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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
THERMOS
THERMOS WHO?
THERMOS BE SOME ONE WAIT-TING WHO FEELS THE WAY I DO.

Submitter comment: AT MARYGROVE (DETROIT )

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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IN IRELAND, THE IRISH CUSTOM IN ADVENT, IS TO HAVE A
BOWL OF STRAW AND A MANGER SCENE. WHEN A GOOD DEED IS
PERFORMED, THE PERSON TAKES A PIECE OF STRAW AND PUTS
IT IN THE CRIB. THE OBJECT AND THOUGHT IS TO MAKE THE
CRIB AS SOFT AS POSSIBLE FOR THE INFANT JESUS

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; IRELAND

Keyword(s): MANGER

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: 645 September 23 Equinox to December 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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DOWN IN THE MEADOW

DOWN IN THE MEADOW WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS, SAT SUSIE AS SWEET AS A ROSE.
SHE SANG, SHE SANG SO SWEET
ALONG CAME A BOY AND KISSED HER ON THE CHEEK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; 8425 W. MCNICHOLS

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 04-07-1970

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FISHING FLEETS

IN VALENCIA, SPAIN, WHEN THE SHIPS ARE GOING OUT TO SEA ON THEIR
FISHING VOYAGES, THERE IS A TOWN CEREMONY WHERE THE PRIESTS OF THE
TOWN BLESS THE FLEETS JUST BEFORE DEPARTURE. THIS IS ALSO THE
TIME THAT THE WIVES AND SWEETHEARTS SEE THEIR MEN OFF, PERHAPS
FOR THE LAST TIME.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FISHING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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TRADITIONAL SPEECH

STRENGTH IS OFTEN COMPARED TO THE CEDAR(S) OF LEBANON.
THE LEBANESE FLAG EVEN HAS A CEDAR TREE ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM IN LEBANON

THE OLDEST GIRL GENERALLY GETS MARRIED FIRST. IF THE OLDEST GIRL
DOES NOT GET MARRIED FIRST, PEOPLE THINK THAT THERE IS SOMETHING
WRONG WITH HER. THE YOUNGER SISTERS THEN MUST WAIT FOR THE OLDEST TO
GET MARRIED. THIS CUSTOM IS BEGINNING TO BE LOST AND PUT ASIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRONOLOGY OF MARRIAGE WITHIN FAMILY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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SYMBOLISM OF THE MOON IN LEBANON

THE MOON IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF
THINGS. TO COMPARE A WOMAN TO THE MOON IS ONE OF THE
HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS POSSIBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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STAY WITH A GROUP FOR ABOUT FORTY DAYS, AND YOU
EITHER BECOME PART OF THEM OR YOU LEAVE THEM.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Keyword(s): {ORIGINAL ARABIC PROVIDED ON CARD}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Belief: Animal

A horned snake has a deadly horn in its tail, anything struck by that will die, even if its a tree.

Submitter comment:

Person can remember being deathly afraid of this kind of snake as a child.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Deadly ; Horn ; Serpent ; Snake ; Tail ; Weapon

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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AT THE STATE QUARRIES IN BETHESDA, MARYLAND, THE MINERS REFUSED TO
WORK ON ASCENSION DAY. THE MANAGERS TRIED TO BREAK THEM OF THIS
CUSTOM AND SUCEEDED FOR TWO YEARS. HOWEVER, THE MEN AGAIN REFUSED,
AS THERE HAD BEEN FATAL ACCIDENTS BOTH YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WORK TABOO

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Ascension Day

Date learned: 02-12-1968

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WEDDING SALUTE

IN GERMANY ON THE MORNING OF A WEDDING, WHICH IS A SATURDAY,
THEY GIVE THE WEDDING SALUTE WHICH IS A WARNING OF THE COMING OF A
WEDDING. A GUN IS SHOT OFF STARTING AT 4:00 IN THE MORNING AND
CONTINUES ON EVERY SO OFTEN IN THE MORNING BEFORE THE WEDDING
BEGINS. THIS IS A GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Morning before wedding

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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MABEL

MABEL, MABEL
SET THE TABLE,
DON'T FORGET THE SALT AND
RED HOT PEPPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 04-07-1970

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JOHNNY

JOHNNY OVER THE OCEAN, JOHNNY OVER THE SEA,
JOHNNY BROKE THE TEAPOT AND BLAMED IT ON ME,
I TOLD MA, MA TOLD PA,
JOHNNY GOT A BEATEN'
HA! HA! HA!

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 04-07-1970

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(LEBANESE PROVERB)

HABIT IS A SECOND NATURE.

Submitter comment: (AS OPPOSED TO FIRST NATURE ACTS SUCH AS EATING, SLEEPING, ETC.)

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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JOHN C. WOBBLESQUAW

HE WAS MY FATHER,S GREAT, GREAT, GRANDFATHER ON HIS MOTHER,S SIDE.
ACCORDING TO THE LEGEND, HE BUILT MACKINAC ISLAND.
HE HAD A GIRLFRIEND ACROSS THE STRAITS, AND HE USED TO LIKE TO SEE
HER, SO HE WOULD SWIM ACROSS THE STRAITS. HE SAW LITTLE WHITE STONES
ON THE LOWER PENINSULA SIDE AND HE USED TO TAKE THEM TO HER.
NOW HE WAS A STRONG FELLOW, BUT HE TIRED WITH ALL THE STONES WHILE
SWIMMING, SO HE USED TO DUMP THEM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STRAITS.
THIS WAS A HOT ROMANCE, BUT HE COULDN,T GET ACROSS THE STRAITS WITH
SOME MORE STONES. THAT,S HOW HE BUILT MACKINAC ISLAND. BECAUSE IF YOU
GO THERE TODAY, YOU CAN SEE THE LITTLE WHITE STONES IN THE SAND.

