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A GOWN WITH A PARIS LABEL,
IS A THING TO SHOUT ABOUT,
IN FACT, IF I WERE ABLE,
I'D WEAR IT INSIDE OUT.

Submitter comment: JEFF HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): CLOTHES FASHION ; HUMOR OVERSTATEMENT OBSERVATION WISH ; IAMBIC METER ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT, ABAB ; SURPRISE ENDING QUATRAIN CONTRADICTION

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

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WHEN DRESSING, TO AVOID BAD LUCK, ALWAYS DRESS
YOURSELF FROM THE LEFT TO THE RIGHT SIDE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DIRECTION ; LEFT ; LUCK ; RIGHT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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RIDDLE

OVER THE GROUND,
UNDER YOUR NOSE
IT HAS AS MANY HEELS AS TOES. (A PAIR OF SHOES).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING (A) WEARING APPAREL (A)

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

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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DON'T TURN YOUR HAT BIBB BACKWARD. THIS IS UNLUCKY.

Submitter comment: BIBB= BRIM.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION OR POSITION: BACKWARDS ; WEARING CLOTHES: HAT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT KIND OF COAT CAN BE PUT ON ONLY WHEN WET?
A: A COAT OF PAINT.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; CLOTHES (Q) ; HARDWARE (A) ; WISDOM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 08-00-1966

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: DUJLIKA BROLIUZ VIENA JUOSTA JUOSI. - TWELVE BROTHERS ARE
WEARING ONE BELT.
A: METAI - A YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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DIAMONDS (RIDDLE)

Q: WHERE DO THEY KEEP THE LARGEST DIAMONDS IN DETROIT?
A: ON THE BASEBALL FIELDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTICULAR AREAS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: IT SITS ON THE NOSE BUT KEEPS ITS LEGS BEHIND THE EARS.
A: GLASSES.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; CLOTHES (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS FINGERS AND THUMBS BUT NO ARMS?
A: GLOVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL OPPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: IN THE DAY THEY CARRY BONES WHILE IN THE NIGHT THEY GAPE ALONE.
A: SHOES.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; CLOTHES (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY IS A RAILROAD ENGINE LIKE THE FAMILY WASH?
A: BECAUSE BOTH OF THEM GO ON A LINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (Q) ; HARDWARE (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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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

Q: WHY DID THE ELEPHANT WEAR PINK TENNIS SHOES?
A: BECAUSE HIS GREEN ONES WERE IN THE WASH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; CLOTHES (A) ; LITERAL ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: RIDDLE COME RIDDLE COME RARLET/ MY PETTICOAT'S LINED WITH SCARLET/
A STONE IN THE MIDDLE AND STICK AT THE TAIL/ TELL ME THIS RIDDLE
WITHOUT ANY FAIL.
A: A CHERRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

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

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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RIDDLE VERSE

Q: LITTLE NANNY ETTICOAT,/ IN A WHITE PETTICOAT/ AND A RED NOSE;/
THE LONGER SHE STANDS,/ THE SHORTER SHE GROWS.
A: A CANDLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CLOTHES (Q) ; PART OF THE BODY (Q) ; PERSON (Q)

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

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: YOU CAN NOT SEE IT,/ BUT YOU KNOW IT IS THERE/ YOU CAN SEE WHAT
IT DOES/ TO YOUR HAT/ TO YOUR HAIR./ WHAT IS IT?
A: THE WIND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CLOTHES (Q) ; NATURAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: THEY HAVE TONGUES, BUT THEY DO NOT TALK./ YOU TIE THEM UP WHEN
YOU GO FOR A WALK./ WHAT ARE THEY?
A: SHOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL ; CLOTHES (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: ROUND AS A BISCUIT,/ BUSY AS A BEE;/ CUTEST LITTLE THING/ YOU
EVER DID SEE.
A: A WATCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (A) ; EATABLES (Q) ; INSECT (Q) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

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

Date learned: 09-12-1969

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SPANISH PROVERB

ALTHOUGH A GIRL IS DRESSED IN SILK, SHE REMAINS A GIRL.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER SPANISH TEACHER, MR. FARRELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PRETENTION?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS MAD AS A HATTER.

James Callow comment: SEE "ALICE IN WONDERLAND." HATTERS ARE SOMETIMES
DRIVEN MAD BY THE CHEMICALS THEY USE IN PROCESSING
FELT, (MATERIAL FOR HATS) I'VE HEARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; DEFINITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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