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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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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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FOUND A PEANUT

FOUND A PEANUT, FOUND A PEANUT
FOUND A PEANUT JUST NOW.
I JUST NOW FOUND A PEANUT.
FOUND A PEANUT JUST NOW.

Submitter comment: EVERY WHERE REPEATS THE SAME REPETITIOUS WAY. I LEARNED THIS SONG
AROUND THIRD GRADE AND ALSO SANG IT AT CYO GIRLS CAMP.
REPEAT SAME AS ABOVE
BROKE IT OPEN
FOUND IT ROTTEN
ATE IT ANYWAY
GOT SICK
CALLED A DOCTOR
SAID I WOULDN'T DIE
DIED ANYWAY
WENT TO HEAVEN
PLAYED A HARP
BROKE A STRING
WENT TO HELL
SHOVELLED COAL
BURNT MY FINGER
OUCH

Data entry tech comment: MY DARLING CLEMENTINE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; TELLER KILLED IN HIS OWN STORY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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LUCK AND BAD LUCK

SEEING A PREYING (PRAYING) MANTIS ON A WINDOW SILL IS GOOD LUCK.
KILLING ONE IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT ; TOLD AT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: KILLING A PRAYING MANTIS ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.33
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.33

Date learned: 09-18-1969

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ALBATROSS

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR AN ALBATROSS TO FOLLOW A SHIP. IF SHE DOES,
SHE MUST BE SHOT WITH A GUN ARMED WITH SILVER BULLETS.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): BIRDS: ALBATROSS ; CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: SHIPS

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: KILLING AN ALBATROSS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P 88 P 88.33
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.33

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee.
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
For bringing home a baby bumble bee, OUCH HE BIT ME!!!!!
I'm mashing up my baby bumble bee.
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
For mashing up my baby bumble bee, Ugh, what a mess!!
I'm licking up my baby bumble bee.
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
For licking up my baby bumble bee, Ohh, I feel sick!!!
I'm puking up my baby bumble bee.
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
For puking up my baby bumble bee, Eew, what a mess!!
I'm mopping up my baby bumble bee.
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
For mopping up my baby bumble bee, there all clean.
I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur.
Won't my mommy hide behind the door.
I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur, OOPS, HE ATE ME!!!

Submitter comment: This song is done with lots of hand motions and
pretend gestures.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HEMLOCK

James Callow Keyword(s): INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; REFRAIN ; Teller killed in his own story.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00001970S

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO BE GOOD --
ONE MUST DO IT THE RIGHT WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; ALPENA ; COLLECTED AT UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): SKILL PERFECTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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The Blacksmiths Son

Long ago in a small village there lived a blacksmith. Now although blacksmiths were poor, they were, nevertheless, held in respect because they were the strongest men in the village.

People used to go to the blacksmith for advice and help. This particular balcksmithhad one son, and the blacksmith wanted his son to be a blacksmith also. But the son was lazy and did not like to work. One day he told his father: "father, I have a very brilliant idea. I'm going to learn your trade in an easy way. Here's my plan: Put me in a large basket above yuor workshop and I will watch everything you do. And by watching you constantly, I will earn your trade."

So the son was put in the basket and watched his father fort several months. Then the son said to his father: "Father, I think I'm ready." And so the father gave the son tools, and a large piece of iron, and said to his son: "now son, what are you going to make?"

"Father," the son said, "I think I'll make a hammer."

"Son," the father said, "If you can make a hammer, you will be a better blacksmith than I, because it took me five years to learn how to make a hammer." And the son worked feverishly for several days but to no avail. So the son went to his father and said: "Father, I think I'll make a horseshoe instead."

The father said; "Son, if you can make a horseshoe, you will be a better blacksmith than I, because it took me three years to learn how to make a horseshoe." The son again went out, pounding and forming, but to no avail. He said to the fahter: "Father, I think I will make a nail instead of a horseshoe."

The fahter said: "Son, if you can make a nail, you will be a better blacksmith than I, because it took me two years to learn how to make a nail." The son worked for several hours, but to no avail. He said to his father: "Father, I will make something you never made. I will make a needle."

