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RIDDLE

Q: I AM FOUND BETWEEN TREES, I SHOW EVERYTHING BUT SEE NOTHING.
A: A WINDOW.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) AND NATURAL PHENOMENA ; HARDWARE (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT SITS IN A CORNER IN NICE WEATHER AND GOES OUTSIDE IN RAINY
WEATHER?
A: AN UMBRELLA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-04-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAN GO UP A CHIMNEY DOWN, BUT CAN NOT GO DOWN A CHIMNEY UP?
A: AN UMBRELLA.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (Q) ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A)

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: IT SPINS AROUND BUT IS NOT (A) SPINNING WHEEL; IT CAN WALK A ROPE
BUT IT IS NOT A MONKEY.
A: A SPIDER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SHIPLE HALL

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (Q) ; INSECTS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT GOES FAST BUT NOT FAR?
A: A DOLLAR BILL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; MONETARY ITEMS (A) ; WISDOM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: THE MORE YOU FEED IT/ THE MORE IT WILL GROW HIGH/ BUT IF YOU
GIVE IT WATER,/ THEN IT WILL GO AND DIE.
A: FIRE.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: OHIO ; Sylvania

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; STATES OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT GROWS BIG WHEN IT IS FED WOOD, GROWS SMALL WHEN
IT IS FED WATER?
A: FIRE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT ONE THROWS AWAY AFTER CAREFULLY HOARDING IT?
A: GARBAGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GROWS WITH ITS ROOTS UPWARD, LIVES IN THE WINTERTIME,
AND DISAPPEARS IN THE SUMMER?
A: AN ICICLE.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-17-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ALWAYS FALLS AND NEVER GETS HURT?
A: RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-17-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WITHOUT FEET, WITHOUT ARMS IT STILL CLIMBS FOR THE HEAVENS.
A: SMOKE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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SMOKE

Q: WHAT GOES AROUND THE HOUSE AND DOES NOT MAKE ANY TRACKS?
A: SMOKE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; BUILDING (Q) ; BUILDING (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-02-1971

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: SEMAS (PILKAS) JAUTIS DANGUZ LAISO. - THE GREY BULL LICKS THE SKY.
A: DUMAI - SMOKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMAL (Q) ; NATURAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT FALLS, BUT NEVER GETS HURT?
A: SNOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-09-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAN OUTRUN A HORSE AND CAN CROSS THE WATER WITHOUT GETTING
WET?
A: THE SUN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; NATURAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: I WENT TO THE WOODS AND FOUND IT. I SAT ME DOWN TO LOOK FOR IT.
I BROUGHT IT HOME WITH ME BECAUSE I COULDN'T FIND IT. WHAT WAS IT?
A: A THORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; BUILDINGS (Q) ; NATURAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: THE GODS GO BOWLING, THE GODDESSES DO THEIR LAUNDRY, AND THEIR
OFFSPRINGS TURN THE LIGHTS ON AND OFF.
A: A THUNDERSTORM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL ; PERSONS (Q) GODS AND GODDESSES

James Callow Keyword(s): LIGHTENING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: THERE ARE FOUR BROTHERS IN THE WORLD. THE FIRST RUNS BUT NEVER
GETS TIRED. THE SECOND EATS BUT NEVER GETS SATISFIED. THE THIRD
DRINKS BUT NEVER GETS FULL. THE FOURTH SINGS BUT HIS SONG IS NOT
PLEASANT TO THE EAR. WHO ARE THE BROTHERS?
A: WATER, FIRE, THE EARTH AND THE WIND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): ELEMENTS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAN RUN BUT CANNOT WALK?
A: WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; PRIVATIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT FLIES AND NEVER RESTS?
A: THE WIND.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: OHIO ; Sylvania

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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