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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
THE DOCTORS WERE SURPRISED.
BUT THEY WERE EVEN MORE SURPRISED,
WHEN MAC DONALD HAD A FARM.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; WILLIAMSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH CONNOTATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 06-00-1965

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FORMULA SPEECH

IF TWO PEOPLE TALKING TO EACH OTHER SAY THE SAME THING AT THE SAME
TIME, THEN THE FIRST TO SAY "OWE ME A COKE, TOUCH BLACK, NO CHANGE
BACK" IS ENTITLED TO A COKE BOUGHT BY THE OTHER PERSON.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): TALKING

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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FELLOW AT CONFESSION, TELLS PRIEST HE HAD INTERCOURSE
TEN TIMES LAST NIGHT. ADULTERY? NO, WIFE. WHY TELL
ME? WANTED TO TELL SOMEBODY.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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THE PUTTING TOGETHER OF THE HANDS AND SLIGHTLY BOWING
FROM THE WAIST--MEANING, "PRAY PLEASE SHUT UP. I'D
LIKE TO SPEAK."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; HIGH SCHOOL ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions Silence

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE SKY IS BLUE,
HOW OLD ARE YOU.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

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

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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CUSTOMERS TO TOPLESS WAITRESS, "A DOZEN OYSTERS,
PLEASE....ONE AT A TIME."

Data entry tech comment: TOPLESS WAITRESS, THAT IS, WITH NO CLOTHES OVER THE

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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A WOMAN, STANDING NAKED BEFORE A FULL LENGTH MIRROR,
SPEAKING TO HER HUSBAND, SAYS, "YOU KNOW, DEAR, THE
DOCTOR SAID TODAY THAT I HAVE THE BREATS OF A 35-
YEAR-OLD." "YEAH," SAYS THE HUSBAND, "WHAT DID
HE SAY ABOUT YOUR 50 YEAR-OLD ASS?" "HE DIDN'T
MENTION YOU."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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MY PARENTS

ONCE IN MY OLD NEIGHBORHOOD, THERE WAS THIS ONE KID WHO
ASKED HIS FATHER IF HE COULD MARRY THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.
HIS FATHER SAID NO AND TOLD HIM THAT THAT GIRL WAS
REALLY HIS DAUGHTER AND TO MARRY HIS SISTER WOULD
NEVER DO. HIS MOTHER TOOK HIM ASIDE LATER AND TOLD
HIM NOT TO WORRY AND THAT HE COULD MARRY THAT GIRL
BECAUSE HE WASN'T REALLY HIS SON.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

THE ONLY CERTAIN THINGS ARE DEATH AND TAXES

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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THE FATHER BAKER STORY

IT IS A COMMONLY ACCEPTED FACT THAT WHEN THEY WERE CONSTRUCTING
FATHER BAKER'S HOME FOR BOYS (BUFFALO, NEW YORK), THERE WAS GOING
TO BE A SHORTAGE OF OPERATING FUNDS. WHEN THEY WERE GOING TO TAP
THE GAS PIPE, FATHER BAKER SAID NO, POINTED TO A DIFFERENT SPOT,
AND SAID, "DIG THERE." THEY FOUND A NATURAL GAS WELL.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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A TRAVELING SALESMAN WAS PASSING THROUGH THE
COUNTRYSIDE ONE DAY AND HE STOPPED AT A FARMHOUSE
FOR A DRINK OF WATER. THE FARMER, THE FARMER'S
WIFE, AND THE BEAUTIFUL 19 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND
THE SALESMAN TALKED SOCIABLY A WHILE AND THE
SALESMAN GOT IDEAS ABOUT THE DAUGHTER. BUT HE
DIDN'T WANT TO STAY AROUND VERY LONG, BECAUSE HE
WANTED TO GET BACK TO THE CITY, SO HE SAID TO THE
FARMER, "I'LL BET YOU $5.00 THAT I CAN LIFT YOUR
WHOLE FAMILY AT ONE TIME." "HO, HO," THE FARMER
SAID, "I'LL BET YOU CAN'T." SO THE SALESMAN
HAD THE FARMER LAY FACE DOWN ON THE FRONT LAWN,
THE WIFE ALSO FACE DOWN ON HER HUSBAND'S BACK AND
THE DAUGHTER FACE UP ON HER MOTHER'S BACK. THEN HE
GOT ON TOP OF THE PILE AND LET ON THAT HE WAS
GOING TO LIFT THEM ALL, BUT INSTEAD, HE STARTED
GETTING INTO THE DAUGHTER. SHE HOLLERED. "OH,
DADDY, HE'S DOING IT." AND THE FARMER LAUGHED
AND ANSWERED, "HE IS LIKE HELL, I'LL PULL ALL THE GRASS
OUT FIRST.

Data entry tech comment:

SEXUAL INTERCOURSE INTIMATED.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; JOKE COLLECTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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PARODY OF "BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC"

GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH
TEACHER HIT ME WITH A RULER
I MET HER AT THE DOOR
WITH MY TRUSTY FORTY-FOUR
AND THERE AIN'T NO TEACHER ANYMORE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): ANTI-TEACHER ; EUPHEMISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORED BY COLLECTOR.

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Toast

A toast to all your fine ambition, about which we all rant;

Because it makes you do the things that everyone says you can't.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): Ability ; AMBITION ; DRINKING ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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BAD LUCK OMEN

ACCORDING TO THIS INFORMANT, IT IS
AN OLD POLISH SUPERSTITION THAT IF ONE WEARS
A HAT INSIDE A HOUSE, IT MEANS THAT
SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY WILL SOON BECOME SICK.

Where learned: HOME ; BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: SPRING 00001964

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BAD LUCK OMEN

ACCORDING TO THIS INFORMANT, IT IS AN
OLD POLISH SUPERSTITION THAT IF A PAIR OF
SHOES IS LEFT ON A DINING TABLE, IT MEANS
THAT A DEATH IN THE FAMILY IS NEAR.

Where learned: HOME ; BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Observation

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Toast

Although another year has passed, we will act no older than the last.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Small grammar correction written on submission.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): AGE ; Maturity ; Social: Drinking ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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Ethnic Joke: Black

Negro:

Excited negro bank bandit says "OK you mudder stickers, this is a fuck up."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in a pile marked [?]

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; Collection

Keyword(s): Black ; DEROGATORY ; ETHNIC ; HUMOR ; Language ; NEGRO ; Offensive ; SLANG ; Stereotype ; TONGUE TWISTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
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WEDDING TRADITION

ORIGINALLY, THE WEDDING RING WAS PLACED
ON THE THIRD FINGER OF THE LEFT HAND BECAUSE IT WAS THOUGHT
TO BE CONNECTED DIRECTLY TO THE HEART BY THE
"VENA AMORIS", THE VEIN OF LOVE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; WEDDING SHOWER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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GRADUATION CUSTOMS

IT IS CUSTOMARY AT AMHERST HIGH SCHOOL IN BUFFALO,
NEW YORK, THAT THE SENIORS SKIP A DAY OF CLASSES
NEAR THE END OF THE SEMESTER. ALSO, THEY PULL PRANKS
SUCH AS POURING ACID ON THE GRASS OF THE SCHOOLYARD
TO READ OBSCENE WORDS, OR PUT SOMETHING ON THE
FLAGPOLE AND GREASE IT SO NO ONE COULD GET IT DOWN.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EATING BATTER GIVES YOU BIGGER BOOBS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY GRANDMOTHER WHEN I WAS MAKING PANCAKES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW BUFFALO

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; BOOBS = BREASTS (ASSUMED)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1981 ; 10-14-1987

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