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GRAFFITI

LEON TROTSKY IS ALIVE AND LIVING IN HAMTRAMYCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT DID NOT KNOW WHO LEON TROTSKY WAS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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POLISH JOKE

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Q: HOW DOES A POLLACK SPELL FARM ?
A: E I E I O

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REFRAIN FROM "OLD MC DONALD HAD A FARM," A CHILDREN'S SONG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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POLISH JOKE

WHY WASN'T JESUS CHRIST BORN IN HAMTRAMMACK?
BECAUSE HE COULDN'T FIND THREE WISE MEN OR A VIRGIN.

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INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE HE LEARNED THIS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): HAMTRAMCK,MICHIGAN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-04-1967

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POLISH JOKE

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HOW DO POLACKS SPELL FARM? "E YI E YI YO."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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POLISH JOKE

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WHAT IS THE TOUGHEST JOB IN HAMTRAMCK? RIDING SHOTGUN ON THE
GARBAGE TRUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): HAMTRMCK, MICHIGAN IS A POLISH COMMUNITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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POLLACK JOKE

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WHY AREN'T THERE MANY SUICIDES IN HAMTRAMCK (MICHIGAN)?
IT'S HARD TO FALL OUT OF BASEMENT WINDOWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): HAMTRAMCK IS A PREDOMINENTLY POLISH COMMUNITY.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JEWISH JOKE

A CATHOLIC PRIEST AND A JEWISH RABBI LIVED CLOSE TO EACH
OTHER. ONE DAY THE PRIEST WAS GIVEN A NEW CAR AND
PROMPTLY WENT OUT AND BLESSED IT WITH WATER. THE
RABBI SAW THIS AND NOT TO BE OUTDONE, WENT INSIDE AND
CAME OUT WITH CUTTERS. HE WENT TO HIS CAR AND CUT OFF
A PIECE OF THE TAILPIPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CIRCUMCISION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-27-1967

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SONG

MCDONALDS IS YOUR KINDA PLACE
HAMBURGERS IN YOUR FACE.
FRENCH FRIES UP YOUR NOSE,
COKES DOWN YOUR PANTYHOSE.
LAST TIME I WAS THERE,
THEY FRIED MY UNDERWEAR.
MCDONALDS IS YOUR KINDA PLACE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM SOME FRIENDS IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MC'DONALD'S IS A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT CHAIN.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00001978CA

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Retort

If someone is giving you a made up excuse and they are doing a poor job of pulling the wool over your eyes then merely say:

Tell it to Murphy, McCarthy already heard it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; EXCUSE ; McCarthy ; Murphy ; RETORT ; Wool

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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