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TELEPHONE ANSWER

PHONE RINGS: YOU ANSWER AND SAY, HELLO, CITY
MORGUE. YOU STAB 'EM, WE SLAB 'EM.

Submitter comment: THIS PATICULAR ITEM STARTED A CHAIN REACTION OF FUNNY WAYS TO
ANSWER YOUR PHONE. SHE DELIGHTED HERSELF IN TELLING THEM TO ME,
TRYING TO MAKE ME BELIEVE THAT SHE MADE THEM ALL UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

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

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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BLUE MIST

IT IS BELIEVED THAT UPON A CERTAIN STREET IN GROSSE ILE, AT A
CERTAIN TIME, THE BLUE MIST DESCENDS UPON ANY CAR THAT TRESPASSES
THERE.

Submitter comment: THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A STORY AS TO THE WHY OF THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): GROSSE ILE IS AN ISLAND IN THE DETROIT RIVER ; GROSSE ILE, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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COOKIE FACTORY

PHONE RINGS; HELLO, FRENDO'S COOKIE FACTORY, WHICH CRUMB DO YOU WANT?

Submitter comment: RIGHT AS SHE FINISHED THIS ITEM, SHE IMMEDIATELY CONTINUED WITH THE
NEXT ONE, BARELY STOPPING FOR BREATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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PRIESTLY ADVICE TO ME-- DON'T BECOME PART ITALIAN ON DATES-- ROMAN
HANDS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS PRIESTLY ADVICE TO ME IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; PUN: ROMAN AND ROAMIN' (ROAMING)

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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TELEPHONE ANSWER

PHONE RINGS; HELLO, CITY WATER WORKS, WHICH DRIP DO YOU WANT?

Submitter comment: NO COMMENT HERE EXCEPT WHAT I HAVE GIVEN BEFORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN SLANG

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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TELEPHONE ANSWER

PHONE RINGS; HELLO, FRENDO'S SUMMER HOUSE, SOME ARE IN AND SOME ARE
OUT.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS HER FAVORITE AND SHE GLOWED WHEN SHE RECALLED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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THE TISSUE PRANK

ASK A PERSON TO SAY TERRIFIED. THEN ASK THEM TO SAY TISSUE. THEN ASK
THEM TO SAY IT TOGETHER. WHEN THEY SAY TERRIFIED TISSUE, ANSWER WITH
NO GO RIGHT AHEAD

Submitter comment: AS SHE FINISHED THIS JOKE WITH MYSELF AS THE PERSON IT WAS PULLED ON
SHE STOOD THERE WITH HER EYES CLOSED AND HER LIPS PUCKERED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): KISS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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WOP JOKE

QUESTION; WHY CAN'T AN ITALIAN SURF? ANSWER; BECAUSE HE'S WOP-SIDED

Submitter comment:

SINCE I'M ITALIAN SHE ENJOYED TELLING THIS ONE VERY MUCH. HER EYES
GREW AND A BROAD SMILE COVERED HER FACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG DEROGATORY

Subject headings: ITAL
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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MAKING HOLY WATER

QUESTION; HOW DO YOU MAKE HOLY WATER? ANSWER; YOU BOIL THE HELL
OUT OF IT.

Submitter comment: WITH THIS ITEM SHE STARTED LAUGHING BEFORE SHE EVEN SAID ONE WORD.
I NOTICED THAT AS SHE SETTLED DOWN TO SAY THE JOKE SHE TRIED TO
CARRY A STRAIGHT FACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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ALARM-CLOCK

QUESTION: IF YOU SET YOUR ALARM-CLOCK FOR EIGHT O'CLOCK AND WENT TO
BED AT SEVEN O'CLOCK, HOW MANY HOURS SLEEP WOULD YOU GET? ANSWER:
ONE HOUR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WHEN GIVING THE RIDDLE TRIED TO SLIP PAST THE WORD
OR NUMBER SEVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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BOUNDARY-LINE DISPUTE

IF A PLANE CRASHED ON THE BOUNDARY-LINE OF OHIO AND MICHIGAN, WHERE
WOULD YOU BURY THE SURVIVORS?
ANSWER: YOU DO NOT BURY SURVIVORS.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID THIS ONE CAREFULLY STRESSING THE WORDS BOUNDARY-LINE SO THAT
YOUR MIND WOULD STILL BE ON BURYING THE PEOPLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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PETER PETER PUMPKIN EATER

PETER PETER PUMPKIN EATER,
HAD A WIFE BUT COULDN'T KEEP HER,
SO HE PUT HER IN A PUMPKIN SHELL,
FOUND SHE'D BEEN UNTRUE,
SO HE BURIED HIS WIFE AND THE PUMPKIN TOO.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID THAT THIS WAS A HALLOWEEN FAVORITE, THAT WAS SAID FREQUENTLY
AT HALLOWEEN PARTIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY

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

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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THE STIGMATA OF PADRE PIO

PADRE PIO OF SAN GIOVANNI DI ROTONDO IN ITALY HAS THE STIGMATTA OF
OUR LORD ON HIS HANDS. THE WOUNDS ARE SAID TO BE OPEN ABOUT ONCE A
MONTH. ALSO ONLY MEN WERE ALLOWED TO SEE THIS. THE REASON FOR
THIS IS UNKNOWN.

