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IT IS BAD LUCK TO KILL A CRICKET, ESPECIALLY ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.33

Date learned: 03-03-1970

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BELIEF OR PREDICTION

YOU CAN DETERMINE THE TEMPERATURE OUTSIDE BY COUNTING THE NUMBER
OF TIMES A CRICKET RUBS HIS FOOT IN A MINUTE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT ; WHICH RUBBING PRODUCES CHIRPING SOUND.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.3

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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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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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RIDDLE

Q: IT SPINS AROUND BUT IS NOT (A) SPINNING WHEEL; IT CAN WALK A ROPE
BUT IT IS NOT A MONKEY.
A: A SPIDER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SHIPLE HALL

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (Q) ; INSECTS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KAS AUDSIA BE STAKLUZ? (WHAT WEAVES WITHOUT A LOOM?)
A: VORAS - A SPIDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTION (Q) ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (Q) ; INSECTS (A) ; PRIVATIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS SMALLER THAN AN ANT S MOUTH?
A: HIS TEETH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSECTS (Q) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

James Callow Keyword(s): PROPORTION RELATIVITY SIZE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS EIGHTEEN LEGS AND CATCHES FLIES?
A: BASEBALL TEAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSECTS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS FOUR WHEELS AND FLIES?
A: A GARBAGE TRUCK.

Data entry tech comment: 5 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSECTS (Q) ; LITERAL ; TRANSPORTATION (A) ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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RIDDLE

Q: LEGS I HAVE BUT SELDOM WALK;/ I BACKBITE ALL, BUT NEVER TALK.
A: FLEA.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED IT FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: ON A FISHING TRIP

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; INSECT (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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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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MORAL PROVERB

AS DELICIOUS AS NINE HONEYS.
PRIEZ ADSIAI (LITHUANIAN)

Submitter comment: ONE HONEY IS DELICIOUS BY ITSELF BUT CAN YOU IMAGINE NINE OF THEM?
TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Data entry tech comment: CATHERINE, YOU'RE A HONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; INSECT ; NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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EXPRESSION (SPEECH)

BEE'S KNEES
WHEN THIS GIRL WISHED TO EXPRESS THAT A THING OR IDEA WAS 'COOL' OR
GOOD IN SOME WAY, SHE WOULD SAY THAT IT WAS THE 'BEES KNEES' I HAVE
HEARD THIS BEFORE, BUT IT WAS USED AS IN A SATIRICAL SENSE. PEOPLE
USE IT TO SORT OF MOCK AN OLD WAY OF EXPRESSING A PERSONS APPEAL
FOR A THING.

James Callow comment: A POPULAR EXPRESSION IN THE 1920S I BELIEVE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSECTS

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 07-00-1966

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PROVERB

CRAZIER THAN A BESS BUG.

Submitter comment: PROVERBIAL COMPARISON--HEARD BY THE INFORMANT FROM SOME SOUTHERN
KENTUCKY FRIENDS AND NOW USED BY HER.THE BUG INVOLVED RUNS AROUND IN
FIRST ONE DIRECTION, THEN ANOTHER, WITHOUT SEEMING TO KNOW WHERE
ITS GOING. THIS PHRASE IS APPLIED TO PEOPLE WHO DO FOOLISH OR CRAZY
THINGS. USUALLY HE OR SHE IS CRAZIER THAN A BESS BUG.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): INSECT

James Callow Keyword(s): BETSY BUG? BED BUG?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-21-1969

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OLD JEWISH PROVERB

BEWARE OF THE SMALL MAN'S HATE! ONE CAN CHOKE ON A SMALL FLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSECT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; SUSPICION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

A CLOSED MOUTH CATCHES NO FLIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY ; INSECT

James Callow Keyword(s): GOSSIP ; OBSERVATION ; PUN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HOLY COMMUNION

YOU SHOULD NEVER GO TO HOLY COMMUNION IF YOU FEEL SICK OR IF
YOU THINK YOU WILL BE. SHE REMEMBERS ONE OF HER STUDENTS RECEIVING
COMMUNION AT MASS, THEN LEAVING CHURCH BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO VOMIT
SHE FOLLOWED HIM OUT, AND FOUND HIM BEING SICK. INSTANTLY
APPEARED THOUSANDS OF MAGGOTS, WHO ATE UP ALL THE VOMIT
AND THEN DISAPPEARED.
SHE BELIEVES THAT THIS WAS A MIRACLE TO KEEP THE HOST FROM BEING
DEFILED

Submitter comment:

THE SHE, REFERS TO THE INFORMANTS 5TH GRADE TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT LARVA

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
BELIEF -- Church

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PROVERB

THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL ; ZEAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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POLISH PROVERB

EVERYONE HAS HIS OWN MOTH THAT BITES HIM.
(POLISH) KAZDY MA SWEGO MOLA COGO GRYZJE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): INSECT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SYMBOL ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

A NICKEL A DAY KEEPS THE BUMBLEBEES AWAY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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