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RIDDLE

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CATCH A SQUIRREL?
ACT LIKE A NUT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; INSANITY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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NITWIT

HE HAS BATS IN HIS BELFREY.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): ANIMAL METAPHOR ; INSANITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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DON'T PUT YOUR HAIR IN RUNNING WATER OR IT WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): INSANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 01-31-1971

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THE MAD SAILOR

IF A SAILOR GOES MAD ON A TRIP, HE CAN BE CURED BY TYING HIM TO
THE MAIN MAST DURING A STORM.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): INSANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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STORY OF ROB BACKUS

I HEARD THIS STORY FROM A GUY NAMED ROB BACKUS IN 1969. HE LIVED
IN A HOUSE WHERE I SPENT A LOT OF TIME. ROB TOLD A STORY ONE TIME
ABOUT HOW HE GOT OUT OF THE U.S. NAVY. ROB WAS A SEAMAN ON A
NAVY SHIP AND HE WAS GROWING MORE DISCONTENTED WITH LIFE IN THE
NAVY. ONE DAY HE WENT TO A MUSIC STORE AND BOUGHT A SAXOPHONE.
THE NEXT DAY IN THE EARLY MORNING BEFORE REVILLE HE CLIMBED TO
THE TOP OF THE MAST OF THE SHIP. WHEN THE SAILORS WERE ASSEMBLED
FOR REVILLE HE STARTED BLOWING ON THE SAXOPHONE. THEY FINALLY
GOT HIM TO COME DOWN, AND SHORTLY AFTERWARDS, HE WAS DISCHARGED
FROM THE NAVY. HE HAD NEVER PLAYED A SAXOPHONE BEFORE THAT DAY.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY HAPPENED DURING THE VITENAM WAR ERA, AND IT WAS
GRATIFYING TO ME TO KNOW THAT ONE PERSON THAT I KNEW HAD BEEN ABLE
TO SAVE HIS LIFE FROM THE PERILS OF VIETNAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO

James Callow Keyword(s): FEIGNED INSANITY TO GET OUT OF MILITARY SERVICE.

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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THERE'S A SCREW LOOSE IN THE UPPER STORY.

Submitter comment: LAME BRAIN

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INSANITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Story

The recruit would go around the base in a constant search looking for a piece of paper. He would go through elaborate to attract attention [sic]. He would turn over rocks, pick up other pieces of paper or what have you. After each act he would exclaim "no, that's not it!" Finally he got the attention of the camp doctors who then had him confined. Finally the doctors deemed him unfit for service and gave him a medical discharge. Then the guy said he finally found the right piece of paper.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bogg Number [B600] crossed out and replaced with B646

Where learned: NAVY ; Myself

Keyword(s): Discharge ; FEIGNED INSANITY TO GET OUT OF MILITARY SERVICE. ; Fool ; INSANITY ; INSANITY ; Mental Disorder ; MILITARY ; Parable ; Recruit ; Sanity ; Wise Fool

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

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