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FLY LEAF PROSE

IN CASE OF FIRE, THROW IN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BOOK ; FLY-LEAF INSCRIPTION

Subject headings: Z220

Date learned: CA00001968

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FORMULA SPEECH--CORRECTIVE

WHEN CHILDREN WANT TO COMMUNICATE TO SOMEONE THAT HIS OR HER FLY
IS DOWN, THEY START COUNTING RAPIDLY. EACH NUMBER IS SUPPOSED TO
REPRESENT A COW COMING OUT OF THE PANTS (THOUGH NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW
WHY) AND THE MORE THAT ESCAPE, THE WORSE. WHEN BOTH CHILDREN UNDER-
STAND THE USE OF THE NUMBERS, THE ONE ZIPS UP, AND THE OTHER CHANTS
"HA, HA, THIRTY COWS," OR HOWEVER MANY HE COUNTED. WHEN ONE PERSON
DOES NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE OTHER IS COUNTING, THE COUNTER MIGHT
ENUMERATE UP TO FIFTY OR EVEN FURTHER, THEN FINALLY POINT TO THE
OTHER'S FLY. THAT WAY HE WILL HAVE ALL THE MORE COWS TO TEASE THE
PERSON ABOUT.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): FLY:ZIPPER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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BUG

IF A LIGHTING BUG ENTERS YOUR HOME. THAT IS A SIGN, THAT A STRANGER
IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LIGHTNING BUG FIREFLY INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT HAS FOUR WHEELS AND FLIES?
A GARBAGE TRUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; INSECTS: FLIES ; PUN ON FLY (INSECT) AND FLY (VERB)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-16-1965

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"SOUCOUNIANT" OR "VOLANT" ARE PEOPLE THAT TAKE OFF THEIR SKIN AND
GO SUCK ANIMALS' BLOOD. THEY HAVE FLAMES COMING FROM UNDERNEATH
THEIR ARMS AND THEY CAN FLY. IF YOU DON'T WANT THEM TO GET BACK
INTO THEIR SKIN, YOU ADD SOME SALT, GARLIC, LEMON, ETC. TO THE
SKIN WHICH IS USUALLY LEFT IN A BIG BUCKET. ANOTHER WAY TO STOP
THEM IS TO DRAW A CROSS WITH A KNIFE, AND AT THE INTERSECTION OF
THE TWO LINES YOU STAB THE KNIFE.

Submitter comment: MOST OF THE TIMES, THE "SOUCOUNIANTS" ARE WOMEN. I REMEMBER MANY
YEARS AGO THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED THAT THEY CAUGHT ONE AND
THEY TOOK HER TO THE HOSPITAL.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "VOLANT" MEANS SOMETHING THAT COULD FLY.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival

Our town has a four-day celebration in honor
of the fishfly. We have a carnival and top
it off with a parade on the last day.
This always takes place in June. Fishflys
originate in the Anchor Bay, which is the
bay next to New Baltimore.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BALTIMORE

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT ; June Bug ; May Fly

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 00001971ca

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THREE MONTHS AFTER YOU HEAR THE FIRST JULY FLY, IT WILL
FROST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): FROST FLY CHATTER FLY DRY FLY HORSE FLY KATYDID

James Callow Keyword(s): ALL IN HAND, NC, NUMBERS 7085 AND 7092.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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I ONCE SAW THIS THING IN 1964, LIKE A JET VAPOR TRAIN
AND IT WOULD GO ACROSS THE SKY WITHOUT SPREADING OUT.
SO ALL OF US KIDS WHO SAW IT ON THE PLAYGROUND AT
ROSEBANK STARTED GETTING REAL EXCITED THINKING WE
WERE BEING VISITED BY OTHER PLANETS AND EVERYTHING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ALIENS ; UFO U. F. O. UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT ; VAPOR TRAIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial Body

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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ONCE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, IN SUMMER OF LAST YEAR, I SAW
THIS BRIGHT STAR-LIKE THING IN THE SKY. IF I TOOK
IT TO THE AIR FORCE, THEY'D TELL ME IT WAS THE PLANET
VENUS. HOWEVER, IT WAS ABOUT TEN O'CLOCK AT NIGHT--
TOO LATE AT NIGHT FOR THE PLANET VENUS TO BE SEEN.
ALSO, THE OBJECT WAS TOO BRIGHT. IT WASN'T MOVING
AT ALL, SO IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN A LIGHT FROM AN
AIRPLANE, HELICOPTER OR BLIMP. I TOOK A PICTURE OF IT
WHICH DIDN'T TURN OUT, SO WE HAVE NO PROOF. WHEN I
WENT OUTSIDE LATER THE THING WAS GONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ALIENS ; UFO U. F. O. UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial Body

