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BRIDGE ON THE MISSISSIPPI.

WHEN THEY WERE BUILDING A BRIDGE OVER THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, ONE
OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FELL OFF THE PART THAT WAS CONSTRUCTED
AND FELL INTO A PILLAR. THEY NEVER FOUND THE BODY. SOME WONDER
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MAN, IF HE LIVED AND NEVER CAME BACK OR JUST
DISAPPEARED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): VANISH

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARE " THE BRIDGE OF ARTA ". ; FOUNDATION

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

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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THE HAND OF GOD

ONCE THIS OLD COUPLE WHO LIVED ON A FARM AWOKE ONE MORNING
TO FIND A HORSE MISSING. NOW ON THE FARM THEY HAD A
HIRED MAN NAMED TOMMY LYTLE EDGAR WHITAKER JOHN KNOX
FREEMAN WYNN, AND AS HE SAID "AND COOPER COMES IN THAR
SOMEWHAR." SO THEY SENT THIS MAN OUT TO LOOK FOR THE
HORSE, WITH HIS FATHER. IN A FIELD THEY FOUND THE HORSE
UNDER A DEAD TREE THAT HAD BEEN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AND
FALLEN ON THE ANIMAL, KILLING HIM. THE FATHER OF THE
HIRED MAN SUMMED UP THE SITUATION IN THIS WAY, "YOU TAKE
GOD UP ONE SIDE AND DOWN T'OTHER AND HE DOES JUST ABOUT
AS MUCH HARM AS HE DOES GOOD."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): GOD EVALUATED, FOUND EQUALLY HELPFUL AND HARMFUL ; HUMOROUS NAME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Gods
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 08-12-1968

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PROVERB: WATER

STILL WATER RUNS DEEP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FRANKLIN

Keyword(s): PROFUNDITY PROFOUND

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Ethnic: Newfoundland

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Newfy:

A newfoundler was travelling on an airplane. While in flight one of the plane's four engines konked out. The pilot addressed himself to the passengers advising them not to worry because there were still three good engines.

A second engine konked out. The pilot again told the passengers not to worry because two engines would safely get the plane to the air-port. The third engine konked out. The pilot again told the passengers not to worry because they were nearing the airport and still had one good engine.

The fourth engine konked out. The Newfoundler lamented: "Damn, now we'll be in this airplane all day."

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Informant found the joke amusing.

Informant found this quite amusing.

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James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Airplane ; ETHNIC ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; Newfoundland ; Offensive ; Pilot ; STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
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Ethnic Joke: Newfoundland

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A minister is walking down the street of a small community in Newfoundland and runs into a drunk.

Minister: You shouldn't drink so much - you'll never get to heaven that way.

Drunk: I bet I'll get to heaven faster than you will.With that the drunk drops dead in the street and a few days later the minister passes on. The minister finds himself in Hell and asks the Devil for a reconsideration. The Devil lets him make a phone call to heaven to ask why he is in Hell.

Minister: Hello, is this Heaven?

Voice: Yes, this is Mary.

Minister: The Blessed Virgin Mary?

Mary: No - not since that Newfie came up here.

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James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH ; DEROGATORY ; DRUNKENNESS ; ETHNIC ; Icons ; Innuendo ; Minister ; Newfoundland ; RELIGION ; SEX ; VIRGIN MARY

James Callow Keyword(s): Newfoundland

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
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LEGEND OF A SAINT

WHEN I WAS A VERY SMALL CHILD MY MOTHER TOLD ME TO SAY A
PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY WHENEVER I LOST ANYTHING AND THAT HE
WOULD SOON DIRECT ME TO THE PLACE WHERE THE OBJECT LAY HIDDEN.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Found ; Hidden ; LOST ; Patron ; St. Anthony

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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TO RECOVER A LOST OBJECT, PRAY TO ST. ANTHONY AT NIGHT JUST
BEFORE SLEEP.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Find ; Found ; LOST ; Object ; Pray ; PRAYER ; Recover ; Saint ; Saint Anthony ; SLEEP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

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THE FOUNDING OF CRACOW

A POLISH LEGEND: THE TOWN OF CRACOW, ACCORDING
TO LEGEND, WAS FOUNDED BY THE MYTHICAL RULER KRAK. IT WAS
HE WHO SLEW THE DRAGON OF WOWEL HILL, WHICH HAD
TERRORIZED THE PEOPLE BY DEMANDING THAT OFFERINGS
OF SHEEP AND CATTLE BE BROUGHT TO HIS CAVE IN EXCHANGE
FOR THE LIVES OF THE TOWNSPEOPLE.

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Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): Founding ; KRAKOW ; Legend ; Lore ; Sacrifice

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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