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O.K. SIGN--JOIN THUMB AND INDEX FINGER TI SIGNIFY
EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; FOR MANY YEARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: 10-22-1969

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS GREEN AND LIKES CHILDREN?
ANSWER: ART LINKLETTUCE

Data entry tech comment: PUN ON ART LINKLETTER, A HOST OF A TELEVISION SHOW ; FEATURING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): LETTUCE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-11-1971

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS PURPLE AND SWIMS IN THE SEA?
ANSWER: MOBY DICK

Submitter comment: RIDDLE WAS GIVEN WHILE WATCHING THE MOVIE MOBY DICK.

Data entry tech comment: MOBY DICK IS A WHALE AND ALSO THE NAME OF THE ; BOOK WRITTEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-27-1967

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RIDDLE

HOW DO YOU FIT FOUR ELEPHANTS IN A VOLKSWAGEN?
ANSWER: TWO IN THE FRONT AND TWO IN THE BACK.

Data entry tech comment: A VOLKSWAGEN BEATLE WAS A SMALL GERMAN-MADE CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET?
ANSWER: SUPERPICKLE

Data entry tech comment: IN THE INTRODUCTION TO THE SUPERMAN TELEVISION ; SHOW, IT IS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS PURPLE AND LIVES IN PHONEBOOTHS?
ANSWER: SUPERGRAPE

Data entry tech comment: SUPERMAN, A CARTOON CHARACTER, CHANGED INTO HIS ; SUPERMAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): PHONEBOOTH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
GEORGE HAMILTON.
GEORGE HAMILTON WHO?
SEE YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT HIM ALREADY.

Data entry tech comment: GEORGE HAMILTON IS AN AMERICAN ACTOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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WHENEVER TWO PEOPLE SAY THE SAME THING AT THE SAME TIME,
THE FIRST ONE TO COUNT TO 10 AND SAY, "YOU OWE ME A
COKE," (COCA-COLA) WAS ENTITLED TO A COKE FROM THE
OTHER PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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AT WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, NO FEMALE STUDENT IS
OFFICIALLY A COED OF W.M.U. UNTIL SHE IS KISSED
UNDER A PARTICULAR LAMP ON EAST HALL ON EAST CAMPUS,
BY HER FAVORITE BEAU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR YOU TO COMB YOUR HAIR AND FLUSH IT DOWN THE TOILET
BECAUSE YOUR MIND WILL START TO FLOAT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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BELIEF IN A METHOD OF CURING A NOSE BLEED

WHEN YOUR NOSE BLEEDS, PUT ONLY THE WHITE OF A PIECE OF BREAD ON THE
ROOF OF YOUR MOUTH TO MAKE IT STOP.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER, GRACIA ESQUIVEL WHO IS A
HOUSEWIFE OF 23.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-07-1980

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GOODNIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT, AND DON'T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE.

Submitter comment: BEDTIME VERSE WHICH WAS SAID BY HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.66

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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BELIEF CONCERNING THE USE OF SALT

IF SOMEONE YOU DISLIKE VISITS YOUR HOME, PUT SALT ON THE PORCH AND
THEY WILL NOT RETURN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER, GRACIA ESQUIVEL WHO IS A
HOUSEWIFE OF 23.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-07-1980

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I ASKED MY MOTHER FOR 50 CENTS
TO SEE THE COW JUMP OVER THE FENCE,
HE JUMPED SO HIGH, HE REACHED THE SKY
AND DIDN'T COME BACK TIL THE FOURTH OF JULY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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PREDICTION DIVINATION BELIEF

IF YOU TOUCH THE SOFT SPOT ON A BABY'S HEAD, THE ROOF OF HIS MOUTH
WILL CAVE IN

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER, GRACIA ESQUIVEL WHO IS A
HOUSEWIFE OF 23.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-07-1980

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BELIEF IN A MEANS OF CAUSING ILLNESS

IF A WOMAN BREAST FEEDS HER BABY AFTER HAVING BEEN ANGRY WITH
SOMEONE, THE BABY WILL GET SICK TO HIS STOMACH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER, GRACIA ESQUIVEL WHO IS A
HOUSEWIFE OF 23.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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BELIEF CONCERNING HAIR

IF A GIRL GETS HER HAIR BLUNTLY CUT WITH A MACHETE WHEN THE MOON IS
FULL, HER HAIR WILL GROW BACK VERY, VERY LONG.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER MEXICAN MOTHER WHO IS IN HER MID 40'S

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-05-1980

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

RIN TIN TIN SAT ON A PIN.
HOW MANY INCHES DID IT GO IN?
1, 2, 3, ETC.
(UNTIL PERSON JUMPING MISSES.)

Where learned: LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.56

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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BELIEF IN A METHOD OF CURING ASTHMA

STAND AN ASTHMATIC CHILD STRAIGHT AGAINST A TREE AND MARK THE SPOT
AT THE TOP OF HIS HEAD WITH A NAIL. AFTER THE CHILD MOVES TO THE
SIDE, DRIVE THE NAIL ALL THE WAY INTO THE TREE. AS SOON AS THE
CHILD'S HEIGHT PASSES THE NAIL, HE WILL BE RID OF HIS ASTHMA.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN MONTERREY, MEXICO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): MEASURING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-05-1980 ; 12-00-1979

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FROM 20 TO 30, IF A MAN FEELS RIGHT,
IT'S ONCE IN THE MORNING AND ONCE AT NIGHT.
FROM 30 TO 40, IF HE STILL FEELS RIGHT,
HE CUTS OUT THE MORNING OR HE CUTS OUT THE NIGHT.
FROM 40 TO 50 IT'S JUST NOW AND THEN.
FROM 50 TO 60 IT'S GOD KNOWS WHEN}
FROM 60 TO 70, IF HE STILL FEELS INCLINED,
DON'T LET HIM KID YOU, IT'S ALL IN HIS MIND.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT FELT THIS WAS QUITE HUMOROUS AND LAUGHED WHILE RECITING IT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; EUPHEMISM ; FREQUENCY OF SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ; LOVERS

Subject headings: 730 730.328
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.545
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Date learned: 02-05-1980

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