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IF YOU DROP A FORK, YOU WILL HAVE A MALE VISITOR.
IF YOU DROP A SPOON, YOUR VISITOR WILL BE FEMALE.
HOWEVER, IF YOU DROP A KNIFE, YOU WILL RECEIVE BAD NEWS.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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IF SILVERWARE IS DROPPED, VISITORS WILL ARRIVE COMING
FROM THE DIRECTION IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE SILVER-
WARE WAS POINTING. DROPPING A KNIFE WILL BRING A MAN;
A FORK-A BOY; A LARGE SPOON-A WOMAN; A TEASPOON-A GIRL!

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF SOMEONE LEAVES A DIAPER BEHIND AT YOUR HOUSE,
YOU SOON WILL BECOME PREGNANT.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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IF A SHIVER RUNS UP YOUR SPINE, SOMEONE IS STEPPING
ON YOUR GRAVE.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Chills, shivering

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THERE IS A RINGING IN YOUR EARS, SOMEONE IS TALKING
ABOUT YOU. (ALSO, IF YOUR EARS ITCH, SOMEONE IS
TALKING ABOUT YOU.)

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching ear

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU'LL KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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CHRISTMAS BELIEF

AROUND THE FIRST OF DECEMBER, THE SPECIAL WORKERS OF SANTA, THE
BROWNIES, COME OUT IN FULL FORCE. THEY CARRY BIG BOOKS WITH EACH
GIRL'S AND BOY'S NAME IN IT. THEIR JOB IS TO SNEAK AROUND AND MARK
YOUR BEHAVIOR IN THEIR BOOK AND THEN REPORT TO SANTA. IF YOU HAVE
BEEN BAD, SANTA WILL NOT BRING YOU ANYTHING.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Beliefs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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NEVER LIGHT THREE THINGS ON THE SAME MATCH.

Submitter comment: BAD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): MATCH

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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THERE ONCE LIVED A YOUNG CATHOLIC GIRL WHO INSISTED ON DATING A
YOUNG MAN OF WHOM HER PARENTS DID NOT APPROVE. ONE NIGHT HER FATHER
FORBADE HER TO DATE HIM BUT SHE WENT OUT WITH HIM ANYWAY, AFTER A
BITTER ARGUMENT, AS A DELIBERATE ACT OF DISRESPECT. AS SHE DROVE
ALONG WITH HER DATE, SHE HAPPENED TO GLANCE DOWN AT THE ACCELARATOR.
INSTEAD OF A PAIR OF SHOES, HOWEVER, HER "YOUNG MAN" POSSESSED A
PAIR OF HOOFS. THE GIRL WAS LED ASTRAY BY THE DEVIL AND NEVER SEEN
AGAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD BY A NUN TO INSTILL IN US THE NEED FOR OBEDIENCE AND
RESPECT TO PARENTS.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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A CASKET IS CARRIED INTO THE CHURCH HEAD-FIRST AS A
DIRGE BY THE SLOVINIANS. AFTER THE BODY HAS BEEN
"SAVED" BY THE SERVICE, HOWEVER, THE CASKET IS
CARRIED OUT FEET-FIRST TO SIGNIFY ITS SALVATION.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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YOU MUST NOT TAKE A BABY OUT OF THE HOUSE BEFORE
IT HAS BEEN BAPTIZED. IF YOU DO, SOME TERRIBLE
DISASTER WILL OCCUR TO THE BABY.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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TO INSURE A TRANQUIL MARRIAGE, THE BRIDE MUST NOT
FEED THE FIRST PIECE OF THE WEDDING CAKE. INSTEAD
SHE MUST SMASH IT INTO HIS FACE.

Data entry tech comment: FEED THE GROOM?
CN[ BEEBE, LINDA M.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wedding cake

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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ON HOLY SATURDAY IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE A BASKET
WITH THE FOOD YOU ARE GOING TO EAT ON EASTER
SUNDAY TO CHURCH AND HAVE THE PRIEST BLESS IT. IF
YOU DO NOT, BAD LUCK WILL BE YOURS ALL YEAR.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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IF YOU FIND A FOUR LEAF CLOVER, IT IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Good luck Plants

Date learned: 03-30-1971

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IF YOU PUT YOUR SLIP ON INSIDE OUT, YOU MUST LEAVE
IT THAT WAY FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. IT IS BAD
LUCK TO TURN IT ON ITS RIGHT SIDE.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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IF A PICTURE FALLS OFF THE WALL THREE TIMES, A PERSON
CLOSE TO YOU WILL DIE SOON.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN'S STOMACH IS SHAPED LIKE A FOOTBALL
SHE WILL HAVE A BOY. IF THE STOMACH IS SHAPED LIKE A
BASKETBALL, SHE WILL HAVE A GIRL.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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FOR EVERY BABY YOU HAVE, YOU WILL LOSE A TOOTH.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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IF AN EXPECTANT WOMAN EATS TOO MANY STRAWBERRIES, HER
CHILD WILL BE BORN WITH A STRAWBERRY BIRTH MARK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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MOST BABIES ARE DELIVERED WHEN THE MOON IS FULL
OR IN A BAD STORM.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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