Submitter comment: I ALSO HAD A CHANCE WHILE IN ITALY IN 72, TO SEE THIS SIGHT, HOWEVER
I CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR IT. THE WOUNDS WERE OPEN AND BLEEDING AS HE SAID
MASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF ; SEXISM ; STIGMATA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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KEEPING AWAY THE EVIL EYE

I CARRY IN MY CAR TO KEEP AWAY THE EVIL EYE AN ITALIAN CORNI HORN.

Submitter comment: THE HORN IS IN THE SHAPE OF A GOAT'S, AND IS MADE OF EITHER WOOD GOLD
OR PLASTIC. IT HAS AT IT'S TOP USUALLY A CROWN. IT CAN BE FOUND MOST
ANYWHERE IN ITALY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Emblem
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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Language

FLAT ROCK IS CALLED BY DOWNRIVER PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIVE IN FLAT ROCK
LEVEL PEBBLE.

Submitter comment:

JUST RECENTLY.

A TOWN SOME 25 MILES SOUTH OO DETROIT, MICHIGAN.; FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN; THIS ITEM REFERS TO FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN,

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD 02-22-2011

James Callow comment:

INCOMPLETE COMMENT?
CN[ PARTIPILO, FRANK 720870
C1[ 14909 STONEHAM
C2[ RIVERVIEW, MICHIGAN 48192
CO[ JUST RECENTLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Keyword(s): Flat ; Language ; Level ; MICHIGAN ; Nickname ; Pebble ; Region ; REGIONAL ; Rock ; SLANG ; STATE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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ONE OF THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS ON MY TEAM THOUGHT IT WAS BAD LUCK TO
WASH HIS PRACTICE UNIFORM AFTER A WIN. THUS AFTER 5 WINS IN A ROW
HIS UNIFORM BECAME SO DIRTY AND SMELLY WE SORT OF HOPED WE'D LOSE.

Submitter comment: FOOTBALL TEAMS TEND TO BE VERY SUPERSTITIOUS, THERE ARE MANY ODDITIES
THAT SOME PLAYERS HELD, BUT THIS ONE WAS ONE OF THE STRANGEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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ONE OF MY HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES HAD QUITE A SKILL WHEN IT CAME TO
BELCHING. HE COULD BELCH ENTIRE SENTENCES IN VERY LOUD AND GROSS
MANNER. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PRANKS WAS TO FILE INTO THE LIBRARY AND
HAVE OUR EXPERT BELCHER HIDE IN A SECLUDED PART OF THE LIBRARY. WHEN
THINGS BECAME STILL, THE BELCHER WOULD LET GO WITH "QUIET PLEASE"
AND THE ENTIRE LIBRARY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE NUN WOULD LAUGH.

Submitter comment: MY SENIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS QUITE CRAZY. WE MORE OR LESS
THRIVED ON PRANKS AND PRACTICAL JOKES. DAVE'S BELCHING EXPERTISE WAS
ONE OF THE FUNNIEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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BELIEF ABOUT THE NOSE

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, THAT MEANS YOU'LL KISS A FOOL.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT CHUCKLED AS SHE GAVE THIS ONE, AND ASKED IF MY NOSE
ITCHED BECAUSE IT WAS SO RED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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SMALL CHANGE FOR GOOD LUCK.

AN OLD MALTESE CUSTOM SAYS, PUT SMALL CHANGE ON THE WINDOW SILL
BEFORE THE NEW YEAR COMES. LEAVE IT THERE UNTIL AFTER THE NEW YEAR
SO THAT YOU'LL HAVE FINANCIAL GOOD LUCK THAT YEAR.

Submitter comment: EVEN THOUGH THE INFORMANT DIDN'T BELIEVE THE WART
CURE {PREVIOUS ENTRY}, SHE SEEMED TO
BELIEVE THIS ONE, JUST BY THE WAY SHE SAID IT.
SHE GOT THIS ITEM FROM HER MALTESE HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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WART CURE

IF YOU HAVE A WART, STEAL SOMEONE'S DISHRAG AND TAKE IT AND BURY IT.
THE WART WILL DISAPPEAR WITHIN THREE WEEKS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT OFFERED THIS ONE, ALTHOUGH IT APPEARED SHE DID NOT
BELIEVE IT, SAYING SHE HAD HEARD IT FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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