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ROUND OF APPLAUSE

SOMEONE IN THE GROUP YELLS OUT, "A ROUND OF APPLAUSE" AND THE PEOPLE
DO THIS BY CLAPPING THEIR HANDS WHILE MOVING THEIR ARMS IN A BIG
CIRCLE.

Submitter comment: I WATCHED THIS CHEER BEING DONE AT A CAMPFIRE. AFTER A SONG WAS SUNG,
EVERYONE WOULD DO A CHEER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GATLINBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; METAPHOR INTERPRETED LITERALLY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-00-1974

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A BIG HAND

SOMEONE IN THE GROUP YELLS OUT, "A BIG HAND" AND
EVERYONE HOLDS UP AN OUTSTRETCHED HAND.

Submitter comment: I WATCHED THIS CHEER BEING DONE AT A CAMPFIRE. AFTER A SONG WAS SUNG,
EVERYONE WOULD DO A CHEER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GATLINBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; METAPHOR INTERPRETED LITERALLY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-00-1974

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

WHY DID THE POLACK CUT HIS TOILET SEAT IN HALF?
BECAUSE HIS WIFE TOLD HIM HIS HALF ASS RELATIVES WERE COMING
TO VISIT!

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR TAKEN LITERALLY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT MUST BE DONE TO HAVE SOFT HANDS?
A: NOTHING.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; LITERAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) HANDS

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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PRETENDED OBSCENE RIDDLE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Q: WHAT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD FOR INTERCOURSE?
A: TALK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; COMMUNICATION (Q) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ARE PEOPLE ALWAYS WILLING TO SHARE?
A: WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (A) ; CATCH ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-20-1968

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KAS JUODAS NEDAZYTAS? - WHAT IS BLACK AND UNPAINTED?
A: VARNA. - A CROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; LITERAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q) AND COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: IF YOU HAVE A DUCK BEFORE 2 DUCKS AND A DUCK BEHIND 2 DUCKS,
AND A DUCK IN THE MIDDLE , HOW MANY DUCKS DO YOU HAVE?
A: 3 DUCKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; ANIMAL (Q) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; PUZZLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHO ALWAYS GOES TO BED WITH HIS SHOES ON?
A: A HORSE

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; WEARABLE (Q) ; WISDOM

James Callow Keyword(s): HORSESHOES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: IT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER.
A: AN EMBARRASSED ZEBRA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL LOBBY

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; LITERAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): NEWSPAPER RIDDLE, VARIAN OF ; SPELLING: RED FOR READ

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT BEGINS WITH P AND ENDS WITH E AND HAS MORE THAN 200 LETTERS
IN IT?
A: POST OFFICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (A) ; COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q) ; LITERAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS THE SKINNIEST VEGETABLE IN THE WORLD?
A: A POTATOE CHIP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (Q) ; LITERAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS ROUND, BLACK, WITH A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE?
A: RECORD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (A) ; LITERAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KAS PIRMAS ZEINA IZ BAZNYCIZ? WHO GOES FIRST INTO CHURCH?
A: RAKTAS - A KEY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; HARDWARE (A) ; LITERAL NONOPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: LIBA DIENG, ZIBA NAKTIZ. IT SHINES BY DAY, IT SHINES BY NIGHT.
A: LANGAS - A WINDOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (A) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS GREEN AND WHITE AND COLD ALL OVER?
A: GRASS WITH SNOW ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; STATES OF BEING (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): WORD-PLAY: PUN ON "GOLD"

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: HOW MANY GROOVES ARE IN A RECORD?
A: TWO - ONE ON EACH SIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT (Q) ; LITERAL ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS ROUND ON THE END AND HIGH IN THE MIDDLE?
A: C-H-I-C

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; PARTICULAR AREAS (A) ; STATES OF BEING (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): ENVELOPE PARALLELISM ; OHIO

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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: TO WHAT MAN DOES EVERY ONE ALWAYS TAKE OFF HIS HAT?
A: THE BARBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; PERSONS (A) ; PERSONS (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): OCCUPATIONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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