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BELIEF

AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE NUMBER OF TIMES THE RIBBON BREAKS, IS THE
NUMBER OF CHILDREN YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): UNWRAPPING GIFTS DURING BRIDAL SHOWER

Subject headings: 870
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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KENTUCKY BEAR

THERE WAS A MOTHER AND FATHER IN KENTUCKY WHOSE THREE-YEAR-OLD
DAUGHTER CAME UP MISSING ONE DAY. SHE WAS SEARCHED FOR FOR FOUR DAYS
AND NOT FOUND. ON THE FOURTH DAY A MAN CAME TO HER HOUSE AND TOLD HER
PARENTS THAT HE WOULD SHOW THEM WHERE THEIR DAUGHTER WAS IF THEY
WOULD GIVE HIM A MEAL. THEY FED HIM AND AFTERWARD HE LED THEM INTO
THE WOODS. THE GIRL WAS FOUND NEAR A LOG WHERE A BEAR WAS BRINGING
HER FOOD. THE GIRL SAID THAT THE BEAR HAD BEEN TAKING CARE OF HER AND
FEEDING HER. NOT KNOWING ANY BETTER THE GIRL THOUGHT THE BEAR WAS A
DOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): DAUGHTER ; MISTAKEN IDENITY (BEAR THOUGHT TO BE A DOG) ; TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE--STRANGER GIVEN MEAL FOR SHOWING PLACE OF LOST

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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GRAFFITI

SMILE: YOU'RE ON CANDID CAMERA

Data entry tech comment: THIS SAYING THRIVES FROM A TV SHOW PRODUCED BY ALAN FUNT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): TELEVISION SHOWS RETORT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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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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AT A BABY SHOWER, IF THE BRIDE-TO-BE BREAKS A BOW ON A
GIFT, SHE WILL HAVE ONE BABY. IF SHE BREAKS TWO BOWS,
SHE WILL HAVE TWO BABIES; ETC.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): WEDDING OR BRIDAL SHOWER, I RATHER THINK.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Custom

Wedding Custom:

When a woman in her family is engaged to be married, the aunts on her fahter's side give a shower gift to her which is a pure white negligee. This is a sign that the perspective groom has been accepted as a member of the family.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): Engagement ; FAMILY ; GIFT ; Shower ; 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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Play on Words

Celibacy:

There was a priest who wore shorts every time he tool a shower. he didn't like looking down at the unemployed.

Submitter comment:

Very common joke at Sacred Heart Seminary

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): Celibacy ; Genitalia ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; PUN ; RELIGION ; Shorts ; Shower ; Vow

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Language: Rhyme

Ridicule Rhyme:

Tattle Tale, Tattle Tale
Hang your britches on a nail,
Hang them high, hang them low,
Hang them in a picture show.
Hang them 'till your fanny shows.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BRITCHES ; Entertainment ; Fanny ; Hang ; High ; Language ; Low ; Nail ; Picture Show ; rat ; RHYME ; RIDICULE ; Tattle Tale

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

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JAMES MILLER AND MYSELF JOINTLY PRODUCE TELEVISION SHOWS.
OUR COMPANY IS NOT REGISTERED ANYWHERE, THEREFORE I THINK IT
IS APPROPRIATE TO INCLUDE SOME BASIC INFORMATION IN THIS
FOLK FILE. WE ARE THE "WIERD PRODUCERS" (SPELLING INTENTIONAL).
WE HAVE INTRODUCED MANY NEW CHARACTERS WHICH HAVE BEEN
SEEN ON CABLE CHANNELS ALL OVER THE METROPOLITAN DETROIT AREA.
WE HAVE A FEW FOLLOWERS, BUT MOST NORMAL PEOPLE WOULD
NOT PUBLICLY CONFESS TO LIKING OUR PROGRAMS. THUS,
TO PLEASE THE MASSES, WE ALSO USE THE NAME "POINTLESS PRODUCTIONS."
AT LEAST ONE OF US IS DESTINED AS A FAILURE, THEREFORE WE
EACH HAVE RELATED CAREERS TO FALL BACK ON: JAMES IS AN
ASTRONOMER AND I AM AN ARCHEOLOGIST. AS I'M SURE YOU CAN TELL
OUR HUMOR IS A BIT WARPED, BUT THAT IS WHY WE DON'T STAND OUT.
SOME ELITE PEOPLE ENJOY OUR SARCASM, AND THEY PASS IT
AROUND ORALLY. THEREFORE, SOONER OR LATER SOMEONE IN ONE OF
YOUR COURSES, WITH A TWISTED MIND SIMILAR TO MINE, WOULD
SURELY COLLECT INFORMATION ON US.

Submitter comment:

TAPES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE WIERD PRODUCERS' ARCHIVES.
OUR FIRST NATIONALLY UNKNOWN PROGRAM WAS ENTITLED
"ROCKY ZERO." THE CRITICS LOVED THIS ONE. FROM THAT TIME
ONWARD, OUR PROGRAMS HAVE GOTTEN BETTER. WE KNOW THAT THEY
ARE BETTER BECAUSE FEWER PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THEM. THUS, THE
CRITICS HAVE RIPPED US APART ON OUR LAST FOUR ATTEMPTS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): DRAMA ; Entertainment ; Funny ; Gag ; JOKE ; PANTOMIME ; Personalities ; RADIO ; SARCASM ; Show ; Spoof

Subject headings: Shadow / Pantomime

Date learned: 05-00-1984

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BELIEF

AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE NUMBER OF TIMES A RIBBON POPS (BREAKS)
MEANS
HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): UNWRAPPING GIFTS DURING BRIDAL SHOWER

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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