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WHEN DRESSING, TO AVOID BAD LUCK, ALWAYS DRESS
YOURSELF FROM THE LEFT TO THE RIGHT SIDE.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DIRECTION ; LEFT ; LUCK ; RIGHT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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RIDDLE

OVER THE GROUND,
UNDER YOUR NOSE
IT HAS AS MANY HEELS AS TOES. (A PAIR OF SHOES).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING (A) WEARING APPAREL (A)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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Ethnic Joke: Polish

HOW DID THE POLAK BREAK HIS ARM? HE FELL OUT OF THE TREE RAKING
LEAVES.

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updated by TRD on 12-2010

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): DOING THINGS THE HARD WAY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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BRE RABBIT

WELL, I'LL TELL YOU THE STORY ABOUT BRE RABBIT. BRE RABBIT, BRE
FOX AND THEIR AH..WELL ALL THE ANIMALS IN THE FOREST HAD GOTTEN
TOGETHER AND THEY HAD FOUND A WHOLD CROCK OF MILK, AND EVERYBODY
WANTED A BIG SHARE. WE WE A GONA DIVIDED THIS, THIS, THIS, MILK
UP EQUALLY AMONG EACH OTHER. AND NO ONE WELL TAKE MORE THAN THE
OTHERS GOT. WE ALL GONA GET A FAIR SHARE OF THIS MILK. SO AH..
HE SAY EVERTHING..WE AINT GOT TIME TO DIVIDE THIS THIS MILK UP NOW
BECAUSE IT'S COMING IT'S GETTING NIGHT. NOW WE'LL DIVIDE THIS MILK
UP IN THE MORNING. AND NO ONE SHALL DRINK A DROP OF THIS MILK.
SO EVERYBODY AGREED AND THEY ALL WENT AND THEY LAID DOWN. AND AH.
EVERYBODY AGREED AND THEY ALL WENT AND THEY LAID DOWN. AND AH..
EVERYBODY FELL A SHOUND ASLEEP. WELL BRE RABBIT HE GOT HUNGRY
THAT NIGHT. HE GOT UP AND HE SNEAKED OVER TO THE CROCK OF MILK.
HE DRINK ABOUT ...TWO THIRDS OF THAT MILK... HE WENT ON BACK TO
ASLEEP. WHEN MORNING CAME, EVERYBODY GOT UP..BRE FOX SWISHED OVER
THERE AND LOOKED AT THE CROCK. AND CRIED OH MY GOODNESS SOMEONE
STOLLED TWO THIRDS OF THE MILK. NOW ONE OF US HAD TO DO IT. SO..
I'M GONA FIND OUT WHICH ONE IT US WAS. NOW WHAT WE'RE GONA DO.
WE GONA BUILD US A BIG BARN FIRE...AND WE'RE GONA LAY DOWN BESIDE
IT. AND WE KNOW THAT THAT MILK GONA RUN, CAUSE THAT HEAT. SO WE
ALL WE WENT AND GATHER WOOD AND BUILT A BIG BARN FIRE. AND THE
HEAT GOT REAL HOT.. AND THIS BIG OLE HEATING FLAMES LEAPIN UP IN THE
AIR. AND EVERYBODY SAY, ALL RIGHT NOW WE AL GONA LAY BESIDE THE
FIRE. NO BODY MOVES. I'M GONA, WE GONA CHAIN EACH OTHER TO THE
SPOT. AND THEY ALL LAYING THERE...WELL BRE RABBIT HE KNEW THAT
IF HE HE KNOWS THAT IN THE MORNING ITS GONA BE HIS TURN TO GET IT.
SO HE CRAWLED OVER THERE BESIDE BRE BEAR, TO ...AND DID HIS THING.
AND WENT ON BACK OVER TO HIS SPOT AND WENT TO SLEEP.. SO IN THE
MORNING WHEN..EVERYBODY WOKE UP THEY LOOKED AROUND AND
LOOKED OVER THERE BY BRE BEAR. AND THEN THEY SAW WHAT HE DONE DONE.
AND ALL JUMPED ON BRE BEAR AND TRIED TO BEAT HIM TO DEATH.. AND
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS.. YOU MIGHT STEAL MILK AND GET AWAY
WITH IT..BUT YOU'LL FIND A BEAR IN THE WOODS...

