RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME BLACKBOARD MY UDMERCY
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for GAME returned 168 results.

prev | items
| next

EASTER-EGG FIGHTS

ON EASTER, IT IS CUSTOMARY TO HAVE EASTER-EGG FIGHTS TO SEE WHO
HAS THE "CHAMPION" EGG. ONE PERSON HOLDS AN EGG WHILE ANOTHER TRIES
TO CRACK IT BY STRIKING THE EGG WITH ANOTHER EGG. THE WEAKER
EGG BREAKS, THUS MAKING THE STRONGER EGG THE WINNER.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

View just this record

CUSTOM

WE HAD AN EASTER GAME WITH EGGS. YOU COULD WIN A LOT OF EGGS. YOU
WOULD FACE YOUR OPPONENT AND HE HAD AN EGG AND YOU HAD AN EGG. YOU
WOULD HIT THE OPPONENT'S EGG. IF YOU SMASHED HIS BUT
YOURS WAS [INTACT] THE EGG WAS YOURS AND VICE VERSA.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are possibly the same person.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

View just this record

EVERY EASTER WE WOULD HAVE AN EGG HUNT. THE OLDER ADULTS WOULD HIDE
THE EGGS. THE FOLKS ALL THE WAY FROM TOTS TO YOUNG ADULTS WOULD
HUNT. THEY DIVIDED UP INTO THREE GROUPS OF DIFFERENT AGES. THE
GROUP WITH THE MOST EGGS WON A PRIZE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 02-07-1972

View just this record

EASTER CUSTOM, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (APPLETON)

EACH YEAR ON EASTER SUNDAY, THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF APPLETON,
WISCONSIN, SPONSORS AN EASTER EGG HUNT FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE CITY.
THE FINDINGS OF SPECIALLY MARKED EGGS ARE REWARDED WITH A SMALL,
LIVE RABBIT. THE ANNUAL AFFAIR IS HELD IN THE MAIN CITY PARK.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT PERSONALLY WITNESSED THE EVENT.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-04-1967

View just this record

EASTER GAME

IN BOSTON, AT EASTER TIME, EGGS ARE PUT IN THE CENTER OF THE TABLE,
ALL BEING HARD-BOILED EXCEPT ONE. PEOPLE THEN TAKE TURNS GOING
AROUND THE ROOM AND RUBBING THE EGG ON EVERYONE'S HEAD WHILE SAYING,
"THIS DOG COMES HOME", UNTIL FINALLY ONE EGG (THE RAW ONE) BREAKS ON SOME
POOR INDIVIDUAL'S HEAD, WHO RISES AND SAYS, "THIS DOG DOESN'T COME
HOME".

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

View just this record

SCOTTISH CUSTOM

AT EASTER IT IS THE SCOTTISH CUSTOM TO ROLL COLORED EASTER EGGS
IN AN EGG RACE. THIS IS AN EASTER HOLIDAY AMUSEMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 03-20-1968

View just this record

THE WORMS CRAWL IN

YOU SHOULD NEVER LAUGH AS THE HEARSE GOES BY
'CAUSE YOU MIGHT BE THE NEXT TO DIE.
THEY'LL PUT YOU IN A WOODEN BOX
AND COVER YOU UP WITH DIRT AND ROCKS.

ALL GOES FINE FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK
AND THEN THE COFFIN BEGINS TO LEAK.
THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT,
THE WORMS PLAY PEANUCKLE ON YOUR SNOUT.
YOUR INSIDES TURN A SLIMY GREEN
AND PUSS FLOWS OUT JUST LIKE WHIPPED CREAM.
THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT,
THE WORMS PLAY PEANUCKLE ON YOUR SNOUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRADE SCHOOL ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): DECAY OF BODY AFTER DEATH ; GORE, GOTHIC HORROR ; PINOCHLE, A CARD GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Death
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 00-00-1958

View just this record

DEPTH CHARGE

A DEPTH CHARGE CONSISTS OF A MUG OF BEER IN WHICH A SHOT GLASS
FULL OF WHISKEY IS DROPPED IN. THE DRINKER THEN MUST CHUG THE
CONTENTS OF THE MUG.

