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DR. SNIDER'S WIFE, KIT, ALWAYS MAKES A RASPBERRY JELLO MOLD
FOR THANKSGIVING. ONE YEAR SHE SUBSTITUTED FOR THE
USUAL INGREDIENTS AND THE FAMILY COMPLAINED FOR WEEKS. NOW SHE
MAKES THE JELLO EVERY YEAR TO AVOID ANY HASSLES.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A TRADITION WHICH STARTED WITH THE SNIDERS WITHIN
THE LAST THIRTY YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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JEWISH PEOPLE SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A MEZUZAH ON THEIR MAIN DOOR
FRAME. THERE SHOULD BE ONE ON EVERY ENTRANCE, BUT THERE MUST
BE ONE ON THE MAIN DOOR. INSIDE THE MEZUZAH IS A TINY SCROLL
WITH THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WRITTEN ON IT. A GOOD JEW IS
SUPPOSED TO KISS THE MEZUZAH ON THEIR WAY INTO THE HOUSE.
THIS PRACTICE IS MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

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IF SOMEBODY HAS A COLD OR A SORE THROAT, A GOOD CURE IS
TO DRINK A MIXTURE OF RAW EGG, LIQUOR, MILK, AND HONEY.
THIS IS CALLED A GOGOL MUGGLE. THIS IS A GERMAN TERM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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IF A PERSON IS ILL, FOLLOW THIS RECIPE: FEED A COLD,
STARVE A FEVER. IF A PERSON HAS A COLD, HE SHOULD DRINK A LOT
OF FLUIDS, EAT A LOT OF CHICKEN SOUP, AND TRY TO EAT A LOT IN
GENERAL TO KEEP UP HIS STRENGTH. IF HE HAS A FEVER, HE SHOULD
REFRAIN FROM EATING OR DRINKING ANYTHING EXCEPT WATER SO THAT THE
FEVER HAS NOTHING TO FUEL IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): ILLNESS ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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DR. SNIDER HEARD THE PHRASE:
"DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE MULE GOING BLIND,
HIT HIM IN THE HEAD WITH A LOADED LINE."
A FEW TIMES WHILE GROWING UP. HE DOESN'T REMEMBER
WHY HE HEARD IT, BUT HE REMEMBERS THINKING IT WAS A SLAVE
CONCEPT ABOUT BEATING PEOPLE INTO SUBMISSION.

Submitter comment: AFTER TELLING THIS TO ME, DR. SNIDER EXPLAINED
THAT HIS FAMILY NEVER OWNED SLAVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; WHIPPING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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IF A BIRD FLIES INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, THAT MEANS YOU WILL HAVE
GOOD LUCK. THE BIRD REPRESENTS SOMEBODY'S SOUL, SO IT IS
AS IF SOMEBODY'S SOUL CAME TO BESTOW GOOD TIDINGS UPON
YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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HOUSEWARMING GIFTS

WHEN A FRIEND GETS A NEW HOUSE, YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM HONEY AND
BREAD ON YOUR FIRST VISIT. DR. SNIDER DOES NOT REMEMBER WHY
THIS IS DONE, BUT HE REMEMBERS THAT IT IS IMPORTANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): NEW HOME

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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EARACHE

IF YOU HAVE AN EARACHE PUT GARLIC IN YOUR EAR
AND IT WILL DRAW OUT THE PAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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MARRIAGE

PARSIS OF INDIA WILL NOT PERFORM A MARRIAGE IN THE DARK OF THE
MOON

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMATION WAS GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): PARSEE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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EVIL EYE

IF YOU BRAG ABOUT A CHILD, OR YOUR WIFE, OR ABOUT ANYTHING, THE
EVIL EYE WILL TAKE IT AWAY. TO AVOID THIS, WHENEVER BRAGGING
YOU SHOULD END THE ADULATION WITH A CRITICAL COMMENT.

Submitter comment: AS AN EXAMPLE, INSTEAD OF SAYING, "MY SON IS SO PERFECT. HE
ALWAYS GETS GOOD MARKS IN SCHOOL." A CAUTIOUS PERSON WOULD SAY,
"MY SON IS SO PERFECT. HE ALWAYS GETS GOOD MARKS IN SCHOOL, BUT
HE NEVER CLEANS HIS ROOM."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; COMPENSATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 09-12-1990

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NEVER INDULGE IN ONIONS, UNLESS YOUR LOVE EATS ONIONS TOO.
FOR YOUR SCENTED BREATH WILL BE THE DEATH
OF THE LOVE, HE BEARS, FOR YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): FOOD SEX ; MONOLOGUE INDIRECTION ADVICE ; QUATRAIN? ; RHYME: IMPERFECT, ABCA ; RHYME: INTERNAL, MASCULINE

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

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IF I DIE, BURY ME,
HANG MY BONES ON A CHERRY TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): COUPLET ; INSTRUCTIONS ; PREPARATION FOR DEATH ; VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ONE WHITE FOOT, BUY IT.
TWO WHITE FEET, TRY IT.
THREE WHITE FEET, SEE HOW IT GOES,
FOUR WHITE FEET, AND WHITE NOSE,
CUT OFF ITS FEET AND THROW IT TO THE CROWS.

