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ELEPHANT JOKE

QUESTION: WHAT DID THE GRAPE SAY WHEN THE ELEPHANT STEPPED ON IT?
ANSWER: NOTHING, IT JUST LET OUT A LITTLE WHINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; RIDDLE JOKE: ELEPHANTS

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON WINE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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THE NUMBER COMBINATION 3-3-9 HAS IMPORTANCE TO
HAPANESE BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM. EACH HAS THREE SMALL
SAKE GLASSES WHICH THEY EXCHANGE NINE TIMES, THREE
FOR EACH GLASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SAKE=RICE WINE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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Belief: Children's Song

(1) DON'T STEP ON A CRACK OR YOU'LL BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.
(2) IF YOU STEP ON A LINE YOUR MOTHER DRINKS WINE.

Submitter comment:

MY BLACK NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOORS TOLD ME THESE TALES WHEN I WAS A KID.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 12-01-2010 / Motifs and Keywords added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRANKLIN VILLAGE

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; Back ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Crack ; GAME ; Line ; MOTHER ; RHYME ; SONG ; Spine ; SUPERSTITION ; VERSE ; Wine

James Callow Keyword(s): NEGRO

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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Belief: Children's Song

WHEN WALKING DOWN THE STREET SOME CHILDREN WILL CAREFULLY WATCH
WHERE THEY STEP AND SAY, "IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK YOUR MOTHER'S
GOT A BROKEN BACK, AND IF YOU STEP ON A LINE YOUR FATHER DRINKS
WINE.

Submitter comment:

I USED TO PLAY THIS GAME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 12-01-2010 / Motifs and Keywords added by TRD

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; Back ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Crack ; Father ; GAME ; Line ; MOTHER ; RHYME ; SONG ; Spine ; SUPERSTITION ; VERSE ; Wine

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00001958-00001966

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Ethnic: Polish

Wedding Custom:

Offering bread and wine to newlyweds just before they leave the reception is a traditional way of wishing good luck for them. [sic]

Submitter comment:

This little ceremony was observed at several Polish weddings that I attended.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; CEREMONY ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; LUCK ; MARRIAGE ; POLAND ; POLISH ; WEDDING ; Wine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Play on Words

A bachelor is a man who believes in wine, women, and so long.

Submitter comment:

I heard this at Awrey's Bakery when I worked there last summer

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.


Keyword(s): Bachelor ; PUN ; SONG ; Wine ; WOMEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Wedding Custom

It is a custom for the bride and groom to entwine arms and share a cup of wine at the wedding reception.

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Keyword(s): Arm ; Arms ; Bride ; CEREMONY ; Cup ; CUSTOM ; DRINK ; Entwine ; GLASS ; Groom ; Reception ; WEDDING ; Wine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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CUSTOM

AN (ON) CHRISTMAS EAT WINE SOUP AND POPPYSEED STEW.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT STATED HIM (HIS) MOTHER'S PARENTS' PARENTS, ETC.,
(DON'T KNOW BEGINNING) STARTED THE CUSTOM.

Data entry tech comment:

COLLECTOR'S PUNCTUATION CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; FOOD CUSTOM ; Poppyseed ; Wine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.27

Date learned: 10-01-1970

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CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER ALWAY(S) CONSISTED OF OYSTER STEW AND
WHITE WINE.

Submitter comment:

(GRANDMOTHER'S CUSTOM)

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; FOOD ; FOOD CUSTOM ; holiday ; Oyster ; SEAFOOD ; Wine

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE A GERMAN CUSTOM IS TO EAT WINE SOUP WITH
PUMPERNICKEL IN IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

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

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; GERMAN ; Pumpernickel ; Soup ; Stew ; tradition ; Wine

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-04-1971

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MENSTRUAL BELIEF-WINE PREPARATION

WHEN WE MADE WINE IN THE OLD COUNTRY, IF A WOMAN
WHO HAD HER MENSTRUAL PERIOD CAME AROUND OR WAS NEAR THE PLACE
WHERE THE WINE WAS BEING MADE, THE WINE WOULD ALWAYS GO SOUR.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS A FIRM BELIEVER IN THIS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): Feminist ; Grapes ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; Sour ; Wine ; Woman

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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Japanese custom

Otoso, known as a sweet sake or rice wine, is to be drunk in
the morning of New Year's Day to welcome the new year.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): Celebration ; CUSTOM ; FESTIVAL ; holiday ; Japan ; Japanese ; New Year ; Otoso ; Rice ; Rice Wine ; Sake ; Wine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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