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PETE AND REPEAT

PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN,
SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A
BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT.

Submitter comment: THE PERSON TO WHOM THE JOKE IS BEING TOLD ANSWERS THE QUESTION
WHO IS LEFT? WHICH TRIGGERS THE PUNCHLINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

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PROSE ROUND ; FORMULA TALE

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. WE WERE ALL SITTING AROUND THE
CAMPFIRE WHEN SUDDENLY UNCLE JOE WALKED UP, AND SOMEONE CALLED OUT
"UNCLE JOE, TELL US A STORY}" AND HE BEGAN: "IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY
NIGHT. WE WERE ALL SITTING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE WHEN SUDDENLY UNCLE
GEORGE WALKED UP, AND SOMEONE CALLED OUT, "UNCLE GEORGE, TELL US A
STORY}" (THIS IS REPEATED, USING A DIFFERENT NAME EACH TIME.)

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN INVOLVING NAMES ; INTERESTING COMBINATION OF ROUND AND CHAIN TALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: CA00001968

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EXCHANGE

YOU REMIND ME OF A MAN.
WHAT MAN?
THE MAN OF POWER.
WHAT POWER?
THE POWER OF VOODOO.
WHO DO?
YOU DO.
WHAT?
REMIND ME OF A MAN.

Submitter comment: THIS EXCHANGE IS USUALLY DONE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE AND IN FRONT OF
SOMEONE THAT DOES NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.
THIS EXCHANGE IS ALSO USUALLY REPEATED A COUPLE OF TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND DIALOGUE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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AH SWEET MYSTERY OF LIFE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

IT SEEMS THAT WHEN THE CREATOR WAS MAKING THE WORLD, HE CALLED
MAN ASIDE AND BESTOWED UPON HIM 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX LIFE.
MAN WAS HORRIFIED} ONLY 20 YEARS OF NORMAL SEX LIFE? BUT THE
CREATOR WOULDN'T BUDGE. THAT WAS ALL HE WOULD GIVE HIM. THEN
HE CALLED THE MONKEY AND GAVE HIM 20 YEARS. BUT I DON'T NEED 20
YEARS, 10 IS ENOUGH, PROTESTED THE MONKEY. MAN SPOKE UP AND SAID,
CAN I HAVE HIS OTHER 10 YEARS? THE MONKEY GRACIOUSLY AGREED.
NEXT HE CALLED THE LION AND GAVE HIM 20 YEARS, BUT HE, TOO, NEEDED
ONLY 10 AND MAN AGAIN ASKED, CAN I HAVE THE OTHER 10? AND THE LION
ROARED, OF COURSE. ALONG CAME THE DONKEY AND HE WAS GIVEN 20 YEARS
BUT LIKE THE OTHERS, 10 WERE ENOUGH. SO MAN ASKED FOR THE SPARE 10
YEARS AND GOT THEM. ALL OF WHICH EXPLAINS WHY MAN HAS 20 YEARS
OF NORMAL SEX LIFE, 10 YEARS OF MONKEYING AROUND, 10 YEARS OF LION
ABOUT IT, AND 10 YEARS OF MAKING AN ASS OF HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RECEIVED IN MAIL

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN: LION AND LYING ; SLANG FOR MAKING HIMSELF LOOK FOOLISH (AN ASS OF HIMSELF). ; SLANG: MONKEYING AROUND FOR DALLIANCE.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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STRAIGHT DOUBLE TALK PROVERB

IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN DON'T LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): CIRCULAR REASONING ; ROUND

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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C-130

