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RHYME OF DERISION

TEACHER, TEACHER, I DECLARE
I SEE (SO-AND-SO'S) UNDERWEAR
MIGHT BE PINK, MIGHT BE WHITE,
MIGHT BE FULL OF DYNAMITE.

I SAW LONDON, I SAW FRANCE
I SAW (SO-AND-SO'S) UNDERPANTS
MIGHT BE WHITE, MIGHT BE PINK,
I DON'T KNOW, BUT THEY SURE STINK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED BY CHILDREN WHEN THEY SEE SOMEONE ELSE'S UNDERWEAR.
IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A "HINT" TO TUCK IN YOUR SHIRT, OR PULL UP
YOUR FLY, AND IS USED BY BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS. USUALLY ONE OR THE
OTHER VERSE IS USED, BUT SOMETIMES THEY ARE BOTH USED IN SUCCESSION.
THE LAST STANZA OF EACH VERSE IS OFTEN SUBSTITUTED IN THE OTHER,
SINCE IT DOES NOT AFFECT THE RHYME.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR: NAMES OF COUNTRIES FOR BODY PARTS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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RIDDLE

THIRTY-TWO WHITE CALVES STANDING IN A STALL, ALONG
COMES A RED
COW AD LICKS THEM ALL. A: N TEETH AND TONGUE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL (Q) ; BODY PARTS (A)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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LIGHT TREE

WHAT TREE CAN YOU HOLD IN YOUR HAND?
A PALM TREE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE HE LEARNED THIS

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): BODY PART PLANT STRENGTH ; CONUNDRUM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-12-1967

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RUSSIAN RIDDLE

WHAT TWO BROTHERS LIVE ACROSS A
BRIDGE FROM EACH OTHER BUT NEVER MEET?
TWO EYES.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): BODY PARTS ; FAMILY METAPHOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1905

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WITH WHAT TWO ANIMALS DO YOU ALWAYS GO TO BED?
YOUR TWO CALVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): BODY PARTS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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WHY DIDN'T THE FORTUNE TELLER HAVE ANY KIDS?
HE HAD CRYSTAL BALLS

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): GONADS BODY PART ; OBSCENE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS ALWAYS UNDER SHELTER BUT ALWAYS WET?
THE TONGUE

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS IN DORMITORY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BODY PART ; OPPOSITIONAL: CAUSAL CONTRADICTIVE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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IRISH LEGEND

IT SEEMS THAT MY GRANDMOTHER KNEW A WOMAN IN IRELAND WHO TOLD HER
THE STORY OF HER SON. ONE DAY WHEN THE LITTLE BOY WAS BEING CHASTISED
HE RAISED HIS HAND IN ANGER TO HIS MOTHER. SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE
LITTLE BOY DIED. A FEW DAYS AFTER HE WAS BURIED HIS MOTHER WAS CALLED
TO THE GRAVE SITE. THERE WAS THE LITTLE BOY'S HAND STICKING UP OUT
OF THE GROUND. A PRIEST WAS SUMMONED AND AFTER A SERIES OF RITUALS
AND APPLICATIONS OF HOLY WATER THE HAND RECEDED INTO THE GROUND. THIS
INCIDENT OF COURSE WAS AN EXAMPLE FOR THE TOWNSPEOPLE OF WHAT
HAPPENS TO CHILDREN WHO DO NOT RESPECT THEIR PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BODY PART

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1937

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Chin Tickler

I remember this little game my grandmother played on my face
and head. She would knock on my head and say, "head knocker", then
touch my eyes and say, "eye peepers," then pinch my nose and say,
"nose blower," then place her finger on my mouth and say, "mouth
chopper" and tickle under my chin and say, "chin tickler."

Submitter comment: The two of us would continue the little game, laughing until
one of us would finally give in due to stomach pain from laughter.
I did the same with my children.

Where learned: Grandmother

James Callow Keyword(s): Names for body parts

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: 00001950S

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Superstition: Animals

Turtle:

If a turtle clamp your toe or your finger, it won't let it go until it thunder.

Submitter comment:

Informant learned from childhood

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Bite ; BODY PART ; Finger ; SUPERSTITION ; Thunder ; TOE ; Turtle ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Riddle

Long legs, crooked thighs, little head and no eyes.

Answer: Tongs

Data entry tech comment:

No informant or collector data given.

Entry by TRD

Keyword(s): BODY PARTS ; PUZZLE ; RHYME ; RIDDLE ; Tongs ; UTENSILS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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Saying

He's busier than a one-armed paper hangar with the hives.

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Arm ; BODY PART ; HIVES ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Trade & commerce

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