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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS GREEN AND WHITE AND COLD ALL OVER?
A: GRASS WITH SNOW ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; STATES OF BEING (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): WORD-PLAY: PUN ON "GOLD"

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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PRETENDED OBSCENE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT'S BROWN AND STICKS BETWEEN AN ELEPHANT'S TOES?
A: A SLOW RUNNING NATIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) COLOR ; ANIMALS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT PUTS THE WHITE LINES ON THE OCEAN ?
A: AN OCEAN LINER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHAT S BIG AND YELLOW AND FULL OF KIDS?
A: A SCHOOLBUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; PERSONS (Q) COLORS ; TRANSPORTATION (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT BREAD THAT IS BLACK AND HARD IS IT THAT YOU CAN T EAT?
A: FRYING PAN.

Submitter comment: N.B. THE ABOVE IS A PLAY ON WORDS. THE JAPANESE HAVE TAKEN THE
ENGLISH, FRYING PAN, INTO THEIR LANGUAGE BUT PRONOUNCE
IT "FURAIPAN.".
PAN IS ALSO THE JAPANESE WORD FROM THE FRENCH FOR BREAD. IN THIS
RIDDLE THE FRYING PAN (FURAIPAN) IS USED AS BREAD PAN.
INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): EATABLES (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q) COLOR ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY DOES UNCLE SAM WEAR RED, WHITE, AND BLUE SUSPENDERS?
A: TO HOLD UP THE UNITED STATES.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ACTION ; CLOTHES (Q) COLOR ; PARTICULAR AREAS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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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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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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THERE WAS A LITTLE GREEN HOUSE - RIDDLE

Q: THERE WAS A LITTLE GREEN HOUSE,/ AND IN THE LITTLE GREEN HOUSE/
THERE WAS A LITTLE BROWN HOUSE,/ AND IN THE LITTLE BROWN HOUSE/
THERE WAS A LITTLE YELLOW HOUSE,/ AND IN THE LITTLE YELLOW HOUSE/
THERE WAS A LITTLE WHITE HOUSE,/ AND IN THE LITTLE WHITE HOUSE/
THERE WAS A LITTLE HEART.
A: A WALNUT.

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): BUILDINGS (Q) COLOR ; EATABLES AND DRINKS ; PART OF THE BODY (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CUMULATIVE VERSE ; INITIAL ITERATION ; MEDIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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RIDDLE IN VERSE

I RIPPLE AND DRIP,/ I'M GREEN OR I'M BLUE/ I'M WILD OR I'M TAME/
BUT I AM NEEDED BY YOU.
A: WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; STATES OF BEING (Q) COLOR

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

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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WELLERISM

'"ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL,"' SAID THE PEACOCK WHEN HE LOOKED AT
HIS TAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIRD ; COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; PARODY ; PUN: PLAY ON "END" "TAIL"

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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METAPHOR

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ILLUSION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PHRASE

AS BLACK AS THE ACE OF SPADES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; GAMES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS BLUE AS THE SKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; COSMOS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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PROVERB

ROGGENBROT MACHT WAGEN ROT. (GERMAN)
DARK BREAD MAKES YOUR CHEEKS RED. (TRANSLATION)

Submitter comment: GERMAN PEASANTS PREFER DARK BREAD. INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS A VERY
OLD PEASANT SAYING THAT SHE HAS SEEN IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY, PAINTED
ON A BOARD AND HUNG ON THE WALLS OF FARMHOUSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; FOOD

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

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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DON'T TRUST BOYS WITH EYES OF GREY
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE THEN GO AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME ; SEXISM

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

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DON'T TRUST BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME ; SEXISM

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

Date learned: 03-08-1972

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DON'T TRUST BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE THEN TURN YOU DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME ; SEXISM

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

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

THE BERRIES MAY BE RED AND RIPE, BUT CAN OF TIME BE BITTER.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): (OFT?) ; CONTRAST ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1910

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PROVERB

BLACK AS THE ACE OF SPADES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): COLOR ; GAMES

James Callow Keyword(s): RACISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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