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POLLACK JOKE

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLLACK WHO DROWNED DIGGING
THE FOUNDATION FOR HIS HOUSE? IT WAS A HOUSEBOAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHAT IS THIS FLY DOING IN MY SOUP?
ANSWER: THE BACKSTROKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Keyword(s): BACKSTROKE (A) ; FLY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO PUT INTO A PIE?
ANSWER: YOUR TEETH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Keyword(s): PIE (Q) ; TEETH (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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HALF A RAW POTATO HAS TO BE RUBBED OVER THE WART, THEN BURIED
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO CURE WARTS SPIT ON THEM THREE TIMES A DAY, MORNING, NOON AND
NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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ITALIAN JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

HOW CAN YOU TELL A HIGH CLASS ITALIAN?
HE HAS WHITE WALLS ON HIS PRODUCE WAGON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF BUBBLES RISE TO THE TOP OF A CUP OF COFFEE IT MEANS
YOU WILL BE RICH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-00-1965

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SUPERSTITION

DROPPING SILVERWARE IS A SIGN OF SEVERAL THINGS
IF YOU DROP A FORK: IT MEANS A LADY VISITOR
IF YOU DROP A KNIFE: IT MEANS A MAN VISITOR
IF YOU DROP A SPOON: A TERRIBLE DISAPPOINTMENT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SUPERSTITON

IF YOU SPILL SALT, YOU SHOULD THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER. THIS IS BECAUSE AT THE LAST SUPPER JUDAS TIPPED
OVER THE SALT-SHAKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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LEGEND

FOR YEARS THE PEOPLE IN GRATIOT BEACH, MICHIGAN, A SUMMER RESORT
WHERE WE HAD A COTTAGE, PIOUSLY BELIEVED THAT WHENEVER MY GRAND-
MOTHER WENT SWIMMING IT WOULD ALWAYS RAIN. AND AS FAR AS I
REMEMBER, IT ALWAYS DID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SUPERSTITION

IF, THE FIRST TIME YOU SEE A NEW MOON, YOU SEE IT OVER YOUR
RIGHT SHOULDER, IT MEANS GOOD LUCK. IF YOU SEE IT OVER YOUR
LEFT SHOULDER, IT MEANS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 05-00-1965

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU CARRY A SHOVEL INTO THE HOUSE IT WILL CAUSE A
DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHEN IT IS RAINING IT MEANS THAT THE DEVIL IS

BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 05-22-1965

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SUPERSTITION

DON'T OPEN UMBRELLAS IN THE HOUSE - IT WILL CAUSE A DEATH IN THE
FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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POLLACK JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

YOU KNOW HOW TO SAVE A DROWNING POLLACK? NO. GOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

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WHO WAS THE FIRST TELEPHONE POLE?
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELLSKI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLLACK THAT WENT ICE FISHING?
HE CAUGHT A SEVEN POUND ICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

WHAT'S A POLISH LUAU? (HAWAIIAN FEAST)
SIX POLLACKS STANDING AROUND A CESSPOOL WITH STRAWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

WHY DOES IT TAKE THREE POLLACKS TO PUT IN A LIGHTBULB?
ONE TO HOLD IT AND TWO TO TURN THE LADDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLLACK JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A POLISH WEDDING AND A
POLISH FUNERAL?
ONE LESS DRUNK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLEASANT RIDGE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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