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BRAD JACKSON JR. A DRIVER FOR BRAD JACKSON INC. RELATED TO ME
THE STORY OF A FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMITTEE MAN STOPPING
A SEMI-DRIVER NEAR JACKSONVILLE AND ASKED TO SEE THE DRIVER'S LOG
BOOK, THE DRIVER REPLIED, ME SUH, I AIN'T HAULIN' NO LOGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): OCCUPATIONAL FOLKLORE TRUCK DRIVER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 12-01-1972

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TRUCK DRIVING PROWESS

DURING THE 1940'S AND EARLY 1950'S SEMI DRIVERS
FOLLOWING EACH OTHER ON OLD U.S. 22 (ONE OF THE FEW TRUCK
ROUTES INTO THE NEW YORK METRO AREA FROM THAT AREA [HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA]) USED TO ENGAGE IN A "CONTEST"
BY ALTERNATELY KNOCKING OUT THE ROADSIDE MAILBOXES BY SWAYING THE
REARMOST END OF THE TRAILER.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT'S INFORMANT: JOHN POTERE A DRIVER FOR MCCLEAN TRUCKING. THE INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED IN HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA IN OCTOBER OF 1969.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): OCCUPATIONAL FOLKLORE TRUCK DRIVERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 12-01-1972

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COMPUTER ROOM GOOD LUCK CONVERSION

WHEN YOU ARE READING YOUR CARDS INTO THE COMPUTER YOU SHOULD RUB THE
CARD READER AND CALL IT POOH POOH. THIS WILL MAKE THE COMPUTER LIKE
YOU AND THE CARDS WILL BE READ IN WITHOUT A HITCH AND YOUR JOB WILL
BE PROCESSED QUICKLY.

Submitter comment: WHILE NOT MANY PEOPLE MAY OPENLY PROFESS TO THE BELIEF THAT THE
COMPUTER CAN LIKE YOU, IT MAY NEVERTHELESS BE WIDESPREAD.
I HAVE ONLY NOTICED THREE PEOPLE DOING THIS, INCLUDING MYSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

James Callow Keyword(s): MODERN FOLKLORE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 11-23-1979

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TO ERR IS HUMAN BUT TO REALLY SCREW THINGS UP REQUIRES A COMPUTER.

Data entry tech comment: I'M SUPRISED THAT THE COMPUTER DIDN'T REJECT THIS CARD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Keyword(s): HUMOR

James Callow Keyword(s): MODERN FOLKLORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-07-1970

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CALCULATOR GAMES

GREET YOUR CALCULATOR, THEN ENTER 0.7734 FOR ITS REPLY-HELLO.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

James Callow Keyword(s): MODERN FOLKLORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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CALCULATOR PASTIME

TO FIND OUT A FAMOUS CIVIL WAR BATTLE ENTER 0.7145 AND INVERT-SHILO.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; FAIRFAX

James Callow Keyword(s): MODERN FOLKLORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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WHAT DO A SUNDAY GOLFER AND THE MOVIE "CASABLANCA" HAVE IN COMMON?
MULTIPLY 332.375 BY 96 TO FIND OUT-BOGIE.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; FAIRFAX

James Callow Keyword(s): MODERN FOLKLORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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LEGEND__BELLE ISLE

DOWN A CERTAIN STREET AT NIGHT, THERE IS A WITCH THAT HAD SPIKES IN
HER HANDS AND CLAWS AT YOUR CAR, TRYING TOO GET IN IF YOU
PARK TOO LONG
WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIEND

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; BALLROOM

Keyword(s): FUNCTIONAL FOLKTALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 10-22-1967

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SEASHELL

SEASHELL TACOBELL EASY IVORY OVER.
NOW HERE COMES THE TEACHER WITH ARITHMETIC.
TWO AND TWO EQUAL FOUR AND FOUR EQUAL EIGHT.
NOW LET'S DO OUR EXERCISE.
JUMP UP AND TURN AROUND
TOUCH THE GROUND.
JUMP ROPE RHYME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MODERN FOLKLORE

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

Date learned: 00001980S

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Now I lay me down to study.
I pray the Lord I don't go nutty.
And if I die before I wake,
That's one less test I'll have to take.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HEMLOCK

