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A CURE FOR BOILS

MY GRANDFATHER, FRANK PIAZZA, HAD A SMALL SISTER WHO HAD A VERY
LARGE BOIL ON HER CHEEK OF HER FACE WHEN SHE WAS TWO YEARS OLD. HER
PARENTS TOOK HER TO DOCTORS AND THE RESULTS WERE ALWAYS THE SAME, "WE
COULD OPERATE BUT THERE WOULD BE A LARGE VISIBLE SCAR."
MY GRANDFATHER'S PARENTS THOUGHT IT OVER, AND REMEMBERED A "BOIL
CURE" FROM THEIR OWN PARENTS.
THE CURE WAS TO ALWAYS KEEP GOOSE FAT ON THE BOIL, AND EVENTUALLY IT
WILL DISAPPEAR.
THE PARENTS DID THIS TO THEIR LITTLE GIRL, AND THE BOIL FINALLY WENT
AWAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A PIAZZA FAMILY CURE THAT HAS BEEN IN THE PIAZZA FAMILY FOR
MANY, MANY YEARS. THIS CURE HAS BEEN PUT TO USE THREE TIMES IN THAT
FAMILY, AND EACH TIME IT HAS WORKED.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; ITALY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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IF YOU HAVE LOTS OF HAIR ON YOUR BACK, YOU'LL BE RICH.

Submitter comment: SOURCE: MY MOTHER (SAYS COLLECTOR)

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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LAKE ERIE

REMEMBER YESTERDAY HOW I TOLD YOU HOW LACKAWANNA GOT ITS NAME
FROM AN INDIAN STANDING ON A HILL. WELL, THE NEXT DAY, THAT
INDIAN BROUGHT THE CHIEF UP TO THE SAME HILL. WHEN THE CHIEF
GOT UP THERE HE SAID, "YOU WERE RIGHT, ALL YOU CAN SEE FROM UP
HERE IS WATER. BOY, IS THIS EVER EERIE!" SO THAT'S HOW THAT
PARTICULAR BODY OF WATER GOT ITS NAME--LAKE ERIE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID HE ALSO HEARD THIS IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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LACKAWANNA

DID YOU EVER HEAR OF LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK? WELL, I USED TO LIVE
THERE A COUPLE (OF) YEARS AGO. THE STORY AROUND THERE CONCERNING
HOW THE CITY GOT ITS NAME GOES LIKE THIS: THERE WAS THIS INDIAN
TRIBE IN NEW YORK (THE ONEIDAS, I THINK) WHO INHABITED THE
BUFFALO AREA. ONE OF THE INDIANS GOT UP ON THIS BIG OLD HILL
AND SURVEYED THE AREA. ALL THE INDIAN COULD SEE WAS WATER, SO
HE SAID, "LACKAWANNA," WHICH WAS THAT TRIBE'S WAY OF SAYING, "AS
I STAND HIGH ON THIS HILL, AND I LOOK AROUND, ALL I CAN SEE IS
WATER." AND SO THAT IS HOW LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK, GOT ITS NAME.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, A RESIDENT OF THE BUFFALO AREA, SAID THAT THIS IS
WHAT THE PEOPLE TOLD HIM WHEN HE MOVED THERE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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TWO COUPLES HAD DONE THINGS TOGETHER FOR YEARS,
AND ONE NIGHT FOR KICKS THEY DECIDED TO SWITCH
PARTNERS. THAT NIGHT AT ABOUT 2:00 O'CLOCK, THE
ONE FELLOW SAID TO HIS PARTNER, "WHAT DO YOU SAY WE GO
SEE HOW THE GIRLS ARE MAKING OUT."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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GIRL IN DOCTOR'S OFFICE GETTING EXAM:
"WHAT'S YOUR HUSBAND'S NAME?"
"NOT MARRIED."
"WHAT'S YOUR BOYFRIEND'S NAME?"
"DON'T HAVE ANY."
DOCTOR GOES TO THE WINDOW LOOKS OUT.
GIRL ASKS WHAT FOR. HE SAYS, "LAST TIME THIS
HAPPENED, A STAR APPEARED IN THE EAST, AND I DON'T
WANT TO MISS IT THIS TIME."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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A GIRL CONFIDED IN HER ROOMMATE THAT LATELY SHE HAD
BEEN GETTING A VIOLENT SEXUAL FEELING EVERYTIME SHE
SNEEZED. THE ROOMMATE SAYS, "WHAT ARE YOU TAKING FOR
IT?" THE FIRST GIRL SAYS, "BLACK PEPPER."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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WOMAN IN DRUG STORE ORDERS ONE DOZEN RUBBERS.
SIZE? "MIX THEM UP--I'M GOING TO A PICNIC."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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SHE WAS A CALENDAR MODEL--UNTIL SHE MISSED A
COUPLE OF MONTHS.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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TWO OLD LADIES WERE SITTING AND ROCKING ON THE FRONT
PORCH OF THE OLD LADIES' HOME. ONE SAID TO THE
OTHER, "DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE'S A CASE OF
SYPHILIS IN THE HOUSE?" "GOOD," SAID THE OTHER,
"I'M TIRED OF ROOTBEER ANYWAY."

