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# The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

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### CHILDREN'S VERSE

TWELVE AND TWELVE MAKES TWENTY FOUR,

SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND SAY NO MORE.

**Data entry tech comment:**

Updated 11.10.13 by TRD

**Where learned: ** CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

**Keyword(s):**
Arithmetic, Math, Mathematics, Addition,

Subject headings: |
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech |

**Date learned: **NOT GIVEN

2 SWEET

2 DRINK

4 ROSES

**Data entry tech comment:**

Updated 11.10.13 by TRD

**James Callow comment:**

WRITTEN AS AN ADDITION PROBLEM.

4 Roses is a wine/whiskey

**Where learned: ** MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

**Keyword(s):**
Wordplay, Mathematics, Addition, Slang

Subject headings: |
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing |

**Date learned: **10-05-1971

2 YOUNG

2 DRINK

4 ROSES

**Data entry tech comment:**

Updated on 11.10.13 by TRD

**James Callow comment:**

WRITTEN AS AN ADDITION PROBLEM

4 Roses is a wine/whiskey

**Where learned: ** MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

**Keyword(s):**
Wordplay, Pun, Addition, Mathematics

Subject headings: |
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing |

**Date learned: **NOT GIVEN

### MULTIPLYING TECHNIQUE

THERE IS A WAY OF MULTIPLYING BY NINES ON YOUR HANDS.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS HOLD UP YOUR TEN FINGERS AND PICK THE NUMBER

THAT YOU WANT TO MULTIPLY NINE BY AND THEN YOU PUSH DOWN THAT FINGER.

FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU WANT TO MULTIPLY NINE BY THREE YOU WOULD PUT

DOWN YOUR THIRD FINGER.

ON ONE SIDE OF THIS THIRD FINGER YOU WOULD HAVE TWO FINGERS HELD

UP, ON THE OTHER SIDE YOU WOULD HAVE SEVEN FINGERS HELD UP,

THEREFORE YOUR ANSWER WOULD BE TWENTY-SEVEN.

**Data entry tech comment:**

Uodated by TRD on 10.11.13

**Where learned: ** MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

**Keyword(s):**
Arithmetic, Mathematics, Multiplication, Trick, Memory, Aid, Learning, Tool, Fingers,

**James Callow Keyword(s):**
MULTIPLICATION ON FINGERS

Subject headings: |
686 686.1.9 Favorites BELIEF -- Body part Senses BELIEF -- Number P686.3.9 SPEECH -- Gesture |

**Date learned: **02-22-1979

MULTIPLICATION IS VEXATION,

DIVISION IS AS BAD,

THE RULE OF THREE DOTH PUZZLE ME,

AND PRACTICE DRIVES ME MAD.

**Submitter comment:**
WRITTEN IN HER MOTHER'S ARITHMETIC BOOK FROM CLEVELAND, OHIO

DATED 1957.

**Where learned: ** MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

**Keyword(s):**
DIALOGUE ; HUMOR ; MATHEMATICS ; QUATRAIN

Subject headings: |
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults |

**Date learned: **03-00-1968

Entry filtered.

### Numerology

If you are not sure of a true or false answer on a test, take the number of the question, divide it by 2 (drop the fraction if there is one), and add 7 to that number. If the final answer is even, then the answer to the question is true, and if odd, the answer is false.

**Data entry tech comment:**

Motif submitted by TRD.

**Where learned: ** APARTMENT

**Keyword(s):**
Cheat ; MATHEMATICS ; NUMEROLOGY ; TEST ; True or False

**James Callow Keyword(s):**
NUMEROLOGY

Subject headings: |
BELIEF -- Use of Object |

### Nine Times Tables

Easy way to multiply by nine:

1x9=9

2x9=18

3x9=27

4x9=36

5x9=45

6x9=54

7x9=63

8x9=72

9x9=81

Count from one to eight for the first didgits top down, and then again from the bottom up (for the second digits).

