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FRONT DOOR---PLEASE

IF YOU COME IN THE FRONT DOOR THEN YOU MUST LEAVE BY THE FRONT DOOR.
IF NOT THEN YOU WILL CAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE HOUSE
BAD LUCK FOR SURE.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM HER HOME TOWN DURING HER ADOLESCENT STAGE.
THIS SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HOME. THIS
PRACTICE KEEPS THE HOME SAFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ENTERING LEAVING ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001930'S

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: FEETLESS RUNS, WINGLESS FLIES.
Q: JALOSTI JALOTOL JUOKSEE, SIIVITONNA LENTELEE.
A: AN ARROW
A: NUOLI.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; INSECT (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: I WON'T TELL MOM IF YOU HIT ME...BUT IF YOU POKE ME WITH A PIN,
I 'LL CALL POP. WHAT AM I?
A: A BALLOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ENTERTAINMENT AND ; NOTION ITEMS (Q) ; PERSON (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: WINGLESS FLIES, TOOTHLESS BITES. - SIIVETONNA LENTAA, HAMPAATONNA
PUREE.
A: BULLET OF A GUN. - PYSSYN LUOTI.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; INSECTS (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: THERE IS A MAN LYING NEXT TO A TABLE DEAD. THERE IS A PISTOL NEXT
TO HIM THAT HAS JUST BEEN FIRED. HE DID NOT KILL HIMSELF. THERE ARE
ALSO 53 OTHER OBJECTS IN THE ROOM. WHY WAS HE KILLED?
A: THE 53 OTHER OBJECTS ARE CARDS AND THE MAN WAS SHOT FOR CHEATING.

Submitter comment: YES AND NO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIDDLE ARE ASKED OF THE RIDDLER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ENTERTAINMENT AND ; FURNITURE (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1969

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT WHEEL GOES AROUND WITHOUT TOUCHING THE GROUND?
A: A FERRIS WHEEL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; TANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: IT FLIES IN THE SKY. BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE WINGS. IT HAS A TAIL.
BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE LEGS. WHAT IS IT?
A: A KITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT ; ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FINNISH RIDDLE

Q: HUNDREDS OF HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS OF THOUSANDS.
Q: THERE ARE WINDOWS IN OUR HOUSE.
Q: SATA SATTA, TUGAT TUGATTA ON MEIDAN KOKISSA IKKUNOITA.
A: A FISHING NET.
A: NUOTTA TAI VERKKO JA SEN SIMAT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FINLAND

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; NUMBERS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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ARAB RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS THE SIZE OF AN ELEPHANT BUT YOU CAN FOLD IT TO THE SIZE
OF A HANDKERCHIEF?
A: A MOSQUITO NET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (Q) ; ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS 88 KEYS AND CAN NOT OPEN A SINGLE LOCK?
A: A PIANO BOARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; HARDWARE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS ROUND, BLACK, WITH A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE?
A: RECORD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; LITERAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: HOW MANY GROOVES ARE IN A RECORD?
A: TWO - ONE ON EACH SIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT (Q) ; LITERAL ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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SILLY SALLY RIDDLE

Q: SILLY SALLY LIKES APPLES, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE FRUIT.
SILLY SALLY LIKES GLASS, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE WINDOWS.
SILLY SALLY LIKES JEFF, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE JOHN.
SILLY SALLY LIKES BOOKS, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE PAGES.
SILLY SALLY LIKES HIPPIES, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE BEATNIKS.
SILLY SALLY LIKES COOKIES, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE CRACKERS.
SILLY SALLY LIKES SKIING, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE SNOW.
SILLY SALLY LOVES MISSISSIPPI.
WHAT DOES SILLY SALLY LIKE?
A: SILLY SALLY LIKES WORDS WITH DOUBLE LETTERS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM CLASSMATES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (Q) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; PARTICULAR

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; INITIAL ITERATION ; MEDIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 10-12-1967

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PATCHES

Q: PATCH UPON PATCH, HOLE IN THE MIDDLE, GUESS THE RIDDLE
I'LL BUY YOU A GOLD FIDDLE.
A: A CHIMNEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT (Q) ; HARDWARE (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: THOUGH GOOD FELLOWS WE ARE/ WE CAN'T HOPE TO BE SAVED; / FROM OUR
VERY FIRST DAY/ TO OUR LAST WE'RE ENSLAVED./ OUR OFFICE IS HARDEST/
AND FOOD SURE THE WORST/ BEING CRAMMED WITH RAW FLESH/ TILL WE'RE
READY TO BURST./ THOUGH LOW IN OUR STATE/ EVEN KINGS WE SUPPORT/ AND
AT BALLS HAVE/ THE PRINCIPAL SHARE OF SPORT.
A: A PAIR OF SHOES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT THIS IS ONE RIDDLE SHE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER
BECAUSE IT WAS THE ONLY QUESTION ON A SENIOR ENGLISH EXAM AT
DETROIT'S MILLER HIGH SCHOOL AROUND 1940.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; EATABLES (Q) ; ENTERTAINMENT (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME INVERSION ; SYNTAX

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

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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Entertainment: Game

A method children use to select teams or "it" is for everyone to hold out both fists and someone counts off on each fist"one-potato, two-potato, three-potato, four. Five-potato, six-potato, seven-potato more." The first fist on which "more" lands must be put behind back. The winner (or loser) can either be the first or last person to have both fists behind his back.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Choose ; COUNTING ; Elimination ; Entertainment ; Fists ; GAME ; POTATO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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Language: Rhyme

Jump Rope Rhyme:

Down in the meadow where the green grass grows, there sat ____ sweet as a rose.

Along came ____ and kissed her on the cheek: How many kisses did she get?

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Entertainment ; Jump ; Jump Rope ; Language ; Play ; RHYME ; Rope

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

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Entertainment: Catch Tale

Catch Tale Designed to Make Listener Ridiculous and/or Surprised:

Speaker: "I can make a match burn twice."

Listener: "How?"

Speaker: "Watch."

Speaker lights match and then blows it out, whereupon he quickly touches the skin of the listener with the still hot match, thus making it "burn" twice.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B667] crossed out. F536 written next to it.

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): Catch Riddle ; CATCH TALE ; Diversion ; Entertainment ; MATCH ; MATCHES ; RIDDLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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Entertainment: Catch Tale

TELL VICTIM YOU CAN MAKE A MATCH BURN TWICE. LIGHT MATCH, AND BLOW
OUT. THEN STICK THE TIP INTO THE VICTIM'S HAND.

Data entry tech comment:

Edited on 11-30-2010/ added Motifs,Keywords,BN. -TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CATCH ; Catch Riddle ; CATCH TALE ; Diversion ; Entertainment ; MATCH ; MATCHES ; MOCK EPIC FIRE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-16-1968

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Prank

In LeRoy, N.Y. a common prank would be to call a person on the telephone and tell him you were from teh water department. You would ask him to fill up his bathtub, since the water was to be off for the next day. The pranksters had no connections with the water department, and people would be without use of bathtubs for the night.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): Bathtub ; Diversion ; Entertainment ; PRANKS ; TELEPHONE PRANK ; Water Department

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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