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BELIEF

IF THE SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN THE FIRST TOE, THE FATHER WILL LIVE
LONGER THAN THE MOTHER WILL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THAILAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-03-1971

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NICKNAMES

THE NICKNAME "BUTCH" USUALLY DESCRIBES THE KID AS STRONG AND
USUALLY POSESSING A CREW CUT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THROUGH TRADITION.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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NICKAMES

THE NICKNAME "FOUR EYES" IS USUALLY USED
ON A KID WHO WEARS GLASSES.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THROUGH TRADITION.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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TO WARD OFF THE "COOTIES" SO COMMON TO ALL GRADE
SCHOOL CHILDREN, A GESTURE OF 2 FISTS TOGETHER WITH THE
THUMBS EXTENDED IS MADE.

Data entry tech comment:

DIAGRAM IS ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Updated By TRD for BN. Card Info Update is Forthcoming.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Classroom ; COOTIES ; CUSTOM ; Fists ; GAME ; GESTURE ; Grade School ; SLANG ; Thumb

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- P670 P670.88
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 10-10-1969

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Belief: Luck

If a ship has thirteen letters in its name the ship is doomed.

Submitter comment:

Read this in a book of sea lore.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Minor grammatical correction to submission card: changing had to has

Original BN [P880] crossed out and replaced with P686

Where learned: DORM ROOM ; BOOK

Keyword(s): Boat ; Lore ; NAME ; Nautical ; NUMBERS ; NUMEROLOGY ; Ocean ; Sailor ; SEA ; Ship ; Vessel

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number

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Legend of Writing to Dead People for Lottery Numbers

When writing to dead people for numbers in the lottery, don't cross your t's or dot your i's. And don't use punctuation. At night, put it over a glass of water, under the bed, on top of silver three-pence. A number is to be provided somehow.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Number [B420 429] crossed out and others added: P840, P429, P686

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): Clairvoyance ; Gamble ; GAMBLING ; GRAMMAR ; Lottery ; NUMBERS ; RITUAL ; Spell ; SPIRIT ; SUPERNATURAL

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Number

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Ethnic Joke: French

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

There was this couple engaged to be married. He was a Frenchman, while she was American. Her father gives her advice about her fiance: "Daughter, don't marry a frenchman!" But father, I love this man very much, I'm sure he will be fine. Her father repeats his warning: "Don't marry a Frenchman, because in six months, he'll ask you to "Change ends!" Don't worry father, everything will be ok. So, they got married.

What do you know, but six months later, while they are in bed, the Frenchman says "Honey, would you mind changing ends, just for tonight?" The girl gets a little angry and says "I should have listened to my father, he was right about you Frenchmen!" The frenchman replied, "But honey, Don't you want to have any children?"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card was located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: RENO HALL ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): ETHNIC JOKE ; FRENCH ; HOMOSEXUALITY ; Innuendo ; MARRIAGE ; REFERENCE TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ; SEXUAL EUPHEMISM ; Stereotype

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C566

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Ethnic Joke: Italian

Two old friends are at an airport, watching theplanes land and take off. Suddenly, one says to the other, "Hey! I bet you $25.00 that the Pope is aboard that plane!" The other guy, thinking that he has a safe bet says "you're on!" They watch the plane land, and sure enough, the red carpet rolls out to meet the plane and the Pope walks out! Later, as they guy pays off his debt, he asks, "How in the world did you know that the Pope would be on board?" "Simple," replied the other. "The plane was marked T.W.A., and as we all know, that means Top Wop Aboard!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission Card located in pile marked To Be Classified.

Italian, Ethnic

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): AIRPLANES ; Airport ; Bet ; DEROGATORY ; DEROGATORY TERM=WOP (FOR ITALIAN) ; ETHNIC JOKE ; ETHNIC SLUR ; Gamble ; JOKE ; Pope ; Stereotype

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C566
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Ethnic Joke: Black

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Ethnic (Black) Joke

5 Men are on the moon. Because of rocket engine trouble, only 4 can come back to Earth. The captain of the ship proposes a question to be asked to each of the men. If they answer correctly, they return to Earth. If not, they will be left there. He asks the first: "What was the worst sea-going accident of all time?" The crew man replies"The sinking of the Titanic." "Good!" the captain replies. "You have a place with me on the ship." He comes to the second crewman and asks, "how many people died on that ship?" The crew man answers "about 1100 people, sir." "Good!" The captain says. "You have a place on the ship with me." He comes to the third crewman and says "allright nigger, name 'em!"

(Obviously, he didn't make it...)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The word Negro is written in the top left hand corner of the submission card.

Submission card was located in a pile labeled To Be Classified.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY ; DEROGATORY SLANG ; Distasteful Jokes ; ETHNIC JOKE ; ETHNIC SLUR ; MOON ; NEGRO ; NIGGER ; RACISM ; Stereotype ; Titanic

James Callow Keyword(s): NEGRO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C566
RIDDLE -- W566
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WHEN A FLEMISH WOMAN PUTS THE FINGER NEXT TO HER
THUMB (INDEX FINGER) IN THE PALM OF A GUY'S HAND,
SHE WANTS TO GO TO BED WITH HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): INTERCOURSE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions

Date learned: 11-13-1969

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A SHARP TONGUE IS THE ONLY EDGED TOOL THAT GROWS
CONSTANT USE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-22-1971

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STAR BELIEF

IF YOU WISH ON A FALLING STAR, YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: 870
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-23-1971

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ADAM SONG

CHORUS
THE S STANDS FOR SIGMA, THE P FOR P-I, PI.
THE S STANDS FOR SIGMA, THE P FOR P-I, PI.
AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND YOU, OR GAZE INTO THE SKY.
YOU WILL SEE THAT NAUGHT IS WRITTEN, BUT THE NAME OF SIGMA PI.