C-130 ROLLING DOWN THE STRIP.
AIRBORNE DADDY'S GONNA TAKE A LITTLE TRIP.
STAND-UP, HOOK-UP, SHUFFLE TO THE DOOR.
JUMP RIGHT OUT AND COUNT TO FOUR.
BUT IF MY MAIN DON'T OPEN WIDE.
I'VE GOT ANOTHER ONE BY MY SIDE.
AND IF THAT ONE SHOULD FAIL ME TOO.
LOOK OUT GROUND, I'M COMING THROUGH. MM
RUCKSACK, JUMP BOOTS, AND MY M-16.
THAT'S ALL THAT'S GOING ON THE JUMP WITH ME.
GONNA SLIP TO THE RIGHT, AND SLIP TO THE LEFT,
SLIP RIGHT ON DOWN TO THE PLF.
AND IF I DIE ON THE OLD DROP ZONE,
BOX ME UP AND SHIP ME HOME.
THEN TELL MY GIRL I DID MY BEST,
AND BURY ME IN THE LEANING REST. MM
DRESS ME UP IN MY DRESS BLUES,
SPIT-SHINED JUMP BOOTS, NO STRAIGHT LEG SHOES.
PIN MY WINGS UPON MY CHEST,
TELL MY MOM I DID MY BEST.
C-130 ROLLING DOWN THE STRIP.
SIXTY-FOUR RANGERS ON A ONE-WAY TRIP.
MISSION'S A SECRET, DESTINATION UNKNOWN.
THEY DON'T KNOW IF THEY'LL EVER COME HOME. MM
I'VE GOT 700 ROUNDS FOR MY M-16,
BAYONET SHARP, DISPOSITION MEAN.
RUSSIANS ARE WOOSIES, GONNA GET ME SOME.
SO LOOK OUT RUSSIA 'CAUSE HERE I COME.
COON SKIN AND AN ALLIGATOR HIDE,
MAKE A PAIR OF JUMP BOOTS, JUST MY SIZE.
TAKE 'EM OUTTA THE BOX, AND SLIP 'EM ON MY FEET.
A NEW PAIR OF JUMP BOOTS CAN'T BE BEAT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A MARCHING CADENCE WHICH IS EXTREMELY
POPULAR AT ARMY TRAINING CAMPS. "C-130" IS A
LARGE, FOUR-ENGINED, PROPELLOR-DRIVEN CARGO
AIRCRAFT WHICH IS ALSO USED TO DROP A MAXIMUM OF
SIXTY-FOUR COMBAT-EQUIPPED PARACHUTISTS. "HOOK-
UP" MEANS ATTACHING THE STATIC LINE (WHICH PULLS
THE PARACHUTE OPEN AUTOMATICALLY UPON EXITING
THE AIRCRAFT) TO A CABLE RUNNING THE LENGTH OF
THE AIRCRAFT INTERIOR. "SHUFFLE TO THE DOOR"
REFERS TO A METHOD BY WHICH PARACHUTISTS MOVE
ABOUT INSIDE AN AIRCRAFT IN FLIGHT. IT INVOLVES
LIFTING ONE KNEE VERY HIGH AND ALTERNATELY
BRINGING THE OTHER LEG ALONGSIDE WHILE MOVING
TOWARD THE DOOR IN A STOMPING MOTION. THIS
WALKING ACTION MINIMIZES THE CHANCE OF STUMBLING
ON ANY PROTRUSION ALONG THE FLOOR OF THE AIRCRAFT.
"MAIN" INDICATES THE MAIN PARACHUTE WHICH IS
LOCATED ON THE JUMPER'S BACK. IN CASE OF
MALFUNCTION, THE PARACHUTIST HAS A RESERVE
CHUTE AT STOMACH LEVEL. "M-16" IS THE STANDARD-
ISSUE INFANTRY RIFLE. "SLIP" REFERS TO A METHOD
OF CONTROLLING THE LATERAL MOVEMENT OF THE
PARACHUTE DURING DESCENT. THE "PLF" IS THE
PARACHUTE LANDING FALL, I.E., A DRILLED METHOD OF
LANDING SAFELY BY MAKING FIVE POINTS OF BODY
CONTACT WITH THE GROUND IN SUCCESSION. "LEANING
REST" IS THE STARTING POSITION FOR THE FOUR
COUNT PUSHUP; A POPULAR EXERCISE DURING PARACHUTE
TRAINING. "STRAIGHT LEG SHOES" -- AIRBORNE
QUALIFIED PERSONNEL REFER TO NON-JUMPERS AS
"STRAIGHT LEGS." THE NAME IS CONSIDERED
DEROGATORY. IT REFERS TO THE STRAIGHT LINE
OF THEIR TROUSERS, AS AIRBORNE PERSONNEL WEAR
THEIR TROUSERS BLOUSED INSIDE THEIR BOOTS.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FORT KNOX

James Callow Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE TO THE GROUND (STANZA 1). ; BURIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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SIMON

