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CHILDREN,S RHYME

SPRING HAS SPRUNGED,
THE GRASS HAS WHIZZED.
I WONDER WHERE THE BIRDIES IS?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IMPERFECT RHYME ; RHYME: ABB ; SPRING IS SPRUNG VARIANT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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PROVERB

GO TO BED LATE, STAY VERY SMALL
GO TO BED EARLY, GROW VERY TALL.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHESIS ; RISING AND RETIRING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 07-17-1964

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IRISH FAIRY STORY

MY GRANDFATHER TOLD US THIS STORY ONCE ABOUT HOW WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG
MAN HE WAS CAUGHT IN A FAIRIE-RING. HE WAS IN THIS FIELD WHICH WAS
ENCLOSED BY A CIRCULAR WALL. WHEN HE WAS FINISHED WORK FOR THE DAY
HE WALKED TO THE GATE BUT THERE WAS A FAIRIE ON IT AND IT WOULDN'T
LET HIM OUT. A FAIRIE IS A LITTLE GHOST. HE RAN TO ANOTHER GATE BU
THERE WAS A FAIRIE ON THAT ONE TOO. HE WALKED AROUND THE FIELD FOR
DAYS BEFORE HE GOT OUT. YOU CALL THIS A FAIRIE-RING.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MY GREATGRANDFATHER TO MY MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS FIVE YEARS OLD
EVERY NIGHT HE WOULD TELL STORIES. THE 1892 DATE IS ABOUT THE TIME
GRANDFATHER O'BRIEN WAS CAUGHT IN THE FAIRIE-RING, HE TOLD THE STORY
TO MY MOTHER IN 1932. MY MOTHER LIVED IN BUNCLODY, COUNTY WEXFORD,
IRELAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

James Callow Keyword(s): FAIRY RING

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 00-00-1892 ; 00-00-1932

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PROVERB

IF THE GOAT WOULD NOT JUMP,
HE WOULD NOT BREAK HIS LEG. (TRANS)

Submitter comment: ZEIBY KOZKU NIE SKAKOTO TOBY
NOSZKI NIE ZTOMALA

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): AMBITION DARING FOOLHARDINESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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SAYING.

IF I'VE ONLY ONE LIFE TO LIVE, LET ME LIVE IT AS A BLONDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVERTISING ; HAIR COLORING, BLEACHING ; HUMOR. ; TELEVISION COMMERCIAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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STY CURE

CLOSE THE AFFLICTED EYE. RUB A GOLD WEDDING BAND ACROSS THE
LID OF THE AFFLICTED EYE.

Submitter comment: IT IS BELIEVED THAT GOLD HAS THE POWER TO DRAW OUT INFECTIONS.
THOUGH THE INFORMANT HAS NEVER PRACTICED THIS CURE, HER RELATIVES
WHO ARE ALSO OF POLISH DECENT, HAVE ADMINISTERED THIS CURE.
I AM FAMILIAR WITH MEXICAN-AMERICANS WHO CLAIM THAT THE WEDDING
BAND STY CURE IS EXCLUSIVELY MEXICAN.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: CA00001916 ; 01-13-1980

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BELIEF IN A METHOD OF CURING ASTHMA

STAND AN ASTHMATIC CHILD STRAIGHT AGAINST A TREE AND MARK THE SPOT
AT THE TOP OF HIS HEAD WITH A NAIL. AFTER THE CHILD MOVES TO THE
SIDE, DRIVE THE NAIL ALL THE WAY INTO THE TREE. AS SOON AS THE
CHILD'S HEIGHT PASSES THE NAIL, HE WILL BE RID OF HIS ASTHMA.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN MONTERREY, MEXICO.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): MEASURING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-05-1980 ; 12-00-1979

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ITALIAN WOMEN

WHAT DO THEY CALL A BATHTUB FULL OF ITALIAN WOMEN?
THE BAY OF PIGS.

Submitter comment: THE BAY OF PIGS HAS SIGNIFICANCE IN THIS JOKE, BECAUSE
THERE IS ACTUALLY A PLACE HAVING THAT NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW CUBA'S CASTRO. ; CUBA ; KENNEDY'S PRESIDENCY, ALLUDING TO FAILURE OF ; POLITICAL REFERENCE TO INCIDENT DURING JOHN F.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
ITAL

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ITALIAN JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

WHO PUT SIX BULLET HOLES IN MUSSILLINI'S BODY?
1000 ITALIAN SHARPSHOOTERS.

