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BELIEF

MAKE A VISIT IN A CHURCH YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN IN BEFORE AND
WHILE YOU ARE THERE, MAKE A WISH. IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 02-01-1970

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A WOMAN SHOULD ALWAYS DRINK BEER DURING PREGNANCY.
IT MAKES THE BABY GOOD LOOKING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REVEALED THAT HE HEARD THIS FROM HIS FATHER WHO OWNED A BA

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-26-1971

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HAPPY IS THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR. ; NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

THERE WAS A BELIEF THAT A MOTHER WOULD DIE IF THE EVIL SPIRIT
CAME UPON HER BEFORE SHE WAS ABLE TO BE CHURCHED. MY GRANDFATHER
RECALLED THAT AFTER MY UNCLE JOSEPH WAS BORN THE EVIL SPIRIT
TRIED TO HARM MY GRANDMOTHER. ONE NIGHT, MY GRANDFATHER WAS
AWAKENED BY THE SOUND OF TAPPING AND SOMEONE CALLING FOR MY
GRANDMOTHER. MY GRANDMOTHER DID NOT HEAR IT SO MY GRANDFATHER
WENT TO THE DOOR BUT NO ONE WAS THERE. THE TAPPING AND
CALLING FOR MY GRANDMOTHER OCCURED THREE TIMES. THE THIRD TIME
WHEN HE WENT TO THE DOOR HE CALLED OUT: WHOEVER YOU ARE
SHOW YOUR FACE IF IF YOU ARE GOOD AND BEGONE IF YOU ARE EVIL.
AGAIN, THERE WAS NO ONE AND IT DID NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CHURCHING OF WOMAN ; DEMON SUMMONS WOMAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 01-15-1970

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BABIES DONT LAUGH, THEY'RE ONLY HAVING GAS PAINS.
WHEN A BABY IS FIRST BORN HE/SHE CANT SEE - THEY START
TO SEE WHEN THEY BECOME A CERTAIN AGE.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME BY MY MOTHER WHO GOT THAT FROM HER MOTHER,
MY MOTHER NEVER BELIEVED THAT BECAUSE SHE TOLD MY
GRANDMOTHER THAT ALL OF HER BABIES COULD
SEE WHEN THEY WERE FIRST BORN.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001980S

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WHY DID THE BLACK MAN WEAR A TUXEDO TO HIS VASECTOMY?
ANSWER. IF I'M GONNA BE IMPOTENT I MIGHT AS WELL LOOK
IMPOTENT.

Submitter comment: I GOT THIS JOKE FROM THE MOVIE "SOUL MAN." IT WAS TOLD
BY TWO WHITE GUYS IN FRONT OF A BLACK GUY TO MAKE HIM
FEEL BAD.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IMPOTENT- USED INSTEAD OF THE WORD IMPORTANT TO MAKE ; THE BLACK MAN'S SPEECH SEEM BAD.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- BLAC

Date learned: 10-00-1987

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SPIRITUAL PRESENCE

I WAS LAYING IN MY MOTHER'S BED SOME TIME AFTER MY FATHER
DIED AND HER ROOM WAS DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM HIS. I WASN'T
QUITE ASLEEP YET WHEN I SAW A TRANSPARENT PERSON ABOUT THE
SIZE AND SHAPE OF MY FATHER COME OUT OF THAT ROOM. I WAS
NOT SCARED BECAUSE IN LIFE MY FATHER WAS A VERY KIND MAN
THAT WOULD NOT HURT ME AND HE WOULD BE THE SAME IN DEATH.
I WENT TO SLEEP FEELING VERY COMFORTED.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1986

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YOU ARE SO OLD THAT YOU REMEMBER WHEN GOD'S MOTHER WAS
PREGNANT WITH HIM.

Submitter comment: MADE THIS UP WHEN PLAYING THE DOZENS WITH MY SISTER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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YOU ARE SO OLD THAT THERE ARE RECORDS OF YOU PLAYING
BALL WITH GOD WHEN HE WAS A BOY.

