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SHREWD CHARACTER

DUMB LIKE A FOX

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

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

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PROVERB

THE BEST PLACE TO FIND A HELPING HAND IS AT THE END OF YOUR OWN ARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

THE BEST WAY TO DOUBLE YOUR MONEY IS TO FOLD IT IN HALF AND PUT
IT BACK IN YOUR WALLET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FRUGALITY ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

THE BRAIN IS A WONDERFUL THING. IT NEVER STOPS FUNCTIONING FROM THE
TIME YOU ARE BORN UNTIL YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH TO SAY SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): CONVERSATION ; IRONY ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A BROOM

BUY A BROOM IN MAY,
AND SWEEP THE FAMILY AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): CLEANLINESS ; IRONY (EXCEEDING CLEANLINESS CREATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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PROVERB

CAN'T SEE THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): IRONY ; PLANTS ; SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): MINUTE DETAILS OBSCURE GOAL ; SHORTSIGHTEDNESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

THE CAULIFLOWER IS A CABBAGE WITH A COLLEGE EDUCATION.

Submitter comment: DOES NOT REMEMBER

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY?

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

THE CHURCH IS CLOSE
BUT IT'S COLD OUTSIDE.
ILL STAY HOME.
THE TAVERN'S FAR
BUT IT'S COLD OUTSIDE.
ILL WALK FAST.

Submitter comment: TOLD IN HIS HIGH SCHOOL RUSSIAN CLASS
HENRY FORD H.S., DETROIT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; CONTRAST ; IRONY

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ; IRONY ; PRIORITIES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

CLEAR AS MUD.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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UNTITLED

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN THE TALE IS THAT A LION ROARS WHEN
A GIRL WALKS BY THE LION STATUES GUARDING THE MUSEUM. THE GIRL
MUST BE A VIRGIN. THIS HASN'T HAPPENED YET, AND PROBABLY WILL
NOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY? ; PESSIMISM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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GOOD OLD U. OF DETROIT

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, WHEN A VIRGIN GRADUATES, THE
TOWER CLOCK WILL STOP, AND REMAIN STOPPED FOREVER.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY? ; PESSIMSIM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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UNTITLED

GOING TO MICHIGAN STATE, I WAS TOLD THAT IF EVER A VIRGIN GRADUATES
FROM HERE, THE STATUE OF THE MAN WILL DROP THE BALL HE HOLDS.
DO NOT EXPECT IT SOON, IT HAS LASTED A LONG TIME ALREADY.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; PESSIMSIM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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WITCH TEST

THE PERSON SUSPECTED OF BEING A WITCH IS TIED AND THROWN
INTO THE WATER. IF SHE ESCAPES, SHE IS A WITCH AND MUST BE
BURNED. IF SHE DROWNS, SHE IS NOT A WITCH.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TOM SWIFTY

THE ELECTRONIC MEMORY BANK IS MALFUNCTIONING, SAID TOM
THOUGHTLESSLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; STERLING HEIGHTS, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PEN AND ERASER

AN ERASER IS SOMETHING YOU LOOK FOR WHILE THE INK DRIES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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DRUNKARD

EVERY DRUNK SPEAKS HIS SOBER THOUGHTS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): "IN VINO VERITAS." ; ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ; IRONY ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

EVERY GIRL CAN KEEP HOUSE LIKE HER MOTHER UNTIL SHE TRIES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT THIS WAS A FAVORITE EXPRESSION OF HER MOTHER.
SHE ALSO ADDED THAT IT HAS BECOME A FAVORITE OF HERS.

Data entry tech comment: IT IS A FAVORITE OF OURS.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRITICISM IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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WELLERISM

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

"EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS," SAID THE OLD LADY AS SHE URINATED INTO
THE OCEAN.

Data entry tech comment:

GOOD GRIEF

Where learned: ONTARIO

Keyword(s): SCATOLOGICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; PARODY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

"EVERYONE TO HIS TASTE," SAID THE FARMER AS HE KISSED HIS COW.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): INDEPENDENCE ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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PROVERB

EVERY POLE IS SMART AFTER THE DAMAGE IS DONE.
POLISH: KARZDY POLAK JERT MADUY PO SZKODZIE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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