RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME BLACKBOARD MY UDMERCY
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for Tale returned 80 results.

prev | items
| next

TALE

WHILE HUNTING IN THE UPPER PENINSULA ONE SEASON, I CLIMBED A TREE
TO GET A BETTER VIEW OF THE TERRAIN. THE BRANCH I SAT ON BROKE
AND I FELL INTO WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A HOLLOW TREE WITH BEAR CUBS
IN IT. KNOWING THAT THE MOTHER BEAR WOULD SOON BE BACK, I TRIED
MY BEST TO CLIMB OUT OF THE TREE, TO NO AVAIL. SO I GRABBED MY
KNIFE AND WAITED FOR HER. JUST THEN, I HEARD HER SCRATCHING HER
WAY UP THE TREE. I SAW HER AT THE TOP OF THE TREE CLIMBING INTO
THE HOLE REAR FIRST, SO I GRABBED HER TAIL AND JABBED MY KNIFE
INTO HER BEHIND. SHE SHOT UP THE TREE, PULLING ME WITH HER. AS
SOON AS WE WERE OUT, I PICKED UP MY GUN AND SHOT HER.

Where learned: NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): SEE ROBERTS' SOUTH FROM HELL-FOR-SATAN, TALE 71.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 08-15-1969

View just this record

LACKAWANNA

DID YOU EVER HEAR OF LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK? WELL, I USED TO LIVE
THERE A COUPLE (OF) YEARS AGO. THE STORY AROUND THERE CONCERNING
HOW THE CITY GOT ITS NAME GOES LIKE THIS: THERE WAS THIS INDIAN
TRIBE IN NEW YORK (THE ONEIDAS, I THINK) WHO INHABITED THE
BUFFALO AREA. ONE OF THE INDIANS GOT UP ON THIS BIG OLD HILL
AND SURVEYED THE AREA. ALL THE INDIAN COULD SEE WAS WATER, SO
HE SAID, "LACKAWANNA," WHICH WAS THAT TRIBE'S WAY OF SAYING, "AS
I STAND HIGH ON THIS HILL, AND I LOOK AROUND, ALL I CAN SEE IS
WATER." AND SO THAT IS HOW LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK, GOT ITS NAME.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, A RESIDENT OF THE BUFFALO AREA, SAID THAT THIS IS
WHAT THE PEOPLE TOLD HIM WHEN HE MOVED THERE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 05-12-1965

View just this record

LAKE ERIE

REMEMBER YESTERDAY HOW I TOLD YOU HOW LACKAWANNA GOT ITS NAME
FROM AN INDIAN STANDING ON A HILL. WELL, THE NEXT DAY, THAT
INDIAN BROUGHT THE CHIEF UP TO THE SAME HILL. WHEN THE CHIEF
GOT UP THERE HE SAID, "YOU WERE RIGHT, ALL YOU CAN SEE FROM UP
HERE IS WATER. BOY, IS THIS EVER EERIE!" SO THAT'S HOW THAT
PARTICULAR BODY OF WATER GOT ITS NAME--LAKE ERIE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID HE ALSO HEARD THIS IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

View just this record

WHEN MRS. SOSNOWSKI WAS 12 (ABOUT 1930) IN PENNSYLVANIA
SHE AND HER MOTHER WERE IN THE LIVINGROOM OF HER HOUSE.
HER MOTHER WAS ROCKING HER LITTLE BROTHER TO SLEEP.
ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEY HEARD THREE LOUD KNOCKS.
WHEN THEY WENT TO THE DOOR, NO ONE WAS THERE. ABOUT
15 MINUTES LATER A MRS. ROMIKOFF, ONE OF THE NEARBY
NEIGHBORS RAN OVER TO THEIR HOUSE FOR HELP, BECAUSE
HER BABY WAS VERY SICK. WHEN THE TWO LADIES GOT
THERE, THE BABY WAS DEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF TALE

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

View just this record

OLDER THAN THE HILLS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; STALE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-01-1968

View just this record

BLASON POPULAIRE

PHI KAPPS NEVER GET DRUNK, IF THEY DO THEY NEVER STAGGER,
IF THEY STAGGER THEY NEVER FALL. IF THEY FALL THEY FALL ON THEIR
FACES, SO THEIR PINS NEVER SHOW.

Submitter comment: SPOKEN WHILE DRINKING AT THE 20'S WITH SOME FRATERNITY BROTHERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RESEMBLES A CHAIN TALE.