Submitter comment: THIS APPLIES TO BUYING A HORSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; ANIMAL NUMBERS ; HUMOR EUPHEMISM SYMBOL OVERSTATEMENT ; INCREMENTAL REPETITION, SURPRISE ENDING CONTRAST QUINTET ; INTERACTION INITIAL INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; METER: DACTYL RHYME: FEMININE TRIPLE ; RHYME AABBB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JEWISH BIRTH CUSTOM

A PIECE OF IRON PLACED IN THE WOMAN'S BED OR UNDER HER PILLOW.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SHOWN TO ME IN THE BOOK OF THE HOLY AND PROFANE.
TO WARD OFF EVIL SPIRIT AT BIRTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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CURE FOR A BLEEDING LUNG

FROM MY AUNT I REMEMBER.
SHE TOLD ME THIS WHEN I WAS WORKING ON HER FARM.
WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, SHE HAD A BAD COLD
AND GOT A BROKEN PART IN HER LUNG.
TO FIX UP THE BLEEDING, YOU GET BLACK ROOTS
FROM SOMETHING THAT LOOKS ON THE TOP
LIKE PARSLEY.
THIS BLACK ROOT, YOU CLEAN OFF THE BLACK SKIN
THEN CUT IT IN LITTLE PIECES.
THEN COOK THE AMOUNT 2 CUPS BLACK ROOT, 1 CUP HONEY,
ONE CUP UNSALTED BUTTER UNTIL IT IS TENDER.
THEN EVERY DAY 2 TABLESPOONS MORNING AND EVENING.
THIS HELPS THE BLEEDING NOT TO COME SO FAST.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME IN MY HOME BY MY NEIGHBOR
WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN RURAL GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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HAIR AND SCALP TREATMENT

MY AUNT TOLD ME HOW TO FIX UP TROUBLE WITH
YOUR HAIR.
AT SPRINGTIME, BEFORE THE LEAVES COME OUT,
YOU FIND A NICE BIRK (BIRCH) TREE.
YOU CUT A LITTLE HOLE INTO THE BIRK TREE
AND PUT A BOTTLE TIGHT INTO THAT HOLE.
NEXT DAY GO BACK AND GET THOSE JUICES.
RUB THAT JUICE INTO YOUR HEAD AND HAIR
AND THEY WILL GET HEALTHY.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME IN MY HOME BY MY NEIGHBOR
WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN RURAL GERMANY.
CIRCA 00001929-00001939

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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TREE BELIEF

IF YOU CUT DOWN A TREE, A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY WILL DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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ROMANIAN CUSTOM

WHEN VISITING A PERSON'S HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME, OR AFTER A LONG
TIME, YOU MUST EAT A PIECE OF BREAD DIPPED IN SALT BEFORE ENTERING
THE HOUSE. OTHERWISE IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Superstition: Baseball

WHEN THE PITCHER HAS A NO-HITTER GOING IN A BASEBALL GAME IT IS BAD
LUCK TO MENTION THIS FACT UNTIL THE GAME IS OVER. IF YOU DO MENTION
IT THE PITCHER WILL LOSE HIS NO-HITTER. DURING THE 1979 DETROIT
TIGERS BASEBALL SEASON DAVE ROZEMA HAD A NO-HITTER GOING IN THE
SEVENTH INNING AND THE UN-BASEBALL-WISE CHANNEL FOUR TV ANNOUNCER
MIKE BARRY ANNOUNCED THIS AND SURE ENOUGH THE NEXT BATTER GOT A
HOMERUN. THE OTHER TV ANNOUNCERS, FORMER BASEBALL PLAYERS AL KALINE
AND GEORGE SWELL, ALMOST THREW BARRY OUT OF THEIR THIRD-DECK BOOTH.
ANYBODY THAT KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT BASEBALL KNOWS YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSE
TO MENTION A NO-HITTER AND BARRY SAID IT IN FRONT OF A QUARTER
MILLION PERSON TV AUDIENCE.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BASEBALL ; BASEBALL STADIUM ; CHANCE ; CUSTOM ; Fan ; FATE ; jinx ; LUCK ; No-Hitter ; Shutout ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): SPEAKING TABU

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-23-1979

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S WARNING
RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT

Submitter comment:

TAUGHT TO ME WHEN I WAS A KID.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.891
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-23-1979

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