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Tongue-Twister:

Rubber baby buggy bumpers.

Submitter comment:

She learned it when she was growing up.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Why Verse?

Original BN [C870.570] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; BABY ; Buggy ; Bumper ; Language ; Rubber ; TONGUE TWISTER

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

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A WARNING.

BEWARE OF THE MASKED SKULKER!

Submitter comment: GRAFFITTI

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 02-06-1967

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02011986 SD[ 02011986
ONE NIGHT, A MAN WAS DRIVING IN THE ELMWOOD CEMETERY. SUDDENLY,
A LADY WALKED OUT OF NOWHERE, SHE WAS DRESSED IN A FLOWING
WHITE GOWN. THE MAN ASKED HER WHAT SHE WAS DOING IN
A "NICE PLACE LIKE THIS." SHE SAID SHE WAS LOOKING FOR A RIDE
HOME. THE MAN OBLIGED. THEY INSTANTLY WERE ATTRACTED TO EACH
OTHER. THE MAN, UPON ARRIVING AT HER HOUSE, ASKED IF HE
COULD TAKE HER OUT THE NEXT NIGHT. SHE AGREED.
WHEN THE MAN ARRIVED AN OLD WOMAN ANSWERED THE DOOR. SHE TOLD
HIM THAT THE GIRL HE SAW THE PREVIOUS EVENING DIED TEN
YEARS AGO. THE MAN WENT INTO SHOCK AND IS NOW A RESIDENT
AT NORTHVILLE.

Submitter comment: I MET THIS GIRL (THE INFORMANT) AS SHE WAS PEERING OVER MY
SHOULDER READING MY ITEM #16. SHE IMMEDIATELY TOLD ME HER TALE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

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CROUP STRAP

IT IS A COMMON CUSTOM AROUND FARMS AND STABLES THAT WHEN A CITY
BRED PERSON ASKS WHAT A CERTAIN LEATHER LOOP, A CROUP STRAP, IS
USED FOR, THE PERSON RECEIVES THE ANSWER OF "THAT, WHY ANY
HORSE'S ASS KNOWS WHAT THAT'S FOR!" THE CROUP STRAP GOES AROUND
THE HORSE'S TAIL TO HELP KEEP THE HARNESS, AND SOMETIMES THE
SADDLE, IN PLACE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; ERIN ; ROUTE 2

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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HOLD BOTH HANDS UP WITH TWO FINGERS UP FORMING V's. PUT ONE
HAND BEHIND YOUR HEAD AND THE OTHER A COUPLE OF FEET IN
FRONT OF YOU, THEN GIGGLE UP AND DOWN.
WHAT'S THIS?
IT'S AN INDIAN RIDING IN A V-8.

Submitter comment: A V-8 IS A TYPE OF AUTOMOBILE.

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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THE ANSWER IS WASHINGTON IRVING, WHAT IS THE QUESTION?
WHAT'S THE CAPITOL OF THE UNITED STATES, SAUL?

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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THE ANSWER IS CHICKEN YAMAGOOCHEE, WHAT IS THE QUESTION?
WHO IS THE ONLY LIVING KAMIKAZE PILOT?

Where learned: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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A SAD POEM AND ITS FOOTNOTE--GRAFFITTI

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

AS I SIT HERE BROKEN HEARTED
PAID A NICKEL AND ONLY FARTED!
SOMEBODY SCREWED YOU, THIS IS A FREE POT.

Submitter comment:

MEN'S JOHN, U. OF D.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 02-06-1967

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ADMINISTRATIVE PUN

E=MC SQUARED
F-. NICE WORK, AL, BUT NEXT TIME SHOW YOUR CALCULATIONS.

Submitter comment: THIS STATEMENT IS USED BY THE FACULTY ON EXAMINATIONS
INVOLVING CALCULATIONS.
GRAFFITTI

Data entry tech comment: ALBERT EINSTEIN'S THEORY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 02-06-1967

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GRAFFITTI -- A POEM

IN DAYS OF OLD WHEN KNIGHTS WERE BOLD,
AND TOILETS WEREN'T INVENTED,
MEN DROPPED THEIR LOADS UPON THE ROADS,
AND WALKED AWAY CONTENTED.

Submitter comment: IN MEN'S TOILET, U. OF. D.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; ENGINEERING BUILDING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Superstition: Pregnancy

Cats:

Never let a Tom Cat sleep in the same bedroom with a child, it will take the child's breath away and smother it, killing the child.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P549] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

Keyword(s): ASPHYXIATION ; BABY ; CAT ; CHILD ; FEAR ; Feline ; SUFFOCATION ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Custom: Animal

Animal:

The men that work in the coal mines feed the mice in the mines. They do this because the mice save their lives. Just before a mine avalanche, the mice will squeal and scurry on the ground, warning the miners of the oncoming danger.

Submitter comment:

My mother's father worked in a coal mine in Penna. [Pennsylvania?] and actually experienced this.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Danger ; Mice ; Mine ; Mines ; Mouse ; OMEN ; Signal ; WARNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Superstition: Animals

La Cicilia (Snake Belief):

This is a little short snake (type of viper) which is blind and hisses. It comes out once a year on the feast of the Madonna degli Angeli. On this feastday no child is left alone for the people believe that these vipers seek babies and small children. The vipers are believed to have the spirit of the devil within them and seek little children's souls.

Submitter comment:

My mother really believes this story and claims to have seen them.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Written on the right hand side of the card: Date? Unknown.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Babies ; CHILDREN ; Feast ; FESTIVAL ; holiday ; Holy Day ; Prey ; Serpent ; Snake ; Soul ; Viper

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Weather

Weather Proverb:

Rain before seven, clear by eleven

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NATURE ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; RHYME ; TIME ; WEATHER

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

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Language

Weather Verse:

Rain Rain, go away. Come again another day.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Language ; Play ; Rain ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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Proverb

A stitch in time saves nine.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Forethought ; Maxim ; Nine ; NUMBER ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; Stitch ; THRIFT ; TIME ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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BLEEDING HEART

IF YOU TAKE APART A BLEEDING HEART BLOSSOM IN FULL BLOOM
YOU WILL GET 2 RABBITS, 2 SLIPPERS, 2 EARRINGS, AND A BOTTLE.

Submitter comment:

PARTS OF THE FLOWER RESEMBLE THESE THINGS
SAYS COLLECTOR

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): Botany ; Bottle ; Earring ; FLOWER ; Items ; Lore ; Rabbit ; Represent ; Slipper ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A TOAST

MAY THE HAPPIEST DAY OF YOUR ENGAGEMENT BE THE SADDEST DAY OF YOUR
MARRIAGE.

Where learned: OHIO ; KETTERING

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Jump-rope Rhyme

DOWN IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS
THERE SAT (SAY NAME OF JUMPER) SWEET AS A ROSE
ALONG CAME (GUY TO TEASE) AND KISSED HER ON THE NOSE
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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ENGLISH FOLK SONG

PAT MAY BE FOOLISH,
AND VERY OFTEN WRONG;
PAT HAS GOT A TEMPER,
THAT DON,T LAST VERY LONG.
PAT IS FOND OF JOLITY
THAT EVERYBODY KNOWS.
THERE NEVER WAS A COWARD
WHERE THE SHAMROCK GROWS.

Submitter comment:

IT'S ABOUT THE IRISH-NOT NECESSARILY ADMIRATION.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): IRELAND ; Irish ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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