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TWO HANDKERCHIEFS

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A LADY WITH A COLD WENT TO A DINNER PARTY AND TOOK WITH HER TWO
HANDKERCHIEFS. ONE SHE TUCKED IN HER BOSOM. AT THE PARTY SHE
STARTED LOOKING LEFT AND RIGHT IN HER BOSOM. SHE SUDDENLY NOTICED
PEOPLE LOOKING AT HER. EMBARRASSED, SHE SAID, "I KNOW I HAD TWO
WHEN I CAME."

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): BREASTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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MILITARY NICKNAMES

"WOJO" IS ANOTHER NAME FOR "WARRENT OFFICER." AND, AN INSPECTOR
GENERAL IS ALSO CALLED "IGGY."

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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MILITARY NICKNAME

A MAN NEWLY INDUCTED INTO THE ARMED FORCES IS ALWAYS CALLED "JOE."

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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NICKNAME

A COMPANY COMMANDER'S NICKNAME IS "THE OLD MAN."

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
A NEWSPAPER

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A FRIEND IN SCHOOL

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
A BLEEDING NUN

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A FRIEND IN SCHOOL

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): COLOR ; RELIGION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAS A CRANK UP FRONT AND A BUNCH OF LITTLE
NUTS IN THE BACK?
A CLASSROOM

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A FRIEND IN SCHOOL

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): ANTI-TEACHER ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK AND WHITE, ECT.?
A NUN ROLLING DOWN A HILL.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A FRIEND IN SCHOOL

Data entry tech comment: TO BE FOLLOWED BY THIS RIDDLE:

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): CHAIN SERIES ; COLOR ; RELIGION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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SUPERSTITION (COLLECTORS TITLE)

DON'T CARRY SALT WITH YOU FROM PLACE TO PLACEQ IT'S A SURE
SIGN OF DISASTER OR BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: RELATED TO HER BY HER FATHER.

Where learned: STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.17

Date learned: 04-04-1967

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IF A BIRD FLIES INTO YOUR HOME A DEATH IS SOON TO COME

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER RELATED THIS TO HIM WHEN HE WAS A CHILD IN THE
YEAR 1924

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-01-960

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THE SKUNKS

MAMA SKUNK WAS WORRIED BECAUSE SHE COULD NEVER KEEP TRACK OF HER TWO
KIDS. THEY WERE NAMED "IN" AND "OUT" AND WHEN "IN" WAS IN, "OUT" WAS
OUT. AND IF "IN" WAS OUT, "OUT" WAS IN. ONE DAY SHE CALLED "OUT"
AND TOLD HIM TO BRING "IN" IN. HE DID. "GOOD!" SAID MAMA SKUNK.
"HOW DID YOU FIND HIM IN SO SHORT A TIME?" "IT WAS EASY SAID
OUT, "INSTINCT!"

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): IN STINCT=INSTINCT IN STINKS

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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THE SKUNKS

MAMA SKUNK WAS WORRIED BECAUSE SHE COULD NEVER KEEP TRACK OF HER TWO
KIDS. THEY WERE NAMED "IN" AND "OUT" AND WHEN "IN" WAS IN, "OUT" WAS
OUT. AND IF "IN" WAS OUT, "OUT" WAS IN. ONE DAY SHE CALLED "OUT"
AND TOLD HIM TO BRING "IN" IN. HE DID. "GOOD!" SAID MAMA SKUNK.
"HOW DID YOU FIND HIM IN SO SHORT A TIME?" "IT WAS EASY SAID
OUT, "INSTINCT!"

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): IN STINCT=INSTINCT ; IN STINKS

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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YOU SHOULD LET OTHERS RUN THEIR MOUTH WHILE YOU RUN YOUR OWN
BUSINESS.

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMANT'S FORMER EMPLOYER USED TO SAY THIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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MANY YOUNG MOTHERS BELIEVE THAT PET CATS WILL STIFLE THE BREATH OF
THEIR BABIES IF THEY HAVE THE CHANCE.

Submitter comment: MANY OF THE INFORMANT'S PATIENTS HAVE ASKED HIM ABOUT THIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): SUFFOCATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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MOROCCAN WEDDINGS

IN MOROCCO, AFRICA WATER AND MILK ARE SPRINKLED OVER YOUNG BRIDES
DURING THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY. THIS IS TO PURIFY THE GIRLS OF ANY
EVIL DEMONS THAT MAY BE AROUND. IN OTHER CEREMONIES THEY CROSS
SWORDS OVER THE NEWLYWED'S HEADS TO SCARE AWAY BAD SPIRITS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY PARTICIPATED IN SUCH A CEREMONY.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 00001971 WINTER

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"NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP, A DOLLAR DOWN AND A DOLLAR A WEEK."

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IT IS A SURE SIGN OF TROUBLE IF A PERSON DREAMS OF SILVER MONEY.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about luck
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHAT DID THE RIGHT EYE SAY TO THE LEFT EYE? (THERE'S SOMETHING
BETWEEN US THAT SMELLS.)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): NOSE ; PUN ON SMELLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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HOW DOES THE BIG MOUNTAIN CALL HIS SON? (HE YELLS, "HEY CLIFF")

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON FIRST NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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STRUT MISS LIZZY

STRUT MISS LIZZY ALL DAY LONG/NOW HERE COMES ANOTHER JUST LIKE THE
OTHER, ALL DAY LONG/ WELL HEY THERE SAILOR, HOW ABOUT A DATE?
I DON'T HAVE TO BE HOME UNTIL HALF PAST EIGHT/ I CAN DO THE KICK
AND I CAN DO THE SPLIT, AND I CAN WEAR MY DRESSES UP ABOVE MY KNEES
AND I CAN SHAKE MY SHIMMY TO WHO I PLEASE/ I'VE NEVER BEEN TO COLLEGE
I'VE NEVER BEEN TO SCHOOL BUT WHEN IT COMES TO BOOGIE I CAN BOOGIE
LIKE A FOOL/YOU JUMP FRONT BACK AND SIDE TO SIDE. (A DANCING SONG)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 00001972 SUMMER

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