, BUT WORD SPREAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FATHER CHRISTMAS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 03-14-1972

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WHEN ST. NICHOLAS WAS A YOUNG BOY, HIS PARENTS DIED.
THEY WERE QUITE RICH AND HE INHERITED THIS WEALTH.
ALSO AT THIS TIME, A DOWRY WAS NECESSARY IN ORDER FOR A
GIRL TO MARRY. ONE NIGHT, WHILE HE WAS WALKING HOME,
HE HEARD A GIRL CRYING BECAUSE SHE HAD NO DOWRY.
THE FATHER OF THIS GIRL HAD TWO OTHER DAUGHTERS. A
FEW NIGHTS LATER, NICHOLAS LEFT A SACK OF GOLD ON THE
FAMILY'S DOORSTEP. HE DID THIS FOR TWO MORE NIGHTS.
THUS, THERE WAS A DOWRY FOR EACH OF THE DAUGHTERS.
ON THE THIRD NIGHT, THE GIRLS' FATHER WAS AWAKE AND
SAW NICHOLAS LEAVE THE SACKS. UPON QUESTIONING,
NICHOLAS SAID THAT HE HAD NO USE FOR THE GOLD. NICHOLAS
WANTED THE WHOLE THING KEPT A SECRET, BUT WORD SPREAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FATHER CHRISTMAS ANONYMOUS GIFTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 03-14-1972

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The Blacksmiths Son

Long ago in a small village there lived a blacksmith. Now although blacksmiths were poor, they were, nevertheless, held in respect because they were the strongest men in the village.

People used to go to the blacksmith for advice and help. This particular balcksmithhad one son, and the blacksmith wanted his son to be a blacksmith also. But the son was lazy and did not like to work. One day he told his father: "father, I have a very brilliant idea. I'm going to learn your trade in an easy way. Here's my plan: Put me in a large basket above yuor workshop and I will watch everything you do. And by watching you constantly, I will earn your trade."

So the son was put in the basket and watched his father fort several months. Then the son said to his father: "Father, I think I'm ready." And so the father gave the son tools, and a large piece of iron, and said to his son: "now son, what are you going to make?"

"Father," the son said, "I think I'll make a hammer."

"Son," the father said, "If you can make a hammer, you will be a better blacksmith than I, because it took me five years to learn how to make a hammer." And the son worked feverishly for several days but to no avail. So the son went to his father and said: "Father, I think I'll make a horseshoe instead."

The father said; "Son, if you can make a horseshoe, you will be a better blacksmith than I, because it took me three years to learn how to make a horseshoe." The son again went out, pounding and forming, but to no avail. He said to the fahter: "Father, I think I will make a nail instead of a horseshoe."

The fahter said: "Son, if you can make a nail, you will be a better blacksmith than I, because it took me two years to learn how to make a nail." The son worked for several hours, but to no avail. He said to his father: "Father, I will make something you never made. I will make a needle."

"Son," said the father, "if you make a needle, you will be a better blacksmith than I, for no smith has made a needle. " And so, the son worked and worked until finally there was nothing left. but he did not give up. He said: "Father, I will make something with no iron at all."

"Son, if you can make something without iron, it will indeed make you a great blacksmith," the father replied.

The son said: "Come watch, Father." He took a pair of tongs and heated them red hot, and suddenly plunged them into a barrel of water, and said: "Father, I did it. I made a pss."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Number [ B665] crossed out and B646 is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): Blacksmith ; FAMILY ; Father ; Hammer ; HORSESHOE ; HUMOR ; IRON ; Learn ; Lesson ; Needle ; Outsmart ; Skill ; Son ; TRADE ; Wise ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

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Belief: Children's Song

STEP ON A CRACK, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK. STEP ON A LINE
BREAK YOUR FATHER'S SPINE.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT USED TO SING THIS WHEN SHE PLAYED HOPSCOTCH ON
THE SIDEWALK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 12-01-2010 / Motifs and Keywords added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Back ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Crack ; Father ; GAME ; Line ; MOTHER ; RHYME ; SONG ; Spine ; SUPERSTITION ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): GAME SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

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Belief: Children's Song

WHEN WALKING DOWN THE STREET SOME CHILDREN WILL CAREFULLY WATCH
WHERE THEY STEP AND SAY, "IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK YOUR MOTHER'S
GOT A BROKEN BACK, AND IF YOU STEP ON A LINE YOUR FATHER DRINKS
WINE.

Submitter comment:

I USED TO PLAY THIS GAME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 12-01-2010 / Motifs and Keywords added by TRD

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; Back ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Crack ; Father ; GAME ; Line ; MOTHER ; RHYME ; SONG ; Spine ; SUPERSTITION ; VERSE ; Wine

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00001958-00001966

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Retort

"Quit horning in front of our house, our fodder don't like it."

Submitter comment:

Finnish speech to have a person stop blowing the automobile horn in front of house.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Car ; COMEBACK ; ETHNIC ; Father ; Finnish ; Horn ; House ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Like father,Like son.

Submitter comment:

Told to me in Jersey City, NJ by my mother in about 1956.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; FAMILY ; Father ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Son ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Like father,  like son

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; FAMILY ; Father ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Son ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Jaki ojciec, taki syn.

Like father, like son.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; ETHNIC ; FAMILY ; Father ; Maxim ; POLISH ; PROVERB ; Similar ; Son ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Like father, like son.

Submitter comment:

traditional saying

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; FAMILY ; Father ; Inherit ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Similar ; Son ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Polish: Jak ojciec, taki syn

Translated: Like father like son.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; ETHNIC ; FAMILY ; Father ; Maxim ; POLISH ; PROVERB ; Similar ; Son ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Language

Nickname for Grandfather:

"grandpa"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Grandfather ; Grandpa ; Language ; Nickname

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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A BABY'S HAIR TEXTURE CAN BE MADE DIFFERENT FROM ITS
MOTHER'S OR FATHER'S HAIR BY THE PREGNANT MOTHER
RUBBING HER HAND OVER THE HEAD OF A PERSON HAVING
THE DESIRED COLOR AND TEXTURE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; CHILD ; COLOR ; Father ; HAIR ; MOTHER ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY ; Texture

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

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

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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