Submitter comment:

HEARD IN U. OF D.'S STUDENT UNION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DURING WORLD WAR II. ; MOUSSOLINI ; MOUSSOLINI, ALSO KNOWN AS IL DUCE, WAS THE HEAD OF STATE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 03-09-1967

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Betting on a cock fight with an excess of more than one hundred
dollars and the cock that you bet on loses, you will have
bad luck for one week.

Submitter comment: I learned of this belief back in seventh grade when we had a
guest speaker come in and talk to the class about games
involving animals.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): Ring, Money.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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To cure asthma, take the child outside and place him/her in
front of a tree on your property. Take a nail and drive it
into the tree at the same level as the top of your child's
head. Make sure the nail can slide in and out of the hole
easily, so that the hole will remain a permanent part of the
tree. If it closes up repeat the process, every year until
the asthma goes away.

Submitter comment: The informant told me that since most children outgrow asthma
as they enter adolescence this is done for only two years
maybe before it is believed that this has cured him/her.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MEASURING ; PLUGGING

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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This is a cure my sister was telling me her doctor did to her.
When you have ringworm you take off your wedding band, it has
to be gold, and have someone press it firmly down in the
infected area where the ringworm shows up. Within a few days
it will clear up.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): homeopathic (ring for ringworm)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR

Keyword(s): caring, love

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

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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If you want to contact a deceased love one, you can write
them a letter and they will come to see you.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): Conjuring

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Word Letter

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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If you have asthma, measure your height to a tree and mark
it. As the tree grows you will grow out of the asthma.

James Callow comment: Puckett, Ohio, no. 2325: "If a child has asthma, take him
into the woods and find a young tree. Measure the child up to
the tree and mark his height by putting a nail into the tree. As
the tree grows the child will outgrow his asthma."

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): MEASURING

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-07-1992

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IT WAS A GAME IN GROSSE POINTE FARMS FOR A FEW YOUNG
BOYS (ABOUT AGE 10) TO GO INTO A FRIEND'S BASEMENT
AND WITH THE LIGHTS OFF, THROW BOXING GLOVES AT
EACH OTHER.

Submitter comment: MIKE HADN'T THOUGHT OF THIS FOR A LONG TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Keyword(s): SPARRING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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SEVEN UP

THIS GAME IS OFTEN PLAYED IN A CLASSROOM. SEVEN
PLAYERS ARE CHOSEN "IT," ANOTHER PLAYER IS
CAPTAIN. THE CAPTAIN REQUESTS ALL THE REMAINING
PLAYERS TO PUT THEIR HEADS DOWN AND COVER THEIR
EYES. THE SEVEN "IT" PLAYERS QUIETLY WALK AROUND
AND EACH TAPS ONE PERSON ON THE HEAD. THE CAPTAIN
REQUESTS "HEADS UP" WHEN "IT" PLAYERS RETURN TO
THEIR PLACES. ALL TAPPED PLAYERS STAND AND TRY TO
GUESS, IN ONE CHANCE, WHO TAPPED THEM. IF THEY
GUESS CORRECTLY, THEY GET TO TAKE THAT PERSON'S
PLACE; IF INCORRECT, THEY SIT DOWN AND THE PLAY
CONTINUES AS BEFORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): HANDICAP: COVERING EYES

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

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Custom

Pounding a preacher is a Methodist custom of welcoming a new preacher by having a fellowship supper and at the end surprising him with the homemade gifts each person has brought.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Covered ; CUSTOM ; Dish ; Fellowship ; FOOD ; Gathering ; GIFTS ; Homemade ; Potluck ; Pounding ; Preacher ; RITUAL ; Supper ; SURPRISE ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

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Custom

Fellowship Supper is a custom that Methodists have of a covered dish supper.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Community ; Covered ; CUSTOM ; Dish ; Fellowship ; FOOD ; Gathering ; Methodist ; Potluck ; RELIGION ; RITUAL ; Supper

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

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Wedding Custom

At a shower for a bride-elect, she wil have the same number of children as ribbons broken.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Break ; Bridal ; Bride ; Broken ; CHILDREN ; CUSTOM ; Offspring ; Predict ; Ribbons ; Shower ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

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