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TAUNT

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN
TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR PLANET.

Submitter comment: THE TIME IS NOW FOR MEN TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE WHAT
HAS TO BE DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): ANAPESTS ; GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY. ; PARODY: ON TYPING EXERCISE: NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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MENSTRUATION SUPERSTITION

NEVER HAVE A TOOTH FILLED DURING MENSTRUATION OR IT WILL FALL OUT.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): DENTISTRY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT KIND OF NUT HAS NO SHELL?
A: DOUGHNUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): PASTRY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE. WORK LIKE HELL AND ADVERTISE.

Data entry tech comment: PARODY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): BUSINESS ; INDUSTRY ; INITIAL ITERATION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY

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

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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PROVERB

THE FOOT ON THE CRADLE AND THE HAND ON THE DISTAFF IS THE SIGN OF A
GOOD HOUSEWIFE.

Submitter comment: SPANISH SAYING

Where learned: MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): MOTHERHOOD ; SPINNING WHEEL ; SYMBOLS ; WORK, INDUSTRY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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PROVERB: LITHUANIAN

DARBSCIAN RR ILGIAUSIA DIENA PERTRUMPA.
FOR THE HARD_WORKING PERSON THE LONGEST DAY IS TOO SHORT.

Keyword(s): INDUSTRY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-07-1968

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TOM SWIFTIE

"FORTUNATELY, I LIKE CHINESE COOKIES," SAID TOM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SHIPLE HALL

Keyword(s): PASTRY ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 03-23-1971

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REALITY

GRASS DOESN'T GROW ON A BUSY STREET.

Submitter comment: HIS FATHER ALWAYS SAYS THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): INDUSTRY

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

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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PROVERB: ANCESTOR

IF A MAN FAILS, HE BLAMES HIS ANCESTORS.
ONLY A FOOL BLAMES OTHERS IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG FOR HIM.

Where learned: KOREA ; SEOUL

Keyword(s): ANCESTRY ; PLACING BLAME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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HOW MANY PSYCHIATRISTS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB.
ONE, BUT THE LIGHT BULB REALLY HAS TO WANT TO CHANGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE ON PSYCHIATRY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME

YOURS TILL AUSTRIA GETS HUNGARY AND FRIED TURKEY IN GREECE.

Submitter comment: FOLLOWING IS FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1929-1933

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): COUNTRY ; FRIENDSHIP ; PROMISE ; PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD ; PUN ON HUNGRY

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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SIGNATURE, PROSE

"YOURS TILL RUSSIA GETS HUNGRY AND EATS TURKEY ON CHINA."

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF 1963

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COUNTRY ; PROMISE ; PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): CINIAWARE ; PUN ON HUNGARY

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

DON'T GO TO LONDON, DON'T GO TO FRANCE
STAY HERE IN MISSOURI AND GIVE THE BOYS A CHANCE.

Where learned: MISSOURI, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COUNTRY ; HUMOROUR ADVICE ; RHYMING COUPLET

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

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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LIMERICK ON A FAMILY TRIP

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL NAMED CHER,
WHO WAS ALWAYS BRUSHING HER HAIR.
ONE DAY PEOPLE SAY
HER HAIR BLEW AWAY.
AND NOW POOR CHER'S HEAD IS BARE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A POEM THAT MY SISTER MADE UP WHILE WE WERE PLAYING
A GAME IN THE CAR ON A FAMILY TRIP. THE GAME CONSISTS
OF EVERYBODY MAKING UP A FIVE-LINE POEM WITH A PERSON'S
NAME IN IT. AT THE END THE PERSON WITH THE BEST LIMERICK
GETS A PRIZE OF SOME SORT. USUALLY THE PRIZE TURNED OUT TO
BE A MILKSHAKE AT MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPROMPTU COMPOSITION OF POETRY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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LIMERICK ON A FAMILY TRIP

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL NAMED JULIE.
HER HAIR WAS TANGLED AND UNRULY.
HER MOM HAD IT SHORN.
HOW JULIE DID MOURN.
FOR THE MICE HAD NO HOME WITHOUT JULIE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A LIMERICK MADE UP IN THE GAME PLAYED ON A
FAMILY TRIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPROMPTU OF POETRY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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LIMERICK ON A FAMILY TRIP

THERE ONCE WAS A BOY NAMED BILL
WHO SWALLOWED AN ATOMIC PILL.
HE STARTED TO COUGH.
THE BOMB WENT OFF.
THEY FOUND HIS HEAD IN BRAZIL.
THERE WAS ALSO A GIRL NAMED JANE
WHO ALWAYS HAD A VERY STRANGE PAIN.
SHE TOOK ONE OF BILL'S PILLS
NEVER KNOWING IT KILLS,
AND WAS NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN.
SO DON'T FOOL AROUND WITH A PILL,
UNLESS YOU ARE MENTALLY ILL.
FOR THE PILL THAT YOU TAKE
COULD BE THE MISTAKE
OF ENDING YOUR LIFE WITHOUT WILL.

Submitter comment: THIS LIMERICK WAS MADE UP IN A GAME PLAYED IN THE CAR ON
A FAMILY TRIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPROMPTU OF POETRY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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POLISH

POLISH EASTER CUSTOMS INCLUDE THE CONSECRATING OF
FOLK PASTRY, THE DECORATING AND GIVING OF THE
EASTER EGGS, AND THE CREMONIAL EATING OF CERTAIN
BLESSED FOODS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOLK PASTRY=OPLATKI?

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Elements

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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Custom

Method for pulling out baby teeth: tie string around tooth and other end around door and close door.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): BABY ; CUSTOM ; DENTISTRY ; Door ; Removal ; String ; TEETH ; Tooth

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

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Prank

Fletcher Tube:

The Fletcher Tube us a non-existent piece of equipment. When freshmen are having problems in lab, you tell them that a Fletcher Tube will do the trick. They go to the stockroom to check one out and are laughed at.

Submitter comment:

Informant said that he pulled this gag while he was a graduate student.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CLASSROOM ; CHEMISTRY BUILDING

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC JOKES ; Chemistry ; COLLEGE ; COLLEGE PRANK ; COLLEGE PRANK ; Entertainment ; Freshman ; Hazing ; JOKE ; Laboratory ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; Prank

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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Ethnic:Ugandan

Cocks and Misfortune:

If a family keeps poultry, and is a cock among them crows between sun-set and mid-night [sic], that particular bird must be strangled immediately to overt misfortune!

 

Submitter comment:

The superstition is proper to the Batooro tribe of about 100,000 poeple of Uganda.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P530, P880] crossed out/replaced with current classifications

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FARMING ; MISFORTUNE ; Omens ; Poultry ; SUPERSTITION ; Tribe ; Uganda

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird

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