Submitter comment: HE REMARKED THAT THE MIXTURE OF A SHOT PLUS THE FACT HE MUST CHUG
THE MUG CAN MAKE ONE VERY DRUNK VERY FAST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DRINKING GAME?

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Distilled

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

View just this record

CATHERINE, CATHERINE, IN THE TUB
YOUR MOTHER FORGOT TO PULL THE PLUG
OH MY GOSH OH MY SOUL
THERE GOES CATHERINE DOWN THE HOLE.

Submitter comment: YOU CAN USE ANY NAME IN PLACE OF CATHERINE.

Data entry tech comment: LINES HAVE BEEN DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): IMPERFECT RHYME ; NARRATIVE VERSE VOCABULARY GAME ; RHYME: AABB ; RHYME: ABCC

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

View just this record

CHRISTMAS GAME

THE GAME IS CALLED "I'M THINKING OF A BULB." IN ORDER TO PLAY, ONE
PERSON HAS TO BE CHOSEN TO GO FIRST. THIS LEADER THEN SAYS "I'M
THINKING OF A BULB" AND DESCRIBES A CERTAIN BULB FOUND ON THE
CHRISTMAS TREE. IN TURN ALL THE PLAYERS START TO GUESS WHICH BULB IT
IS. THE PERSON WHO GUESSES THE BULB THEN BECOMES THE LEADER.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

View just this record

SANTA CLAUS

WHEN SANTA CLAUS COMES YOU HAVE TO JUMP OVER A BROOMSTICK.
IF YOU CAN'T DO IT IT MEANS THAT YOU HAVEN'T BEEN A GOOD
LITTLE BOY OR GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GAMES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

View just this record

BUG AUTOMOBILE GAME

THIS GAME IS PLAYED IN THE CAR ON THE EXPRESSWAY DURING A LONG TRIP
TO MAKE IT LESS BORING. WHEN YOU THINK YOU SEE A VOLKSWAGEN BUG YOU
YELL OUT BUG FOLLOWED BY ITS COLOR. THE FIRST PERSON TO FINISH
SAYING BUG GETS ONE POINT. VOLKSWAGEN RABBITS OR BUSES DO NOT
COUNT. IF YOU YELL OUT BUG AND THERE IS NONE YOU LOSE ONE POINT,
UNLESS YOU THOUGHT A RABBIT OR BUS WAS A BUG IN WHICH CASE YOUR SCOR
STAYS THE SAME. IF THE DRIVER IS SPEEDING HE MIGHT MAKE A STATE
HIGHWAY PATROL OR COP WORTH THREE POINTS AND A COUNTY MOUNTY WORTH
TWO POINTS. YOU DO NOT LOSE POINTS FOR MISTAKEN COPS. PARKED
VOLKSWAGENS OR DEAD BUGS ARE WORTH ONE HALF POINT BUT VOLKSWAGEN
DEALERSHIPS DO NOT COUNT. ONE STRATEGY WHEN YOU SEE A FIAT OR
CHEVETTE IN THE DISTANCE IS TO YELL OUT BUS OR BU HOPING THE OTHER
PERSON WILL YELL OUT BUG MISTAKENLY AND LOSE A POINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

James Callow Keyword(s): QUICKNESS GAME

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-23-1979

View just this record

BACK AT THE LAST TIME WHEN DETROIT WAS IN THE SERIES
IN THE 20'S, THEIR STAR PITCHER WAS MEL FAMEY.
HE HAD THE HABIT OF DRINKING TO EXCESS HOWEVER, AND
BECAUSE OF THIS NEARLY LOST THE FINAL GAME, HAVING
GIVEN UP THREE WALKS. BUT HE GETS THE LAST OUT.
AS THE RUNNERS COME IN ONE ASKS, "WHAT'S THAT
STICKING OUT OF HIS POCKET?" THE OTHER ANSWERS,
"THAT'S THE BEER THAT MADE MEL FAMEY WALK US."

