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KING KAHMAI MAI

IN HAWAII, ON THE ISLAND OF PAUI, THERE IS AN UPSIDE DOWN WATERFALL,
AND THIS IS CAUSED BY THE TRADEWINDS, WHICH PUSH THE FALLING WATERS
UPWARD. THE LEGEND BEHIND THIS DEALS WITH KING KAHMAI MAI, WHO WAS
KING OF THE ISLAND MANY YEARS AGO. IT IS SAID THAT HE DROVE ALL THE
PAGANS OFF THE ISLAND, AND THOSE THAT DID NOT LEAVE WERE SACRIFICED
TO THE GODS BY BEING PUSHED OFF THIS WATERFALL. WHEN ALL OF THE
PAGANS HAD LEFT THE ISLAND, THE KING VOWED THAT NO OTHER MAN WOULD
BE ABLE TO DIE BY JUMPING OFF THIS WATERFALL. UP TO THIS DAY THERE
HAS BEEN NOBODY KILLED FROM JUMPING OFF THE WATERFALL BECAUSE OF THE
STRONG TRADEWINDS, AND THEY SAY THAT THE TRADEWIND IS ACTUALLY
KING KAHMAI MAI FULFILLING HIS PROMISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

Keyword(s): DEAD KING RETURNS AS WIND TO PREVENT SUICIDE FROM WATERFALL.

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Running water

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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If win' don' blow yo won' see foul under cloes.

Submitter comment: You won't know the true circumstances until something
unexpected happens to upset the normal course of events.

Where learned: VIRGIN ISLANDS ; Saint Thomas

Keyword(s): cloes = clothes ; don' = don't ; win' = wind ; won' = won't ; Yo = you

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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WINDOW IN THE DOGGIE JOKE

THERE WAS AN ECCENTRIC OLD LADY WHO HAD A LITTLE DOG
THAT SHE LOVED VERY MUCH AND JUST DOTED ON. THE DOG WAS
GETTING OLD AND HADN'T BEEN FELLING WELL, SO THE LADY TOOK
IT TO THE VET. THE DOCTOR TOLD HER THAT THE DOG HAD A
WEAK HEART AND WOULDN'T BE AROUND MUCH LONGER. HE SAID
HE JUST HAD A DOG WHO DIED AND SUGGESTED A HEART TRANSPLANT.
THE LADY CONSENTED AND THE DOCTOR WAS REALLY EXCITED
BECAUSE THIS WAS A FIRST--A HEART TRANSPLANT IN A DOG. THE
LADY WAS WATCHING THE DELICATE OPERATION AND THE SKILLFUL
DOCTOR ASKED THAT SINCE HE WAS ALREADY OPERATING, COULD
HE PUT A WINDOW IN THE DOG SO THEY COULD WATCH THE NEW
HEART WORK. THE LADY BEGAN TO WORRY ABOUT MONEY, BUT
CONSENTED ANYWAY.
FINALLY SHE GOT SO WORRIED ABOUT THE COST OF THE OPERATION
AND EVERYTHING THAT SHE THOUGHT SHE {HAD} BETTER INQUIRE
ABOUT IT. SHE ASKED THE DOCTOR, "HOW MUCH IS THAT WINDOW
IN THE DOGGIE?"

Where learned: INDIANA ; University of Notre Dame

Keyword(s): SONG: HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW.

James Callow Keyword(s): HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW?

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 03-28-1971

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WINDOW IN THE DOGGIE JOKE

THERE WAS AN ECCENTRIC OLD LADY WHO HAD A LITTLE DOG
THAT SHE LOVED VERY MUCH AND JUST DOTED ON. THE DOG WAS
GETTING OLD AND HADN'T BEEN FELLING WELL, SO THE LADY TOOK
IT TO THE VET. THE DOCTOR TOLD HER THAT THE DOG HAD A
WEAK HEART AND WOULDN'T BE AROUND MUCH LONGER. HE SAID
HE JUST HAD A DOG WHO DIED AND SUGGESTED A HEART TRANSPLANT.
THE LADY CONSENTED AND THE DOCTOR WAS REALLY EXCITED
BECAUSE THIS WAS A FIRST--A HEART TRANSPLANT IN A DOG. THE
LADY WAS WATCHING THE DELICATE OPERATION AND THE SKILLFUL
DOCTOR ASKED THAT SINCE HE WAS ALREADY OPERATING, COULD
HE PUT A WINDOW IN THE DOG SO THEY COULD WATCH THE NEW
HEART WORK. THE LADY BEGAN TO WORRY ABOUT MONEY, BUT
CONSENTED ANYWAY.
FINALLY SHE GOT SO WORRIED ABOUT THE COST OF THE OPERATION
AND EVERYTHING THAT SHE THOUGHT SHE {HAD} BETTER INQUIRE
ABOUT IT. SHE ASKED THE DOCTOR, "HOW MUCH IS THAT WINDOW
IN THE DOGGIE?"