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED WHEN NOT AFFECTING PRONOUNCIATION ; K2155 (SUPPOSED) EVIDENCE OF CRIME LEFT SO DUPE IS BLAMED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IS "DID HIS THING" A ; THEFT OF MILK (COMPARE THEFT OF BUTTER)

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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ST. ANTHONY

IF YOU LOSE SOMETHING, PRAY TO ST. ANTHONY AND YOU WILL FIND IT.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MISPLACING OR LOSING THINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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SPANISH PROVERB

ALTHOUGH A GIRL IS DRESSED IN SILK, SHE REMAINS A GIRL.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER SPANISH TEACHER, MR. FARRELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PRETENTION?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS MAD AS A HATTER.

James Callow comment: SEE "ALICE IN WONDERLAND." HATTERS ARE SOMETIMES
DRIVEN MAD BY THE CHEMICALS THEY USE IN PROCESSING
FELT, (MATERIAL FOR HATS) I'VE HEARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DEFINITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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FOLK SPEECH

DRESSED OUT OF THE BANDBOX.

Submitter comment: MEANING DRESSED IN FINERY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSED FIT TO KILL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

A CHAIR HAS A BACK BUT IT DOESN'T WEAR A COAT.

Submitter comment: MEANING HERE THAT MOST THINGS THAT DO HAVE A BACK ARE ABLE TO
WEAR A COAT. IT'S AN ATTEMPT AT PERSONIFICATION.
THIS WAS TOLD TO ME AT A DINNER I ATTENDED. I HEARD THIS USED AS A
RETORT RATHER THAN A RIDDLE, I.E. THAT'S LIKE THE ONE OF THE CHAIR
THAT HAS A BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; FUNCTION ; HUMAN CREATION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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PROVERB

CLOTHES MAKE MAN.

Submitter comment: THE AMERICAN VERSION: CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): APPEARANCE ; ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

THE COAT AND PANTS DO THE WORK, BUT THE VEST GETS THE GRAVY.

Submitter comment: FROM SOMEONE AT WORK

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PUN ; SLANG

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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SHOE BELIEF

DO NOT PUT YOUR SHOES ON THE TABLE, OR YOU WILL HAVE A FIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CLOTHING ; HOSTILITY

Subject headings: Daily Life
BELIEF -- P87O

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WHITE RACE BELIEF

GWEN'S MOTHER BELIEVES THAT THE REASON THAT WHITE PEOPLE DO
NOT GET AS COLD AS NEGROES IS BECAUSE WHITE MOTHERS
PUT THEIR CHILDREN OUTSIDE IN WINTERTIME WITH ONLY A JACKET.
PERHAPS, NEGROES HAVE COLD BLOOD BECAUSE THEIR MOTHERS KEEP
THEIR CHILDREN INSIDE DURING REALLY COLD WEATHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; COLOR

Subject headings: Daily Life

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IF A WOMAN EATS ERASERS, SHE IS GOING TO HAVE A BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PICA -- EATING ODD THINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-22-1972

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RUMOR ABOUT TEACHER

IT WAS RUMORED THAT OUR ALGEBRA TEACHER, MR. JOHNSON, PICKED
HIS NOSE AND PUT THE MUCUS BEHIND HIS TIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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POLISH PROVERB

EACH ONE KNOWS BEST WHERE HIS SHOE HURTS HIM.
(POLISH) KAZDY WIE NAJLEPIEJ, GAZIE GO TRZEWIK CISNIE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED TO POINT OUT THAT NO ONE KNOWS ANOTHERS PROBLEMS AS
WELL AS THAT PERSON HIMSELF. I KNOW THIS FROM HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

EVERY MAN SHOULD HAVE A CHINESE COOK, A SPANISH MAID, A FRENCH
MISTRESS, AND A JAPANESE WIFE.

Submitter comment:

DR. DAMIN DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE SHE HEARD THIS.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IDEALISM--WISHFUL THINKING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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CHINESE PROVERB

EVERYTHING IN THE PAST DIED YESTERDAY;
EVERYTHING IN THE FUTURE WAS BORN TODAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST SENECA

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): IDEALISM ; INITIAL ITERATION ; OPTIMISM ; WISHFUL THINKING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

THE NEARER THE BONE THE SWEETER THE MEAT

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ; THINNESS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001930S

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ONCE A PAUPER, ALWAYS A PAUPER

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS GREEK TEXT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): "NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS." ; CYNICISM ; POVERTY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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