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ; ITERATION ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1968

View just this record

BOA CONSTRICTOR

I@M BEING SWALLOWED BY A BOA CONSTRICTOR %REPEAT 3 TIMES<
AND I DON'T LIKE IT VERY MUCH.
OH NO, OH NO, HE SWALLOWED MY TOE, HE SWALLOWED MY TOE.
OH GEE, OH GEE, HE'S UP TO MY KNEE, HE'S UP TO MY KNEE.
OH FIDDLE, OH FIDDLE, HE'S REACHING MY MIDDLE, HE'S REACHED
MY MIDDLE.
OH HECK, OH HECK, HE'S UP TO MY NECK, HE'S UP TO MY NECK.
OH DREAD, OH DREAD, HE SWALLOWED MY ( SWOOP )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BOA CONSTRICTOR ; CHAIN TALE IN SONG - EATING OF OBJECTS

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

View just this record

PROSE ROUND ; FORMULA TALE

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. WE WERE ALL SITTING AROUND THE
CAMPFIRE WHEN SUDDENLY UNCLE JOE WALKED UP, AND SOMEONE CALLED OUT
"UNCLE JOE, TELL US A STORY}" AND HE BEGAN: "IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY
NIGHT. WE WERE ALL SITTING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE WHEN SUDDENLY UNCLE
GEORGE WALKED UP, AND SOMEONE CALLED OUT, "UNCLE GEORGE, TELL US A
STORY}" (THIS IS REPEATED, USING A DIFFERENT NAME EACH TIME.)

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN INVOLVING NAMES ; INTERESTING COMBINATION OF ROUND AND CHAIN TALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: CA00001968

View just this record

STOLEN CORPSE OF DOG

TWO OLD LADIES IN BROOKLYN, N. Y., GOT UP ONE MORNING AND FOUND
THEIR OLD TERRIER HAD DIED DURING THE NIGHT. THEY CALLED THE HUMANE
SOCIETY WHO SAID THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONE TRUCK AVAILABLE, IT BEING
SATURDAY, AND WOULD NOT BE AROUND UNTIL THE NEXT TUESDAY. THEY SAID
THE LADIES COULD BRING THE DOG DOWNTOWN IF THEY WISHED. NOT HAVING
THE MONEY FOR A TAXI FROM BROOKLYN TO THE SOCIETY HEADQUARTERS IN
MANHATTAN, THEY TOOK THE SUBWAY DEEP DOWN TO A MANHATTAN STATION
SEVERAL LEVELS BELOW GROUND. MEANWHILE, THEY HAD PUT THE DEAD DOG IN
AN OLD SUITCASE. WHILE THEY WERE TRUDGING ALONG, A YOUNG NEGRO
OFFERED TO CARRY THE SUITCASE UP THE STAIRS. HE DID SO BUT WHEN HE
REACHED THE STREET HE QUICKLY TOOK OFF WITH HIS PRIZE.

Submitter comment: ( GOTTEN ) FROM A SALESMAN FROM NEW YORK CITY
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK IS THE SETTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): URBAN BELIEF TALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 08-00-1964

View just this record

A GRAVE MATTER

IN THE EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY, THE DAUGHTER OF A WEALTHY
KENTUCKY LANDOWNER CONTRACTED A FEVER, FELL INTO A COMA, AND WITHIN
TWO DAYS PASSED AWAY. ON THE FOLLOWING DAY SHE WAS BURIED IN THE
FAMILY CEMETERY. HER BODY WAS ADORNED IN BEAUTIFUL GARMENTS AND
PRECIOUS GEMS WERE PLACED ABOUT HER ACCORDING TO THE LOCAL CUSTOM.
ON THE NIGHT OF HER BURIAL, TWO GRAVE-ROBBERS EXUMED THE CASKET.
THEY OPENED THE LID AND WERE IN THE PROCESS OF REMOVING ONE OF HER
EARRINGS WHEN, IT WAS ALLEGED, SHE AWAKENED FROM HER COMA. THE
SURPRISED GRAVE-ROBBERS IMMEDIATELY GRABBED A SHOVEL AND STRUCK THE
SCREAMING GIRL ACROSS THE BACK OF HER HEAD. THEY THEN LOWERED THE
CASKET INTO THE PIT AND RECOVERED THE HOLE.
THIS STORY BECAME A LEGEND OVER THE COURSE OF THE FOLLOWING
ONE-HUNDRED-TWENTY-FIVE YEARS UNTIL FINALLY IN THE 1920'S LOCAL
OFFICIALS, IN AN EFFORT TO REPUDIATE THE TALE, OPENED THE GRAVE.
THEY FOUND THE REMAINS OF THE YOUNG LADY LYING FACE DOWN WITH THE
REAR OF HER SKULL BASHED IN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD TALE WHILE A RESIDENT OF LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF TALE ; LOCAL LEGEND

