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A NIGGER FROM BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA WAS CAUGHT RUNNING
A TRAFFIC LIGHT. WHEN TAKEN IN CUSTODY, HE PLEADED
GUILTY. THE NEXT DAY, THE NIGGER WAS TAKEN OUT TO A
FIELD WHERE HE WAS BURIED UP TO HIS NECK IN MUD.
ALL OF A SUDDEN, A HUGE GERMAN SHEPHERD WAS TURNED
LOOSE ON THE HELPLESS NIGGER. THE NIGGER BEING QUICK
MOVED HIS HEAD TO THE RIGHT AND THE DOG FLEW BY.
ANOTHER DOG WAS RELEASED AND THE NIGGER MOVED HIS
HEAD TO THE LEFT, AND THE DOG FLEW BY. A THIRD DOG
WAS RELEASED AND THE NIGGER PUT HIS HEAD TO THE
GROUND AND AS THE DOG JUMPED OVER HIS HEAD, HE
LIFTED HIS HEAD, BITING THE DOG BETWEEN THE LEGS
AND RUPTURED THE DOG. THE WHITE SHERIFF CAME UP TO
THE NIGGER AND KICKED HIM IN THE HEAD AND SAID,
"FIGHT FAIR, NIGGER!"

Submitter comment:

HE HEARD THIS STORY IN 1964 IN SAN FRANCISCO.

Data entry tech comment:

DEROGATORY NAME

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; TOP HAT SUPPER CLUB ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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JESS HARPER, FROM GODRICH ONTARIO CAME INTO LONDON,
LOOKING FOR A JOB WITH THE RAILROAD. HE WAS 6'6"
TALL AND WEIGHED 240 POUNDS. HE HAD NO TROUBLE PASSING
THE PHYSICAL, BUT WHEN IT CAME TO THE MENTAL PART, HE
LEFT SOMETHING TO BE DESIRED. THE SHARP LAWYER BEHIND
THE DESK IMMEDIATELY BEGAN DRILLING TRICKLY QUESTIONS
AT JESS. "LET'S SAY THAT THERE ARE TWO TRAINS ON THE
TRACK AT THE SAME TIME, AND EACH TRAIN IS GOING 100
MILES PER HOUR. WITH 200 PEOPLE ON EACH TRAIN. WHAT
WOULD YOU DO, JESS?" "WELL," JESS SAID, "I GUESS I'D WAVE
MY HANDERCHIEF." "NO! NO!, THEY COULDN'T SEE IT IN THE
DARK," SAID THE LAWYER. "THEN I'D WAVE MY LANTERN,"
JESS SAID. "NO! NO!, THEY COULDN'T SEE THE LANTERN
EITHER." "WELL, I GUESS I'D WHISTLE AS LOUD AS I COULD."
"NO! NO! YOU COULDN'T HEAR IT ABOVE THE NOISE." "OH!
I KNOW WHAT I'D DO," JESS SAID, "I'D GO CALL MY SISTER
NELLY WHO LIVES ABOVE THE TRACKS." "CALL YOUR SISTER,
NELLY? WHY?" "WELL," JESS SAID, "I'D TELL HER TO COME
DOWN AND SEE THE GODAMNEST WRECK SHE'S EVER SEEN IN
HER LIFE!"

Submitter comment: WALLY SAID HIS DAD HAS BEEN TELLING THIS STORY EVER
SINCE HE CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; TOP HAT SUPPER CLUB ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

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TYPOGRAPHICAL DISPLAY

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"WILBUR, DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE A NON-CONFORMIST?

Submitter comment: I READ THIS IN A "SEVENTEEN" MAGAZINE.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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BAD LUCK OMEN

IF A PICTURE DROPS OFF A WALL SOMETHING
TERRIBLE WILL HAPPEN IN YOUR FAMILY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS AT HOME.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 09-30-1967

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BAD LUCK OMEN

IF A BIRD FLIES IN THE WINDOW OF YOUR HOME, IT MEANS
THAT SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY IS GOING TO DIE. WHILE
ATTENDING ST. MARY'S ACADEMY IN WINDSOR, A BIRD FLEW
IN THE WINDOW OF THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE, AND SHORTLY
AFTER SHE WAS NOTIFIED OF HER MOTHER'S DEATH.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM A FRIEND OF MINE IN WINDSOR.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 09-29-1967

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DONT WAIT

DON'T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW, THAT WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY.

Submitter comment: IN OTHER WORDS, DONT BE A PROCRASTINATOR.
MARY HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-19-1967

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MUSIC GESTURE

IN MUSIC WHEN THE MAESTRO TAKES ONE HAND (OPPOSITE THE
HAND HOLDING THE BATON) WITH PALM UP AND MOVES THE
HAND IN AN UPWARD MOTION, HE IS SIGNALING THE
ORCHESTRA FOR MORE VOLUME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A CONDUCTOR OF THE WINDSOR SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA. HE HAS USED THIS GESTURE REPEATEDLY
IN CONCERT PERFORMANCES.

Where learned: CANADA ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quantity or weight
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 11-10-1971

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IF AN IRISHMAN IS COMING TO AMERICA ON THE 17TH
OF ANY MONTH AND IS ON THE SEA, HE IS SUPPOSED TO
HAVE FORTUNE AND FAME IN AMERICA.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HIS FATHER WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER.

Data entry tech comment: RELATED TO ST. PATRICKS'S DAY--MARCH 17?