SIMON. THERE WAS A MAN WHO WENT FISHING. AS HE SAT NEAR THE
WATER HE HEARD A LOW MOANING: PLEASE DONT CATCH ME SIMON, PLEASE.
THE MAN PAID NO ATTENTION AND SOON CAUGHT A FISH
HE WENT HOME AND PREPARED TO COOK THE FISH AND AGAIN HEARD A MOAN
WHICH WAS A LITTLE LOUDER.: PLEASE DONT COOK ME SIMON, PLEASE.
AGAIN HE PAID NO ATTENTION, COOKED THE FISH AND BEGAN TO EAT.
THEN HE HEARD ANOTHER LOW MOAN: PLEASE DONT EAT ME SIMON, PLEASE.
THE MAN WENT ON AND ATE THE FISH AND SOON WENT TO BED. THEN HE HEARD
ANOTHER MOAN THAT KEPT GETTING LOUDER AND CLOSER: SIMON I TOLD
YOU NOT TO CATCH ME AND COOK ME AND EAT ME. SUDDENLY A SHOUT:
SIMON.

Submitter comment:

THIS STORY IS BEST TOLD TO LITTLE KIDS IN THE DARK. THE TELLER
MUST AT FIRST MOAN SLOW AND VERY LOW AND GET LOUDER AS THE STORY
GOES ON. AT THE SHOUT, THE TELLER SHOULD JUMP AND GRAB ONE OF THE
CHILDREN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Keyword(s): CATCH TALE ; Circle ; Endless ; Endless ; FISH ; Fisherman ; ROUND ; Scare ; Simon ; Tale ; Tale

James Callow Keyword(s): JUMP TALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001970S

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DIVORCE JOKE

MY WIFE'S COFFEE IS GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE.

Submitter comment: I'VE HEARD THIS ON THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW IN CALIFORNIA,
HEARD IT AT THE PLACE WHERE I WORK, AND PLACES WHERE
THERE ARE LOTS OF DIVORCES AND SEPARATIONS; IT'S SUPPOSED
TO BE FUNNY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRANKLIN VILLAGE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON COFFEE GROUNDS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 07-00-1983

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"THE BUMBLE BEE SONG"

I'M BRINGING HOME MY BABY BUMBLE BEE,
WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO PROUD OF ME,
I'M BRINGING HOME MY BABY BUMBLE BEE,
OOOH! HE STUNG ME!
I'M SQUISHING UP MY BABY BUMBLE BEE,
WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO PROUD OF ME,
I'M SQUISHING UP MY BABY BUMBLE BEE,
OOOH! WHAT A MESS!
I'M LICKING UP MY BABY BUMBLE BEE,
WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO PROUD OF ME,
I'M LICKING UP MY BABY BUMBLE BEE,
OOOH! MY TUMMY HURTS!
I'M THROWING UP MY BABY BUMBLE BEE,
WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO PROUD OF ME,
I'M THROWING UP MY BABY BUMBLE BEE,
OOOH! WHAT A MESS!
I'M SWEEPING UP MY BABY BUMBLE BEE,
WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO PROUD OF ME,
I'M SWEEPING UP MY BABY BUMBLE BEE,
BYE, BYE, THERE HE GOES!
I THINK I SEE ANOTHER BUMBLE BEE,
WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO PROUD OF ME,
I THINK I SEE ANOTHER BUMBLE BEE,
OOOH! I CAUGHT HIM!
I'M BRINGING HOME MY BABY BUMBLE BEE............

Submitter comment: THIS IS ANOTHER INFINITE LOOP-TYPE SONG. IT CAN BE SUNG
UNTIL THE SINGERS ARE TIRED OF IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Keyword(s): INSECT

James Callow Keyword(s): VERSE ROUND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 00001970S

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2320 Rounds

This was a popular story to upset the listener in
grade school.
Pete and Repeat went for a boat ride and Pete fell
off; who was left?
The listener is tricked into saying Repeat and making
the teller repeat the story endlessly.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001970S