 

or something like that.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; STONES USED TO MAKE BRIDGE NOW A HISTORIC PATH ; STONES USED TO MAKE BRIDGE OF LOVE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Universe
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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JOHN C. WOBBLESQUAW

THIS WAS THE COLDEST WINTER MICHIGAN EVER KNEW, LONG BEFORE THEY
RECORDED TEMPERATURES. JOHN C. LIVED ON A RESERVATION WITH HIS FAMILY
AND FRIENDS. IT WAS SUCH A HARD WINTER THAT THEY RAN OUT OF FOOD AND
WERE IN PRETTY ROUGH SHAPE. SEEING THAT JOHN C. WAS THE STRONGEST,
THEY SENT HIM OUT TO GO HUNTING. THEY HAD SENT OTHERS OUT BEFORE,
BUT THEY DIDN,T GET ANYTHING.
JOHN C. WENT OUT AND HE WAS LOOKING THROUGH THE WOODS AND HE HAD A
FEELING THAT SOMEONE WAS FOLLOWING HIM. HE TURNED AROUND, AND THERE
WAS THIS BIG BLACK BEAR. SO THAT SCARED HIM, SINCE HE NEVER FACED
ONE BEFORE. WELL, HE WAS OUT OF AMMUNITION SINCE HE MISSED OTHER
ANIMALS, SO HE RAN AND RAN UNTIL SWEAT CAME ON HIS FOREHEAD, AND
IT WAS SO COLD THAT IT FROZE RIGHT THERE. HE GOT AN IDEA.
SO HE TOOK THE POWDER OUT OF HIS HORN AND PUT IT IN HIS GUN.
AND HE TOOK A FEW BEADS OF FROZEN PERSPIRATION OFF HIS FOREHEAD AND
PUT THEM IN TOO. THEN HE TURNED AROUND, SHOT THE BEAR, AND HIS
PEOPLE LIVED THROUGH THE WINTER.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; FROZEN BEADS OF SWEAT USED FOR AMMUNITION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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BY THIS TIME JOHN C. HAD AQUIRED QUITE A BIT OF FAME. SO HE WENT TO
ENGLAND TO VISIT HIS FRIEND WHO LIVED IN A CASTLE. SO HE TOOK THE
BOAT OVER AND GOT A HORSE WHEN HE GOT THERE, AND HE RODE OVER TO THIS
FELLOW,S CASTLE. THE LAST DAY OF THE JOURNEY WAS A LONG ONE AND HIS
HORSE WAS TIRED WHEN THEY GOT TO THE CASTLE.
SO WHEN HE GOT TO THE CASTLE, THE FIRST THING HE WAS GOING TO DO WAS
GET HIS HORSE A DRINK OF WATER.
HE GOT TO THE CASTLE AND WENT THROUGH THE GATE THERE, AND HE HEARD
SOMETHING CLANK BEHIND HIM. AND HE DIDN,T PAY ANY ATTENTION, BUT
JUST TOOK HIS HORSE TO THE FOUNTAIN. WHILE HIS HORSE WAS DRINKING,
HE KEPT HEARING THIS WATER RUNNING, AND HE TURNED AROUND AND THE BACK
OF HIS HORSE HAD BEEN CUT OFF. THE GATE HAD CUT OFF THE BACK END OF
HIS HORSE. HE COULDN,T LET HIS HORSE GO ON LIKE THAT, SO HE RIPPED
A VINE DOWN OFF THE WALL OF THE CASTLE AND HE SEWED THE FRONT END
OF HIS HORSE TO THE BACK END. HE STAYED AT HIS FRIEND,S CASTLE FOR
ABOUT FOUR MONTHS. BY THAT TIME HIS HORSE HAD HEALED. THE VINE
THOUGH GREW FROM THE STICHES UP AND OVER THE HORSE, FROM THAT TIME ON
HE ALWAYS RODE IN THE SHADE.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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ORIGIN OF IRELAND

IRELAND BEGAN WHEN A TEAR OF HOPE FELL FROM HEAVEN INTO THE
SEA. THIS FORMED THE EMERALD ISLE. THE COLOR GREEN HERE IS
A SIGN OF HOPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

AFTER RETURNING FROM CHRISTMAS VACATION, THE GIRLS AT MARYGROVE
COLLEGE PUT THEIR SHOES OUTSIDE THEIR DOORS AT NIGHT. IN THE
MORNING, THEY FIND CANDY IN THEIR SHOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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CELEBRATION

IN BOLOGNA, ITALY, THE STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
BOLOGNA CELEBRATE THE FESTA DEI MATRICOLI. ALL STUDENTS
WEAR AN ODDLY SHAPED HAT OF A DIFFERENT COLOR, DEPENDING
ON WHICH COLLEGE THEY ARE ATTENDING. THE COLLEGE OF
MEDICINE, FOR EXAMPLE, WEARS A RED HAT. THE CELEBRATION
IS MARKED BY A LOT OF DRINKING AND PRANKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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