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PROVERB

CRAZIER THAN A BESS BUG.

Submitter comment: PROVERBIAL COMPARISON--HEARD BY THE INFORMANT FROM SOME SOUTHERN
KENTUCKY FRIENDS AND NOW USED BY HER.THE BUG INVOLVED RUNS AROUND IN
FIRST ONE DIRECTION, THEN ANOTHER, WITHOUT SEEMING TO KNOW WHERE
ITS GOING. THIS PHRASE IS APPLIED TO PEOPLE WHO DO FOOLISH OR CRAZY
THINGS. USUALLY HE OR SHE IS CRAZIER THAN A BESS BUG.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): INSECT

James Callow Keyword(s): BETSY BUG? BED BUG?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-21-1969

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PROVERB

DON'T LOCK A STABLE AFTER THE HORSE HAS BEEN STOLEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; PRECAUTION IS BETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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ENGLISH PROVERB

PUT AN IRISHMAN ON THE SPIT AND YOU CAN ALWAYS
GET ANOTHER IRISHMAN TO BASTE HIM.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT IS AN ENGLISH GIRL WHO HAD HEARD THE PROVERB
SEVERAL TIMES WITHIN HER FAMILY'S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS WHICH
IS COMPOSED LARGELY OF ENGLISHMEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BETRAYAL ; CANNIBALISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Wedding Custom

To find out the last initial of the man you'll marry, say the letters of the alphabet as you turn the stem of the apple. (one letter for each turn). The letter it breaks on is the initial.

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Keyword(s): ALPHABET ; Apple ; CUSTOM ; Groom ; Initial ; Man ; MARRIAGE ; Marry ; Stem ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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IT IS JUST AS SIMPLE AS ABC.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PEORIA

Keyword(s): ALPHABET

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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Jokes

A man walked into a rest-room and seen a ten dollar bill laying on a table. As he picked it up and started to put it ini his pocket he heard a weird voice say: "I'm the ghost of Betty Grable and I say the ten dollar bill stays on the table." The man grew frightened, threw the ten dollar bill back on the table and ran out.

Another man walked in , picked up the ten dollar bill and started to walk out. Again the voice came and repeated the same line. The man laughed and put the ten dollar bill back on the table and walked out. A third man came in and picked up the ten dollar bill and put it in his pocket. As he was leaving he heard the haunting voice say: "I'm the ghost of Betty Grable and I say the ten dollar bill stays on the table." The man smiled, and said: "*I am the ghost of Davy Crockett, and I say the ten dollar bill stays in my pocket!"

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Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B667] crossed out and replaced with B660

Editing marks for spelling errors. ( crossed out an errant tin the word laughed).

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): Anecdote ; BATHROOM ; Betty Grable ; Davy Crockett ; GHOST ; GHOSTLY VOICES ; Jest ; MONEY ; Voice ; Wit

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Ethnic Joke: Italian

Two old friends are at an airport, watching theplanes land and take off. Suddenly, one says to the other, "Hey! I bet you $25.00 that the Pope is aboard that plane!" The other guy, thinking that he has a safe bet says "you're on!" They watch the plane land, and sure enough, the red carpet rolls out to meet the plane and the Pope walks out! Later, as they guy pays off his debt, he asks, "How in the world did you know that the Pope would be on board?" "Simple," replied the other. "The plane was marked T.W.A., and as we all know, that means Top Wop Aboard!"

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Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission Card located in pile marked To Be Classified.

Italian, Ethnic

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): AIRPLANES ; Airport ; Bet ; DEROGATORY ; DEROGATORY TERM=WOP (FOR ITALIAN) ; ETHNIC JOKE ; ETHNIC SLUR ; Gamble ; JOKE ; Pope ; Stereotype

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C566
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Proverb

Good, Better, Best / Never let it take a rest / Till your good is better / And your better best.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): Ability ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Best ; Better ; Good ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Proverb

Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Anticipate ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Bet ; Chicken ; Egg ; Gamble ; Hatch ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Wager

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Verse - Game

ABC - LSD - Marijuana is good for me.

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Keyword(s): Acid ; ALPHABET ; DRUGS ; LSD ; Marijuana ; Pop Culture ; RHYME ; VERSE

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

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BELIEF

ON THE RADIO ONE NIGHT I HEARD A SCIENTIST TALKING ABOUT
U.F.O.'S (UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS). HE EXPRESSED BELIEF
IN THE IDEA THAT THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM WAS ACTUALLY A FLYING SAUCER
FROM VENUS, AND CHRIST, HE BELIEVES, WAS VENETIAN.

Submitter comment:

I HEARD THIS AT THE TIME WHEN U.F.O.'S WERE THE BIG THING IN 1968.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

The Star of Bethlehem, according to Christian Belief, is the star seen by the local sheperds on the night of Christ's birth. It also led the Three Wise Men from the East to Christ.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): Alien ; Broadcast ; Christ ; Planet ; RADIO ; RELIGION ; RELIGION ; Star of Bethlehem ; UFO ; Unidentified Flying Object ; Venetian ; VENUS

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
Observation
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Celestial body come to earth

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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