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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ABOUT A YEAR AGO, I WAS LOOKING OUT THE DEN WINDOW AND I
SAW THIS STRANGE OBJECT THAT WAS OBLONG HOVERING VERY
LOW OVER TREES. IT WAS IN AUGUST. IT HAD VERY, VERY
BRIGHT ORANGE LIGHTS SHINING THROUGH ROWS AND ROWS OF
WINDOWS. SO, I DISMISSED IT FROM MY MIND AND I WAS
DETERMINED NOT TO TELL ABOUT IT BECAUSE THEY'D THINK
I WAS NUTS. SO, IN A FEW DAYS AT MY DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY
PARTY ONE OF THE LITTLE GUESTS CAME IN AND SAID, "GUESS
WHAT, MY SISTER AND I SAW THE OTHER DAY?" A FLYING SAUCER."
IT TURNED OUT IT WAS AT THE SAME LOCATION AND TIME AS
THE ONE I HAD SEEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ALIENS ; UFO U. F. O. UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Celestial Body

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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THERE ARE OLD PILOTS
AND THERE ARE BOLD PILOTS
BUT THERE ARE NO OLD, BOLD PILOTS!

Submitter comment: A PROVERB POPULAR WITH PILOTS AND STUDENT PILOTS
EVERYWHERE IS THE WARNING:

Keyword(s): FLYING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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THE FORMULA FOR COMPUTING THE FINAL HEADING AN AIRPLANE IS TO
TAKE IS: TRUE COURSE(+,-) MAGNETIC VARIATION= MAGNETIC COURSE
(+,-) DEVIATION=COMPASS COURSE. IN SHORT, TVMDC. IT IS
COMMONLY REMEMBERED BY PILOTS AS: TRUE VIRGINS MAKE DULL
COMPANY OR A LITTLE NICER: T.V. MAKES DULL COMPANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FLYING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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RIDDLE

IF A PLANE CRASHES ON THE BORDER OF CANADA AND
THE UNITED STATES, WHERE WOULD YOU BURY THE
SURVIVORS?
-- YOU DON'T BURY "SURVIVORS".

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): FLYING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHAT IS THIS FLY DOING IN MY SOUP?
ANSWER: THE BACKSTROKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Keyword(s): BACKSTROKE (A) ; FLY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHAT'S THIS FLY DOING IN MY SOUP?
ANSWER: DOING THE BACKSTROKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BACKSTROKE (A) ; FLY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph Book Rhyme:

Don't steal this book, my honest friend, for fear the gallows be your end. And when you die the Lord shall say, "Where is the book you wtole away?" But if you cannot tell, the Lord shall cast you into hell. Whoever steals this book of knowledge, will sweetly graduate from Sing-Sing College.

Submitter comment:

The autograph book this is taken from is collected from the years 1929-1933.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

BN [C760] is crossed out and the word FlyLeaf is written next to it.

Submission card located in a pile marked [?]

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BOOK ; Glanshaw

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; AUTOGRAPH ; FlyLeaf ; HELL ; Judgment ; PRISON ; RHYME ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): FlyLeaf

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph Book Rhyme:

I pity the River/I pity the Brook/I pity the one /Who steals this book.

Submitter comment:

Submission is from informant's Junior High Autograph Book, dated 1929-1933

Data entry tech comment:

Motif and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C760] has been crossed out. The word FlyLeaf is written enxt to it.

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BOOK ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; BOOK ; FlyLeaf ; poem ; RHYME ; River ; Signature ; VERSE ; WATER

James Callow Keyword(s): FlyLeaf

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

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Yours till butter flies

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; Aphorism ; AUTOGRAPH ; Butter ; Butterfly ; Devotion ; FLIES ; Flight ; Fly ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Signature ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

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

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Expression

"To fly off the handle" means to lose your temper.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ;

Keyword(s): Expression ; Fly ; Handle ; Language ; Lose ; Saying ; TEMPER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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IF A GIRL CATCHES A BUTTERLY AND BITES OFF HIS HEAD IN
THE TAIL OF HER DRESS, SHE WILL GET A NEW ONE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Bite ; Butterfly ; Dismember ; DRESS ; GOOD LUCK ; HEAD ; LUCK ; New ; OMEN ; Tail

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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