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WANT A NICKLE?
GO EAT A PICKLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; READING OR WRITING BACKWARDS OR UPSIDE DOWN (CLASSIFIER'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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TAUNT

LITTLE CHILDREN WILL TRY TO TEASE THEIR FRIENDS WITH THE FOLLOWING; MM
QUESTION - WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?
ANSWER - PEA GREEN SOUP MM
QUESTION - WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR LUNCH?
ANSWER - PEA GREEN SOUP MM
QUESTION - WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER?
ANSWER - PEA GREEN SOUP MM
QUESTION - WHAT DID YOU DO ALL NIGHT?
ANSWER - PEA GREEN SOUP

Submitter comment: THE COLLECTOR FIRST HEARD THIS IN 1976 FROM A YOUNGER SISTER. IT
IS A CATCH QUESTION EMPHASIZING REPETITION TO EMBARRASS THE UNWARY.
PEA GREEN SOUP IS USED IN TWO DIFFERENT CONTEXTS - FIRST AS A NOUN
AND THEN AS A VERB. PEE IS USED AS A SLANG WORD FOR URINATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; USA ; SOUTHGATE

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; SLANG: PEE FOR URINATE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; 09-00-1976

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THE DEAD CHINAMAN

WHY DID THEY BURY THE CHINAMAN ON THE SIDE OF THE HILL?
BECAUSE HE WAS DEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

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

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS SMOKEY THE BEAR'S MIDDLE NAME? ANSWER: THE.

Data entry tech comment: SMOKEY THE BEAR IS A TELEVISION COMMERCIAL CHARACTER ; USED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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CATCH JOKE

THIS IS A FAIRY STORY AND A RIDDLE.
ONCE THERE WAS A GREAT KING WHO HAD TWO UNMARRIED
DAUGHTERS. A BRAVE KNIGHT CAME TO CALL ON THE KING AND
WAS IMMEDIATELY OFFERED THE CHANCE TO MARRY INTO THE ROYAL
FAMILY. NOW ONE DAUGHTER WAS TERRIBLY HOMELY, BUT SHE WAS
A TERRIFIC HOMEMAKER AND A GREAT COOK. SHE WAS, EXCEPT
FOR HER LOOKS, A PERFECT MATE. THE OTHER DAUGHTER WAS
BEAUTIFUL-- BUT HELPLESS. SHE COULD NEITHER COOK NOR
KEEP HOUSE. AFTER LENGTHY DELIBERATION, THE FOUR OF THEM--
THE KING, THE TWO DAUGHTERS, AND THE BRAVE KNIGHT--
GATHERED TO HEAR THE DECISION. WHOM DID HE CHOOSE?
(AT THIS POINT THE LISTENER GUESSES ONE DAUGHTER OR
THE OTHER.) WRONG! HE CHOSE THE KING. I TOLD YOU IT
WAS A FAIRY STORY.

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS JOKE ON MY JOB AT DETROIT BANK AND TRUST
COMPANY IN 1977. THE JOKE, OF COURSE, IS IN THE DOUBLE-
ENTENDRE OF THE MEANING OF THE WORD "FAIRY", WHICH IS
USED HERE AS A DERISIVE TERM FOR HOMOSEXUALS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
SPEECH -- Formula
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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PRACTICAL JOKE

THE JOKE TELLER INSTRUCTS THE DUPE TO REPEAT THE PHRASE
"BEHIND THE BUSH" AFTER EVERY STATEMENT THAT HE MAKES.
JOKE TELLER- THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN.
DUPE- BEHIND THE BUSH.
JOKE TELLER- TAKING OFF HIS CLOTHES.
DUPE- BEHIND THE BUSH.
JOKE TELLER- WHERE WERE YOU?
DUPE- BEHIND THE BUSH.

Submitter comment: THIS JOKE IS MEANT TO TRAP PEOPLE (ESPECIALLY WOMEN) INTO
ADMITTING TO HAVING DONE SOMETHING DISGUSTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH TALE ; REFRAIN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001970S

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TARZAN AND ELEPHANT JOKE #1

Q. WHAT DID TARZAN SAY WHEN HE SAW THE HERD OF ELEPHANTS
COMING OVER THE HILL?
A. LOOK--A HERD OF ELEPHANTS COMING OVER THE HILL!!

Submitter comment: THIS JOKE IS KNOWN AS A GROANER, SINCE IT RECEIVES GROANS,
NOT LAUGHS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNION LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): LITERAL CATCH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 03-00-1984

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AT MIDNIGHT YOU WERE MADE TO STAND IN A FIELD, USUALLY A
CAMP GROUND. YOU WERE TOLD TO SCREAM THREE INDIAN WORDS
VERY FAST UNTIL YOU FIGURED OUT WHAT IT MEANS.
THE THREE WORDS WERE, "WANNA," "ASA," "AM." SAID VERY FAST
THESE WORDS SOUND LIKE --WHAT AN ASS I AM.

