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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
A: NEWSPAPER.

Data entry tech comment: 7 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM (PLAY ON WORDS) ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY DID THE LADY OPEN HER PURSE OUTSIDE?
A: SHE THOUGHT THERE WAS GOING TO BE SOME CHANGE IN THE WEATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; CONUNDRUM ; MONETARY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-20-1968

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LIGHT TREE

WHAT TREE CAN YOU HOLD IN YOUR HAND?
A PALM TREE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE HE LEARNED THIS

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): BODY PART PLANT STRENGTH ; CONUNDRUM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-12-1967

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SUCCESS

WHO IS A SUCCESSFUL FARMER?
A MAN OUTSTANDING IN HIS FIELD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE HE LEARNED THIS

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; DEAD METAPHOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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CANDLE TALK

WHAT DID ONE CANDLE SAY TO THE OTHER CANDLE?
ARE YOU GOING OUT TONIGHT?

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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WET MELONS

WHY IS THERE SO MUCH WATER IN A WATERMELON?
BECAUSE IT WAS PLANTED IN THE SPRING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; SEASON FRIUT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DONKEY AND A POSTAGE STAMP?
ONE YOU LICK WITH A STICK THE OTHER YOU STICK WITH A LICK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS SPOONERISM CONUNDRUM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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WHEN IS A BOY NOT A BOY?
WHEN HE'S A-BED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-23-1967

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WHAT HAS FOUR WHEELS AND FLYS?
A GARBAGE TRUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TUNA FISH AND A PIANO?
YOU CAN'T TUNE A FISH

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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LOCKED UP

IF YOU WERE LOCKED UP IN A ROOM AND ALL YOU HAD
IN THE ROOM WAS A BED AND A CALENDAR
HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?
DRINK FROM THE SPRINGS OF THE BED, AND
EAT THE DATES OFF THE CALENDAR.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS JOKE WHEN I WAS LIVING IN DETROIT FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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DARKNESS

IF YOU WERE IN A COMPLETELY DARK ROOM WHERE THERE
WAS NO EXIT AND ALL THERE WAS IN THE HOLE WAS A
MIRROR, HOW COULD YOU GET OUT?
LOOK IN THE MIRROR TO SEE WHAT YOU SAW,
TAKE THE SAW AND SAW A HOLE THROUGH THE WALL TO GET OUT.

Submitter comment: THIS RIDDLE WENT AROUND AND WAS QUITE
POPULAR WHEN I WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WOMAN IN CHURCH
AND A WOMAN IN THE BATHTUB?
A WOMAN IN CHURCH HAS HOPE IN HER SOUL.
A WOMAN IN THE BATHTUB HAS SOAP IN HER HOLE.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): ANUS ; OBSCENE ; PUN ; SPOONERISM CONUNDRUM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: UNKNOWN

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT DID GEORGE WASHINGTON SAY WHEN HIS FATHER ASKED WHO CHOPPED
DOWN THE CHERRY TREE?
HE SAID, "I CANNOT TELL A LIE, POPEYE DID IT."

Submitter comment: "POPEYE" IS A PUN ON "POP, I" THEREFORE A DOUBLE MEANING

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; GEORGE WASHINGTON ; HISTORICAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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ELEPHANT JOKE

QUESTION: WHAT DID THE GRAPE SAY WHEN THE ELEPHANT STEPPED ON IT?
ANSWER: NOTHING, IT JUST LET OUT A LITTLE WHINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; RIDDLE JOKE: ELEPHANTS

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON WINE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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RIDDLE

WHY IS A RIVER RICH?
ANSWER: BECAUSE IT HAS TWO BANKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; RIDDLING QUESTION

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON BANK

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

IF YOU PUT THREE DUCKS INTO A BOX, WHAT WILL YOU HAVE?
A BOX OF QUACKERS.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; FOWL: DUCKS ; NUMBERS: THREE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON CRACKERS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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WHY DOESN'T SWEDEN EXPORT CATTLE?
BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO KEEP HER STOCKHOLM}

Where learned: OHIO ; Sylvania

Keyword(s): ANIMALS: CATTLE ; CONUNDRUM

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON STOCK HOME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GUITAR AND A TUNA FISH?
YOU CAN TUNE A GUITAR, BUT YOU CAN'T TUNE A FISH.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; FISH: TUNA FISH

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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RIDDLE

WHY DID THE LITTLE RED HOUSE CALL FOR A DOCTOR?
BECAUSE IT HAD A WINDOW PANE.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON PAIN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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