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RIDDLE

Q: IF YOU LIVED IN A HOUSE, ALL FOUR SIDES OF WHICH HAD A SOUTHERN
EXPOSURE. WHAT COLOR WOULD BE THE BEAR WHICH WALKED BY?
A: WHITE - HE WOULD BE A POLAR BEAR AT THE NORTH POLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; ANIMAL AND BUILDING (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THOUGHT TEASER

Q: IF YOU ARE IN A ONE ROOM HOUSE WHICH HAS ONE WINDOW ON EACH
WALL AND EACH WINDOW HAS A SOUTHERN EXPOSURE. AS YOU LOOK OUT ONE
OF THE WINDOWS AND SEE A BEAR OUTSIDE, WHAT COLOR IS THE BEAR?
A: IT IS WHITE! IT'S A POLAR BEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BATTLE CREEK

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; HARD WARE (Q) ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: THERE IS A ROOM - IT HAS NO WALLS. IT HAS NO DOORS.
IT HAS NO FLOOR. WHAT KIND OF A ROOM IS THAT?
A: A MUSHROOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; PRIVATIONAL OPPOSITION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS A RED, GREEN AND WHITE HOUSE WITH LITTLE BLACK
PEOPLE INSIDE?
A: A WATERMELOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; EATABLES (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; PERSONS (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: HUNDREDS OF HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS OF THOUSANDS.
Q: THERE ARE WINDOWS IN OUR HOUSE.
Q: SATA SATTA, TUGAT TUGATTA ON MEIDAN KOKISSA IKKUNOITA.
A: A FISHING NET.
A: NUOTTA TAI VERKKO JA SEN SIMAT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; NUMBERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS GREEN ON THE MOUNTAIN, BLACK IN THE MARKET PLACE,
AND RED IN THE HOUSE?
A: CHARCOAL.

Submitter comment: DIRECTLY TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KAS PIRMAS ZEINA IZ BAZNYCIZ? WHO GOES FIRST INTO CHURCH?
A: RAKTAS - A KEY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; HARDWARE (A) ; LITERAL NONOPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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WHEELBARREL (RIDDLE)

Q: WHAT GOES AROUND THE HOUSE AND MAKES ONE TRACK?
A: WHEELBARREL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) AND ACTIONS ; HARDWARE (A) ; PRIVATIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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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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LAKE, STREET, HIGHWAY

Q: WHAT IS A LAKE WITHOUT WATER?/ WHAT IS A STREET WITHOUT HOUSES?/
WHAT IS A HIGHWAY WITHOUT CARS?
A: MAP

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER IN GRAND RAPIDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle C890.400
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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MARBLE WALLS - RIDDLE

Q: IN MARBLE WALLS AS WHITE AS MILK,/ LINED WITH A SKIN AS SOFT AS
SILK,/ WITHIN A FOUNTAIN CRYSTAL CLEAR/ A GOLDEN APPLE DOTH APPEAR./
NO DOORS THERE ARE TO THIS STRONGHOLD,/ YET THIEVES BREAK IN AND
STEAL THE GOLD.
A: AN EGG.

Submitter comment: I FOUND THIS IN AN OLD MOTHER GOOSE COLORING BOOK WHICH WAS IN THE
ATTIC. THE COVER AND SOME PAGES WERE MISSING. IT IS AT LEAST TEN
YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; MONETARY (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): INVERSION ; SYNTAX

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: A HOUSEFUL, A HOLE FULL; YOU CANNOT CATCH A BOWLFULL.
A: SMOKE

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; NATURAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; UTENSIL (Q)

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

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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