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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
SHE TIED HIM TO THE HEATER.
AND EVERY TIME HE TURNED AROUND,
HE BURNED HIS LITTLE SEATER.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS VERY POPULAR WHEN INFORMANT WAS IN GRADE
SCHOOL IN DETROIT (MICHIGAN) IN THE 30S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY ; SEATER=BUTTOCKS

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

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MISCELLANEOUS CUSTOMS

A SEAMAN LEAVING THE FORECASTLE TO GO AFT, EITHER FOR HIS TRICK AT
THE WHEEL OR OTHER WORK, GOES AFT ALONG THE LEESIDE OF THE VESSEL,
UNLESS HIS IMMEDIATE DUTY LIES TO THE WINDWARD.
A SEAMAN SUMMONED TO THE CAPTAIN'S CABIN REMOVED HIS CAP AND
DROPPED IT TO THE DECK JUST OUTSIDE THE DOOR.
A MARINER ENTERING A NEW SHIP, OR EVEN AN OLD SHIP, FOR THE FIRST
TIME MAKES CERTAIN THAT HIS RIGHT FOOT IS THE FIRST TO TOUCH THE
DECK.
IT WAS A BREECH OF ETIQUETTE FOR A SEAMAN TO LOCK HIS SEA CHEST
WHILE ON BOARD HIS SHIP. OFFENDERS OFTEN FOUND, WHEN THEY
RETURNED TO THE FORECASTLE FROM THEIR WATCH ON DECK, THAT THE
COVER HAD BEEN NAILED DOWN.
IN THE BRITISH AND UNITED STATES NAVIES, A SCARF OF BLACK SILK IS
WORN, ORIGINALLY AS A MARK OF WARNING (MOURNING?) FOR THE DEATH
OF LORD NELSON.
IN THE ROYAL NAVY, OFFICERS WHO HAVE BEEN ROUND EITHER THE CAPE
OF GOOD HOPE OR CAPE HORN MAY PUT ONE FOOT ON THE WARDROOM TABLE;
BOTH CAPES CARRY THE RIGHT TO PUT BOTH FEET ON THE TABLE.
BY NAVAL CUSTOM THE SENIOR OFFICER PRESENT IS ALWAYS THE LAST
INTO A BOAT AND THE FIRST OUT OF IT.

Submitter comment:

CAPTAIN LUMAS SAYS THAT HE HAS LEARNED THESE CUSTOMS THROUGH THE
YEARS THAT HE HAS BEEN SAILING, BOTH IN THE U.S. NAVY AND UP AT
MACKINAW ISLAND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MACKINAW ISLAND

Keyword(s): British ; Captain ; Etiquette ; Language ; Lingo ; Naval ; Navy ; POSITION ; Seaman ; Ship ; Uniform ; United States

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; LEFT ; POSITION ; RIGHT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
SPEECH -- Gesture

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WHEN WE VISITED SOMEONE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE FIRST OF THE
YEAR WE HAD TO TAKE THEM SOMETHING. IF THE FAMILY WAS NOT
TAKEN SOMETHING THEY WOULD BE IN NEED FOR THE REST OF THE
YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING AT NEW YEAR'S SEASON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-20-1972

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RIDDLE

Q: SMALLER THAN A STALLION, ANGRIER THAN THE DEVIL.
A: PEPPER.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL AND DEVIL (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; METAPHORICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): HORSE ; SEASONING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT STAYS HOT EVEN IF YOU PUT IT IN THE REFRIGERATOR?
A: PEPPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): SEASONING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SONG

MY BONNIE HAS TUBERCULOSIS,
MY BONNIE HAS ONLY ONE LUNG.
SHE SPITS UP A BLOODY CORRUPTION,
AND ROLLS IT AROUND ON HER TONGUE.

Submitter comment: ( SONG TO TUNE OF " MY BONNIE LIES OVER THE
OCEAN. " )

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): DISEASE ; GORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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WET MELONS

WHY IS THERE SO MUCH WATER IN A WATERMELON?
BECAUSE IT WAS PLANTED IN THE SPRING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; SEASON FRIUT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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SPRING

THE AIR IS WARM AND THE SKY IS BLUE
THE LEAVES ARE GREEN_YELLOW
BECAUSE THEY ARE NEW.
THE FEET GO SKIPPING
THE BIRDS ALL SING,
THE WHOLE WORLD IS HAPPY
BECAUSE IT IS SPRING.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SINGS THIS WITH HER FRIENDS IN SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SEASONAL SONG ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER ALWAY(S) CONSISTED OF OYSTER STEW AND
WHITE WINE.

