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WE DON'T HAVE OUR BACKHOUSE ANYMORE,
THINGS ARE MIGHTY DIFFERENT THAN BEFORE.
ONCE I HAD TO GO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
I WAS SUCH A LITTLE FELLOW, I DIDN'T FIT RIGHT.
I TIPPED THE DARN THING OVER AND GOD! WAS I A SIGHT!
WE DON'T HAVE OUR BACKHOUSE ANYMORE.

Submitter comment: MY DAD OFTEN RECITED THE FOLLOWING NURSERY RHYME TO
MY SISTERS AND ME WHEN WE WERE SAD. IT ALWAYS BROUGHT
A SMILE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACCIDENT TOILET ; BACKHOUSE=PRIVY OUTHOUSE ; REPETITION SLANG HUMOR ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABBBA ; UNDERSTATEMENT OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND HAVE A TOT,
SEND ME A LETTER FOR A PE-PE POT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM: PE-PE POT FOR CHILD'S TOILET BABY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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GRANDPA REMEMBERS WHEN HIS MOTHER USED TO CUT PAPER SQUARES,
ABOUT 8 INCHES BY 8 INCHES EXACT. THIS WAS AFTER THE SUNDAY
PAPERS HAD BEEEN READ. AFTER JUDGING THE PILE SHE SAID, "SON
ATTACH THIS PILE TO THE PEG IN THE OUTHOUSE."

Submitter comment: THESE PAPERS WERE USED AS TOILET PAPER.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTIONAL SHIFT: NEWSPAPERS CONVERTED INTO TOILET PAPER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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SPIDER IN THE EAR

PUT SOME WATER AND OLIVE OIL OR CASTER OIL TOGETHER AND POUR IN
EAR AND SPIDER WILL COME OUT.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

James Callow Keyword(s): CASTOR OIL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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TELEPHONE PRANK

CALLER: DO YOU HAVE SIR WALTER RALEUGH IN A CAN?
ANSWERER: (WHO CAN WORK IN A STORE) YES.
CALLER: WELL THEN LET HIM OUT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAS DONE THIS WITH FRIENDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ; SLANG: "CAN" FOR TOILET."

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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REMEDY

MAKE A BREAD AND MILK POULTICE TO BRING A BOIL TO A HEAD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 3 SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF ARCHIVE.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

Keyword(s): BOILS ; HEAT REMEDY ; INFECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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CURE

FOR BOILS: HEAT A BOTTLE BY POURING SCALDING WATER IN IT UNTIL
THE GLASS IS VERY HOT. POUR WATER FROM BOTTLE AND APPLY THE HOT
NECK TO THE BOIL. AS THE BOTTLE COOLS IT WILL SUCK OUT THE PUSS.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 2 SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF ARCHIVE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): BOILS ; HEAT REMEDY ; INFECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-29-1970

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BELIEF FOOD AND DRINK

TAKE THE DRESSING OUT OF THE TURKEY IMMEDIATELY AFTER SERVING OR
ELSE THE TURKEY DRESSING COULD BECOME UNFIT TO EAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): FOOD SPOILAGE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- N256 N256.6
BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND HAVE A TOT,
SEND ME A LETTER FOR A PE-PE POT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BABY ; EUPHEMISM: PE-PE POT FOR CHILD'S TOILET

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WELLERISM

BY GEORGE, SAID PAUL, WHILE SITTING ON THE JOHN. WHERE DID MY
RING GO?

Submitter comment: THIS IS A WELLERISM-LIKE DEVICE SINCE THERE IS NO HUMOROUS
QUOTATION FOLLOWING. IT IS ALSO SIMILAR TO A TOM SWIFTIE, BUT
THERE IS NO ADVERBIAL PUN. THIS SAYING CONTAINS ALL FOUR OF THE
BEATLES' NAMES - GEORGE, PAUL, JOHN, RINGO - INCORPORATED IN ONE
SENTENCE. JOHN IS USED AS A SLANG FOR TOILET. GEORGE IS USED AS
A SIGN OF EXCLAMATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME (GEORGE) IN EXCLAMATION ; SLANG: JOHN FOR TOILET

Subject headings: Person / Nickname
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 10-00-1980

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FATHER BAKER'S MIRACLE

THIS IS A TRUE STORY ABOUT FATHER BAKER'S MIRACLE. FATHER BAKER HAD A
LITTLE CHURCH IN BUFFALO NEW YORK. HE WANTED TO BUILD A NEW CHURCH,
BUT THERE WAS NO MONEY. ONE DAY AFTER CELEBRATING MASS HE TOLD THE
ALTAR BOYS TO FOLLOW THEM. STILL DRESSED IN THE GARB OF THE CHURCH
FATHER BAKER POINTED TO A PLACE IN AN EMPTY FIELD AND SAID "DRILL
HERE FOR OIL," BUT EVERYONE KNEW THERE WAS NO OIL IN THE AREA. ON HIS
INSISTANCE THEY DRILLED, FOUND OIL LESS THAN FIFTY FEET DOWN,
AND THUS FINANCED THE CHURCH.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS A MEMBER OF FATHER BAKER'S PARISH WHERE THE STORY
IS TOLD.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): PRIEST AS OIL WITCH ; WATER WITCH: OIL WITCH

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

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USE OLIVE OIL FOR AN EARACHE.

Submitter comment:

PUT THE OIL ON A COTTON BALL AND PLACE THE COTTON IN YOUR EAR.
IN ADDITION TO OLIVE OIL, CASTOR OIL AND COD LIVER OIL ARE
USED TO CURE MANY AILMENTS.
OILS ARE A "BIG" THING AMONG BLACKS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 11.10.13 by TRD

Keyword(s): REMEDY, Oil, Natural, Homeopathy, Earache, Ailment,

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 10-08-1984

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HANG ASTIFITITY AROUND THE NECK TO KEEP GUMS AWAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ASAFETIDA ; GUMS = GUM BOILS?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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Prank

TeePee-ing Houses:

A group of people go to a house late at night and throw toilet paper up into the trees, decorate the shrubbery and generally create a real mess.

Submitter comment:

This was done to my house by a group of friends who had attended Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, MI. It was done in May of 1968. It seems that this was not an uncommon practice for them to do to their friends.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): Amusement ; CUSTOM ; Diversion ; Entertainment ; JOKE ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; Prank ; Shrubbery ; Toilet Paper

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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Ethnic: Irish/Scottish Superstition

Good Luck:

No man would ever leave Irelannd or Scotland without a bit of heather and a small bag of soil. Without these life in the new wold would be bitter.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN's [P880, F533, p880] crossed out and replaced with F533.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; DIVINATION ; Earth ; ETHNIC ; Heather ; Herbal ; Irish ; LUCK ; NATURE ; New World ; SCOTTISH ; Soil ; SUPERSTITION ; TRAVEL

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

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Proverb

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Broth ; Chef ; Cooks ; Spoil ; Stew

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Broth ; Chef ; Cooks ; FOOD ; Spoil ; Stew

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Too many cooks spoil the stew (or broth)

Submitter comment:

Learned from her mother

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

Keyword(s): Broth ; Chef ; Cooks ; Spoil ; Stew

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Spare the rod, spoil the child

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

KW:EZX

Keyword(s): CHILD ; DISCIPLINE ; Parenthood ; PUNISHMENT ; Raising ; Rearing ; Rod ; Spoil

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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