Threats Made Jokingly, 1985  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Lathrop, Suellyn
Threats Made Jokingly
0.02 linear feet
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Suellyn Lathrop was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Publication of this finding aid was supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.

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Restrictions on Use

Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Master sheetReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Project release formReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

EssayReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Folklore textsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Container(s) Description
Clean your ears or potatoes will grow in them
Eat your tomatoes or you will die
If you swallow watermelon seeds, they'll sprout out your ears
You'll be struck by lightning if you lie
Be good or Santa won't come
If you don't stop making that face your face will freeze
If you brush your teeth sideways they'll grow that way
If you read in bad light you'll go blind
If you stick your lip out any farther a bird will shit on it
If you eat peas your boobs will grow
If you play with fire you'll pee the bed
If you don't eat the Whistler Man will get you
Trash can story
Go to sleep before the Boogie man gets you
Stop jumping in the house or you'll go to China
Fish will bite through glass so don't put your finger on the tank
Don't go out at night or the man with the hook will get you
Don't crack your knuckles or you won't be able to get a wedding ring on
Don't curl your tongue in your mouth, if you swallow it you'll choke
If you don't clean your room you'll not be able to get out of it
If you eat watermelon seeds you'll get pregnant
If you point at the moon or your ears will fall off
Sweeping the floor brings bad luck
Don't let people walk across you-stunts growth or cripples
If you sing at the dinner table you'll marry an old man
If you bathe at night you'll get rheumatism
If you wash your hair at night it washes away the luck
If you don't clean up your plate you'll marry a man with a pimply face
If you cross your eyes they'll stay that way
Don't leave suitcase open, you'll die because it's like an open coffin

Interview transcriptReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Asian Americans
  • College students
  • Housewife
  • jokes
  • Native Americans
  • superstitions
  • taunting
  • WASPs
  • Personal Names :
  • Ang, Edna
  • Barnhart, Daniel
  • Brubaker, Betsy
  • Burhop, John
  • Burke, Luanna
  • Harrison, Craig
  • Lathrop, Trixie
  • Liew, Billie
  • Loy, Miin
  • Martin, Laura
  • Michael, Michell
  • Patoine, Pauline
  • Shepherd, Brandon
  • Slavich, Jennifer
  • Sondenaa, Angela
  • Sondenaa, Annette
  • Takushi, Mari
  • Vincent, Lisa
  • Waldron, Denise
  • Whitley, Kristin
  • Geographical Names :
  • Eugene (Or.)
  • Wayne City, Illinois
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project