James Callow Keyword(s): Academic folklore

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

Date learned: 00001980S

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My sister and I went to a youth rally when we were in high
school. At the rally we were taught that to grow psychologically
a person needs eight hugs a day plus many other facts that I now
cannot recall. When we came home our parents asked us at the
dinner table what we had learned; we told them about the eight hugs
needed to grow. My dad told us that he could do better than that,
so he has given us twelve hugs plus three for good luck. My
parents live up north and we often communicate by phone or by
letter; on the phone we count to twelve, then to three to give our
hugs to each other. In written communication, we write 12+3 to
give our hugs. This is a tradition that our whole family now
practices to give each other hugs and emotional support.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HOUGHTON LAKE

Keyword(s): Family folklore

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Eighths / Eight
Favorites
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

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POLISH

POLISH EASTER CUSTOMS INCLUDE THE CONSECRATING OF
FOLK PASTRY, THE DECORATING AND GIVING OF THE
EASTER EGGS, AND THE CREMONIAL EATING OF CERTAIN
BLESSED FOODS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOLK PASTRY=OPLATKI?

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Elements

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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Entertainment: Song

Song:

I gave my love a cherry that had no stone.
I gave my love a chicken that had no bone.
I gave my love a ring that had no end.
I gave my love a baby with no crying.

How can there be a cherry that has no stone?
How can there be a chicken that has no bone?
How can there be a ring that has no end?
How can there be a baby with no crying?

A cherry when it's bloomin', has no stone.

A chicken when it's pippin', it has no bone.

A ring when it's rollin', it has no end.

A baby when it's sleeping, has no crying.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BABY ; Blooming ; Bone ; Cherry ; Chicken ; CRYING ; Entertainment ; Folksong ; MUSIC ; Pippin ; RHYME ; RING ; Rolling ; Sleeping ; SONG ; STONE

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

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Music

The article studies three historical traditions of the banjo, the folk, minstrel popular, and classical.

Traditions of the banjo are characterized by:

a) The ways in which knowledge of the banjo was transmitted.

b) Closeness of the performer or craftsman to his audience or clientele

c) Self-perceived relation between the craftsman or musician to other crafstmen or musicians.

Exact origins of banjo unknown. Possible from West Africa with slaves.

Earliest banjo was made from a gourd.

Frets introduced in the 1860's and 70's

Peak of development (quality) in 1920's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: ; The Physical Development of the Banjo ; New York Folklore Quarterly

Keyword(s): Audience ; Banjo ; Classical ; Craftsman ; Folk ; Fret ; GOURD ; HISTORY ; Instrument ; Minstrel ; MUSIC ; Origin ; Performer ; Slaves

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument

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Folk Name for Animal

Bunny - for Rabbit

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ANIMAL ; Bunny ; Folk Name ; Nickname ; Rabbit

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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Language

Shor 'nuff

Submitter comment:

Meaning "is that right?"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Classification?

Keyword(s): Dialect6 ; Enough ; Folk ; Language ; SLANG ; SPEECH ; Sure ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Prose Narrative - Weather

Cold weather's coming cuz the hogs is carrying sticks.

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Ashland City

Keyword(s): Folk ; Maxim ; Narrative ; Prose ; Saying ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Air Weather Fire

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HOW SWIFTLY THE TIME FLIES

HOW SWIFTLY THE MOMENTS FLEE
HOW QUICKLY THE TIME PASSES
IN A YEAR, A DAY, A MOMENT
WE MAY NOT BE TOGETHER.

POLISH VERSION:

Tak szybko miaja chuile
jak szybo peynie czas
za rok za dzien za chirle
Nie razem bedzie nas.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): Folk Song ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Sorrow Unhappiness

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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A POLISH SONG: WAY OVER THERE, NEAR THE WOODS

WAY OVER THERE NEAR THE WOODS
SOMETHING FLASHES FROM AFAR.
A BAND OF GYPSIES
BUM STAREE RAREE (ETC., THREE TIMES)

A GYPSY DOESN'T SOW
A GYPSY DOESN'T PLOW
ARE STARTING A FIRE.
WHERE E'ER HE LOOKS
THERE HE WILL SETTLE

(REFRAIN)

A GYPSY IS WITHOUT WATER.
A GYPSY IS WITHOUT A COTTAGE,
A GYPSY IS HAPPY,
ALTHOUGH HE ISN'T RICH.

Submitter comment:

THIS SONG I KNOW FROM CHILDHOOD FROM MY PARENTS. THERE ARE MANY
SONGS AND TALES ABOUT GYPSIES IN POLISH FOLKLORE
AS THE GYPSY WAS, AND IS, A COMMON SIGHT IN POLAND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Folk Muysic ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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