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 10-23-1965

View just this record

WISCONSIN KILLER

A MAN IN NORTHERN WISCONSIN WAS INVOLVED AND SUSPECTED IN A
NUMBER OF DISAPPEARANCES IN THE VICINITY. THE POLICE CAME TO HIS HOME
AND AFTER A BRIEF STAY, ONE OF THEM NOTICED THAT ALL OF THE
FURNITURE IN THE HOUSE WAS UPHOLSTERED IN HUMAN SKIN. LATER
INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT HIS COOKIE JAR WAS FILLED WITH HUMAN FINGERS
AND TOES.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): LOCAL LEGEND ; URBAN BELIEF TALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 02-03-1968

View just this record

LEGEND__BELLE ISLE

DOWN A CERTAIN STREET AT NIGHT, THERE IS A WITCH THAT HAD SPIKES IN
HER HANDS AND CLAWS AT YOUR CAR, TRYING TOO GET IN IF YOU
PARK TOO LONG
WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIEND

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; BALLROOM

Keyword(s): FUNCTIONAL FOLKTALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 10-22-1967

View just this record

A YOUNG BOY WAS KIDNAPPED BY A GIANT WHO WAS PLANNING ON EATING
HIM AFTER FATTENING HIM UP WITH A LARGE MEAL.
THE BOY PLACED A BAG UNDER HIS SHIRT AND FILLED IT WITH THE FOOD
FROM THE GIANT'S TABLE.
THE BOY THEN SAID "I AM SURE FULL" AS HE TOOK A KNIFE AND CUT THE
BAG OPEN, SPILLING THE FOOD ONTO THE GROUND.
THE GIANT, WHO HAD BEEN EATING AT THE TIME AS WELL, GRABBED THE
KNIFE FROM THE BOY AND CUT OPEN HIS STOMACH.
THE GIANT DIED, AND THE BOY GOT AWAY.

Where learned: COPENHAGEN ; DENMARK

James Callow Keyword(s): JACK TALES

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 07-00-1978

View just this record

CATCH JOKE

THIS IS A FAIRY STORY AND A RIDDLE.
ONCE THERE WAS A GREAT KING WHO HAD TWO UNMARRIED
DAUGHTERS. A BRAVE KNIGHT CAME TO CALL ON THE KING AND
WAS IMMEDIATELY OFFERED THE CHANCE TO MARRY INTO THE ROYAL
FAMILY. NOW ONE DAUGHTER WAS TERRIBLY HOMELY, BUT SHE WAS
A TERRIFIC HOMEMAKER AND A GREAT COOK. SHE WAS, EXCEPT
FOR HER LOOKS, A PERFECT MATE. THE OTHER DAUGHTER WAS
BEAUTIFUL-- BUT HELPLESS. SHE COULD NEITHER COOK NOR
KEEP HOUSE. AFTER LENGTHY DELIBERATION, THE FOUR OF THEM--
THE KING, THE TWO DAUGHTERS, AND THE BRAVE KNIGHT--
GATHERED TO HEAR THE DECISION. WHOM DID HE CHOOSE?
(AT THIS POINT THE LISTENER GUESSES ONE DAUGHTER OR
THE OTHER.) WRONG! HE CHOSE THE KING. I TOLD YOU IT
WAS A FAIRY STORY.

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS JOKE ON MY JOB AT DETROIT BANK AND TRUST
COMPANY IN 1977. THE JOKE, OF COURSE, IS IN THE DOUBLE-
ENTENDRE OF THE MEANING OF THE WORD "FAIRY", WHICH IS
USED HERE AS A DERISIVE TERM FOR HOMOSEXUALS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
SPEECH -- Formula
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

View just this record

PRACTICAL JOKE

THE JOKE TELLER INSTRUCTS THE DUPE TO REPEAT THE PHRASE
"BEHIND THE BUSH" AFTER EVERY STATEMENT THAT HE MAKES.
JOKE TELLER- THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN.
DUPE- BEHIND THE BUSH.
JOKE TELLER- TAKING OFF HIS CLOTHES.
DUPE- BEHIND THE BUSH.
JOKE TELLER- WHERE WERE YOU?
DUPE- BEHIND THE BUSH.