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

James Callow Keyword(s): BASEBALL GAME. ; MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS. ; PUN ON BRAND OF BEER: THEIR SLOGAN: THE BEER THAT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

View just this record

BAD LUCK

IF, IN PLAYING CARDS, YOU HAVE BAD LUCK, A WALK AROUND THE CHAIR
WILL BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; GAMES: CARDS ; HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.6

Date learned: 11-01-1967

View just this record

RIDDLE

WHY IS BOWLING A QUIET GAME?
YOU CAN HEAR A PIN DROP.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): GAMES: BOWLING ; RIDDLING QUESTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-30-1967

View just this record

GAME

SIMON SAYS. IN THIS GAME, ONE PERSON IS SIMON, AND SIMON IS THE
LEADER. THE FOLLOWERS DO WHATEVER SIMON DOES AS LONG AS SIMON HAS
SAID," SIMON SAYS DO THIS". IF YOU DO SOMETHING AND "SIMON SAYS"
HASN'T BEEN SAID THEN YOU ARE OUT OF THE GAME. THE ONE REMAINING
(BESIDES SIMON) IS SIMON FOR THE NEXT GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE GAME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1970

View just this record

GROCERY STORE GAME.

GROCERY STORE GAME. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE PLAYING. ONE PERSON
STARTS BY SAYING," I WENT TO THE STORE AND BOUGHT SOME..."
THE NEXT PERSON REPEATS WHAT THE FIRST SAID AND ADDS SOMETHING TO
THE LIST. WHEN SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING OUT OF SEQUENCE, THAT PERSON
IS OUT. THE WINNER IS THE ONE WHO CAN REMEMBER THE WHOLE LIST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): GAME ; Grocery ; MEMORY

James Callow Keyword(s): CUMULATIVE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1981

View just this record

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

View just this record

ENGINE #9 TAG RHYME

ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER NINE,
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE.
IF THE TRAIN FALL OFF THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
YES, NO, MAYBE SO?

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ANOTHER RHYME TO DETERMINE WHO WOULD BE IT IN A
GAME OF TAG. WHATEVER THE CHOICE WAS (YES, NO, MAYBE SO),
WAS SPELLED OUT. WHOEVER THE KING SAYER WAS POINTING
TO ON THE LAST LETTER WOULD NOT BE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME FOR PERSON CHOOSING "IT" IN A GAME: KING SAYER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.500 SQ[ 84
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 00-00-1977

View just this record

GARAGE BASEBALL

MY FRIEND AND I WERE SOON BORED WITH CURB BASEBALL, SO
WE DECIDED TO COME UP WITH A NEW GAME CALLED GARAGEBALL.
THIS GAME WAS ALSO PLAYED WITH ONLY TWO PEOPLE, EXCEPT THIS
TIME THE FIELDER PITCHED THE BALL AT THE GARAGE.
WHAT WAS SO UNUSUAL ABOUT THE GAME WAS THAT THE BATTER
FACED THE GARAGE INSTEAD OF THE PITCHER. TO CLARIFY THINGS UP,
THE FIELDER THROWS THE BALL AT THE GARAGE, IT BOUNCES OFF
THE GARAGE AND THE BATTER TRIES TO HIT IT. IF HE MISSES IT IS
A STRIKE, THE BATTER MUST HIT THE BALL BACK AGAINST THE
GARAGE AND THE FIELDER MUST CATCH IT OFF THE BOUNCE
IN ORDER TO GET THE BATTER OUT; IF HE MISSES IT IS A BASE
HIT. SIDES ARE SWITCHED WHEN THREE OUTS HAVE BEEN COMMITTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): GAMES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 07-00-1976

View just this record

prev | items
| next

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.