Submitter comment: MADE UP JOKE TO PLAY THE DOZENS WITH MY SISTER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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"THE MISTRESS"

I WAS SITTING IN A RESTAURANT AND ALL OF A
SUDDEN THIS WOMAN STARTED ARGUING WITH HER HUSBAND. THE REASON
FOR THE OUTBURST WAS BECAUSE THIS BEAUTIFUL BLOND WOMAN CAME
OVER AND KISSED THE HUSBAND ON THE LIPS. I HEARD THE
HUSBAND SAY, "YES, SHE IS MY MISTRESS." THE WIFE GOT REALLY MAD
AND SAID SHE WANTED A DIVORCE. THE HUSBAND SAID OK AND WENT ON
TO TELL HER THAT THE MERCEDES WOULD HAVE TO GO BACK AND SHE WON'T
BE GETTING FUR COATS EVERY YEAR, SHE WON'T BE GETTING HER
MONTHLY ALLOWANCE OF $1000 PER MONTH. (THIS MAN IS VERY RICH.)
FINALLY THE WIFE SAT BACK DOWN AND ACCEPTED THE FACT THAT HER
HUSBAND HAD A MISTRESS. TEN MINUTES LATER THE WIFE LOOKED
ACROSS THE ROOM AND SAW A FAMILY FRIEND NAMED DAN AND HE
WAS WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WHO WASN'T HIS WIFE. THE WIFE SAID,
"THERE'S DAN BUT WHO'S THAT WOMAN WITH HIM?" THE HUSBAND SAID,
"THAT'S DAN'S MISTRESS -- I BET YOU DON'T HEAR HIS WIFE
COMPLAINING."

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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LITTLE MORON

WHY DID THE LITTLE MORON PUT HIS
MOTHER UNDER THE STEPS?
BECAUSE HE WANTED A STEPMOTHER.
WHY DID THE LITTLE MORON THROW THE
CLOCK OUT THE WINDOW?
BECAUSE HE WANTED TO SEE TIME FLY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001980S

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LITTLE MORON

WHY DID THE LITTLE MORON PUT
HIS FATHER UNDER THE STEPS ?
BECAUSE HE WANTED A STEPFATHER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001980S

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WHEN A LITTLE GIRL WHISTLES, THE DEVIL DANCES.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING WAS USED FREQUENTLY BY THE INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HELL MUSIC CHILDREN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

THE WHEEL THAT SQUEAKS LOUDEST IS THE ONE THAT GETS THE GREASE.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY HER TENNESSEE GRANDMOTHER. MEANS ATTENTION GOES TO
TH LOUDEST PERSON.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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GOSSIP

WHAT GOES IN THE WASH MUST COME THROUGH THE WRINGER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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OLD SAYING

THE WAY YOU RAISE 'EM, THAT'S THE WAY YOU GET 'EM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER TOLD HIM THIS AND HIS GRANDFATHER TOLD
HIS FATHER THIS. IT'S AN OLD SAYING THAT'S BEEN PASSED
DOWN IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILDREN PARENTS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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THE TRUTH IS IN THE WINE.

Submitter comment: ITALIAN: IN VINO VERITAS

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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WHAT IS HOPE?

TROUBLE CAUSES ENDURANCE: INDURANCE CAUSES CHARACTER AND
CHARACTER RESULTS IN HOPE.

Submitter comment: THE VICAR HANDSCHIN USED THIS SAYING IN A CHURCH SERMON ONCE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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TO HAVE FIFTEEN FITS AND WALK IN EACH ONE OF THEM.

Submitter comment: WHICH MEANS TO BE VERY ANGRY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM MAXIM

THE SMILE THAT YOU SEND OUT RETURNS TO YOU.
SMILE AND USUALLY SOMEONE WILL SMILE IN RETURN.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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