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WE MUST, WE MUST,
WE MUST IMPROVE THE BUST.
THE BIGGER THE BETTER,
THE TIGHTER THE SWEATER,
WE MUST IMPROVE THE BUST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANATOMY ; BOSOM BREAST ; FUNCTION GROWING UP ; MONOLOGUE SLANG DIALECT ; REFRAIN, QUATRAIN? ; RHYME: FEMININE, INTERNAL ; RHYME: IMPERFECT, AABBA

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

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SHOOTING A HAT

I WAS HUNTING IN THE LOWER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN WITH A GROUP OF
FOUR OTHER MEN. WE LINED UP FIFTY YARDS FROM EACH OTHER AND
WALKED DUE NORTH. WE SAW A RUSTLING IN THE LEAVES. I WENT UP
TO THE SPOT AND SHOT, AND THEN A HAT CAME FLYING OUT OF THE
LEAVES. I'D HIT ONE OF MY COMPANIONS WHO HAD STRAYED OFF. SO
NOW I REFUSE TO HUNT IN THE LOWER PENINSULA, BECAUSE THERE ARE
TOO MANY HUNTERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL ; HISTORY CLASS

Keyword(s): CROWDED CONDITIONS

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

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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PROVERB IN VERSE

CHEW, CHEW, CHEW YOUR FOOD
GENTLY THROUGH THE MEAL,
THE MORE YOU CHEW,
THE LESS YOU EAT,
THE BETTER YOU WILL FEEL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CHARLOTTE

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; DIET ; PARODY ON ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SPANISH PROVERB

NOTHING DRIES SO FAST AS A TEAR

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER SPANISH TEACHER, DR. ESPINOSA

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

James Callow Keyword(s): CONSOLATION ; SORROW

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NOTHING DRIES SOONER THAN A TEAR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONSOLATION ; SORROW

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-17-1964

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SUPERSTITION CUSTOM

ON GOOD FRIDAY, THE GREEKS WILL RECREATE THE TOMB OF CHRIST AND SET
IT ON A TABLE WITH FOUR LEGS. ALL KIDS UNDER 18 PASS UNDER THE TOMB.
THEY DO THIS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IT WILL HELP THE CHILD TO GROW.

Submitter comment: ( NOT GREEK-AMERICAN ) GREEK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN GROWTH

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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IF YOU HEAR A HEN CROW LIKE A ROOSTER, BE SURE TO KILL HER THE
SAME DAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): HEN ROOSTER CROWING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 03-11-1972

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ELEPHANT JOKE

HOW DO YOU LIFT AN ELEPHANT?
PUT HIM ON AN ACORN AND WAIT TWENTY YEARS.

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Keyword(s): GROWTH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
MORRIS
MORRIS WHO?
MORRIS SATURDAY-NEXT DAY IS SUNDAY.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): NAME ; TOMORROW

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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HAIR TODAY---BALD TOMORROW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS YEARS BACK
PROBABLY AROUND THE LATE 1928S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; PARODY OF HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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NEW MOON BELIEF

GRANDMOTHER AND HER SISTERS HAD THEIR HAIR TRIMMED AT THE NEW MOON.
IN THIS WAS IT WOULD GROW WITH THE NEW MOON
AND WOULD GROW FASTER TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HAIR CUTTING ; HAIR GROWTH ; IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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MY BONNY

MY BONNY LIES OVER THE OCEAN
MY BONNY LIES OVER THE SEA
MY BONNY LIES OVER THE OCEAN
PLEASE BRING BACK MY BONNY TO ME
BRING BACK, OH BRING BACK
OH BRING BACK MY BONNY TO ME TO ME
BRING BACK, OH BRING BACK
PLEASE BRING BACK MY BONNY TO ME.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAS KNOWN THIS ALL HER LIFE AND THINKS SHE PROBABLY LEARNED
IT AS A GIRL IN ENGLAND FROM HER FAMILY. SHE USED TO SING IT TO US
WHEN WE WERE KIDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant is collector's mother.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): SEPARATION ; SORROW

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

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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I,VE GOT SOMETHING IN MY POCKET THAT BELONGS ACROSS MY FACE.
I KEEP IT VERY CLOSE TO ME IN A MOST CONVENIENT PLACE.
I,M SURE YOU,LL NEVER GUESS IT, IF YOU GUESS A LONG, LONG WHILE,
I'LL TAKE IT OUT AND PUT IT ON, IT'S A GREAT BIG BROWNIE SMILE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): BROWNIES-GIRL SCOUTS ; Campfire Music ; Lyrics ; RHYME ; RIDDLE IN SONG ; SMILE ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO IS THERE?
DWAIN.
DWAIN WHO?
DWAIN THE BATHTUB I AM DWOWNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): DRAIN DROWNING DUANE.

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: CA00001977

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WHIRLPOOL

A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO A MAN WAS SHOOTING RAPIDS BELOW NIAGARA
FALLS WHEN HE GOT HUNG UP IN THE WHIRLPOOL IN DEVIL'S GORGE. HE
WAS IN A MOTOR BOAT BUT STILL WAS OVERCOME BY THE CURRENT AND WAS
CARRIED FREE FROM THE WHIRLPOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NEAR DROWNING.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Running water Large current. River, stream....

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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LAKE SUPERIOR

WHEN A PERSON WOULD DROWN IN LAKE SUPERIOR, THEY WOULD NEVER BE
ABLE TO FIND THE BODY BECAUSE IT WOULD NEVER COME UP. SO LAKE
SUPERIOR WAS SAID NEVER TO GIVE UP ITS DEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DROWNING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Still water Large body. Ocean, sea....

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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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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ANECDOTE

PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD DRESS IN THE
BASEMENT.

Submitter comment: TOM LEARNED IT FROM ONE OF HIS BOYFRIENDS.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): PEOPLE........SHOULDN'T THROW STONES.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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ANECDOTE

PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN'T WATCH
T.V. IN THEIR UNDERWEAR.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD IT SOMEWHERE AND GAVE IT TO ME AS A VARIANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): PEOPLE......SHOULDN'T THROW STONES.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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UKRAINIAN NEW YEAR'S GREETING

AT MIDNIGHT, IT IS CUSTOMARY TO TAKE A SMALL BELL AND A
HANDFUL OF WHEAT AND TO KNOCK ON THE DOOR OF THE HEAD OF
THE HOUSEHOLD. WHEN HE OPENS HIS DOOR, THE MEMBERS OF HIS
HOUSEHOLD TOSS WHEAT ON THEIR MASTER AND WISH HIM A HAPPY
NEW YEAR. THEY WISH FOR HIM MANY BLESSINGS, PLENTY OF
FOOD, AND GOOD LUCK. THE WHEAT IS SYMBOLIC OF FRUITFULNESS.
A SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S SONG IS SUNG IN WHICH GOD'S BLESSINGS
ARE INVOKED FOR THE NEW YEAR. THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE THANKS
THEM AND IN TURN WISHES THEM A HAPPY NEW YEAR. THEN THEY
HAVE A JOYOUS CELEBRATION.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; ANCASTER

Keyword(s): FOOD ; SPRINKLING ; THROWING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001960S

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