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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ONLY MONKEYS LOOK UPSIDE DOWN}

Submitter comment: WRITTEN UPSIDE DOWN ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; CATCH INSULT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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CRYING KNOCK-KNOCK

KNOCK-KNOCK - WHO'S THERE? - BOO - BOO WHO? - AW, DON'T CRY.

Submitter comment: AGAIN UPON HEARING THE CATEGORY KNOCK-KNOCK JOKES THE INFORMANT
RIFLED THEM OFF ONE AFTER ANOTHER, HARDLY GIVING ME A CHANCE TO GUESS
THE ANSWERS BEFORE GOING ON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: Favorites
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE

FIRST PERSON: I HAVE A NEW KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE, DO YOU WANT TO HEAR IT?
SECOND PERSON: YES.
FIRST PERSON: YOU START.
THE SECOND PERSON WILL ALMOST ALWAYS START AND WHEN YOU SAY WHO'S
THERE THEY WILL BECOME CONFUSED AND THEN REALIZE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SAINT CLAIR

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT DID HELEN KELLER SAY WHEN SHE FELL DOWN THE CLIFF?
A: NOTHING. HELEN KELLER CANNOT SPEAK.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): cliff ; Distasteful ; Helen Keller ; JOKE ; MUTE

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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WHAT TIME WILL YOU BE HOME?

WHAT TIME WILL YOU BE HOME? PLENTY AFTER 12:00. (IF SAID QUICKLY
IT SOUNDS LIKE 20 AFTER 12:00. MAUREEN'S INFORMANTS WERE HER PARENTS
EDWARD OF IRISH AND FRENCH DESCENT AND PATRICIA OF IRISH AND BOHEMIAN
DESCENT

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH TRICK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE FIRST LETTER IN YELLOW?
ANSWER: Y (MEANING WHY)
SECOND ANSWER : CAUSE I WANT TO KNOW.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH QUESTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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THE UNSEEN CAT RIDDLE

Q: HOW WOULD YOU SEE A BLACK CAT IN A DARK ROOM WITH NO WINDOWS
AT MIDNIGHT?
A: YOU WOULD TURN ON THE LIGHT.

Submitter comment: ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL
TOLD TO INFORMANT BY HER 3RD GRADE TEACHER, MRS. CLAPPER.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (A) ; ANIMAL (Q) ; CATCH QUESTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-28-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ARE PEOPLE ALWAYS WILLING TO SHARE?
A: WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-20-1968

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Q: RAILROAD CROSSING, LOOK OUT FOR CARS,
CAN YOU SPELL IT WITHOUT ANY R'S?
A: IT IS SPELLED I - T.

Submitter comment: A VERY TRADITIONAL CHILDHOOD RIDDLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; COMMUNICATIONS AND ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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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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RIDDLE IN VERSE

Q: I AM BLACK AND WHITE/ AND I'M VERY AMUSING/ I'M VERY INSTRUCTIVE/
BUT NEVER CONFUSING.
A: NEWSPAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED ; STATE OF BEING (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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TRICKY TALK

Q: RAILROAD CROSSING, LOOK OUT FOR THE CARS.
CAN YOU SPELL THAT WITHOUT ANY R'S?
A: T-H-A-T.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q) ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; VERSE RIDDLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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FLOUR OF ENGLAND - RIDDLE

Q: FLOUR OF ENGLAND, FRUIT OF SPAIN/ MET TOGETHER IN A SHOWER OF
RAIN;/ PUT IN A BAG AND TIED ROUND WITH A STRING;/ IF YOU'LL TELL
ME THIS RIDDLE, I'LL GIVE YOU A RING.
A: A PLUM PUDDING.

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): NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; NOTION ITEMS (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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IN THE ALPHABET RIDDLE

Q: IN THE ALPHABET, AND FOR DRINKING,/ NOT IN DUMB BUT FIRST IN
THINKING.
A: TEA.

Submitter comment: I FOUND THIS ACTIVITY BOOK IN THE ATTIC. FROM:
"LOTS OF THINGS TO DO"
(AKRON, OHIO, THE SAALFIELD PUBLISHING CO., 1951)
THE PAGES ARE NOT NUMBERED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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Q: A GOOSE BETWEEN TWO GEESE,/ AND A GOOSE AHEAD OF TWO GEESE,/
AND A GOOSE BEHIND TWO GEESE?/ HOW MANY GEESE WERE THERE?
A: THREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS (Q) ; NUMBERS ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 03-13-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: BROTHERS AND SISTERS / I HAVE NONE,/ BUT THAT MAN'S FATHER/ IS MY
FATHER'S SON.
A: ME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; PERSONS (A) ; PERSONS (Q) ; PUZZLE QUESTION

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

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

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEAD OF
CABBAGE AND A LOAF OF BREAD?
I DON'T KNOW.
I'D NEVER SEND YOU TO THE STORE FOR A LOAF OF BREAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT DO YOU CALL A 6FT. 7IN. NATIVE WHO IS MEAN
AND UGLY LOOKING AND WHO HAS A SPEAR IN BOTH HANDS?
SIR

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT RECALLED HEARING THE RIDDLE ONLY TWO WEEKS EARLIER
FROM A FRIEND AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY. THE FRIEND COULD NOT RECALL
WHEN OR FROM WHOM HE HEARD IT.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): CATCH ; FORM OF ADDRESS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-26-1963

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RIDDLE

IF 2 IS COMPANY AND 3 IS A CROWD, WHAT'S 4 AND 5?
9

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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CHILDHOOD RHYME

WANT A NICKEL?
GO SUCK A PICKLE.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CATCH ; FEMINING RHYME ; RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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