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A DONKEY DOESN'T DIE EVERY DAY. (TRANSLATION
NO TODOS LOS DIOS SE MUERE UN BURRO. (SPANISH)

Submitter comment: A MEXICAN SAYING. INFORMANT QUOTED THIS TO ME WHEN SHE WAS KIDDED
ABOUT BEING PRAISED BY THE BOSS AT WORK FOR DOING SOMETHING
ESPECIALLY WELL. IT MEANS SOMETHDING LIKE: IT WAS JUST A GOOD

Where learned: MEXICAN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): LITERALLY: NOT EVERY DAY A DONKEY DIES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LIMERICK

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL FROM MADRAS
WHO HAD A MAGNIFICENT ASS.
IT WASN'T PRETTY AND PINK
AS YOU PROBABLY THINK
BUT WAS BROWN, HAD LONG EARS AND ATE GRASS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN 7TH GRADE AT HELEN
KELLER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): DONKEY ; PRETENDED OBSCENE LIMERICK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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A number of GI's in England during the war decided to hold a horse race to keep up the morale of the base. For some reason they were short of active animals for the event. Now it happened that the local parish priest had a donkey and they obtained his permission to use it to make up the field. The donkey to the surprise of everyone came in third in the first race. Where upon the camp newspaper came out with the headline "Padre's Ass Shows."

This naturally caused no small scandal among the people of the parish and eventually reached the bishop. However, when called to ask about it by the bishop the padre managed to mollify the good man by explaining it was only an American slang expression. The next day a race was held and the donkey came in first. The paper then announced "Padre's Ass Out in Front."

This called for further episcopal disapproval, but again the padre succeeded in mollifying the bishop. The third day's race the donkey finished second and the paper reported "Padre's Ass back in Place." This was the last straw for the bishop and he ordered the priest to withdraw the animal from the race. The camp then came forth with the sad news: "Bishop Scratches Padre's Ass."

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [ B667 ] modified: the number zero is written over the seven. Additionally, the entire BN is crossed out and replaced with B660.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Anecdote ; Culture Clash ; DONKEY ; European ; GAMBLING ; HORSE ; Jest ; Language ; MILITARY ; NEWSPAPER ; PUN ; RACING ; RELIGION ; SLANG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Belief: Animal

Crosses on Donkeys:

The fur on a donkey's back seems to make a dark cross length-wise. According to the informant, the cross is there because Christ rode the donkey into Jerusalem. When she told me this, another person who was present said she had always heard it was there because Mary rode on the donkey.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [P682.4, M247.3] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAKLAND UNIVERSITY ;

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ASS ; Christ ; CHRISTIANITY ; Cross ; DONKEY ; DONKEY ; Fur ; HAIR ; Jerusalem ; JESUS ; Mary ; RELIGION ; SYMBOL ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Animal

Bite-Cure:

In Haiti, there is a small lizard-type animal, resembling a chameleon, because right before it bites you, it changes colors so that you can't see it. When it does bite, its jaws lock and it dangles on your body. The only way you can get it off is to find a donkey and make it bray - there by forcing the animal to open its jaws.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P750] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Bite ; BLEND ; Camouflage ; Chameleon ; DONKEY ; ETHNIC ; Haiti ; Haitian ; Lizard

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Retort

If a person is called a big mouth by another big mouth he says "the donkey said that the rooster had a big head."

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Annoying ; Big ; DONKEY ; HEAD ; Hypocrite ; INSULT ; Loud ; Mouth ; RETORT ; Rooster ; Saying

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

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HAD A LITTLE MONKEY,
SAT HIM ON A DONKEY,
FED HIM SOME GINGERBREAD,
ALONG CAME A COUPLE,
HIT HIM ON THE KNUCKLE,
NOW MY MONKEY'S DEAD.

Submitter comment:

THIS RHYME WAS AND STILL SUNG BY SYD'S AUNT MARGE USUALLY WHEN DRUNK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DONKEY ; DRINKING SONG ; Gingerbread ; Monkey ; RHYME ; SONG

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

Date learned: 00-00-1980 ; 00-00-1950

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