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THE ICE CUBE STORY

THERE WAS THIS GUY BY THE NAME OF SAM, AND SAM HAD A JOB DELIVERING
ICE CUBES. SAM HAD BEEN DOING THIS JOB FOR 20 YEARS OR SO AND WAS
PRETTY HAPPY WITH IT. ONE DAY THE ICE CUBE COMPANY GOT AN ORDER FROM
THE HOTEL IN TOWN FOR 1000 ICE CUBES AND SAM WENT OUT TO THE ICE
HOUSE AND COUNTED OUT THE CUBES AND LOADED THEM ON HIS TRUCK. THEN
HE STARTED OUT FOR THE HOTEL. ON THE WAY THERE A BUS RAN INTO HIS
TRUCK AND SCATTERED THE ICE CUBES ALL OVER THE STREET. POOR SAM
GOT OUT AND PICKED UP ALL THE CUBES AND COUNTED THEM. HE WAS
RELIEVED TO FIND THAT ALL 1000 CUBES WERE THERE, AND SINCE THE
TRUCK WAS STILL DRIVABLE, HE GOT BACK IN AND CONTINUED ON HIS WAY
TO THE HOTEL. WELL, JUST AS HE WAS ABOUT THERE, IN FACT, WITHIN
A BLOCK OF THE PLACE ANOTHER DELIVERY TRUCK HIT HIM. WELL, SAM GOT
OUT AND AGAIN BEGAN TO COUNT THE CUBES. THIS TIME WHEN HE FINISHED
THERE WERE ONLY 999. SAM THOUGHT TO HIMSELF, IT'S BEEN A TOUGH DAY.
I COULD EASILY HAVE MISCOUNTED. BESIDES, WHO'S GOING TO MISS ONE
ICE CUBE IN A THOUSAND. SO HE DELIVERED THE CUBES AND WENT HOME
AND THOUGHT NO MORE ABOUT IT. THE NEXT MORNING, EARLY, HE GOT A
PHONE CALL FROM HIS BOSS AT THE CUBE COMPANY, AND HE SAID, SAM,
THERE'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT, CAN YOU COME DOWN RIGHT
AWAY. SAM SAID, SURE, I'LL BE RIGHT OVER, AND HE DROVE DOWN TO THE
COMPANY NOT PARTICULARLY WORRIED SINCE AS I'VE SAID HE WORKED
THERE FOR 20 YEARS. WELL, HE WALKED IN TO THE BOSS'S OFFICE AND THE
BOSS SAID, SAM, YESTERDAY YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO DELIVER A THOUSAND
ICE CUBES
TO THE HOTEL AND YOU ONLY DELIVERED 999. I'M SORRY, YOU'RE FIRED.
THIS ONE IS TOLD FIRST AND THEN THE OTHER WITH ONE OR TWO OTHERS TOLD
IN BETWEEN. THE ICE CUBE IS THEN FOUND IN THE DOG'S MOUTH.

{HERE IS STORY NO. 701604-17.}
THE NEWLY WED COUPLE
A MAN AND A WOMAN HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR A WHILE, AND THEY
WERE JUST ABOUT TO THE POINT WHERE THE HONEYMOON WAS OVER. IN THE
COURSE OF THEIR MARRIAGE THE HUSBAND HAD PICKED UP ONE HABIT THAT
REALLY ANNOYED THE WIFE AND THE WIFE HAD ONE THING THAT THE HUSBAND
COULD NOT STAND. THE HUSBAND'S WAS THAT HE WOULD SMOKE THESE BIG
BLACK CIGARS AND THE WIFE'S WAS AN UGLY POODLE THAT SHE HAD MANICURED
AND CUT AND SO FORTH . ONE TIME THEY WENT ON A VACATION TOGETHER AND
SINCE IT WAS COLD OUT THEY HAD TO KEEP THE WINDOWS ROLLED UP. THE
HUSBAND WAS SMOKING AWAY AND THE WIFE SAID, IF YOU DON'T PUT OUT THAT
CIGAR I'M GOING TO TAKE IT AND THROW IT OUT THE WINDOW. THE HUSBAND
SAID, IF YOU DO THAT I'LL TAKE THAT DOG OUT OF THE BACK SEAT AND
THROW HIM OUT THE WINDOW. WELL, THEY DROVE ON IN SILENCE FOR ABOUT
30 MILES UNTIL THE WIFE COULDN'T TAKE IT ANY LONGER, AND SHE REACHED
OVER, GRABBED THE CIGAR, AND THREW IT OUT THE WINDOW. THE HUSBAND
THEN REACHED BACK AND GRABBED THE DOG OUT OF THE BACK SEAT AND THREW
IT OUT THE WINDOW. THEY DROVE ON AND COMPLETED THEIR VACATION IN
SILENCE. ABOUT TWO MONTHS LATER THEY WERE SITTING AT HOME , STILL
NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER, WHEN THEY HEARD A SCRATCHING AT THE DOOR.
THEY WENT TO THE DOOR AND OPENED IT AND SURE ENOUGH THERE WAS THE
POODLE AND HE HAD SOMETHING IN HIS MOUTH, WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WAS?
RIGHT, IT WAS THE ICE CUBE.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY IS USED IN CONNECTION WITH SEQUENCE NUMBER 701604-17.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY PESSIMISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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THE STATUE OF THE MINUTEMAN AT RUSSELL SAGE COLLEGE FIRES HIS
MUSKET WHENEVER A VIRGIN GRADUATES. THE MUSKET HAS NEVER BEEN HEARD.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; TROY

