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BLUE MIST

IT IS BELIEVED THAT UPON A CERTAIN STREET IN GROSSE ILE, AT A
CERTAIN TIME, THE BLUE MIST DESCENDS UPON ANY CAR THAT TRESPASSES
THERE.

Submitter comment: THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A STORY AS TO THE WHY OF THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): GROSSE ILE IS AN ISLAND IN THE DETROIT RIVER ; GROSSE ILE, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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BRAD JACKSON JR. A DRIVER FOR BRAD JACKSON INC. RELATED TO ME
THE STORY OF A FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMITTEE MAN STOPPING
A SEMI-DRIVER NEAR JACKSONVILLE AND ASKED TO SEE THE DRIVER'S LOG
BOOK, THE DRIVER REPLIED, ME SUH, I AIN'T HAULIN' NO LOGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): OCCUPATIONAL FOLKLORE TRUCK DRIVER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 12-01-1972

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TRUCK DRIVING PROWESS

DURING THE 1940'S AND EARLY 1950'S SEMI DRIVERS
FOLLOWING EACH OTHER ON OLD U.S. 22 (ONE OF THE FEW TRUCK
ROUTES INTO THE NEW YORK METRO AREA FROM THAT AREA [HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA]) USED TO ENGAGE IN A "CONTEST"
BY ALTERNATELY KNOCKING OUT THE ROADSIDE MAILBOXES BY SWAYING THE
REARMOST END OF THE TRAILER.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT'S INFORMANT: JOHN POTERE A DRIVER FOR MCCLEAN TRUCKING. THE INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED IN HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA IN OCTOBER OF 1969.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): OCCUPATIONAL FOLKLORE TRUCK DRIVERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 12-01-1972

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PROSE NARRATIVE

MY SISTER, WHO IS A NURSE, SINCERELY BELIEVES THAT ONE OF HER
FRIENDS KNOWS ANOTHER NURSE WHO HAD TROUBLE ONE KNIGHT ON THE
FRIENDS KNOWS ANOTHER NURSE WHO HAD TROUBLE ONE NIGHT ON THE
EXPRESSWAY. THE NURSE WAS DRIVING HOME AFTER THE AFTERNOON SHIFT.
SHE WAS DRIVING ON THE EXPRESSWAY WHEN A TRUCKDRIVER KEPT POINTING
AT THE CAR. HE DID NOT GIVE UP. BY THIS TIME THE NURSE WAS SO
FRIGHTENED THAT SHE BLEW THE HORN AS SHE DROVE UP
THE DRIVEWAY. SHE CONTINUED TO BLOW THE HORN UNTIL HER HUSBAND
CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE. THE TRUCKDRIVER DROVE UP BEHIND HER.
AS IT TURNED OUT A MAN WAS SITTING IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE
NURSE'S CAR WAITING TO ATTACK HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; TRUCKDRIVER SAVES GIRL FROM ATTACK

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

Date learned: 12-00-1965

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ABOUT MAYBE 1:30 P.M., NO, 2:00 P.M. THIS AFTERNOON I SAW
A VERY PECULIAR SIGHT. I WAS ABOUT FIVE MILES NORTHEAST
OF ALMONT, OUT ON A SLIGHTLY PAVED ROAD. IT WAS EXTREMELY
FOGGY OUT. I HEARD THE NOISE OF THE APPROACHING VEHICLE
LONG BEFORE IT CAME INTO SIGHT. I HAD MY CAR ON THE
SHOULDER, BECAUSE I WAS TAKING STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF NEARBY
RUIN SITES. ANYHOW, THE DISTANCE OF SIGHT WAS NOT CLEAR TO
ME, AND I HEARD BEFORE I SAW. I WAS NEARLY STRUCK BY A GUY
IN A BIG GREEN CAR. LUCKILY, IT WENT RIGHT BY, BUT NO
ONE WAS DRIVING. THE GUY WAS IN THE PASSENGER SEAT. I SAW
THE EMPTY STEERING WHEEL. IT DISAPPEARED INTO THE FOG. IT
WAS A FRIGHTENING DAY. THIS IS THE TRUTH.

Submitter comment: JAMES TOLD ME HE TOOK A PICTURE OF THIS GHOSTDRIVER.
WHEN THE PRINT WAS DEVELOPED ONLY FOG SHOWED UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): DRIVERLESS AUTOMOBILE

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph Book Rhyme:

I pity the River/I pity the Brook/I pity the one /Who steals this book.

