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AUTOGRAPH BOOK

I LOVE YOU LITTLE
I LOVE YOU BIG.
I LOVE YOU LIKE
A LITTLE PIG.

Where learned: LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU DROP A KNIFE, YOU WILL RECEIVE A VISIT FROM A MAN. IF YOU
DROP A FORK A WOMAN WILL COME, AND IF YOU DROP A SPOON A BABY
WILL VISIT YOU.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; SAINT HYACINTH SCHOOL

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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GOLDEN GATES TO HEAVEN
GOLDEN GATES TO HELL
DARN THE BOY WHO KISSES YOU
RUNS OFF AND TELLS.

Data entry tech comment: THE LAST LINE WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE IT IT WOULD READ :"THAT ;

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COURTSHIP ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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JOHNNY AND JESUS

THERE WAS A SMALL LAD WHO USED TO DASH INTO CHURCH EVERY TIME HE
PASSED, KNEEL DOWN AND SAY "HELLO JESUS THIS IS JOHNNY" AND THEN
RUN ABOUT HIS PLAY. ONE DAY JOHNNY WAS HIT BY A CAR AS HE PLAYED
AND A BYSTANDER JUST BEFORE JOHNNY DIED, THOUGHT HE HEARD A LOW
VOICE SAY "HELLO JOHNNY THIS IS JESUS".

Submitter comment: ONE OF A HUGE BODY OF "SISTER SAID" AND A GOOD EXEMPLUM.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; SAINT MATTHEWS SCHOOL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Prayer

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RIDDLE

WHERE WAS THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDECE SIGNED?
ON THE BOTTOM

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): HISTORICAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-29-1965

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RIDDLE

WHAT TIME WAS IT WHEN THE ELEPHANT SAT ON THE FENCE?
TIME TO GET A NEW FENCE

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-20-1965

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RIDDLE

WHY DO THE DUCKS FLY SOUTH FOR THE WINTER?
BECAUSE IT'S TOO FAR TO WALK

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAPPENS TO GIRLS WHO EAT BULLETS?
THEIR HAIR COMES OUT IN BANGS

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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RIDDLE

A NICKLE AND DIME WERE ON THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.
THE NICKLE ROLLED OFF. WHY DIDN'T THE DIME?
BECAUSE THE DIME HAD MORE CENTS

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): MONEY ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-28-1965

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RIDDLE

WHAT DID THE INDIAN SAY WHEN THE DOG FELL OFF THE CLIFF?
DOGGONE}

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-23-1965

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
AN EMBARRASSED ZEBRA

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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RIDDLE

WHY IS THE ELEPHANT STANDING ON THE MARSHMELLOW?
BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT TO FALL IN THE HOT CHOCOLATE

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): MARSHMALLOW

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-28-1965

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST PENCIL IN THE WORLD?
PENNSYLVANIA

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): PLACE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1965

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FARMER WITH TROUBLE

A FARMER HAD THREE SONS WHO WORKED VERY HARD ON THE FARM AND DID
NOT SEEM TO HAVE ANY ENEW JERSEYOYMENT OTHERWISE. SO THE OLD GENT,
FIGURED
D HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, AND HE SUGGESTED THEY CLEAN UP
THE BACK FORTY WHERE THE COWS USUALLY HERDED AND MAKE A BASEBALL
DIAMOND SO THEY COULD INVITE THEIR FRIENDS TO PLAY BALL AND
PICNIC. SO, THE FIRST SUNDAY, BEFORE THE GAME WAS HALF OVER
ONE OF THE SONS CAME TO THE HOUSE, AND BROTHER, WAS HE A MESS.
THE OLD MAN ASKED WHAT HAPPENED. "WELL," THE SON SAID, "I HIT
ONE A COUNTRY MILE, THE COACH ON FIRST SAID KEEP GOING. WHEN I
REACHED SECOND THE COACH ON THIRD WAIVED ME TO COME AHEAD. THE
PLAY WAS CLOSE BUT I WAS CALLED OUT WHEN I SLID INTO WHAT I
THOUGHT WAS THIRD BASE. SO, HERE I AM."

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): COW MANURE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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AN HONEST MAN IS NEITHER AFRAID OF THE LIGHT NOR THE DARK.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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TAKE A HANDFUL OF ANY KIND OF METAL (GOLD, SILVER, IRON)
AND PUT IT UNDER YOUR PILLOW,
THE NEXT DAY THERE WILL BE A LARGE SUM OF MONEY THERE.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS WHEN SHE SAID SHE HAD TO GET SOME MONEY
TO PAY OUR BILLS. SHE THEN WENT ON TO SAY THAT SHE
SHOULD DO THIS AND SEE IF IT WORKED.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 11-21-1969

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RIDDLE

IF YOU HAD A MATCH, A KEROSENE, LAMP, STOVE
WHICH WOULD YOU LIGHT FIRST?
THE MATCH

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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RIDDLE

WHY DID THE MAN THROW HIS PANTS OUT THE WINDOW?
HE HEARD A BOY CALLING FREE PRESS

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): NEWSPAPER NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-20-1965

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RIDDLE

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS WHEN AN ELEPHANT SITS ON THE FENCE?
TIME TO GET A NEW FENCE

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-16-1965

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAS EIGHTEEN LEGS AND CATCHES FLIES?
A BASEBALL TEAM

Where learned: SAINT LEONARD SCHOOL ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-17-1965

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