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FORMULA SPEECH

IF YOU HAVE AN EASY POOL SHOT, YOU SAY, "THAT'S A LEAD
PIPE."

Data entry tech comment: SEE: LEAD PIPE CINCH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-21-1969

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COMMON LAW

ONE RULE EVERY FISHERMAN HAS, IS TO ADD TEN POUNDS TO THE
FISH HE CATCHES, KNOWING THAT WHEN HIS FRIEND TELLS
THE FISHING STORY, HE WILL SUBTRACT FIVE TO TEN POUNDS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Common law

Date learned: 10-22-1970

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COMIC QUESTION--GRAFFITTI

WHY DO BLONDS HAVE MORE FUN?
YOU CAN FIND THEM IN THE DARK.

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

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 02-08-1967

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PROM NIGHT

IT WAS THE NIGHT OF THE SENIOR PROM AND THE BOY WENT TO
PICK UP HIS DATE. HE WAS SITTING IN THE LIVING ROOM
TALKING TO THE PARENTS WHILE SHE WAS UPSTAIRS MAKING
THE FINAL TOUCHES. THEN SHE PROCEEDED TO COME DOWN
THE STAIRS. SHE HAD A STRAPLESS DRESS ON, AND AS SHE
WAS COMING DOWN SOMETHING SNAPPED AND THE FRONT OF
HER DRESS FELL, EXPOSING ONE OF HER BREASTS. THE GIRL
WAS EMBARRASSED TO TEARS AND THE BOY, NOT WANTING TO
ADD TO THE EMBARRASSMENT, TRIED TO AVOID HER PARENTS
FROM SEEING IT, SO, IN ORDER TO DIVERT THEIR
ATTENTION, HE SCREECHED "LOOK AT THAT" POINTING TO THE
FRONT LAWN AND NOT KNOWING-OR HAVING ANY IDEA WHATEVER-
THAT ANYTHING WAS THERE. THERE WERE TWO DOGS MATING
ON THE LAWN.

Submitter comment: JOHN TOLD US THAT IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO ONE OF HIS
FELLOW GRADUATES AT A HIGH SCHOOL IN NEW JERSEY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 10-00-1963

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ACCA BACCA SODA CRACKER. ACCA BACCA BOO IF YOUR FATHER CHEWS TOBACCO
HE'S A REGULAR JEW. OUT GOES THE CAT, OUT GOES THE RAT, OUT GOES YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

THE DINNER CONSISTS OF THIRTEEN COURSES, ALL OF WHICH ARE MEATLESS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

Christmas Day?

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION BUILDING

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; CHRISTMAS ; Course ; CUSTOM ; Dinner ; FOOD CUSTOM ; holiday ; Ingredients ; Meal ; Vegetarian

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Menus

Date learned: 11-25-1969

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POLISH EASTER MONDAY CUSTOM

EVERYONE GIVES FOOD TO EVERYONE ELSE FOR FERTILITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION BUILDING ; told at work

Keyword(s): EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-25-1969

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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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PROVERB

BETTER LATE, THAN NEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION ; PERSISTENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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THE CREEK PEOPLE ALSO SAY THAT YOU SHOULD ENTER
THE HOUSE THROUGH THE SAME DOOR YOU LEFT THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: SUPERSTITION

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: 02-08-1971

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PINCH OF THE DEAD

WHEN YOU FIND A BLACK AND BLUE MARK ON YOUR BODY
THAT YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM
IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE WHO IS CLOSE TO YOU,
AND THAT HAS DIED, AND THAT NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS HAS COME BACK
AND WANTS TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF THIS NEED.
THEREFORE HE PINCHES YOU AND LEAVES A BLACK AND BLUE MARK
AS A SYMBOL OR SIGN OF HIS NEED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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LEGEND__BELLE ISLE

DOWN A CERTAIN STREET AT NIGHT, THERE IS A WITCH THAT HAD SPIKES IN
HER HANDS AND CLAWS AT YOUR CAR, TRYING TOO GET IN IF YOU
PARK TOO LONG
WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIEND

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; BALLROOM

Keyword(s): FUNCTIONAL FOLKTALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 10-22-1967

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AN EASTER CUSTOM

ON EASTER MONDAY THE BOYS OF THE TOWN WOULD GO AROUND AND THROW
WATER ON THE HEADS OF THE YOUNG GIRLS OF THE TOWN AS A SIGN OF
FERTILITY.

Submitter comment:

HEARD FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 04-04-1967

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IN PORT AUSTIN, A MAN WENT TO CHURCH ONE DAY IN
HIS BUGGY, WHICH WAS PULLED BY TWO HORSES. WHEN
HE CAME OUT ONE OF THE HORSES WAS DEAD. THE MAN
SAID, "I'LL BE GODDAM, THAT NEVER HAPPENED
BEFORE."

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HIS DAD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, ASSUMED ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): PROFANITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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PROVERB

THE GIRL WHO CANNOT DANCE SAYS THE BAND CANNOT PLAY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION BUILDING

Keyword(s): CRITICISM

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-30-1971

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HAUNTED HOUSE

CHAIR ROCKING BY ITSELF.

Submitter comment: ANOTHER AUNT HAD MOVED TO AN OLDER HOME ON DETROIT 'S EAST SIDE.
THIS TIME A GHOST OR SPIRIT WOULD OCCUPY A CERTAIN ROCKING CHAIR
WHICH WOULD ROCK BY ITSELF, THERE WOULD BE NO DOORS OR WINDOWS TO
CAUSE THE CHAIR TO ROCK. AGAIN A PREIST WAS CALLED TO BLESS THE
HOUSE TO GET RID OF THE SPIRIT.
EXORCISM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-00-0019

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COMIC QUESTION--GRAFFITTI

WHAT'S THE DEFINITION OF A ZIPPER?
A FLY WITH 1,000 SILVER TEETH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; MENS TOILET

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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ON EASTER MORNING, THE CHILDREN OF THE FAMILY GO AROUND THE HOUSE
HUNTING FOR EASTER EGGS THAT THE EASTER BUNNY HID FOR THEM.

Data entry tech comment:

THE EASTER BUNNY, LIKE THE EGG, HAS ITS ORIGINS IN PRE-CHRISTIAN
FERTILITY LORE. BEING SUCH FERTILE ANIMALS, THE HARE AND THE RABBIT
SYMBOLIZED THE NEW LIFE OF THE SPRING SEASON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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IT'S AN OLD CUSTOM OF THE GREEK CATHOLICS TO MAKE THE
SIGN OF THE CROSS WHEN ENTERING OR LEAVING THE HOUSE. IT
IS TO MAKE SURE GOD IS WITH YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Religious

Date learned: 02-08-1971

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