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TURTLE

IN THE FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE WHEN GIRLS FIRST BEGAN WEARING
BRAS, THE BOYS WOULD COME UP BEHIND THE GIRLS AND ASK THEM
"ARE YOU A TURTLE?" THE GIRL WOULD REPLY "NO" AND THEN THE
BOY WOULD PULL THE BACK OF HER BRA STRAP AND SAY, "WELL THEN HOW COME
YOU SNAP?"

Submitter comment: THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS WAS FOR THE BOY TO DO IT FAST ENOUGH
THAT THE GIRL COULD NOT TURN AROUND AND HIT HIM OR CHASE HIM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE, CAT GOT YOU UP A TELEPHONE WIRE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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BUTTER TEST

TO FIND OUT IF YOU LIKE BUTTER YOU RUB A DANDILION UNDER
YOUR CHIN, IF YOUR SKIN TURNS YELLOW THEN YOU LIKE BUTTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Butter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00001960S

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TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, CLIMB THE STAIRS,
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, SAY YOUR PRAYERS
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TURN AROUND
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TOUCH THE GROUND
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TURN OUT THE LIGHT
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, SAY GOODNIGHT

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED IN A SWIMMING POOL UNDER WATER
AFTER EACH LINE IS SAID, THE PLAYERS GO UNDER WATER AND
ACT OUT THE STATEMENT. I.E. TOUCHING THE GROUND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 00001960S

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DIAPER TAG

IF YOU STEP ON A SIDEWALK SQUARE THAT HAS A STAMPED MARK ON IT
YOU WERE THE BABY

Submitter comment: YOU HAD TO EITHER WALK AROUND OR JUMP OVER THE SQUARES,
ALL THE WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL.
THE PERSON WITH THE MOST ERRORS WAS THE BABY FOR THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU EVER HAVE TO WASTE BREAD BECAUSE OF CONTAMINATION,
KISS IT SO THAT GOD WILL FORGIVE YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS SUPERSTITION IS OF POLISH ORIGIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Gesture

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SUPERSTITION

NEVER TURN AROUND IN CHURCH BECAUSE THE DEVIL WILL RECORD
YOUR NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 02-11-1979

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU HIT YOUR MOTHER OR FATHER YOUR HAND WILL DRY UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-11-1979

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POLISH TRADITION

ON CHRISTMAS EVE POLISH ALWAYS LEAVE AN EXTRA PLACE SETTING AT
THE TABLE IN CASE A STRANGER SHOULD HAPPEN BY.
IF THIS DOES HAPPEN YOU MUST INVITE THIS STRANGER IN TO YOUR HOME
FOR DINNER.

Submitter comment: ONE TIME THIS HAPPENED TO US AND WE ENDED
UP WITH A KITTEN FOR THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): HOSPITALITY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Table setting and clearing

Date learned: 02-22-1979

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PHRASE

MAY THE BLESSED VIRGIN GIVE YOU GOOD LUCK AND MAY THE LORD PROVIDE
YOU WITH MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-11-1979

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORANGES?
ALLIGATORS BECAUSE VESTS HAVE NO SLEEVES.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ACTUALLY A RIDDLE THAT POKES FUN AT SOMEONE THAT SAYS THINGS
THAT MAKE NO SENSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): NON-SEQUITUR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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DO YOU WALK TO WORK OR BRING YOUR LUNCH?

Submitter comment: YOU SAY THIS WHEN SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING THAT MAKES NO SENSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): FALSE DISFUNCTION ; NON-SEQUITUR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: CA00001975

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BRAG AND INSULT

IN THE WINTER WHEN WE WERE YOUNG WE USED TO JUMP ON TOP OF A
SNOW MOUND AND SAY "I AM THE KING OF THE CASTLE AND YOU ARE A
DIRTY RASCAL."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

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

Date learned: CA00001967

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VERSE

JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY,
THE WIND BLEW UP HER NIGHTY.
HER THING ALL BARE,
AND FULL OF HAIR.
JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY/

Submitter comment: WHEN SOMEONE SAYS JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY IN OUR HOUSE,
MY FATHER USUALLY SAYS THIS VERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

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

AT BIRTHDAY PARTIES WHEN I WAS YOUNG WE WOULD HOLD THE PRESENTS OVER
THE BIRTHDAY BOY OR GIRL'S HEAD AND SAY,
"HAPPY HAPPY HANGOVER" AND THEN THIS PERSON WOULD HAVE
TO GUESS WHAT THE PRESENT WAS BY ASKING GUESTIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: CA00001970

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO IS THERE?
DWAIN.
DWAIN WHO?
DWAIN THE BATHTUB I AM DWOWNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): DRAIN DROWNING DUANE.

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: CA00001977

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DREAMS

IF YOU DREAM THAT YOU ARE FALLING AND YOU HIT THE BOTTOM YOU
COULD DIE FROM THE IMPACT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: CA00001974

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This was a saying around my friend's house whenever
anyone's underwear was showing:
"I see London, I see France,
I see Chris's underpants.
They aren't purple, they aren't pink,
But brother, do they stink."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.360
SPEECH -- Formula

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"Everybody hates me, nobody likes me,
I'm gonna eat some worms.
Great big fat ones, real little skinny ones,
Little itty bitty ones, I'm gonna eat some worms.
Bite their heads off, suck their juice up,
Throw their skins away,
That will teach those nasty worms,
Not to run away."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE

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

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"Mutilated monkey's meat,
Roasty, toasty birdie's feet,
All wrapped up in guts and blood,
And me without my spoon."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE

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

Date learned: 00001963 ca.

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