"Son," said the father, "if you make a needle, you will be a better blacksmith than I, for no smith has made a needle. " And so, the son worked and worked until finally there was nothing left. but he did not give up. He said: "Father, I will make something with no iron at all."

"Son, if you can make something without iron, it will indeed make you a great blacksmith," the father replied.

The son said: "Come watch, Father." He took a pair of tongs and heated them red hot, and suddenly plunged them into a barrel of water, and said: "Father, I did it. I made a pss."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Number [ B665] crossed out and B646 is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): Blacksmith ; FAMILY ; Father ; Hammer ; HORSESHOE ; HUMOR ; IRON ; Learn ; Lesson ; Needle ; Outsmart ; Skill ; Son ; TRADE ; Wise ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

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Superstition: Pregnancy

Cats:

Cats shouldn't be allowed in the same room as a sleeping baby because the smell of milk on a baby's breath will cause the cat to suffocate the baby when the cat attempts to suck the milk out of the baby through the baby's mouth.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P400] crossed out / replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ASPHYXIATION ; BABY ; CAT ; CHILD ; DEATH ; FEAR ; Feline ; FOOD ; Kill ; Milk ; Newborn ; Offspring ; Suffocate ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Animal

A snake having been killed will not die until sundown

Submitter comment:

Informant was skeptical as to this belief

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; POUGHKEEPSIE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; DEATH ; Kill ; Serpent ; Snake ; Sundown ; SUPERSTITION ; Time of day

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Superstition: Animals

If you kill a black snake and throw him in a tree, it will rain until you take him down.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P435, P447] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: ALABAMA

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; DEATH ; Kill ; Rain ; Serpent ; Snake ; SUPERSTITION ; Tree ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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Belief: Animal

Snake Legend:

If you kill a snake you have to do it late in the day, because otherwise the snake would suffer until sunset.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B440] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MINNESOTA ; SAINT PAUL

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; DEATH ; Kill ; Serpent ; Snake ; Sundown ; SUNSET ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Superstition: Animals

Hunting Superstition:

When a hunter shoots his game and he is sure it is dead he should never for any reason shoot it again as this will disturb its spirit and it will haunt him.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DEATH ; GAME ; Hunter ; HUNTING ; Kill ; Shoot ; SPIRIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Proverb

Jack of all trades, master of none.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Keyword(s): Ability ; Fool ; JACK ; Labor ; Master ; Skill ; TRADE ; WISDOM ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Retort

What's wrong? Does your face hurt? It's killing me.

Submitter comment:

From his brother, Joe.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; FACE ; Hurt ; INSULT ; Kill ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

Does your face hurt? No? Well, it's killing me!

Submitter comment:

Heard it from a friend

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The original title [Jokes] has been crossed out. Replaced wtih current title.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; FACE ; Hurt ; INSULT ; Kill ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

A job worth doing is worth doing well.

Submitter comment:

I heard this in Ferndale, MI.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; JOB ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Skill ; VERSE ; Well

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Curiosity killed the cat.

Submitter comment:

Heard it at home.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CAT ; CURIOSITY ; DEATH ; Kill ; Maxim ; Nosy ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Arabian Saying (Translated):

The carpenter's door is broken.

Submitter comment:

When one can't handle his own problems, especially in his expert field: ie - The tailor has poor clothes.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V400] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Keyword(s): ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Arabian ; Carpenter ; Door ; ETHNIC ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Skill ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Belief

The pishtace are nocturnal murderers of Indians. The pishtaco murder Indians in order to obtain human fat to be sold as lubricants for machinery and to be used in pharmacuticals.

The legend derives from 16th and 17th centurey Spanish practices of using human body fats as treatment for wounds and diseases. the people who tell this tale are poor Indians and the pishtaco are usually wealthy industrial men in the area. The tale helps draw lines of social class.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Journal of American Folklore ; The Pishtaco: Institutionalized Fear in Highland Peru

Keyword(s): BODY ; Cultural ; Culture ; Fat ; FEAR ; HORROR ; INDIAN ; INDUSTRY ; Kill ; Lubrication ; Machinery ; MEDICINE ; MURDER ; Native American ; Peru ; Peruvian ; Pharmaceutical ; Pishtaco ; Poor ; Social Class ; Wealthy

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

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