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SPELL

IF SOMEONE CASTS A SPELL ON YOU THAT YOU WISH TO BREAK
URINATE IN A GUN BARREL AND CORK IT SAYING,
"I'VE GOT YOU."
THE PERSON WHO CAST THE SPELL WILL COME TO YOU BECAUSE HE
CANNOT URINATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LOCKING THE KIDNEYS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGION

Subject headings: 646
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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SPELL

IF SOMEONE CASTS A SPELL ON YOU THAT YOU WISH TO BREAK
URINATE IN A GUN BARREL AND CORK IT SAYING:
"I'VE GOT YOU." THE PERSON WHO CAST THE SPELL WILL COME
TO YOU BECAUSE HE CANNOT URINATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LOCKING THE KIDNEYS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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RIDDLE QUESTION: CLOCK

"WHAT IS IT WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES 13?"
ANSWER: "TIME TO BUY A NEW CLOCK."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS JUST HAVING FUN BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THERE IS
NO CLOCK THAT WILL INFORM YOU THAT IT IS 13 O'CLOCK.
INFORMANT LEARNED IT AT WORK.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): RIDDLE JOKE: CLOCKS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

ONE DAY THIS POLOCK WAS WALKING DOWN THE STREET WHEN A MAN IN A
TRUCK STOPPED HIM AND SAID: "THIS TRUCK IS FULL OF PENGUINS THAT
I'M SUPPOSED TO TAKE TO THE ZOO, BUT I'VE GOT A DATE THIS
AFTERNOON. I'LL GIVE YOU A HUNDRED BUCKS IF YOU'LL TAKE THEM FOR ME.
WHEN YOU'RE DONE, BRING THE TRUCK BACK TO THE LOT AND YOU'RE
DONE."
THE POLOCK AGREED AND GOT INTO THE TRUCK AND DROVE OFF. MM
THE MAN WENT OFF TO TAKE HIS GIRLFRIEND TO LUNCH AND A MOVIE. WHEN
HE ARRIVED AT THE THEATER A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER HE FOUND THE POLOCK
STANDING IN THE TICKET LINE WITH THE PENGUINS LINED UP BEHIND HIM.
"WHAT IN GOD'S NAME ARE YOU DOING?" HE ASKED.
"WELL," SAID THE POLOCK, "I TOOK THEM TO THE ZOO LIKE YOU SAID, AND
THEY HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME THAT I THOUGHT SINCE I STILL HAD
MONEY LEFT, I'D TAKE THEM TO THE MOVIES."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): POLACK ; POLLOCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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FASCHNACHT DAY

ON THE DAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY, THE CHILDREN
OF LEWISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA WOULD BRING DOUGHNUTS
TO THEIR SCHOOLROOM EARLY, BEFORE THEIR TEACHER
ARRIVED. WHEN THEIR TEACHER SHOWED UP, THEY
WOULD LOCK HIM, OR HER, OUT OF THE ROOM, EAT THE
DOUGHNUTS, AND REMAIN LOCKED IN THE CLASSROOM
UNTIL THE TEACHER FINALLY LEFT. WHEN THEY WERE
SURE THAT THE TEACHER HAD GONE, THE CHILDREN WENT
HOME FOR THE DAY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT CANNOT RECALL THE DATE THAT HER
FATHER TOLD HER THE STORY. HER FATHER'S NAME
IS MARTIN GINGERICH, BORN MAY 24, 1933, LEWISTOWN,
PENNSYLVANIA. HER FATHER REMEMBERS THIS CUSTOM
FROM LEWISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA AROUND 1942. THOUGH
HE BELIEVES THAT IT BEGAN AS A PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH
CUSTOM, ALL CHILDREN PARTICIPATED.
THE INFORMANT CELEBRATED FASCHNACHT IN ANN ARBOR,
MICHIGAN IN 1982 BY BAKING SEVERAL BATCHES OF DOUGHNUTS
AND EATING THEM ON THE SAME DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): LOCK-OUT ; THE LOCK OUT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pre Lent
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS IT THAT BALD-HEADED FOLKS HAVE NO NEED FOR?
KEYS, BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T ANY LOCKS.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): LOCKS OF HAIR - PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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A COUPLE SHOULD BE MARRIED BEFORE TWELVE NOON BECAUSE THE
HANDS ARE GOING UP BEFORE THEN--GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NEW BREMEN

James Callow Keyword(s): HANDS OF THE CLOCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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RIDDLE

WHAT DOESN'T EAT NOR DOESN'T DRINK BUT RUNS AND STRIKES?
-- A CLOCK

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CLOCK

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-02-1970

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHAT TIME IS IT WHEN THE CLOCK SAYS THIRTEEN O'CLOCK?
ANSWER: TIME TO GET THE CLOCK FIXED.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): CLOCK (Q) ; TIME (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHAT TIME IS IT WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES 13?
ANSWER: TIME TO GET THE CLOCK FIXED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOCK (Q) ; TIME (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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Ethnic: Ukraine

In the Ukranian village a girl would wear her hair in long braids. However, if she became pregnant while still unmarried, her hair would be cut short, symbolizing her loss of virginity.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P438, F545] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Chastity ; ETHNIC ; HAIR ; MARRIAGE ; SYMBOL ; Ukraine ; UKRAINIAN ; VIRGINITY ; WEDDING ; Wedlock

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; Flock ; Homogeneous ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together.

Submitter comment:

Source not remembered

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup of WPP

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; Feather ; Flock ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The B in the word Birds is underlined.

Original BN [V600, V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; Feather ; Flock ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Keyword(s): BIRD ; BIRDS ; Feather ; Flock ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Why lock the barn after the horse is stolen?

Submitter comment:

She learned from her grandfather

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Barn ; Hindsight ; HORSE ; Lock ; Lock ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Steal ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together.

Submitter comment:

People with the same interests usually go around together.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRD ; BIRDS ; Feather ; Flock ; Group ; Homogeneous ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Same ; Together ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRDS ; Flock ; FRIENDS ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Similar ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRD ; Flock ; FRIENDS ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BIRDS ; Flock ; FRIENDSHIP ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Similar ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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