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; TOP HAT SUPPER CLUB ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 17
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 17
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 12101963 ASSUMED

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MATHEMATICAL JOKE

THERE ONCE WAS A BUM WHO WOULD COLLECT CIGARETTE BUTTS FROM THE
STREETS. IF SEVEN BUTTS MALE ONE CIGARETTE AND HE HAD 49 BUTTS, HOW
MANY CIGARETTES DID HE SMOKE?
EIGHT CIGARETTES. HE SMOKED THE SEVEN CIGARETTES AND WITH THE SEVEN
BUTTS HE HAD LEFT OVER HE MADE THE EIGHTH CIGARETTE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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Recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes
Ingredients are: 1 medium green tomato (per person), white
cornmeal, bacon drippings, salt. Slice tomatoes about 1/2 inch
thick, season with salt and pepper, and then coat both sides with
cornmeal. In a large skillet, heat enough bacon drippings to
coat the bottom of the pan and fry tomatoes until lightly browned
on both sides.

Submitter comment: She said you'll think you've died and gone to heaven! I'm
thinking about trying this one!

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

Date learned: 03-00-1992

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Recipe for Flesh Beans
Make pastry (use Robin Hood Pie dough, in sticks. Box makes 3
beans). Roll it thin. Mix in bowl: 1/4 lb. flank steak, 1 diced
potato, 1 small onion, diced 1/2 carrot, diced celery, diced
mushroom. Finish thinning out on rag or waxed paper. Wrap up
bean in rag. Tie with string. Bring to boil. Lower to medium
heat for 3 hours. Turn over at least once. Allow to cool,
serve, and eat.

Submitter comment: What I found odd is cooking all the items in a rag. Grace
said it's a wonderful meal; I'll take her word for it!

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid

Date learned: 03-00-1992

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You might be considered a redneck if:
Your front porch collapses and you've killed more than six dogs.
You think potted meat and saltines are hors d'oeuvres.
There's a stuffed possum somewhere in your house.
Less than one-half of the cars you own run.
The primary color of your car is "Bondo."
Your wife's hairdo has ever been ruined by a ceiling fan.
You've ever hollered, "Rock the house, Bubba!" during a piano
recital.
You've ever barbecued Spam on the grill.
You have a rag for a gas cap.

Submitter comment: I just love these sayings. I laughed for days and so did my
friends.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: Favorites
REDN

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Never speak ill of the dead; if someone dies, never say
anything bad about them. If you do they could come back and
haunt your house: this would cause discomfort and confusion.

Submitter comment: This informant believes this very strongly. She said her
mother has told her tales of happenings to friends. She said
when she gets the time, she would tell me some of those stories.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 02-10-1992

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TYPOGRAPHICAL DISPLAY

HHHHHHNHHHHHH
"IS THAT SEAT TAKEN, SIR?"

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER READING THIS IS (IN) A "SEVENTEEN" MAGAZINE.

Data entry tech comment: THE H AND N ARE SMALL LETTERS IN THE ORIGINAL.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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HUNGARIAN CUSTOM

ON ST. NICHOLAS DAY A FELLOW CALLED "KRUMPUS" WOULD
COME THROUGH THE TOWN. HE WORE A LONG BELT FASHIONED
FROM CHAIN. HE CARRIED A WOODEN SWITCH AND A BAG OF
WALNUTS.
KRUMPUS WOULD WALK THROUGH THE TOWN AND STOP AT EACH
HOUSE. IF WELL-BEHAVED CHILDREN LIVED IN THE HOUSE,
HE WOULD THROW WALNUTS IN THE DOOR. IF BAD CHILDREN
LIVED IN THE HOUSE, HE WOULD STAND IN THE DOORWAY,
RATTLE HIS CHAIN AND SHAKE HIS SWITCH AT THEM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Keyword(s): Celebrate ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; HUNGARIAN ; Nicholas ; Saint ; St. Nick ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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IF A DATE FROM THE CALENDAR IS CROSSED OFF BEFORE
THAT DAY IS OVER, IT WILL BRING YOU BAD LUCK
FOR THE REST OF THAT DAY.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND WHILE ATTENDING SCHOOL
IN WINDSOR.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

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SPRING PLANTING

NEVER PLANT TOMATO PLANTS UNTIL AFTER THE FREEZING
SAINTS' DAYS:
ST. PONGRACY--MAY 12.
ST. SERVATS--MAY 13.
ST. BONIFACE--MAY 14.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 12
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 13
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 14
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.9

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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WISHES

WHENEVER THE FRENCH VISIT A CHURCH FOR THE FIRST TIME,
THEY MAKE THREE WISHES WHICH THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO KEEP
A SECRET. THEY BELIEVE THE WISHES WILL ONLY COME TRUE
IF THEY ARE KEPT A SECRET.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

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

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FRENCH NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

ON THE EVE OF NEW YEAR'S, AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, THE
CHILDREN KNEEL BEFORE THEIR PARENTS AND ASK TO BE
FORGIVEN ANY WRONGS THEY HAVE COMMITTED DURING THE YEAR.
THEN THEY ASK FOR THEIR PARENT'S BLESSING. THE PARENTS
PLACED THEIR HANDS ON EACH CHILD'S HEAD TO BLESS THEM.
THE CHILD ROSE AND KISSED THE PARENTS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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BEDTIME VERSE

SLEEP TIGHT AND DON'T LET THE BED BUGS BITE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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