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HAS A TONGUE BUT CAN'T DRINK

QUESTION: WHAT HAS A TONGUE AND GOES TO THE WATER AND STILL
CAN'T DRINK?
ANSWER: A SHOE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS IS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.
THIS IS A RIDDLING QUESTION WITH A NON-PREDICTABLE ANSWER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: CA06171966

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SEE AND TALK

QUESTION: WHAT IS IT, ALL HAVE BODIES, SOME LONG LEGS, MOST
CAN'T TALK, CAN'T WALK, CAN'T HEAR, HAS A FACE THAT WILL TRULY
CATCH A GLIMPSE.
ANSWER: TV OR TV(S).

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS IS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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CAN'T THINK!

QUESTION: WHAT HAS A HEAD, CAN'T THINK, BUT CAN WRITE WHEN
FILLED?
ANSWER: A PEN, MY FRIEND.

Submitter comment: I COLLECTED THIS ITEM IN A ROOM FULL OF GIRLS AND GUYS. I ASKED
THE INFORMANT FOR FOLKLORE ITEMS WHILE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE
OTHERS AND THE MEANING OF THE IDEA BEHIND THE PARTICULAR ITEMS.
SHE USED A PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACH IN EXPLAINING THIS ITEM.
THE INFORMANT SEEMS TO REMEMBER THIS ITEM FROM HER EARLY ADOLESCENT
YEARS IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD, WHERE SHE LIVED FOR 16 YEARS. SHE
WAS CUNNING IN THE WAY SHE ASKED THE QUESTION AND GAVE THE ANSWER
TO THIS ITEM. HER ASSOCIATES IN THE ROOM MAY HAVE PROMOTED THIS
ACTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00001960S

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WHAT GET'S LOST EVERY TIME YOU STAND UP? (YOUR LAP)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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TO CATCH A STITCH IN TIME, SAVES NINE.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT & I BOTH BELIEVE THIS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS IT THAT SITS UPON A SHELF, AND LIVES AS LONG AS IT EATS
ITSELF. A: A CANDLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER ?
A: AN EMBARRASSED ZEBRA

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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RIDDLE

THIRTY WHITE HORSES ON A RED HILL. NOW THEY TRAMP, NOW THEY ROMP,
NOW THEY STAND STILL. ANS. TEETH AND GUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHORICAL RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q. WHAT HAS AS EYE, BUT CANNOT SEE? A. A NEEDLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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SYRIAN TRUE RIDDLE

SOMETHING ALIVE WHICH, IF TAKEN TO ANOTHER LAND, WILL DIE. A.
A FISH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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SYRIAN TRUE RIDDLE

Q. WHAT IS A LITTLE THING IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES ALL OF THE TIME?
ANS. AN EYELASH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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TRUE RIDDLE

BLACK AND WHITE AND READ ALL OVER. WHAT IS IT? A. A NEWSPAPER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-12-1972

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q. WHAT HAS LEGS, BUT CANNOT MOVE? A. A TABLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-11-72

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RIDDLE

WHAT STAYS IN THE SAME CORNER ALL THE TIME BUT TRAVELS AROUND
THE WORLD?
A POSTAGE STAMP:

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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TRUE RIDDLE

THE SUM OF THE AGES OF MARY AND ANN IS 44 YEARS. MARY IS TWICE
AS OLD AS ANN WAS WHEN MARY WAS HALF AS OLD AS ANN WILL BE WHEN
ANN IS THREE TIMES AS OLD AS MARY WAS WHEN MARY WAS THREE TIMES
AS OLD AS ANN. HOW OLD IS ANN?
ANSWER: ANN IS 16 1/2 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00001960S

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RIDDLE

WHAT QUESTION INVARIABLY DEMANDS YES FOR AN ANSWER?
"WHAT DOES Y-E-S SPELL?"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SPELLING (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00001960S

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RIDDLE

WHAT QUESTION CAN NEVER BE ANSWERED 'YES'?"
"ARE YOU ASLEEP?"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00001960S

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RIDDLE

WHAT BOW CAN NEVER BE TIED?
A RAINBOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RAINBOW

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00001960S

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RIDDLE

HOW CAN YOU KEEP A DOG FROM GOING MAD IN AUGUST?
SHOOT HIM IN JULY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DOG DAYS ; MONTHS (Q) (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00001960S

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RIDDLE

WHY DID THE WEATHER FORECASTER GET BOUNCED FROM HIS JOB?
THE CLIMATE DIDN'T AGREE WITH HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00001960S

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