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RIDDLE

Q: THOUGH THEY ARE EASILY CARRIED, THEY CAN NEVER BE COUNTED.
A: HAIR.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS NEVER SEEN BUT OFTEN CHANGES?
A: YOUR MIND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SAYING (RIDDLE)

Q: NO MATTER HOW SMART YOU ARE, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS
OVERLOOK?
A: YOUR NOSE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: MIZSLUZ TEVAS KLANE GULI. - THE FATHER OF RIDDLES IS SLEEPING IN
THE GULLY.
A: LIESUVIS - YOUR TONGUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREAS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-07-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: A RED ROOSTER WHICH JUMPS AROUND AND OVER THE WHITE FENCES.
A: THE TONGUE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; METAPHORICAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GOES ALL OVER THE HOUSE BUT NEVER TOUCHES ANYTHING?
A: YOUR VOICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: WHICH MAN SHAVES 20 OR MORE TIMES A DAY?
A: THE BARBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-09-1965

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KAS VAIKSCIAJA RYTAZ KETURIOMIS, DIENAZ DXAEM, O VAKARE TRIMYS
KOJOMIS? - WHAT WALKS ON FOUR LEGS IN THE MORNING, TWO DURING THE
DAY, AND ON THREE IN THE EVENING.
A: TMOGUS - A MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PERSONS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-07-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT WALKS IN THE MORNING ON 4 LEGS, IN THE DAY ON 2, AND IN THE
EVENING ON 3?
A: A MAN.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

James Callow Keyword(s): "LEGS" SYMBOLIZING AGE OR STAGES IN LIFE ; CANE OEDIPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHO WALKS ON FOUR FEET IN THE MORNING, ON TWO FEET AT NOON,
AND ON THREE IN THE EVENING?
A: MAN. AS A CHILD HE CRAWLS ON ALL FOURS; AS AN ADULT HE WALKS ON
TWO; AND IN HIS OLD AGE HE WALKS LEANING ON A STICK.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: FROM HIS NEIGHBOR MR. SOL FRIEDMAN

Data entry tech comment: 7 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: FITZGERALD PLAYGROUND

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE

James Callow Keyword(s): SOPHOCLES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-29-1964

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: A MAN TAKES AN ELEVATOR TO THE 5TH FLOOR OF A TALL BUILDING AND
THEN HE WALKS UP TO THE ELEVENTH FLOOR. WHEN HE FINISHED HIS BUSINESS
HE TAKES THE ELEVATOR DOWN'TO THE FIRST FLOOR. WHY DIDN T HE TAKE
THE ELEVATOR ALL THE WAY UP TO THE 11TH FLOOR?
A: THE MAN WAS A MIDGET AND COULD ONLY REACH THE 5TH FLOOR BUTTON.

Submitter comment:

YES AND NO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIDDLE ARE ASKED OF THE RIDDLER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREAS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1969

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INDIAN RIDDLE

Q: TWO INDIANS WERE WALKING DOWN A PATH. THE ONE BEHIND THE ONE IN
FRONT WAS THE SON OF THE FIRST ONE. THE FIRST ONE WASN T HIS
FATHER, WHO WAS IT?
A: HIS MOTHER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS RIDDLE WHILE AT A SORORITY PARTY.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES. CK[ FAMILY MEMBERS ; SHORT STORY AS RIDDLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

James Callow Keyword(s): FAMILY MEMBERS ; SHORT STORY AS RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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NOAH (RIDDLE)

Q: HOW MANY ANIMALS DID MOSES PUT ON HIS ARK DURING THE FLOOD?
A: MOSES DIDN'T HAVE AN ARK, NOAH DID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; PERSONS (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PRETENDED OBSCENE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT'S BROWN AND STICKS BETWEEN AN ELEPHANT'S TOES?
A: A SLOW RUNNING NATIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) COLOR ; ANIMALS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: NOT AND SHOT FOUGHT A DUEL. NOT WAS SHOT AND SHOT WAS NOT. NOW
WOULD YOU RATHER BE SHOT OR NOT?
A: SHOT - FOR NOT WAS SHOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; PERSONS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: A BEGGAR HAD A BROTHER AND THE BROTHER DIED, AND THE ONE THAT
DIED HAD NO BROTHER.
A: HE HAD A SISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; PERSONS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT WEIGHS 2 TONS, HAS 80 FEET, AND SCREAMS?
A: 40 WOMEN CAUGHT IN AN ELEVATOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: A POLICEMAN IS WALKING DOWN THE STREET AND HEARS A SHOUT FROM A
NEARBY BUILDING, "NO, NO, DON'T SHOOT" AND ANOTHER
MAN'S VOICE SAID,
"YES, I'M GOING TO SHOOT." A SHOT RANG OUT AND HE RUSHED INTO THE
ROOM WHERE HE FOUND A DEAD MAN AND 4 OTHER PERSONS , A LAWYER, A
DOCTOR, A DENTIST AND A MORTICIAN. THE POLICEMAN IMMEDIATELY
ARRESTED THE DOCTOR. HE FOUND THE GUN ON THE FLOOR. HOW DID HE
KNOW IT WAS THE DOCTOR THAT SHOT THE MAN?
A: THE OTHER THREE WERE WOMEN.

Submitter comment: YES AND NO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIDDLE ARE ASKED OF THE RIDDLER.

Data entry tech comment: MISSPELLINGS HAVE BEEN CORRECTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1969

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RIDDLE

Q: I AM SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS INCREASES, THE MORE I AM SHARED WITH
OTHERS. WHAT DO YOU THINK I AM?
A: HAPPINESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL ; PERSONS (Q) ; STATES OF BEING (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: I HAVE SOMETHING BUT I DON'T HAVE SOMETHING ELSE THAT I'D LIKE
TO HAVE IN ORDER NOT TO HAVE WHAT I HAVE. WHAT ARE THEY?
A: HUNGER AND FOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL ; STATES OF BEING (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-25-1968

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