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SCHOOL RHYME

DETENTION, DETENTION, DETENTION,
I'VE FORGOTTEN MY LATIN DECLENSION.
THE SECOND OR THE FIRST?
THE THIRD IS THE WORST.
DETENTION, DETENTION, DETENTION.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): PUNISHMENT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ORANGES GROW IN FLORIDA,/ CALIFORNIA TOO,/ BUT IT TAKES A STATE LIKE
MICHIGAN/ TO GROW A PEACH LIKE YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF YVONNE BY A CLASSMATE
IN 1958.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S LINE DIVISION ALTERED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COMPLIMENT PRAISE ; FRUIT FRIENDSHIP ; METAPHOR ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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NONE

I SEE YOU IN THE OCEAN,

I SEE YOU IN THE SEA,

I SEE YOU IN THE BATHTUB,

OOPS } PARDON ME }

Submitter comment: ENTRY DATED 03181960 IN HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): NUDITY ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): BATHTUB VERSE. ; INCREMENTS REPITION ; ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

IN JAIL YOU GET COFFEE
IN JAIL YOU GET TEA
IN JAIL YOU GET EVERYTHING
BUT THE DARN OLD KEY

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INCREMENTAL REPETITION INITIAL ITERATION MEDIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

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CUSTOM

THE BRIDEGROOM IS GIVEN A WHITE CLOTH BY HIS MOTHER WHICH THE
BRIDE IS TO LAY ON WHEN THE MARRIAGE IS CONSUMMATED. THEN IT
IS TO BE GIVEN TO HIS MOTHER TO PROVE HER SON MARRIED A VIRGIN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A SYRIAN FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HYMEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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IF YOU GET A PIECE OF BREAD WITH A HOLE IN IT, YOU'LL
GET A RING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ENGAGEMENT? ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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SHE'S--MARKED:

BURNING "S" ON THE FACE OF A FEMALE WAS TO SHOW THAT SHE WAS AN
AN ADULTERER. THE MARK COULD BE ALSO CUT ON HER FACE.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING HIS LATE ADOLESCENT STAGE IN HIS HOME TOWN.
THIS ITEM WAS TOLD TO HIM BY HIS ACQUAINTANCES WHEN HE VISITED IRELAND. THIS
TALE CAME ABOUT IN THE EARLY YEARS OF IRELAND'S BIRTH. THE SIGN WAS PUT ON THE
WOMAN'S FACE SO TO TELL "THE WORLD" OF HER SIN. I DIDN'T GET AN EXPLANATION WHY
THEY USED THE LETTER S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): BRANDING ; PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001930S

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CHIQUITA BANANA

IM A CHIQUITA BANANA
AND IM HERE TO STAY
IF YOU WANT TO KILL YOUR TEACHER
I HAVE FOUND THE WAY.
EAT A BANANA.
PUT THE PEEL ON THE FLOOR
AND WATCH YOUR TEACHER FLY OUT THE DOOR.
(THIS IS SUNG TO THE TUNE OF THE CHIQUITA BANANA AD ON TV)

Submitter comment: VIOLENCE AGAINST TEACHERS IS ALWAYS A POPULAR SUBJECT FOR GRADE
SCHOOL SONG PARODIES. IT IS ALSO COMMON FOR CHILDREN TO MAKE UP
PARODIES OF THE ADS ON TV SINCE THEY SEE THEM SO OFTEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY OF ADVERTISEMENT

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

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LUCK

NEVER WASTE PEANUT SHEELS ON THE GROUND, IT CAUSES FUSS.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): ARGUMENT QUARRELING DISCORD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: CA11001973

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VIRGINITY

IN BRAZIL THE NEWLYWEDS HANG A BLOODY SHEET ON THE DOOR POST TO
SHOW THAT THE BRIDE WAS A VIRGIN

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HYMEN ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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"EVERY DAY WE WOULD WALK DOWNTOWN TO TIEDKIES(IN TOLEDO, OHIO)
AND MEET
DAD WHERE WE'D BUY THE GROCERIES, LOOK AT THE ORGAN IN THE STORE, GO
THROUGH THE COFFEE DEPARTMENT AND SMELL ALL THE DIFFERENT SMELLS, AND
WATCH THE MAN PLAY THAT OLD ORGAN. PEOPLE WOULD NEVER THINK OF
WALKING THAT FAR NOW."