ADAM WAS THE FIRST MAN TO WEAR A SIG PI PIN,
NOAH WAS THE SECOND, THEY HAD TO LET HIM IN,
MOSES WAS THE THIRD ONE, WE HAD A LOT OF FUN,
WHEN JULIUS CAESAR CAME ALONG, THEY PLEDGED THE SON OF A GUN.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO U. OF D., HE THOUGHT HE'D JOIN A FRAT,
HE THOUGHT HE'D TAKE A LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHERE HE WAS AT.
BECAUSE HE WAS A FELLOW WE KNEW HE'D BE ALL RIGHT,
THE COLORS THAT HE WORE NEXT DAY WERE LAVENDER AND WHITE.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO U OF D., HE THOUGHT HE'D JOIN A FRAT,
HE THOUGHT HE'D TAKE A LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHERE HE WAS AT.
BECAUSE HE WAS A FELLOW WE KNEW HE': BE ALL RIGHT,
THE COLORS THAT HE WORE NEXT DAY WERE LAVENDER AND WHITE.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED UP TO HEAVEN TO SEE WHO ALL WAS THERE,
HE FOUND A BUNCH A-HANGING AROUND THE FOOT OF THE GOLDEN STAIRS,
SOME WERE SMOKING CIGARETTES, THEY ALL WERE FEELING HIGH,
THEY ALL WERE DAMN GOOD FRIENDS OF HIS, THEY ALL WERE SIGMA PI'S.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO HADES TO SEE THE POOR LOST SOULS,
HE FOUND A BUNCH OF THETA XI'S A-ROASTING ON THE COALS,
FOR THE TEKES AMD THEATA TAUS THE SIZZLE HAD BEGUN,
WHILE SIGMA PI'S IN VELVET CHAIRS WERE WATCHING ALL THE FUN.
CHORUS
THEN IN CAME OLD BEELZEBUB, OF HELL HE WAS THE KING;
AND ALL THE LITTLE IMPS CAME IN AND THEY BEGAN TO SING.
THEY SAW THE GANG GIVE HIM A GRIP, AND THEN THEY HEARD THE CRY.
THAT HE'S A CHARTER MENBER AND A DAMN GOOD SIGMA PI.
CHORUS
NOW DON'T BE DISCONCERTED IF YOU MISS THE NARROW PATH.
OR IF YOU FLUNK YOUR MORALS LIKE YOU USED TO FLUNK YOUR MATH,
AND DON'T BE DISCONCERTED WHEN YOU HEAR THE FUNERAL KNELL,
FOR WE HAVE A STRONG ALUMNI IN THE VERY DEPTHS OF HELL.
CHORUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL FIGURES ; FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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Fraternity Song

Chorus:
A cheer for Sig Pi, were on the path to glory
And all the other frats had better take a bye
A cheer for Sig Pi, we never get caught nappin',
We always know what's happening when we're getting high.

The Theta Tav's thought they could take us alone,
We left them laying in a pile of dust.
And laughed about it all the way home
Ba da da

Chorus

The parties we throw are known all over the state.
The dates we get are groovy and great.
The best thing about them is that they stay out late.
Ba da da

Chorus

The sororities, thought we could never win
The hearts of girls who had never sinned.
But look at all the ones who wear our pins.
Ba da da

Chorus

(sung to the tune of "Bonnie and Clyde")


 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

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

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Come Gather Around the Fireside

Come gather round the fireside bright
In bonds of brotherhood tonight
And raise your voices lustily
To sing of our fraternity.

Chorus:
Long may she live, and may there be
True fellowship eternally
Once more we pledge our loyalty
To Sigma Pi fraternity.

The circle changes with the years,
The brothers come and disappear,
But still the fire is burning bright
Upon the chapter hearth tonight.

Chorus

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

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

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The Ants Go Marching Home Again

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one and the little one stops to shoot a gun and they all go marching down to the earth to get out of the rain, boom! boom! boom!

The ants go marching two by two, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching two by two, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching two by two and the little one stops to tie his shoe and they all go marching down to the earth to get out of the rain, boom! boom! boom!

The ants go marching three by three, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching three by three, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching three by three and the little one stops to take a pee and they all go marching down to the earth to get out of the rain, boom! boom! boom!

The ants go marching four by four, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching four by four, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching four by four and the little one stops to open the door and they all go marching down to the earth to get out of the rain, boom! boom! boom!

The ants go marching five by five, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching five by five, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching five by five and the little one stops to scratch his hide and they all go marching down to the earth to get out of the rain, boom! boom! boom!

The ants go marching six by six, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching six by six, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching six by six and the little one stops to pick up sticks and they all go marching down to the earth to get out of the rain, boom! boom! boom!

The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching seven by seven and the little one stops to go to heaven and they all go marching down to the earth to get out of the rain, boom! boom! boom!

The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching eight by eight and the little one stops to shut the gate and they all go marching down to the earth to get out of the rain, boom! boom! boom!

The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching nine by nine and the little one stops to spend a dime and they all go marching down to the earth to get out of the rain, boom! boom! boom!

The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah! hurrah!
The ants go marching ten by ten and the little one stops to start again and they all go marching down to the earth to get out of the rain, boom! boom! boom!

 

Submitter comment:

Recalled in dorm room at the University of Detroit.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

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

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Graffiti

Bill Smill, can go to hill.

 

Submitter comment:

Found on mattress board in the dorm at U of Detroit North Quadrangle 103.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM ; mattress board

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

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