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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

COMMON SENSE WITHOUT HIGHER EDUCATION IS BETTER THAN HIGHER
EDUCATION WITHOUT COMMON SENSE.

Submitter comment: TOLD VIA LETTER TO ME

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

James Callow Keyword(s): INTELLIGENCE? ; PARALLELISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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THREE WORMS

ONCE THERE WERE THREE WORMS - MOM, DAD, AND WEE LITTLE BABY -
WHO DECIDED TO HAVE A PICNIC. THEY PACKED A LUNCH AND
SCAMPERED OFF. WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT THE PARK IT CLOUDED UP
SO THEY RAN AS FAST AS THEY COULD TO THEIR HOLE. WHEN THEY
ARRIVED THERE SAFELY THE WEE BABY WORM SAID, "GEE, I'M GLAD THE
FOUR OF US ARRIVED SAFELY." WHY DID HE SAY "FOUR" WHEN THERE
WERE THREE? (TELLER IS ASKED QUESTIONS WITH "YES" AND "NO"
RESPONSES)
-- HE WAS TOO YOUNG TO COUNT ACCURATELY.

Submitter comment: FIRST HEARD IN 1952 AND MANY TIMES SINCE. SOMETIMES WITH
MICE INSTEAD OF WORMS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): HUMOR INTELLIGENCE ATTIBUTED TO ANIMALS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1952

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Proverb

Still waters run deep

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Deep ; Depth ; Insight ; Intelligence ; Knowledge ; METAPHOR ; Quiet ; Run ; SILENCE ; Still ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

What you don't know won't hurt you

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): IGNORANCE ; Insight ; Intelligence ; Knowledge ; WISDOM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Still water runs deep.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Deep ; Depth ; Intelligence ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Still ; Superficial ; VERSE ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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A TRIANGLE ON THE PALM INDICATES INTELLIGENCE.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Intelligence ; Palm ; Palmistry ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; Triangle

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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