Submitter comment: THIS JOKE IS MEANT TO TRAP PEOPLE (ESPECIALLY WOMEN) INTO
ADMITTING TO HAVING DONE SOMETHING DISGUSTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH TALE ; REFRAIN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001970S

View just this record

JOKE

THERE IS THIS GUY WHO LIVES IN THIS BIG HOUSE AND HE DECIDES TO PUT
HIS HOUSE UP FOR SALE. HE PUTS A SIGN UP IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE.
ANOTHER GUY COMES IN TO LOOK AT THE HOUSE. THE OWNER TAKES THE
PROSPECTIVE BUYER THROUGH THE HOUSE. WHEN HE IS ALL DONE SHOWING
THE HOUSE, THE PROSPECTIVE BUYER REALLY LIKES IT AND WANTS TO BUY
IT. THE OWNER THEN TELLS HIM THAT THERE IS ONE LAST THING HE MUST
SHOW HIM. THEY BEGIN GOING DOWN SOME STEPS AND THEY COME TO A
100 LB. DOOR. THEY GO DOWN SOME MORE STEPS AND THEY COME TO A 75
LB. DOOR. THEY GO THROUGH THAT AND GO DOWN SOME MORE STEPS AND
THEY COME TO A 50 LB. DOOR. THEY GO THROUGH THAT
AND THEN GO DOWN SOME MORE STEPS AND THEN THEY COME TO A 25 LB.
DOOR. THEY GO THROUGH THAT AND GO DOWN SOME MORE STEPS AND THEN
THEY COME TO A 15 LB. DOOR. THEY GO THROUGH THAT AND GO DOWN SOME
MORE STEPS AND THEN THEY COME TO A 10 LB. DOOR. THEY GO THROUGH
THIS DOOR AND THERE IS A CURTAIN HANGING THERE. THE OWNER OPENS THE
CURTAIN AND THERE IN A CAGE IS A BLUE GORILLA. THE OWNER TELLS THE
BUYER THAT THE GORILLA WILL NOT BOTHER HIM BUT THAT HE MUST NEVER
TOUCH IT. THE BUYER AGREES TO THIS. SO THEY GO THROUGH THE 10 LB.
DOOR, GO UP A FEW STEPS. THEN THEY GO THROUGH THE 15 LB. DOOR AND
GO UP A FEW STEPS. THEN THEY GO THROUGH THE 25 LB. DOOR AND GO UP
A FEW STEPS. THEN THEY GO THROUGH THE 50 LB. DOOR AND GO UP A FEW
STEPS. THEN THEY GO THROUGH THE 75 LB. DOOR AND GO UP A FEW STEPS.
THEN THEY GO THROUGH THE 100 LB. DOOR AND GO UP A FEW STEPS. THEY
SIGN PAPERS AND THE HOUSE BECOMES THE BUYER'S. HE LIVES THERE FOR A
FEW WEEKS AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE. HE KEEPS WONDERING THOUGH
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF HE TOUCHED THE BLUE GORILLA. SO HE GOES DOWN
A FEW STEPS AND GOES THROUGH THE 100 LB. DOOR. HE GOES DOWN A FEW
MORE STEPS AND GOES THROUGH THE 75 LB. DOOR. HE GOES DOWN A FEW
MORE STEPS AND GOES THROUGH THE 50 LB. DOOR. HE GOES DOWN A FEW
MORE STEPS AND GOES THROUGH THE 25 LB. DOOR. HE GOES DOWN A FEW
MORE STEPS AND HE GOES THROUGH THE 15 LB DOOR. HE GOES DOWN A FEW
MORE STEPS AND HE GOES THROUGH THE 10 LB. DOOR. HE PUSHES THE
CURTAIN OPEN AND THERE IS THE BLUE GORILLA. HE FIGURES THE GORILLA
IS IN A CAGE AND CANNOT HURT HIM. SO HE VERY LIGHTLY TOUCHES THE
BLUE GORILLA. THE GORILLA BECOMES FURIOUS AND STARTS JUMPING UP
AND DOWN. THE MAN STANDS THERE IN AMAZEMENT. THEN THE BLUE GORILLA
STARTS BENDING THE BARS. THE MAN BEGINS RUNNING UP THE STAIRS.
HE GOES THROUGH THE 10 LB. DOOR AND RUNS UP A FEW MORE STEPS. HE
GOES THROUGH THE 15 LB. DOOR AND RUNS UP A FEW MORE STEPS. HE CAN
HEAR THE GORILLA RUNNING BEHIND HIM. HE GOES THROUGH THE 25 LB. DOOR
AND RUNS UP A FEW MORE STEPS. HE GOES THROUGH THE 50 LB. DOOR AND
RUNS UP A FEW MORE STEPS. HE GOES THROUGH THE 75 LB. DOOR AND RUNS
UP A FEW MORE STEPS. HE CAN HEAR THE BLUE GORILLA BEHIND HIM. HE
FINALLY GETS THROUGH THE 100 LB. DOOR AND HIDES BEHIND THE COUCH.
HE STARTS PRAYING AND ASKS THE LORD TO PROTECT HIM FROM THE BLUE
GORILLA. THE BLUE GORILLA COMES THROUGH THE 100 LB. DOOR AND SPOTS
THE MAN BEHIND THE COUCH. THE BLUE GORILLA RUNS OVER TO THE
COUCH AND THE MAN SHUTS HIS EYES. THE BLUE GORILLA TAPS HIM ON THE
SHOULDER AND SAYS "YOU'RE IT."

