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LIMERICK

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THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL FROM NORWAY,
WHO HUNG BY HER HEELS FROM THE DOORWAY.
SHE SAID TO HER MAN,
GET OFF THE DIVAN,
I THINK I'VE DISCOVERED ONE MORE WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NEW YORK ; ALBANY ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLUSION TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

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

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

BOYS ARE ROTTEN/ MADE OF COTTON
GIRLS ARE DANDY/ MADE OF CANDY.

Submitter comment: THE GIRLS IN MY FAMILY LOVE SAYING THIS VERSE. THE BOYS TEND TO
IGNORE IT. THE VERSE IS ALSO PREVALENT AROUND QUEEN OF HOPE SCHOOL
WHERE MY SISTER GOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): C730.328 ; FEMININE RHYME ; SEXISM

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

Date learned: 00-02-1974

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THE STIGMATA OF PADRE PIO

PADRE PIO OF SAN GIOVANNI DI ROTONDO IN ITALY HAS THE STIGMATTA OF
OUR LORD ON HIS HANDS. THE WOUNDS ARE SAID TO BE OPEN ABOUT ONCE A
MONTH. ALSO ONLY MEN WERE ALLOWED TO SEE THIS. THE REASON FOR
THIS IS UNKNOWN.

Submitter comment: I ALSO HAD A CHANCE WHILE IN ITALY IN 72, TO SEE THIS SIGHT, HOWEVER
I CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR IT. THE WOUNDS WERE OPEN AND BLEEDING AS HE SAID
MASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF ; SEXISM ; STIGMATA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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LUCK

IF YOU GET OUT OF THE BED ON THE LEFT SIDE YOU WILL BE CRABBY ALL
DAY.

Submitter comment: WOMEN USUALLY SLEEP ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BED WHICH CAUSES THEM
TO BE MORE CRABBY THAN MEN.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; UNICE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: CA11001973

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DETERMINING SEX

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT YOU HAVE HER SIT ON THE FLOOR AND WHATEVER
HAND SHE LEANS ON WILL DETERMINE THE SEX OF THE CHILD. RIGHT HAND IS
A BOY AND LEFT HAND IS A GIRL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER AND INFORMANT DOES NOT HOLD
IT TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT-HANDEDNESS SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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VERSE

YOUR HEART IS NOT A PLAYGROUND,
YOUR HEART IS NOT A TOY,
BUT IF YOU WANT IT BROKEN,
JUST GIVE IT TO A BOY.
WANT IT BROKEN, JUST GIVE IT TO A BOY.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS TAKEN FROM AN AUTOGRAPH BOOK BELONGING TO THE
INFORMANT,
WHO IS MY MOTHER. THIS SAME VERSE WAS FOUND THREE TIMES IN THE
BOOK, SO IT MUST HAVE BEEN A POPULAR VERSE WITH THE EIGHTH GRADE
AT NICHOLS SCHOOL IN DETROIT, JUNE 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB ; SEXISM

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

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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THE FIRST PERSON TO ENTER A PERSON'S HOUSE ON MONDAY MORNING,
SHOULD BE A MALE OR OTHERWISE YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK THE REST OF THE
WEEK.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING ; SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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GRANDPA REMEMBERS WHEN HIS MOTHER DIDN'T HAVE SUPPER ON TIME
USUALLY THE EXCUSE WAS THE BUTCHER GAVE HER A TOUGH PIECE OF
MEAT. OF COURSE, THE OVER THE FENCE GOSSIPING WITH NEIGHBORS
ALL AFTERNOON HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF WOMEN SEXISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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LUCK

IF A MAN IS THE FIRST PERSON TO KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR ON A MONDAY
MORNING, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL OF THAT WEEK. HOWEVER, IF A
WOMAN KNOCKS, IT WILL BE BAD LUCK. THE INFORMANT SAID THIS ACTUALLY
HAPPENED TO HER MOTHER ONCE. INFORMANT WAS NOT SURE OF ACTUAL
CIRCUMSTANCES.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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VISITOR

IT IS A SIGN OF BAD LUCK IF YOUR FIRST VISITOR ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY IS A WOMAN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY A CO}WORKER WHO IS A BLACK
GIRL OF THE MUSLIM FAITH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING ; SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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EVIL EYE

YOUNG WOMEN ARE THE MOST LIKELY TO HAVE THE EVIL EYE BECAUSE
THEY ARE SLY AND VICIOUS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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EVIL EYE

OLD WOMEN ARE THE MOST LIKELY TO HAVE THE EVIL EYE BECAUSE
THEY ARE THE MOST DOMINANT.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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DREAMS

ONLY THE WOMEN OF THE FAMILY CAN INTERPRET DREAMS,
BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES GIFTED WITH INSIGHT.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

THE MEN OF IRISH FAMILIES MARCH IN PARADES ALL DAY WHILE
THE WOMEN SIT AT HOME WITH OTHER FEMALE RELATIVES.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM?

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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LIMERICK

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

A HANDSOME YOUNG BOY NAMED PAT,
WITH GIRLS WOULD ENJOY THIS AND THAT.
HE MEANT TO CUDDLE AND KISS,
WHEN HE SPOKE ABOUT THIS,
JUST GUESS WHAT HE MEANT BY HIS THAT.

Submitter comment:

THESE LIMERICKS WERE LEARNED OF IN A SIXTH GRADE ENGLISH CLASS
AT SAINT HEDWIG GRADE SCHOOL. THE BOOK THEY WERE TAKED FROM
IS NOT KNOWN BY ME BECAUSE THEY WERE TOLD BY THE TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXUAL EUPHEMISM

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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PRETENDED OBSCENE RIDDLE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Q: WHAT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD FOR INTERCOURSE?
A: TALK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; COMMUNICATION (Q) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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PRETENDED OBSCENE RIDDLE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Q: WHAT GOES IN HARD AND COMES OUT SOFT, STICKY, AND WET?
A: GUM.

Data entry tech comment:

ANOTHER VARIANT IN U OF D FOLKLORE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; LITERAL ; STATES OF BEING (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): PENIS ; SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle
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Date learned: 09-00-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: ON WHAT DAY OF THE YEAR DO WOMEN TALK THE LEAST?
A: THE SHORTEST.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WOMEN ARE LIKE MONEY.
A: YOU HAVE TO KEEP THEM BUSY OR THEY LOSE INTEREST.

James Callow comment: DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A RIDDLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; MONETARY ITEM (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-30-1967

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

ALL MEN ARE TOADS.

Submitter comment: MANY OF THE GIRLS IN THE DORMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HAVE
CAUGHT ON TO THIS SAYING AND BUY FROG REPLICAS, FROG CANDLES, ETC.
FOR THEIR BOYFRIENDS.

Data entry tech comment: TOADS OF A FEATHER....

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): REPTILES

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL AMPHIBIAN ; ANIMAL METAPHOR ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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