Where learned: INDIANA ; University of Notre Dame

Keyword(s): SONG: HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW.

James Callow Keyword(s): HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW?

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 03-28-1971

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Ethnic: Ukraine

Belief:

In Ukraine, it is believed that if you're locked out of your house and forced to come in through the window, you must also leave by the window or you will experience some misfortune.

Submitter comment:

Informant received information from grandparents in Ukraine.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] written and crossed out twice/replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; Door ; ETHNIC ; FUNERAL HOME SLOGAN? ; SUPERSTITION ; Ukraine ; UKRAINIAN ; UKRAINIAN BELIEF ; Window

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

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Belief: Weather

Weather Proverb:

If the wind is from the East, the fishing is the least;

But if the wind is from the West, the fishing is the best.

Submitter comment:

My mother heard this proverb from my father, who likes fishing.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; Connor St ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Air ; DIRECTION ; East ; FISHING ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; WEATHER ; West ; Wind

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

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Belief: Weather

When rain comes before wind top sails and mizzen mind.

When wind comes before rain you may make sail again.

Submitter comment:

Told on a boat on the Fourth of July (American Holiday of Independence)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

* mizzen is the fore and aft sail on the mizzenmast - a boat having three or more masts.

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B465] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: On a Boat

Keyword(s): Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER ; Wind

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

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Belief: Weather

The south wind brings wet weather,

The north wind wet and cold together,

The west wind always brings us rain,

The last wind blows it back again.

Submitter comment:

Verse without Music or Prediction Divination

Heard in School

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO ;

Keyword(s): Compass ; DIRECTION ; North ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; South: east West ; Wind

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

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Verse

The Wind:

When the wind is in the East,

'Tis good for neither man nor feast;

When the wind is in the North,

The skillful fisher goes not forth;

When the wind is in the South,

It blows the bait in the fishes' mouth;

When the wind is in the West,

Then 'tis at its very best.

Submitter comment:

Discovered in a paper placement, printed in Rhode Island. Paper then discovered at Audio's Pizzaria in Detroit.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: Rhode Island

Keyword(s): Bait ; DIRECTION ; East ; FISH ; Fisherman ; FOOD ; Formula ; North ; Ocean ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; Sailor ; SEA ; Sky ; SONG ; South ; Sport ; VERSE ; WARNING ; West ; Wind

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.890

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Proverb

Ill Wind:

It is an ill wind that blows no good.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Various grammatical corrections.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; EVIL ; FATE ; Gaelic ; Good ; Ill ; Irish ; LUCK ; OMEN ; Wind

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Toast

Gaelic Blassing:

May the road rise to meet you, and the wind be always at your back, and may the Lord hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Listed as a toast by other collectors

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Back ; BLESSING ; DRINKING ; ETHNIC ; Gaelic ; Irish ; Lord ; Road ; Social ; TOAST ; Wind

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

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Retort

You make a better door than you do a window.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

[When said? When someone gets in the way?]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; Door ; INSULT ; Obstruction ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; View ; Window ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

An ill wind blows no good.

Submitter comment:

Can't remember

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600} crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Wind

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

It's an ill wind that blows no good.

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this in Detroit, MI.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V880] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Ill ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Wind

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Verse:

Yours till the windows have pains.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Devotion ; Pains ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Signature ; VERSE ; Windows ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Language

Etymology of "shotgun"

I remember how in grade school days my brother and I would yell out "shotgun" as we ran to the car for a ride. This word claimed a seat by the window for whoever could shout first.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Car ; ETYMOLOGY ; Language ; Origin ; Shotgun ; SLANG ; Window ; WORDS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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Saying

...three sheets to the wind. Meaning he's drunk.

ie There was a guy three sheets to the wind.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): DRUNK ; EUPHEMISM ; Language ; Saying ; Sheets ; SLANG ; Term ; Wind

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face

The rains fall soft upon your fields and
Until we meet again...
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Leave Taking?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Back ; BLESSING ; Culture ; ETHNIC ; Field ; God ; Irish ; Rain ; Road ; TRAVEL ; Wind

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Irish Blessing

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And Grains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Leave-Talking?

Too long, so not included.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; Culture ; God ; Grain ; Irish ; Road ; TRAVEL ; VERSE ; Well Wishes ; Wind

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

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Joke

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Doll Joke:

Negro Doll: Wind it up and it moves into your neighborhood.

Submitter comment:

From his friend, Brian.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Doll ; JOKE ; NEGRO ; Neighborhood ; RACISM ; Racist ; Slur ; Tasteless ; Wind-up

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
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