Submitter comment: THIS JOKE CAN REALLY BE DRAGGED OUT BY SAYING THE STEPS AND DOORS
PART REAL SLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN TALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 11-00-1982

View just this record

RUSSIAN TALE

A WOLF RAN OUT OF THE FOREST INTO THE VILLAGE BECAUSE
HUNTERS, WORKERS AND DOGS WERE AFTER HIM. THE WOLF CAME
TO A CAT ON A FENCE AND IMPLORED HER TO HELP HIM:
"VASIL, MY FRIEND, WHICH MAN FROM THIS VILLAGE IS GOOD
ENOUGH TO HIDE ME? YOU HEAR THE DOGS BARKING. THAT
HORRIBLE NOISE! THAT IS ALL ABOUT ME!"
THE CAT SAID, "RUN FAST TO TRAFEMA, A VERY GOOD MAN."
BUT THE WOLF ANSWERED, "I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I
ATE HIS SHEEP."
THEN THE CAT SAID, "THEN GO TO SIMON, A VERY GOOD MAN."
"I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I KILLED HIS COLT."
"THEN GO TO IVAN, A VERY GOOD MAN."
"I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I STOLE HIS GOAT."
"WELL MAYBE KLEM WILL HIDE YOU."
"I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I STOLE HIS PIGLET."
THEN THE CAT SAID, "I SEE YOU HAVE SALTED EVERYONE IN
THE VILLAGE. WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN YOU MUST NOW REAP.

Submitter comment: THE ORIGINAL WAS IN RHYME IN RUSSIAN.
IN THE TEXT, "SALTED" MEANS "AFFRONTED". "SALTING" REFERS
TO THE MEANS OF PRESERVING SLAUGHTERED GAME--THE MEAT
WAS SALTED. THE WOLF HAD SLAUGHTERED THE VILLAGERS'
ANIMALS, OR "SALTED" THEM. IT IS USED LOOSELY HERE--
HE SALTED THE PEOPLE, NOT THE ANIMALS.
ALSO, NOTE THAT THE LAST SENTENCE THE CAT SAYS IS REALLY
A QUOTE FROM THE BIBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.620
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 12-00-1983

View just this record

"One day two brothers were fighting and beating each
other up, almost killing each other. The neighbor saw
it and moved in to try and stop the fight. The brothers
stopped fighting and beat up the neighbor, then they went
back to fighting. Lesson: Mind your own business and
keep out of family fights."

Submitter comment: This is a verbatim account from Maryann Leisner which
retells a story her father learned from old (Italian)
relatives.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): Fable, function, cautionary tale, warning

James Callow Keyword(s): Dramatic Irony ; Peacemaker

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001930S

View just this record

Baby Belief

A baby born with a large, wide mouth will be a good singer.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

James Callow Keyword(s): Talent

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth

Date learned: 03-00-1992

View just this record

PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

HIS WATERMELONS GREW SO FAST HE HAD TO WRAP THE BIG ONE
AROUND A STUMP TO KEEP IT FROM DRAGGING THE LITTLE ONES
OFF.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06-00-1972

View just this record

prev | items
| next

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.