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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT WALKS IN THE MORNING ON 4 LEGS, IN THE DAY ON 2, AND IN THE
EVENING ON 3?
A: A MAN.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): "LEGS" SYMBOLIZING AGE OR STAGES IN LIFE ; CANE OEDIPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PREDICTION, DIVINATION, OBSERVATION

"IF A GUY HAS LOTS OF HAIR ON HIS LEGS HE'LL MAKE A RICH HUSBAND."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS AT A BAND JOB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUSBAND ; LEGS ; MARRIAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-13-1971

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HOW CAN YOU TELL THE BRIDE AT A POLISH WEDDING? SHE'S
THE ONE WITH BRAIDED ARM PITS!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): CUSTOM OF SHAVING HAIR FROM ARMPITS AND LEGS.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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IF YOU STEP OVER SOMEONE'S OUT STRETCHED LEGS, HE WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU STEP OVER THEM BACKWARDS.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): Backwards ; BAD LUCK ; BODY ; LEGS ; Limb ; LUCK ; Step

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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