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THIS GUY HAS A ONE-TRACK MIND!

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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A YOUNG FELLOW WHO WAS VERY INEXPERIENCED IN
MATTERS OF LOVE, WAS GOING TO GET MARRIED, SO HE
WENT TO SEE HIS DOCTOR FOR ADVICE ON HOW TO PROCEED
THE FIRST NIGHT. DOCTOR SAID TO GO TO BED TOGETHER,
PUT YOUR HAND ON HER TUMMY, RUB IN A CIRCLE AND SAY,
"I LOVE YOU." SO THE FELLOW WAS DOING THIS AND HIS
BRIDE SAID, "LOWER." AND THE FELLOW DROPPED HIS VOICE
A FEW TONES AND REPEATED, "I LOVE YOU."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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WEDDING TRADITION

THE BRIDE'S GARTER IS A GOOD LUCK TRADITION BEGUN IN THE
DAYS OF CHIVALRY BY THE KNIGHTS OF THE "ORDER OF THE
GARTER."
FATE IS SEALED FOR THE BACHELOR GAY,
WHEN THE BRIDE'S GARTER IS TOSSED HIS WAY.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; WEDDING SHOWER

Subject headings: 860 Belief

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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A STRIKING, BUT RATHER PLUMP COED, VISITED THE
KINDLY CAMPUS PSYCHIATRIST TO REPORT DESPONDENTLY
THAT SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS LOSING HER BOY FRIEND.
"WHY DON'T YOU DIET?" ASKED THE DOCTOR. "THAT'S
A GROOVY IDEA," SAID THE COED, "WHAT COLOR DO YOU
THINK HE'D LIKE?"

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SEXUAL INTERCOURSE INTIMATED

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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NE GIRL TALKING TO ANOTHER: "DO YOU SMOKE AFTER
INTERCOURSE?" "I DON'T KNOW, I NEVER LOOKED."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; Collection

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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Ethnic Joke: Jewish

Irishman, Scotchman and Jew visiting dead friend in funeral parlor. Sign on dead man's chest says, "I'd like to take some money with me when I go." Irishman puts out $500. So does the Scotchman. Jew writes a $1500 check and takes the $1000 as change.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B66] crossed out

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; Collection

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; BURIAL ; Dead ; Distasteful ; ETHNIC ; Funeral ; Irish ; Jewish ; JOKE ; MONEY ; Offensive ; Penny-pincher ; SCOTTISH ; Stereotype

James Callow Keyword(s): Jewish

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

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Ethnic Joke: Misc.

One fellow advising another to buy Fisher Price Toy MFG.Co. stock, because they were planning to marker a new item that was expected to go great. It was a boxed jigsaw puzzle made expressly for (Poles, or Italians, or Irish, etc.) with instructions which would eliminate any confusion by saying "open either end."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; Collection

Keyword(s): BUSINESS ; Entertainments ; ETHNIC ; GAMES ; Investment ; Italian ; Jewish ; Mockery ; POLISH ; RIDICULE ; Stereotype ; Stock

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

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PROVERB

DUMBER THAN YOU LOOK

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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THERE IS A CHURCH IN LEWISTON, NEW YORK WHICH HAS BEEN EMPTY
FOR YEARS, AND ON CERTAIN NIGHTS WHEN IT IS APPROACHED
WITH A LIT LANTERN; IT IS BLOWN OUT.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; LEWISTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.13

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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HERE'S A WAY TO GET RID OF WARTS. SPIT ON A KERNEL OF CORN AND
THEN RUB THE CORN ON THE WART. BURY THE KERNEL AND THE
WART WILL GO AWAY.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 03-12-1968

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IF YOU SWEEP ON A YOUNG GIRL'S FEET, SHE WON'T GET
MARRIED.

Submitter comment: FROM MY MOTHER--COLLECTOR.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): SPINSTER

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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