**Data entry tech comment:**

Possible name variations for Collector: Cuisloh, Crisloh, Cisloh

Possible name variations for Informant: Frabiky, Frabilsy, Zrabiky, Zrabilsy

**Where learned: ** MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

**Keyword(s):**
Arithmetic ; Calculation ; Cheat ; COUNTING ; MATHEMATICS ; MULTIPLICATION ; Multiplication Tables ; NUMBERS

Subject headings: |
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Numbers System of counting Calculation |

### Mnemonic Device

When one is having problems spelling the word *arithmetic*, just remember the sentence: "A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream."

**Submitter comment:**

Informant's teacher told this to him when he was in third grade in 1956 at St. Francis D'Assisi School in Detroit, MI.

**Data entry tech comment:**

Motifs added by TRD

BN V300 used due to previous entries/classifications using the same mnemonic device.

**James Callow comment:**

Mnemonic Device; Spelling

**Where learned: ** HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

**Keyword(s):**
Arithmetic ; MATHEMATICS ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; SCHOOL ; SPELLING

**James Callow Keyword(s):**
Mnemonic Device ; SPELLING

Subject headings: |
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim |

### Mnemonic Device

The following sentence has been used in grade schools in aiding the memory of spelling *arithmetic*: A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream.

**Submitter comment:**

During the informant's grade school years (1961-3) at Beard School in Detroit this mnemonic device was used.

**Data entry tech comment:**

Motifs added by TRD

BN V300 was chosen because of previous entries and classifications with this exact mnemonic device.

**James Callow comment:**

The original BN [C534] is crossed out and the *word Mnemonic *is written next to it.

**Where learned: ** MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

**Keyword(s):**
Arithmetic ; MATHEMATICS ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; Mnemonic Device ; SCHOOL ; SPELLING

**James Callow Keyword(s):**
Mnemonic Device ; SPELLING

Subject headings: |
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim |

### Spelling Aid

Arithmetic: A Rat In Tom's House May Eat Tom's Ice Cream.

**Data entry tech comment:**

Motifs added by TRD

BN V300 and MNEM chosen due to previous/existing classification of such entries using the same mnemonic device.

**James Callow comment:**

Original BN [A784] Crossed out and replaced with the term *Mnemonic Device*.

Submission Card was located in a pile marked *To Be Classified*.

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

**Keyword(s):**
Arithmetic ; EDUCATION ADVICE ; MATHEMATICS ; MEMORY ; Mnemonic Device ; SPELLING

Subject headings: |
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim |

### Mnemonic Device

ARITHMETIC = A Rat In The House Might Eat The Ice Cream.

**Data entry tech comment:**

Motifs and BN added by TRD

**James Callow comment:**

Original Bn [C890] crossed out.

Submission card located in pile marked *[?]*

**Where learned: ** MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

**Keyword(s):**
Arithmetic ; MATHEMATICS ; MEMORY ; MNEMONIC ; Mnemonic Device ; SCHOOL ; SPELLING

**James Callow Keyword(s):**
Mnemonic Device ; SPELLING

Subject headings: |
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim |

### Proverb

Figures don't lie but Liars can figure.

**Data entry tech comment:**

Motifs added by TRD

**James Callow comment:**

Located in pile marked *Duplicates and Other Rejects*

**Where learned: ** MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

**Keyword(s):**
Deduce ; Figure ; Liar ; Lie ; MATHEMATICS

Subject headings: |
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor |

### DOES X EQUAL Y

GIVEN X=Y? ADD 2

X+2=X+2

X**2+4X+4=Y**2+4Y+4 SQUARE BOTH SIDE

X**2-Y**2=4Y-4X REARRANGE TERMS

(X-Y)(X+Y)=-4(X-Y) FACTOR

(X-Y)(X+Y)/(X-Y)=-4(X-Y)/(X-Y) DIVIDE BOTH SIDES

X+T=-4; X=-4-Y; THEREFORE X DOESN'T EQUAL Y

**Submitter comment:**

HE LEARNED THIS IN HIGH SCHOOL

**Data entry tech comment:**

Updated by TRD

**Where learned: ** MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

**Keyword(s):**
Math ; MATHEMATICS ; PUZZLE ; RIDDLE

Subject headings: |
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question |

**Date learned: **10-31-1967