James Callow Keyword(s): PESSIMISM INDIRECTION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

AS YOU WANDER THROUGH LIFE MY FRIEND
WHATEVER BE YOUR GOAL
KEEP YOUR EYE UPON THE DOUGHNUT
AND NOT UPON THE HOLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OPTIMISM, NOT PESSIMISM ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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PROVERB

DON'T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING BECAUSE NOTHING'S GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; IRONY ; PARADOX ; PESSIMISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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PROVERB

BREAD ALWAYS FALLS ON THE BUTTERED SIDE.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-01-1965

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UNTITLED

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN THE TALE IS THAT A LION ROARS WHEN
A GIRL WALKS BY THE LION STATUES GUARDING THE MUSEUM. THE GIRL
MUST BE A VIRGIN. THIS HASN'T HAPPENED YET, AND PROBABLY WILL
NOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY? ; PESSIMISM ; SEXISM

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

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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MORAL PROVERB

EVEN THOUGH A HORSE HAS FOUR LEGS HE STILL GETS STUCK IN THE MUD.

Submitter comment: EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE EVERYTHING ARE STILL SUBJECT TO MISFORTUNE.
TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Lower body, legs
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PROVERB

EVERY BEAN HAS ITS BLACK.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): FAULTS ; OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-26-1967

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PROVERB

EVERY HOUSE HAS ITS CROSS.

Submitter comment: MISS VANNESTE LEARNED THIS FROM HER FLEMISH GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SYMBOL ; TROUBLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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POLISH PROVERB

EVERYONE HAS HIS OWN MOTH THAT BITES HIM.
(POLISH) KAZDY MA SWEGO MOLA COGO GRYZJE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): INSECT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SYMBOL ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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PROVERB

THE EVIL MEN DO LIVE AFTER THEM, THE GOOD IS OFTEN INTERRED WITH
THEIR BONES.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PESSIMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001964 (SUMMER)

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NEEDLES AND PINS, NEEDLES AND PINS
WHEN A MAN MARRIES, HIS TROUBLE BEGINS

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

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; MATRIMONY ; OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- P545.0

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NEEDLES AND PINS NEEDLES AND PINS
WHEN YOU GET MARRIED YOUR TROUBLES BEGIN

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER REMEMBERS BEING TOLD THIS PROVERB IN HER YOUTH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; MATRIMONY ; OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- P545.0

Date learned: 04-04-1970

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NEVER RETURN SALT BECAUSE YOUR FRIENDSHIP WILL BE DISSOLVED

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO AND STILL BIDES BY IT TODAY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MISFORTUNE ; OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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IRISH PROVERB

OLD AGE NEVER COMES ALONE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

James Callow Keyword(s): OPTIMISM ; PESSIMISM ; RATIONALIZATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-17-1971

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LEGEND

AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY THERE IS A TOWER CALLED BEAUMONT
IN WHICH THERE ARE TWO STEEPLES, EVERY TIME A VIRGIN
IS GRADUATED FROM THIS SCHOOL, ONE OF THE TWO STEEPLES
ARE KNOCKED DOWN TO HONOR HER. THESE TWO STEEPLES HAVE BEEN
THERE SINCE 1865.

Submitter comment: FROM ROOM MATE.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: DORM ; MICHIGAN STATE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTIFEMINISM ; PESSIMISM ; SATIRE ; VIRGINITY

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

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

LOVE IS LIKE AN ONION
WE TASTE IT WITH DELIGHT
BUT AFTER WHILE WE WONDER
WHAT EVER MADE US BITE.

Submitter comment: ENTRY DATED 11141930 IN ALBERTA LARABELL'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK IN DETROIT,
1930-33

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME: ABCB ; RIDICULE OF LOVE ; SIMILE

James Callow Keyword(s): PESSIMISM

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

Date learned: 11-14-1930

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IF A VIRGIN PASSES THE CHIMES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA,
THE BRICKS WILL FALL OUT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; TUSCALOOSA

James Callow Keyword(s): PESSIMISM SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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SUPERSTITION

MURPHY'S LAW: IF ANYTHING CAN GO WRONG, IT WILL GO WRONG.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE WORKING AS AN ECONOMIST IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; YONKERS ; WASHINGTON DC

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-26-1963

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A FLEMISH SAYING AT HOME

THE MEANEST WEASELS GET THE EGGS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM: EVIL REWARDED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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