Submitter comment:

Submission is from informant's Junior High Autograph Book, dated 1929-1933

Data entry tech comment:

Motif and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C760] has been crossed out. The word FlyLeaf is written enxt to it.

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BOOK ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; BOOK ; FlyLeaf ; poem ; RHYME ; River ; Signature ; VERSE ; WATER

James Callow Keyword(s): FlyLeaf

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

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Story

WHEN A SEAMAN DIED ABOARD SHIP AND A BURIAL AT SEA
WAS NECESSARY, A PENNY OR OTHER COIN WAS PLACED IN THE
MOUTH OF THE DEAD MAN BY HIS SHIPMATES BEFORE BEING
SEWN UP IN HIS BURIAL SHROUD. THIS COIN WAS FOR OLD
MAN CHARON, SKIPPER OF THE FERRY THAT WOULD SAFELY
CARRY THE DECEASED ACROSS THE RIVER STYX--IF PAID
IN ADVANCE.

Data entry tech comment:

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

Where learned: BOOK

Keyword(s): ; BURIAL ; COIN ; Dead ; DEATH ; Ferry ; Lore ; MONEY ; Ocean ; Payment ; River ; SEA ; Ship ; Shroud ; Story ; Styx ; Tale ; Underworld ; VERSE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph rhyme;

Yours till the Mississippi wears rubber pants.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Mississippi ; Pants ; PUN ; RHYME ; River ; Rubber ; Signature ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Autograph Rhyme

Yours till the Mississippi runs dry.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Landmark ; Mississippi ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; River ; Signature ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Vocabulary

Branch is a name for a stream of water

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Branch ; Language ; River ; Stream ; Term ; Tributary ; Vocabulary ; WATER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Retort

Wise Guy?

What are you? A wise guy or a truck driver?

(Question and answer given to someone who has made a wise remark.)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [W400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Class?

What's the answer?

Keyword(s): Answer ; Language ; QUESTION ; Remark ; RETORT ; SLANG ; Truck Driver ; Wise Guy

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Speech - Formula

In answer to a question of what to do in a certain situation - Take it to the river and throw it in the creek.

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Ashland City

Keyword(s): Creek ; Response ; Retor ; River ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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NAMING A RIVER

THE RIVRE ROUGE WAS NAMED BY THE FRENCH EXPLORER LASALLE
IN THE 17 TH CENTURY. AS HE WAS PASSING THROUGH THE AREA
LASALLE NOTICED THE NUMBER OF RED BERRY BUSHES ALONG THE
RIVERS EDGE. THE SUNS RAYS PASSED THROUGH THE BUSHES AND
ON TO THE WATER'S SURFACE. THIS CAUSED THE
WATER TO HAVE A REDDISH OR ROUGE GLOW, THUS THE RIVER RECEIVED
ITS NAME.

Submitter comment:

MR. BARRY PICKED THIS UP DURING HIS MANY YEARS AS A ROUGE PLANT
WITH FORD MOTOR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): 17th Century ; ETYMOLOGY ; Explorer ; FRENCH ; Lasalle ; Legend ; Origin ; River Rouge ; Rouge

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: SUMMER 1963

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NAMING A RIVER

THE RIVRE ROUGE RUNNING THROUGH DEARBORN WAS NAMED BY
THE FRENCH EXPLORER LASALLE, BACK IN THE
17TH CENTURY, WHILE TRAVELLING
SOUTH ON THE DETROIT RIVER, LASALLE SAW A TRIBUTARY AND
PROCEEDED TO FOLLOW IT INLAND. NOTICING THAT IT HAD A
REDDISH COLOR, HE NAMED IT "LE RIVRE ROUGE". THE WATER
APPEARED RED BECAUSE OF THE RED CLAY RIVER BASE.

Submitter comment:

MR. BARRY IS A FORD MOTOR GUIDE, AND I BELIEVE HE
LEARNED THIS, OR INVENTED IT, DURING HIS YEARS ASA
TOURIST GUIDE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Detroit ; ETYMOLOGY ; FRENCH ; Lasalle ; Naming ; Red ; River Rogue

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: SUMMER 1963

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LAKE BELIEF

ACCORDING TO LOCAL INDIAN BELIEF IN SYRACUSE NEW YORK, THE LAKE HAS
NO END AND JUST SINKS ENDLESSLY IN THE EARTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): American Indians ; ETYMOLOGY ; GEOGRAPHY ; INDIANS ; Lake ; Legend ; Lore ; NEW YORK ; River ; Syracuse ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Small body.

Date learned: 10-14-1970

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