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PAUL REVERE'S DASH

TWAS THE 18TH OF APRIL IN '75,
HARDLY A MAN IS YET ALIVE
WHO REMEMBERS THAT FAMOUS DAY AND YEAR,
OF THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE.
UP THE ALLEY AND DOWN THE STREET,
A TWENTY-YARD DASH FOR THE TOILET SEAT.

Submitter comment: SHE FIRST HEARD IT IN A SEVENTH-GRADE CLASS FROM ANOTHER
PUPIL AT OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL IN 1961.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX ; PARODY ; PARODY OF POEM: MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE ; RHYME: AABB

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

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SELLING A CAR

DURING THE DEPRESSION, MY FATHER ONCE SOLD A FRIEND HIS CAR
FOR ONE DOLLAR. THE MAN WOULDNT TAKE IT FOR NOTHING, SO
HE GAVE HIM A DOLLAR.

Submitter comment:

NOT TOLD AS A JOKE BUT AS A STRAIGHT STORY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Car ; CHARITY ; DEPRESSION ; Dollar ; Generosity ; KINDNESS ; MONEY ; PRIDE

James Callow Keyword(s): Generosity ; PRIDE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

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SPANISH PROVERB

THE BURRO LOADED WITH GOLD HAS THE MOST SONOROUS BRAY.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): PRIDE?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PROVERB

AN ERROR DOESN'T BECOME A MISTAKE UNTIL YOU REFUSE TO CORRECT IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PRIDE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NEVER BE ASHAMED OF HONEST MARKS OF TOIL

Data entry tech comment: NO DATES OR LOCATIONS ARE GIVEN ON ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; PRIDE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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AN OLD ADAGE THIS INDIVIDUAL LEARNED WAS "BE A BRIDE THRICE AND YOU
WILL NEVER BE A BRIDE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; BRIDESMAID? ; NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Marriage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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PAUL REVERE'S DASH

TWAS' THE 18TH OF APRIL IN '75,
HARDLY A MAN IS YET ALIVE
WHO REMEMBERS THAT FAMOUS DAY AND YEAR
OF THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE.
UP THE ALLEY AND DOWN THE STREET,
A TWENTY-YARD DASH FOR THE TOILET SEAT.

Submitter comment: SHE FIRST HEARD IT IN A SEVENTH-GRADE CLASS FROM ANOTHER PUPIL AT
OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL IN 1961.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY--POEM COMPARE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE ANTI-CLIMAX ; RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: 11-13-1968

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THERE WERE TWO MEN WHO LIVED IN THE SAME CITY. ONE MADE ARROWS AND
THE OTHER MADE BOWS. ONE DAY THEY DECIDED TO GO TO THE MARKET
TOGETHER TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS. ON THE WAY A LION JUMPED INTO THEI
PATH. EACH MAN REFUSED TO GIVE THE OTHER HIS PRODUCT BECAUSE EACH
WANTED TO KILL THE LION HIMSELF AND GAIN FAME. DUE TO THIS THE LION
KILLED AND ATE BOTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CRAFTSMEN PRIDE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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WORTH DOING WELL

IF ANYTHING IS WORTH DOING , ITS WORTH DOING WELL.

Submitter comment: READ THIS IN GRADE SCHOOL

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PRIDE IN WORKMANSHIP

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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Every old crow
Thinks its baby white as snow.

Submitter comment: This proverb was told to Maryann by her Italian father,
as a way of dismissing praise given to children by
their own parents.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): sarcasm, humor, parental pride

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL METAPHOR ; BIRD ; COLOR

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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Japanese custom

The bride-to-be receives all belongings needed for marriage,
money, clothes, furniture, etc.

Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): Bride

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding
BELIEF -- Marriage Gifts

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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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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Maxim

Sun and Rain:

Happy is the bride the sun shines on;

Lucky is the corpse that rain falls on.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880, P45] crossed out/ replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Bride ; BURIAL ; Corpse ; DEATH ; Funeral ; MARRIAGE ; Maxim ; OMEN ; SUPERSTITION ; WEDDING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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Ethnic:Belgium

Wedding:

In Belgium, at weddings, it was a belief and general practice that the more important or wealthy the bride, the later she would arrive at the church. There were instances where the bride would be as much as 1/2 hour late. The priests were well aware of this practice and would not grow impatient during the waiting period.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P545, F578] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): Belgium ; Bride ; CEREMONY ; ETHNIC ; Late ; MARRIAGE ; PRIEST ; Tardy ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Custom

Ribbons:

The ribbons from presents received at a bridal shower are tied together and used as a boquet at the wedding rehearsal.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bridal ; Bride ; CUSTOM ; GAMES ; Rehearsal ; Ribbons ; Shower ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Custom

Wedding Custom:

Before the bride leaves the reception the band plays a slow song and the bride removes her veil and places it on the head of her maid-of-honor.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bride ; CUSTOM ; Fashion ; Maid-of-Honor ; MARRIAGE ; MUSIC ; Reception ; Veil ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Custom

Wedding Custom:

Before the bride leaves the reception the band plays a slow song and the bride removes her veil and places it on the head of her maid-of-honor.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bride ; CUSTOM ; Fashion ; Maid-of-Honor ; MARRIAGE ; MUSIC ; Reception ; Veil ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Ethnic: Russian

Wedding Custom:

When the bride is preparing for her wedding (getting dressed and ready to leave for church) a violin player and an accordian player play a special tune.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Written on bottom left of the card: [ Ethnic? Russian Orthodox, says collector.]

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Accordion ; Bride ; CUSTOM ; DRESS ; Fashion ; MARRIAGE ; MUSIC ; violin ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Retort

You're not proud, you're thoroughly convinced.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Two cards merged: identical submissions, different informants. Both informants are listed here.

James Callow comment:

Sense?  Circumstance? Both cards the same except for informant?

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; INSULT ; PRIDE ; Proud ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; TAUNT ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Happy is the bride the sun shines on.

Submitter comment:

My mother said this was a commonly repeated proverb in the country, when she was young.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Bride ; fortune ; Happy ; Maxim ; OMEN ; PROVERB ; Sun ; VERSE ; WEDDING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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