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HICCUPS

DRINK NINE (9) SIPS OF WATER.

Submitter comment: THIS FOLK REMEDY HAS BEEN PRACTICED FOR GENERATIONS. (IT REALLY
WORKS).

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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SLOW AS MOLASSES.

Submitter comment: USED TO DESCRIBE SOMEONE AS BEING EXTREMELY SLOW. (VERY OLD
SAYING).

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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GOOD BREAD, GOOD MEAT, LETS EAT.

Submitter comment: A MOCK PRAYER USUALLY SAID BY LITTLE CHILDREN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 00001960S EARLY

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

QUESTION: HOW DO YOU TELL A POLISH BRIDE AND GROOM FROM ANY
OTHER BRIDE AND GROOM? ANSWER: FROM HIS BOWLING SHIRT AND HER
BRAIDS UNDER HER ARMS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 10-23-1972

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VERSE

FATHER MOSES KILLED A SKUNK, MOTHER MOSES COOKED THE SKUNK,
BABY MOSES ATE THE SKUNK, HOLY MOSES! HOW THEY STUNK!

Submitter comment: THIS ENTRY INTO THE INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK WAS SIGNED BY CONNIE
KEYSE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: AAAA FINAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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VERSE

NEVER KISS BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND LET YOU DOWN.
BUT OH! THOSE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS WRITTEN IN MY MOTHER'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK FROM NICHOLS
SCHOOL ON BURNS AND GOETHE IN INDIAN VILLAGE IN 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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VERSE

WHEN YOU SEE A MONKEY IN A TREE, PULL ITS TAIL AND THINK OF ME.
CO[ THIS VERSE WAS TAKEN FROM THE INFORMANT'S EIGHTH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK
FROM NICHOLS SCHOOL IN DETROIT IN JUNE, 1944.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS TAKEN FROM THE INFORMANT'S EIGHTH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK
FROM NICHOLS SCHOOL IN DETROIT IN JUNE, 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE IN A FLAT, SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOUR
LITTLE BRAT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE SLANG FOR CHILD

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

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VERSE

WHEN I CLIMBED UP AND DOWN A PINE, I TORE MY PANTS RIGHT BEHIND.
I ASKED/ MY MOTHER IF SHE'D BE KIND AND SEW MY PANTS UP BEHIND.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS ALSO TAKEN FROM THE INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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VERSE

WHEN YOU ARE MARRIED AND ARE DOING THE DISHES, THINK OF ME AND
MY GOOD WISHES.

Submitter comment: "VIRGINIA VERBEKE" IS THE NAME SIGNED UNDER THIS ENTRY IN THE
INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE RHYME: ABCB

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

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VERSE

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND OUT OF SHAPE. REMEMBER CORSETS...$4.98.

Submitter comment: "DOLLY HALSIG" IS THE NAME SIGNED UNDER THIS ENTRY
ON THE INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: AA OLD AGE

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

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

IF "IF" WAS A HORSE, WE'D ALL TAKE A RIDE !

Submitter comment: THIS IS A RETORT TO A PERSON WHO CONSTANTLY USES
"IF" IN HIS SPEECH. "IF THIS ONLY HAPPENED . . ."
"IF I HAD . . ." ETC.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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VERSE

WHEN YOU ARE STANDING ON A STUMP, THINK OF ME BEFORE YOU JUMP.

Submitter comment: THIS PIECE OF ADVICE WAS FOUND IN THE INFORMANT'S 8TH GRADE AUTOGRAPH
(BOOK)

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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AFTER CHRISTMAS THE PRIEST COMES TO THE HOUSE TO BLESS IT. THIS IS
THE FEAST OF THREE KINGS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): EPIPHANY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany

Date learned: 03-05-1972

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TO A QUICK QUESTION GIVE A SLOW ANSWER.

Submitter comment: THIS IS BECAUSE USUALLY A QUICK QUESTION HAS MORE
TO MEET THE EAR.

Where learned: ALLEN PARK ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-01-1971

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VERSE

YOUR HEART IS NOT A PLAYGROUND,
YOUR HEART IS NOT A TOY,
BUT IF YOU WANT IT BROKEN,
JUST GIVE IT TO A BOY.
WANT IT BROKEN, JUST GIVE IT TO A BOY.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS TAKEN FROM AN AUTOGRAPH BOOK BELONGING TO THE
INFORMANT,
WHO IS MY MOTHER. THIS SAME VERSE WAS FOUND THREE TIMES IN THE
BOOK, SO IT MUST HAVE BEEN A POPULAR VERSE WITH THE EIGHTH GRADE
AT NICHOLS SCHOOL IN DETROIT, JUNE 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

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THE MAD BUTCHER OF KINGSBERRY RUN
KINGSBERRY RUN IS A ROAD RUNNING THROUGH THE FLATS OF CLEVELAND
(INDUSTRIAL AREA). MANY UNSOLVED MURDERS HAVE BEEN COMMITTED THERE
WHERE THE VICTIMS HAVE BEEN SLICED UP. THE MURDERER HAS BEEN
CALLED THE MAD BUTCHER. THIS INCIDENT HAS BECOME A LEGEND AMONG
THE PEOPLE OF CLEVELAND.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD OF THIS LEGEND WHILE LIVING IN CLEVELAND WHERE
HE SPENT THE FIRST 18 YEARS OF HIS LIFE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): MUTILATED MURDERS ; OHIO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAPPENS TWICE IN A MOMENT,
ONCE IN A MINUTE,
BUT NOT AT ALL IN A THOUSAND YEARS? (THE LETTER M).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): DIMINISHING CHAIN DIMINUTIVE CHAIN ; SPELLING RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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CHING, CHANG CHINAMAN, SITTING ON A FENCE/ TRYING TO MAKE A DOLLAR
OUT OF FIFTEEN CENTS.
HE MISSED, HE MISSED, HE MISSED LIKE THIS, 1, 2,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

BRIDES SHOULD ALWAYS HIDE A PAIR OF SCISSORS ON THEMSELVES SO
THEY CAN "CUT" AWAY ANY EVIL THAT MAY BE WISHED UPON THEM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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