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SINCE BURNED DOWN. ; TIEDKIES WAS A DEPARTMENT & GROCERY STORE. IT HAS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-05-1972

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MENSTRUAL CUSTOM

AS A YOUNG GIRL I WAS TOLD THAT WHILE HAVING MY PERIOD
I SHOULDN'T WASH MY HAIR OR TAKE A SHOWER.

Submitter comment:

THIS CAME FROM A GIRLFRIEND OF MINE WHOSE NAME
I DON'T REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUAL TABU

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

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JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN SWALLOWED BY AN ELEPHANT?
ANSWER: YOU RUN AROUND TIL YOU GET POOPED OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATOLOGICAL BOWEL MOVEMENT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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DEPARTMENT STORE LEGEND

THERE IS A STORY GOING AROUND KMART 4177 OF A SHIPMENT OF
CLOTHES FROM OVERSEAS THAT, WHEN OPENED, SNAKES WERE FOUND
INSIDE, MIXED IN WITH THE CLOTHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): K-MART OR K MART DEPARTMENT STORE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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GRANDPA REMEMBERS WHEN HIS MOTHER DIDN'T HAVE SUPPER ON TIME
USUALLY THE EXCUSE WAS THE BUTCHER GAVE HER A TOUGH PIECE OF
MEAT. OF COURSE, THE OVER THE FENCE GOSSIPING WITH NEIGHBORS
ALL AFTERNOON HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF WOMEN SEXISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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GRANDPA TELLS WHEN HE WENT TO SCHOOL. HE WENT TO CHURCH EVERY
SUNDAY WITH HIS MOTHER, AFTER BOTH CAME HOME HE WOULD GET A SMACK
IN THE HEAD. HE WONDERED FOR A LONG TIME WHAT FOR. BUT AS HE GOT
OLDER HE KNEW THE NUNS AND MOTHER USED TO STAND TOGETHER AFTER
CHURCH AND WHAT WAS SPILLED BETWEEN THE TWO HE NEVER COULD FIND
OUT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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MILITARY CUSTOM

BLANKET PARTY: } WHEN A MEMBER OF THE MILITARY DOES SOMETHING THAT
VIOLENTLY DISPLEASES A GROUP OF FELLOW SERVICE MEN STATIONED WITH
HIM, THIS FORM OF REVENGE IS CARRIED OUT. THE MALIGNED GROUP
GATHERS TOGETHER AFTER LIGHTS OUT AND THROW A BLANKET OVER THE
SLEEPING VICTIM AND BEAT ON HIM UNTIL THEY ARE SATISFIED WITH THEIR
REVENGE. IN DOING THIS, THE VIOLATOR DOES NOT KNOW WHO THE
INDIVIDUALS WERE THAT TOOK PART IN THE BEATING.

Submitter comment: I ACTUALLY SAW THIS OCCUR WHILD IN BASIC TRAINING, AND THE BEATEN
MAN WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR THREE DAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 09-27-1972

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DONALD DUCK IS A ONE-LEGGED, ONE-LEGGED, ONE-LEGGED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE ON ONLY ONE LEG).
DONALD DUCK IS A TWO-LEGGED, TWO-LEGGED, TWO-LEGGED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE ON TWO LEGS).
DONALD DUCK IS A THREE-LEGGED, THREE-LEGGED, THREE-LEGGED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE TOUCHING THE GROUND WITH BOTH FEET AND ONE HAND).
DONALD DUCK IS A FOUR-LEGGED, FOUR-LEGGED, FOUR-LEGGED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE TOUCHING THE GROUND WITH BOTH FEET AND BOTH HANDS).
DONALD DUCK IS A PIGEON-TOED, PIGEON TOED, PIGEON-TOWED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE WITH TOES POINTED INWARD).
DONALD DUCK IS A BOW-LEGGED, BOW-LEGGED, BOW-LEGGED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE WITH LEGS BOWED).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN ; INCREMENTAL REPETITION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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IF YOU PUT A GARNET ON THE WRONG SIDE, HAVE SOME ELSE TO TAKE IT
OFF. IT WOULD BE BAD LUCK FOR YOU TO DO SO.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GARMENT? ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 09-08-1972

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CAN FOOD

DON'T CAN FOOD WHEN YOU ARE ON YOUR PERIOD.
BECAUSE THE FOOD WILL GO TO WASTE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUAL TABU AGAINST PRESERVING FOOD

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

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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