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O-I-C

I'M IN A 10 DER MOOD TODAY
AND FEEL POETIC 2
4 FUN I'LL JUST -- OFF A LINE
AND SEND IT OFF 2 U.

I'M SORRY U HAVE BEEN 6 SO LONG,
DON'T BE DISCONSOL8
BUT BEAR YOUR ILLS WITH 42DE
AND THEY WON'T SEEM SO GR8.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING ILLNESS ; QUATRAIN RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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GOD MADE APPLES.
GOD MADE TREES.
GOD MADE (BLANK).
FOR (BLANK) TO SQUEEZE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): THE BLANKS ARE FILLED IN WITH 2 DIFFERENT PEOPLE'S NAMES.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

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WILD BILL HICCOCK WON A CARD GAME BY AN ACE AND AN
EIGHT. BECAUSE HE WON BY THIS, HE WAS SHOT. TODAY
IT BRINGS BAD LUCK TO WIN A GAME BY AN ACE OR AN
EIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BILL HICKOK

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Eighths / Eight
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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NEVER LET ANYONE TRY ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING OR YOUR
WEDDING BAND FOR IF YOU DO, IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER WHEN SHE
ASKED HER IF SHE COULD TRY ON HER WEDDING BAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BERGER, WILLIAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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MILITARY CADENCE SONG

DI, DI, DON'T BE BLUE, FRANKENSTEIN WAS UGLY TOO. IF I HAD A LOW IQ,
I COULD BE A DI TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): DRILL INSTRUCTOR

Subject headings: 7414
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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ROOT BEER RECIPE

TO YIELD ONE GALLON, ONE HALF OUNCE OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:
HOPS, BURDOCK, YELLOW DOCK, SASPARILLA, DANDELION, THEN BOIL IN
1 GALLON OF WATER FOR 20 MINUTES, STRAIN WHILE HOT, ADD
10 DROPS OF SPRUCE OIL AND 10 OF SASSAFRAS OIL.
WHEN COOL, ADD 3 TABLESPOONS OF YEAST, AND ONE HALF POUND
OF WHITE SUGAR. ALLOW TO SETTLE FOR THREE DAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SARSAPARILLA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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SASPARILLA BEER RECIPE

1 POUND SASPARILLA, ONE QUARTER POUND OF GUAICUM BARK, 4 OUNCES
LICORICE ROOT, 1 AND ONE HALF OUNCES OF ANISEED, 1 OUNCE OF
MEZERON ROOT,
ONE QUARTER OUNCE OF CUT CLOVES, 3 AND ONE HALF POUNDS OF SUGAR,
9 QUARTS OF
WATER, MIX IN A LARGE CLEAN CONTAINER, SHAKING DAILY UNTIL
FERMENTATION BEGINS. THEN LET STAND 2 WEEKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SARSAPARILLA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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LUCK

NEVER WASTE SALT ON THE FLOOR. IT CAUSES BAD LUCK.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; UNICE

James Callow Keyword(s): SPILL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.17

Date learned: CA11001973

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DEATH

NEVER WASTE COFFEE GROUNDS ON THE FLOOR. IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE
WILL DIE

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): SPILL

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: CA11001973

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SIGNATURES

YOURS TILL CATS KILL MOUNTAINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON CATSKILL MOUNTAINS

Subject headings: Z210

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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NO BUILDING CAN BE BUILT HIGHER THAN WILLIAM PENN'S HAT ON
TOP OF CITY HALL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

James Callow Keyword(s): HEIGHT OF BUILDING ; STATUE OF WILLIAM PENN

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Architecture
BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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DISTILLERY PROSE

THIS ONE HAPPENED IN NORTH CAROLINA. THERE WAS THIS GUY NAMED LOSS
HONEYCUTT
AND HIS PROFESSION WAS BREEDING BULLS. ON THE SIDE HE RAN A
DISTILLERY. BACK IN THOSE TIMES, I THINK IT WAS THE EARLY 1900'S, AS
FAR AS POLICEMEN AND GUYS LIKE THAT, THEY DIDN'T FIND OUT TOO MUCH
ABOUT
DISTILLERIES, EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE ILLEGAL AND EVERYTHING. BUT
BY MOUTH OR WHATEVER, THE AUTHORITIES FOUND OUT THAT LOSS WAS RUNNING
THIS DISTILLERY AND MAKING PRETTY GOOD MONEY ON IT. SO ONE DAY TWO
LOCAL
SHERIFFS DECIDED TO PAY LOSS A VISIT. IT SO HAPPENS THAT THE
POLICE
WERE SEEN GOING IN THERE TO BREAK UP THE STILL AND OF COURSE A
CROWD BEGAN TO GATHER OUTSIDE HIS HOUSE. AND THEY WAITED AND WAITED,
BUT THE TWO SHERIFFS NEVER CAME OUT. THE PEOPLE GOT KIND OF CONCERNED
AND WENT TO THE POLICE STATION AND TOLD THEM THAT THE TWO SHERIFFS
HADN'T COME OUT OF THE HOUSE. SO THE POLICE INVESTIGATED. THEY WENT
INTO THE HOUSE AND DOWN INTO THE BASEMENT WHERE THE STILL WAS LOCATED
AND THERE WAS LOSS MAKING WHISKEY. IT SO HAPPENS THAT LOSS HAD DONE
AWAY WITH THE TWO SHERIFFS AND HAD MADE WHISKEY OUT OF THEM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL

James Callow Keyword(s): CANNIBALISM: PEOPLE DISTILLED INTO WHISKEY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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HELEN KELLER JOKE

HOW DID HELEN KELLER BURN HER FINGERS?
SHE WAS READING THE WAFFLE IRON.

James Callow comment:

HELEN KELLER WAS DEAF AND BLIND

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): BRAILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001972 (SUMMER)

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SALT

NEVER WIPE SALT OFF THE TABLE, BLOWIT OFF,
OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): SPILLED SALT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.17
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.17
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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METAPHOR

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ILLUSION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOLK SPEECH

DRESSED OUT OF THE BANDBOX.

Submitter comment: MEANING DRESSED IN FINERY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSED FIT TO KILL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEGLIGENCE IS A GREAT ENEMY

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN. ITEM IS FROM A LETTER

James Callow comment: I ASSUME THE INFORMANT IS TRANSLATING FROM JAPANESE--
F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: JAPAN

James Callow Keyword(s): MEANING: WHAT WILL YOU HAVE, REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NOT ALL IS GOLD THAT GLITTERS LIKE GOLD

Submitter comment: ITEM IS TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): HIPOCRISY ; ILLUSION ; QUALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NOT EVERYTHING IS GOLDEN BECAUSE IT SHINES. THIS REFERS
TO THE IDEA THAT EXTERNAL BEAUTY AND QUALITY ARE DISTINCT

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIVE IN UKRAINE

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS UKRAINIAN TEXT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ILLUSION ; OBSERVATION ; QUALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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A POLISH PROVERB

NOT EVERYTHING IS GOLD THAT SHINES

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER KNOWS THIS PROVERB FROM USE IN POLAND

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS POLISH TEXT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ILLUSION ; OBSERVATION ; QUALITY ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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