Submitter comment:

(GRANDMOTHER'S CUSTOM)

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; FOOD ; FOOD CUSTOM ; holiday ; Oyster ; SEAFOOD ; Wine

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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AS FUNNY AS

IS AS FUNNY AS A RUBBER CRUTCH IN A POLIO WARD.

Data entry tech comment: IS PRECEDED ON 5 X 8 CARD BY ( BLANK-- WHATEVER THE OBJECT IS )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METAPHOR HUMOR

James Callow Keyword(s): DISEASE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

A SAILOR LOVES HIS C,
AN OLD MAID LOVES HER T,
A CHINAMAN LOVES HIS Q,
BUT I ONLY LOVE YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; HUMOR ; QUATRAIN ; QUEUE ; RHYME: AABB ; SEA ; TEA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1928

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HEALTH PROVERB

AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY.

Submitter comment: SUPPOSEDLY, ALL THE NUTRIENTS OF AN APPLE WILL KEEP YOU
HEALTHY. THIS IS NOT TRUE FOR ME BECAUSE I'M HYPOGLYCEMIC,
AND I CAN'T EAT FOODS HIGH IN CARBOHYDRATES--SUCH AS APPLES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): METONYMY: DOCTOR FOR DISEASE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001960S

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THIS VERSE WAS TAKEN FROM MY MOTHER'S GRADE SCHOOL AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
AND TIED IT TO THE HEATER
AND EVERYTIME IT TURNED AROUND
IT BURNT ITS LITTLE SEATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): "SEATER" IS A EUPHEMISM FOR BUTTOCKS ; HUMOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

This guy wants to marry this girl so he goes to
ask her father's permission. The father says to
the guy "I think there is something about my
daughter that you should know. She has acute
angina." The guy replied, "I realize that and her
tits ain't bad either!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LENNON

Keyword(s): Heart disease

James Callow Keyword(s): Confusion of angina and vagina

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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THE BUZZARDS HAVE RETURNED TO HINCKLEY OHIO YEARLY ON
MARCH 15 FOR MANY YEARS, WHEN FROZEN CARCASSES FROM A
CHRISTMAS EVE COMMUNITY HUNT BEGAN DEFROSTING AS SPRING
APPROACHED. PEOPLE WEARING BUZZARDS COSTUMES WAIT FOR
THE BUZZARDS WHO ROOST ON ROCKY LEDGES IN A NEARBY
LAKE. THIS USUALLY MARKS THE END OF THE WINTER SEASON.
THE CARCASSES ARE THERE EVERY YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; DATE ; SEASONS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 15
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 00001980S

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"I'm bringin' home a baby bumble bee,
Won't my mommy be surprised at me,
I'm bringin' home a baby bumble bee.
Ouch, it stung me!
I'm smooshin' up my baby bumble bee,
Won't my mommy be surprised at me,
I'm smooshin' up my baby bumble bee.
Yuck, what a mess!
I'm lickin' up my baby bumble bee,
Won't my mommy be surprised at me,
I'm lickin' up my baby bumble bee.
Eew, that was horrible!
I'm throwin' up my baby bumble bee,
Won't my mommy be surprised at me,
I'm throwin' up my baby bumble bee.

Submitter comment: This is a song with gestures.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE ; Nausea

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad, Song, Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001977 ca.

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EVERY CHILD HAS WORMS. ADULTS ALSO HAVE FORMS OF
WORMS BUT THEIR SYSTEMS HAVE EITHER OVERTAKEN
OR BECOME IMMUNE TO THEM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHEN SHE
LIVED ON A FARM AS A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DISEASE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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WHAT IS IT THAT DOGS HAVE AND NOTHING ELSE HAS?
PUPPIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SEALS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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RIDDLE

WHAT TIME IS IT IF FOUR MEN ARE SHOVELING SNOW AND
A POLICEMAN IS WATCHING?
-- WINTER TIME.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): SEASON

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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Belief: Luck

If a ship has thirteen letters in its name the ship is doomed.

Submitter comment:

Read this in a book of sea lore.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Minor grammatical correction to submission card: changing had to has

Original BN [P880] crossed out and replaced with P686

Where learned: DORM ROOM ; BOOK

Keyword(s): Boat ; Lore ; NAME ; Nautical ; NUMBERS ; NUMEROLOGY ; Ocean ; Sailor ; SEA ; Ship ; Vessel

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number

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