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HOW DRY I AM, HOW WET I'LL BE
IF I DON'T FIND THE BATHROOM KEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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STYE SUPERSTITION

A STYE OR INFECTION IN YOUR EYE IS CAUSED BY A SPIDER PEEING IN
YOUR EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

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

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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NOT GIVEN

WHEN I WAS ABOUT SIX YEARS OLD AND WE LIVED NEAR THE COUNTRY,
I WOULD OFTEN GO OUT TO PLAY ALL DAY. SO I USED TO GO TO THE
LAVATORY OUTSIDE. MY MOTHER WOULD ALWAYS TELL ME THAT I SHOULD
COME HOME TO GO TO THE BATHROOM, BECAUSE WHEN THE DEVIL CAUGHT
LITTLE BOYS GOING TO THE BATHROOM OUTSIDE HE WOULD BITE OFF
THEIR PENIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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RIDDLE QUESTION

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

AB C D GOLDFISH
BN NO GOLDFISH
O S A R AB
C M P N

Submitter comment:

THIS CAN BE TRANSLATED TO:
AB SEE THE GOLDFISH
BN, THERE IS NO GOLDFISH
OH YES THERE IS AB
SEE THEM PEEING

James Callow comment:

VARIATION: MNO GOLDFISH
CN[ HARTWIG, WILLIAM 720390
C1[ 260 ALAMEDA
C2[ YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO 44504
DNC[ 1,688
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

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

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATALOGICAL URINATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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DANDELION BELIEF

AS CHILDREN IN MAMARNECK, NEW YORK, WE BELIEVED THAT IF
YOU PICKED A DANDELION, YOU WOULD HAVE TO URINATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT WEED ; YELLOW COLOR ASSOCIATES WITH URINATION?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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TO KEEP GHOSTS AWAY

TO KEEP YOURSELF FREE FROM GHOSTS, PEE IN A CIRCLE AND STAND
IN THE CENTER. THE GHOST WILL NOT COME INSIDE THE CIRCLE
AFTER YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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ITS GOOD LUCK IF A FROG PISSES ON YOU WHEN YOU PICK HIM UP.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; AGENCY

Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: CA00001967

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PIMPLES

IF YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM WITH FOOD IN YOUR MOUTH
YOU WILL GET PIMPLES ON YOUR TONGUE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY HIS PARENTS
WHEN HE WAS NINE YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; COLLECTORS HOME ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): CAUSE ; FUNCTION ; URINATION, DEFECATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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TINKLE, TINKLE

TINKLE, TINKLE LITTLE TOT/TINKLE WELL AND FILL YOUR POT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; URINATION

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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GOOD LUCK ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE ) ; HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES. ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

IF A BABY WETS ON YOU IT IS GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HIS ITALIAN MOTHER BELIEVES THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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GRAFFITI

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

YELLOW RIVER BY I PEE DAILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ; SCATOLOGICAL BOOK TITLE ; SLANG FOR URINATION

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

Date learned: CA00001977

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GRAFFITI

I.P. DAILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GRAFFITI

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG FOR URINATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

TATTLE-TALE; TATTLE-TALE
HANG IT ON A BULL'S TAIL
IF THE BULL STARTS TO PEE
YOU WILL HAVE A CUP OF TEA

Where learned: TOLD TO ME IN MY APARTMENT

Keyword(s): NONSENSE

James Callow Keyword(s): REBUKE ; SLANG FOR URINATION

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

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

WHY DON'T THEY HAVE DOGS IN HAMTRAMCK? BECAUSE THEY
PISS ON THE POLES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; VARSITY NEWS OFFICE

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

DO YOU KNOW HOW A POLAK TAKES A SHOWER? PISSES INTO
THE WIND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 03-11-1967

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POLLACK JOKE

WHY DON'T THEY ALLOW DOGS IN HAMTRAMCK.
BECAUSE DOG PEE ON POLES.

Submitter comment:

HEARD THIS AT UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT CAMPUS.
INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON CAMPUS, UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 04-08-1965

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ONE DAY IN JUNE, WHEN MY FATHER WAS ALIVE,
THERE WAS A BAD STORM HEADED IN OUR DIRECTION.
AS MY FATHER LOOKED TO THE SKY HE SAID,
"WE BETER GET INSIDE, IT'S GOING TO RAIN LIKE
A COW PEEING ON A FLAT ROCK."

Submitter comment: MY FATHER WAS RAISED A FARM BOY IN ILLINOIS;
THIS WAS A COMMON EXPRESSION THERE.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 06-00-1975

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SAY, "MOTHER MAY I" AND THEN SPELL CUP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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One day Toto was at the park with his mother.
"I want to pee," Toto exclaimed in front of many people.
"Toto," his embarrassed mother said. "Don't say you have to pee,
Toto. Say you have to...whistle and I'll know what you mean."
The next day Toto went to a movie with his dad.
"Daddy," Toto said. "I want to whistle."
"Not here," his father replied.
"But father," Toto said again. "I really want to whistle."
"O.K. Toto," his angered father replied. "If you have to whistle,
then whistle quietly in my ear."

Where learned: GREECE

Keyword(s): urination, jokes

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001947CA

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DANDELION BELIEF

AS CHILDREN IN MAMARONECK, NEW YORK, WE BELIEVED THAT IF YOU PICKED A DANDELION, YOU'D HAVE TO URINATE.

Submitter comment:

Learned in late 1940s.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector appear to be the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; NEW YORK ; MAMARONECK

Keyword(s): COLOR ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT WEED ; YELLOW COLOR ASSOCIATES WITH URINATION?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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