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(CATCH TALE)

ME: ADAM AND EVE AND PINCHME WENT OUT IN A BOAT, IT
TIPPED OVER AND ADAM AND EVE SWAM ASHORE. WHO DROWNED?
YOU: PINCHME!
ME: OKAY, I'LL PINCH YOU!

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

TWELVE AND TWELVE MAKES TWENTY FOUR,
SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND SAY NO MORE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated 11.10.13 by TRD

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): Arithmetic, Math, Mathematics, Addition,

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ANIMAL RHYME

THE ELEPHANT IS A PRETTY BIRD,
IT FLITS FROM BOUGH TO BOUGH.
IT BUILDS ITS NEST IN A RHUBARB TREE
AND WHISTLES LIKE A COW.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.442

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHILDREN,S VERSE

SAM, SAM THE DIRTY OLD MAN,
WASHED HIS FACE IN A FRYIN' PAN;
COMBED HIS HAIR WITH A DONKEY'S TAIL,
SCRATCHED HIS BELLY WITH A PIG'S TOE-NAIL.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): COMPARE "OLD DAN TUCKER" ; RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHILD RHYME

JOHNNY MORGAN PLAYED THE ORGAN,
JIMMY PLAYED THE DRUM,
HIS SISTER PLAYED THE TAMBOURINE
TILL FATHER SMACKED HER BUM.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): FAMILY MEMBER CHAIN ; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ; RHYME: ABCB ; SLANG FOR BUTTOCKS

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

I HAD AN AUNT NELLIE / WHO HAD A WOODEN BELLIE / AND WHEN SHE
TOUCHED IT, / OUT POPPED JELLY.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): BELLY ; FEMININE RHYME ; ORTHOGRAPHY PROMPTED BY RHYME ; RHYME: AABA

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHILDREN'S SCHOOL CHANT

NO MORE PENCILS/ NO MORE BOOKS,/ NO MORE TEACHERS / DIRTY LOOKS.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): RHYME:ABCB

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHILD'S RHYME

I'M DIRTY BILL FROM VINEGAR HILL
NEVER HAD A BATH AND NEVER WILL.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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AT THE WIDE SPOT IN THE RIVER, MAKOKABATAN, A YOUNG
INDIAN BRAVE, DROWNED. WHILE HE WAS PADDLING DOWN
THE RIVER, A FAR OFF VOICE SEEMED TO BE CALLING
HIM. AFTER TALKING WITH THE VOICES, HE FOUND HIM-
SELF IN THE RIVER. THE GODS HAD DECIDED THAT THE
BOY WAS TO STAY WITH THE RIVER AND GUARD ALL
TRAVELERS FROM THE PERILS OF THE WATER.

Submitter comment: I WAS FISHING ON THIS RIVER ONE NIGHT, BY MY-
SELF, WHEN I THOUGHT I HEARD A VOICE CALLING
MY NAME. WHEN I CAME BACK TO CAMP, SAMMY ASKED ME
IF I HAD FUN, I TOLD HIM THAT THE WIND TALKED.
THIS IS WHEN HE TOLD ME THE LEGEND. HE SAID THAT
THE BOY GETS LONELY, AS ANYONE WOULD, SO HE
TALKS TO THE RIVER TRAVELERS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

OLD DADDY DACON,
BOUGHT A BIT OF BACON,
PUT IT ON A CHIMNEY TOP
FOR FEAR IT WOULD BE TAKEN.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME ; RHYME: AABA

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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CHRIST CAME BACK TO EARTH AND NOBODY RECOGNIZED HIM.
HE WAS WALKING AROUND AND HAPPENED TO STROLL INTO A
JEWISH SYNAGOGUE AND WAS TALKING TO THE RABBI. THE
RABBI LOOKED PECULIARILY AT HIM AND COMPLAINING OF
POOR EYESIGHT ASKED HIM TO MOVE BACK A FEW STEPS.
CHRIST DID. NOW AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH THERE WAS A
HUGE CROSS (ED. NOTE. WHAT A CROSS WAS DOING IN A
JEWISH SYNAGOGUE I DON'T KNOW. WHEN I QUESTIONED THE
TELLER HE SAID IT WAS JUST THE WAY THE JOKE WAS TOLD.)
AND WHEN THE RABBI HAD BACKED CHRIST TO IT, HE QUICKLY
PULLED OUT A HAMMER AND NAILS AND NAILED CHRIST TO THE
CROSS, SAYING "GOT YOU AGAIN, AND THIS TIME YOU WON'T
GET AWAY."

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; RODNEY

Keyword(s): ANTISEMITISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 03-25-1965

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CHRIST CAME BACK TO EARTH AND NOBODY RECOGNIZED HIM.
HE WAS WALKING AROUND AND HAPPENED TO STROLL INTO A
JEWISH SYNAGOGUE AND WAS TALKING TO THE RABBI. THE
RABBI LOOKED PECULIARILY AT HIM AND COMPLAINING OF
POOR EYESIGHT ASKED HIM TO MOVE BACK A FEW STEPS.
CHRIST DID. NOW AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH THERE WAS A
HUGE CROSS (ED. NOTE. WHAT A CROSS WAS DOING IN A
JEWISH SYNAGOGUE I DON'T KNOW. WHEN I QUESTIONED THE
TELLER HE SAID IT WAS JUST THE WAY THE JOKE WAS TOLD.)
AND WHEN THE RABBI HAD BACKED CHRIST TO IT, HE QUICKLY
PULLED OUT A HAMMER AND NAILS AND NAILED CHRIST TO THE
CROSS, SAYING "GOT YOU AGAIN, AND THIS TIME YOU WON'T
GET AWAY."

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; RODNEY

Keyword(s): ANTISEMITISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 03-25-1965

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REMEDY FOR GETTING RID OF WARTS.

TAKE A MILKWEED PLANT AND CUT IT OPEN AT THE STEM AND PUT THE JUICE
THAT COMES OUT ON THE WARTS AND THEY SHOULD DISAPPEAR WITHIN DAYS.

Submitter comment: THIS REMEDY WAS TOLD TO ME BECAUSE I HAD WARTS ON MY KNEE AND THERE
WAS MILKWEED AROUND ME. I USED IT BUT IT DIDN'T WORK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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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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UKRAINIAN NEW YEAR'S GREETING

AT MIDNIGHT, IT IS CUSTOMARY TO TAKE A SMALL BELL AND A
HANDFUL OF WHEAT AND TO KNOCK ON THE DOOR OF THE HEAD OF
THE HOUSEHOLD. WHEN HE OPENS HIS DOOR, THE MEMBERS OF HIS
HOUSEHOLD TOSS WHEAT ON THEIR MASTER AND WISH HIM A HAPPY
NEW YEAR. THEY WISH FOR HIM MANY BLESSINGS, PLENTY OF
FOOD, AND GOOD LUCK. THE WHEAT IS SYMBOLIC OF FRUITFULNESS.
A SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S SONG IS SUNG IN WHICH GOD'S BLESSINGS
ARE INVOKED FOR THE NEW YEAR. THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE THANKS
THEM AND IN TURN WISHES THEM A HAPPY NEW YEAR. THEN THEY
HAVE A JOYOUS CELEBRATION.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; ANCASTER

Keyword(s): FOOD ; SPRINKLING ; THROWING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001960S

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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
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