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NO BUILDING CAN BE BUILT HIGHER THAN WILLIAM PENN'S HAT ON
TOP OF CITY HALL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

James Callow Keyword(s): HEIGHT OF BUILDING ; STATUE OF WILLIAM PENN

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Architecture
BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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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: WHAT IS IT THAT WHEN YOU GO IN THE FRONT YOU ARE AT THE BACK?
A: A CHURCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; BUILDING (A) ; PARTICULAR AREA - CHURCH (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: KUMU KULLATTU, SEINAT SELKEAT, VINAPUTELI KIRSTUSSA.
A: VASTAUS? KIRKKO TRANSLATION:
Q: GOLDEN DOME/ PLAIN WALLS/ BATTLE OF SPIRITS/ IN THE CASKET.
A: A CHURCH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): BUILDING (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) CHURCH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: WEEK AFTER WEEK, STOMACH FULL OF SPARROWS.
A: CHURCH AND CONGREGATION.
Q: VIIKON PAASTA VIIKON PAAHAN VARPUSIA VATSAN TYSI.
A: VASTAUS? KIRKKO JA KIRKKOVAKI.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): BUILDING (A) PERSONS ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) AND BIRDS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: WHITE BARN FULL OF COLORFUL CATTLE.
A: CHURCH AND CONGREGATION.
Q: VALKOINEN NAVETTA KIRJAVAA KARJAN TAYNNA.
A: VASTAUS? KIRKKO JA KIRKKOVAKI.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): BUILDING ; BUILDING AND ANIMALS (Q) ; BUILDING AND ANIMALS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT BEGINS WITH P AND ENDS WITH E AND HAS MORE THAN 200 LETTERS
IN IT?
A: POST OFFICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (A) ; COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q) ; LITERAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HOUSE HAS NO DOORS?
A: AN EGG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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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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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: WHAT ROOF NEVER KEEPS OUT THE WET?
A: THE ROOF OF YOUR MOUTH.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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: WHY ARE RIVERS ALWAYS RICH?
A: BECAUSE THEY HAVE TWO BANKS.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON AND ALSO MONETARY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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