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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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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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GOOD NIGHT

GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT.
DON'T LET THE BED BUGS BITE.
IF THEY DO, PUT THEM IN A STEW
AND GET UP AND EAT THEM AT HALF PAST TWO.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): FOOD ; GORE ; INSECTS ; INTERNAL RHYME ( TWO PAIRS) ; RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

I WOKE UP SUNDAY MORNING,
I LOOKED UPON THE WALL,
THE COOTIES AND THE BEDBUGS
WERE HAVING A GAME OF BALL.
THE SCORE WAS 6 TO NOTHING,
THE COOTIES WERE AHEAD.
THE BEDBUGS HIT A HOMERUN AND KNOCKED ME OUT OF BED.

Submitter comment: FROM THE CHILDREN OF HER NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): HANGOVER VISION ; INSECTS ; MARVELS ; QUATRAIN HUMOR NONSENSE ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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IF YOU LIE DOWN WITH DOGS, YOU GET FLEAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): ANIMALS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIENDS ASSOCIATES BAD COMPANY ; INSECTS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU SEE A SPIDER SPINNING HER WEB IN THE MORNING YOU WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK. BUT, IF YOU SEE THE SPIDER SPINNING HER WEB AT
EVENING YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; JACKSONVILLE

Keyword(s): INSECTS: SPIDERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.33
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.33

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT HAS FOUR WHEELS AND FLIES?
A GARBAGE TRUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; INSECTS: FLIES ; PUN ON FLY (INSECT) AND FLY (VERB)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-16-1965

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SUPERSTITION: CENTIPEDES

IF A CENTIPEDE HAS A CHANCE TO COUNT YOUR TEETH, YOU WILL SOON
DIE.

Submitter comment: THUS CAUSING CHILDREN IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD TO KEEP THEIR LIPS FIRMLY
CLOSED WHILE IN COMPANY WITH THE ABUNDANT CENTIPEDES OF OUR WOODS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): MOUTH, INSECTS

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 03-23-1972

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VINEGAR CATCHES NO FLIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD INSECTS ODOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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