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CHILDREN'S RHYME

ROOSEVELT'S IN THE WHITEHOUSE
EATING AT THE TABLE;
LANDON'S IN THE POORHOUSE,
CLEANING OUT THE STABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALFRED LANDON, WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT AND LOST. ; FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

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

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Q: HOW DOES A POLLACK SPELL FARM ?
A: E I E I O

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REFRAIN FROM "OLD MC DONALD HAD A FARM," A CHILDREN'S SONG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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PROVERB

DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF.

Where learned: TV SHOW

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; DON'T WORRY ABOUT SMALL MATTERS ; PERSPIRATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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LUCK

A DONKEY DOESN'T DIE EVERY DAY. (TRANSLATION
NO TODOS LOS DIOS SE MUERE UN BURRO. (SPANISH)

Submitter comment: A MEXICAN SAYING. INFORMANT QUOTED THIS TO ME WHEN SHE WAS KIDDED
ABOUT BEING PRAISED BY THE BOSS AT WORK FOR DOING SOMETHING
ESPECIALLY WELL. IT MEANS SOMETHDING LIKE: IT WAS JUST A GOOD

Where learned: MEXICAN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): LITERALLY: NOT EVERY DAY A DONKEY DIES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NEVER LAMENT THE LOSS OF WHAT IS NOT WORTH HAVING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; DON'T WORRY ABOUT TRIFLES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-07-1970

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PROVERB
OF ALL THE SLAVES THE LOWEST IS HE WHO IS A SLAVE TO HIS PASSIONS

Submitter comment: FROM CICERO

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

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; HEDONISM ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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ARABIAN SAYING

A PERSIAN (LIGHT-SKINNED) IS THE SAME AS AN ARABIAN (DARK-
SKINNED), JUDGE HIM ON WHAT HE DOES.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM MAXIM

PROPERTY IS THEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; YOU CAN'T LOSE WHAT YOU DON'T OWN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-10-1969

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
DOMINO
DOMINO WHO?
DOMINO THING IF YA AIN'T GOT THAT SWING.

Submitter comment: AT SOME PARTY

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): SONG TITLE: IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF YOU AIN'T GOT THAT SWING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
CIGARETTE
CIGARETTE WHO?
CIGARETTE LIFE IF YOU DON'T WEAKEN.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): IT@S A GREAT LIFE IF YOU DON@T WEAKEN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LBJ AND LSD?
ONE'S A DOPE AND ONE'S A DRUG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): JOHNSON, LYNDON B. ; UNITED STATES PRESIDENT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-25-1967

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UNINFORMED

A GREAT MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOTHING WRONG WITH THEM, APPARENTLY,
FORGET TO LET THEIR FACES KNOW ABOUT IT.

Submitter comment: NO RECORD OF SOURCE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): PEOPLE WHO DON,T SMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

HOW DO POLACKS SPELL FARM? "E YI E YI YO."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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SONG

MCDONALDS IS YOUR KINDA PLACE
HAMBURGERS IN YOUR FACE.
FRENCH FRIES UP YOUR NOSE,
COKES DOWN YOUR PANTYHOSE.
LAST TIME I WAS THERE,
THEY FRIED MY UNDERWEAR.
MCDONALDS IS YOUR KINDA PLACE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM SOME FRIENDS IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MC'DONALD'S IS A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT CHAIN.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00001978CA

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LIMERICK

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL FROM MADRAS
WHO HAD A MAGNIFICENT ASS.
IT WASN'T PRETTY AND PINK
AS YOU PROBABLY THINK
BUT WAS BROWN, HAD LONG EARS AND ATE GRASS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN 7TH GRADE AT HELEN
KELLER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): DONKEY ; PRETENDED OBSCENE LIMERICK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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Asking for money from a stranger and getting it can prove
to be rewarding for the man or woman who has given the
money out. For the reason being that "Good Luck" will
follow him or her for the rest of the day.

Submitter comment: My father seemed very optimistic when he was telling me
this story.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

Keyword(s): money, green

James Callow Keyword(s): donor

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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Fish trap don make noise, but it do good work.

Submitter comment: A person's effectiveness is not measured by the amount of
noise he makes but by his accomplishments.

Where learned: VIRGIN ISLANDS ; Saint Thomas

Keyword(s): don = don't

James Callow Keyword(s): BRAGGING ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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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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MAN FROM UNCLE

CONSIDERED A MYSTERY OR WEB GAME. TWO PLAYERS FORM A
BRIDGE WITH THEIR HANDS. THE REST OF THE PLAYERS
MARCH IN A CIRCLE TO MUSIC GOING UNDER THE BRIDGE.
WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS, IF A PERSON IS CAUGHT UNDER
THE BRIDGE HE IS OUT OF THE GAME. IF THE BRIDGE
CATCHES TWO PEOPLE AT ONE TIME, THEY MAY FORM
ANOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): LONDON BRIDGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 09-24-1969

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(PROVERB)

SOME GUY WHO WAS A GREAT TRACK STAR IN GREEK TIMES
STARTED TO BRAG HOW GREAT HE WAS. COME THE DAY OF THE
ATHENS-SPARTA MARATHON, AND HE WAS UP FOR IT. HIS
TRADE MARK BESIDES WINNING, WAS HIS CLOTHES, BECAUSE
HE WAS POOR. HE SAVED UP AND FOR THE BIG RACE HE
BOUGHT SHEEP WAX TO POLISH UP HIS CLOTHES SO THEY
LOOKED EXPENSIVE. THE RACE BEGINS. HE RAN AS HARD
AND AS LONG AS HE COULD. ALAS AND ALACK HE WAS
BEATEN.
MORAL: DON'T GLOSS YOUR BRITHCES AFORE YOU RUN IN
THEM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): DON'T CROSS YOUR BRIDGES BEFORE YOU COME TO THEM.

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 10-20-1970

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