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HOW TO REMEMBER

IF YOU FORGET SOMETHING GO BACK WHERE YOU STARTED FROM WHEN YOU
FORGOT IT AND USUALLY IT COMES TO YOU.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS FATHER IN ABOUT 1945.

Where learned: WALLACEBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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VIRGINITY IS LIKE A BALLOON, ONE PRICK AND ITS GONE.

Where learned: RESTROOM WALL

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG-PRICK FOR PENIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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THE SAW CHAINS

TEXT NOT KEYPUNCHED
ONE MIMEOGRAPHED STORY ABOUT TWO SCANDINAVIAN AMERICANS;
IN 10X13 ENVELOPE, SQ730849-21
SQ730849-21

Submitter comment: SEVERAL FAMILIAR MOTIFS APPEAR IN THIS STORY SUCH AS THE TWO FRIENDS
UNWITTINGLY TRYING TO THROW EACH OTHER OUT OF BED. THE BEAR GOING
AFTER THE PERSON WHO WAS "SUPPOSED TO BE ON HIS SIDE" IS ALSO A
COMMON IDEA. THE ENDING ALSO IS TYPICAL. MY PARENTS REMEMBER
HAVING HEARD ALMOST THE SAME ENDING ON OTHER STORIES BEFORE.
I THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT IT TOOK MANY OF THE PEOPLE
I TOLD THIS STORY TO SOME TIME TO CATCH ON THAT SAW CHAINS WAS
REALLY SUPPOSED TO BE CHAIN-SAWS.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THERE IS A WHIRLWIND OF DUST THERE WON'T BE RAIN FOR SEVERAL
DAYS. WHEN SEVERAL WHIRLWINDS OF DUST OCCUR, THE WEATHER IS GOING
TO CHANGE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.1

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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WEATHER BELIEF

THERE WAS NO RAIN UNTIL THE FLOOD (NOAH AND THE FLOOD). PRIOR TO
THIS A MIST COVERED THE EARTH TO PROVIDE MOISTURE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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AXEL AND THE SKUNK

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ONE MIMEOGRAPHED STORY ABOUT TWO SCANDINAVIAN AMERICANS;
IN 10X13 ENVELOPE, SQ730849-20

Submitter comment: THE HUMOR IN THIS STORY AND THE FOLLOWING ONE BASICALLY IS ETHNICALLY
ORIENTED. THEY SHOW THE PROBLEMS AN IMMIGRANT HAS IN UNDERSTANDING
A NEW LANGUAGE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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GRAFFITO

"A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD STILL TEAR UP YOUR HAND IF YOU
GRABBED IT BY THE STEM."

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESTROOM WALL ; MEDIA CENTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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BIRDIE, BIRDIE IN THE SKY,
DROPPED SOME WHITE WASH IN MY EYE.
I'M NO BABY, I WON'T CRY.
I'M JUST GLAD THAT COWS DON'T FLY.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: KNEW IT AS A LITTLE CHILD, WALLED LAKE, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALLED LAKE

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; REFRAIN, OBSERVATION ; RHYME: AAAA ; RHYME: MASCULINE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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The Nun in the Bar

A guy picked up a nun in the street and invited her into a bar to have a drink with him. "I really shouldn't," said the nun. But the man finally convinced her. when they got into the bar she told him she'd have a double martini, but to bring it in a coffee cup so that other people wouldn't knwo she was drinking. "Hey bartender," the man yelled out. "Give me a double martini in a coffee cup!" "oh," replied the bartender, "That nun's back again."

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): BAR ; Bartender ; Bartender Jokes ; Comic dialogue ; DIALOGUE ; DRINKING HUMOR ; HUMOR ; JOKES ; Pub ; RELIGION ; RELIGIOUS ; Religious Jokes

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious

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GRAFFITI

DON'T CHANGE DICKS IN THE MIDDLE OF A SCREW; VOTE FOR NIXON IN '72.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS FOUND ON THE WALLS OF THE STALLS IN VARIOUS RESTROOMS AROUND
THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT CAMPUS.

In recalling this, I was quite amused.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESTROOM WALL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
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Date learned: 09-27-1972

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Graffiti

In days of old
When knights were bold
And toilets weren't invented,
The [they] laid thyere [their] load beside the road
And walked away contented.


 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; written on john wall

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Graffiti

"My mother made me a homosexual"
"If I give her the yarn will she make me one, too?"

 

 

Submitter comment:

written on the wall of a University of Michigan john

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: RESTROOM WALL ; UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Graffiti

Help beautify America: throw something lovely away.

 

Submitter comment:

written on a wall in a University of Michigan john

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: RESTROOM WALL ; UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Graffiti

"But grandma, 'Grapenuts' is not a social disease!"


 

Submitter comment:

written on the wall of a University of Michigan john

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: RESTROOM WALL ; UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Graffiti: Humorous Names

Phil Anders

Submitter comment:

written on the wall at a U of M john

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: RESTROOM WALL ; UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Graffiti

Colonel Sanders uses Shake and Bake

Submitter comment:

written on john at Hudsons Westland

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: RESTROOM WALL ; Hudsons Westland

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Q: Why vote for Nixon in '72?

A: Because you shouldn't change Dicks in the middle of a screw.

 

Submitter comment:

Found on bathroom wall written in lipstick.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RESTROOM WALL ; EAST TOWN THEATRE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Graffito

Nixon should pull out
Just as his father should have.

 

Submitter comment:

Informant said that he read this on a bathroom wall at Wayne State University.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RESTROOM WALL ; WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Bathroom Wall Rime of Mockery

People who write on shithouse walls,
Roll their shit in little balls,
People who read these words of wit,
Eat those little balls of shit!

 

Submitter comment:

Read in Michigan State University bathroom.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ; RESTROOM WALL ; EAST LANSING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Graffiti

Cigarettes are a drag.

 

Submitter comment:

Found on the wall of "The Snug."

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: "The Snug" ; wall

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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