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HAWAIIAN CUSTOM

WHILE LIVING IN HAWAII, I LEARNED OF A CHARMING CUSTOM.
IT IS THE CUSTOM IN HAWAII FOR PEOPLE LEAVING THE
ISLANDS TO THROW A LEI OVERBOARD (OF COURSE THEY
MUST BE ON A SHIP). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE PERSON
WILL RETURN SOMEDAY IF HIS LEI IS CARRIED BY THE
CURRENT BACK TO SHORE, BUT IF THE LEI IS CARRIED OUT
TO SEA HE IS DOOMED NEVER TO RETURN. THIS CUSTOM
DATES BACK TO THE TIMES WHEN THE HAWAIIAN WARRIORS
WOULD LEAVE THEIR PARTICULAR ISLAND TO VENTURE TO
ANOTHER ISLAND IN THEIR PRIMITIVE OUTRIGGERS. THE
WARRIORS WOULD ALL THROW A LEI OVERBOARD WITH THE
BELIEF THAT THE GODS WOULD PROTECT THEM IF THEIR LEI
RETURNED TO SHORE BUT THEY WOULD NEVER RETURN IF THEIR
LEI WENT OUT TO SEA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LEI=GARLAND MADE OF FLOWERS, USUALLY WORN AROUND THE NECK.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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CURE FOR FELON:
TAKE ONE TABLESPOON OF RED LEAD AND ONE TABLESPOON OF
CASTILE SOAP, MIX THEM WITH AS MUCH WOOL LYE AS WILL
MAKE IT SOFT ENOUGH TO SPREAD LIDE (SIC) A SALVE, AND APPLY
IT ON FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE FELON AND IT WILL CURE IT
IN TWELVE HOURS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): FELON: AN INFECTION OF THE FINGER AROUND THE BONE OR FINGERNAIL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-10-1973

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PETE AND REPEAT SITTING ON A FENCE,
PETE JUMPED OFF, WHO WAS LEFT?
REPEAT (THEN REPEAT THE VERSE).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; VERSE ROUND

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

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PETE AND REPEAT

PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN, SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT.

Submitter comment: THE PERSON TO WHOM THE JOKE IS BEING TOLD ANSWERS THE QUESTION
WHO IS LEFT? WHICH TRIGGERS THE PUNCHLINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001960S

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PETE AND REPEAT

PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN, SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT WERE WALKING ON A BRIDGE, AND PETE FELL IN SO WHO WAS LEFT? REPEAT. PETE AND REPEAT.

Submitter comment: THE PERSON TO WHOM THE JOKE IS BEING TOLD ANSWERS THE QUESTION
WHO IS LEFT? WHICH TRIGGERS THE PUNCHLINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001960S

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Entertainment: Game

London Bridge:

London Bridges falling down, falling down. London Bridges falling down, my fair lady. Take the key and lock her up, lock her up. Take the key and lock her up, my fair lady. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Everyone says the verse, two people hold each other's hands and walk around at Monday and when Sunday comes they put someone between them, swinging their arms back and forth and throwing the person away.

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C730.360, C523] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Submission card located in a pile marked C750 Jump Rope Rhyme

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Myself

Keyword(s): Bridges ; CHILDREN ; GAMES ; Jump Rope ; London ; Playground ; Rhymes

Subject headings: -- .C750500

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Entertainment: Game

Method of Choosing IT:

To choose the "it" in a smae, the kids get together and someone would volunteer. Everyone eventually got chosen, and the ones that did not volunteer often enough were made "it" by mob rule. The informant learned it from the neighborhood kids.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C570, C570.500] crossde out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Entertainment ; GAME ; Playground

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

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Entertainment: Game

A Chant for Picking the "It":

This is a chant that the neighborhood kids used to choose the "it" in their games. It went: "1 potato, 2 potato, 3 potato, 4. 5 potato, 6 potato, 7 potato, or." The person who "or" fell on was out and the rhyme started again.

Submitter comment:

The informant learned it from his friends.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C570] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Entertainment ; GAMES ; Playground ; RHYME

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

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Entertainment: Game

A Chant for Picking the "IT":

To pick the "it" the people playing would gather together and someone would say: "Engine, Engine, number nine. Going down Chicago Line. If the train falls off the track, do you want your money back?" 

The person who "back" was said to is out and the rhyme is started over.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C570] is crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BASEBALL GAME. ; CHILDREN ; Elimination ; Entertainment ; Playground ; RHYME

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

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Superstition

Bad Luck:

If you see a black cat on ground hog's day, destruction is at hand.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD.

Collector's last name may be: Supenski, Suprinski, Serpenski, Surpinski...

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Black ; CAT ; Destruction ; Groundhog ; OMEN ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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