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PROVERB

DON'T POKE YOUR NOSE INTO ANOTHER PERSON'S BUSINESS.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CURIOSITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEVER LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH
APPRECIATE IT WHEN SOMEONE GIVES YOU SOMETHING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ANIMAL ; CURIOSITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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SAYING

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE ALWAYS HEARD IT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CURIOSITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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IN THE GRADUATE LIBRARY (AT U. OF M.), MOST OF THE STUDY
CARRELS HAVE WINDOWS NEXT TO THEM, BUT THERE IS THIS ONE
THAT HAS A DOOR WHERE THE WINDOW USUALLY IS, AND IT'S MISSING
ITS DOORKNOB. THE DOOR HAS BEEN SHUT LIKE THAT FOR ABOUT
THIRTY YEARS AND A BIG CONTROVERSIAL QUESTION HAS ARISEN:
"WHAT IS BEHIND THAT DOOR?" THE ANSWER THAT SATISFIES MOST
PEOPLE FOR GOOD IS "THE BONES OF THOSE WHO LOOKED." THE CAMPUS
MAY NEVER KNOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): FATAL CURIOSITY ; HUMOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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Yellow Ribbon

This is a story about John and Jane. They lived next door to each other, went to school together, and loved each other very much. John was a normal happy boy and Jane was a happy girl who always wore a yellow ribbon . Jane kept answering "perhaps some day I'll tell you."

Time went by, and John and Jane were engaged. Jane told John she would tell him about the ribbon on their wedding day. On their wedding day, they forgot about the yellow ribbon. Next day, however, John asked why she wore it again. She replied that they were happily married so what difference does it make?

Time went by and it was their golden anniversary and John asked about the ribbon again. Jane asked him to wait a little longer since he has waited so long already. Finally, Jane became very ill and was dying. John asked again to please tell him why she wore the yellow ribbon.

"All right," said Jane. "You can untie it." So John untied the yellow ribbon and Jane's head fell off.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Numbers [B600 B642] are crossed outand B667.1 is substituted.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Myself

Keyword(s): Anniversary ; BEHEADING ; BODY ; CURIOSITY ; Curious ; DEATH ; DECAPITATION ; DYING ; HEAD ; LOVE ; MARRIAGE ; Neighbors ; SECRET ; Yellow Ribbon

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

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Proverb

Curiosity killed the cat.

Submitter comment:

Heard it at home.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CAT ; CURIOSITY ; DEATH ; Kill ; Maxim ; Nosy ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverbial Saying

Curiosity killed the cat.

(usually answered with:)

Satisfaction brought it back.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Not a Proverb?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PLAYGROUND

Keyword(s): CAT ; CURIOSITY ; Killed ; PROVERB ; Resurrection ; Satisfaction ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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