Submitter comment: IT WAS USED AS AN INITIATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001970S

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A man died and went to the Pearly Gates. St. Peter stopped
him and said that he could not go to heaven because of his
many sins. The man protested, and asked what he had done
that was so bad. St. Peter replied that the man had
committed many sexual sins, chief among them that he had had
oral sex. "But St. Peter," the man exclaimed, "everyone
on earth does it, so how can it be wrong?" St. Peter did
not want to punish the man unfairly, and so he asked God
what he should do. God instructed him to go down to Earth
and find out for himself how things were. After a long
time St. Peter returned, shaking his head. "God," he said,
"it's even worse than we feared! Almost everyone is
performing oral sex. There are only a few virtuous souls
who are obeying your commandments." Then God instructed
St. Peter to make up a special plaque to honor those who
did not partake of oral sex, hoping that it would encourage
others to be good. And do you know what it said? (At this
point in the joke, the teller addresses the listener with
an earnest tone. When the listener says "No, what did it
say?", the teller laughs out:) "So you didn't get one
either!"

Submitter comment: This was a joke that was popular in the steel mill where
Tom works. The men especially liked telling this joke
to women whom they thought would be embarrassed.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Catch story, pornographic

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 00001980CA

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Question: How many people are buried in a cemetery?
Answer: All that are dead.

Submitter comment: Informant's grandfather used to ask this riddle
every time they drove past a cemetery.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00001940S

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A popular joke in school was:
If a rooster is on top of a roof, on a peak,
and lays an egg, which direction will the egg roll?
Answer, roosters do not lay eggs.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): Catch Riddle

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00001970S

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PETE AND REPEAT SITTING ON A FENCE,
PETE JUMPED OFF, WHO WAS LEFT?
REPEAT (THEN REPEAT THE VERSE).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; VERSE ROUND

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

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WENT UP THE FIRST STAIR--JUST LIKE ME.
ARROW DRAWN FROM 1ST TO
WENT UP THE 10TH STAIR--JUST LIKE ME.
WALKED INTO THE ROOM--JUST LIKE ME.
LOOKED INTO THE MIRROR--JUST LIKE ME.
SAW A MONKEY--JUST LIKE ME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; JOHNSTOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 10-06-1964

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TAUNT

PETE AND HIT ME WERE WALKING ACROSS A BRIDGE.
PETE FELL IN AND WHO WAS LEFT?
HIT ME!

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER BROTHER, BARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 09-25-1967

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WENT UP THE FIRST STAIR--JUST LIKE ME.
ARROW DRAWN FROM 1ST TO
WENT UP THE 10TH STAIR--JUST LIKE ME.
WALKED INTO THE ROOM--JUST LIKE ME.
LOOKED INTO THE MIRROR--JUST LIKE ME.
SAW A MONKEY--JUST LIKE ME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; JOHNSTOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 10-06-1964

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TAUNT

PETE AND HIT ME WERE WALKING ACROSS A BRIDGE.
PETE FELL IN AND WHO WAS LEFT?
HIT ME!

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER BROTHER, BARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 09-25-1967

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IF YOU PULL A GUINEA PIG'S TAIL HIS EYES WILL
POP OUT.

Submitter comment: THE TROUBLE IS THAT A GUINEA PIG DOESN'T HAVE A TAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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Entertainment: Catch Tale

Catch Tale Designed to Make Listener Ridiculous and/or Surprised:

Speaker: "I can make a match burn twice."

Listener: "How?"

Speaker: "Watch."

Speaker lights match and then blows it out, whereupon he quickly touches the skin of the listener with the still hot match, thus making it "burn" twice.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B667] crossed out. F536 written next to it.

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): Catch Riddle ; CATCH TALE ; Diversion ; Entertainment ; MATCH ; MATCHES ; RIDDLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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Entertainment: Catch Tale

TELL VICTIM YOU CAN MAKE A MATCH BURN TWICE. LIGHT MATCH, AND BLOW
OUT. THEN STICK THE TIP INTO THE VICTIM'S HAND.

Data entry tech comment:

Edited on 11-30-2010/ added Motifs,Keywords,BN. -TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CATCH ; Catch Riddle ; CATCH TALE ; Diversion ; Entertainment ; MATCH ; MATCHES ; MOCK EPIC FIRE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-16-1968

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