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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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I WAS POURING HIM A HILL, HE WAS DIGGING ME A HOLE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): {WHEN IS THIS USED?} {DON'T KNOW}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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Poor Wording

A number of GI's in England during the war decided to hold a horse race to keep up the morale of the base. For some reason they were short of active animals for the event. Now it happened that the local parish priest had a donkey and they obtained his permission to use it to make up the field. The donkey to the surprise of everyone came in third in the first race. Where upon the camp newspaper came out with the headline "Padre's Ass Shows."

This naturally caused no small scandal among the people of the parish and eventually reached the bishop. However, when called to ask about it by the bishop the padre managed to mollify the good man by explaining it was only an American slang expression. The next day a race was held and the donkey came in first. The paper then announced "Padre's Ass Out in Front."

This called for further episcopal disapproval, but again the padre succeeded in mollifying the bishop. The third day's race the donkey finished second and the paper reported "Padre's Ass back in Place." This was the last straw for the bishop and he ordered the priest to withdraw the animal from the race. The camp then came forth with the sad news: "Bishop Scratches Padre's Ass."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [ B667 ] modified: the number zero is written over the seven. Additionally, the entire BN is crossed out and replaced with B660.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Anecdote ; Culture Clash ; DONKEY ; European ; GAMBLING ; HORSE ; Jest ; Language ; MILITARY ; NEWSPAPER ; PUN ; RACING ; RELIGION ; SLANG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Entertainment: Game

London Bridge:

London Bridges falling down, falling down. London Bridges falling down, my fair lady. Take the key and lock her up, lock her up. Take the key and lock her up, my fair lady. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Everyone says the verse, two people hold each other's hands and walk around at Monday and when Sunday comes they put someone between them, swinging their arms back and forth and throwing the person away.

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Entered by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C730.360, C523] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Submission card located in a pile marked C750 Jump Rope Rhyme

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Myself

Keyword(s): Bridges ; CHILDREN ; GAMES ; Jump Rope ; London ; Playground ; Rhymes

Subject headings: -- .C750500

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Superstition: Animals

Cat Superstitions:

If a human touches kittens before their eyes are open the mother cat will let them starve.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Abandon ; ANIMALS ; BELIEF ; Cats ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Animal

Mammal:

The excess handling of any or all of a litter of kittens may cause the mother cat to abandon the one kitten or the whole litter.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B442] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Abandon ; ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; CAT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Animal

Crosses on Donkeys:

The fur on a donkey's back seems to make a dark cross length-wise. According to the informant, the cross is there because Christ rode the donkey into Jerusalem. When she told me this, another person who was present said she had always heard it was there because Mary rode on the donkey.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P682.4, M247.3] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAKLAND UNIVERSITY ;

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ASS ; Christ ; CHRISTIANITY ; Cross ; DONKEY ; DONKEY ; Fur ; HAIR ; Jerusalem ; JESUS ; Mary ; RELIGION ; SYMBOL ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Animal

Bite-Cure:

In Haiti, there is a small lizard-type animal, resembling a chameleon, because right before it bites you, it changes colors so that you can't see it. When it does bite, its jaws lock and it dangles on your body. The only way you can get it off is to find a donkey and make it bray - there by forcing the animal to open its jaws.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P750] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Bite ; BLEND ; Camouflage ; Chameleon ; DONKEY ; ETHNIC ; Haiti ; Haitian ; Lizard

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Language: Rhyme

Mary had a little lamb

The doctor had a fix

'Til Old Macdonald had a farm

Then the doctor quit.

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Keyword(s): DOCTOR ; Farm ; JOKE ; Lamb ; Language ; Mary ; Old MacDonald ; PLAY ON WORDS ; poem ; PUN ; RHYME ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

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

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Retort

If a person is called a big mouth by another big mouth he says "the donkey said that the rooster had a big head."

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Annoying ; Big ; DONKEY ; HEAD ; Hypocrite ; INSULT ; Loud ; Mouth ; RETORT ; Rooster ; Saying

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

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IF A CAT LEAVES A HOUSE WHERE THERE IS AN ILLNESS AND
REFUSES TO COME BACK, THE PATIENT WILL NOT RECOVER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): Abandon ; ANIMAL ; CAT ; DEATH ; ILLNESS ; PROPHECY ; Recovery

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 10-14-1973

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GHOST LEGEND

THERE PERSISTS A LEGEND IN MACEDONIA, THAT IF A
DECEASED WILL APPEAR TO SOME MEMBER OF THE FAMILY.
PERSON DIES THEN WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE DEATH THE GHOST OF THE

Submitter comment:

JAMES LEARNED THIS FROM HIS PARENTS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOST ; Legend ; Lore ; Macedonia ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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MOTHER AND CHILD

THE CHURCH OF ST. LUKE IN BOLOGNA, ITALY HOUSES THE FAMOUS
JEWEL STUDDED PICTURE OF THE MADONNA AND CHILD WHICH IS
BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN PAINTED BY ST. LUKE. A GREAT MANY MIRACLES
ARE ATTRIBUTED TO IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BALOGNA ; Jewel ; Madonna ; PAINTING ; Patron ; Picture ; Saint ; Saint Luke

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00001968 (FALL)

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ANNE BOLEYN

IN THE TOWER OF LONDON, ONE CAN SEE ANNE BOLEYN WALK AROUND
THE TOWER PROPER ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF HER BEHEADING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): Anne Boleyn ; Beheaded ; HAUNTED ; Haunting ; Legend ; Tower of London

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

Date learned: 10281972 YEAR ASSUMED

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CIDER AND DONUTS

DURING THE FALL, WHEN APPLE CIDER IS PLENTIFUL, DONUTS
(USUALLY PLAIN) SHOULD BE EATEN WITH THIS DRINK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTUMN ; Cider ; Donuts ; Fall ; FOOD ; HARVEST

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

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HAD A LITTLE MONKEY,
SAT HIM ON A DONKEY,
FED HIM SOME GINGERBREAD,
ALONG CAME A COUPLE,
HIT HIM ON THE KNUCKLE,
NOW MY MONKEY'S DEAD.

Submitter comment:

THIS RHYME WAS AND STILL SUNG BY SYD'S AUNT MARGE USUALLY WHEN DRUNK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DONKEY ; DRINKING SONG ; Gingerbread ; Monkey ; RHYME ; SONG

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

Date learned: 00-00-1980 ; 00-00-1950

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JUMP ROPE SONG

DONALD DUCK IS A ONE-LEGGED, ONE-LEGGED, ONE-LEGGED DUCK
DONALD DUCK IS A TWO-LEGGED, TWO-LEGGED, TWO-LEGGED DUCK
DONALD DUCK IS A THREE-LEGGED, THREE-LEGGED, THREE-LEGGED DUCK
DONALD DUCK IS A FOUR-LEGGED, FOUR-LEGGED, FOUR-LEGGED DUCK
DONALD DUCK IS A PIGEON-TOED, PIGEON-TOED, PIGEON-TOED DUCK
DONALD DUCK IS A BOW-LEGGED, BOW-LEGGED, BOW-LEGGED DUCK
YOU REPEAT THIS SONG UNTIL THE PERSON JUMPING ROPE MISSES
AS THE PERSON IS JUMPING ROPE HE OR SHE IS ACTING OUT WHAT IS SAID.

Submitter comment:

CHAIN SONG
INITIAL ITERATION
FINAL ITERATION
THIS DEFINITELY HAS A TUNE

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Donald Duck ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; JUMP ROPE RHYME ; REPETITION ; RHYME ; SONG

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

Date learned: CA00001963

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